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  • Pedestrian Killed By Self-Driving Uber Vehicle in Arizona

    A woman was killed by a self-driving car being tested by Uber in Tempe, AZ at approximately 10 p.m. on Sunday, March 18. This is believed to be the first pedestrian death connected to automated vehicles. Uber suspended their vehicle testing in Tempe, as well as in Toronto, San Francisco, CA, and Pittsburgh, PA in response to the crash. The ridesharing company is not the only company testing these ...
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  • Soft Tissue Injuries: Why They Should Be Taken Seriously

    Soft tissue injuries often happen during low impact motor vehicle accidents and can range from minor to severe, even debilitating or life threatening. Many tend to believe low-impact collisions are generally never serious, but this is far from the truth. In fact, even at a speed as low as 2.5 miles per hour, victims can sustain permanent injuries. What is a Soft Tissue Injury? This type of injury ...
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  • Surviving the "100 Deadliest Days" on the Road

    With Labor Day just around the corner, many people are squeezing in the last of their summer vacations. This means there are more recreational drivers on the road, including people who are traveling to visit friends and family, people who are heading to the beach, and others traveling to various seasonal locations. As a result, there is a greater risk for vehicle collisions . In fact, sources ...
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  • March Brings Spring Breakers, More DUIs to Florida

    No Floridian needs to be reminded that spring break is upon us. Thousands of young people from all over the country are beginning to descend upon our beaches. Of course, alcohol, and copious amounts of it, have become part of the spring break ritual. Those of us who live here, particularly in South Florida, and drive the roadways regularly have to be extra vigilant about young people who are ...
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  • How Can Florida Drivers Avoid Pedal Error Crashes?

    We've all read the stories of drivers who crashed into buildings, other vehicles or even into crowds of people because they accidentally stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake. When we see them on television, it's often because multiple people were injured or killed or because there was considerable damage to a structure. However, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety ...
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  • Road Construction and Damage Can Cause Accidents

    Most serious car accidents here in South Florida are caused by the negligence or recklessness of drivers. In some cases, however, they result from things like unrepaired roadway damage, poor design, inadequate lighting or poorly-marked construction zones. Too often, people are injured due to one of these problems and don't even consider that someone should be held responsible. We know that it can ...
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  • Technological Advancements That Can Help Seniors Drive Safely

    No one wants to have to tell an aging loved one that he or she should no longer drive. In fact, evidence suggests that seniors who stop driving are more likely to suffer from both emotional and physical health issues as a result. However, it can't be denied that health problems from arthritis and other impairments of motor skills to cognitive issues to vision problems impact the ability of many ...
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  • Can Your Self-Driving Car Kill You to Protect Others?

    Many of you have likely read, perhaps with some trepidation, about self-driving cars being the wave of the future. Florida is one of just a few states already testing these "autonomous" cars. While humans are too often guilty of reckless or negligent behavior behind the wheel, the thought of handing that power over to a programmed vehicle can be a frightening one. As manufacturers work to develop ...
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  • Tips for Staying Safe on Florida Roads over the Holidays

    Thanksgiving week kicks off the beginning of our holiday travel season that lasts until after the first of the year. Our Florida roads are filled not only with residents driving to visit family and friends within the state, but with tourists from across the country and around the world seeking sun, warmth and Disney World. Following are some important reminders to people who are on the roads over ...
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  • Helping Car Accident Victims So That They Can Focus on Healing

    When you're injured in a serious car accident , your life is going to be turned upside down for a while. While getting the necessary medical care and therapy to heal is going to be at the forefront of your concerns, there are going to be seemingly mountains of paperwork and red tape to ensure that the costs of your health care are covered, or at least recovered or reimbursed later. At Freidin ...
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  • Hands-Free Technology Doesn't Remove Distractions for Drivers

    We've all been warned about the dangers of talking on a cellphone while driving. In some states, it's illegal to talk on a hand-held device while operating a vehicle. In Florida, it's still legal. However, hands-free technology doesn't lead to distraction-free driving. A study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that even when a person is making a phone call or sending a text via ...
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  • The Incredible Frequency of Auto Accidents

    No one thinks about getting in a wreck every time he or she gets in the car in Florida, but the stats show that it happens with alarming frequency. In fact, experts have guessed that people are killed in these accidents every 13 minutes. When looking at all accidents, things appear even worse: There is a crash every 10 seconds. Whether you think about it or not, auto accidents are a serious ...
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  • Crash Victim's Parents Sponsor Vehicle Safety Watch List

    We've previously discussed the massive recall by General Motors that was spurred by problems with the ignition switch that caused the cars' systems to shut down. GM has paid money to victims and family members for crashes related to the ignition issue. These payouts include 124 death claims. The parents of one young woman who died following a 2010 crash want to save other families from the pain ...
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  • The Dangers of Distracted Driving by Emergency Responders

    Responsible Florida drivers do their best to safely pull over when we hear or see an ambulance or other emergency response vehicle behind us with lights and sirens on. A recent story about an ambulance driver caught on video using his personal cellphone while taking an injured boy to the hospital made the news because we depend on these drivers to be particularly careful amidst what could be a ...
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  • How Does Drunk Driving Impact the American Economy?

    Any reduction in drunk driving and the accidents caused by impaired drivers makes the roads safer for all of us. However, it also improves the American economy according to a study on the economic impacts of drunk driving crashes. A study by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation looked at costs associated with drunk driving accidents , including medical care, property damage, ...
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  • Some Troubling Car Accident Statistics for American Indians

    Obviously, auto accidents cause injury and death for too many Floridians. However, the death rate for adults in the American Indian/Alaska Native population is 1.5 higher than that of white or black people. Meanwhile, AI/AN children under a year old have an eight times greater chance of dying in a car accident than non-Hispanic white infants. These statistics and others related to injuries in auto ...
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  • Why College Students May Be Particularly Dangerous Drivers

    As the beginning of the school year nears, many college students will be taking a car with them to have on campus. It can be a great convenience to students who work part-time off-campus as well as to those who simply want the freedom to explore what the surrounding area has to offer. Floridians who live near one of our many colleges and universities know that the fall semester can bring increased ...
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  • Could Hackers Take over Your Vehicle and Cause an Accident?

    As if South Florida drivers don't have enough to worry about, thanks to all of the wireless technology in later-model vehicles, our cars (or those of others sharing the road with us) can be hacked. While sometimes this is done just to make mischief, such as messing with the driver's music, the results could be tragic. Hackers can take control of the braking, steering and other systems. They can ...
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  • Why Can Drinking and Driving Be Even More Dangerous for Seniors?

    Many people associate driving under the influence with young people who go out partying and have too much to drink or with middle-age people who stop by a bar and have a few drinks before driving home from work. However, senior citizens may be particularly susceptible to impaired driving. It's easy for someone who has been driving for 50 years, more or less, to think that it's a skill that they've ...
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  • Can Someone Be Addicted to Distracted Driving Behavior?

    We've talked about distracted driving on multiple occasions. People admit to doing everything from talking and texting to video chatting to taking selfies while behind the wheel. All of this activity is taking place despite the proven dangers of using mobile devices while driving as well as the laws around the country intended to curb it. Why is that? One psychologist and assistant professor, Dr. ...
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  • Friends Can Be One of the Biggest Distractions to Teen Drivers

    We've talked here about the dangers of distracted driving , particularly among teens. Texting, talking on the phone and emailing while driving can be dangerous and even deadly for any driver, but even more so for those with little experience behind the wheel. However, one of the biggest distractions for teen drivers is their passengers, especially when there are several other teens in the car. In ...
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  • Who's Texting While Behind the Wheel and Why?

    Just about all Americans say that they know that texting while driving a vehicle is unsafe. However, nearly half admit that they have done it. While cellphone use, whether to talk, text or email, is not the only cause of distracted driving, it's a big one. According to the National Safety Council, cellphone use is behind about a quarter of all vehicle accidents . Young people who don't know a time ...
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  • Why Does Summer Bring Increased Danger of Car Accidents?

    Even though it generally feels like summer all year here in South Florida, the actual summer season still brings changes that can make driving more dangerous. While hot weather accounts for increased tire blowouts and overheated engines, the summer months bring additional problems that require drivers to be extra careful. Whether you're planning a Florida vacation or hitting the road to another ...
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  • Florida Car Accidents Can Cause Head and/or Brain Injuries

    Many people who aren't in the medical profession use the terms "head injury" and "brain injury" interchangeably. However, they are not the same thing. A person can suffer one, the other or both. While these injuries can be the result of falls and athletic activities such as football and other contact sports, many Floridians suffer head and brain injuries in car accidents. Brain injuries can result ...
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  • Why Are Many of Florida's Older Drivers Safer Than Younger Ones?

    Older drivers tend to get a bad rap. However, a study done by the Automobile Association of America's Foundation for Traffic Safety found that they less likely to engage in unsafe driving behaviors than their younger counterparts. Interestingly, older drivers seem to support greater restrictions for people of their generation. Over 70 percent of those surveyed said they favored requirements for ...
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