Articles Tagged with mechanical defects

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Cars are designed for adults of all sizes to drive, but there’s no denying that very tall and short drivers alike face challenges when it comes to driving. Tall drivers may feel cramped in a car or may have a hard time having enough clearance to drive properly. For shorter drivers, the danger may come down to visibility and being able to see correctly in a low seat. In addition, air bags and even seat belts can pose a danger for shorter drivers in the event of a traffic collision in Hollywood or their communities. In some cases, these safety devices can even cause serious injury.

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If you are below average height, you will want to use these tips to drive safe:

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Each year, up to 20 people across the country die because they are trapped in the trunk of a car. Most of these incidents occur either with children playing around a car and getting stuck in the trunk or occur because a child or adult is placed in the trunk of a car during a crime.

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Since 2002, it has been mandatory for cars to have trunk release handles inside the car’s trunk and by law these trunk releases must be glow-in-the-dark. Older cars may not have this feature. If you have an older car, you may be able to get a retrofit kit to make your trunk safer. Beyond this step, there are other things you can do to prevent trunk entrapment:

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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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Tires are what keep your car on the ground and moving forward and they are crucial when it comes to safety. Tire problems can make it hard to steer your car or can make you lose control of your vehicle.

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Unfortunately, defective and poorly maintained tires cause many accidents and tire blowouts in Hollywood and other cities across Southern Florida. There are a number of things you will want to do to ensure you reduce your risk of a tire-related crash:

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Manufacturers of driverless cars have long claimed that their vehicles reduce the risk of car accidents by eliminating the possibility of human error. Driverless cars use computer programs, sensors, and algorithms to automatically respond to traffic cues around them. The idea is that the car is able to interpret data about obstacles around the car and to respond appropriately to those issues to prevent crashes. Unlike human drivers, driverless cars are never affected by distraction, fatigue, inebriation, and the other human factors that cause car accidents in Hollywood and Florida.

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Experts say that driverless cars are the future and could significantly reduce car crashes. However, legislation to make driverless cars common on our streets has been slow in development. Part of the issue holding up wide-spread adoption of the driverless car is the issue of liability. If these cars do get into crashes, who is liable? In traditional vehicle crashes, authorities look at the liability of both drivers involved. In a driverless car, this would not be an option.

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Towing your boat to the water can be a risk, especially if the hitch does not work correctly or if your boat swings all over the road. You don’t want your boat crash into someone else’s car or to flip on the side of the road.

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There are many reasons why towing a boat in Fort Lauderdale or your community poses a car accident risk:

  • The boat creates new blind spots
  • The boat adds weight and changes how your car handles
  • The trailer may not work correctly so that the boat or trailer may come loose
  • You may have less control on turns and the trailer may swing wide

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Is your car helping you to avoid car collisions, or is it putting you at risk? Many of us simply hop in our cars and go, not stopping to think about the ways that our vehicles could be affecting our ability to drive safely. Nevertheless, product defects and mechanical failure in Hollywood in Florida cause many thousands of car injuries and car accidents in the region each day.

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Consider these questions when evaluating the safety of your car:

1) What are the safety features of my car?

Start with the seat belts. Are they in good condition, or do they show signs of ripping or wear? Is your airbag one of the ones affected by recalls? Make sure that the systems designed to keep you safe are actually keeping you safe.

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According to U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, Florida residents have been among the hardest hit when it comes to car part recalls in recent years. For example, after news broke of the Takata airbags — which reportedly have a defect that causes them to explode in certain humid conditions — it was revealed that Florida had 18 of the total 69 deaths and injuries resulting from the products.

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As a result, Senator Nelson would like to see changes made to make Florida residents safer. He has introduced a bill which would give employees incentives for reporting unsafe products.

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Getting a first car is a rite of passage for many teens. In many cases, a teen’s first car is either a used car purchased with savings or an older family car. For years, safety experts have been warning that older cars driven by teens may not have the newest safety technology and may not be in excellent mechanical repair, increasing the risk of collision for new drivers who may not have the best driving habits established yet. According to experts, older cars may not be as crash safe as newer vehicles, increasing the risk of injuries in the event of a car collision in Coral Gables or another community.

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A new study suggests that those warnings may have been correct.

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If one of your resolutions for the New Year is to buy a new car, don’t just go for flash. Whether your budget is modest or extravagant, you want to choose a car you love but also a car that can get you and loved ones to your destinations safely. To do that and to help you prevent car accidents in Miami Lakes and other communities, ask yourself these questions when looking at any potential car:

1) Does this car have good safety ratings and a good reputation for safety?

Many organizations publish their lists of safe cars and lemons, especially at this time of year. While safety ratings alone are not the ultimate measure of preventing accidents, they can help. These lists are often based on crash tests, recalls, and safety features and many organizations publish useful information about specific models.

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