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Happy Thanksgiving

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On behalf of our attorneys and staff, we wish you and your loved ones a Thanksgiving filled with happiness, appreciation, and good health.

We appreciate all of our team members who reach out and lend a helping hand.  

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. is privileged to have not only a talented team of legal professionals, but also a group of individuals who believe in giving back to our communities. Here are some highlights of the ways our team is helping to make a difference in the lives of others when they are “out of the office.”

Attorney Nathan Hoy represented Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. at the Make-a-Wish Foundation Ball held November 4th at the Intercontinental Hotel in Miami. The theme was “Mystical Music Box, and over 900 attendees enjoyed dinner, dancing, drinks, and live and silent auction bidding, with all proceeds going to the Make-a-Wish Foundation.” The InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball has raised over $21 million in the last 22 years, enough to grant the heartfelt wishes of more than 4,300 children with life-threatening medical conditions. For more information, click here.

Last month, Attorney Sean Pleus attended the Leadership Broward Profiles in Leadership Gala honoring several outstanding community leaders. The event was held at the Westin Fort Lauderdale. Leadership Broward is a non-profit organization tasked with developing local leaders to strengthen the future of Broward community.

In October, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. was a proud sponsor of Gilda’s Club Annual Casino Night. The Roaring ’20s themed event was designed to generate funds to support Gilda’s Club, the non-profit organization named in honor of comedian Gilda Radner – one of the original cast members of Saturday Night Live. The organization, an affiliate of the Cancer Support Community, offers free programs for men, women, teens, and children as well as their families and friends who have been touched by cancer. Click here to learn more.

Finally, Attorney Sean Pleus recently attended a “Meet and Greet” for Children’s Harbor at the famed restaurant, YOLO, in Fort Lauderdale. Children’s Harbor is a 501(c)(3) child welfare organization that aims to ensure foster children stay united as a family – keeping siblings together, raising them, and giving them the professional guidance they need to rebuild their lives.

We appreciate all of our team members who reach out and lend a helping hand.
On behalf of our attorneys and staff, we wish you and your loved ones a Thanksgiving filled with happiness, appreciation, and good health.

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A.
Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties.  The firm has helped thousands of individuals recover compensation from motor vehicle and boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, product defect and liability cases, pharmacy errors, and negligent security cases to cover medical expenses, pay bills, take care of their families, and return to workGoldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help you get the relief you need to start living your life again after a serious injury.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.

Infotainment Technology – Dashboard Distractions

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Dashboards of Today = Infotainment Systems

Surveys indicate that nearly ¾ of drivers in the United States prefer having the latest interactive technology in their vehicles.  And vehicle manufacturers have been listening.

Vehicle infotainment system is a term used to describe the car dashboard systems that have evolved over the last few decades from radio to cassette tapes, to CDs, and now to digital.  Today’s digital infotainment systems provide more functionality and are becoming more sophisticated, complex, and… dangerous.

Not only are vehicle manufacturers giving drivers the ability to talk and listen to music, but they give drivers the ability to use multiple types of commands to access and send social media, email, and text messages.  Some systems use touch screens, while others have voice commands, writing pads, windshield or mirror displays, knobs, buttons, or a combination of the above to control the infotainment.

Distracted Driving = Danger

While manufacturers claim that the infotainment systems were designed to require very short amounts of focus time like older radios and climate control systems, most drivers need to take their eyes off the road for longer periods of time to actively use the infotainment systems of today.

AAA’s Foundation for Traffic Safety recently released a study on 2017 vehicle infotainment systems and the comparative attention required from drivers to effectively operate the systems.[1]  Of the 30 cars and light trucks tested, not one of the 30 vehicles tested was quick and easy enough to be rated “low” for the required level of attention required by the driver to operate the system.  Only seven of the vehicle infotainment systems needed “moderate” levels of attention.    That left the majority — 23 of the vehicle infotainment systems tested – rated as requiring “high” or “very high” levels of driver attention to use effectively.

To find out how your vehicle infotainment system rates, check below.

Most distracting infotainment systems ranked as “very high”: [2]

  • Audi Q7 QPP
  • Chrysler 300 C
  • Dodge Durango GT
  • Ford Mustang GT
  • GMC Yukon SLT
  • Honda Civic Touring
  • Honda Ridgeline RTL-E
  • Mazda3 Touring
  • Nissan Armada SV
  • Subaru Crosstrek Premium
  • Tesla Model S
  • Volvo XC60 T5 Inscription

“High” distraction level infotainment systems:

  • Cadillac XT5 Luxury
  • Chevrolet Traverse LT
  • Dodge Ram 1500
  • Ford Fusion Titanium
  • Hyundai Sonata Base
  • Infiniti Q50 Premium
  • Jeep Compass Sport
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
  • Kia Sorento LX
  • Nissan Maxima SV
  • Toyota Rav 4 XLE

“Moderate” distraction level infotainment systems:

  • Chevrolet Equinox  LT
  • Ford F250 XLT
  • Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
  • Lincoln MKC Premiere
  • Toyota Camry SE
  • Toyota Corolla SE
  • Toyota Sienna XLE

While the articles didn’t provide details equating attention levels to length of distraction, researchers did equate “very high” required driver attention with trying to balance a checkbook while driving.  Moreover, common sense tells us that it is likely that drivers are taking their eyes off the road to operate these infotainment systems for 1 or even 2 seconds, or maybe more.  And that’s where the danger comes in.  According to earlier AAA research, drivers who take their eyes of the road for just two seconds increases the likelihood of a crash by 200%.

Of all the different infotainment activities, the most driver-distracting activity was using the navigation system, which took an average of 40 seconds to program.  AAA representatives stress that in those 40 seconds, a vehicle going 25 mph can travel the length of four football fields. [3]

Five years ago, the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHSTA) released guidelines recommending that car manufacturers permit navigation systems to be programmed only when the vehicle is stopped.  However, of the 30 vehicles tested in the study, 12 still gave the driver ability to program navigation systems while driving.

Resolving the Infotainment Distraction Dilemma

Drivers may enjoy using the bells and whistles on their new infotainment dashboards, but vehicle manufacturers need to improve ease of use and reduce the amount of attention required from drivers to use these systems.  At the same time, drivers need to be aware that distracted driving isn’t only about texting and driving – it’s about any type of distraction that requires them to take their eyes off the road – including dashboard infotainment activities.   Distracted driving can lead to dangerous driving and accidents.

Stay safe.  Steer clear of driving distractions and keep your eyes on the road.

 

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A.

Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout the state of Florida.  The firm has helped thousands of individuals recover compensation from motor vehicle and boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, product defect and liability cases, pharmacy errors, and negligent security cases to cover medical expenses, pay bills, take care of their families, and return to work.  Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help you get the relief you need to start living your life again after a serious injury.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.

[1] https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2017/10/05/aaa-distracted-driving-infotainment-study/734677001/

[2] https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2017/10/05/aaa-distracted-driving-infotainment-study/734677001/

[3] http://newsroom.aaa.com/2017/10/new-vehicle-infotainment-systems-create-increased-distractions-behind-wheel/

Thanksgiving Travel and Cargo Carriers

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Thanksgiving Travel

The American Automobile Association (AAA) projected that nearly 49 million Americans would travel during the 2016 Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  We can expect similar numbers of Americans traveling for this Thanksgiving holiday, November 23 – 26.

While some will travel by air, roughly 89% or 43 million Americans are expected to travel by car.

While there is some disagreement among sources as to which is the busier travel day, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving or Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, all sources indicate that U.S. highways will be full of travelers during the Thanksgiving holiday, one of the busiest travel weeks of the year.

Before heading out on any road trip, it’s always a good idea to inspect tire pressure, tire tread, and windshield wipers. For those traveling to areas with potential winter weather, AAA recommends that drivers bring an emergency kit containing a flashlight, shovel, ice scraper, jumper cables, and extra blankets or extra clothing.

Cargo Carriers

Cargo boxes, baskets, tops, and bags can all be helpful as a transport system for skis, paddles, clothing and other gear on road trips.  Novice and experienced road trippers appreciate these easy-to-use storage systems that provide bonus storage space outside of the cabin.  Most are installed on top of the vehicle using the top rack, although some systems such as the car back carrier hang down from the luggage racks and hug the back of the vehicle.

These vehicle cargo tops, baskets, boxes and bags help solve the quandary of how to fit everything in the car; but the downside of cargo carriers – the extra wind resistance, noise, and height restrictions should be carefully considered before using.  Consequently, you’ll need to determine which type of system will be the best fit for your vehicle.  Ready to figure out which cargo system is best for you?  Click here for the Top 10 Safety Tips that You Need to Know Regarding Cargo and Car Top Carrier Safety.

 

Road Trip Safety Refresher

In addition to those important safety tips for vehicles using cargo baskets, boxes, tops or bags, here’s a quick refresher on general road trip safety tips:

  1. Drive sober or get pulled over! Alcohol and drugs significantly increase your reaction time, impair your judgement, and minimize your focus.   If you’re not sober, don’t drive.
  2. Never text and drive. Avoid driver distraction!  Put cellphones away in the glove compartment, avoid eating while driving, and keep your focus on the road.
  3. Buckle up! Florida laws require that all front seat passengers and those under 18 always use seat belts.  Children should be in proper restraint systems based on height and weight.
  4. Always obey traffic laws and speed limits on highways and roads.

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A.

Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout the state of Florida.  The firm has helped thousands of individuals recover compensation from motor vehicle and boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, product defect and liability cases, pharmacy errors, and negligent security cases to cover medical expenses, pay bills, take care of their families, and return to work.  Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help you get the relief you need to start living your life again after a serious injury.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.

Florida Trip & Fall Accidents: Premises Liability

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When do “Trip and Falls” happen?

Trip and fall accidents occur when uneven surfaces or objects in a path cause someone to stumble and fall.

What causes “Trip and Falls”?

Some of the most common causes of trip and falls are potholes, broken sidewalks, cracked pavement, uneven floors, damaged stairs, uneven concrete slabs, and broken tiles.  Other tripping hazards include thick rugs, carpeting that is not flush or is bunched, and even poor lighting.

Who is responsible when someone trips and falls?

Property owners, home owners, building or store managers, and landlords have the responsibility to take reasonable care to ensure that their property is safe for customers, tenants or visitors.  Thus, the landlord, property owner, or manager should conduct routine inspections and make maintenance a priority, ensuring that the property is free of any hazards.  If there is a dangerous condition that can’t be immediately fixed, it’s the responsibility of the landlord, owner, or manager to post proper signage alerting all tenants, customers or visitors.

Whether the property is a restaurant, grocery store, office building, public park, or convenience store, premises liability law holds.  The law states that the property owner may be held liable for any injuries sustained by individuals while on their property if the owner does not exercise reasonable care in keeping the premises free from hazardous conditions.

If the owner, landlord, or manager is negligent and fails to keep the property free of hazardous conditions, they can be liable for any injuries that an individual suffers while on the property.  Common injuries from a trip and falls accident include neck, back and extremity injuries such as ankle, knee, elbow and wrists, and in some extreme cases brain injuries may occur.

What should you do if you or a loved one is injured in a trip and fall accident?

If you are injured in a trip and fall accident, call 9-1-1 first for medical help if necessary.  Then, if possible, take pictures of the accident site and jot down notes about what happened as well as the exact location, date and time.  This will be very helpful to build a case.

Next, contact a reputable personal injury attorney with experience handling trip and fall cases.

If the property owner or manager is found to be negligent, the injured individual may receive fair compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, physical disability, or lost income that was a result of the trip and fall accident.

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A.

Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout the state of Florida.  The firm has helped thousands of individuals recover compensation from motor vehicle and boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, product defect and liability cases, pharmacy errors, and negligent security cases to cover medical expenses, pay bills, take care of their families, and return to work.  Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help you get the relief you need to start living your life again after a serious injury.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.

Employers: It’s Drive Safely Work Week (DSWW)

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Drive Safely Work Week™ (DSWW) is happening now from October 2-6! 

The campaign, sponsored by NETS (Network of Employees for Traffic Safety), is designed to guide employers across the country as they encourage their employees to focus on safe driving.  The campaign is about eliminating distracted driving, reducing the risk of accidents, and saving lives.

As you probably know, distracted driving affects your reaction time and your ability to drive safely.

In 2015, nearly 3,500 people were killed in accidents involving distracted drivers.[1]  At least 14% of these accidents involved cell phone use, although the actual percent is probably higher due to underreporting.

Crashes also cost employers billions of dollars each year.  In 2013, vehicle crashes cost employers over $37 billion. In a 2015 NETS report, distracted driving alone cost employers over $8 billion.  In addition, vehicle accidents cost employers over 1.6 million of lost work days.[2]

NETS offers the following recommendations for employees across the country:

  • Take a moment to get focused and calm your mind before driving. 
  • Figure out your route before you start driving.  If necessary, set up any navigation devices with oral instructions before moving the vehicle.
  • Change up your route so that commuting is not boring.
  • Don’t be tempted!  Simply turn your phone OFF while driving.  Keep it out of sight by placing your device in the center console or glove compartment.
  • Watch ahead but also check the mirror frequently to stay alert and keep your mind focused.
  • Keep a safe distance between vehicles.  Keep at least 3 -4 seconds following distance in good weather and more in poor weather conditions, allowing for more reaction time.
  • Ask others if they are driving before speaking with them.  If the answer is yes, call them back when they reach their destination.
  • Help others avoid the temptation:  do not text someone if you know they are driving.

If you are an employer with a fleet of vehicles, register at trafficsafety.org and start helping your employees become safer drivers today.

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A.

Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout the state of Florida.  The firm has helped thousands of individuals recover compensation from motor vehicle and boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, product defect and liability cases, pharmacy errors, and negligent security cases to cover medical expenses, pay bills, take care of their families, and return to work.  Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help you get the relief you need to start living your life again after a serious injury.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.

[1] trafficsafety.org

[2] trafficsafety.org

Defective Products – Product Liability – Everyday Kitchen Household Items

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Calphalon Knife Recall

In February of this year, Calphalon recalled 2 million knives after receiving over thousands of consumer complaints.  Several consumers suffered lacerations and over 3,000 complained of the sharp steel blades breaking off during use.  Calphalon announced a massive recall of chef, carving, paring, santoku, and utility knives manufactured in China and sold through retailers in the U.S. and Canada.  Calphalon urged consumers to stop using the recalled knives, and the company set up a procedure for consumers to return the faulty knives and receive replacements.

Defective Kitchen Products

While products such as knives, toaster ovens, and coffee makers are designed to make our lives easier and more comfortable, they can become dangerous when they are defective.  Defective products in the kitchen and throughout the home have the potential to cause serious injuries to consumers.

The companies that manufacture and sell these products have the moral responsibility and legal obligation to ensure the products are safe for use by consumers.  When a product is defective, it may be due to flawed product design or to lack of quality control in the manufacturing process.

Common, everyday household kitchen products that can be dangerous if defective include dishwashers, toaster ovens, microwaves, refrigerators, stoves, toxic cleaning products, fire alarms, as well as knives, food processors, and other small appliances.

Product Liability Cases

When products malfunction and cause injury to the consumer,  the company that produced and/or sold the defective product may be held liable.  In fact, if the company is found negligent and liable in a product liability claim, the company may be required to compensate the consumer for injuries including medical expenses, lost wages,  and pain and suffering.

Product liability claims can be intricate and often require expert testimony and technical expertise to understand the design, manufacturing, and quality control for the product.  The product liability claim will need to prove that the product was either poorly designed, flawed in the manufacturing process, or that the instructions and warnings were incomplete.  An experienced attorney can determine the best way to prove your case and provide you with fair compensation.

If you sustained an injury due to a defective product, please stop using the product immediately and seek medical attention if necessary.  If you believe you have a product liability case,  contact a reputable attorney to guide and manage the legal process.  Be sure to save the product, a copy of any incident reports completed by first responders, and any medical reports related to the injuries.

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A.

Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout the state of Florida.  The firm has helped thousands of individuals recover compensation from motor vehicle and boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, product defect and liability cases, pharmacy errors, and negligent security cases to cover medical expenses, pay bills, take care of their families, and return to work.  Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help you get the relief you need to start living your life again after a serious injury.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.

 

Fall Newsletter

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In the Firm 

We speak Spanish and Portuguese!  Hablamos español e falamos português! 

¿Cómo puedo determinar si necesito un abogado?
Si usted ha sufrido daño en un accidente o después de usar un servicio o un producto defectuoso, usted puede tener un caso de lesiones personales y debe hablar puntualmente con un abogado especialista en lesiones personales.  Bajo la ley del estado de Florida, hay tiempo limitado en el cual se puede presentar una demanda resultante de una lesión.  Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. puede aconsejarle sobre los límites de tiempo y la mejor manera de perseguir su reclamo.

Antes de hablar de su lesión, establecer una demanda, o firmar cualquier documento, consulte con su abogado. Para una consulta gratis y confidencial, póngase en contacto con Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., al (954) 428-9333.

Como sei se preciso de um advogado?

Se você foi ferido em um acidente ou foi lesado depois de usar um produto ou serviço com defeito, você pode ter um caso de lesão corporal e precisa falar sem demoras com um advogado experto em lesões pessoais.  Sob a lei da Flórida, há um período de tempo limitado para mover uma ação judicial produto de uma lesão. Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. pode aconselhá-lo sobre os limites de tempo e a melhor forma de prosseguir pela sua reivindicação.

Antes de discutir sobre sua lesão, buscar uma reivindicação, ou assinar quaisquer documento, consulte seu advogado. Para uma consulta gratuita e confidencial, entre em contato com Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., pelo telefone (954) 428-9333. 

In the Community 

GILDA’S CLUB SOUTH FLORIDA – GATSBY CASINO NIGHT 

Goldman and Daszkal, P.A. is a proud sponsor of the upcoming Gilda’s Club South Florida Gatsby Casino Night on Friday, October 20, 2017.  Gatsby Casino Night will take you back to the roaring 1920s and the Great Gatsby era, and will include dining, entertainment, dancing and exciting gaming tables. The fun-filled event will take place at the newly renovated B Ocean Resort in Fort Lauderdale.  

Gilda’s Club is a non-profit organization named in honor of comedian Gilda Radner – one of the original cast members of Saturday Night Live.  The organization, an affiliate of the Cancer Support Community, offers free programs for men, women, teens, and children as well as their families and friends who have been touched by cancer.  Click here to learn more.

Looking forward to dressing the part for “The Roaring 20’s” and Great Gatsby? Join us for Gatsby Casino Night and help raise funds for Gilda’s Club South Florida.   For more information on the event, click here, or contact Vilma Rivera at (954) 763-6776 or Vilma@GildasClubSouthFlorida.org.

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A.

Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties.  The firm has helped thousands of individuals recover compensation from motor vehicle and boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, product defect and liability cases, pharmacy errors, and negligent security cases to cover medical expenses, pay bills, take care of their families, and return to workGoldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help you get the relief you need to start living your life again after a serious injury.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.

 

Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month

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The Statistics

According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), each year there are nearly 17,000 new cases of spinal cord injuries.  In the United States, the NSCISC estimates that there are between 243,000 and 347,000 individuals living with spinal cord injuries.  Damage caused by spinal cord injuries can lead to paralysis and can be life-threatening.

While the cause of spinal cord injuries is varied, motor vehicle crashes are the single leading cause of spinal cord injuries.  Estimates show that 46% of new spinal cord injuries are caused by motor vehicle accidents each year.  Additionally, 22% are caused by falls, 16% by acts of violence including gunshots, and 12% by severe injuries while playing sports.

National Spinal Cord Month

September is National Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Awareness Month.  The bill that created the national awareness month was sponsored by Florida Senator Marco Rubio and was designed to increase public awareness around the prevalence of spinal cord injuries, support and treatment for those with spinal cord injuries, and to highlight the successes of those living with spinal cord injuries.

Each of us can spread the word and increase public awareness of spinal cord injuries.  Acknowledging someone with a spinal cord injury and joining a support group such as the National Spinal Cord Injury Association’s United Spinal Team Advocacy Group can benefit thousands of injured people in the United States.  Donating to charities that support research and treatment for spinal cord injuries is another great way to help.  You can learn more about charities that benefit individuals with SCI by visiting the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation at https://www.christopherreeve.org and the National Spinal Cord Injury Association at https://unitedspinal.org/.

A good source of information for active wheelchair users is called New Mobility by the United Spinal Association.  New Mobility aims to provide wheelchair users with important information about advocacy, travel, employment, and relationships, and can be found at http://www.newmobility.com/.

Spinal Cord Injury Prevention

In order to help prevent spinal cord injuries, we recommend that you and your loved ones use properly installed child restraints, wear seat belts, avoid distractions such as cell phone use, and never use drugs or alcohol while driving a motor vehicle.  In addition, be sure to keep your home free of hazards and debris to avoid slips and falls in the house.  Installing handrails on staircases helps avoid falls on  stairwells.  Next, avoid extreme and dangerous sports!  Take time to review the pool depth before diving and confirm that it’s at least 10 feet deep.  Finally, never move an individual that you think may have a spinal cord injury.  Call 9-1-1 for help.

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A.

Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout the state of Florida.  The firm has helped thousands of individuals recover compensation from motor vehicle and boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, product defect and liability cases, pharmacy errors, and negligent security cases to cover medical expenses, pay bills, take care of their families, and return to work.  Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help you get the relief you need to start living your life again after a serious injury.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.

 

Florida Commercial Carrier Trucking Accidents

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There are over 34 million registered commercial trucks on our highways and roads throughout the U.S.  Commercial trucking companies employ over 7 million people and these commercial carriers travel over 280 billion miles and move over 70% of the nation’s freight by weight.  [1]  With this large number of heavy vehicles on our roadways in addition to millions of other motor vehicles of all shapes and sizes, commercial carrier drivers and personal drivers need to be cautious, especially in poor weather conditions.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 100,000 large trucks (defined as gross vehicle weight rating of over 10,000 pounds) or bus accidents occur annually in the U.S.  [2]

Commercial carriers are governed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.  The regulations are complex, and experienced attorneys work on behalf of the commercial trucking companies.  After a commercial trucking accident, the attorneys that work on behalf of the commercial trucking company evaluate the driver’s schedule to ensure he or she was following procedure, and they may contact the accident victim in an attempt to convince him not to file a lawsuit. If you were in a collision with a commercial truck or bus, follow these recommendations:

  • Call 911 immediately to request emergency medical services.
  • Provide a summary of the accident and injuries to police and EMS/Fire Rescue.  Ask for the police accident report and case number.
  • Once you’ve received medical treatment, take photos of the vehicle damage and the positioning of the truck (including license plate).  Take notes on what happened, the road conditions, and vehicle condition.  Get the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of any witnesses.
  • Once you leave the accident scene or the hospital, contact an experienced attorney such as Goldman and Daszkal, P.A. at (954) 428-9333 for a free consultation.
  • Contact your insurance company to report that you were in a vehicle accident.  IMPORTANT:  Set up your claim by providing a summary of the accident and location of your injury.  DO NOT allow them to take a recorded statement.  Do not discuss the accident details nor fault with anyone else. 
  • Avoid answering calls that are not from your ACTUAL LAWYER. Representatives for the commercial carrier may attempt to contact you.  DO NOT DISCUSS ANYTHING about the ACCIDENT.  Soliciting accident victims is illegal!
  • When you meet with your attorney, bring the photos, notes, witness contact information, case number, police accident report, and any communications you received from insurance companies. Additionally, bring any bills related to EMS, hospitals, healthcare professionals, medicines or medical treatment that you received since the accident as well as damage estimates or receipts from vehicle repairs.

Whether you were in a crash with a bus or a commercial carrier (also known as an 18-wheeler truck, tractor-trailer, delivery truck, or truck and trailer), you need an experienced attorney who understands the intricacies of dealing with these large commercial carrier companies, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, Florida state laws, and has expertise in dealing with commercial carrier legal cases.

Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout the state of Florida.  The firm has helped thousands of individuals recover compensation from motor vehicle and boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, product defect and liability cases, pharmacy errors, and negligent security cases to cover medical expenses, pay bills, take care of their families, and return to work.  Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help you get the relief you need to start living your life again after a serious injury.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.

 

[1] American Trucking Association  http://www.trucking.org/News_and_Information_Reports_Industry_Data.aspx

[2] National Highway Traffic Safety Administration  https://www.nhtsa.gov/research-data

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NHTSA’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over: New Technology Update

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As we get closer to the start of the school year and the Labor Day holiday, it’s time for the national enforcement mobilization crackdown “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.  In Florida and throughout the country, officers will be out in force to target drivers who may be under the influence

New Technology

As the National Highway Traffic Safety Patrol (NHTSA) works to end drunk driving, they are developing and implementing new technologies.

One innovative technology developed in conjunction with a private company is the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS), which can  automatically detect driver intoxication and prevent a motor vehicle from moving if the driver is intoxicated.[1]  Similar to exciting new safety technologies such as driver assist and automatic braking, DADSS is a new safety option that will be available on cars and trucks.

Another new technology that NHTSA is proud to provide the public is a virtual experience called “Last Call 360” that allows individuals to create a virtual bar scene where one can interact with others in the bar, order virtual alcoholic drinks, play games, and find out about the consequences of driving under the influence.  The immersive “Last Call 360” experience, hosted by YouTube star MatPat, can be found at https://www.nhtsa.gov/lastcall/ and can be used on mobile devices, laptops, or virtual realities systems.

The NHTSA also has a SaferRide app available on mobile devices that allows users to contact a taxi or friend for a safe ride home.

What Can You Do?

Drunk driving accidents kill 10,000 people each year in the U.S.; yet they are preventable.  Americans can do their part to help reduce the number of drunk driving accidents by planning a safe ride home each time they go out.  Whether that means asking a friend or relative for a ride, using Uber or Lyft, or staying over at a friend’s house, never drink and drive.

As a reminder, drinking and driving is against the law in every state, as well as in the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.  In the state of Florida, you are considered under the influence when your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .08 or higher.  Don’t get behind the wheel if you have been drinking.

If you witness an impaired or aggressive driver on the road, dial *347 on your cell phone to reach the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP.)

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., along with numerous groups and individuals across the United States, implores the public to take heed of this campaign and the innovative technology to  help change behaviors and save lives.
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[1] http://www.dadss.org/