April 2019 Newsletter

In This Issue…
• Kelly Diaz Celebrates 21st Anniversary with the Firm
• Don’t Become a Statistic – Stop Distracted Driving
• Put Safety First When Enjoying Florida Boating
• Recipe of the Month: Chickpea Waldorf Salad
• What’s Happening In & Around South Florida
Kelly Diaz Celebrates 21st
Anniversary with the Firm
We would like to express our appreciation to Kelly Diaz for 21 years of outstanding
service and dedication to our firm. She started with us on April 1st, 1998 and we were
no fools – we knew she would be a great addition! An interesting piece of firm trivia –
Kelly was the first employee of the firm after the founder Michael Steinger!
Kelly has come a long way since she started out with us. She began by wearing many
hats, functioning as both a legal assistant and office manager and doing anything that
was necessary to help process files and keep the business running smoothly. As the firm
grew, Kelly established our intake department. She now manages the department for
each of the firm’s offices and is instrumental in the health and vitality of Steinger, Greene
& Feiner.
Thank you for being such a valuable member of our team. Loyal and dedicated
employees like Kelly are the foundation of any successful company and we wish her the
best for continued success!
Don’t Become a Statistic
– Stop Distracted Driving
This should come as no surprise – the number of car accidents caused by distracted
driving continues to increase. 220 people were killed in 2017 Florida distracted driving
crashes with an additional 3,069 injured. Altogether, there were more than 50,000
collisions in our state caused by distractions – an increase of 1,000 over the prior year.
(data from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles)
The reason that this should not be surprising is that we have all seen distracted drivers
on the road. They are staring down at the phones in their laps rather than focusing on
the road. They are applying cosmetics, sipping coffee, chatting to passengers or
manipulating GPS. In fact, they are doing everything except paying attention to the task
at hand – safe and attentive driving.
Are you one of them?
Texting While Driving Is Illegal in Florida
You know that texting behind the wheel is against the law. But did you know that
includes reading a text? Florida law prohibits sending or reading data as well as
manually typing into a cellphone – even just glancing at the screen.
Texting while driving is dangerous behavior. Studies have shown that a driver who is
distracted by a cellphone has the same risk of being in an accident as a drunk
Tips for Avoiding Distracted Driving
April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the perfect time to recommit to
safe driving without distractions:
Even though making calls using hand-held cellphones is legal in Florida, use your
cellphone only for an emergency when driving. If you need to make a call, pull over
in a safe place. Even hands-free devices pull your attention away from the road.
If you are a passenger, offer to make a text or call or read a message for the
Limit the number of passengers and curtail activity in the car while driving.
Teenage drivers are especially distracted with friends in the car, so establish firm
rules about who your young driver can take with them.
Avoid eating while driving. Food and beverage spills are major distractions.
Never text while driving. Show your respect for the law by being a good role model
for your teen. Turn your phone off, toss it in the back seat or stow it in the glove
Multi-tasking doesn’t work! You can read more about the dangers of distracted driving at
Distraction.gov. Take the National Safety Council pledge to “Just Drive” along with your
family members.
Put Safety First When Enjoying Florida Boating
Recreational boating in Florida is 365-days-a-year fun! In addition to our world-famous
Atlantic coastline, our state boasts 19 large lakes and innumerable small bodies of
water, rivers and creeks. And did we mention the Everglades?
Even with all this beautiful water, recreational boating can be risky and boating accidents
occur far too often. In 2017, Florida led the nation in boating deaths – 66 – along with
429 reported injuries (U.S. Coast Guard Recreational Boating Statistics).
Common Causes of Boating Accidents
What is the most frequent contributing factor in fatal boating accidents? Alcohol use.
Other top causes include:
Operator inexperience and inattention
Missing or distracted lookout
Machinery failure
Do you see a common thread in these top 5 causes? They are all preventable.
Our 6 Top Boating Safety Tips
All boat occupants, adults and children, should wear life preservers. 85% of those
who drowned last year in boating accidents were not wearing life preservers.
Never drink and skipper a boat or act as a lookout. It’s not only against the law, but
it can be as dangerous as driving under the influence .
Keep up-to-date on local weather conditions, both land and sea.
Don’t speed – it’s easy to lose control and you may not be able to react
appropriately to a water hazard.
Always leave information about your “float plan” with someone. Include the
captain’s name and contact information, boat registry and style, itinerary,
passengers and what kind of signaling and communication technology is on board.
Keep your skills up to date with U.S.C.G. boating education and safety courses .
More Boating Safety Help
Get a free vessel check-up by both the U.S.C.G. Auxiliary and the U.S. Power
U.S.C.G. Foundation Boating Safety Guide and Equipment and Departure
Boating Safety for Kids from SafeKids.org.
If you or any family member has been injured in an auto accident, boating accident or
motorcycle accident or any other type of personal injury , it’s important to get an attorney
experienced in these types of cases involved immediately. Call (800) 561-4214 for your
initial free consultation. Steinger, Greene & Feiner Injury Lawyers, injury attorney in
southern Florida , can help you determine whether you need a lawyer for any incident or
any personal injury case.
Recipe of the Month
Chickpea Waldorf Salad
This simple chickpea Waldorf salad takes a lighter approach and offers a wonderful
balance of sweet and savory with the perfect amount of crunch in every bite!
1/2 cup plain full-fat yogurt
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (14-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 ribs celery, finely chopped
1 medium apple, chopped into 1/4-inch chunks
1 cup red grapes
1/2 cup diced red onion
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
4 cups fresh spinach
Prepare the yogurt dressing by combining the yogurt, apple cider vinegar, mustard,
honey, salt, crushed red pepper flakes, and pepper in a bowl. Whisk until well-combined.
Combine chickpeas, celery, apple, grapes, onion, parsley, and walnuts in a large bowl.
Stir in the dressing and toss until evenly coated. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes before
serving, or up to 5 days.
Serve salad over fresh spinach. Serves 4.
Recipe courtesy of Andrea Bemis
What’s Happening In & Around South Florida
May 2 – 5
Sunfest Grounds
West Palm Beach, FL
May 4
An Acoustic Evening with Pat Benatar
& Neil Giraldo
Seminole Casino Coconut Creek
Pompano Beach, FL
May 10 – 12
Hard Rock Stadium
Opa Locka, FL
May 11
Hard Rock Live at Seminole
Hollywood, FL
May 23
Coral Sky Amphitheatre
S. Florida Fairgrounds
West Palm Beach, FL
May 25
Regatta Park
Miami, FL
May 27
Snyder Park
Fort Lauderdale, FL
May 31
American Airlines Arena
Miami, FL
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Michael Steinger

Michael Steinger

The Florida BarFlorida Bar Young Lawyers DivisionMillion Dollar Advocates ForumMillion Dollar Advocates ForumBest Workers Compensation Attorneys in MiamiBest Car Accident Lawyers in MiamiLawyers of distinction

MICHAEL S. STEINGER, founding partner of Steinger, Greene & Feiner, believes in representing real people, not big businesses. Since the firm’s creation in 1997, Steinger, Greene & Feiner has never represented an insurance company or large corporation, and he vows to keep this promise. Over the course of his career, Michael has handled thousands of Florida accident cases, recovering millions of dollars for his clients and earning him membership into the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Staying up-to-date on the ever-evolving laws protecting injury victims and their families, Michael is an active member of the American Bar Association, the Palm Beach, and St. Lucie Bar Associations, and sits on the Auto Insurance Committee of the Florida Justice Association.