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Biscayne Bay: What happens when you put a drunk, coke snorting , wanna-be captain at the helm of a 91-foot yacht? Tragedy strikes.

Miami and North Miami Beach Personal Injury Law Firm Serving Boating Accident Claims in Miami.

On April 1st, a 25-year old passenger was killed while swimming behind a privately owned yacht.  The victim was struck by the yacht’s propeller after a non-licensed captain made a crucial navigational mistake. This past Monday, the supposed captain pleaded guilty to wrongful death due to negligence while commandeering a water vessel. Regardless of the fact that the person at the helm is primarily responsible for the wrongful death incident, the person that chartered the yacht is partially to blame since the accident would have never happened if the service had not been advertised as a ‘unique charter experience’.  Both parties face wrongful death and negligence charges as the yacht owner was aware that the vessel was not insured for charters and the operator was not licensed to charter passengers. Furthermore, cell phone video footage shows the alleged captain snorting cocaine and drinking while cruising round Miami before taking the helm of the 91-foot yacht, which was dirty and revealed an evident lack of maintenance. The captain anchored the yacht at Monument Island as two of the four passengers decided to go for a swim and eventually drifted towards the rear of the yacht. Without warning or regard for navigational safety measures when leaving an island, the captain put the yacht in reverse as the propellers pulled the victim in, causing fatal injuries which brought the pleasure voyage to a tragic end.

Miami and North Miami Beach Personal Injury Law Firm Serving Victims of Traffic Related Accidents on Suburban Streets   suburban-street-1388617-300x225

Rush Hour Mayhem Menacing Suburban Residents in Miami: Speeding and reckless driving is stirring mayhem in some of the most chill parts of Miami-Dade and South Florida. Coral Gables, for example, saw a pick-up truck lose control and barrel head-on into someone’s living room, leaving skid marks on the front porch. With driver’s on edge behind the wheel, seeking shortcuts while glancing down at their cell phones in a frantic attempt to reach their destinations quicker, joggers, bikers, pedestrians, and even homeowners need to be on high alert. Many residents of tranquil Miami-Dade and South Florida neighborhoods have been speaking out about the rage with which motorists are speeding through their quiet streets. One such neighborhood is Coral Gables, with has become a popular shortcut for those trying avoid Bird Avenue, Granada Boulevard and Riviera Drive. Apart from speeding, rush-hour motorists are blowing stop signs, dodging dog walkers, and acting as if cars were phone booths on wheels, with total disregard for the safety of pedestrians, joggers, and dog walkers. Coral Gables is not alone when it comes to rampant drivers cutting through the quiet streets. One of the main reasons for the sudden increase in the motorist mayhem is Waze, which helps anxious drivers find alternate routes with which to avoid traffic jams. Sadly, Waze is pointing these mad motorists into the easy-going arteries of South Florida suburbia. The result has been nothing but appalling to local residents, many of whom have suffered personal injury and property damage as a result of reckless and negligent motorists. In the meantime, city planners and engineers are scrambling for ways to calm frantic motorists down and lower the speeds at which they are operating their vehicles through suburban streets. Measures such as Traffic Calming, need to be taken in order to slow the steady rise in motor vehicle accidents in places such as Coral Gables, Palmetto, Coconut Grove, and many more suburban areas throughout Miami-Dade and South Florida. Speed bumps, speed cushions, raised intersections, as well as trees strategically placed along roadways are some of the options for preventing ravaged motorists from reaching havoc on pedestrians, joggers, cyclists, etc., that want to feel safe as they stroll, jog, or bike down their local suburban streets. A senior project manager at an engineering firm hard at work trying to ways of slowing motorists down in many major cities around the world, has found that roundabouts and speed tables are effective ways of forcing drivers to slow down. Lowering speed limits and adding street signs are also possible deterrents, however, motorists don’t always obey speed limits and street signs are hard for motorists to spot when they are distracted by cell phone use while behind the wheel. Sadly, building speed bumps and other measures are costly. Thus, building one speed bump on every street can mean hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of taxpayers  money. Ironically, local suburban residents that once cursed the presence of potholes on their streets, are now considering them a blessing; simply cause they slow down speedy drivers. South Miami has taken measures to slow down traffic by building speed bumps and posting ‘No-Right-Turn-at-Rush-Hour’ signs at strategic locations. Furthermore, the city is planning to narrow-down wide streets and it is in the process of painting “Sharrows’ which are markers painted on sidewalks so that pedestrians and bike riders can share common spaces. Residents main concern is for the children that play on the streets, the mothers pushing strollers, and those that once felt safe in suburbia, now at risk of being run-over by the maddened flow of rush hour traffic relying on Waze to show them the fastest way home.

If you, a family member or friend has been hurt in a car accident or suffered property damage as a result of an incident involving a motor vehicle in Miami, the Perazzo Law Firm urges you to contact us ONLINE for a FREE initial consultation.

boom-forklift-1520901-300x225Miami and North Miami Beach Law Firm serving Personal Injury Claims for Compensation following a Construction Truck Accident in Miami.

Two seperate Construction Truck Accidents lead to mayhem in Miami-Dade County: A local Fire Rescue spokesperson reported that a severely injured construction worker had to be airlifted to a nearby medical facility to receive emergency care for the injuries he suffered as a result by a boom lift that tipped over while operating at a Homestead shopping center. The worker, whose identity and condition is unknown, was badly hurt when the boom lift, or bucket truck, came crashing down on its side for reasons that are still unknown. This incident is just one of two that took place this past Thursday involving elevation construction vehicles, with both construction vehicles accidents leading to mayhem in Miami. The second incident occurred on Thursday evening in west Miami, when another crane started to rotate out of control and began taking down power lines. According to eyewitness reports, there was panic among the pedestrians and motorists that noticed the live power cables sparking and dangling overhead. Fortunately, there were no reported injuries but it has yet to be determined if any property owners, residents, or local businesses suffered losses due to the power outage, which took several hours to be restored. Apparently, the crane suffered a systems failure, a fact that insurance investigators and the attorneys representing property damage claims (if any) must verify to determine if there was negligence on behalf of the crane operator, the vehicle owner, lesser, construction firm, or any other third party involvement. 

The Perazzo Law Firm has ample experience handling all sorts of Truck Accidents that involving a vast of range of trucking accidents including; Private, Public, Commercial, or Emergency Vehicles. See Trucking Accidents Compensation Claims accidents for further insight into accidents involving trucks in Miami. 

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Miami and North Miami Beach Personal Injury Law Firm Serving Accident Claims in Miami

South Florida: The fact that local motorists are having their data captured and recorded by law enforcement agencies through license plate readers has resulted in a Coral Gables resident/motorist suing the City. Though the aim of the license plate reading system, which is used in most major cities around the world, is to monitor and detect suspicious or illegal activity, it can be considered a violation of a person’s right to privacy under the US constitution. The plaintiff’s claim is that the system places every motorist into the same basket, along with criminals, suspects, and innocent and visitors to Coral Gables.

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Miami and North Miami Personal Injury Law Firm Serving Wrongful Death Claims from Drunk Driving accidents in Miami

Chipley Florida: A 37-year old drunk driver from the Tampa area was behind the wheel of his pick-up truck heading northbound on State Road 77 when his vehicle swerved onto the shoulder where three utility workers were carrying-out repairs on power lines damaged by the devastating hurricane that swept through the south-west part of Florida last week. The fatal accident occurred Wednesday evening as the three workers, one of whom worked for West Florida Electric with the other two deceased employed by Lee Electric Construction Inc., were run over and killed by the drunk driver, who fled the scene after the incident. The drunk driver was caught shortly after by the Washington County Sheriff’s office and arrested by State Troopers. The drunk driver faces criminal charges ranging from DUI, manslaughter, vehicular homicide to fleeing the scene. If convicted, a long stint behind bars awaits the drunk driver that took the life of the three utility workers.

The Perazzo Law Firm has ample experience handling Hit and Run accidents that involve drunk drivers. In fact, most motorists that flee the accident scene, usually do so because of either driving drunk, driving without insurance, without a driver’s licence or driving a stolen vehicle. See Hit and Run accidents in Miami for further info into how to handle Hit and Run accident claims and what a Personal Injury lawyer can do to assist hit and run accident victims and families.

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Tallahassee, Florida: In a case that includes aggravated assault together with severe personal injury, a jealous ex-boyfriend took matters into his own hands when he decided to do a little pruning job on his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend’s penis. According to newspaper and police reports, the jealous ex-boyfriend attacked his ex-lover’s 26-year-old boyfriend with a tire iron, carved initials into his leg and proceeded to top-off the beating by cutting off the man’s penis. The man then fled the scene only to leave the helpless and injured victim in agonizing pain as he watched his genitals get flung over a fence by his jealous attacker. The victim, apart from suffering severe personal injury after having his penis severed, was admitted to hospital after a passerby notified the authorities. The victim is recovering but is reported to have suffered permanent brain injury, as well as irreparable mental trauma as a result of being beaten on the head with the tire iron and having his penis severed. Cases involving personal injury of this type are considered criminal offenses and not only hold the perpetrator subject to jail time if found guilty, but also liable for the medical costs, lost wages, and compensation for any permanent injuries that require extended rehabilitation or modifications to the victims quality of life. The perpetrator in this case was released on a $1 million bond while awaiting a trial date to determine the legal consequences for his crime of passion.

If you, a loved one, or family member has suffered personal injury from aggravated assault or from a violent attack in a public or private establishment, the Personal Injury Attorneys at the Perazzo Law Firm are willing and dedicated to reviewing the case to determine if there is a reasonable compensation claim to cover medical bills, lost wages, or mental trauma. Contact our Miami or North Miami Beach offices ONLINE or CALL (786) LAWS-411 for a FREE initial consultation.

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Miami and North Miami Beach Law Firm Serving Trucking Accident Victims in Miami

Broward: Trucking accidents in Miami are not as common as car, motorcycle accidents, or bicycle accident in Miami, but when truck accidents occur on a Miami Roadway, they many times end in tragedy, and sometimes on Miami streets. The most recent motor-vehicle accident to take place in Miami occurred this past Saturday when a semi-truck plunged 80-feet onto a patchy area of urban grass. At approximately 6:30 a.m., a 29 year-old trucker was operating a late model Kenworth T600 semi along the southbound lane of the Florida Turnpike. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the truck driver lost control of the vehicle when taking the off-ramp which connects to Interstate 595. Trucks hauling heavy loads can become difficult to control and require greater care to avoid a trucking accident on Miami roadways. Tractor trailers and semi-trucks can many times be overloaded and must be maneuvered with added when exiting elevated ramps, like the one in Broward County, which was where the semi truck in question lost control and crashed through the right-side concrete wall of the ramp. The accident victim and his truck, which was hitched to a 53-foot trailer, lunged off the elevated section of the exit ramp and encountered an 80-foot drop onto a solid patch of grass in a residential area. The authorities have not reported on other injuries and are trying to determine the cause of the Miami trucking accident which resulted in a tremendous fatal crash.

Any trucking accident involving a tractor trailer may include driver negligence due to his/her operating the vehicle while drowsy or under the influence of narcotics or alcohol. Cell Phone use while operating a tractor trailer has also been the determining factor in many Miami truck accident cases handled by the Perazzo Law Firm. Poor tractor trailer maintenance may include bad brakes, bad tires, broken mirrors, or malfunctioning instrument panel, all of which can be determining factors in a tractor trailer accident, as well as excess cargo, slippery roads and streets, or poor highway conditions. The above mentioned factors may automatically hold the tractor trailer driver and/or tractor trailer owner liable for any injuries, damage, or loss inflicted on other motorists, pedestrians, or property owners. A truck driver or trucking company may be held liable if any of the above mentioned factors can be proven by one of our personal injury lawyers in representation of their client’s personal injury claims for compensation. As previously stated, a truck driver has a duty to operate the vehicle under the proper conditions and avoid negligence behind the wheel.

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Parking lot accidents in Miami happen everyday, with millions of accidents reported every year across the United States. Most parking lot accidents in Miami are caused by negligent motorists, pedestrians, property owners or parking lot operators. Some 18% of all reported motor vehicle accidents take place in parking lots, with 15% of parking lot accidents resulting in damage due to a collision with another motorist. Many parking lot accidents that take place in Miami parking lots may result in personal injury from a parking lot car accident involving a pedestrian entering, exiting, or passing through a parking lot in Miami. There are several ways parking lot accidents in Miami can involve pedestrians, cyclists, or other motorists. Parking lot accidents involving pedestrians in Miami may take place at supermarkets, shopping malls, restaurants, hotels, night clubs, private parking lots, etc. Children and the elderly are at high risk of falling victim to parking lot accidents in Miami. Children may stray from a parent or legal guardian and fall victim to a parking lot accident in a Miami supermarket, shopping mall, or restaurant. Kids are difficult to spot when backing-out, and a large number of car accident related incidents in parking lots in Miami that involve small children result in severe and sometimes wrongful death. A parked motorist’s view may be obstructed by a larger vehicle parked to its side, and back-out hastily into an inattentive elderly pedestrian. Many times, parking lot motorists in Miami are more focused on finding a spot than looking out for other cars, some of which don’t respect the existing established lanes and traffic laws which motorists must abide by when operating a motor vehicle in a parking lot in Miami. Property damage in parking lot accidents in Miami establishments may result from shopping carts colliding with a parked car or crashing into a pedestrian.

If you, a loved one, or family member can answer YES to any of the statements below, you may have a Personal Injury Claim from a Parking Lot accident in Miami:

stairs-1498688-300x222 Miami and North Miami Beach Law Firm Serving Accident Victims Suffering Personal Injury on Stairs, Steps, and Ramps in Miami.

According to a recent study, over 1 million Americans suffer personal injuries from accidents involving stairs, steps, ramps. This is a whopping figure when you consider that most of these accidents include individuals of all ages, despite the elderly and toddlers among the most at risk. Stairs, steps, and ramps are practically everywhere in Miami; in hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, supermarkets, apartment buildings, practically anywhere people need to go and down. According to Florida Premises Liability laws, property owners and those responsible for private or public establishments, are legally liable for any accidents resulting in personal injury brought on by improper maintenance, operating conditions, or unsafe standards which may cause an individual to slip, trip, or fall on said premises. Stairs, steps, and ramps must be kept free of any obstacle, liquid, object, substance, etc., that may lead to someone falling and hurting themselves. The property owner or responsible party may be legally liable to cover any, if not all, medical costs, lost wages, etc., as a result of their negligence to provide safe stairs, steps, or ramps on their premises.

It is the responsibility of architects, engineers, contractors, and masons to make sure stairs, steps, and ramps are properly built in terms of uniformity, elevation and inclination. Steps or staircases that are uneven or ramps that are too steep, can represent risk of injury to the elderly and to those suffering from physical or mental challenges. Vertigo, for example, can cause an elderly person to lose their balance and go tumbling down a flight of stairs, with the results being multiple fractures or even wrongful death.

Miami and North Miami Beach Law Firm Serving Personal Injury Victims in Miami.

Miami: A 24-year old motorist behind the wheel of a Toyota truck was the perpetrator of a hit and run this past Sunday when he ran over a pedestrian on a Miami sidewalk. According to eyewitnesses, the driver of the Toyota split the scene after running the pedestrian over and was chased down by a man aboard a Onewheel XR, which resembles a motorized one-wheel skateboard. According to Miami police reports filed in according to eyewitness testimonies, the man who rode onto the sidewalk and ran into the pedestrian, was charged with serious bodily injury and possession of marijuana. The man who chased down the culprit of the hit and run, caught up to Toyota and used his board to smash the driver’s side window, while reaching inside the vehicle and cutting the engine. When the police arrived to the scene and searched the vehicle’s interior after apprehending the culprit of the hit and run crime, they found marijuana.  The hit and run driver was arrested and released on a $8,000 bond. According to official reports, the driver has a history of moving violations that dates back to 2012.

If you, a family member or loved-one has fallen victim to a hit & run incident, the Perazzo Law Firm urges you to contact their Miami or North Miami Beach offices ONLINE or CALL (786) LAWS-411 for a FREE initial consultation.