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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.

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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

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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Why Hands-Free Driving is Not a Safer Option

Most people know that it is illegal to text and drive. In some areas, it is even illegal to talk on your cell phone while driving. Many of these fairly new laws have prompted makers of Bluetooth technologies to tout their products as a safer option. It seems to make sense that a hands-free device is a good option for those who commute long distances or simply need to stay connected while on the road.

Unfortunately, hands-free driving is not risk-free driving. While the idea of being hands-free is attractive, the reality is that it gives people a false sense of security. Here’s what it says:

Cause of Car Crashes

Close to 90 percent of all automobile accidents are caused by some type of driver error. It could be due to intoxication, sleeplessness or distraction. Despite what people may think, most accidents are not caused by the weather or mechanical issues.

Cell Phones and Crashes

There are thousands of car crashes each day. Of all crashes, about 26 percent involve a driver that was using a cell phone in some manner. That use is not limited to holding on to the phone…hands-free technology is also to blame.

Hands-Free

When people talk about hands-free, they typically think of one thing or another. People have a vision of hands-free in their mind. It reality, an ear piece, ear buds, speakerphone or dashboard system is considered to be a hands-free device or option. Using any of these things while driving is dangerous.

Multi-Tasking is a Myth

Sure you can do 50 things at once. Or can you? The ability to multitask that some like to believe they have is a myth. Studies have shown that while the brain can switch between different tasks quickly, the brain cannot concentrate fully on two things at once. When you are listening to your phone, even when your hands are on the wheel, your ability to

West Palm Beach Crash Leaves Several Injured

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla – A crash on Sunday left several people injured in West Palm Beach County. One person had to be physically extricated from one of the vehicles that was involved in the two-car accident. One person was flown to an area hospital and five others were taken to local hospitals by ground. A single occupant was treated on scene and released. Police are not saying what caused the accident at this time.

With a busy holiday weekend sure to put people on the roads, law enforcement officials are urging everyone to drive with patience and caution. There will undoubtedly be people driving under the influence of alcohol this weekend, making it more important than ever to be vigilant on the road. If you will be out this weekend, keep your wits about you as you make your way home and, if you do drink, stay in place or find a sober ride home.

No one wants to start the New Year recovering from an automobile accident. Drive without distractions, stay sober and stay safe. Remember that your only job when you are behind the wheel is to drive and get to where you are going safely.

If you do happen to be injured in an auto accident this holiday weekend or at any other time of year, our personal injury attorneys are available to help you get the compensation you deserve. Call our offices for a free initial consultation and let our team advise you how to best proceed. We are here for you as you begin to put the pieces of your life back together. Call us now or browse our website for more information.

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Five Easy Tips for Safe Driving

With the New Year’s Eve holiday quickly approaching, now is a great time to discuss safe driving. While drunk driving is certainly avoidable, so are many of the other behaviors that put us in danger on the road. Here are five things that you can do to keep yourself and other drivers safe as you travel to and from your celebrations.

Slow Down

There is an old ad campaign that says “Speed Kills.” It’s a simple statement, but a true one. For each mile over the speed limit that you choose to travel, you increase your chances of getting into an accident by approximately five percent. The risk increases the faster you are going. One of the easiest things to do on the road is to follow the posted speed limit.

Stay Focused

Your vehicle is not a rolling dressing room, diner or phone booth. When you are behind the wheel, keep your full attention on the road ahead of you. Avoid distractions at all costs. Distracted driving is as dangerous, if not more so, than driving under the influence of alcohol.

Stay Awake

Driving drowsy is a contributing factor in about 20 percent of all accidents that occur in the country each year. If you feel like you need a nap, don’t get behind the wheel. If you are traveling long distances, pull over when you get tired. Find a hotel or a rest stop and catch a few Zs before you head back out on the road.

Buckle Up

Buckling your seat belt is something that you should do as soon as you get settled in the driver’s seat. It’s a shocking number, but 70 percent of young teenagers killed in accidents were not wearing their seat belts. These handy inventions really do save lives. Buckle up when you get behind the wheel.

Keep Your Distance

Don’t be so irritated by the slow driver in front of

Rollover Crash Shuts Down Highway

MARTIN COUNTY, Fla – A Palm Beach County man was arrested after police pursued him last week. The pursuit ended in a fiery rollover crash that tied up traffic along Interstate 95 for hours. Three people ended up in the hospital as a result of the accident.

The pursuit began in Palm Beach County after a van was reported stolen from a business in Tequesta. The pursuit proceeded northbound on I-95. As a result of the pursuit, the van rolled eight times, landing near the woods along the highway. Michael Kungis, 29, was ejected from the van as it turned over and over. He was flown to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute to be treated for his injuries. He was last listed in critical condition.

The driver of a vehicle that was clipped in the crash and a sheriff’s deputy were also treated as a precaution. Neither person was reported to have been injured.

A criminal history check of Kungis shows that he has previous arrests for trafficking in stolen property and commercial fraud. He was on early release from the state prison system at the time of the accident. Kungis has racked up 47 felony charges in his lifetime. 10 of those charges resulted in convictions. 17 misdemeanor arrests led to seven separate convictions.

Soutbound I-95 was shut down for three hours as a result of the accident. The southbound ramp at Martin Highway was closed as well.

If you have been injured in an automobile accident, call our personal injury attorneys today. We will review the facts of your case and advise you how to best proceed. Call now.

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Man Crashes Through Front of Restaurant

PLANTATION, Fla – Eating lunch is supposed to be uneventful. You place your order, you get your meal, you eat and leave. That isn’t how lunch went for several patrons just outside of Fort Lauderdale in Plantation last Monday afternoon. In fact, lunch was interrupted by a mini-van crashing through the front of the building.

According to reports, Al Salam Restaurant and Market was serving lunch to its patrons Monday afternoon. At approximately 2:30 p.m., a silver Toyota mini-van crashed through the front of the building, injuring himself and others. The driver was actually heading to the restaurant to pick up his lunch order.

Fire Battalion Chief Joel Gordon of the Plantation Fire Department says that the accident appears to have been caused by some sort of medical problem. It was a low-speed accident and it is unclear whether the driver will face charges. Three people inside of the restaurant received minor injuries and were transported to the hospital. One patron had serious injuries and was transported for medical attention, while the driver sustained only minor injuries.

The inside of the restaurant was severely damaged in the incident. Bloodstains and tire marks marred the building’s interior following the accident.

If you have been injured in an automobile accident, an experienced attorney can help you receive any compensation that you may be entitled to by law. Call us today and let us review the facts of your accident at no cost to you. We will advise you as to the best way for you to proceed. Call now.

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