Articles Posted in Car Accident

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. 

The Perazzo Law Firm serves victims injured from accidents involving Texting & Driving in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties

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Ever since the smartphone started riding shotgun in 2007 with the launch of the first iPhone, texting and driving has been an ever-growing cause of motor-vehicle related accidents in modern cities around the world. Negligent cell phone use while behind the wheel of cars, buses, trucks, recreational and construction vehicles is said to account for some 2.0 million accidents per year. According to statistic reports, over 650,000 motorists are distracted by cell phone use during daytime driving. Reports show that close to 400,000 individuals are hurt each year from texting and driving related incidents, with 25% occurring in major U.S cities such as Miami.  According to research conducted throughout 2018, 69 % of motorists between the ages of 18 and 64 admit to using their cell phone while driving and admitted to being aware of the increased chances of crashing. A recent survey by AAA, revealed that 94% of teenage motorists admitted to ignoring the dangers that negligent cell phone use while driving represent. Teenagers also rank at the top when it comes to texting and driving fatalities, with more than 58% of all fatal accidents involving negligent cell phone use. Sadly, everyday in the USA, 11 teenagers die in texting and driving related accidents.

crash-car-1180834-300x242The Perazzo Law Firm Shares Latest, Important Developments Regarding PIP Insurance

Orange County, Florida – PIP insurance or Personal Injury Protection, has the world of motor vehicle insurance providers on tenterhooks as the Supreme Court rules against an insurance company and in favor of the Florida Hospital Medical Center in the 5th District Court of Appeal. Personal Injury Protection(PIP) is mandatory insurance coverage for all registered vehicle owners in the state of Florida and serves to cover up to $10,000 in medical bills, damages, or losses stemming from a motor vehicle accident regardless of which driver was legally found at fault. Nevertheless, not everything is as simple as it seems as insurance providers as well as healthcare providers are all looking out for their best economic interests. Thus was the underlying basis for the PIP case brought on by the Florida Hospital Medical Center, which held the Progressive Insurance Company liable for $200 in unpaid reimbursement for medical services rendered to one of their policyholders. A Progressive Insurance customer, a car accident victim, suffered personal injuries that accounted for $2,781 in hospital expenses. According to the official court records, his PIP insurance policy had a $1,000 deductible which the hospital subtracted before calculating the total amount using the formula under Florida PIP law. It turns out that the insurer did not apply the same method for determining the legitimate amount owed to the hospital and reached a total amount due of $868. This $200 difference, brought-on by subtracting the car accident victim’s  $1000 deductible, prompted the legal battle by the Florida Hospital Medical Center. The case, which has insurance providers around the USA on edge, ruled against the formula used by the insurer company to calculate the amount owed. The decision was based on the grounds that the insurance company should apply the deductible to the overall charges in line with the statutory provisions. The ruling will ultimately lead to all insurance providers in Florida ultimately having to pay more to hospitals and healthcare practitioners treating motor vehicle accident victims.

So where does PIP stand now? The new rule states (in a nutshell) that the deductible needs to be exhausted at the start. Statutorily, the minimum deductible is $1,000, so the first $1K is the responsibility of the insured person and the insurance provider doesn’t have to pay it. Until now, the insurance company was spreading out the deductible.

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The Perazzo Law Firm Serves Car Accident Victims on Miami-Dade Roadways

State Road 826, also known as the Palmetto Expressway, stretches thirty miles through the greater Miami area starting in Kendall and passing through cities such as Hialeah, Doral, and others until reaching the shores of North Miami Beach. The Palmetto Expressway has a heavy flow of traffic with the most congested areas being those near Miami International Airport and intersections leading into and from US1 and interstate 95.

This past Monday morning, a state trooper traveling Northbound on the Palmetto Expressway mysteriously flipped over at the NW 58th Avenue and shut down traffic for hours. The Florida Highway Patrol officials that arrived to the scene reported that the trooper suffered minor injuries and that he was wearing his seatbelt when his police vehicle flipped out of control. The authorities are trying to determine if another vehicle was involved in the roll-over accident on the Palmetto Expressway.

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The Perazzo Law Firm Serves Car Accident Victims in Miami-Dade and Broward County. 

Miami-Dade: Self-driving cars are no longer a thing of the future, in fact, they are quite common in many parts of the modern automotive world. In Germany, for example, self driving cars doing 120 mph on the autobahn with the “drivers‘ holding conference calls, is a growing trend. Though many motorists may consider self-driving cars unnecessary, their eminent arrival into the US car market looms. This has sparked some debate over how American motorists may be affected by self driving cars and the effects on urban life. From a sociological perspective, CAV’s or Connected Autonomous Vehicles, could take-away from the pressure that everyday driving causes many motorists, such as anxiety, road-rage, and reduced quality of life. Furthermore, if properly equipped, self-driving vehicles can turn a vehicle’s interior into a meeting room, dining room, living room, and even a bedroom, from where you can watch t.v. and even have sex. With a person’s vehicle turning into someone’s second home, anything could happen. According to a recent study by the The Journal of Sex Research 60 percent of Americans have given car sex a try. With self-driving vehicles, sex behind the wheel can take place while cruising down a Florida highway or down any Miami avenue, just as long as you have tinted windows. Thus, a new study reveals that sex behind the wheel with the vehicle in movement should come to no surprise to urban residents, as driverless cars would be operated by computers and provide ample room for beds. Though not yet popular, CAVs are expected to become a household word by 2020, when a mass rollout of CAV is expected to hit modern cities and draw appeal from motorists. But what effect will CAVs have on urban life and rural life? Experts state that the use of CAVs will reduce travel times and lower the pollution levels left behind by contemporary motor-vehicles, as well as reduce the tension felt by drivers stuck in traffic jams and chaotic driving conditions. But what about sex? CAV’s may replace hourly hotels as a spot for a quick romantic encounter. With less space being occupied by seats, the interior can have a sofa or even a bed, much like a limosine but without a driver.

The Effects of Driverless Cars on Urban Life

Personal Injury Law Firm Serving Rideshare Claims for Compensation from Uber Accidents in Miami

dont-hurl-girl-1549143-300x189Miami: Uber fraud involving fare adjustments to clean-up bodily fluid stains left behind by passengers is on the rise in Miami. This most recent scams involves Uber passengers being blamed for soiling the Uber driver’s vehicle with vomit. In other words, an Uber passenger will get dropped-off just fine, then notice an added fee tacked-on to their bill, holding the passenger responsible for soiling the Uber driver’s vehicle. The fee ranges from $80 – $150 depending on the Uber driver’s personal scam level. Sadly, there is not much the passenger can do but to contact the Uber helpline and receive a reply that does nothing to revert the clean-up fee, as it’s basically the Uber driver’s word against the passengers. In Uber’s defense, there exist rides in which passengers do indeed get sick during a ride for reasons which may go from motion sickness, to passengers boarding with an excess of food, alcohol, or narcotics in them. Whatever the case, Uber vomit fraud indeed exists in Miami. But what to do to prevent Uber vomit fraud? Firstly, report the case to Uber via the help button on the Uber website. Unfortunately, this may prove useless as the fraudulent Uber driver may have already submitted bogus photos of his/her soiled vehicle seat. Vomit is not alone when it comes to fraudulent clean-up claims by Uber drivers on unsuspecting Uber passengers. Liquids such as beer, wine, whiskey, blood, and even urine are on the clean-up list. As well as muddy footwear or soiled clothing leaving stains or odors. An Uber spokesperson has stated that they are looking into possible fraud cases to safeguard passenger satisfaction. However, it’s hard to prove whether or not a passenger does indeed dirty an Uber driver’s vehicle. The spokesperson added; “With 15 million trips a day, Uber is unfortunately not immune to these types of incidents.” Perazzo Law suggests passengers to send several emails to resolve their complaints by notifying Uber that there was no incident. After that, it’s a matter of waiting for Uber to investigate and determine whether or not to refund the clean-up fee. Sadly, not many bogus vomit claims go in favor of the passenger, with reported incidents of Uber canceling a passengers accounts on account of their legitimate gripes.

Perazzo Law sheds light on How Safe Uber really is?

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.