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CRASH TEST DUMMIES BEHIND THE WHEEL OF SMART CARS?

1661e426-8ea8-4d72-ac30-7f02bd902ffe-225x300Over 1,000 licensed drivers ages 18+ took part in a nationwide online survey to find out if smart cars are making drivers dumb through modern automotive gadgets like driver assistance Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Lane Keeping Assist (LKA). According to the survey and its results, motorists behind the wheel of modernly equipped vehicles are taking more risks, especially when coupled with negligent cellphone use such as texting and driving. In fact, the results of the survey reveal that smart car drivers confess to using their cellphone negligently through video chatting and/or using apps while they drive. Texting and driving accounts for over 60% of drivers with ACC and/or LKA, with social media interaction accounting for over 50% of drivers. Obviously, this negligent use of cellphones while driving has led to distraction behind the wheel, which according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), has resulted in 3,166 fatalities in 2017 nationwide and some 50,000 accident reports in Florida alone, which ranks 2nd nationwide behind Louisiana in terms of distracted drivers. According to EverQuote, just under 92% of all motorists in the U.S. use their cellphone while operating a motor-vehicle. In an interesting statement by the assistant vice-president in the Enterprise Research department at State Farm; “Innovations such as Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keeping Assist are designed to make our roadways safer and meant to assist drivers, not replace them.” It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the constant construction works being carried in and around the Miami metropolitan area and the absurd traffic decisions taken by city officials, places motorists and pedestrians in ever-growing danger. Thus, and ironically enough, smartphones and smart cars seem to be making people dumber through neglect and overall distraction behind the wheel of a moving vehicle. Drive safe and let your cellphone ride shotgun and nothing more.

If you, a loved-one or friend has been in a car accident involving negligent cellphone use by a motorist in Miami, or in any of the Cities We Serve in Miami-Dade or Broward, Perazzo Law recommends contacting us ONLINE or CALL (786) LAWS-411 for a FREE initial consultation. Perazzo Law offers its personal injury clients ZERO-OUT-OF-POCKET fees.

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Miami Car Accident Lawyer Serves Car Accident Victims & Products Liability Claims for Compensation

Car Manufacturers pump-out hundreds of thousands of vehicles every year and are constantly rolling out new designs aimed at enhancing style, comfort, and safety, all of which require advanced technological complexity. It’s this complexity that makes car manufactures more prone to design and manufacturing defects, which in turn can lead to personal injury from car accidents. Because when motorists operate defective vehicles, there is a potential threat of suffering personal injury from a crash. That’s when car companies recall the vehicles they consider are dangerous to drivers, pedestrians, and anyone on the road. But what happens when a vehicle owner or driver is involved in an accident that stems from a defective car part, faulty software, or self-deploying airbag? That’s when accident victims, friends or family need to consult the professional advice of the Perazzo Law Firm in Miami.

FLYING CARS IN MIAMI?

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The top of the Miami Paramount Worldcenter Complex is set to become the site for the first parking lot for flying cars. Keeping in line with the high speed of technological progress that seems to be putting the future behind us, flying cars are just around the corner.  The developer of the sky port, Dan Kodsi, seems to have a firm futuristic grip on this imminent commuting revolution, which from atop the sixty-floor skyscraper located in downtown Miami, he envisions flying cars landing and taking-off. According to news reports, the ride-share service company, Uber, seems highly intent on winning the race to the sky. Uber plans to have several manufactures design and test prototypes of VTOLs (vertical takeoff and landing vehicles). If feasible, Uber may become the first transportation service company to fly passengers from a city street to a parking lot 1000 feet in the air. Though still under construction, the Paramount isn’t expected to serve as a flying car parking lot until 2020. In the meantime, the high-rise condo’s residents will be able to visit the glass-covered rooftop for breathtaking views of the Miami metropolitan area as they await the arrival of the first flying car.

FLYING CARS AND THE FUTURE

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Florida:  Texting & Driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents today, with thousands of accidents taking place everyday on Florida avenues, streets and highways. The Governor of Florida has recently signed a bill that will allow the authorities to stop motorists spotted texting & driving while behind the wheel and in motion. Nevertheless, drivers will be able to use their mobile device while their car, SUV, or truck are not in movement. Even though texting & driving has been illegal for many years now, cops have done little since they aren’t allowed to pull drivers over even if spotted texting & driving. In fact, there were only 1700 citations throughout 2018 to those caught texting & driving. Though the bill focuses on reducing the number of accidents caused as a result of distracted motorists using their cell phone to send & read text messages, it also aims to educate motorists on the grave consequences that come from texting & driving accidents in Miami & other cities where texting & driving accidents are more common. Motorists will not be allowed to text & drive but they will be allowed to use the cell phones to talk, use GPS services, check weather forecasts, and read emergency messages. As of January 1st, 2020, motorists caught with their fingers on the keypad will be issued tickets of $30 plus court fees. Repeat offenders will lose points & their licenses.

1661e426-8ea8-4d72-ac30-7f02bd902ffe-225x300Miami motorists have an incredibly hard time putting down their cellphones while driving. Motorists distracted by texting, voice messaging, talking and using GPS services also seem to add to the potentials of suffering an accident that may result in bodily injury to pedestrians, joggers, bike riders, etc. Florida ranks 2nd in the USA when it comes to accidents resulting from negligent use of cellphones behind the wheel, and despite cellphone use being worthy of a moving violation, it is not. Nevertheless, negligent cell-phone-use related accidents are on the rise on Miami streets and highways, with many of them leading to serious personal injury and even wrongful death. Using a cell phone behind the wheel can distract a driver enough to run over a pedestrian or rear-end a stopped vehicle. Though the driver may not suffer any injury, the victim may require medical attention, which can lead to medical costs and an insurance claim for compensation. The Perazzo Law Firm is vastly experienced in representing those that have fallen victim to motorist negligence as a result of cellphone use while driving in Miami. We strive to make sure our car accident victims and clients get the compensation they deserve for their injuries, damages, or losses.

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Just because law enforcement agencies in Florida aren’t pulling drivers over for it, texting while driving is actually illegal. But why exactly don’t they pull you over? Because the House has yet to decide whether or not to turn it into a law. This Thursday, the Florida Senate passed the bill that will give police officers the green light to stop and fine motorists caught texting while driving in Florida. Though not yet a full-blown law, it might soon be if the House approves turning the bill into law. According to the bill sponsor, the House will most likely accept the Senate’s proposal to allow police officers to stop drivers who are caught red-handed with their fingers tapping away at their smartphone screens. Though the bill doesn’t include reading off a cell-phone or using other devices while driving, it does prohibit drivers from actual texting. If passed by the House, motorists would have time to adjust to the new law by only citing a warning to motorists caught texting. Sadly, as of December 31st, 2019, drivers would be stopped and ticketed. According to the would-be law, drivers would get three points on their record, a $30 fine, plus fees to the costs of the court. Fortunately, loopholes exits. If a driver buys a Bluetooth hands-free phone, he/she can take a course on driver safety. Furthermore, the first offence would go unscathed. When passed, those in favor of the law expect accidents related to texting and driving to go down significantly. At present, a great number of pedestrian, bicycle, and motor vehicle accidents are the direct result of texting and driving. The bill, which last year only made it as far as the House, was denied due to concerns that police officers would have the legal right to invade the cell-phone owners privacy and raise concerns over racism or general prejudice with regards who police choose to pull over for allegedly texting while driving.

PERAZZO LAW SERVES THOSE INJURED IN ACCIDENTS DUE TO NEGLIGENT CELL PHONE USE IN MIAMI

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In less than one month, the First Street Bridge will be shut down for three years in order to revamp the drawbridge that operates over the Miami River. According to the Florida Department of Transportation, the bridge, which allows for eastbound motorists to access downtown Miami, won’t be reopened until 2022. Hence, those hoping for a smooth commute into center city will have to ready themselves for bumpy nerve wrenching drive on what is expected to be a dose of motorist mayhem into downtown Miami. This project, according to the FDOT, is merely the first of the 55 projects aimed at improving Florida’s infrastructure, despite the headaches and rage residents will have to endure in the meantime. The plan is to modernize the 80-year old bridge by adding new seawalls along the river, build walkways by the riverbanks, include spacious bike lanes, and much more to justify the 67-plus million dollar project. Motorists may be wondering what to do and where to go in order to get to downtown Miami. Well, there are several detour options, one of which includes taking the West Flagler Street Bridge eastbound instead of westbound as the bridge will be turned into a two-way road. Motorists should visit the FDOT website for further information and learn about scheduled public meetings at the Miami-Dade Main Library and the Miami-Dade Hispanic Branch Library. Though these projects are meant to ease traffic congestion and improve the quality of life for residents and add to the visual appeal of Miami, short-term headaches and aggravation seem almost inevitable.

PERAZZO LAW SHARES ADVICE FOR DEALING WITH MOTORIST MAYHEM

miami-city-1218429-300x225MIAMI LYFT ACCIDENT LAWYER: LYFT LOOKING TO LURE MIAMI DRIVERS AND RIDERS – Miami: In an attempt to enhance the quality of its service, add to the number of riders, and pump-up its stock value, The ride share company Lyft, is targeting current & potential drivers through special discounts and attractive offers. While it’s no secret that using a vehicle leads to wear & tear, Lyft is offering its drivers discounts on tune-ups, repairs, & more. The proposal, which not only helps Lyft drivers to keep their cars in good shape, eases the financial burden that comes from having to use your car to earn a buck. Through a money-saving maintenance program, Lyft drivers throughout most of South Florida, will be eligible for 50% discounts on vehicle maintenance & repairs. Subsequently, the discounts would reflect positively on the driver’s take-home pay & the condition of the vehicle used to transport Lyft riders. Basically, a driver can make sure to have good tires & brakes, keep the vehicle clean, & tend to repairs when needed at lower costs. Furthermore, according to Lyft, only 10% of its drivers work full-time & have Lyft as their “employer”. Our Miami & North Miami Beach Law offices handle personal injury & property damage claims as a result of an accident involving Uber, Uber Eats, Lyft, or any other ride-share services company operating in Miami.

balance-1172786-300x204Perazzo Law’s professional staff of personal injury and insurance litigation attorneys can help accident victims gain righteous compensation for injuries sustained from an Uber or Lyft related accident in Miami and every city in Miami-Dade or Broward Counties. See Cities We Serve

The Perazzo Law Firm knows that Rideshare Companies like Uber and Lyft are a convenient and cost effective way to get around in Miami as well as in major cities like Hialeah, Homestead, Kendall, and more. Sadly, Uber or Lyft get into accidents which may result in injury to passengers, other motorists, as well as pedestrians and bike riders. The Miami-based Perazzo Law Firm represents victims of Uber/Lyft accidents that seek compensation through a personal injury insurance claim throughout all Miami-Dade and Broward.

CAR ACCIDENTS IN MIAMI OCCUR EVERYDAY, WITH ACCIDENT VICTIMS SUFFERING BODILY INJURY, VEHICLE DAMAGE, OR LOSSES. 

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Car accident victims that are involved in collisions are most often taken by surprise and don’t know how to react accordingly to the accident, especially if there are injuries to drivers or passengers. When this happens, a sense of desperation will most likely override common sense. That is why it is important for motorists to know how to act properly and what steps and measures to take following an accident in Miami-Dade or Broward Counties. There are times when motorists need to act quickly to the accident by making sure their lives are not in danger or they risk further injury. It is vital to make sure to take the necessary measures to make sure you and any passengers in your vehicle are safe and that injuries are attended to as quickly as possible. When an accident happens on a city street or avenue, motorists are advised to not move the vehicle until the authorities arrive. However, if it is necessary to move the vehicle, Perazzo Law recommends taking photographs of the accident scene and any damage to all vehicles involved.  This can only be done if the driver or the vehicle owner has the physical ability to do so. In other words, if the driver is seriously injured, then he/she can ask a passenger or a bystander to do this for them. Different rules apply when the accident takes place on a highway or interstate. In this case, the vehicle must be moved over to the shoulder, if safe and able to do so. The driver and any passengers must get off the highway to avoid being crashed into by any oncoming traffic. Visit the Perazzo Law Website for more in-depth advice on how to handle car accidents on city streets, avenues, and highways. The advice below corresponds to accidents that occur on city avenues or streets and when there is no risk of further injury. Read carefully and keep a copy of these steps with you in your vehicle. 

READ THESE STEPS CAREFULLY AND KEEP THEM WITH YOU 

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Davie, Florida: A 2016 Tesla S swerved out of control at approximately 90 mph and crashed into a tree, before catching fire and killing its driver, according to preliminary police and eyewitness reports. Though the incident is pending an official and thorough investigation, bystanders that tried to rescue the South Florida man from within the burning car, claimed that they were unable to open its doors and that the airbags had not deployed upon impact. This eyewitness testimony will be key in determining whether or not the man’s life could have been saved had the airbags deployed. The S owner’s manual states that the deployment of the airbag upon impact activates the retractable door handles which allow the car doors to be opened. If the investigation reveals that the airbags did not deploy and that the man died as a result, Tesla may be faced with yet another lawsuit and suffer a devastating economic blow. Even though the man was reported to be doing somewhere between 75 and 90 mph in a 55mph zone, the investigation will also center around what caused the car to lose control, ride over the medium, cut across lanes and slam into a palm tree. The Miami Perazzo Law serves car accident claims that result from defective car parts, faulty airbags, or poor vehicle maintenance service by third party service providers. If you, a friend, or relative has suffered personal injury, property damage, loss of wages, or have been stuck with whopping medical bills as a result of another individual’s negligence, Perazzo Law urges you to contact our Miami or North Miami Beach Office ONLINE today for FREE legal advice.

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PerazzoLawFirm-GoogleImageTHE PERAZZO LAW FIRM SERVES PASSENGERS HURT IN CAR ACCIDENTS IN MIAMI-DADE AND BROWARD

miami-posters-1-1416986-300x225Just like in most cosmopolitan cities throughout the U.S.A, dealing with traffic is an inevitable part of the everyday hustle and bustle for residents and visitors. And when it comes to driving, Miami has its fair share of rules and regulations with which to make getting around a safe and enjoyable experience.  A mecca for entertainment that appeals to visitors from all over the world, being a passenger in Miami can either be a moment to remember or one you wish to forget. Motor vehicles ranging from large and loud trucks to small and silent scooters can be spotted cruising Miami’s streets, avenues, and roads. To boot, modern rideshare and convenience delivery services such as Uber, Lyft, Amazon Prime Now, DoorDash, and InstaCart, can turn driving into a nightmare. Furthermore, when it comes to cluttering urban streets, the scooter craze has swarms of riders wreaking havoc on unexpecting motorists. This motorized reality has its dire consequences, as when combined with negligent cellphone use, the chances of an accident surge.

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PASSENGER ACCIDENTS  Passengers and drivers are almost always hurt when cars collide, especially at high speeds and on highways. Studies find that passengers are just as likely to suffer the same, if not worse injuries than the driver of the car in which they were riding. Fortunately, passengers injured in car accidents have the legal right to hire a personal injury lawyer with whom to seek compensation for damages or losses incurred from an accident. Even though there are accident cases in which a motorist will have no right to claim for damages or injuries, the passenger will be found free of fault in 9 out of 10 accident cases. A driver’s insurance policy, (See TOP TEN INSURANCE POLICIES), will often be limited to how much it can offer in compensation for medical expenses and other damages. This point becomes crucial when the passenger has suffered severe personal injuries which exceed the driver’s insurance policy limit. If legal proceedings follow the incident, a court ruling will have to determine fault for the accident. When a motorist is found to not be at fault, he/she will not be held legally liable for the passenger’s claim for personal injury compensation. This does not particularly mean that the passenger should not seek compensation for serious injuries or losses incurred by the accident. When an accident involves two or more motor vehicles, the passenger should hire a Personal Injury Lawyer to seek compensation from the insurance providers of the other motorists. Perazzo Law reminds passengers hurt in car accidents that they have the legal right to seek compensation for their personal injuries, damages, and losses in Miami.