Category Archives: Car Accidents

The More You Know: Headaches After Accidents

Vehicle crashes occur daily on our busy South Florida roads.  Unfortunately, injuries and even fatalities are often the result of these automobile accidents throughout the state of Florida.

Sometimes the collision results in what may appear to be only very minor or no apparent injuries.  In fact, those with head and neck injuries may experience delayed pain…feeling the damage only hours or days after the accident.  Whiplash symptoms may take days to materialize because adrenaline and cortisol flowing through your body right after the accident can mask the pain, allowing your brain to move beyond pain and respond to what it perceives as danger.  When the adrenaline and cortisol begin to dissipate in your system, the swelling and pain caused by the injury become apparent.

Brain injuries can cause severe, long-lasting damage.  Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can be caused by a strong jolt to the head.  Traumatic brain injuries most often arise from injuries such as skull fractures and concussions, however, they may also come about from other less apparent trauma to the head.  Resulting health repercussions may include headaches, mood changes, sleep disorders, difficulty concentrating, memory problems, nausea, loss of coordination, speech or vision problems, and comas.  Traumatic brain injuries often require a high level of care, rehabilitation, and ongoing medical treatment.  Sadly, some accidents leave victims unable to care for and/or support themselves.

Individuals often assume that if they did not seek medical attention promptly after a vehicle accident, they are no longer entitled to obtain medical treatment paid for by an insurance company.  Under the Florida no-fault law, motorists may be entitled to benefits under their own insurance policy, or that of the vehicle they are a passenger, if treatment is received within 14 days after the accident.  The amount of coverage and benefits may differ as well depending on the severity of the injuries.

Generally speaking, you should always seek medical treatment promptly after an automobile collision if you feel you have sustained injuries.  If the medical problem is urgent, call 911 or go immediately to the ER.  If the injury is not an emergency, call your insurance company to report the accident and make sure they are aware you plan on seeing a medical professional.  Make sure to let your doctor know that you were involved in an auto accident and provide them with any claim information so their office can submit any bills and reports timely.

Once you receive medical treatment, we recommend that you find an experienced personal injury attorney to represent you and recover any lost wages and injury compensation to which you are entitled.  Goldman and Daszkal, P.A., is a reputable Florida based law firm and has been representing those injured in auto accidents and other personal injury claims for the past 27 years

When you contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., the firm will provide a free consultation to help you understand your rights and obligations.  A firm representative can meet with you at the law office or at a convenient location for you.  Then, your attorney can then take over the handling of your claim and contacting any remaining parties, allowing you to have peace of mind while you recover.  Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.

 

 

SnapChat, Speed, and Statutes

You’re familiar with Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter… and you’ve probably heard of Snapchat, the social media application that allows users to share photos and other content that disappear seconds after being viewed.  Snapchat also allows users to prominently display the speed at which they are traveling when using the app, a feature that is causing more scrutiny than perhaps originally intended.  Young drivers are using the speed filter feature while driving at excessive speeds so they can boast about it to their friends, causing tumult when their daring driving feats have harmful consequences.

In one case in Georgia, an 18 year old woman was driving in excess of 100 MPH, using her Snapchat speed filter to document her surplus speed to friends.  She crashed into another vehicle at 107 MPH, leaving the occupant with permanent brain damage.

Victims of such Snapchat-distracted driver crashes have filed lawsuits suing both the distracted driver who caused the accident as well as Snapchat.  In this aforementioned Georgia case, the judge’s ruling found fault with the young driver, but not with Snapchat.  The judge cited that Snapchat was protected by the Communications Decency Act, a law that provides immunity to the interactive computer service since they are not the publisher or speaker of the communicated information.  In addition, Snapchat noted that it has positioned itself as a provider of strong warnings to discourage anyone from using the app while driving.

The next question is whether the relevant digital evidence found in Snapchat will be allowed in court.  Thus far, a handful of cases involving juvenile delinquency have included convictions resulting from screenshots (taken by witnesses) of Snapchat videos immediately before the videos were automatically deleted by the social media platform.

Snapchat now has a Law Enforcement Guide on its site that covers the types of data that are possible to recover and how to request that data with a subpoena, search warrant, or court order. [1]

Another important question is if Snapchat will have a legal duty to restrict use of the speed filter since it appears that the main utilization for this tool is to enable users to document themselves driving at excessive speeds.  Although this appears to be fun and exciting for many Snapchat users and young drivers, there will be an ongoing debate regarding whether the damage caused by the use of the speed filter tool outweighs the benefits of it.

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 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://storage.googleapis.com/snap-inc/privacy/lawenforcement.pdf

A Stands for April and Alcohol Awareness Month

Alcohol abuse is considered the #1 public health problem in our country.[1]  In addition, alcohol-related deaths are the fourth leading preventable cause of death in the United States. [2]  Excessive alcohol use is a serious, potentially fatal disease if left untreated. Frequent binge drinking, defined as consuming more than 4 alcoholic drinks for women and 5 for men on an occasion, can cause violent behavior and injuries and can lead to promiscuity and unintended pregnancies, as well as alcohol poisoning, liver disease and cancer.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes each year.  In 2014, about 10,000 vehicle crash fatalities were deemed alcohol-related, according to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis.

But these numbers only tell part of the story.  2015 statistics from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) show that 15 million adults in the U.S., ages 18 and older, consume excessive amounts of alcohol.  Nearly 10 million are men, with just over 5 million women falling into this category.  And, another 600,000 adolescents ages 12-17 are suffering from alcohol abuse. [3]

Yet, in 2015, only about 1.3 million adults and 37,000 adolescents received treatment at a specialized treatment facility.  [4]

What about the other millions of adults and adolescents who need treatment?

In 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) sponsored the first Alcohol Awareness Month to help increase visibility of alcohol recovery programs, making it easier to find help.  They also aimed to diminish the stigma of alcoholism and teach the public where individuals who abuse alcohol can get treatment and recover.

As part of NCADD Alcohol Awareness Month, the Alcohol-Free Weekend in April is a weekend push to generate public awareness about alcohol use and abuse, and how it affects our communities.  It’s a time to join together and help individuals who are struggling.

If you or a loved one needs treatment for alcohol or drugs, contact NCADD at 800/622-2255 or click here for the closest NCADD Affiliate.  NCADD provides confidential, one-on-one assessments by trained professionals to help individuals find the most suitable local treatment or recovery services.

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 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.ncadd.org/about-ncadd/events-awards/alcohol-awareness-month

[2] National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Alcohol Facts and Statistics

[3] National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)

[4] National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)

Celebrating Safely on St. Patrick’s Day

While partygoers nationwide are donning their bright green shirts and drinking chartreuse-tinted drinks at themed St. Patrick’s Day parties, law enforcement officers are prepared and out on the streets looking for drivers who should not be on the road.

There are a few specific days throughout the year that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) observes a spike in serious vehicle accidents and fatalities related to drunk driving.  One of those spikes occurs in March each year — on St. Patrick’s Day. 

According to the NHTSA, approximately 40% of all vehicle accident fatalities around St. Patrick’s Day in 2013 were linked to driving under the influence.  Moreover, looking back at the statistics from 2009 to 2013, we can see that over 75% of the drunk driving fatalities involved drivers who had consumed at least double the legal limit of alcohol.

Here’s what you need to do before going out on St. Patrick’s Day:

  • Make your Patrick’s Day plans and designate a safe, sober driver, also known as the Very Important Partygoer (VIP).
  • Make sure your Uber or Lyft apps are ready to go just in case you need it. And you can always call a taxi.
  • Before you drink, leave your keys with a responsible person who is not going to drink.
  • Celebrate the person who agrees to be the designated driver. Instead of posting your own personal pictures or drinks, make the night about your Very Important Partygoer (VIP) on social media.
  • Check on your other friends and family members to ensure they have a VIP and a clear plan in place to get home safely.

Keep in mind that if you have a party and alcohol is served, you could be liable if one of your partygoers ends up in a crash linked to driving under the influence.  As an alternative, collect keys at your door and let guests stay or call a taxi or ride sharing service to get them home safely.

For St. Patrick’s Day and for every holiday, we encourage you to enjoy the celebrations, drink responsibly, and always have a sober way home.

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 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.

FACT or FICTION? Vehicle Accident Claims Info You Should Know

Is it FACT or FICTION?  Test your understanding of vehicle accidents and insurance claims — and what you need to if you are involved in a vehicle accident.  Grab a sheet of paper, and jot down your responses (FACT or FICTION) to the following statements.

  1. Florida has the same laws governing vehicle accidents as the rest of the 49 states.
  2. Drivers over 55 are more likely to cause accidents and consequently have higher insurance rates.
  3. Drivers who smoke typically have higher vehicle insurance rates.
  4. If the driver of another vehicle is at fault for causing a collision with your vehicle, you will be automatically entitled to compensation.
  5. It’s easy to manage your own vehicle accident claim.

Ready?

Here are the correct answers:

  1. Florida has the same laws governing vehicle accidents as the rest of the 49 states.

FICTION.  Vehicle accident laws vary by state.  One key difference among state law relates to whether the state uses at fault or no-fault laws.  Florida is a no-fault state.   This means that all drivers are required to carry Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits in their policies.  PIP covers medical care and other costs caused by the vehicle accident, regardless who was at fault.  Florida drivers can pursue an at-fault claim only if injuries resulting from the accident are deemed permanent.  Read more here.

Another important law to know is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims, or the period of time after an accident that someone can file for compensation.  In Florida, the statute of limitations for vehicle accident injuries is four years, but for vehicle accident fatalities, the statute of limitations is two years.

  1. Drivers over 55 are more likely to cause accidents and consequently have higher insurance rates.

FICTION.  Crash rates involving seniors only begin to increase gradually after age 70, with a substantial increase after age 85.  Moreover, drivers over 55 can qualify for special rates for mature drivers, especially if they complete a safe driving class.  On average, drivers over 55 are not more likely to cause accidents than most other age groups and consequently have similar or lower rates.

  1. Drivers who smoke typically have higher vehicle insurance rates.

FICTION. Actually, most vehicle insurance plans don’t even ask whether the driver smokes or not.

  1. If the driver of another vehicle is at fault for causing a collision with your vehicle, you will be automatically entitled to compensation.

FICTION. There is no automatic entitlement to compensation.  In order to receive compensation, you must prove that the other driver was negligent, caused an injury to you and/or other passengers, and that the compensation claimed is the money spent or owed as a direct result of injuries suffered from the accident.   

  1. It’s easy to manage your own vehicle accident claim.

FICTION. Navigating the legal process can be tricky.   In order to properly file a claim, one must accurately complete and submit the claim, provide proper documentation aligned with all state laws, determine whether the case will be handled in court, negotiate with insurance providers, and meet all deadlines.

How did you fare?  Leave a comment below and tell us your score.  Feel free to pass along this simple but important quiz to friends and family.

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 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.

 

 

Ubering it Safely: Staying Safe During the Holidays with Ride-Sharing

Ridesharing Uber Lyft

Ridesharing Uber Lyft

Ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft may already be contributing to safer roadways.  Ridesharing services offer affordable, safe transportation that is likely cutting down on drunk driving-related fatalities.

According to an Uber and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) study conducted with individuals under age 30, drunk driving crashes dropped over 6% in markets where Uber operates in California.  Moreover, the study revealed that nearly 80% of respondents said friends were likely to take ridesharing services rather than driving home after drinking.[1]

Uber and Lyft take safety seriously; both companies require drivers to go through a complete background check.  But if you are wondering what else you should do to ensure the safety of your Uber or Lyft ride this holiday season, follow these important recommendations.

General Safety Recommendations for Ridesharing

  • Check the license plate and the car make and model against the information displayed on your app. Make sure there is a match or don’t get in the vehicle.
  • Ask for the driver’s name and make sure it’s a match with your Smartphone app.
  • Stay alert so you can keep an eye on yourself, your friends, and your belongings.
  • Stay away from the front seat so you can keep a safe distance from the driver.
  • Keep in touch with a close friend or family member using a charged cell phone. Send him or her the car and driver information, your destination, and anything important about the route.
  • Use the driver rating system to view scores and to provide feedback after the ride.
  • Trust your gut; if something doesn’t feel right, don’t get in the vehicle.
  • When using ridesharing services after a large event, find out if there is an official rideshare pick-up lot, making it easier to find your ride.

How to Handle Your Teen and Ridesharing 

  • Decide in advance how to handle situations when your teen plans to use a rideshare service. Technically, teens under 18 should be accompanied by an adult.
  • Make sure that teens taking a ridesharing service send you a picture of the car and license plate. You can monitor the car with a Smartphone app.
  • Talk with your teen to make sure he or she understands that the Uber driver is a stranger and to be cautious around him or her. Don’t assume he or she is your next buddy.
  • Recommend that your teen travel with friends or family; never alone.

With the holidays approaching, you may even want to consider purchasing an Uber or Lyft gift card as a stocking stuffer.  Ridesharing gift cards will be available at CVS, Target, Walmart, and Starbuck’s in time for the holidays.

Taking Lyft or Uber is a smart, cost-effective way to get home, especially after a night on the town with friends or family.  However you plan to use Lyft or Uber this holiday season, be sure to take a few minutes to review the aforementioned tips with your loved ones so you can all enjoy a safe and joyful season.  

If you or a loved one was involved in a ridesharing incident or a vehicle accident, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. may be able to help.  Contact us at (954) 428-9333 or www.goldmandaszkal.com 

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 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] http://www.madd.org/media-center/press-releases/2015/new-report-from-madd-uber.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/

Vehicle Accident Fatalities: Distracted Driving Outweighs Benefits of New Safety Technologies

texting driving distractions

The last decade has brought a number of new technologies to motor vehicles to improve the safety on our roadways.  From back-up cameras and sensors to electronic stability control, collision warning systems, and automated emergency braking, our motor vehicles are becoming safer as we move closer to self-driving vehicles.

However, amidst the integration of many novel technologies, national vehicle accident data shows a shocking contradiction:  traffic fatalities increased 8.1% from 2014 to 2015, the largest annual increase in over half a century.  This translates to over 670 individuals killed weekly, resulting in over 35,000 traffic fatalities in 2015.  Moreover, the traffic fatality increase from 2014 to 2015 was even higher for SUVs, at 10.1%.  [1]

With better safety measures in vehicles, what is causing this surge in vehicle accident fatalities?

To begin with, higher employment levels and lower gas prices may help explain a larger number of people on the road and a greater number of miles travelled on the road, contributing to the higher fatality numbers.  But there is something else that’s likely the major contributing factor:  distracted driving, namely, using smart phones while driving.

Sound the alarm in Florida

Since the trend of increasing traffic fatalities started in 2014, traffic fatalities are up 43% in Florida, the highest of any state. [2]

What is being done to combat this deadly surge in fatalities?

The automotive and cell phone industries have put some initiatives in place to reduce distracted driving in our country.  But so much more needs to be done.

  • Organizations such as AT&T, the US Department of Transportation, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are pushing nationwide campaigns to reduce distracted driving.
  • Automakers are pledging to have automated emergency braking as standard equipment beginning in 2022.
  • The Department of Transportation is working with vendors to develop applications that analyze how factors such as travel and climate change affect the risk of crash fatalities.

What can you do?

There are many things you can do to help reduce distracted driving!

  1. Test your knowledge: Cell Phone Myths vs. Reality by clicking heretexting .
  2. Never use your cell phone when driving. Visit http://www.distraction.gov to learn more about distracted driving and the affect it has on our collective safety.
  3. Introduce friends and family to “It Can Wait”, a strong campaign against texting and driving. https://www.itcanwait.com/all
  4. Take the pledge. Share through social media #itcanwait and encourage everyone you know to help make our roads safer by also taking the pledge.  https://www.itcanwait.com/pledge
  5. Encourage family members to avoid using cell phones when driving. It can wait.

If you or a loved one was involved in a vehicle accident, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. may be able to help.  Contact us at (954) 428-9333 or www.goldmandaszkal.com. Learn more about distracted driving here.

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 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] http://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/news/whats-driving-the-massive-surge-in-traffic-deaths/ar-AAinCfv?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartandhp

[2] http://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/news/whats-driving-the-massive-surge-in-traffic-deaths/ar-AAinCfv?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartandhp

National Teen Drive Safety Week (NTDSW) Oct. 16 – 22, 2016

teen_drivers

October 16 – 22, 2016 is National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW), a week designated to raise awareness for teen driver safety. Research indicates that teens often recognize they are at higher risk for vehicle crashes than others, but NTDSW endeavors to help these teens better understand both the crash statistics and the specific factors that put them at risk, including distraction, fatigue, drug use, alcohol consumption, as well as overpowering emotions.

The Stats
Although teenagers drive less than nearly all adults over 19, the number of crashes involving teens at the wheel is disproportionately high. In fact, in the U.S., the rate of fatal crashes per mile for teens (ages 16-19) is 3 times that for adult drivers over age 19. Moreover, the fatal crash rate per mile for 16-17 year olds is double the rate for 18-19 year olds.

With the intention of reducing teen crashes, U.S. states added state-controlled, phased licensing systems, whereby teens would gradually gain driving privileges. Some states also raised the age for obtaining a drivers license. Studies show that these laws have helped lower teen fatal crashes, but we still need to drastically reduce the number of teen driver crashes.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute, “Young drivers tend to overestimate their own driving abilities and, at the same time, underestimate the dangers on the road. An Institute research review confirmed that age and experience both have strong effects on teenage drivers’ crash risk. Crash rates for young drivers are high largely because of their immaturity combined with driving inexperience. The immaturity is apparent in young drivers’ risky driving practices such as speeding. At the same time, teenagers’ lack of experience behind the wheel makes it difficult for them to recognize and respond to hazards. They get in trouble trying to handle unusual driving situations, and these situations turn disastrous more often than when older people drive.”

The statistics below, also from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute, show the percentage of driver crashes with driver error, speeding, and single vehicle crashes by age. Not surprisingly, teens have a much higher percentage of speeding and driver errors in crashes than other adults. Evidence also shows that the presence of other passengers with teen drivers elevates the risk of crash. For adults over 30, the presence of passengers actually decreases risk of crash.

Percentage of passenger vehicle driver involvements in fatal crashes with specific crash characteristics, by driver age, 2014

Teen Driving Stats

Wondering how you can assess your own teen? Click here to find out “What You Need to Know Before Your Teen Gets Behind the Wheel” and “What can you do to reduce these risks for your new teen driver?
Teen Driving Stats

Do you have a new teen driver? If so, we recommend reviewing “How to Guide Your Teen Towards Safe Driving and Independence” (link to earlier post)

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) provides free recommendations for safe and affordable vehicles. Check out the “Best Choices” and “Good Choices” lists, comprised of the safest vehicles appropriate for teen drivers under $20,000 and $10,000 respectively. The list is broken up by large, midsize, minivans, pickups, and small, midsize and large SUVs. To review this list, click here or visit http://www.iihs.org and search for status report 2015.

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 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.

Defective Vehicles: Faulty Air Bags & Key Ignitions

Wrecked car with opened airbags after accident

Wrecked car with opened airbags after accident

In 2014, General Motors (GM), recalled over 30 million cars and trucks.  The recalls were issued for a number of reasons, including defective vehicles with faulty designs of side airbags and defective exhaust parts that can overheat, sparking a fire.  However, the most notorious GM recall affected over 2.5 million cars and was caused by an ignition switch design flaw that was tied to over 50 deaths and thousands of serious injuries.  Engineers concluded that a design problem could cause the ignition switch to move from the “run” to the “off” position while the car was moving.  If the ignition went into the “off” position, the power steering would turn off and disabled the airbags, causing the unsuspecting driver to lose control of the car.

GM has faced multiple class action lawsuits related to the faulty ignition switch and GM’s alleged knowledge of the problem.  More specifically, these lawsuits allege that GM waited several years after the problem was detected before initiating a recall.  If GM would have alerted vehicle owners right away, it could have prevented numerous injuries and deaths connected to the ignition problem.

Since 2014, GM has replaced millions of faulty components including ignition switches in affected vehicles.  The company also set aside over $600 million for victims, although this is unlikely to provide the proper compensation for victims.  Affected individuals have the right to file personal injury lawsuits for medical and hospital expenses, past and future lost earnings due to injuries, pain and suffering, and punitive damages in the case of egregious wrongdoing.

Automobile manufacturers are legally obligated to manufacture and sell vehicles free from any known defects.  If a defect is detected, it must be corrected quickly and completely. If a company withholds critical safety information or  circumvents government safety guidelines by selling a vehicle with known defects, the manufacturer can and should be held liable for injuries or death linked to the vehicle defects.

Visit www.safercar.gov, a NHTSA website, to check if your car has been included in a recall.  You will simply need the VIN number of your vehicle.  If your vehicle has been recalled, promptly contact the dealer and schedule a service appointment.  If your vehicle is part of the GM recall, remove any extra weight from the ignition key (extra keys, special key chains, etc.) prior to driving the vehicle.

If you or a family member has suffered injuries or death related to a faulty component in a vehicle or a recalled car or truck, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A.  can help.

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 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.

Child Passenger Safety Seats: Free South Florida Inspections in September

September Safety WeekAccording to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and SafeCar.gov, every 33 seconds one child under the age of 13 in our country is involved in a vehicle crash. US states require the use of car seats to help protect children in cars, vans, SUVs and pickups. These laws as well as “Child Passenger Safety Week” are dedicated to reduce injuries and save lives. The week of September 18-24, 2016 is “Child Passenger Safety Week” and September 24, 2016 is “National Seat Check Saturday”.

On behalf of the attorneys and staff at Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., we urge all parents and caregivers to take advantage of free car seat safety checks held across the state of Florida and throughout the country. It’s critical to make sure children are in the correct car seats for their age and size and to ensure that car seats are installed properly. Child Passenger Safety Technicians will be available at sites in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties to give hands-on advice and instructions. To find an inspection site near you, visit http://www.safercar.gov/cpsApp/cps/index.htm? or see the South Florida sites listed below.

Boynton Beach Fire Rescue
2080 High Ridge Road
Boynton Beach, FL 33426
561-742-6343Boynton Beach Fire Rescue
3501 N Congress Avenue
Boynton Beach, FL 33426
561-742-6343

Coral Springs Fire Department
2801 Coral Springs Drive
Coral Springs, FL 33065
954-346-1354

Coral Springs Fire Department
2801 Coral Springs Dr
Coral Springs, FL 33065
954-346-1354

Pembroke Pines Police Dept.
9500 Pines Blvd
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
954-436-3274

Univ of Miami/Jackson Health System
Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Miami
Miami, FL 33136
305-243-3928Safer Kids and Homes
3240 Emathla St
Miami, FL 33133
305-854-KIDS (5437)

Tayni Cabrera
1321 SW 72 Ct
Miami, FL 33144
305-926-1379

Tutti Bambini
7400 SW 57th Ct
Miami, FL 33143
305-669-1400

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
3100 SW 62 Avenue
Miami, FL 33155
305-663-6800

According to the NHTSA, “children [should remain] rear-facing as long as possible up to the top height or weight allowed by their particular seats. Once a child outgrows the rear-facing car seat, he/she is ready to travel in a forward-facing car seat with a harness. After outgrowing the forward-facing car seat, a child should be placed in a booster seat until big enough to fit seat belts properly without help from a booster seat. The safest place for all kids under 13 is in the back seats of cars.

Follow these guidelines, review this detailed post, and visit http://www.safercar.gov for more detailed information. Below is a list of the 2016 Child Car Seat Safety Inspection Sites for South Florida:

 

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Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. cares about the safety of you and your family. As we begin the school year, we urge you to keep child passenger safety in mind. The proper use of car seats, booster seats, and seat belts in motor vehicles provide the best protection for children and saves lives.

For more information on child car safety, as well as how to find other car seat check events, go to www.safercar.gov/parents.

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*Information adapted from the U. S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and http://www.safercar.gov powered by NHTSA