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Video surveillance tapes may be a boon to plaintiffs

The issue of proof surrounding who is at fault in Florida for a serious car accident is an important one because, without evidence of fault, an injured innocent party will have no recourse. In order to receive compensation for one's damages, be they property damages or personal injuries, an accident victim has to demonstrate that another person caused the accident.

Modern technology and the growing prevalence and affordability of video surveillance has provided strong admissible evidence usable by plaintiffs in proving the negligence of another person causing the damages. Such technology may even help some unexpected plaintiffs win their cases.

Do not underestimate the dangers of drowsy driving

Most people do not tend to think of drowsiness as something that can pose danger. They certainly do not place sleepiness into the same category as drug or alcohol impairment.

However, missing a night's sleep can have the same effects as a 0.1 percent BAC, noticeably over the legal limit of 0.08 percent. Less severe sleep deprivation can even affect driving skills and increase the danger to yourself and others on the road.

Why you should not avoid medical care after a car accident

Some people in Florida downplay the importance of getting medical treatment after a car accident. However, no immediately noticeable injury does not mean injury free. You may be able to walk away from your motor vehicle wreck and think you will be fine in a few days, but what is going on inside your body may tell a different story. Because it is not always possible to know if you have sustained harm such as a soft tissue injury or concussion, you should get checked out by a doctor to be safe. 

Even if you have injuries such as cuts or bruises that you feel comfortable treating on your own, avoiding medical attention can have serious ramifications. Review the following reasons you should see a health care provider after a car accident. 

How to deal with aggressive drivers in Florida

Aggressive driving is just one of the hazards that can make your Florida commute unnecessarily dangerous. According to the AAA Safety Foundation, aggressive driving causes over half of the nation's traffic fatalities.

Recognizing and avoiding aggressive drivers can help you stay safe. Of course, any driver can turn into an aggressive driver, so monitoring your own emotional state is important in preventing an incident from escalating.

Available damages in a Florida car accident case

After a car accident, you have a lot to deal with. You need to get treatment for your injuries, figure out if you can return to work and handle insurance paperwork. At this time, you may get insurance representatives calling you trying to arrange a settlement. Why not just take their offer instead of continuing with a potentially complicated case?

Understanding the types of damages you may be legally entitled to can show you why an early settlement offer is unlikely to represent a fair or accurate assessment.

The most dangerous intersections in Broward County

Broward County may not be as heavily populated as Miami-Dade County, but with the tourist population, the roads can be especially dangerous. Local 10 News reports that one of the most dangerous intersections in South Florida is in Hollywood, at the intersection of U.S. 441 and Pembroke Road. Road work will continue in that area until 2019, but officials hope that the improvements being made will make the area safer. In the meantime, if you do have to drive in that area, be extra cautious and plan extra time to be able to slow down when necessary.  

Here are seven more dangerous intersections in Broward County:    

  • NE 26th and Federal Hwy.
  • Pines Blvd. and South Flamingo Rd. - especially dangerous for pedestrians
  • Sunrise Blvd. and Andrews Ave.
  • Atlantic Blvd. and U.S. 1
  • S. 27 and Griffin Rd.
  • West Oakland Park Blvd. and NW 50th Ave.
  • A1A and Las Olas Blvd. 

Car accidents and traumatic brain injury

While some people are lucky enough to walk away from car accidents with relatively minor injuries, many end up with long-lasting and even lifelong health consequences. Traumatic brain injury, which results from an impact to the brain, may occur during a crash. You may have suffered an impact even if you did not directly hit your head on anything, as, in some cases, the brain can sustain damage due to a sudden stop while traveling.

TBI symptoms can vary in severity. However, even relatively mild symptoms represent damage to the brain that can affect the quality of your daily life and affect your ability to sustain employment.

What makes commercial trucks so dangerous?

Large trucks figure prominently among the risks drivers encounter on Florida's roads. Understanding the specific dangers trucks present as well as their causes can help motorists stay safer and avoid potentially serious accidents.

A top mistake a driver can make is thinking of a big rig as just another car that happens to take up a lot of space. A truck's size affects much more than the room it needs. Large, heavy semitrailers move very differently from a passenger vehicle. The inertia their mass generates hampers their ability to slow down or stop quickly in reaction to an obstacle ahead. Swerving quickly to avoid a hazard can cause the truck to roll over. For these reasons, motorists should never cut ahead of a truck or travel too close to it on any side.

What should you do after a car accident in Florida?

If you were the victim of a car crash in Florida, you likely face a lot of stress. You may worry about how you will pay your medical bills, whether your injuries will stop you from working and who can help you make the right decisions throughout this difficult period.

Consulting a knowledgeable attorney can help you understand your options and protect your case. A personal injury action can serve to compensate you for your damages, including projected future losses stemming from the accident.

Signs that a driver is drunk

Driving on the streets of Coral Springs is a necessity for many motorists. Many of them are not aware that they are sharing the roads with intoxicated drivers and at risk of involvement in drunk driving accidents. People who drink and drive are one of the biggest dangers on the roads today. Their driving actions often mimic those of reckless drivers who tend to speed, tailgate and cut people off. There are other signs of drunk driving that motorists should learn to recognize so they can keep themselves safe.

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