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  • South Florida Weather Puts Drivers at Risk of Injury from Defective Airbags

    Contrary to popular belief, airbags are not soft pillows that float out like clouds when needed. Rather, these supplemental restraints more closely resemble tightly packed explosives. The inflation system is comparable to that of a solid rocket booster , and deployment clocks in at almost 200 miles per hour. Activation comes without warning, filling the space and beginning to deflate in less time ...
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  • Drunk(er) Driving in Florida?

    In 2015, there were 2,656 DUI arrests just in Miami-Dade county -- the second highest number in the 31,783 such arrests made statewide. There were also almost 800 alcohol-related traffic fatalities in Florida that year, representing 27 percent of all traffic deaths and a 14.8 percent increase over 2014. Thousands more were injured in alcohol-related crashes. This continues year after year, despite ...
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  • Fighting Denials of Life Insurance Claims

    With its roots in ancient Roman times, the concept of life insurance found its way to the U.S. in the 1760s. Not offered to the working class until the 1870s, sales increased dramatically after the first World War. These days, approximately three in five Americans have some type of life insurance and another 34% are likely to buy it in the coming year. Coverage needs vary, based on personal ...
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  • Wednesday, May 24, is Emergency Medical Services for Children Day

    “Benny the Bearamedic” may sound like a cute and cuddly creation, but he exists to bring awareness to a very serious matter – specialized emergency care for children. The need for quality pediatric emergency medical care is so important that it is highlighted annually during Emergency Medical Services Week (EMS). Started in 1974, EMS Week runs May 21 st through 27 th this year. May 24 th is EMS ...
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  • Fighting Fire With Fire: Apps Aim to Prevent Distracted Driving

    Ever use your phone while driving? If you said no, you're probably not being entirely truthful. Sending or reading texts at a stop light counts, by the way. Even if you've never posted to social media while driving, most people are guilty of using apps or messaging while behind the wheel. It's almost habit; and since most of us feel like we are good drivers, we don’t believe that the dangers ...
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  • Dehumidifiers are Dangerous: Fires and Recalls

    Defective dehumidifiers made by Gree and Midea have been overheating and linked to destructive fires. Sold at well-known national retailers as well as on secondary markets, consumers have to be careful. If you have a dehumidifier, stop using it and unplug it until you have a chance to determine whether it is subject to recall. By entering the brand name, model number, and date code from the label ...
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  • The Dark Side of Solar Panels

    The epitome of clean energy, solar power is a thriving sector across the country. This renewable resource is increasingly affordable with small-scale rooftop system prices dropping almost 30 percent from 2010 to 2013 and large-scale system costs dropping even more. In sunny locations, a five-kilowatt home rooftop photovoltaic (PV) system produces enough yearly kilowatt hours to meet the ...
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  • Settlement vs. Trial

    To most Americans, the legal process is limited to what they’ve seen portrayed on television or in the movies. While some depictions are accurate, it can seem completely foreign once you are the one directly involved in a lawsuit. Trials have many stages, but few civil cases progress that far. Rather, the majority of personal injury actions end in pre-trial settlement with as many as 95 percent of ...
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  • April is National Alcohol Awareness Month

    An alcohol fueled night ends with a fiery crash, one dead and eight injured (Pinellas County, 3/11/17) Car was going at least 100 mph in Sawgrass crash that killed 19-year-old, troopers say (2/16/17) Driver sentenced to prison in DUI crash that killed boy, 6 (Broward County, 1/19/17) One dead in alcohol-related wrong way crash on Interstate 4 in Lakeland (1/14/17) Teen dies, 4 others injured in ...
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  • Florida is Taking Steps to Curb Teen Driver Distraction - Is It Ambitious Enough?

    Accidents happen. They are a part of life that we have to accept. However, the occurrence of some accidents is made more likely by behaviors that are within our control. Where we place our attention when operating a motor vehicle is a prime example. Focusing on the road while driving can greatly reduce the chance of a crash. But there are many distractions out there that take our eyes off the ...
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  • The Cloudy Future of the Truck Speed Limiter Rule

    These days, you are hard-pressed to find news about this country that doesn’t mention the recent government transition. Many of the discussions involve speculation about the policies of the new administration. For highway safety advocates, one of the most concerning issues is what will happen to the long-delayed “speed limiter” rule that aims to electronically limit the speeds of big rigs in the ...
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  • This Spring Break, Don't Take a Break from Safety

    It’s almost that time again. Spring break. Whether you are a college student or a family with kids about to get days off from school, traveling for spring break is a welcome adventure. South Florida is a very common destination this time of the year. Fort Lauderdale ranked as the fourth most popular spot for Spring Break 2017 in a recent survey by Allianz Global Assistance , which examined more ...
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  • How to Handle Insurance Denials

    Insurance is one of life’s pesky necessities. It’s required in order to drive a car and to mortgage a home. It is highly recommended for operating a boat, renting an apartment, even going on an expensive trip. If you have to make a claim, you expect it to go smoothly, but too often, that’s not the case. Insurance companies are businesses and, as such, they aspire to operate at the highest possible ...
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  • "Certified" Used Cars May Not Be Risk-free

    For many of us, our first taste of automotive freedom came from scraping together enough money to buy a used car. There are great deals out there and lots of solid financial reasons to continue purchasing previously owned vehicles. In fact, used car prices declined about four percent on average last year over 2015, and the outlook is for more of the same. Unfortunately, a decline in cost may also ...
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  • To Err is Human...

    The day after Christmas, three people on their way home from a nightclub were killed when their car smashed through two fences and plunged into a lake near Fort Lauderdale. Only the driver escaped the sinking vehicle and, although the cause is still under investigation , witnesses reported that the car had been speeding prior to the crash. A tragedy for sure, perhaps even a preventable one – and ...
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