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.

 

 

 

Florida Cracks Down – New Texting and Driving Law Begins October 1st

States across the country have been enacting new laws to deter drivers from using their hand-held devices but Florida lagged behind until this year. Beginning Tuesday, October 1st, law enforcement will start enforcing the new law with warnings…for now.

Beginning January 1st, 2020 drivers who are caught with any hand-held device in their hands while driving will face a ticket, fine, and points on their license.

For those who think a texting and driving law isn’t really necessary, we would like to remind you of a few facts:

1- Distracted driving accounts for approximately 25% of all motor vehicle crash fatalities.
2- At the time of fatal crashes, teens have been the largest age group that reported being distracted while driving.Florida Distracted Driving
3- Driver distraction is reported to be responsible for more than 58% of teen crashes.
4- In 2015, 391,000 injuries were caused in distracted driving related accidents.
5- In that same year, distracted driving was cited as a major factor in 3,477 traffic deaths.
6- 9 people in the U.S. are killed each day as a result of crashes involving a distracted driver, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles.
7- Distracted driving has been called an American epidemic and is completely preventable.
8- Since there is no way to test for distracted driving after an accident occurs, it’s widely believed that the number of crashes, injuries, and fatalities caused by distracted driving are vastly under reported.
9- It takes only 3 seconds after a driver’s attention has been diverted from the road for a crash to occur.
10- Car crashes are the number one killer of teens in the U.S.

We will tell you that from our professional experience, texting and driving causes horrible crashes, injuries, and death to people of all ages. We have represented many victims who have life-changing permanent disabilities and pain because of distracted drivers.

Hands-free use of cell-phones will be permitted but it’s important to note this from livescience.com:

Talking on your phone while driving — even if you use a hands-free connection — is still dangerous, a new study from England finds.

Conversations of any kind can be distracting if they require a driver to use mental imagery, according to the study.

We have always urged people to turn their phones off while driving and pay attention to the road.

If you have been injured in an accident, we’re here to help. Call us at (954) 356-0006

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Truck Accidents in South Florida – Getting Help for Your Injuries

Improvements in vehicle safety technology are helping lower the numbers of fatal accidents on roads but people are still being seriously injured in Broward County at an alarming rate.

The 2018 traffic accident statistics for Broward County, Florida, include:

  • Total Crashes: 40,560
  • Injury Crashes: 16,482
  • Total Individuals Injured: 24,329

That works out to 45 people every day being injured in a crash in Broward County, and many of these victims have insurance that won’t take care of their hospital bills and no health insurance.

While every injury from an accident can be serious, injuries from crashes involving large trucks are generally more severe simply because of the nature of the size of 18-wheelers and other commercial vehicles. When they make contact with a passenger vehicle they often do devastating damage to the car and the occupants.

There were over 44,000 commercial vehicle accidents in Florida, with about 10% of them occurring in Broward County.

What Makes Truck Accidents Unique for a Personal Injury Attorney?

With most private passenger vehicle crashes, there is one owner of the vehicle and often it is the driver. With large trucks and other commercial vehicles there may be one company that owns theSouth Florida Truck Accident Attorneys truck, another company that operates the truck, and then you have the driver, who may be from out-of-state. When a serious accident happens there may be more than one insurance company involved, and insurance companies are not known for their willingness to cooperate and help victims.

An attorney who has experience dealing with truck accidents understands how to get to the facts fast and investigate who is responsible and who should pay for the damages and injuries. In many cases we are able to negotiate with the parties at fault and the insurance companies to get justice but we are always prepared to go the distance and fight for our clients in court if necessary.

The Law Firm of Lazarus & Lazarus has developed a reputation for fighting hard and getting results for our clients. We would be happy to discuss your situation if you’ve been involved in a crash and you have questions about how to pay for your medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. We can be reached at (954) 356-0006 for a free and confidential consultation.

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Motorcycle Safety Tips from Peter Fonda and Evel Knievel – Fort Lauderdale Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

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People who have lived in the Fort Lauderdale area for many years may remember that Evel Knievel, possibly the most famous daredevil in history, once owned a home in the northeast part of the city and was often seen out and about at area restaurants. Evel performed over 75 dangerous jumps on his motorcycle over the course of his career and somehow survived them all.

Lazarus Injury Florida Lazarus Blog Personal Attorney • &Many people may also remember an iconic movie released in 1969 about two hippies who traveled across the country on their motorcycles starring Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper titled Easy Rider. Mr. Fonda passed away last month.

Mr. Knievel and Mr. Fonda were both well-known for their connections to motorcycles but many people don’t know they collaborated on a film about motorcycle safety in the 1970s that we found on YouTube recently. It’s very good!

Evel Knievel makes several very good points in the film that we have stressed for years because we seen the serious injuries sustained by motorcyclists who come to us for help. Mr. Knievel was a bold and truly unique individual and we strongly recommend no one attempt his stunts as he was seriously injured many times. We are strong advocates for riding safely and with the proper equipment.

Regarding recreational riding, Mr. Knievel says in the video:

  • He never rides without leather (clothing) boots, and gloves.
  • Always wear glasses or a face shield because debris can fly in your face and you could be blinded.
  • Head injuries are involved with 3 out of 4 motorcycle accident deaths, so always wear a helmet.
  • If you’re riding an unfamiliar motorcycle for the first time, take time to “know” the bike before you take it out on the road. Not all motorcycles have their controls set up the same way.

Mr. Fonda offer some excellent advice about how to approach an intersection and how to ride when you’re on a highway. He reminds us all that people driving automobiles don’t usually see motorcyclists and the most common accident is when they turn in front of an oncoming rider. The only thing both Mr. Knievel and Mr. Fonda don’t mention is distracted driving by people with cell phones, because they didn’t exist at the time the film was made!

The film even has a true-false quiz at the end to test if you were paying attention.

Fort Lauderdale Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

The Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus has been representing victims of motorcycle accidents for 27 years and we understand how to approach and handle each case. We fight hard to get the maximum compensation allowed by law for injuries, damages, and lost time from work. Call us at (954) 356-0006 if you have any questions.

The information in this video is not intended to be a replacement for training from a professional, certified motorcycle safety instructor. We recommend all riders participate in ongoing training at a certified training center.

 

 

How to Determine if You Have a Florida Personal Injury Case – Lazarus & Lazarus

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You’ve been in an accident but you’re not sure who was at fault for the accident and you are also not completely sure if you injuries are serious to warrant a call to an attorney. A friend tells you, “just let it go, it’s not worth all the trouble.” Friends don’t always give good advice.

Every accident has the potential to be serious because circumstances can change, issues can arise from hidden damage property, and injuries may also manifest as serious weeks after the actual accident.

Here is a fact: The United States Constitution and Florida law give people who have been injured in accidents the right to seek compensation from those responsible. Very few people, however, understand the statutes which apply to negligence and personal injuries which is why attorneys are available to help. Florida law imposes a “duty of care” on people and businesses which means that we all have to follow duties in certain circumstances and if someone fails to, and causes injury to someone else, they can be determined to be negligent. Everyone who drives an automobile in Florida is expected to drive in a reasonable and safe manner, obeying all traffic laws and maintaining their vehicles so they operate safely. If an individual drives with no brakes, for example, and they crash into the rear of your car causing injury, you have the right to sue for damages, pain, and suffering.

If a company does not maintain their property in a safe condition and someone is injured, they may be found to be negligent. If a professional person such as a physician does not treat a patient with the duty of care all doctors are expected to use, they may be negligent or be guilty of medical malpractice. Understanding the responsibilities everyone assumes under the law and the rights of Fort Lauderdale Accident Attorneyscitizens to seek compensation for damages is why personal injury attorneys exist.

In many accidents, there is negligence by more than one party. Known as comparative negligence, one party may be 75% responsible and the other 25%. This is an area best reviewed by an experienced attorney. Many people feel that if they were even minimally responsible for an accident, they do not have a case, and this is incorrect. Call an attorney.

Products that are defective and cause injury fall into a category called strict liability which is different than negligence. Anyone who sells commercial products in Florida is responsible to sell a safe product and if it is not there may be a liability for injuries caused by defect(s).

Fort Lauderdale Accident Attorneys

Most attorneys, including those at Lazarus & Lazarus do not charge victims for an initial consultation, nor do they collect any fees until a case is concluded. Our primary goal is to obtain justice for people who have been injured, lost time from work, and had property lost or damaged in an accident or because of a defective product. If you’re not sure about whether you have a case or not, call. We’re here to help.

A phone call to Lazarus & Lazarus at (954) 356-0006 is free as is your consultation, and all communication with our office is completely confidential.

 

Children Injured in Accidents

Personal Injuries Involving Minors – Accident Attorneys in South Florida

Our children are valuable and precious, and despite all the care and attention we put into protecting them, they do get hurt sometimes. Understanding the injuries they suffer and the time and expense it takes to heal is necessary for children to recover physically, mentally, and emotionally.

The leading causes of injuries to children include burns, falls, poisonings, and accidents on bicycles. For infants, drownings and suffocation are leading causes for accidental death, and for children 5 to 18 it is motor vehicle accidents. Every hour in this country almost 150 children visit emergency rooms due to accidents on the road. The good news is that nationally the number of serious injuries and deaths to children have decreased due to better safety systems in cars like airbags and other restraint devices.

Personal Injury Attorney for ChildrenBicycle and pedestrian injuries remain high, however, often with drivers hitting people because they are distracted behind the wheel. Please urge kids to be very careful and ride on bike paths rather than in the street. Wearing helmets, other protective garments, and bright reflective clothing can help. Stress to children that they should never assume the driver of a car or truck will see them because they often won’t.

Often after a serious injury the recovery period is very long, and sometimes there is permanent damage. When this is the case it is critical to fight for expenses that may very well be lifelong in nature. Settling a case for less than what will be needed for necessary expenses in the future can result in a very disappointing outcome.

It’s important to understand that a minor child cannot file a personal injury claim on their own, it must be done by a parent or guardian and Florida Statute 744.387 is the pertinent section. Sometimes there may be issues regarding parents who are divorced and who will be the one to look after the minor’s best interests. It is prudent to work with a personal injury attorney who is experienced advising parents about injuries to minors in order to fight for the best long-term results possible.

The Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus has worked for families with children for 27 years, helping injured kids recover and move on. We are concerned not only for the immediate needs of injured victims, but we work hard to make sure people are taken care of over as many years as it takes. Call us at (954) 356-0006 for a complimentary and confidential consultation.

 

 

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How to Catch Pharmacy Errors Before They Hurt You – Fort Lauderdale Personal Injury Attorneys

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Pharmacy Error AttorneysDid you ever make a measurement mistake while following a recipe? A common one is to confuse teaspoon (tsp) with tablespoon (tbsp) and sometimes while making baked goods it can make a big difference in the outcome. Still, a little too much baking soda or not enough vegetable oil probably won’t cause a major health issue.

A mistake like that with prescription medication may cause serious harm or death.

We have always advocated that patients be their own watchdogs in addition to asking questions and verifying everything with their own doctors and pharmacists. Doctors, pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians are trained to be accurate, but the Food and Drug Administration estimates that 1.3 million people are injured by medication errors annually in the U.S. – Source: AARP.org

According to DrugTopics.com a pharmacist reported making a mistake that involved mixing up the dosage for a very powerful pain killer. The medicine was dispensed for an infant and the error involved a mix-up of milliliter and teaspoon measurements. It’s important to note that one milliliter is equal to 0.202884 teaspoons. This particular error could have been fatal.

Another error that has happened too many times involves a “called-in refill” where a pharmacy refills a prescription that has actually been replaced by a new medication. In one instance the patient was having adverse reactions to a medication and the doctor changed to a new one. The pharmacy refilled the old one and the patient became very ill.

Sometimes pharmacists and doctors may be unaware of a patient’s pre-existing conditions or other medications. In one case a patient that had recently undergone chemotherapy was prescribed a medication that was totally inappropriate for such a situation. The patient, doctor, and pharmacist never communicated what was going on and once again there was a very bad reaction and the patient nearly died.

Communication and verification are key elements to avoid prescription medication errors and injuries. Take the time to ask your doctor what is being prescribed, why it is being prescribed, and make absolutely sure your doctor is 100% aware of every medication you are taking, even if it’s over-the-counter.

When you pick up your prescription don’t hesitate to ask the pharmacist questions. Make sure the right pills are in the right bottle and that the dose is correct. If your doctor prescribed 100 milligrams per pill of a medicine make sure you didn’t get 500 milligrams. It is your right to have a consultation with your pharmacist.

One of the most common errors patients make is forgetting to take a pill or other medication or taking it twice in one day when the directions call for only once. A daily pill counter can help with these situations. Make sure all medications are stored where children cannot get to them.

The AARP has published a helpful page online: What You Can Do to Avoid Medication Errors

Always maintain and carry with you a complete and current list of every medication you take, even if it’s aspirin or vitamins. If something happens and you are rushed to the hospital they medical professionals who treat you will need to know your situation. Also, while you can’t carry around your complete medical history, it is a good idea to write the dates of previous surgeries and major events. For example, if you had heart bypass surgery ten years earlier, the doctors in an emergency should know that.

South Florida Pharmacy Error Attorneys

Lazarus & Lazarus Law Firm has helped victims of prescription medication errors by healthcare professionals since the start of our firm in 1992. We have also helped people who have been harmed by bad drugs. If you or someone you know has received an incorrect prescription drug please reach out to us at (954) 356-0006 and we will use our experience and knowledge to investigate what happened and how.

 

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What to do After a Motor Vehicle Accident – South Florida Accident Attorneys

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If you want to live a long and healthy life, there are many steps you can take, one of which is to move to Monaco. The tiny principality nestled in along the French Riviera has the highest life expectancy in the world at 89.52 years. Here in the United States we can expect to live to 78.7 years of age, but of course it doesn’t really matter where you live if you have poor habits related to your health and safety. Good genes are what doctors tell us is the number one factor in a long life, followed by healthy choices on diet and exercise.

Statistics do tell us a lot about what is likely to happen in our lives and that even applies to motor vehicle accidents. According to statistics from the Insurance Institute, the average American driver to be involved in a motor vehicle crash every 18 years. Of course some people will never be in an accident and others will manage to crash their car many times, but those are the current numbers. Safe drivers who obey the speed limit and drivers who do not text or drive drunk have much better chances of avoiding accidents.

Here is something interesting that probably contributes to the fact that women outlive men:

Many more men than women die each year in motor vehicle crashes. Men typically drive more miles than women and more often engage in risky driving practices including not using safety belts, driving while impaired by alcohol, and speeding. – Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

So, while you don’t want to live your life in a state of fear, wondering when you’re going to have a car crash, you do want to exercise caution and good judgement behind the wheel so you will be one the ones to defy the odds. And you’ll want to be prepared in case an accident does happen, so it’s not a major event. What are the things to do if you’re in an accident?

  1. Never leave the scene of an accident, even if it is minor. Florida law says you must stay and at least give your name and insurance information. If there are any injuries or major damage it must be reported. Don’t make the situation worse by leaving, do the right thing. Call the police.
  2. Make sure anyone injured is safe and out of danger, call the police and paramedics.
  3. Protect the scene and don’t move your vehicle unless it’s causing a safety issue or you are directed to by the police.
  4. Don’t volunteer information to others except for your name and insurance information. Answer questions from the police but don’t offer information they don’t ask for. Be truthful.
  5. Take pictures and get the names and contact information of witnesses.
  6. Write down anything you think is important, do not trust it to memory. Note the time of everything that happened.
  7. Don’t post on social media about the incident.
  8. Don’t admit guilt about anything. Sometimes in the heat of the moment people want to say something they realize later is not accurate. Stay calm and quiet.
  9. If you think you may be hurt, call a personal injury attorney right away. Remember that many injuries don’t immediately show on the surface, especially spinal and muscle injuries. Often people go home after an accident thinking they are fine but wake up the next morning in serious pain. Be safe, call an attorney and explain your situation.
  10. Even after some time has passed, do not talk about the accident or post on social media.
  11. Resist making quick decisions if you are offered a settlement from an insurance company. There is no hurry, take your time and get advice from an experienced attorney.

We hope you are a safe and careful driver and you have a long, peaceful and prosperous life. Expect every day to be a great one, but be prepared for life’s little trials and tribulations, and keep our phone number handy if you ever do need our help or advice. Lazarus Law Firm (954) 356-0006

 

Cruises in the News – Accidents and Injuries at Sea and Ports of Call

South Florida is the cruise capital of the world with Port Miami and Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale handling almost 8 million passengers last year. Everyone in south Florida benefits from the boost these ships give our local economy from hotels passengers stay in before they leave to companies that sell the food and liquor that stock the ships. It is estimated that Port Miami handles 52,000 passengers in one day on December 9, 2018.

A cruise truly is an escape from reality and they are great stress relievers. Out on the ocean your mind is free to forget about all the pressures back on land, and in foreign ports of call people relax and party without worrying about the daily grind back home.

Cruises are often in the news, but usually the news is not good. A search on Google news found these recent calamities:

250 fall ill on Royal Caribbean
Injured cruise ship passengers flown to Florida after bus crash in Bahamas
Massive Cruise Ship Crashes Into Port In Venice, Injuring At Least 5

The thing that makes cruises different from many other types of vacations is that while on the ship and at stops along the way, passengers are not covered by state and federal statutes related to negligence, liability, and malpractice. In other words, if you are hurt because of someone else’s carelessness it may be difficult to receive help for your injuries.Cruise Ship Accidents

Some common cruise ship accidents include slip and falls, falling overboard, fallen objects, dock accidents, swimming pool or water slide injuries, injuries on excursions taken on shore, medical malpractice, and sexual or physical assault. When an injury or death occurs on navigable waters rather than in a United States port, maritime law usually applies.

Can a Victim of Cruise Ship Negligence Get Help?

The answer is yes, but it’s complicated. For example, until a legal decision in 2014 cruise ships were almost immune from medical malpractice claims. Every jurisdiction is different, just as every accident is different. Remember that the right to sue someone in court is guaranteed in the United States because of our Constitution. Our Constitution does not extend to foreign countries and so a thorough investigation will be necessary. This is a very unique and complex are of law that many firms do not get involved in because it takes such special expertise.

Important: If you are ever involved in an accident or serious incident on a cruise ship or while off the boat on an excursion, it’s important to document everything possible. Take pictures, get the names and contact information of witnesses. This will likely be very important to

The Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus made a commitment when our firm was first founded that we would help people who are victims of cruise ship negligence and we continue to give them superior representation and service today. Our expertise and experience allows us to get results and we fight hard for every client. Call us at (954) 356-0006 for a consultation.

 

Will Technology Eliminate Auto, Truck, and Motorcycle Accident Injuries and Deaths?

Did you know that at one time there were human pin-setters who worked at bowling alleys setting up the pins? The automatic pinsetter forced them all to find new careers.Auto Accident Attorneys

There were also people who delivered ice to homes which was placed in the “icebox” to keep food from soiling. It was a booming business until the electric refrigerator/freezer came along.

Now, automobile manufacturers like Ford and Volvo have set goals of having a world with zero human fatalities and serious injuries in crashes and they plan to do it with new advanced driver assistance technology that actually does seem to be working. Should this come to pass, they may put personal injury attorneys out of business, but if their good work puts and end to the pain and suffering we see every day it would be welcome.

Of course people do find ways to hurt themselves and other people by other means such as dangerous workplaces, unsafe products, medical malpractice, and food-borne illnesses, among many others. There will always be a need for victims to have access to help getting medical care and compensation for illness and injuries, but a world with safe roads would be truly wonderful and we hope we see it become reality someday soon.

What Are These New Technologies?

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)

These three systems are already installed in many newer cars:

  • Blind Spot Alert
  • Back-up Cameras
  • Collision Alert – Automatic Braking Systems

It’s difficult to know exactly how these systems may be helping because we would need to count accidents that don’t happen, rather than accidents that do happen, but across the country there has been a reduction in serious accidents. Many other new systems are coming, the manufacturers promise.

It is interesting to note that motorcycle accidents continue to be on the rise in many states and they take away far too many lives. Pedestrian accidents are also very high and the numbers are not coming down. It is hoped that some of the planned technologies still on the drawing board will help reduce these tragedies.

One dangerous situation that also continues to cause more accidents is distracted driving, or texting behind the wheel. The technology exists to shut down cell phones while they are present in a moving vehicle, but consumers and lawmakers have resisted it so far. We think that if people could see first-hand some of the terrible injuries and loss-of-life caused by distracted driving they would think twice. Drunk driving is also a nemesis to safety on the road, and it must be resisted and ended once and for all by everyone working together.

If you have a car with some of these new technologies, you are lucky. Make sure you understand how they work, and take advantage of them along with driving carefully, obeying the rules of the road, and never driving under the influence or while distracted. If you do this there is a good chance we will never have to meet because of an accident on the road.

Fort Lauderdale Auto, Truck, and Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

If you have experienced an accident and you have questions, we’re here to help. Calling (954) 356-0006 will put you in touch directly with one of our attorneys who will clearly explain your possible options, and our consultations are always free and confidential.