BRIEF TAKE ON EASTER
The Easter celebration has come a long way and evolved from being a religious celebration of peace, love, and joy, to a feast of chocolate eggs and bunny rabbits. Regardless, history tells a different tale, with the term “easter” dating back to an English Goddess named Eostre, to whom worship was rendered in early spring. This, according to the writings of a late 17th century British Monk named Venerable Bede.
To Christianity and the New Testament, the first full moon of the spring equinox symbolizes the moment when Jesus Christ resurrected into heaven after being crucified and dying outside of Jerusalem in a town called Golgatha (Arabic for ‘the place of skulls’) in 33AD. According to writings and astrologers, the Last Supper took place on Wednesday, April 1st, with his crucifixion and death on Friday, April 3rd. It is said that upon his death, the moon turned red, which symbolizes the lunar eclipse which occurred on that day. The same is expected in the southern hemisphere for this 2022. Christians believe that he rose to heaven three days later to sit by God’s side.
The Pagan Take on Easter.
The Pagans, derived from those that practiced religions other than Judaism, started at around the 4th century and the word Pagan is used to describe Roman peoples that lived in rural areas and eventually wandered away from the common religious practice of Christianity. To them, Easter was a time of celebration to welcome the spring, which represented a time of rebirth, as the weather warmed and the crops began to grow. The Pagans are also responsible for other modern festivities such as Halloween.
But why an Egg?
According to some historians, the Easter egg tradition was passed on from the Persians to the Christian Mesopotamians, who would taint eggs red to symbolize the blood shed by Jesus Christ. The tradition eventually spread throughout Eastern Europe and reached Britain.
To Christians, the egg symbolizes the empty tomb of Jesus, from which he rose to sit by his father’s side in heaven. The egg is also seen as a symbol of fertility and birth, with real egg still used in some parts of eastern Europe. However, in western civilization, real eggs have been mostly replaced with chocolate eggs wrapped in colored foil and filled with treats.
Where does the Easter Bunny come from?
The Easter Bunny, known as the “Oschter Haws” in German, is said to have originated in Pennsylvania. It was there that early settlers would color eggs by using pigments extracted from vegetables and other natural materials. Once dry, they would hide them for kids that were good to seek them out. As a result, every Easter, kids that had behaved properly, would, according to legend, place carrots in nests for hungry bunnies on which to munch.
Why Does Easter Change Date?
Easter Sunday doesn’t always fall on the same day of the same month and its the full moon that determines when Easter Sunday will be. This full moon usually arrives sometime after March 21 and marks the Spring equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. This full moon is also called the Paschal moon or the “ecclesiastical equinox” according to the Christian church. Scientifically, the spring equinox is when the amount of darkness and sunlight are equal, marking the end of the winter, where darkness prevails over light.
STAYING SAFE DURING EASTER
During this Easter Holiday, the Perazzo Law Firm recommends some safety tips for avoiding common accidents that occur during holiday festivities.
- Do not operate a motor vehicle after having consumed alcohol. It’s always best to hire a ride share service such as Uber or Lyft.
- Do not take to roadways late at night, especially if unfamiliar with the area.
- Check the expiration dates on perishable goods commonly sold during the Easter holidays. Sometimes, retailers may market leftover Easter goods.
If you were injured in an accident during the long Easter weekend, immediately contact the Perazzo Law Firm for a FREE initial consultation to discuss a possible insurance claim for compensation to cover medical expenses, damages, or losses.
CAR ACCIDENTS DURING EASTER
MIAMI LAWYERS HANDLING CAR ACCIDENTS DURING EASTER
– Involved in a car accident in Miami during Easter and need a lawyer?
– Crashed into while driving on a Miami highway?
– Suffered a collision on a highway off-ramp?
In Miami, the car accident lawyers at the Perazzo Law Firm understand roadway accidents on off and on ramps along Miami-Dade and Broward County highways and roadways.
Understanding accidents on off-ramps and on-ramps
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that roughly 9 % of all accidents involve vehicles making lane changes or merging into traffic. In Miami-Dade and Broward County, highway accidents occur regularly and most often include lane changes aimed at taking an off-ramp or hitting an on-ramp without regard for oncoming traffic or verifying if it is safe to maneuver to another lane without causing an accident. When a driver is found negligent for being distracted, intoxicated, or suffered a mechanical problem during the lane–change accident, that motorist may be held legally accountable for personal injuries and damages. It is the duty of the driver to make sure lane changes are safe and do not cause a collision (see Types of Car Accidents).
Some reasons for lane changes accidents
1- Sudden Lane change – During Easter, motorists may take to streets of highways to visit family and friends. Many of these motorists may be unfamiliar with the streets and roadways they have to navigate to reach their destination. When a driver is new to a route, sudden and unexpected lane changes may take place as an off-ramp exit may take them by surprise. Using a GPS service and driving at a proper speed helps to prevent sudden and unexpected lane changes that may cause an accident.
2 – Weaving to save time – Weaving in and out of moving traffic may result from need to reach a destination faster and save time or beat the clock. Lane hopping can be extremely dangerous as other drivers may attempt a sudden lane change and not see them coming through the rear-view mirrors.
3 – Failure to effectively use rearview mirrors – Many times, motorists will attempt a lane change without checking their mirrors to verify that it is safe to change lanes. Motorists are advised to make sure they are aware of the traffic always moving around them. Having a clear picture of the traffic flowing around them and approaching from behind, will lower their chances of causing a collision when making a lane change on a Miami highway. Set your mirrors so that you can see everything around you at all times, even get the blind spots into your range of vision.
4- Poor signaling – Failure to warn other motorists of a lane change can cause a distracted or speeding driver to crash into you or cause a collision with other vehicles. All lane changes must be signaled in advance and failure to properly warn of a lane change can result in a reckless or careless driving citation, which could relatively place you at fault for the accident.
Lane change accident injuries
Injuries from lane change accidents usually involve side impacts which may result in neck, shoulder, back, and hip injuries or broken wrists, arms, or legs. Rear side impacts can cause a car to spin out of control and result in frontal or rear impacts or even roll-over accidents. These types of injuries merit a professional medical evaluation and treatment and should never go unattended to as they can develop into cronic and painful conditions. After a lane change accident, victims should seek immediate medical care and keep all records and bills (see What happens after a car accident).
* Injured in a car accident during Easter?
* Involved in an Uber / Lyft accident as a passenger?
* Hurt as a result of a negligent or drunk driver?
In Miami, the car accident lawyers at the Perazzo Law Firm are ready to best handle your case and determine a possible insurance claim for compensation to cover your injuries, damages, or losses from a car accident during Easter.
Easter car accidents are quite common and most often end in personal injury to drivers, passengers, and other third-party victims. In Miami, drivers may take to the wheel after a long night of festivities which may include alcohol, narcotics, or even drowsiness, all of which may lead to an accident on Easter. The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that some 340 individuals may be killed on U.S. roadways during the Easter celebrations. For example, in Margate Broward County last year, two people died in a car crash that occurred on Easter morning when the vehicle driver apparently lost control and crashed into a palm tree on Royal Palm Blvd west of the 441 motorways. According to family members, the vehicle was equipped with a nitro booster and investigators are trying to determine if excessive speed led to the vehicle being ripped apart. Four people perished in a car crash in Lake Placid when two vehicles collided in 2019 on State Road 70 at County Road 721 in Lake Placid, according to the FHP.
Speeding as a Cause of an Accident
Driving at high speeds is the number one cause of most serious and fatal accidents on Easter and New Year’s. When coupled with alcohol or drugs, speeding will almost always result in a car accident as drunk or intoxicated drivers may easily lose control of their vehicles, especially when the use of cell phones while driving is tossed into the negligent driving mix. Car accidents at high speed may result from a sudden lane change or failure to notice stopped or slowed traffic ahead. Road obstacles or sudden curves may lead to bad braking maneuvers which cause vehicles travelling at high speeds to spin out of control or rollover. When a vehicle spins out of control it may cause other motorists to suffer vehicle damage or injuries. Rollover accidents almost always lead to serious bodily harm and even wrongful death. Airbag deployment is also an issue when violent impacts occur due to high-speed crashes. In Miami, roadways and avenues lend themselves to driving at high speeds, and during Easter, may include the use of alcohol or drugs behind the wheel. High speed accidents may also occur at intersections and may usually involve disregard for right of way or yielding to oncoming traffic. Reckless drivers that cause accidents and injuries to third-party victims will be cited, and drivers found to be legally under the influence, may be fined, jailed, and held on bail.
In the U.S., drunk driving fatalities (involving blood-alcohol content of 0.08 g/dL or higher) represents on average, 29% of all motor vehicle traffic deaths. During the Easter Day holiday period of 2018, 37% of deaths involved a drunk driver. Driving drunk is quite common during Easter and New Year’s and though not every intoxicated driver will crash, the chances of being involved in a car accident increase when driving under the influence.
The Importance of Seatbelts and Airbags
It is true and without a doubt that seat belts and air bags save lives. Research has proven that seat belts used to restrain drivers is 45% effective in avoiding life threatening injuries among front-seat occupants. It is also estimated that some 140 people may avoid death in an accident this Easter Day holiday period due to the use of their seat belts. When it comes to air bags, today’s modern vehicles come equipped with frontal and side airbags, all of which greatly increase the chances of surviving a severe impact at high speeds. However, though airbags are meant to lessen the impact, they do however, cause injury upon deployment. Some of the injuries cause by a deployed airbag may result in facial lacerations, bruises, burns, fractures, or breaks.
What to do after an accident on Easter
If you, a friend, or relative were involved in a car accident on Easter, the Miami accidents lawyers at the Perazzo Law Firm recommend that you visit an emergency healthcare facility for a medical evaluation of any injuries incurred or any pain, discomfort, or bruising resulting from a collision. Visiting a hospital or clinic will help verify any injuries and establish a record of a medical evaluation resulting from an accident on Easter. In Miami, after an accident, the best personal injury lawyers know that medical records are especially important when presenting an insurance claim for compensation. The Perazzo Law Firm highly recommends that car accident victims that suffer injuries on Easter, visit a healthcare facility to evaluate head, neck, or back injuries which may occur from even a mild rear or side impact. Sometimes, these car accident injuries may not manifest themselves immediately, that is why it is a good rule of thumb to seek immediate medical care or to follow with a family doctor in the event of pain or discomfort in the head, neck, or back (see common car accident injuries).
KEY STEPS FOLLOWING A CAR ACCIDENT AT EASTER
- Contact the police and report any injuries
- If possible, move to a safe place.
- If possible, take photographs of the accident scene, damage to vehicles, and any personal injuries.
- If needed, request to be taken to an emergency medical facility to treat any evident injuries.
- Request a copy of the police report.
- Keep all medical records.
- Contact the Perazzo Law Firm at (786) LAWS-411 for a FREE initial consultation
UBER – LYFT ACCIDENTS DURING EASTER
“Were you in an Uber accident in Miami and need a lawyer in Miami.” If this is the case, the Perazzo Law Firm helps Uber accident victims seek compensation through an insurance claim. In Miami, the Perazzo Law Firm’s highly dedicated staff treats their Uber accident clients like family and fights to obtain righteous compensation through an insurance claim against Uber’s insurance provider. Uber and Lyft will be terribly busy this Easter season providing their rideshare services to millions of Miami-Dade and Broward residents and visitors. Though relatively safe, Uber and Lyft share the streets and motorways with other vehicle operator such as: truck drivers, motorcycle riders, scooter riders, and more. When this happens, the chances of being in an Uber or Lyft accident exists, especially with what festivities involved with regards to food and alcohol.
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