April 2011 Archives

Miami firefighters attacked by accident victim

Just this week ,City of Miami firefighters were assisting a victim of a fiery car accident when this victim threatened them with a knife. The car accident victim is a female who was involved in an auto accident on a local highway. A City of Miami firefighter noticed the woman walking in the emergency lane of the highway.

When he went to assist her, she pulled out a knife and uttered several words and slangs that were unrecognizable to the firefighters, who called the police. When the police arrived, it took four officers to restrain the woman who was then transported for psychiatric evaluation at a nearby hospital.

In Miami, the first responders to an auto accident are often firefighters from the appropriate department depending on the location of the accident. It is important to remain calm and allow these trained professionals to examine you for injuries you may have sustained as result of the incident. If necessary, you will be transported to the nearest emergency room for care. You may also consider seeking medical attention of any injuries on your own after an accident if not directly transported to the hospital.

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Distracted Driving and car accidents...how big is the threat?

While driving on the streets of Miami, one can't help but notice an occasional swerving vehicle, only to see the operator holding his or her cell phone at eye level in an attempt to multi task texting and driving. This has led to texting getting the most attention from State legislatures across the country, including a ban on texting and driving in 30 States.

The United States Transportation Secretary , however, reported that the number of fatalities reported due to car accidents dropped in 2010 to it's lowest level in over 50 years. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of traffic related deaths actually fell three percent between 2009 and 2010, from 33,808 to 32,788. Since 2005, deaths due to auto accidents have dropped 25 percent, from a total of 43,510 fatalities in 2005. These decreases have occurred even thought the number of vehicles on the road and miles traveled has increased over these years.

Traffic fatalaties and your legal rights

If you have lost a family member or someone you love due to the negligence of another on the road or a defective automotive product, you may have a valid personal injury claim. These claims are time barred and contacting a Miami personal injury lawyer to investigate as soon as possible may assist in protecting your rights

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Dog Bites Homestead, Fl seven-year old hero

In Homestead, Florida, an area just south of Miami, a 7 year old boy was hailed as hero when he shielded both his younger brother and friend while being attacked by a German Sheppard.

The boys were playing outside when the guard dog from a business in the area escaped and attacked the boys. The seven year old pushed the two younger children under a vehicle and blocked them from the dog while suffering bite wounds to his head, arms, and shoulder as the German Sheppard attacked.

The boys' father heard the screams and was able to stop the attack. Had he not been so responsive, the injuries to the heroic boy and his playmates could have been even more severe.

Florida dog bite laws state that when a dog bite or animal attack occurs anywhere in the State of Florida, the animal owner is responsible for the injuries and damages under a theory known as strict liability. This theory means that the injured party does not need to prove negligence to obtain an award.

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Coconut grove runner hit by car

The Miami Herald reported that an 18 year old woman was hit by another woman accused of driving her vehicle under the influence of alcohol. The woman is in critical condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital. The driver was going north on Virginia Street when she first hit a parked car and then was propelled into the woman jogging on the side of the road.

Driving while under the influence

Driving under the influence is a major cause of injuries on the road today. Law enforcement continues to make significant efforts to curtail the number of drivers under the influence of alcohol or other related substances.

A driver under the influence may have both civil and criminal responsibilities under the law. In addition to criminal penalties, which could include jail, probation and suspension of driving privileges, a driver may also have to pay civil remedies for damages caused.

A personal injury attorney can investigate and pursue the damages that such accident victims deserve under the law.

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