Florida Car Accident Lawyer Blog
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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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At this time of year, many new and young drivers in Hollywood and across Southern Florida are looking forward to a summer of freedom and driving. If you have a newly-licensed motorist in your family, they may be eager to hit the open road and even go on a road trip.

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Here are some ways to ensure your teen is safe on the roads if they’re interested in going on a road trip before fall:

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Whether you’re buying a used car for your teenager or are buying a previously-owned car to enjoy summer in Florida this year, you’ll need to use a few extra precautions to stay safe on the roads. Used cars can be quite safe, but they don’t always come with the same warranties and safety features as newer vehicles.

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New vehicles sold by dealers generally have the latest safety equipment and are required to meet current guidelines for safety. In the event of a recall, dealers will contact their clients to tell them about the issue. If there ever is a mechanical problem with your car, you can generally bring it back to the dealership for assistance. With used cars, you simply may not have all these benefits.

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If you are in a car accident in Hollywood or anywhere in southern Florida, you will generally get compensation for your injuries and damages through your car accident insurance coverage. However, you may have other options available to you, depending on the circumstances of your case. For example, if you are injured while driving on the job, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits as well as other benefits.

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Workers’ compensation is a type of insurance paid for by employers. It protects most part-time and full-time employees in the event of a work-related accident or illness. If you drive cars for a living, for example, your company (or their insurance provider) may cover you for car accidents. If your job requires you to occasionally take your car to run errands for your employer or if you have access to the company car and were performing job duties at the time of your car accident, you may also have a workers’ compensation claim.

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