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In South Florida communities like Plantation, car sharing is relatively new and insurers are still working out liability issues and claims in situations involving this model. If you are injured in a collision involving a car sharing vehicle, it’s important to work with a Plantation car collision claims attorney because your case may be complicated.

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Car sharing can be a good solution for drivers. There are a few types of car sharing. In one type of car sharing, a company purchases a fleet of cars and rents them on a short-term basis to customers who pay to use cars by the hour. If you’re in a collision with one of these cars, the insurance is not very different than being in a collision with a rental car. More complex than being in a crash with a regular driver—there are more parties involved, after all—but familiar.

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This past year has been unusual in many ways, and traffic collision statistics bear that out. While there were fewer people on the roads because of lockdowns, stay-at-home orders, and less tourism, NSC (the National Safety Council) reports that 42,060 people across the country died in traffic collisions last year, an 8% increase over the year before and a 24% jump in terms of miles driven. That is the highest increase in traffic fatalities in the past one hundred years.

In the first six months of 2021, deaths were up 16% year over year and in that same period 2,445,000 Americans sustained serious injuries in collisions. August saw the greatest number of fatal collisions. Approximately $241.9 billion in property damage was attributed to traffic collisions across the country in the first half of 2021.

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During lockdowns, there were fewer cars and trucks on the roads. We might think this would cause fewer collisions, but in fact the opposite is true. The National Safety Council reported a 14% jump in fatal car collisions nationwide in 2020 and a sharp increase in commercial truck crashes, too.

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According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there have been 5949 bicycle accidents reported in Florida so far this year, and 602 in Broward County alone. So far, there have been 163 fatalities from these collisions across the state. Unfortunately, Florida has the distinction of having one of the highest bicycle collision fatality rates in the country, and each year riders in Fort Lauderdale and surrounding areas are seriously injured or killed when their bikes collide with cars.

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In Broward County, trucks are essential for commerce. They deliver goods to stores and businesses across the region and make deliveries to customers, too. Moving trucks, tanker trucks headed for construction sites, and large big rigs delivering shipments to stores are on the roads every day. While most trucks make their deliveries safely, the size of these trucks can lead to disastrous collisions.

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If you have been in a collision with an 18-wheeler, big rig, or any commercial truck, you may have sustained serious injuries. A fully loaded tractor trailer can weigh over 80,000 pounds and in a crash with a smaller passenger car, the occupants of the smaller car are at risk of catastrophic injury.

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Each year, residents of Coral Gables and other South Florida communities contact the team at Flaxman Law Group after suffering serious injuries in car collisions involving tankers. Unfortunately, these crashes can cause serious and even permanent injury, and sometimes survivors have a challenging time getting a fair settlement from insurance companies unless they file a claim.

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Tankers and trucks carry many types of cargo, but when drivers are transporting dangerous goods, they have a special obligation to act reasonably to prevent injuries. If you find a truck or car collision on your Hollywood property has caused a hazardous spill of materials, you and your household could be at risk and your property may be seriously damaged.

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If you find yourself in this situation, contact a Hollywood car collision injuries attorney for a case consultation.

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You don’t have to be in a car to suffer serious injuries in a car collision in Hollywood. Each year, people across South Florida are seriously injured or experience significant property damage when a vehicle crashes into their home or business.

In some cases, drivers are not paying attention or are impaired when they leave the roadway, jump over the sidewalk, and plow into private property. While homes and businesses close to the road are at risk, virtually anyone can suffer property damage in this type of collision.

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In Parkland and across South Florida, car collisions can happen for any number of reasons. No matter why your collision has occurred, it can be an upsetting and life-altering experience. Knowing the most common types of accidents, however, can help you understand what you can do to prevent these collisions.

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Common Car Collisions in Parkland

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