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We’re Number One! Florida Ranks #1 on Many Lists, Some Good, Some Bad

Florida has one of the fastest growing populations in the nation, so we know there are some good things that make people want to live here.

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Of course there are some things that aren’t so great about our Sunshine State, and Channel 10 WPLG recently made that point in their story “Florida ranked No. 1 in sun, fun and fraud (not in that order).” But we love it here and we’re committed to making living in Florida better!

People love to read rankings and reviews, from college football to the best Taco Tuesday in town, and most are based on opinions, not facts. Florida ranks very high for weather, as a place to retire, and our higher education was ranked number one for higher education based on the time it takes for students to graduate, low-cost tuition, and low burden of debt.

We also rank number one on two fact-based lists that we need to work on: Most fatal accidents involving motorcycles and most uninsured drivers. For some reason, people in Florida are not taking the time to watch out for motorcyclists, and a very high percentage of drivers are going without auto insurance. These are both unacceptable.

It’s possible that the motorcycle accident rate is higher than other states because we have the weather for motorcyclists to ride year-round, but we have a higher percentage rate than other states with mild climates. It’s really a matter of educating drivers about the importance to do what we stress all the time:

  • When you pull out into traffic, look twice.
  • Be aware of who may be coming up from behind when you change lanes.
  • Never turn in front of an oncoming motorcycle, it may be moving much faster than you think.
  • Never text and drive.

Uninsured motorists are another huge problem, and we posted a graphic below from the Insurance Information Institute. Don’t assume that if someone hits your car that you can just “collect from their insurance company.” Over 1/4 of Florida drivers have no insurance! Keep this in mind when you review your own coverage. Uninsured Motorist (UM) coverage is available but there are different types and it’s important to ask your insurance company or agent to explain the variations, cost, and benefits of each.

The bottom line is, please make sure you have good insurance coverage and drive responsibly. Working together we can get Florida off those two lists and save lives in the process.

If you have questions after being involved in an accident and you’re not getting straight answers, that’s what we do. Lazarus and Lazarus has been helping victims of automobile, motorcycle, and truck accidents for over 20 years. We have developed an excellent reputation for getting great results for our clients, and we’ll work hard to do the same for you. Call us at 954-356-0006 for a free consultation.

 

Fort Lauderdale Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

Biker’s Arm – One of Many Common Motorcyclist Injuries • Fort Lauderdale Motorcycle Accident Attorney

We don’t have to tell you how dangerous it is to ride a motorcycle on the roads of south Florida, but we do like to tell you that there are ways to limit the danger and reduce injuries. Because we work with so many injured motorcyclists we understand what causes the accidents to occur and what the resulting injuries are like to deal with.

Motorcycle Accident Attorneys - Fort LauderdaleLike any other accident, injuries are sometimes obvious at the accident scene, and other injuries do not manifest themselves until later, like spinal dislocations, concussions, and others.

One of the most common injuries suffered by motorcyclists is called “biker’s arm.” It is a broad term that includes several different types of trauma to the arm and the symptoms vary. When the motorcycle falls on the rider’s arm, it can cause severe injuries, and among the most serious of them is paralysis. It can cause permanent loss of sensation and movement in the part or whole of the arm.

These are the nerves in the arm that are most often damaged in a motorcycle accident:

Median Nerve – This nerve is located on the inner side of the arm, and crosses in front of the elbow joint. Median nerve is the one which is affected by carpal tunnel syndrome as well. If this nerve become damaged in the crash, the rider may experience partial or complete paralysis of all or parts of the hand and/or arm.

Radial Nerve – It is located on the outside and back of the arm, and transmits signals for the muscles to lift and straighten the wrist, fingers and thumb, and to straighten the elbow. When the radial nerve becomes injured, the rider may not be able to perform these important functions

Ulnar Nerve – This nerve is located in the inside of the arm and passes behind the elbow. Ulnar nerve allows for the bending of fingers and wrist, and also allows the fingers to move from side to side. This nerve is commonly known as the funny bone, and when it gets injured, the above mentioned functions may no longer be possible.

Sometimes these injuries aren’t immediately evident. It may begin with tingling in the fingers, or a loss of movement in the arm itself. Often the symptoms worsen and sometimes there is total paralysis.

If you are involved in a motorcycle accident that was someone else’s fault it’s very important you don’t accept a settlement that will not cover these types of serious injuries if they become worse over time. An experienced accident attorney understands how to deal with these issues and can protect your right to have full and proper care and compensation.

Fort Lauderdale Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

Lazarus and Lazarus has set aside a major part of our practice for victims of motorcycle accidents. They happen too often in south Florida and we know how to handle the after-effects. Your rights and your recovery are always our primary concern.

Please call us at 954-356-0006 and we will promptly arrange a confidential consultation with you.