Florida Car Accident Lawyer Blog
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Summer is a time for enjoying the beautiful Florida weather, experiencing the many festivals South Florida has to offer, and enjoying the sunshine. Unfortunately, drunk driving accidents in Hollywood and South Florida often increase during this time of year. As more people take vacation time and host celebrations, alcohol often becomes part of the equation. When drivers decide not to drink responsibly, the effects can be devastating.

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How can you keep yourself and your family safe this summer? There are several ways to make the summer of 2015 not only fun but safe for everyone you love:

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Hand and wrist injuries in Hollywood and other Florida communities are quite common after car accidents. What often happens is that someone who’s in the collision will throw their arms and hands forward instinctually in a defensive gesture. The hands and wrists can then crash forcibly into the airbag, dashboard, or other object with enough force to cause serious damage. In a rollover accident, a driver or passenger may brace their hands against the sides or ceiling of the car, putting pressure on the hands and wrists, causing injuries.

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There is another common reason for wrist and hand injuries in a car crash in Hollywood: If you have your hand outside the window, in a car accident the force of the crash can cause your hand and wrist to crash against the door frame, causing fractures, soft tissue injuries, and other injuries.

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If you have been injured in a roadway accident in Hollywood or anywhere in South Florida, your first instinct might be to consult with your insurance agent right away. After all, you may expect your insurance company to pay all or most of your accident costs – it’s why you pay your premiums.

Even if you have in insurance policy and are in a car accident, however, that does not mean that you will necessarily get the full amount of compensation you need to pay for car repairs, lost income, medical costs, and the many other expenses you may face after serious collision. The truth is that insurance companies are in the business of keeping their shareholders happy. Often, they can do this by paying out less than the full amount possible in every case.

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If you have been in a traffic crash in Hollywood or South Florida, you’re probably under a lot of pressure. You may be seriously injured and may need to scramble in order to take care of car repairs, the insurance process and more. You may need to contact your employer, inform everyone of your accident, file a claim, attend doctors’ appointments, and take care of many other tasks.

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If you have been in a car accident, you need to get a full medical evaluation. Unfortunately, some people choose not to seek the help of a doctor or an emergency room department following a car accident in Hollywood or South Florida because they mistakenly believe that they have not been injured.

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This can be a life-threatening mistake.

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If you have been injured in a roadway accident in Homestead or anywhere in South Florida, you may wonder whether you even need a personal injury attorney. There are books and articles that suggest that you can file your own legal claim or insurance claim following a car accident.

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While you are not legally required to hire a personal injury attorney, however, there are several good reasons why you will want to consider consulting with a lawyer:

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Drivers and passengers who have been injured in traffic accidents in Hollywood and South Florida often face a lot of financial pressure. Someone who has sustained a fracture, serious head injury, or soft tissue injury may be unable to work and may lose wages or income while they recover. They may also face considerable hospital bills and incidental expenses – such as getting their car repaired or paying for a rental while the car is in the shop.

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For those who have been permanently injured, the financial picture can be even more frightening. Someone who has been permanently injured may never be able to return to work and may face significant financial challenges. How can you earn an income and pay for living expenses if you can no longer work due to serious injury? How can you pay for medical expenses and medical costs if you have been injured and can no longer return to work – which can mean that you are no longer qualified for your employer-provided medical benefits?

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Fourth of July weekend is quickly approaching, and for most of us that means barbecues, special events, and fireworks. Unfortunately, authorities also report that drunk driving accidents in Homestead and other South Florida cities can spike around this weekend. If you’ll be driving to Fourth of July events or will be hosting your own event, make sure that you use extra caution on the roads.

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Before heading out this weekend, you might also want to have a plan for getting home safely. This can include:

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Summer driving comes with a host of issues, including heat, glare, and heavy traffic caused by lots of tourists in Homestead and across South Florida. There many ways that you can stay safer during the summer, including focusing on your driving rather than driving distracted.

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However, even if you are very careful your car still needs to be in great shape in order to respond the way you expect it to help you avoid car collisions in Homestead or your community. There are some simple tune-ups that you can do right now to ensure that your car is safer and more efficient on the roads all summer long:

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For many families, the car becomes especially important in summer months. You may be loading up the car in order to take your teenagers to their dorm room or may be packing up the car for a long road trip or a camp trip. If you’re headed to the lake, your car may double as a boat tow or may contain all of your equipment for enjoying a day on the water.

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In these situations, it’s easy to overload your car. Unfortunately, this can be a deadly mistake. Overloading your car can:

  • Add additional weight to the vehicle, changing how the car handles
  • Lead to unevenly distributed weight, causing a higher risk of Hollywood rollovers and other types of collisions
  • Create more blind spots or can block your visibility, leading to car crashes
  • Cause severe injury, since anything you stow inside the vehicle can become a projectile during a car crash

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