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When driving in Florida, knowing the safest routes is just one of the things you can do to avoid being involved in a car accident.

Whether commuting, picking up the kids or running errands around town, most drivers choose the most direct, least congested routes to their destinations. However, it’s important to keep in mind that the most direct routes might not be the safest, and some roads are downright dangerous.

Motor vehicle accidents don’t usually occur in the absence of driver negligence, however, poorly designed or maintained roads are examples of another kind of negligence that can make driving even more dangerous than it already is. Take, for example, Krome Avenue in South Florida. This 37-mile long roadway in western Miami-Dade County is notorious for fatal car accidents. With dubious nicknames like “Killer Krome” and “Deadly Krome,” the roadway is narrow with poor lighting, and motorists travel at high speeds. There are a disproportionate number of large tractor trailers hauling produce and plants from farms in Homestead on Krome at any given time. This year alone, more than 11 people have died in car crashes on Krome Avenue.

This roadway is so dangerous, in fact, that community organizers have arranged a memorial service this month alongside Krome Avenue for the more than 115 people who have died on the roadway. Community and civic leaders are pushing to widen the lanes of this road, bolster the lighting, and add guardrails and a concrete median to help make it safer.

Another dangerous road: the “Overseas Highway” (also known as the “Highway to the Sea”). This highway carrying U.S. 1 to the Florida Keys with majestic water views on both sides is as beautiful as it is dangerous. Accidents are common as motorists often speed and drive recklessly along the long 127.5-mile stretch.

That said, it’s always important for motorists to keep some important safety tips in mind:
– Be aware of road conditions. Rainy weather, construction, poor lighting, and inadequate road maintenance are all red flags motorists should note and either take extra care in driving or find other routes.
– Know your routes. Take the time to scout out the safest roads to your regular destinations, whether it’s your workplace, kids’ schools, or the home of a family members. Make sure the your favored roadways are not under construction and that the lighting is adequate for even the rainiest conditions.
– Take responsibility as a safe driver. Even the safest roads are only as safe as the drivers on them. This applies to dangerous roads, too. Be a defensive driver and maintain awareness of road conditions and other motorists and how they are driving. Protect yourself with defensive driving. Give other motorists, including truck drivers and motorcyclists, plenty of room and obey the speed limit and other traffic signs.
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ORLANDO, Fla. — A new report suggests that pedestrians in Orlando, FL are most likely to be involved in an Orlando automobile/pedestrian accident. The report ranked Orlando as the most dangerous metropolitan area in the nation for pedestrians. Three other Florida cities ranked close behind.

The National Complete Streets Coalition’s report listed Tampa, Jacksonville and South Florida right behind Orlando with Memphis TN coming in at number five.

The safest cities for pedestrians according to the report are Boston, Pittsburgh, Seattle, New York and San Francisco.

The Florida Department of Transportation is believed to be working to improve pedestrian safety since so many Florida cities were ranked among the most dangerous.

The coalition is a program of Smart Growth America, a research and advocacy group
With no protection, pedestrians are significantly more vulnerable to catastrophic and even fatal injuries when they are hit by a car or truck. Lawsuits against the owners and operators of the offending vehicle may recover damages to help pay for expensive hospital bills and wage loss but often times there are others whose negligence contributed to the occurrence of the accident Continue reading →

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April is National Highway Safety Administration’s National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. This year’s sponsor is FocusDriven. FocusDriven is a place for victims and their families to come together to honor those who have been affected by this issue. They are the constant reminder to the world that no call or text message is worth someone’s life.

According to Distraction.gov, the number of people killed in distraction-affected crashes decreased slightly from 3,360 in 2011 to 3,328 in 2012. An estimated 421,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver, this was a nine percent increase from the estimated 387,000 people injured in 2011.

Safety advocates believe the best way to end distracted driving is to educate all Americans about the danger it poses. It takes only seconds to cause or be involved in a preventable auto accident. According to AAA, taking your eyes off of the road for two seconds doubles your risk of getting into a crash.

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The public recently learned that the insurance industry uses credit scores to help determine auto insurance premiums and to predict the likelihood that you will be involved in a car accident. Our Miami, Florida car accident lawyers have discovered that some insurance companies offer discounted premiums to drivers who will allow an electronic device to be installed in their automobile to track certain driving behaviors.

What they often fail to disclose is the fact that the data gleaned from those devices (eg. Progressive’s Snapshot or Allstate’s Drivewise) might actually be used to increase your premiums.

The Palm Beach Post recently exposed that while companies tout savings of 30-50 percent, what they don’t disclose is that they can also raise your rates. The Post also reported remarks made by an executive of Ford motor Company which have created some unease about what behaviors companies monitor and what they do with the data – “we know everyone who breaks the law” by speeding thanks to GPS devices. Although the executive quickly clarified that, at this time, it does not use the data without the customer’s consent.

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Florida cities, including Panama City, Daytona Beach, Clearwater Beach, St. Pete Beach, Fort Myers, Fort Lauderdale, South Beach – Miami, and Key West, are major destinations for spring breakers and tourists looking for warm sunshine and fun.

Whether by car or by air, hundreds of thousands of people flock to Florida each year to visit its miles of white sandy beaches, theme parks, restaurants, and bars. Some schools and colleges start spring break as early as the last week in February, and it runs through the end of March. According to TripSmarter.com, the two busiest weeks are March 10-17 and March 17-21.

Some common spring break dangers include:

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Tallahassee legislators will soon be voting on a bill that would allow a 75-mph speed limit on some Florida highways and also boost speeds on other roads. Today only seventeen states allow speed limits above 70 mph. But, is this a good idea for Florida?

The proposal includes:

* 75 mph on interstates and other limited access highways (currently 70 mph)

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Did you know that the insurance companies use your credit score in determining your auto insurance premiums? It doesn’t matter if you have a clean driving record. Insurance companies use their private formulas and your credit score to determine your likelihood to file an insurance claim. They also are looking to see if you can pay your premiums. You have limited recourse. You can talk to your agent or insurance company to see what you can do to improve your score, you can verify your credit score to ensure its accuracy, and you can shop around to see what other insurance companies are charging.

If you or someone you know have been involved in a South Florida motor vehicle accident, or if you have insurance questions regarding Uninsured and Under-insured Motorist Coverage, it’s important to speak with an experienced Florida auto accident lawyer that can help you obtain compensation for your lost wages, medical bills, and other damages

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The holiday season is in high gear. This means increased stress levels, holiday shopping, time with family, and numerous parties and festivals. You may be surprised to learn that the holidays are becoming one of the most dangerous times of the year for alcohol-related accidents and deaths.

Each year approximately 11,000 people will die in drunk driving crashes – one every 50 minutes, according to MADD. Sadly, in 2009, Florida ranked third in the nation for DUI fatality rates for both adult and underage drivers, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

It is important to remember that drunk driving is preventable.

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PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL-A 20-year law enforcement veteran was killed Sunday when he attempted to cross lanes of traffic on his motorcycle to block vehicles while working a presidential motorcade. The Miami, FL personal injury lawyers at our firm understand the serious nature of car and motorcycle accidents. Bruce Edwin St. Laurent, a 55-year-old Jupiter Police Officer, was driving south on I-95 when he was struck by a Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by Susan Holloway, a West Palm Beach resident.

St. Laurent had his emergency lights on, according to a preliminary report issued by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, and was attempting to block traffic from entering I-95 from the southbound on-ramp at 45th Street. In his attempt to block cars from entering the highway, he crossed several lanes of traffic, moving himself directly in the path of Holloway. The speeds St. Laurent and Holloway were traveling at are unknown, but according to the report, Holloway was accelerating her speed right before the accident to safely merge onto the highway. Holloway attempted to slam on her brakes in order to avoid the crash, but it was too late. The front of Holloway’s truck slammed into St. Laurent’s motorcycle.

Upon impact, St. Laurent was thrown off of his motorcycle. His motorcycle became lodged underneath Holloway’s truck. St. Laurent was declared dead after arriving at the St. Mary’s Medical Center shortly after the crash. Holloway suffered no injuries.

At the time of the crash, St. Laurent was in the front of the motorcade, clearing the way for President Obama to travel to the Palm Beach County Convention Center for a campaign stop. President Obama did not see the accident, but he was informed of St. Laurent’s death on his flight from Palm Beach back to Washington, D.C.

St. Laurent is not the first police officer who was killed while working a motorcade for a president or presidential candidate in Palm Beach County. In 1992, Kevin Matthews, a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Deputy, died after being struck by a limousine while escorting Democratic presidential hopeful Paul Tsongas.

The Sheriff’s Office is conducting a full investigation, but no charges have been filed against Holloway at this time. The Florida Highway Patrol is expected to release a more detailed report later this week.
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DAVIE, FL-An 86-year-old woman was struck from behind and dragged by a car that ran from the scene Monday morning in her gated senior living community. Rita Chiero was transported to Broward Health Medical Center by a fire-rescue truck and was subsequently pronounced dead. The Miami, FL auto accident lawyers at Hannon Legal Group have extensive experience handling hit and run automobile cases. Our firm is a state-wide law firm based in Maimi, FL. Wrongful death lawyers understand the devastating impact of these accidents.

Chiero was walking through the community, with the assistance of her walker, Monday morning, heading to catch a minibus that would take her to the store when she was hit by the vehicle. She was walking east in the westbound lane of Southwest 33rd Street when she was struck. Her son, 50-year-old Joseph Chiero, believes that the driver swerved across lanes of traffic to hit his mother from behind. A neighbor came outside to find Chiero lying in the street.

Wednesday, the police released information that they had a car and a suspect in custody. The investigators would not release further information about what led them to believe this was the right car or driver. Investigations continue while the family of Chiero grieves over her wrongful death.
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