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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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  • 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 conversation filler has been replaced by “wet enough for you?”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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  • 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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  • Miami Drivers Need a New Direction on Turn Signals

    Nowadays, even base models of vehicles are coming with some pretty fancy technology. Bluetooth capabilities, back-up cameras, lane departure warnings, and adaptive cruise control are just a few examples. These kinds of features are designed to help motorists stay safe. There's another customary automotive safety technology that’s been around for almost a century, yet Miami drivers seem to be ...
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  • Youth Traffic Safety: A Continuing Concern

    Life can be hard to navigate, and if you become a parent, it’s common to find yourself wishing that your kids would learn from your mistakes rather than repeat them. Some lessons transfer easily: look both ways before crossing the street, don’t talk to strangers, wear sunscreen. But others are a sign of the times: change your passwords often, be careful what you post, don’t participate in sexting. ...
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  • Trucks Parked Illegally Could Pose Major Safety Threat

    As one of the primary means of transport for goods in this country, it seems the road is always packed with tractor-trailers. No matter what time of day you find yourself behind the wheel, chances are high that you will share the road with several large trucks. And they can be intimidating – drifting out of their lane, losing tire tread, barreling down on cars. But have you ever considered that ...
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  • Smartphones Contribute to Distracted Driving, Right?

    A person's confidence in his or her own skills paired with the convenience of mobile phones make talking or texting while driving a nearly unavoidable temptation. It’s hard to remember the days when it wasn't possible to instantly update your ETA to a friend, find a different route when you make a wrong turn, or take that important business call. While multitasking can be an effective use of time, ...
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  • Fewer Teens are Getting a Driver's License, but is That a Good Thing?

    It used to be that earning a driver’s license was the most anticipated rite of adolescence. In the age of ride-sharing and interaction through social media, there has been a significant decrease in the number of teenage drivers. One survey places the share of high school seniors who have a driver’s license at a record low of 71.5 percent – down from 85.3 percent in 1996. More and more teens are ...
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  • Traffic Laws Have a Direct Impact on Road Safety

    Florida has only 5 of 15 laws suggested by Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety. A reduction in costs and fatalities would likely result if laws were passed for things such as: Primary enforcement rear seat belt Booster seats Minimum age of 16 for a learner’s permit No nighttime time driving for learners Restricted passengers for intermediate-stage drivers No use of cellular devices for teens ...
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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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • "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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  • Can I Still Sue If I Am Partially to Blame for an Accident?

    Although traffic accidents are extremely common, no one actually expects to be involved in one. When a crash happens, it can be difficult to be sure exactly what went wrong. Even if you think the accident was partly your fault, it’s a good idea not to say so at the scene. There are processes for figuring out fault, and it’s best for everyone if they are followed. The good news is that in Florida, ...
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  • What is Subrogation?

    The law is full of cumbersome terms and complex principles that can seem intimidating to many people. Yet, these notions are at play in our daily lives, whether we realize it or not. Subrogation is one of those ideas that can be very useful to understand in the context of personal injury. The word “subrogation” means to stand in the place of another, particularly to substitute for another with ...
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  • There's Nothing Festive About Drinking and Driving

    Andy Williams echoes the feelings of many as he croons, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” And while there are indeed marshmallows for toasting, it’s the “parties for hosting” that you have to be careful of. Many holiday get-togethers involve alcoholic beverages. Students from the University of Miami, Florida International University and other higher ed institutions celebrating the end of ...
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  • Not on Anyone's List: Drunk Driving Accidents Increase During the Holiday Season

    The holidays are upon us. Whether that fills you with glee, dread, or indifference, it doesn't change the fact that the number of drunk driving accidents go up this time of year. Starting on the day before Thanksgiving and ending on New Year's Day, the holiday season sees more drunk drivers than the rest of the year. People are always finding excuses to drink during the holidays. Unfortunately, ...
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  • Vicarious Liability: Parents & Teen Drivers

    If you're the parent of a new teen driver, then you may be understandably filled with mixed emotions. On the one hand, you're proud of your teen for learning how to drive and reaching the milestone of obtaining a driver's license. On the other hand, you may be worried about your teen's safety while they're behind the wheel. Unfortunately, young drivers are responsible for nearly 30% of motor ...
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