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The Centers for Disease Control have recently reported that four million people in this country admit to driving while under the influence of alcohol.

As scarey as that statistic is, even more scarey is the fact that this astronomical number reflects only those who actually admit to driving drunk. It is therefore clear that the actual amount of persons operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated is greater than four million.

Drunk driving is a leading cause of injuries related to auto accidents. It is a significant contributing factor to motor vehicle crashes and should not be ignored.

It is for this reason that the CDC is making efforts throughout the country to encourages each state to increase checkpoints in an effort to discourage driving under the influence.
Miami auto accident attorney , Ruth E. Johnson, applauds such efforts to make the roadways safer and promote responsibility while drinking.
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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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Saturday evening a local Miami area police officer was seriously injured in an auto accident while riding his motorcycle. The Doral police officer, who was on duty, was traveling on his motorcycle when the driver of a car made an illegal U-turn, hitting the officer and his bike.

The officer is 51 year old Rafael Cubelo. Reports state that the force of the impact sent this individual into the air several feet. He was then transported to the Ryder Trauma Center. We are wishing him a speedy and successful recovery.

Automobile drivers are often the cause of motorcycle accidents and resulting injuries. In this instance the driver of the car involved was cited for disobeying the traffic laws. Often the simplest offense can result in serious injury, especially when a motorcycle in involved.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced that the American auto maker Chrysler will recall almost 250,000 Dodge Ram trucks due to a break of the left tie rod ball stud which can occur. More specifically, Chrystler is recalling several lines of trucks manufactured between 2008-2011. .Truck owners can call the auto company at at 1-800-853-1403 for details regarding the recall process, schedule and inventory.

How do tie rod ball studs cause accidents?
A tie rod ball stud is an integral part of the steering and wheel mechanism in the vehicle In the trucks discussed, this part may fracture which may cause instability in the front wheel when making tight turns with the vehicle. This clearly increases the risk of accident and or injury.

Product liability law Individuals who have suffered losses or damages due to auto defects may be entitled to compensation. The investigation of these claims can be very complex in nature and may require expert analysis and testimony to establish cause. It is wise to speak to an auto defect attorney who can investigate any potential claim and pursue maximum benefits under the Florida law.


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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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MSNBC reports that both of the Miami Beach police officers based on their involvement in an all terrain vehicle accident over the weekend.

The accident occurred when an on duty officer was driving his ATV vehicle with an unauthorized passenger in the rear. The vehicle crashed into two people who were on the beach. These two victims were hospitalized for their injuries. The woman who was in the rear of the vehicle was also treated , but for minor injuries.

The Miami Beach police department has conducted a thorough investigation after allegations that alcohol was involved in the accident and operation of the ATV. The police officer that was operating the vehicle has been terminated, along with another officer who was at the scene of the hotel where they met the female ATV passenger.
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Miami television station WSVN-TV has reported an urgent plea by the family of a victim of a hit and run accident which occurred on Northwest 32 Avenue in Miami, FL. The accident occurred on Sunday night when the victim , who was riding his bicycle, was bit by a motor vehicle that failed to stop after the accident. The victim, 44 year old Francisco Caro, died at the scene.

Miami-Dade police report that the vehicle was a yellow or gold Oldsmobile with right side damage and request that anyone who has any information on this hit and run, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. These tips are completely anonymous.

Should investigators find the person responsible for this accident, they may face criminal charges and be responsible for civil damages to the family of the deceased victim. A thorough investigation of the facts and circumstances giving rise to the accident may need to be conducted to solidify negligence.
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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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