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New Tech All but Eliminates Rear-End Collisions

Picture this: You are driving down the road and the car in front of you slams on the brakes to avoid hitting an animal. You are driving just a bit too closely, and slamming on your own brakes does not prevent you from crashing into the rear-end of the vehicle in front of you. Are you ready for another example?

You are stopped waiting to make a turn. The car behind you is stopped, waiting for you to wait to make your turn. You feel a sudden jolt. The vehicle behind you was hit by someone who was not paying attention and they were pushed into your rear-end.

Do either of these scenarios sound familiar? They happen far more often than people like. These accidents not only cause property damage, but they often cause injury. A new study released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) says that vehicles equipped with automatic braking systems are involved in these accidents far less frequently than vehicles with traditional braking systems.

Automatic Emergency Braking Becoming the Norm

The research undertaken for this study focuses on Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) and Forward Collision Warning (FCW) systems. It also looked at a variety of systems made by Volvo. The study included vehicles from Honda, Acura, Subaru, Volvo and Mercedes-Benz. Vehicles were either equipped with AEB and FCW, or just FCW with no additional crash prevention technology installed.

According to the study, vehicles equipped with both autobraking and warning systems reduced the rate of rear-end collisions with injury by 42 percent. Rear-end crashes without injury were reduced by 39 percent. The overall rate reduction is 15 percent for injury crashes and 12 percent for non-injury crashes.

The report said, in part, that City Safety technology by Volvo “appears to be highly effective at reducing rear-end crashes and associated injuries reported to police, even on roadways with speed limits higher than the system’s operating ranger.” According

When Is It the Most Dangerous to Drive?

The odds of your being involved in a car accident are greater during times when there are more vehicles on the road. It stands to reason that the more congested the roads, the more likely you are to be in a collision. But what about inclement weather? Your chances increase then, too. According to research, when the number of drunk drivers increases, so do your driving risks.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in a four-year span, between 2001 and 2005, each day saw an average of 36 fatalities on roads across the country. Those were only the crashes that involved drunk drivers. During the summer and holidays, those numbers climbed even higher.

During Christmas, there were about 45 fatalities involving drunk drivers on American roads. Over the New Year’s holiday, fatalities involving alcohol-impaired drivers rose to 54 per day. It is thought that these numbers would be dramatically lower if drunk driving was taken out of the equation.

In general, the summer is your safest time to drive. The weather is right and the roads are dry. You have longer daylight hours and visibility is superb. Unfortunately, the benefits of summer driving  can be negated by other factors on the road. Statistically, there are a higher number of travelers on the road and more are impaired than during other times of year. In fact, the rate of alcohol-related road fatalities are close to twice that of any other time of year combined.

Most Dangerous Time for Teens

The period of time between Memorial Day and Labor Day or, as it is better known, summer vacation, are the most dangerous for teens. So much so, that these days have been nicknamed “The 100 Deadliest Days” for teen drivers. Nine of the 10 deadliest driving days for young people fall between May and August each year. It is thought that one reason for this phenomena is

What To Do After A Hit And Run Accident

Car accidents are not typically news. They happen every day. In fact, a majority of people have been involved in at least a minor fender bender throughout the course of their driving history. Accidents between cars, between vehicles and bicycles and even those between vehicles and pedestrians occur on a daily basis.

In the best of cases, both drivers remain on the scene of an accident. When it is only a single driver and a stationary object or pedestrian, that driver remains where they are and waits for the police. It’s how it should be and, typically, it’s how it is.

Unfortunately for some people who are involved in an accident, things do not go typically. They sit behind the wheel of their car or maybe even get out to inspect the damage. The next thing they know, the other party involved in the accident is speeding down the road, fleeing the scene. Now what?

People drive away from the scene of an accident for a variety of reasons. Some are driving without a license, some are driving on a suspended license…others are driving under the influence and afraid of being caught. No matter the reason, leaving the scene of an accident is a crime. Watching someone leave the scene of an accident you are involved in can make your stomach hit the floor.

If you are in an accident and find yourself gawking at the other party’s tail lights as they drive away, there are things you can do to protect yourself. Before you get in your car and chase after them (which is never recommended), take a breath, sit back down and get ready to act in your own best interest. The following five things should be done by anyone who is the victim of a hit-and-run. 1. Make a Phone Call

The first thing you need to do is summon emergency services. Call 911 and

Tips for Teen Drivers

If you are a parent of a teenage driver, chances are high that you deal with a bit of anxiety each time they take the keys to the car. Parents know that children are not experienced behind the wheel and inexperience can lead to accidents.

If you are a teenager, you may feel as though you are invincible. You earned your driver’s license and you are ready to grab the keys and go. Not so fast. Like it or not, you do not have the experience behind the wheel to handle everything the road has to throw at you.

Here are ten tips for every teenage driver and, in fact, any new driver on Florida’s roadways.

1. Click It

Seat belts are not uncool. They may be the coolest thing you have in the car. The mere act of buckling your seat belt can save your life in an accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, 60 percent of 16- to 20-year-olds who were involved in fatal crashes were not wearing their seat belts.

2. Get Off the Phone

No, you cannot multitask. The phone has no place in your car outside of an emergency. Parents take note: There are apps you can install on your teen’s phone that will allow you to turn it off while they are in the car. Use them; they work well. There should be no talking, texting or checking out social media while you are behind the wheel. And skip the selfies.

3. Go Slowly

Teenagers tend to be impulsive and many will speed just because of the rush. Slow down and go the speed limit. In fatal crashes, 37 percent of teenage male drivers were speeding just before impact. The speed limit is not a suggestion; it is a law.

4. Do Not Drink and Drive

First things first: You are not legally permitted to drink alcohol until

Common Misconceptions About Car Accidents

People have misconceptions about car accidents for a variety of reasons. Whether it is something you have heard on television, a friend or family member’s past experiences, or a general assumption that you have made, it is truly impossible to predict the outcome of an auto accident lawsuit.

Car accidents are a unique area of law. Trying to predict the outcome of such a case is quite simply impossible. There are a variety of factors that come into play, not the least of which are the details of the accident. Other factors may be the mood of the judge, the number of like incidents in your locality, the experience of your attorney and even your attitude in court.

Accident law is unlike any other type of law. Let’s take a closer look at some of the misconceptions surrounding car accident cases.

Each State’s Laws Are the Same

This is one of the biggest myths out there today. Insurance rates and laws vary from state to state. An accident in Florida may not have the same repercussions as an accident in Ohio. Some states require that drivers carry full coverage, other states require only liability insurance. Some states have no-fault laws and others have at-fault laws.

No-fault states mean that a car accident victim has rights to certain benefits no matter who was found at fault in the accident. For instance, your insurance company would pay for your lost wages and injuries even if the other driver was at fault.

In at-fault states, the first determination to be made is who caused the accident. It is that person’s insurance company that will pay any compensation that is due to either party. All of these factors come into play during an auto accident case.

You Only Have to Be In Pain

Thanks to television shows and attorney’s commercials, many people are under the impression that they only have to be in pain

Google’s Self-Driving Cars Not Quite Road Ready

Google’s self-driving cars have been making the news of late, and the news tends to be positive. People are excited at the prospect of being able to buy cars that can be chalked up as personal drivers. Unfortunately, the good news comes with a bit of bad. According to reports, the self-driving cars were test driven in California between September 2014 and November 2015. Test drivers had to disengage the computer controls a total of 341 times.

Disengaging the computer essentially means that the human took over. In 272 cases, the computer system failed in one way or another and gave control to the human on its own. Google’s cars are able to do this by alerting the human driver with audio and visual signals. Google wants the public to know that they set the limits at which the computer hands over control of the car very conservatively. This is done so that the company can gather data and improve the cars. Even minor abnormalities in sensor readings can cause the computer to give up control.

Other disengagements by the cars were not so readily downplayed by Google. In 69 cases, it was the driver who decided to grab the wheel and take over. The company says that humans may have decided to resume control due to decisions “relating to comfort” or poor driving from other vehicles on the road. Because Google takes data from each of these disengagements, they were able to determine that 13 of them could have resulted in the car coming into contact with another object had the human not taken over.

The total number of disengagements occurred over more than 400,000 miles of driving. This is approximately as many miles as a typical driver would cover in two to four years. As the company has made improvements to its fleet, the miles driven per disengagement have been on the rise. During initial testing, disengagement occurred

Do Not Ignore Signs of a Traumatic Brain Injury

Car accident are stressful when they do not result in injury. Add injury into the mix and the event can turn downright nightmarish. When you or a family member are struck in the head, the first concern needs to be a traumatic brain injury.

There are several symptoms of a traumatic brain injury to be on the lookout for. The symptoms range from mild to severe, making it easy to confuse a traumatic brain injury with another type of injury. Physical symptoms include:

Loss of consciousness. If you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident and lose consciousness, no matter how quickly, get medical attention immediately. Confusion. You may not lose consciousness, but you may have feelings of confusion or disorientation. Headache. You may experience a headache in any part of your head. Do not assume that a headache must be in a particular area of your head to indicate a traumatic brain injury. Drowsiness. There is a difference between being tired from a lack of sleep and having a steady feeling of drowsiness. Coordination. If you find yourself losing your balance frequently when it doesn’t make sense to do so, you should be checked out by your doctor. There is a difference between tripping over something laying in the middle of the floor and constantly tripping over your own feet. Non-physical signs. You may experience sensory symptoms such as blurred vision, a bad taste in your mouth, ringing in the ears, sensitivity to light and sound. You may also have memory problems, mood changes, or a feeling of anxiety.

If you experience any of these symptoms following a car accident, it is important that you seek medical attention immediately. Ignoring a brain injury can make it worse, and it can make it far more difficult for doctors to offer you any form of effective treatment.

If you or a loved one has been involved

Deciding If Your Teen is Ready to Drive

Statistically speaking, teenage drivers are some of the most dangerous on the road. Little experience coupled with distractions can be a recipe for disaster. Most teens dream of getting their driver’s license and breaking freer of their parents when they turn 16. But wait. Just because your child is of age does not necessarily mean they are ready to drive. Here is a quick checklist to help you determine if your teenager should be on the road with other drivers.

Responsibility and Maturity

Assuming that your child is of age to drive, give some thought to their maturity level. Some teens are more responsible than many adults. Others can’t even clean their rooms without a dozen gentle and not-so-gentle reminders. Decide for yourself if your teenager is mature enough to handle the very serious responsibility of driving.

Follows the Rules

If your teenager doesn’t follow the rules of the household, how can you expect them to follow the rules of the road? You will undoubtedly want to establish rules for the car, and you will expect your teen to follow the rules. If you can’t rely on your child to follow simple rules and you are forced to wonder if they will follow the rules you set for driving, they aren’t ready for their license.

Can Handle the Cost

How you will handle the cost of your teen’s driving is up to you. Some parents decide that their child will have to pay for their own gas. Other parents have their children pay for their own insurance. If you will be expecting your teenager to help foot some of the bill for their driving, this should be discussed. Your teen will have to get a job and may be unwilling to do so.

Cell Phone Ban

This rule is important enough to stand out on its own. If you cannot trust that your child will leave the cell phone on

Miami Accident Sets Fire to Surrounding Vehicles

MIAMI, Fla – An overnight accident in Miami took the life of a driver and damaged several other vehicles.

According to reports of the incident, a vehicle was traveling on Southwest Third Avenue in a northbound direction. The driver of the car lost control and crashed into several cars parked along the side of the street. The vehicle immediately burst into flames, and the crash killed the driver on impact. The Miami Fire Rescue responded to the scene quickly but was unable to save the life of the driver.

Approximately five other cars ended up in flames because of the accident. Witnesses in nearby apartments stated that they heard what sounded like an explosion before running from their homes to see what had happened. One person said, “We thought it was a bomb. Because I never heard like a crash. I just heard an explosion go off.”

People tried to put out the flames with extinguishers but were unable to do so. Flames were estimated to reach heights of close to 20 feet.

Several cars in the area were damaged, but no one was injured. The woman who was killed in the accident has not been identified by police at this time. The incident is currently under investigation as police attempt to determine what caused the crash.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation under the law. Call our team of experienced personal injury attorneys and let us review the details of your case. We will help you determine the best steps to take as you work to restore order to your life. Call now.

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Port St. Lucie Woman Arrested After Leaving the Scene

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla – A Port St. Lucie woman was arrested last Wednesday and charged with failing to stop for a crash involving an injury. The crash occurred in the 600 block of Southwest Port St. Lucie Boulevard.

Reports detail the incident, though what happened is somewhat difficult to picture. According to officials, Joran Michel told police that he had pulled into the driveway of a friend. After he pulled in, a woman driving a red SUV hit the side of his car. Michel got out of his car and the woman put her vehicle in reverse. She exited the driveway and, as she was doing so, hit Michel with her vehicle. The woman, Lori Fairchild, 46, did not stop.

A witness to the accident that occurred at approximately 3:30 p.m. was able to provide police with a portion of the license plate number. Police were then able to use that information to track Fairchild down. She was arrested and transported to St. Lucie County Jail. Fairchild was ultimately released on bail.

Michel was treated for the injuries he sustained by medical professionals at St. Lucie Medical Center.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile accident, you may be entitled to compensation under the law. Our personal injury attorneys will review the details of your case at no cost to you and help you decide how to proceed. Call today or browse our website for more information about our firm and the services we provide.

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