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Car accidents in Homestead are not the only way to suffer serious injuries. Thieves and criminals do look to cars for their crimes and in some cases innocent drivers and passengers get injured.

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Carjacking can involve assault, weapons, and verbal threats. It can deprive you of your car but can also lead to physical injuries. To prevent carjacking, always:

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New cars and trucks have driver assistance systems (ADAs), and some experts say these systems can help cut car accidents in Hollywood and across the country. Driver assistance systems include features such as blind spot alerts, parking sensors, backup cameras, automatic braking, collision alerts, pedestrian detection, lane keeping systems, auto high beam lighting, and other features. They are designed to step in and help drivers with driving skills alone don’t work.

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While much has been written about how driverless car technology may eventually stop accidents, these driver assistance systems may already be reducing collisions. In fact, studies and polls have found drivers with driver assistance systems have reported these systems have already helped them avoid crashes. Continue reading →

In Hollywood and across Southern Florida, golf carts are becoming an increasingly common form of transportation, even off the greens. In many neighborhoods, gated communities, and retirement communities, residents are using these vehicles to get around and the number of golf carts in the region is rising.

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At the same time as the number of golf carts is rising in places such as Hollywood, Homestead, Hialeah, Coral Gables, and other communities in Florida, the golf carts themselves are changing. Newer versions on the market have more features and may be able to go faster, sometimes over 25 miles per hour. Known as “super golfcarts,’ these golf carts, in particular, have been linked to a number of injuries.

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Often, when drivers in Homestead or in Southern Florida are in a minor car accident, they trust that their insurance company will handle the costs. Unfortunately, many motorists also underestimate the costs of so-called fender benders in Homestead and Florida.

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The reality is that even so-called minor accidents can add up to big losses and costs. Your insurance company, even if you have been paying premiums for years, may not necessarily pay for the full costs. You need to carefully consider whether you need to work with a Homestead car accident attorney after your accident.

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In Hollywood and in South Florida, it’s not unusual to see rental bikes by companies such as Uber, Citi, and other players in the market. For tourists, rental bikes are an inexpensive and pleasant way to see the beauty of South Florida without having to rent a car. They can also potentially help reduce car exhaust and offer a workout for users.

Unfortunately, due to the number of rental bikes offered in the area, some problems can occur:

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Car crashes in Homestead and Florida can be caused by many factors. T-bone accidents can be caused by someone running a red light and distraction can lead to rear-end shunt collisions. Other, less frequent, causes of car crashes are medical issues.

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Medical issues can include a sudden heart attack, stroke, allergic reaction, or other medical emergency which can cause a driver to lose control of their car or even lose consciousness. As the car loses control, it can crash into other vehicles, causing a chain reaction collision.

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RVs are a fun way to drive from Hollywood to other destinations in South Florida or across the country. Many South Florida residents love trailers and RVs because they combine a mode of transport and accommodation, making travel more affordable and convenient.

However, RVs also pose dangers. These larger vehicles are difficult to handle in many cases and come with many more blind spots than passenger cars. They are bulkier to maneuver and may stop differently when compared with cars. In addition, many drivers do not get training on driving these larger vehicles.

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In Hollywood, Miami and other South Florida communities, golf is a very popular activity. The warm weather allows for golfing year-round and the region has some of the best greens in the country. Golf carts are a part of the game and with a large population of seniors in South Florida, golf carts are often used to get around a course.

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However, golf carts are not just used at the golf course. In many cases, residents use these vehicles to get around. In fact, street-legal golf carts are permitted by federal laws on streets with speed limits of 35 mph. Putting golf carts, even street-legal ones, on the road with much larger vehicles which are allowed to drive much faster can be dangerous.

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The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has declared May to be motorcycle safety awareness month. As part of the effort to reduce motorcycle accidents in Hollywood and other Florida cities, FDOT has partnered with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) to offer affordable motorcycle safety courses. If you ride, this is an ideal opportunity to get some classes to stay safer on the roads.

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In addition to taking courses, there are several things you can do to stay safer on your motorcycle and in your car during May and for the rest of the year:

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Tourists are quite common in Hollywood, Miami, and other parts of southern Florida. At this time of year, events and the summer season mean that tourists are arriving across the region. While tourists do bring a great boost to the economy, they may not be familiar with local streets or even local laws and driving conditions, which can put them at risk of pedestrian car accidents in Hollywood and other local communities.

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If you live in the area, you will want to take steps now to help prevent car accidents involving tourists:

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