Drunk Driving Accident Injuries

New Technology Aims to Stop Drunk Drivers – Lazarus and Lazarus Law Firm

U.S. Senator Rick Scott introduced legislation last week that will make it mandatory for all new cars to have alcohol detection systems installed by 2024. The Reduce Impaired Driving for Everyone Act of 2019, called the RIDE Act, would also allocate $10 million to continue government-funded research into new breath and touch-based sensors designed to monitor a driver’s blood alcohol level in real-time.

Several states have required convicted drunk drivers to install breathalyzers but this new technology would require everyone who gets behind the wheel to confirm they are not drunk by passing either a breathalyzer test or a sensory scan, which would somehow detect alcohol through the skin.

While drunk driving fatalities have declined since the 1980s, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports they still account for about a third of all traffic deaths. In 2017, more thanDrunk Driving Accident Injuries 10,800 people were killed in drunk driving incidents.

Besides the privacy issues that will surely be raised by opponents of the new technology, it is not clear if the systems will be able to tell the difference between someone who has had one glass of wine and someone who has been drinking heavily. It’s possible that the detection of any alcohol at all would prevent the car from operating.

The Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus has been working for victims of vehicle collisions since 1992 and we believe people should never drive if they are impaired by drugs or alcohol. With the availability and low cost of Uber and other means of transportation there is simply no excuse for drunk driving. What happens with the proposed legislation will be interesting to follow, and citizens should make their voices heard by contacting their representatives in Washington. You can click here to get the contact information for your elected officials.

Lazarus and Lazarus is qualified to handle any questions from people who have been injured in a car, truck, or motorcycle crash. Our primary goal is to protect your rights and fight for the compensation victims need to heal physically, emotionally, and financially. Call us at (954) 356-0006 for a free consultation.

Vehicle Crash Related Traumatic Stress – Fort Lauderdale Accident Attorneys Lazarus and Lazarus


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Americans love their cars. We each drive an average of 13,450 miles per year, that’s over 1000 miles per month. Of course many drivers put many more miles on their car and many drive less, but even when mass transportation is readily available people still love the independence and freedom of owning and driving their own car, truck, or motorcycle.

Naturally, the more you drive the more likely you are to have an accident, and cautious drivers do have fewer accidents than careless ones, but statistics say each one of us will have 4 accidents in our lifetimes, or one every 17.9 years.

A minor fender bender may ruin your day, but a serious accident may cause permanent injuries or loss-of-life. High-speed collisions are extremely violent events, with devastating damage to victim’s bodies. Many people also suffer from immediate and delayed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, a very debilitating condition that often makes it difficult for people to return to normal life.

What to do Immediately After a Serious Accident

  • Before you attempt to move and get out of your vehicle, assess yourself. If you feel that you cannot move, don’t push it because you may do further damage. As long as it is safe, remain in the car until paramedics or police can help you.
  • Check your passengers and make sure someone has called 911.
  • Do not offer information that is not asked for but do cooperate with authorities. Make no statements until you feel you feel you are capable of doing so.
  • Try to have someone record the scene with photographs and get the names of witnesses.
  • Call an attorney who specializes in vehicle crash cases.

How to Gain Confidence After a Serious Collision

Fort Lauderdale Accident LawyersDon’t rush to get behind the wheel again. It is totally normal to be apprehensive about driving after being in a serious crash, and you should rely on other ways to get around until you are completely sure you can handle it. We have worked with people who literally never regained the desire or the emotional stability and confidence to drive again. There is nothing wrong with these feelings.

Important: Talk to a professional counselor who treats victims of traumatic events.

Fort Lauderdale Accident Attorneys Since 1992

The advantage of working with a qualified accident attorney is that you will receive guidance to receive the proper physical, emotional, and financial help necessary to return you to the life you had before the accident. Your attorney should make sure that your immediate needs are taken care of as well as potential long-term care and financial requirements. The Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus has been helping victims get the help they need since 1992, and they understand what it takes to recover. A confidential consultation can be arranged by calling (954) 356-0006 or click here to send an email directly to Mr. Gary Lazarus.

Insurance Company Settlement

Accident Injury Case: Settlement or Trial – Fort Lauderdale Attorneys Lazarus and Lazarus

There are a lot of injuries occurring on South Florida roads every year due to crashes and one day you may involved in one yourself so you should be prepared with some facts.

How many crashes?

In 2017:
Florida Traffic Crashes

As you can see from the info-graphic, South Florida contributes more than our fair share to the dilemma of crashes and injuries to the statewide statistics.

What happens when people are injured in serious crashes? They are often transported to a hospital and the process of physical healing begins. But the trauma of a serious crash often necessitates professional assistance to recover mentally, emotionally, and financially.

If you have never been in a serious crash you probably won’t understand just how serious the overall damage can be.

Insurance companies are usually involved after a crash, and after paying premiums faithfully for many years people depend on them for financial help. Sometimes that help comes and sometimes it does not, but often it is insufficient to truly replace what was lost and to cover all the bills that must be paid for a full recovery.

That is where an experienced attorney can really help. An attorney who is committed to your total recovery will be able to make sure you receive the help needed not only for immediate expenses but for possible long-term therapy, doctor visits, follow-up surgery or other procedures, and prescription medication.

It’s always a good idea to ask for professional advice before signing a settlement agreement. Some insurance companies simply will not do what is right and pay the amount that is fair. When that happens we are fully prepared to move all the way to a trial, a right that is guaranteed to every citizen by our United States Constitution.

Insurance companies often count on the fact that many people will settle for a quick offer of money, but victims may not understand that their case is actually worth a substantially larger settlement due to the severity of the circumstances. As attorneys who have represented hundreds of crash victims over the past 27 years, we understand how to approach discussions and negotiations with insurance companies. And we know how to get results.

We invite you to read our reviews online and see what our clients have to say about our ability to help people in distress. We our proud of our reputation and would be happy to speak with you confidentially about your situation. Call us at (954) 356-0006 to schedule a free consultation.

Safest Cars for 2019 – South Florida Accident Attorneys Lazarus and Lazarus

Cars driven by our parents and grandparents were often enormous conglomerations of steel, chrome, and glass thatSouth Florida Auto Accident Attorneys seemed to be impervious to damage because of their huge size and immense weight. In reality, they were more dangerous that the automobiles we drive today because often the cars they collided with were also very large and there was not a lot of attention paid by manufacturers to safety during the design stage of building new cars. Many cars didn’t even have seat belts. Back them it was all about style, chrome, and color.

Today the automobile industry uses many advanced technologies to include safety features such as:

  • Shatter-resistant glass
  • Airbags – Front and Side
  • Forward Advanced Crash Warning
  • Anti-lock Brakes
  • Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Blind Spot Warning
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Active Head Restraints

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (Click here to see the list) has rated cars for safety and published their list of the best-rated vehicles including small passenger cars, sport utility vehicles, and light trucks. There are many very affordable cars on the list and it’s a very good idea to consider safety ratings when shopping for a new vehicle.

Of course, the safest car in the world isn’t safe if the driver is not conscientious about obeying traffic laws. Please never text and drive or drink and drive!

If you have been involved in a car, truck, or motorcycle accident and you’re not sure what to do, we are here to help. Call us 7 days a week at (954) 356-0006.