Florida Car Accident Lawyer Blog
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Self-driving cars have been around for a few years now and have gained a lot of attention. Some experts feel these autonomous vehicles could help prevent car crashes in Hollywood and other cities and could even help prevent congestion in South Florida and other high-traffic areas.

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Safety is one of the biggest draws of self-driving cars. These vehicles use sensors and algorithms to detect dangerous situations and other cars nearby, reacting quickly to prevent crashes. By eliminating human error—one of the most common causes of car crashes in  Hollywood and other cities—experts say autonomous vehicles could see fewer car crashes.

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Florida is known for its sunny weather, but when temperatures soar into the 90s or 100s, you may need to consider more than just sunscreen. High heat can also affect your driving safety. Rising temperatures can cause your car to overheat and can lead to heat exhaustion and other problems on the roads.

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If you will be driving in Miami or anywhere in Southern Florida this summer, follow these tips to avoid car collisions:

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Every July 4 weekend, police in Miami, Homestead, and other cities try to prevent drunk driving accidents. Unfortunately, the holiday weekend means more people are drinking and some of these revelers are making the choice to drive home after drinking.

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Don’t let this be you. Keep in mind that many private parties and many public festivities will be serving alcohol. Despite this, there are several ways to avoid DUI accidents in Miami and your community:

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Homestead and southern Florida are both known for their wildlife and for a wide range of pets. In parts of the region, some people even keep horses or livestock. Unfortunately, all of the wildlife and domesticated animals in the area can mean car accidents involving these animals are a risk.

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Hitting an animal with your car can be very upsetting. It can also result in serious damages to your car as well as serious injuries. Some people swerve out of the way to avoid hitting an animal, and this can cause a more serious accident or even a chain reaction accident in Homestead and other communities. In other cases, an animal is large enough to cause severe damage and even injuries to the car’s driver and passengers. Deer, for example, or cows are large enough to cause severe injuries. Even birds can fly into a windshield and can cause damage to the glass, which can be expensive to fix.

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If you’re heading to an amusement park in Miami or to any big festival or event anywhere in southern Florida, you may be at a higher risk of car accidents. The heavy traffic to and from the event as well as chaotic parking can conspire to create a higher-than-average crash risk.

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Luckily, there are things you can do to reduce your risk:

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Florida is known as being one of the worst states in the nation for pedestrian accidents, with 660 pedestrian fatalities in 2013 alone and many pedestrians injured in intersection accidents and other collisions in Homestead and across the state. These statistics make Florida one of the most deadly in the nation for pedestrians.

The risk of dying in a car collision in Florida is 1 in 8,123 while the risk of being in a car collision that leads to a fatality is 1 in 3,972. Compare this to the safest state, Washington, DC, where the risk of dying in a car accident is 1 in 32,322 and the risk of being involved in a fatal accident is 1 in 14,053.

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Hitting a dog while driving can cause a serious accident. If you swerve or step on the brakes to avoid hitting the animal, you could crash into another car or object, and the crash can cause serious head injuries, back trauma, and other serious or even permanent injuries.

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Even if you walk away without a scratch, the trauma of hitting an animal can be significant. You may also have to pay for veterinary bills and your car may suffer damages as well. In these situations, the owner of the dog is generally considered liable since they are responsible for ensuring their pet does not run loose. You may have a claim against the dog owner’s homeowner’s policy or you may have other legal options.

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Teenagers who have just secured their driver’s licenses inevitably want the freedom of their own car. Unfortunately, because of budget concerns, they may be choosing a much older model without some of the safety features of a modern car. Studies have shown older cars purchased by teenagers may have fewer safety standards and may potentially put them at risk in the event of a car accident.

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Photo by: Hans Haase

Of course, you want your child to be safe. That’s why you’ll want to follow these tips for ensuring your child gets a safe car:

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Each year, tens of millions of visitors come to Florida to enjoy summer in the sunshine state. If you are among them, you may be bringing your own car or renting a vehicle here. Driving in Florida has its own challenges, however, and if you’re new to the region you need to be aware of your risks for car accidents.

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If you are unfamiliar with Miami and other cities, you may be distracted by following road directions, for example. You may not be used to driving with bright glare or the heat, both of which can be distractions. In addition, Miami streets can get quite busy, which can put you at risk of an accident.

If you plan on driving on Miami, Hollywood, or any South Florida region, you’ll want to take some extra precautions to avoid car accidents:

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If you’re traveling anywhere in southern Florida this year, you may want to try a rental car to make it easier to get around. With a rental car, you can head off on your own schedule and really explore the region. While rental cars can be extremely convenient and can be safe and cost effective, they also come with some risks.

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Rental cars are maintained by the rental company – not by you. This means you have to trust the agency to take proper care of your fleets. If you are in an accident, you may worry about the costs the rental company may charge and you may be unclear about which insurance covers your claim.

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