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Injuries happen in Southern Florida traffic accidents every day. From car crashes to truck and motorcycle collisions, Floridians face challenges all the time. After a serious injury, one option you have is to contact a personal injury attorney to determine whether you have a claim.

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Under Florida law, you may have the right to seek compensation if your injuries were caused by someone’s negligence or wrongful action. For many people, the simplest way to file such a claim is to work with an experienced personal injury attorney, who can take care of the many steps of filing a legal claim.

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The split-second decisions we make when driving can help keep us safe and can keep those sharing the road with as safe as well. However, the things we do before we ever get in the car can also impact our safety on the road.

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Here are some ways we can prevent car accidents before ever stepping into the car:

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Rear end shunt accidents happen when one car stops and the car behind them crashes into that first vehicle. Rear end collisions can cause serious injuries, including head injuries, facial injuries, spinal cord and back injuries, whiplash, and even fatalities. This is because a car suddenly braking or being shoved forward can snap your neck, back, and head forward violently. You can crash into your steering wheel or an airbag with enough force to cause serious injury.

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Emergency vehicles are an important part of our communities. Fire trucks race to burning buildings to save people. Police officers keep our streets safe, and paramedics rush to the scene of serious accidents or illnesses to get people lifesaving medical care.

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Unfortunately, the high speeds at which these vehicles travel can pose a danger to other motorists on the road. Each year, people in Florida are seriously injured or even killed because they are in crashes involving emergency vehicles.

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A traumatic brain injury (TBI) in a car accident in Florida usually occurs because your head crashes against a solid surface or is violently shaken. This can cause the brain to crash against the inside of your skull, causing bruising, bleeding, swelling, and tissue damage.

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It is always important to get any TBI checked out. Even if your symptoms are mild, you may have a serious injury that requires immediate medical intervention.

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Bias is inevitable. Our brains process so much information that researchers have shown that we filter out data and group like ideas together to deal with information overload. Sometimes, we get the wrong information and it just never gets corrected. This leads to bias.

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A great place to see bias in action is on Florida streets. Research shows that most drivers think they are skilled, safe drivers. The sheer number of near-misses and crashes in the state shows that a significant percentage of motorists are driving distracted or are being reckless.

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Cleanup after Hurricane Ian continues, and if you’ve been thinking of buying a car, perhaps because your own vehicle was damaged, you need to be careful. Many flooded cars from the storm are expected to end up on the resale market, and driving these cars can be dangerous. They can even cause you to end up in a car accident.

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Here’s what you need to know.

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If you’ve been in a car collision in South Florida, you may have questions about what caused your crash. In Florida, you have the right to pursue a lawsuit if someone’s recklessness caused your injuries, so finding out whether a driver was negligent can be important to helping you recover fair compensation for your injuries.

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One of your first instincts after an accident may be to call police. While police may come to the scene of some accidents and create a police report, law enforcement resources are limited. Most police will not do a thorough investigation of most crashes.

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Farm equipment shares our roads, especially during harvest time. Florida laws allow operators of farm equipment to use public roads, but this can lead to accidents. In fact, the National Safety Council reports that about a third of all tractor fatalities occur on public roads and bout 80% of accidents involving these vehicles happen in dry weather and during the daytime.

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Pedestrian accidents resulted in 899 deaths in Florida in 2021 alone, and thousands of injuries. This makes Florida the second-deadliest state for pedestrians in the nation.

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Fortunately, we can all help in reducing these numbers and making Florida safe for everyone. Drivers can help by:

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