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Driving is one of the riskiest things you do every day. Insurance companies estimate that the average driver files a car accident claim every 17.9 years, meaning that the average driver who gets behind the wheel of a car at age 16 can expect to have three to four accidents over a lifetime that are serious enough to merit a claim.

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The good news is that there are things you can do to lower your risk of accidents. They include:

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Snow and winter conditions have already hit Northern Florida and the icy weather is now headed to Southern Florida. It may even impact Miami, Hollywood, Homestead, West Palm Beach, and other areas. While snow in Florida is exciting and while the sort of blizzard conditions which affect the north are unlikely to travel this far south, keep in mind that winter conditions of any kind can be dangerous. For Florida drivers, especially, even small amounts of ice and snow can be deadly, simply because many of us are not used to driving in wintry conditions.

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Use these tips to stay safe in the snow:

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Car accidents in Hollywood and across South Florida often result in serious injuries, such as head trauma and fractures. Fractures are quite common in accidents due to the force of impact. Bones of the foot can be especially vulnerable to breaks, especially if your foot gets trapped under the pedal or if you to drive a small car and are in a head-on crash during which the front of your car is smashed.

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The crumple zone of your car is meant to protect you from head-on car accidents. The front of your car lessens the impact it before the metal and plastic vehicle gets your feet and legs. The force of the impact will have to tear through the entire hood. Unfortunately, in some smaller footprint cars, crumple zones are greatly reduced, increasing the risk of broken feet. In addition, some drivers place their feet underneath the pedals or in such a position that their feet can easily slip underneath the pedal in the event of a crash.

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Your holiday plans can have a big impact on your risk of car accidents during the holiday season. At this time of year, a number of factors can mean an increased risk of car accidents. Busy streets, heavier traffic, and hectic schedules all play a role. This time of year also coincides with flu season, which can mean drivers are tired and distracted by illness. In addition, drinks are served at many holiday events, making drinking and driving a concern across the country.

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If you live in Hollywood, Coral Gables or anywhere in South Florida, you will want to plan ahead in a few specific ways:

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New research published in the CMAJ examined 281,826 people hurt in car crashes and 26,831 individuals hurt in motorcycle crashes, concluding that motorcycle crashes resulted in three times the injuries when compared to incidents involving cars. Severe injuries were ten times more likely with motorcycle accidents than with car crashes. Motorcycle crashes also cost twice the average cost of car collisions.

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Since motorcycle accidents are so dangerous, you will want to do all you can to prevent collisions:

  • Get rider training. One on one training with a professional instructor can help you learn how to go into a slide safely, how to avoid accidents and how to ride responsibly. Even a few budget friendly training sessions can go a long way towards making sure you have the tools and resources available to become the strongest motorcyclist possible.
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Fog affects your ability to see and can make it harder for other drivers to see you. Each year, fog causes car collisions in South Florida, including in Hialeah and other communities. While you cannot control the weather, there are several things you can do to reduce the risk of being in a crash in these types of conditions:4

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With Thanksgiving weekend right around the corner, residents of Hollywood and southern Florida need to be aware of the risks of car accidents during this time of year. Larger numbers of people on the road, holiday stress, drinking at holiday parties and other factors all contribute to distracted driving, drunk driving and a variety of causes of serious pedestrian and car accidents

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There are several things you’ll want to do to stay safe that weekend:

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Holiday weekends can mean an increased risk of drunk driving in Hollywood and across southern Florida. Unfortunately, while many drivers do make the right choice and avoid drinking and driving, there are of chances to make the wrong choices and some motorists do make the wrong decisions.

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There are several things you can do to prevent drunk driving accidents from affecting you and your family during the Thanksgiving weekend:

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Nursing homes and other care environments for seniors are expected to keep seniors safe. Part of that means preventing seniors from wandering away and causing injury to themselves.

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Seniors with certain conditions such as dementia are especially vulnerable to wandering away. They may become confused and may wander off nursing home grounds. They may not have the ability to cross a street safely and may wander into higher-traffic areas. Elderly nursing home residents need to be carefully supervised and steps need to be taken to prevent pedestrian accidents.

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Halloween night is a riskier time when it comes to pedestrian accidents in Hollywood and surrounding communities. There are more children on the roads and more pedestrians in the evening, when visibility is naturally lower. While kids are supposed to stay on the sidewalk and obey all traffic rules while trick-or-treating, the reality is that small children get excited and may run out in front of cars. While adults or older kids are supposed to be supervising younger kids, this doesn’t always happen.

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It is important for drivers of all ages to pay extra attention on October 31 to ensure unnecessary accidents don’t happen. There are a few ways you can ensure your Halloween traffic experience is safe:

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