9 Must-Have Car Safety Technologies of 2018

When I totaled my 1985 Mercedes convertible after Hurricane Irma last year, I was saddened to see my old car go, but I knew and perhaps was always more than a little concerned that I was driving around and taking my son in a car that was equipped with 30 years outdated and potentially dangerous safety technology. As a car accident lawyer in Miami, I know that the very best way to avoid an injury in a motor vehicle is to avoid the accident, and for 2018, accident avoidance technology in cars, trucks, minivans, and SUVs is better than ever. Accident avoidance technology are devices installed in cars that can help predict and avoid a crash. At one time, these devices were only found on concept cars and high-end luxury sedans, but have now found their way on many affordable vehicles for every niche. Here are the 9 newest must-have car safety technologies that our Florida personal injury lawyers recommend: Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB): Brakes are automatically applied to prevent a collision or reduce collision speed. Forward-Collision Warning (FCW): Visual and/or audible warning intended alert the driver and prevent a collision. Blind-Spot Warning or Blind-Spot Information Systems (BSW or BLIS): Visual and/or audible notification of an approaching vehicle in your blind spot. These systems can also warn you when using your turn signal while there is an approaching car next to you. Rear Cross Traffic Warning: Warnings when an object, person or another vehicle out of your rear camera’s visual range, but moving into it. Rear Automatic Emergency Braking (Rear AEB): Brakes are automatically applied to prevent accidentally backing...

Who Is Responsible for a Florida Car Crash if a Rental Car Driver Hits You?

Florida is a top vacation destination for people all over the United States, and the state also attracts a large number of international visitors. People flock to Miami and the rest of South Florida for the beaches, and head in droves to Central Florida for the amusement and theme parks. Every day of the year, rental car drivers traverse Florida’s roads en route to or from a vacation destination. Visitors to the state are unfamiliar with Florida roads. They don’t expect tricky exit ramps or sudden turns. These drivers are often using GPS or checking the route on their smartphone. Just as often, these drivers have exciting children, family, and friends in the car causing noise and disruption. Between the lack of familiarity and distracted driving, rental car drivers are incredibly likely to cause a Florida car crash. Who is responsible and liable if a rental car driver hits your car? Establishing Fault and Responsibility for an Accident Fault for an accident is extremely important. When a rental car driver causes a Florida car crash, you want to be certain law enforcement arrives at the scene and determines fault for the collision. Particularly when dealing with rental companies and their insurance, this official paperwork could be very important. It is also your proof that the rental car driver was responsible and is liable for injuries and property damage. In addition to the police report, you want to collect your own evidence of the accident. Take photographs of your car, the rental car, and any injuries. Also document the scene, before any vehicles are moved and write down your own...

GEICO Insurance Sues Florida Car Crash Referral Service 411-PAIN

Few people in Florida are unfamiliar with 411-PAIN and their plethora of advertisements. Parent company Path Medical has been heavily advertising the medical, accident, and legal referral service in the state for several years. As a result, the company’s jingles and remixes of popular songs are regularly stuck in Floridians’ heads and hummed during long car rides. The widespread recognition of 411-PAIN and its television spots doesn’t equate to a fantastic reputation. Just as most Florida residents are familiar with the advertising, they are similarly aware of the company’s dubious reputation. For every jingle, there’s been a negative review or opinion article that warns of poor referrals and worse customer service. Yet, a questionable review pales in comparison to the 193-page complaint filed against 411-PAIN by Government Employee Insurance Company (GEICO). What’s Alleged in the GEICO Complaint? GEICO filed a lengthy complaint against 411-PAIN in the Florida Middle District Court at the end of November. The complaint contained several allegations of medical fraud and fraudulent activity by 411-PAIN that amount to over $15,000,000 in damages. These allegations center on a substantial number of no-fault insurance charges 411-PAIN, through Path Medical, submitted to GEICO. If substantiated, the fraudulent claims would be illegal under several Florida laws, including Florida’s Clinic Act, the state and federal Anti-Kickback Statute, and the Self-Referral Act. GEICO alleges that in 2014 Path Medical started requesting insurance proceeds for medical procedures that were medically unnecessary, non-existent, unlawful, or unavailable for insurance payments. These procedures spanned a wide range of medical treatment, including initial consultations or examinations with a patient, follow-up appointments and check-ups, medical scans and diagnostic...

Most Common Causes of Commercial Vehicle Crashes in Florida

Commercial vehicles log thousands of miles and hundreds of routes on Florida’s interstates and highways alone. These vehicles move a substantial amount of goods and provide necessary provisions to Florida businesses and industries. As well, Florida’s connection to shipping ports and large airports make it a hot spot for international import and export. For the most part, the tractor trailers, semi-trucks, delivery vans, buses, and construction vehicles that qualify as commercial vehicles complete their routes without issue or disruption, but not always. Given the sheer number of hours these vehicles are on the roads, there are commercial vehicle crashes in Florida every day. Statistics on Commercial Crashes in the U.S. & Florida The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is tasked with identifying and tracking the number of commercial vehicle crashes in the United States. Each year this federal agency releases a number of reports on large trucks, buses, and other commercial vehicles, in an effort to increase safety and knowledge surrounding these commercial vehicles. According to the FMCSA, large trucks are involved in over 415,000 reported accidents annually in the United States. That is over 1,100 accidents per day, and the number of overall accidents and resulting fatalities are rising. In the most recently reported year, 2016, there were 3,986 people killed in collisions with large, commercial trucks in the U.S. This number of fatalities is 27% higher than in 2009. And many of these accidents and serious injuries are occurring in Florida. The reporting entity in Florida is the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), which collects, compiles, and releases reports on accident and collision statistics...

Why New Year’s Eve Is The Most Dangerous Time To Be On The Road

Happy 2018 from Aronfeld Trial Lawyers, and for those of us with newly minted teenage drivers in our families (like mine), I have an important safety warning: keep your kids and any of your loved ones off the roads on New Year’s Eve after midnight and until the following morning. Here is why; compared to an average Saturday night, the 12-hour window between 6 p.m. on Dec. 31 and 6 a.m. on Jan. 1 has 71% more crashes where alcohol or drugs are listed as a contributing factor… that’s terrifying! According to statistics published by the Centers for Disease Control; New Year’s Eve is the most dangerous time to be on the road for anyone driving or even walking because nearly half of all fatal New Year’s Day car crashes involve drivers who are drunk. Drunk driving is typically defined as having a blood-alcohol content of at least 0.08. The combination of drinking and driving and late night celebrations make New Year’s Eve the worst day of the year for deadly crashes involving drunk drivers.1 And it’s no safer for pedestrians; as New Year’s Eve is also the deadliest day to simply try to cross a street. Each year an average of 22 Americans die getting hit by drunk drivers while just walking. And the numbers are probably higher because many crashes related to New Year’s Eve are actually recorded on January 1 rather than December 31. In the United States, traffic crashes are still the leading cause of death for ages 1 through 34 years. 2 The good news is that the number of drunk driving-related accidents are on the...

Are New High Tech Car Features Causing Distracted Driving Car Accidents?

From texting to GPS, our smartphones are a constant source of distraction while behind the wheel. Reports from major new outlets estimate that 98% of drivers have used their phone for one reason or another while driving, and a devastating number of people text and drive on a regular basis. Correlated to this rise in the use of smartphones is the number of distracted driving car accidents in Florida. Efforts to Prevent Distracted Driving Accidents Over the past few years, lawmakers on the local and state level have tried to address the rise in distracted driving and resulting accidents. Bans on texting while driving and even broader prohibitions on all use of cell phones are instituted in most Florida cities and municipalities, and the Florida legislature passed on the law forbidding texting while driving on a state-wide basis. Through technology, other entities, including private technology companies and automobile makers, have taken other steps to lessen the number of distracted driving car accidents across the country. However, statistics in recent years are finding this technology to be less effective than most people imagined. Ultimately, the problems from technology capabilities in motor vehicles could be the greater than the number of accidents prevented. What Is Changing in Our Cars? Motor vehicle buyers in Florida will notice a plethora of new features available for their car, truck or SUV. Many of these technological advancements are provided as built-in features on the automobile. If you walked into a car dealership, you would be offered the option to include a messaging device, satellite navigation, phone and calling capabilities, voice texting and dictation services, entertainment...
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