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  • How We've Underestimated the Prevalence of Distracted Driving

    After years of decline, traffic deaths have risen sharply over the past two years. Deaths from auto accidents rose over 14% in those two years. To put that in perspective, that is the largest two-year increase in over 50 years. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2016, an average of 100 people died on America's roadways every single day. That's over 40,000 ...
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  • Learning About Falls Early in Life Can Prevent Falls Later On

    Everyone slips or trips from time to time, and for most of us, a “little spill” results in no more than a bruise or perhaps a sprain. Even when a fall does cause a more serious injury like a fracture, most of us heal pretty quickly, returning to full function and mobility weeks after the accident. Falls are a major public health risk in the United States, particularly for certain age groups. ...
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  • Understanding the Surge of Bicycle Accidents

    It is simple to understand the popularity of bicycling. Cycling is good exercise, it's better for the environment, it is economical, and here in South Florida, it can be done year around. Cycling is not just a mode of transportation -- for many, it is a recreational activity. Bicycles are incredibly popular in South Florida, so the latest news about an increase in bicycle fatalities is alarming. ...
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  • Florida Nursing Home Tragedy: Can We Learn from These Mistakes?

    When a natural disaster like a hurricane strikes, South Florida's elderly residents are among the area's most vulnerable. A criminal probe has been launched since eight residents of The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills died after a loss of power left the facility without air conditioning. Nursing homes have a responsibility to keep their residents safe. A recent tragedy here in Florida ...
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  • Thanksgiving Safety Tips

    Thanksgiving is a time of gathering for many families; it can be a wonderful time to catch up with loved ones over a delicious, home-cooked meal. And while nobody anticipates getting into an accident or otherwise becoming injured on Thanksgiving, it unfortunately happens more often than you might think. From auto accidents while driving to or from holiday gatherings to cooking incidents and ...
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  • The Basics of Wrongful Death Claims

    There is no easy way to deal with the death of a loved one. That situation is made exponentially more difficult if your loved one died as a result of someone else’s actions. These kinds of accidental deaths include everything from car crashes to motorcycle accidents, truck wrecks to accidents on the job, medical malpractice to hazardous chemical exposure, adverse drug reactions to defective ...
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  • With the Kids Back in School, Driver Safety Awareness is Key

    The end of summer is here and schools are ramping up for the start of a new year. Over 4,200 schools make up the approximately 76 public school districts in Florida . This includes Miami-Dade County Public Schools and Broward County Public Schools, which, in terms of enrollment, are the first and second largest school districts in the state (and in the top ten nationwide). With a state-wide ...
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  • National Teen Driver Safety Week: Teaching Teens About Safety Behind the Wheel

    National Teen Driver Safety Week presents the ultimate opportunity to chat frankly with adolescents about one of today's most concerning problems: distraction and recklessness behind the wheel. Far too many teenagers fall victim to car crashes; research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention points to motor vehicle accidents as the chief cause of death among adolescents. Common Causes ...
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  • Florida Has a High Number of Unlicensed Drivers

    You’re familiar with the slogans. “The American Dream.” “The Land of Opportunity.” “Home of the Free and the Brave.” It’s those ideals that make this country great and make people want to live here. When they come, they wish to do those everyday things: working, shopping, driving. The problem is, driving a car properly is a learned skill, and not everyone who gets behind the wheel does so legally. ...
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  • Florida Ranks Poorly in National Safety Assessment

    Florida: Where seniors go to retire, snowbirds escape frigid winters, and kids' dreams come true. Residents enjoy some of the world's most beautiful beaches and a climate that many people envy. But when it comes to personal safety, the Sunshine State isn't quite paradise. In a recent study of car wrecks, assaults and murders, Florida ranks among the least-safe states in the nation. Florida may be ...
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  • Flood Safety Tips for Florida Drivers

    This summer, it seems the generic “hot enough for you?” conversation filler has been replaced by “wet enough for you?” While great at making everything lush and green, this season's rainfall has also made much of the state a flood zone. Lakes and rivers are high, lawns are marshy, and water collects on the roads. In a recent National Weather Service flood advisory for parts of Miami-Dade county , ...
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  • New Report Says Florida Is the Second Worst State for Distracted Driving

    Our great state of Florida is known for a lot of wonderful things. Disney World, for one, but also our beautiful beaches, the Daytona 500, the NASA Space Center, and of course, the oranges. What you might not realize is that Florida is quickly becoming known for something a little less enjoyable. According to a recent study, Florida drivers are the second most distracted drivers in the entire ...
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  • You Should Never Admit Fault After a Vehicle Crash

    No matter whether you think of yourself as a good person who always tries to do the right thing, know that your moral compass points in the wrong direction more often than not, or are somewhere in between, you should never voluntarily take the blame after a car accident. Erring on the side of caution is crucial to ensuring that your rights are protected and the truth is discovered. Even if you ...
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  • As Irma Inches Closer to Florida, Remember These Safety Tips

    Floridians are no strangers to the potential dangers of hurricane season. We've gotten pretty lucky the last several years, but the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) warns that, from now until November, we may be in for more hurricanes than what was previously predicted. In fact, this season could rival that of 2010, with a high likelihood of 14 to 19 named storms, 5 to 9 actual ...
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  • How Drivers are Impacted by Changes in Florida's Ridesharing Regulations

    In a fairly short period of time, ridesharing has gone from a novel idea to a viable transportation movement. Whether for daily commutes, personal errands, or business travel, this popular option is accessible through a variety of apps. Uber and Lyft are the most well-known ridesharing companies, with tens of thousands of drivers in Florida alone. Recently, state lawmakers passed new regulations ...
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