Category Archives: Car Accidents

Car Top Carriers for Summer Travel

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Are you starting to think about vacation time and summer travel? 

We are!

In this post, we are talking about traveling by car, truck, minivan or SUV.  Let’s get started by thinking about optimal ways to travel safely with family members, friends, and lots of luggage.

Wondering how you can get everything in the vehicle? 

If your car, truck, minivan or SUV has a factory roof rack or a luggage carrier, you can use many types of car top carrier bags to fit luggage or equipment that won’t fit in the vehicle.  If your rack has crossbars, you can also use a roof basket or cargo box.

Car top carrier bags and boxes function as your second trunk – a great place to store bulky items when traveling.  Also known as a rooftop cargo carrier or roof rack bag, these bags are intended to keep your extra luggage and equipment safe, dry and out of the way.  Most bags and boxes are waterproof or weatherproof, and because they are on top of your vehicle, they won’t provide any distractions to the driver.

But, before you purchase a car top carrier bag, there are 10 fundamental safety tips that you need to know!  Here is safety tip #1:

  1. Know the Limits:  Whichever solution you plan to use, be sure to check your vehicle manual to understand the weight limits for these racks and for the vehicle itself.  Typically, roof racks have weight limits ranging from 75 – 250 pounds.  Exceeding the limit could cause damage to the vehicle as well as potential accidents.

For the rest of these safety tips for road trips, read this important post titled, “Smart Summer Travel: Cargo and Car Top Carrier Safety The 10 Safety Tips You Need to Know”, click here!

When you’re ready to select a car top carrier bag or box, be sure to think about the following features:

  • Size of car top carrier bag or box to properly fit car top
  • Amount of load capacity for vehicle and roof of vehicle (be sure to check owner’s manual)
  • Load capacity of cargo bag or box
  • Quality of waterproof or weatherproof materials and construction durability
  • Number of people required to properly install car top carrier bag or box (larger carriers often require two people for installation)
  • Secure fit on vehicle — If your vehicle doesn’t have bars, talk to a professional to install bars on which the rooftop cargo bag or box can be secured.

Although not truly a safety issue, when selecting a roof box design, consider the shape, aerodynamics, and style.  Wind noise can be loud and can increase resistance and affect fuel economy.  Newer models are typically shaped in curved, aerodynamic shapes.  Look for a product with a strong warranty.

Now, you’re ready for the other key safety tips!  Click here so you can follow the most important safety tips before getting out on the road!

Wishing you and your family a wonderful summer with plenty of time for fun, relaxation, and time together.

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.

 

National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

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Research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that distracted driving is a major problem on our roadways, and statistics show that distracted driving is highest among newly-licensed drivers.

This is in line with research that shows 20% of drivers ages 18-20 and 30% of drivers ages 21-34 believe that texting does not affect their ability to drive.

These young people are misinformed.

Using a cellphone while driving affects the ability of the driver to focus on the critical task at hand – driving.

The National Safety Council (NSC) stresses that the ability to effectively multitask (cellphone + driving) is a myth:

“Driving and cell phone conversations both require a great deal of thought. When doing them at the same time, your brain is unable to do either well. For example, it’s nearly impossible to read a book and have a phone conversation. While driving, this often results in crashes due to delayed braking times and not seeing traffic signals.” [1]

The brain can only handle tasks one at a time, rather than simultaneously.  Since the brain moves quickly between the two different activities, it may seem as if we are performing multiple tasks at the same time.  But we aren’t.  And, there are costs associated with the reaction-time when switching focus between two or more activities.[2]

Preliminary studies indicate that drivers talking on a cellphone can miss 50% of the driving environment.  What do they miss?  Pedestrians, red lights, cyclists, signs, motorcycles.  If talking on a cellphone causes a driver to miss that much of the environment, just imagine what a driver who is texting will miss!

Multitasking while driving is distracted driving.

The month of April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, a month-long effort by the National Safety Council to raise awareness of the preventable deaths that are caused by distracted driving.

To learn more about what is known about the distracted brain, click here for the National Safety Council white paper on this topic.

For more information about Distracted Driving, visit the NSC site at http://www.nsc.org/

​​Make a commitment to drive safely by taking the pledge to drive distraction-free here.

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] http://www.nsc.org/learn/NSC-Initiatives/Pages/distracted-driving-research-studies.aspx

[2] http://www.nsc.org/DistractedDrivingDocuments/Cognitive-Distraction-White-Paper.pdf

Ride Sharing Accidents (Uber/Lyft)

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Ridesharing Uber Lyft

Ridesharing services such as Lyft and Uber are garnering major market share over taxis.  Ridesharing services offer prompt, affordable transportation service that can be easily ordered and paid for via smart phone apps.  Riders can select the specific vehicles and drivers after reviewing driver ratings on the app.

It’s easy to find ridesharing services in most cities and towns throughout the United States.  Along with the ease of service and payment, ridesharing services make it so simple to catch a ride, they are expected to help reduce the number of drunk driving-related accidents and fatalities.

Ridesharing Service Accidents

While there are great benefits to using ridesharing services, driving safety and vehicle accidents are a concern.  Several Uber and Lyft drivers have been in accidents while transporting riders.

Who is Responsible?

If you are riding in a vehicle that was in a crash, the driver who caused the crash may be held responsible for any injuries to you or others because of the crash.

Uber and Lyft both have liability and uninsured motorist policies that will cover the passenger if the driver is at fault, or even if the driver is not at fault, but has insufficient coverage.

What to do if you were in a Lyft or Uber accident

If you were in an accident while riding in an Uber or Lyft vehicle or if you were hit by a ridesharing vehicle, we recommend you follow this protocol:

  • Call 911 immediately to request emergency medical services.
  • Once you leave the accident scene or the hospital, contact experienced attorneys such as Goldman and Daszkal, P.A. at (954) 428-9333 for a free consultation.
  • Avoid answering calls that are not from your ACTUAL LAWYER. Representatives 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.

The good news is that most Uber and Lyft contractors are safe drivers.  Accidents are not frequent.  Be prepared by following the tips above.

Also, before you take a ridesharing service or allow your teen to do so, be sure to review this important post about ridesharing personal safety.  

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.

 

Self-Driving Cars Part IV: Vehicle Update

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Over the last few years, we’ve been keeping tabs on the development of driverless (self-driving) autonomous vehicles.  Click here for earlier post.   Experts believe that the paradigm shift to driverless vehicles will have a positive effect in the United States, lowering the number of traffic crashes that are overwhelmingly due to human error.  Consequently, researchers believe that driverless cars will reduce the number of lives lost on our roads.

Better or Much Better?

Ironically, many Americans are concerned about the safety of driverless vehicles.  Correspondingly, there is conflict about whether to allow self-driving vehicles to travel on the roads now – when they are considered “slightly better” than human drivers – or to wait until the self-driving vehicles are far superior to human drivers – potentially several years from now.  Experts argue that waiting for further technological progress delays our ability to make a positive impact – and save thousands of lives that are taken each year on our roads.  Their studies indicate that the earlier self-driving vehicles are commonly used on the roads, the quicker these vehicles will “master the art of driving” on our roads.

The “New Wild West” – Arizona

Consequently, this update on self-driving vehicles takes us to Arizona to learn about the “new wild west” that caters to vehicles, large and small, with and without drivers.  Arizona, and, in particular, the town of Chandler, Arizona, have welcomed companies developing self-driving vehicles.  Distinct from many other towns, the local government has encouraged the testing of different types of driverless vehicles on the roads in Chandler and the surrounding areas.  And, unlike another large testing ground in California, Arizona has very few laws that regulate driverless vehicles, making it a great place for companies like Waymo to set up shop.  In addition, General Motors, Intel, Uber, and Lyft are also operating and testing self-driving cars on the Arizona roads.

Nevertheless, the downside for the public is that Arizona doesn’t require public companies to release information about self-driving vehicle accidents.  Consequently, safety reports from self-driving vehicle companies may be partial, although this may change as new legislation governing the testing and use of driverless cars comes into play.

Waymo

Waymo is one of the leading companies in the development of self-driving vehicles.  Waymo is the autonomous vehicle division of Alphabet, the parent company of Google.  Since October, Waymo has been operating self-driving vehicles on roads around Chandler.  In contrast to updates on driverless vehicle technology from a year ago, these vehicles do not have safety drivers behind the wheel.[1]  In fact, the humans in the vehicles sit in the back, behind the driver’s seat, rather than at the wheel.  This is equivalent to Level 4 autonomy, in which a vehicle is capable of driving with no human behind the wheel.  These vehicles rely on powerful sensing devices to detect objects up to 300 meters away, and allows the vehicle system to look over, under and around vehicles.

Currently, Waymo is in partnerships with Fiat-Chrysler, Lyft and Avis.  According to recent news articles, Waymo’s next move is a commercial ride service using self-driving cars, where people will use an app, possibly Lyft, to hail a vehicle.  For now, Waymo is making headway by using over 100 Chrysler self-driving vehicles to transport select individuals as part of a trial.  Plans indicate this will soon ramp up to 600 vehicles.

Insurance Coverage for Driverless Cars

Several months ago, a crash between a self-driving Uber vehicle and another driver resulted in a citation for the driver of the other vehicle.  While this accident was resolved quickly, the next big question that is still looming over self-driving cars is who will be responsible if the driverless car is at fault in an accident.  While this important insurance issue is being debated, the race to driverless cars is on – and there is no sign of slowing down!

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://techcrunch.com/2017/11/07/waymo-now-testing-its-self-driving-cars-on-public-roads-with-no-one-at-the-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.

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

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.

 

The More You Know: Headaches After Accidents

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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

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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

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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)