Fort Lauderdale DUI Accident Prevention: Daily Breath Tests

April 21, 2014

If a person is arrested for a DUI in Florida, judges have the authority to impose the use of ignition interlock devices. If a driver has more than one DUI already on his record, the devices are mandatory. drink.jpg

Still, they aren't required for first-time offenders, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving and vendors of the devices have recently renewed the legislative push to make ignition-interlock devices required for all DUI offenders.

Now, our Fort Lauderdale injury lawyers have learned that a new approach is being proposed. While the ignition-interlock device requires the user to blow into a breathalyzer - and pass the test - before the vehicle will start, a new bill proposes that some DUI offenders be required to submit to a 24/7 DUI abstinence program.

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Fort Lauderdale Animal Bites and Owner Liability

April 14, 2014

Any animal owner whose pet inflicts harm on another person, through a bite or some other form of attack, can be held liable. Florida, Statute 767.04 holds that a dog owner can be held liable for bites inflicted by their animal to anyone in a public place or lawfully in a private place - regardless of whether the canine previously displayed any signs of viciousness.
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Our Fort Lauderdale dog bite lawyers work with animal bite victims to obtain compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and other damages. In some cases, victims can pursue a claim with the owner's homeowner insurance policy.

Still, it's worth noting that dogs aren't the only animals with the potential for aggressiveness. In Florida, people have been known to keep a wide variety of animals as pets. These include cats and birds and horses, etc., but also snakes, lizards and other potentially dangerous reptiles. Anytime the owner of an animal fails to prevent a foreseeable risk of damage or injury, he or she can be held strictly liable under Florida law.

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South Florida Weatherman Dies in Bicycle Accident

April 8, 2014

Anyone who had an eye on weather in Southwest Florida had also at some point had an eye on television meteorologist Jim Reif, who over the course of more than 30 years in South Florida gained a reputation as an expert on hurricane formations and an advocate for storm preparedness.
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Sadly, it was reported by his employer, the NBC affiliate in Fort Myers, that the weatherman was killed in bicycle accident on a recent Sunday afternoon. Officials are still investigating the sequence of events that led to the crash, but it appears the 61-year-old ran into a sign before falling to the ground and suffering a traumatic brain injury. He was not wearing a helmet.

It's unclear at this point whether a car caused him to swerve or if he simply lost his balance. Whatever the reason, the incident is a tragic reminder that cyclists must ride defensively at all times, particularly here in Florida, which has one of the highest rates of bicycle accidents and fatalities in the country.

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Fort Lauderdale DUI Crashes Remain Spring Break Hazard

March 25, 2014

Separate crashes in Florida involving spring-break revelers reportedly involved drivers who had been drinking excessively before getting behind the wheel.
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Every year it seems we are confronted with the darker side of these mid-term celebrations, most often in the form of injuries sustained or lives lost as a result of drunk driving.

Our Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyers are committed to fighting for justice for victims and their families. Often, these cases are lengthy, not only because they are complex, but because where criminal charges are pending, civil matters must wait.

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Florida Cyclist, Pedestrian Problem Reflected Throughout the South

March 21, 2014

It's been well-established that Florida is the most dangerous state in the country for bicyclists. Where Floridians account for six percent of the nation's population, about 1 in 5 bicyclist deaths occur here. bicyclist2.jpg

What a recent report in The Atlantic reveals is that similar trends are reflected throughout the Southern U.S., a combination of a growing number of cyclists, poor infrastructure design and a lack of dollars dedicated to addressing the issue.

Fort Lauderdale bicycle accident attorneys know that pending the initiation of "Complete Streets" projects (which may soon become mandatory for federally-funded projects if Congress passes S. 2004), bicyclists are endangered nearly every time they venture out for a ride in Florida. Absent those risks, Florida would otherwise be an ideal place for it. We have relatively flat roads, scenic landscapes and year-round warm weather.

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Fort Lauderdale Hit-and-Run Bicycle Accident Victims Left with Insurance Fight

March 14, 2014

Scores of riders have been injured in South Florida bicycle accidents in recent years. To offer up just a few examples:
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--A 49-year-old bicyclist was killed after being struck by a pickup truck driver in the 1800 block of Northwest 31st Avenue in Lauderhill in November 2012. The driver was stopped by police several blocks away.
--A 24-year-old doctoral student with a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit was arrested in November after he struck a bicyclist in Boca Raton before fleeing the scene. He left his bloodied car at a stop light before stumbling into a gas station parking lot, climbing into a stranger's car and passing out. Police arrested him soon after. The cyclist died.
--A bicyclist from Fort Lauderdale was critically injured last December and recently died as a result of his injuries after he was struck by a driver on Northeast 18th Avenue. After driving for miles with the paralyzed cyclist on his back windshield, the driver dumped him behind a garbage bin. The driver was later arrested.

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Florida Bicycle Injury Reduction Goal of Safe Streets Initiative

March 8, 2014

A bicyclist who was paralyzed after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in Fort Lauderdale shortly before Christmas has died of his injuries.
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Our Fort Lauderdale bicycle injury lawyers understand the 53-year-old victim had been on his way to work when he was hit by a car. The cyclist landed on the back window. Rather than stop, the driver allegedly drove two miles home before dumping the cyclist behind a garbage bin in the parking lot of his apartment complex.

That a person could be so heartless is tough to comprehend. That it happened in the first place - perhaps not so unbelievable, particularly considering Florida is the worst state in the country in terms of bicyclist safety.

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Broward, Miami-Dade Most Dangerous for Bicycles

February 25, 2014

Broward and Miami-Dade Counties have a higher number of bicycle fatalities and injuries than any other county in the state, according to a recent Florida Department of Transportation study.

That dubious distinction places Broward and Miami-Dade right at the top of the list of counties targeted in a state program to improve bicycle safety.bike-route-both-directions-logo-1416709-m.jpg

Our Fort Lauderdale bicycle accident attorney is an aggressive advocate for victims injured by the negligence of others.

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Pedestrians at High Risk in Broward, Miami-Dade Counties

February 20, 2014

Broward and Miami-Dade will benefit from new traffic safety programs after a state study found that those counties have the highest number of pedestrian fatalities and injuries.

Our Fort Lauderdale pedestrian accident attorney is a staunch advocate for victims injured by the negligence of others. butterfly-in-hong-kong-1429841-m.jpg

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Better Focus on South Florida Cycling Safety Warranted

February 5, 2014

Officials in NYC may be on the right track in focusing their traffic safety efforts where it counts. According to the New York Post, Mayor de Blasio is pushing NYPD commanders for "zero" traffic fatalities in the big apple. They're shifting some focus from robberies and shootings to include reckless driving.
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After constant grief over the alarmingly high accident rates in their precincts, they're moving to make a change. Traffic fatalities have replaced homicides, or are running neck and neck, as the top priority.

Our bicycle accident lawyers in Fort Lauderdale understand that we need some of the same attention here in South Florida. Unfortunately, we continue to be the most dangerous state in the country for these kinds of accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In the state of Florida, there were close to 150 bicyclist fatalities recorded in 2011.

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Broward Bicycle Events Abound in Coming Months

February 5, 2014

For its fifth year, residents and visitors will participate in and enjoying the Tour de Broward at Miramar Regional Park. According to the Sun Sentinel,
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During the first three years, the event raised money to help with the construction of Hollywood's Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital facility. Once construction was completed on this building, officials turned their attention to the pediatric cardiac center. Last year, there were more than 2,000 participants and officials were able to raise close to $400,000.

Who rides bicycles? At least 57 million people, or approximately 27 percent of the population ages 16 and up, according to one recent survey sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Our Fort Lauderdale bicycle accident attorneys understand that residents and visitors heavily rely on bicycles for transportation, their health and fun recreational activities. Not only are we quickly approaching the Tour de Broward, but we're also looking forward to the Bike Scavenger Hunt in March, Bicycle Safety Day, the Markham Park 100 Race and the Road Course Cycling Race. Cycling is kind of a big deal here in South Florida, and so is bicycle safety.

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Proceed With Caution: Construction Starts Over Middle River

January 28, 2014

Two years of inconvenient construction recently kicked off to demolish and rebuild the bridge over Middle River. Moving from two lanes to three lanes, westbound Sunrise will experience serious construction between Northeast 20th Avenue and Middle River Drive, according to the Sun Sentinel.
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The more than 40,000 vehicles a day that travel over this bridge don't have the most convenient alternatives. The East Las Olas Boulevard bridge is currently going through a near $6 million construction project and that bridge will remain only one lane traveling in each direction until April. The only other routes that allows travelers to and from the beach are Southeast 17th Street to the south and Oakland Park Boulevard to the north.

Our Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyers understand that there is never a perfect time to schedule construction, but some would argue that tourist season may be one of the worst. The Middle River Bridge was constructed back in the '50s and has been widened twice since. It is currently on the state's list of deficient bridges and needs some serious repairs or to be completely replaced. The westbound left-turn lane that goes to Northeast 20th Avenue will be changed to a westbound through lane during construction.

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