Personal Injury Attorneys South Florida
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?
- 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.
- Make sure anyone injured is safe and out of danger, call the police and paramedics.
- Protect the scene and don’t move your vehicle unless it’s causing a safety issue or you are directed to by the police.
- 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.
- Take pictures and get the names and contact information of witnesses.
- Write down anything you think is important, do not trust it to memory. Note the time of everything that happened.
- Don’t post on social media about the incident.
- 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.
- 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.
- Even after some time has passed, do not talk about the accident or post on social media.
- 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
We preach safety first on this website because we would rather meet you at the beach or a south Florida sporting event than as new client who has been in a car accident. We believe that almost all accidents are avoidable, and driving a safe car is a very big step in that direction.
You may not know that as many as 1 in 4 cars on the road right now has a safety recall that has not been fixed yet. What can you do?
When you go to the dealer, they will run your vehicle identification number (VIN) in the computer and the service adviser should let you know if there are any outstanding recalls. But if your car is older and you don’t get to the dealership, you might want to run your VIN through the safercar.gov site, powered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association. You can find your car’s VIN on your title, registration, or insurance card.
Two recalls that were very noteworthy because of the incredibly severe safety hazards they covered were:
- In 1969, owners of V-8-powered General Motors cars began experiencing a small problem. The rubber parts in their vehicles’ engine mounts would give out, causing the engine to come free, twist upward and pull open the throttle, resulting in rapid acceleration. It would often disable brake assistance, making it harder to stop the car.
- The famous Ford Pinto exploding gas tank recall. The 1978 recall of Ford’s popular compact Pinto model came after a public outcry and months of legal wrangling between Ford and the government. At issue was the lack of reinforcement between the Pinto’s fuel tank and the bolts in its rear differential. Critics alleged that this design flaw made the gas tank susceptible to becoming pierced by the bolts and catching fire in a rear-end collision.
Another area of concern is child car seats. These crucial pieces of equipment are often recalled and you can look for any safety bulletins at a special online webpage powered by Parents.com.
Please check both the resources above for any car or car seat recalls, and make a proactive decision to have your car inspected regularly for safety. Brakes, lights, air bags, the whole car. Please wear your seat belt always, and never text while driving.
South Florida Accident Attorneys
Lazarus and Lazarus represents people who have been hurt in accidents all over the state of Florida. We work diligently until our clients receive the maximum compensation allowed by law for their pain and suffering, injuries, medical bills, lost time from work, and other damages. Call us at 954-356-0006 so we can have a discussion about your situation.
Playing the odds means taking a risk. If you open a box of standard playing cards and remove the jokers, there will be 52 cards. If your goal is to pull out the 4 of diamonds and you randomly pull out a card, your odds of picking that card are 1 in 52. There’s really nothing you can do to change those odds, they are what they are.
What are the odds you will be involved in a car accident, and can you do anything about those odds?
According to Forbes Magazine, statistics from the Insurance Institute predict the average driver will file a report about a collision every 17.9 years. Now, I know people who have had several accidents in one year! Are they incredibly unlucky? Probably not, the word might be careless.
Causes of Crashes
Some of the top causes for auto accidents are:
Faulty Equipment – This includes bald tires, worn brakes, inoperable wipers, broken tail and headlights.
Solution: Have your car inspected often. When you have your oil changed, ask the technician to check the car for safety issues. If he will will charge a little extra for a thorough check-up, please pay it. The peace-of-mind and your safety are worth it.
Read more “Don’t Gamble on the Road – South Florida Car Accident Lawyer”
Two horrible rear-end vehicle accidents in Florida ended the young lives of four young women recently, leaving family and friends searching for answers about how and why these tragedies occurred. Two women from the University of Florida were killed when their car was rear ended in Okeechobee County on March 5th, and two Weston women who were students at FSU were killed on the Florida Turnpike last week, also in a rear end accident.
Most people think there’s nothing you can do to avoid, prevent, or escape a driver who comes up behind you and doesn’t stop. The reasons for these accidents may involve driver impairment (drugs or alcohol) or distracted drivers (texting) or any number of other reasons, but there are some things you can do as a sober, responsible driver to lower your chances of being hit from behind.
Read more “Tips to Avoid Being in a Rear End Accident”