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QUÉ HACER SI ERES EL PASAJERO EN UN ACCIDENTE DE UBER

Uber-accident-Lawyer-in-Miami-Perazzo-Law-200x300Cuando necesite compartir el viaje, lo último que esta pensando es la posibilidad sufrir un accidente dentro de un Uber. Leer abajo para entender qué hacer si eres el pasajero.

Con el creciente número de estadounidenses usando aplicaciones para compartir viajes, saber cómo mantenerse a salvo durante un viaje en Uber o Lyft es muy importante. Si usted es uno de los 36% de los adultos de EE. UU. Que usan un servicio de transporte compartido, probablemente se haya preguntado qué sucedería si tuviera un accidente mientras estaba en un Uber o Lyft. Después de todo, es una pregunta racional con muchas implicaciones potenciales.

Miami-Car-Accident-Lawyer-300x200Cuando un carro se estrella contra objetos como árboles o postes de luz, experimentará algún tipo de daño; ya sea un faro roto, el parabrisas rajado, el airbag desplegado o incluso la destrucción total. El seguro de colisión ayuda a cubrir los costos de reparación del propietario del vehículo.

INFO BASICA SOBRE SEGURO DE COLISIÓN

Un automovilista que conduce por una carretera a alta velocidad a veces puede perder el control de su vehículo y sufrir un accidente por vuelco. En condiciones climáticas adversas o condiciones de la carretera, un vehículo fuera de control puede terminar chocando con un divisor de cemento o deslizándose a lo largo de barandas de acero. Si ocurre alguna de estas situaciones, el seguro de colisión ayudará a pagar los daños a su vehículo. Esto hace que el seguro de colisión sea altamente recomendable para aquellos que manejan autos caros o aquellos que disfrutan de la adrenalina que proviene de conducir a altas velocidades a lo largo de las carreteras y calles de Miami. Sin embargo, algunos propietarios de vehículos no tienen otra opción, ya que los automóviles o camiones arrendados o financiados a menudo pueden verse obligados a llevar un seguro de colisión hasta que su vehículo se pague por completo. En caso de accidente, su vehículo estará cubierto independientemente de la falla. Si tiene la culpa, no existe otra política, que no sea la cobertura general, que cubra los daños de su vehículo. Desafortunadamente, el seguro de colisión no cubre contra accidentes de golpe y huida; daños a otros vehículos, robo o daños por desastres naturales como huracanes; que puede derribar postes de luz o causar inundaciones que causen daños a la propiedad. Además, el seguro de colisión no paga las facturas médicas para tratar lesiones corporales.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT?

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In Miami, car accidents occur on a regular basis. That is why, it’s best to know what to do after motorists, and even passengers, are involved in an accident. Regardless of fault, the motorists involved must take certain measures to address any injuries, damages, or potential losses as a result of the collision. Much of what happens after a motor vehicle accident depends on the severity of the collision and the extent of injuries or damages (See 10 Basic Steps Following a Car Accident). This article, however, is not about what to do immediately after an accident, but rather, dealing with the legal implications and the insurance claims that may eventually follow. The victims of injuries, damages or losses will must likely file an insurance claim through a personal injury lawyer to receive compensation to cover medical expenses, repairs, lost wages, or even wrongful death. Florida motor vehicle owners are obliged by law to carry Personal Injury Protection (PIP) and Property Damage (PD) Coverage to help cover medical bills and property damage expenses in the sum of $10,000. However, $10,000 will not go a long way may easily be exhausted in a minor fender bender that ends in a broken nose. For this reason, motorists should know about what kind of coverage they carry and how far it will go to protect their finances and assets; regardless of fault. For example, a motor vehicle accident that involves an uninsured motorist at fault, may lead to the accident victim having to pay out of pocket for medical treatment. In fact, Florida is among the top five U.S. states with the highest percentage of uninsured motorists behind the wheel (see Uninsured Motorists). This said, many motorists are under the false impression that they will automatically receive money for their injuries just because they have insurance. Not so unless they carry one of the more costly insurance policies available in Florida such as: Comprehensive, Bodily Injury, Umbrella, etc. (see Insurance Policies for Florida Motorists). Individuals that can afford to carry those insurance policies will most likely only have to deal with the physical and mental ordeal caused by an accident, whereas those that carry basic coverage like PIP and PD, will also have to face the financial pitfalls of an insurance claim brought about against by an insurance claim lawyer if they are found at fault and  for an accident. Fault is fundamental in an accident claim for compensation and it is very important to hire the best car accident attorney to handle an insurance claim. It is important to highlight that insurance companies do not like paying out and will do everything in their power to minimize the injuries and/or damages in an attempt to save money. After all, insurance providers are in the business of making money not spending it. Most often, the other motorist will try to deny fault, as the consequences of admitting to fault will have a negative effect on their insurance premiums as well as their financial situation. That is why, hiring an experienced and trusted car accident attorney if fundamental following a motor vehicle accident because the accident victim will need someone fighting for justice and watching out for their best interests.

PLAWIn Miami, the Perazzo Law Firm strives to provide its car accident clients with the best possible legal representation when seeking compensation for injuries, damages, or losses from those at fault. After having sought medical attention to treat any injuries, and after having notified the authorities, the best thing to do is to contact our Miami or North Miami Beach law office ONLINE for a FREE initial consultation.

The Undervalued Importance of Uninsured Motorist Coverage

car-crash-in-miami-lawyer-300x242Though PIP (Personal Injury Protection) and PD (Property Damage) insurance are mandatory in Florida, uninsured (UM) and under-insured motorist (UIM) coverage tend to fly under the radar when it comes to the value they add when an accident occurs; especially when accident victims suffer severe personal injuries, damages, lost wages or wrongful death. According to the Perazzo Law Firm’s professional and experienced staff of car accident attorneys, uninsured motorist insurance (UM) is perhaps the most important insurance coverage a vehicle owner can carry. Why? Because the number of uninsured or under-insured motorists on Florida roadways and city avenues and streets is overwhelming. In fact, Florida ranks 5th nationwide when it comes to uninsured drivers. Another reason why UM is so highly recommended by the Perazzo Law Firm, is that UM is relatively cheap compared to the medical expenses that personal injuries may entail following an accident. Though PIP will cover your personal injuries for as much as $10,000, not all of it will go to cover your medical expenses (see PIP), which will undoubtedly surpass said amount for even a minor injury such as a broken nose. Furthermore, PIP fails to contemplate the victim’s suffering, lost wages, or damages to the accident victim’s vehicle.  Thus, the accident victim will need to pay out-of-pocket to cover the costs brought on for another motorist’s negligence. To safeguard your finances in the event of an accident involving an under-insured or uninsured motorist, in Miami, the Perazzo Law Firm, highly recommends contacting your insurance provider and ask about UM. In most cases, insurance companies do not offer UM because it is relatively cheap and they will have to pay-out in the event of injuries and losses that the policy holder has to face. Furthermore, it’s no secret that insurance companies are in the business of making money not spending it; hence, their reluctance to raise the policy holder’s awareness to the overall importance of carrying UM. Though UM offers great value in the event of an accident with a motorists that only carries PIP and PD, it is of enormous value when the driver at fault has no insurance. Motorists that have no insurance usually have limited assets, thus, they would not be able to cover any of the accident victim or victims’ losses. It is important to point out that purchasing UM is only possible when the vehicle owner carries Bodily Injury Coverage (BI), which covers the policy holder’s assets if found at fault for an accident that leads to personal injury, losses, or wrongful death. Also, there are two types of UM available: Stacked and Unstacked.

UNINSURED MOTORIST COVERAGE BASICS & EXAMPLES

MIAMI CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER SHARES VALUABLE INSIGHT ON MOTOR VEHICLE INSURANCE POLICIES IN FLORIDA

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Nobody gets behind the wheel of their car or truck expecting to get into an accident. Unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents in Miami are very common, and to protect your financial and physical well-being, insurance coverage helps to provide you, passengers, and other drivers with protection.

In Florida, carrying basic insurance is mandatory for registered motor vehicle owners. According to the Florida Bar, basic insurance consists of Personal Injury Protection (PIP) and Property Damage Insurance (PD). PIP insurance coverage safeguards the insured party (driver and/or household relatives on the policy) for up to $10,000 minus any deductibles regardless of fault. In the event of an accident that involves personal injury, the healthcare facility or doctor will be responsible for billing the insurance provider once the policy holder signs an assignment of benefits. PD insurance covers damage to another individual’s property as a result of an accident regardless of fault. The Perazzo Law Firm reminds PIP and PD insurance policy holders that these basic policies usually fall short of covering the full extent of injuries or losses. That is why, our car accident attorneys urge motorists to carry additional policies if economically viable. The insurance policies listed below (in order of importance) are highly recommended:

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