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Lyft Sued by Widow of Man Involved in Accident

Ridesharing is becoming a popular alternative for people who commute or simply don’t want to risk driving home after a drink or two. Lyft, one of the two most popular ridesharing companies, is facing a lawsuit. According to the suit, a Lyft driver allegedly crashed into a motorcyclist in Miami, killing the man.

Police reports detail the crash as happening near the Shops at Midtown Miami on Halloween. Pirooz Pakdel, the Lyft driver, failed to yield the right of way at a stop sign, turning left and crashing into Loinier Perez, 29. Perez died a short time later. Perez’s widow has sued Lyft and Pakdel for negligence. She is due to give birth to the couple’s child this week.

According to the suit, the ridesharing company has an unsafe business model. The company, the suit says, promotes people to use driving as a side job. Unlike chauffeurs who must be licensed, anyone with a car, a valid driver’s license and insurance can sign up to be a Lyft driver.

Concerns include the fact that many of these drivers have multiple jobs. They are working too many hours, and may not be fit to drive by the time they are picking people up. The suit also contends that the drivers are frequently on their cell phones because that is how they communicate with Lyft. Having a license, according to Perez’s lawyers, does not necessarily make you a competent chauffeur.

It is expected that Lyft will defend itself by saying that its drivers are independent contractors. This is true, as drivers are not directly employed by the company. That said, both Lyft and its competitor Uber are at odds with drivers who claim that they are, indeed, employees.

It is important to note that if you are in an accident with an Uber or Lyft driver, you will need a personal injury attorney on your side. Uber and Lyft drivers often fail

Two Hospitalized After Rollover Crash in West Palm Beach

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA – Two people were taken to the hospital following a rollover crash in West Palm Beach on Saturday.

According to reports, the accident occurred on Okeechobee Boulevard near the intersection of Tamarind Avenue. One person had to be removed from a Nissan Rogue SUV by firefighters with machinery. That person was then transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center.

The second vehicle in the accident was a Chevrolet SUV. The person in that vehicle was transported to Good Samaritan Medical Center. Police did not release any further information about the accident.

At times, rollover accidents cannot be prevented, but there are steps you can take to lessen the likelihood that your vehicle will tip and that you will walk away if it does.

Make sure that your tires are properly inflated. If you have replacement tires on your vehicle, they should be similar to the originals. Keep your vehicle loaded within proper weight limits, and make sure the weight is evenly distributed throughout the vehicle. Do not speed. The faster you are going, the more likely you are to roll over should you be involved in a crash. Take corners and turns carefully. Top-heavy SUVs and trucks are more likely to roll over on a curve than on a straight stretch of road.

Above all, always wear your safety belt. Should you roll over in a crash, your seat belt will help to ensure that you are kept from bouncing around the interior of your vehicle. It will also keep you from being ejected.

If you or a family member have been injured in a car accident, please call our offices today. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to get you any compensation you may be entitled to by law. Call now for your free case evaluation.

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Miami Officer Hurt in Accident

MIAMI, FLA — It is not only the private citizen that can be involved in a car crash.

Saturday, an officer from the Miami-Dade Police Department was involved in an accident on Okeechobee Road. According to official reports, the officer was crossing through the intersection at NW 138th Street and Okeechobee Road when he was struck by a woman attempting to make a turn.

The woman, identified as Anibal Martinez, 44, was transported to Palmetto Hospital after the accident. She was looked at for leg pain but did not have other injuries listed.

Officer James Boone, 47, was transported to Ryder Trauma Center. The officer received both an MRI and a CAT scan to determine if he had any spinal injuries. Doctors were also looking for a broken clavicle. The police K9, also riding in the car, was taken to Knowles Animal Hospital and released.

When driving, always be sure that an intersection is clear before you attempt to turn. Accidents like this are easily avoided when people pay attention to their surroundings. Thankfully, no one was seriously injured in this incident, but things could have turned out much differently for any of the people, or animals, involved.

If you have been injured in an automobile accident, you may be entitled to compensation beyond what you receive from your insurance company. Call our team of personal injury attorneys today and let us review the facts of your case. We will tell you if you should move forward in seeking compensation. Call us now.

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Car Safety Seats are Essential for Little Ones

Parents know that car seats are required by law for children under a certain age, height and weight. As years have gone by, car seat technology has changed and so has knowledge of exactly what can happen to children’s bodies in an accident. Unlike decades ago, children are remaining in car seats well-past their toddler years.

The essential nature of car seats has been made clear for a Florida mom who was involved in a major collision on Halloween along with her two children. While the back seat was nearly demolished in the wreck, the lives of her 1- and 3-year-old children were spared thanks to effective car seats.

According to photos and eyewitness accounts, the impact of the accident broke the car. The back end is entirely smashed and, upon first look, no one could have possible survived. Instead, the two young children who were strapped properly into their car seats were pulled from the wreckage with only bumps and bruises.

How Child Car Seats Work

There are different car seats for each stage of a child’s growth. The first seat we will discuss is the rear-facing infant seat. These are also called convertible seats by some manufacturers.

These seats are fitted into the back of the car, but can be installed in the front seat in an emergency. The seat faces the rear of the car and, in the event of a collision, protects the infant’s head, neck and spine. Some seats have additional safety features built in that include bases which remain in the car, five-point harnesses that may be safer than the standard three-point harness, an overhead shield, and a t-shield are all features to look for.

Forward-facing seats are made for children that are older than 1 year and weigh more than 20 pounds. Like infant seats, the forward-facing seat is secured in the back seat with a buckle. The child is strapped in with

How to Safely Avoid Hitting a Deer

Deer mating season is upon us, making this as good a time as any to remind drivers that there are 1.6 million deer-versus-car accidents each year. This is according to the Insurance Information Institute that also reports that these accidents result in fatalities, serious injury and more than $3.6 billion in damages. Prepare yourself now to avoid being added to these statistics.

What to Do When Driving

Keep your eyes peeled. Deer rarely travel alone. As pack animals, deer are most often seen in groups of two or more. If you see one deer cross the road, chances are high that there are more following behind. Know when deer are active. These animals, like many others, are most active in the early morning and late evening. In other words: dusk and dawn. Deer are even more active during mating season. If you are driving after the sun goes down and before it comes up, be even more vigilant. Buckle up. If you aren’t the type of person who buckles up every time you drive, now is a good time to get in the habit. Should you collide with a deer, a seat belt could very well save your life. Stay in the middle. When you travel down a multi-lane road, stay in the center. This gives you more time to see a deer coming at you, and it gives you more room to react should you need to. Do not swerve. No matter how tempted you may be to swerve to avoid hitting a deer, don’t do it. Instead, brake firmly and stay in your lane. Deer change course on a whim. Swerving may not prevent you from hitting one and it is a dangerous maneuver that could cause you to lose control of your vehicle. Use your horn. Some experts suggest that a single, long blast of your horn will startle a deer enough to send it on its

Woman Sues GM Over Faulty Crash Avoidance System

Imagine losing control of your vehicle and sliding down a mountainside. Terrifying. Now, imagine careening down a mountainside and not being able to exit your vehicle. That is what a Colorado woman experienced after, she claims, the safety features on her 2009 Chevy Malibu failed.

According to court documents filed last Wendesday, Kristin Hopkins, 45, alleges that the car maker knew that the “crash avoidance” system on some models of the Chevy Malibu were defective. Her lawsuit states, in part, “Given these unavoidable driving conditions, and with guardrails rarely present, Colorado drivers must rely on these paramount crash avoidance features for their very survival.”

Police reports detail the accident:

Hopkins was driving her car on a curve near Red Hill Pass when she lost control. Her Malibu rolled multiple times down a mountainside before it came to rest on its roof. After sustaining multiple injuries, Hopkins spent six days trapped inside of the car and in freezing temperatures. She scrawled distress messages on an umbrella and put the umbrella outside of the car.

It wasn’t until passing motorists noticed the crash site and summoned help that she was rescued. First responders found Hopkins inside the vehicle and alive, but with injuries and hypothermia. After being transported to the hospital, Hopkins underwent several surgeries as doctors tried to repair the damage to her body. Hopkins ultimately had both legs amputated below the knees.

General Motors released a statement saying that the company was “learning details of this tragic accident” and “will investigate this matter and work to understand what happened and why.”

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Eating While Driving is Distracted Driving

You are busy. You spend your days running from here to there. It can be tempting to try to combine as many activities as you can. Eating in your car is a temptation you should avoid. A study released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that if you choose to dine while driving, you are increasing your chances of having an accident by 80 percent.

Let’s be honest for a moment. It isn’t the act of eating that is distracting. Anyone can steer a wheel with one hand and eat with the other. The danger comes while you are spending time fiddling with wrappers, inserting straws and eating dripping, messy foods.

According to the report, there are some foods that are simply more dangerous in the car than others. If you refuse to stop eating in the car, at least stop eating these five foods.

1. Coffee

Chances are high that you pour your second or third cup of coffee into your travel mug and head out the door. It is the number one food-stuff that contributes to accidents while driving. True, it is the most common food taken in the car, but it is also one of the hottest and one of the easiest to spill in your lap.

2. Soup

It is hard to believe that people actually try to eat soup in the car. Let’s assume that it is drinkable soup in mugs or cups and not soup that requires a spoon. No matter. Like coffee, soup is easy to spill and can give you a heck of a burn if it lands in your lap.

3. Tacos

Do you have a Taco Bell or other fast-food place along your route? Avoid it. Eating a taco in the car may be quick, but it is messy. Beef, lettuce, falling cheese, and dripping sauce are all distractions to the task at hand.

4. Chili

Pickup and School Bus Collide in West Palm Beach

WEST PALM BEACH, FL – Allowing anyone to take your children to school can be stressful, even if it’s an experienced bus driver. Those fears came true for parents last Wednesday when the bus their children were riding to school collided with a pickup truck.

Photos from the accident scene show the pickup truck behind the school bus. The pickup truck sustained heavy front-end damage, giving the assumption that it rear-ended the bus. One child was sent to the hospital as a precautionary measure.

The accident occurred near the intersection of Pinehurst Drive and Forest Hill Boulevard just before 9 a.m. The bus was transporting students to Okeeheelee Middle School. The pickup belongs to Horizon Pool and Patio. An estimated 15 gallons of chlorine was spilled into the roadway as a result of the accident.

No other people were reported to be injured in the crash.

Law enforcement officials remind drivers to stay at least 50 feet behind a school bus at all times. Officials also caution drivers to pay close attention to the warning lights of a school bus. Flashing yellow lights indicate that the bus is coming to a stop, and red lights indicate a stopped school bus, which is illegal to pass.

Thankfully, no children were seriously injured in the accident, nor was the truck driver. The crash could have had very different results. Any time you get behind the wheel, remember that you are sharing the road with others and act accordingly. Obey the rules of the road for the safety of yourself and everyone else.

If you have been injured in an automobile accident, please contact our personal injury attorneys for assistance. Our lawyers are here to help you put the pieces of your life back together. We will fight to get you the compensation you may be entitled to by law. Call now.

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Florida Students Injured in Cuba

MIAMI, FLA – An international vacation should be exciting. Visiting family is supposed to be relaxing and enjoyable. Unfortunately for a pair of travelers, plans changed drastically after a car accident left one of them stranded.

Barbara Jimenez and her boyfriend, John Fox, were in Cuba visiting the woman’s parents. While in the country, the two were involved in a car accident. Jimenez, who lives in Tampa, was unable to return to the United States because she does not have insurance. According to her family, flying her back in her current condition would cost tens of thousands of dollars.

Fox, on the other hand, was transported by air to Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital. He is hospitalized and recovering from injuries sustained in the crash. Jimenez is hospitalized in Cuba, where her parents traveled to be with her. “I wish we could take her back,” said Jorge Jimenez, the woman’s father. “I feel so frustrated. The truth is this is the hardest thing that has ever happened to me in my life”

Barbara, who was initially in a coma, is now able to breathe on her own. She remains weak and frustrated at her inabilities. Fox suffered a broken hip, a cerebral fracture and a shattered orbital plate. Fox also had a stroke after the wreck. According to family members he is making extraordinary progress in light of his serious injuries.

A University of South Florida student, Barbara had hopes of graduating this fall with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. It is unknown whether she will be on track to graduate when she is released from the hospital.

If you have been involved in a car accident, our competent team of personal injury lawyers is here to help you. Call our offices for your free initial consultation. We will review the details of your case and advise you on how to best proceed. Call us now for assistance.


West Palm Beach Officer Involved in Crash

WEST PALM BEACH, FL – Seeing police officers respond to an accident is not something new for most people. Witnessing an officer being involved in a crash is a bit more unusual. That is exactly what happened last Tuesday afternoon when a West Palm Beach officer was involved in a crash.

The two-car crash happened at the intersection of South Dixie Highway and Southern Boulevard. It was not immediately clear who had the right of way, but it was later determined that the police officer had the red light.

When watching surveillance videos taken by traffic cameras at the intersection, it is easy to see just how tremendous the impact was. The driver’s side door of the civilian’s vehicle was ripped off and became stuck on the police cruiser. There was extensive damage to both vehicles.

The police cruiser can be seen sitting at the intersection before heading east. A Honda Accord drives north through the intersection, and the cruiser T-bones the car. The driver of the other vehicle, identified as Ketelie Desrisseaux, 33, had to be extricated. She was taken to Good Samaritan by ambulance.

The police officer, identified as Jennifer Favors, 40, was taken to St. Mary’s with non-life threatening injuries. Both women are expected to make a full recovery.

The accident remains under investigation as West Palm Beach police review footage and speak to witnesses. Whether Favors will face disciplinary action within the department once the investigation is complete remains to be seen.

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