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Hollywood and South Florida summers come with their own driving risks. The hot weather, tourist season and events of the summer months all can combine to create new hazards, which is one reason why car accidents are more common in the summer. Whether you are a local resident or visiting the Florida area for the first time, use these tips to stay safe on the roads:

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July 4 is a fun holiday, but Miami-Dade County and Broward County authorities have noted that each year this holiday can mean an increased risk of drunk driving and car accidents in Hollywood, Miami, and other communities in the region.

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At Flaxman Law Group, we wish you and your family a safe and happy July 4. To make the day even safer, we’d like to remind everyone about these driving tips:

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Residents of nursing homes in Hollywood and Florida are meant to be safe. After all, families place elderly family members in order to keep them safe. These facilities are supposed to provide care from trained professionals and this care can extend to driving seniors to doctor’s appointments.

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Unfortunately, car accidents remain a risk for elderly patients and even staff of nursing homes in Hollywood and Florida. Car accidents can impact staff and residents in a number of ways, and in most cases are preventable:

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Tourists arrive in Florida during the spring and summer to take advantage of the many festivals and special events this area of the nation has to offer. As school is let out for the summer, especially, many families and college students choose to come to Southern Florida to take advantage of the beaches, nigh life, culture, and food Miami has to offer.

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Unfortunately, more people on the roads and more big events can also mean a greater risk of traffic collisions. If you are a resident in Miami, there are a few things you will want to do to ensure you stay safe:

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Nursing home residents often reside in nursing homes because they cannot easily handle tasks such as grooming, cooking, and driving. Many facilities in Hollywood and Florida offer these services. For example, many nursing homes will have a shuttle or a way to transport residents to doctor’s appointments, specialists, and out for shopping.

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Unfortunately, traffic accidents can happen if nursing homes are not careful when transporting residents. Accidents and collisions can occur due to:

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Driving is one of the most dangerous things you do every day. Each year, many Hollywood passengers and motorists are seriously injured in car collisions. While there are many reasons for car crashes, distraction remains a key cause of many collisions. Unfortunately, it is difficult to accurately tell how many collisions are impacted by distracted motorists, since there are no tests to determine distraction.

Why Does Distracted Driving Happen?

One of the challenges of distraction is that it can be difficult to notice, even for a practiced driver. Distraction which is dangerous on the roads can occur for many reasons and in various ways:

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With the clocks moving forward an hour this past week, this is a good time to have discussions about drowsy driving in Hollywood and across Florida. Daylight Savings Time is intended to make things more convenient by making sure we’re not heading to work and school in the dark during the winter months and it allows us to enjoy more sunshine in the spring and summer. However, that comes with a cost

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Some experts believe the week after we adjust our clocks can mean an increase in traffic accidents as our bodies adjust to the new sleep schedule. For many Florida residents, setting the clocks forward an hour means going to bed at the same time and rising at the same time, which means an hour less of sleep, which is linked to slower response times and increased drowsiness.

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Autonomous cars were initially seen as a safer option on our roads because they can reduce the number of human errors which can cause traffic crashes in Hollywood and other Florida communities. However, some crashes involving self-driving cars have raised questions about the true safety of these vehicles.

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Can these cars reduce the number of car and pedestrian accidents in Hollywood and around the country, or do they merely change the types of dangers we face on our roads?

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Spring break can be a fun and exciting time, full of memories that will last a lifetime. However, this time of year also means an influx of young tourists into Florida and the Hollywood area, which can create an increased risk for car accident and pedestrian collisions.

Here’s how you can safe during spring break:

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A new study from the AAA has found that one out of ten car accidents may be linked to drowsy driving, making fatigued drivers more of a concern than many individuals thought. Previously, estimates had suggested only 1-2% of traffic collision were caused by drowsy drivers. The AAA study was more thorough than previous research, however, and included a larger pool of drivers examined.

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The results of the AAA study come from following 3,500 drivers between 2010 and 2013. During the study period, the drivers under observation were involved in over 700 accidents and fatigued driving was found to be a factor in as many as 9.5% of the crashes. Over 10% of the crashes linked to serious results, such as injury or airbag deployment, were linked to drowsy driving.

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