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Auto drivers who do the daily commute between the two major South Florida metropolitan cities understand the need for alternatives. The Florida Department of Transportation has proposed a study that anticipates yearly savings of $12 million in a commuter rail line connecting Miami and Fort Lauderdale.

A consultant working for the state agency estimates that such a rail system would cost over $40 million per year. This is based on the proposed railway that will connect the Miami-Dade government center to the Fort Lauderdale government center along the abandoned Florida East Coast Railway corridor. This is less than the current Tri-Rail system which costs over $52 million per year.

There are no guarantees regarding the new rail system as there is considerable debate regarding the cost effectiveness of a new system versus the current Tri-Rail. Hence the need for the results of the study.

Any efforts to reduce traffic congestion and the number of auto accidents on the roadways of South Florida should be applauded. It is quite clear that the increase in the number of drivers on the roadways only leads to more collisions. Miami personal injury attorneys are available to assist those who may be involved in such accidents.
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The Governors Highway Safety Association is a group that consists of all the high ranking highway safety officials through out the country. This group recently reported its recommendation that states should wait for the completion of further research prior to banning the use of cell phones while driving.

The group indicates that there is insufficient evidence out of the states that have already banned the use of hand held cellular phones that these bans have actually reduced the number of crashes on the roadways. The group does, however, urge all states to make efforts to reduce distracted driving on a whole. They encourage laws that make it illegal to text while operating a vehicle. Over half the states in the country already have such laws in place.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a report which shows that approximately 5,500 fatalities in 2009 as a result of distracted driving. The report went on to indicate that over 500,000 were injured in auto accidents with inattentive drivers.
This means that 20% of the injury crashes in that year consisted of a distracted driver.

With these statistics it is surprising that the safety groups want more direct evidence regarding the use of hand held cell phones prior to issuing laws restricting use while driving. Many motorists have become aware of these dangers and have intentionally reduced the use of cellular phones while driving on their own. Most parents do not allow teenage drivers to use their phones while operating a vehicle and are anxiously awaiting the laws that ban this in states where they don’t already exist.
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration have approved production of the world’s first flying car, designed right here in the United States.

The “Transition” is a product of Massachusetts based Terrafugia. The vehicle has the ability to transition between the sky and road by using retractable wings operated by the push of a button. The fold up wings make the plane narrow enough to fit on standard roadways. The car/plane has just enough room for one pilot and one passenger. It has airbags and uses a crumple zone just like that used in several cars. Unlike most cars on the road, the Transition also has a carbon fiber safety cage in case of rollovers, usually only found in racing vehicles.

It is anticipated that this flying and driving vehicle will be available to customers as soon as next year.
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The Miami Herald reports Mexican pop singer Paulina Rubio was recently arrested in Miami for disorderly conduct and obstruction of justice.

While driving in the Little Havana area of Miami, Rubio was involved in an auto accident. She was not at fault for this incident.The police arrived at the scene and requested the pop star exit her vehicle. She then refused and began cursing the officer and issuing threats. She was then arrested, placed in handcuffs and charged with refusing to obey a lawful command, obstruction of justice and disorderly conduct.

What should you do when the police arrive at the scene after an auto accident?

If ever involved in a car accident it is wise to call the police. When the law enforcement officer arrives at the scene of the accident, it is also wise to cooperate fully. Provide as much detail as possible to the investigating officer so that an accurate reflection of the events can be detailed in the police report. Remember that these officers are there to assist.
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When driving to Miami Beach, one cannot help but notice the massive construction effort that is happening on and around the McArthur Causeway. This is the site of the construction of the tunnel connecting Miami to the Port of Miami . The purpose of this tunnel is to direct the current tractor trailor traffic away from the access streets of downtown Miami after exiting the highways.This construction is one of the major transportation projects currently y active in the South Florida area.

Recently, a $45 million drilling machine arrived in Miami. This machine is 4 stories tall and over 100 yards in length and will be used to drill the two way tunnels. Miami residents should expect lane closures along the McArthur Highway for the next several weeks.
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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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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 Continue reading →

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In the southwest area of the city , a Miami Dade Transit bus and car were involved in a head on collision.
WSVN-TV reports that this accident happened in the morning at the intersection of southwest 56nd Street and 152nd Avenue. Six people on the bus were injured. There has not been a determination of fault.

If this accident was due to the negligence of the driver of the car, then the bus passengers may be able to recover their losses from the driver and/or their insurance Carrier. A thorough investigation of liability would have to be conducted.

Bus Accident Statistics

In November 2009 a major study was conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and reported to congress. It found that most bus crashes occur in metropolitan areas, such as Miami, Florida. Approximately fifty ( 50) people are killed and fewer than 1,000 injured every year in cross-country and inter-city bus crashes.
Motor coach crashes account for the majority of bus accidents, followed by transit buses then school buses.
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A 20-year-old student from Florida Gulf Coast University lost her life in a car accident recently. Police reports of the accident allege that the young woman was using her cell phone when she lost control of the SUV, according to The Naples Daily News.

However, the woman’s boyfriend disputes the official report. Rather, he claims that the driver was not on her cell phone when the crash occurred, and was looking at him, who was in the passenger seat. According to her boyfriend, the woman looked at him for only “a split second,” but long enough not to realize the car in front of them had stopped.

The driver’s boyfriend, who suffered a head injury in the accident, blames the driver in front of them for stopping too quickly and causing the fatal Florida car accident. Upon seeing the stopped car, the young woman jerked the SUV into the right lane, and then attempted to correct the rapid movement. The SUV slid into the shoulder of the road and overturned.

The man also blames paramedics for not realizing that the young woman, who was still conscious after the car crash, was seriously hurt. She was still speaking when she was placed in the ambulance, but her heart stopped en route to the hospital, and emergency personnel were unable to revive her.

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