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elderFor many elders in Florida, driving allows them the freedom and independence to get where they want to go without having to ask anyone else. If you are an elder who has been hurt in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, we can help. Alternatively, if you have been injured in an accident caused by an elder’s negligence, we can also help. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our Miami car accident attorneys have the experience and dedication to handle your case. You can rest assured that we will vigorously advocate for your rights at every step of the way.

The reality is that elderly drivers are more likely to be involved in a car crash. The National Traffic Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) also found that 40.1 million licensed drivers were aged 65 and older across the United States in 2015. That same year, 6,165 people age 65 and older were killed in traffic crashes. This represents approximately 18 percent of all Americans killed on the road. Furthermore, 240,000 older individuals were injured in traffic crashes in 2015.

For elder drivers, a number of factors can make it challenging to drive, such as a natural decline in vision and reaction time, which can contribute to errors behind the wheel. In Florida, drivers over the age of 80 must pass a vision test before renewing their license. The NHTSA reports that older drivers sometimes have a hard time recognizing still objects and moving objects, which can affect their perception of vehicles and pedestrians.

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We trust nursing homes to take care of our elderly, some of whom are unable to take care of themselves. In order to provide proper care, a nursing home facility must adhere to a certain standard of care. When that standard of care is not followed, serious injuries and even death can result. If your loved one has been injured or has died due to nursing home negligence, we can help. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our Miami nursing home negligence attorneys have the determination and experience to handle your case.

After a hurricane in Florida, electricity is often interrupted, causing air conditioners to become unavailable. This is what happened to a nursing home in Hollywood after Hurricane Irma, turning the nursing home facility into a sweatbox and leading to the tragic death of 10 elderly patients.

In Florida, air conditioning and cooling systems are a necessity, rather than a luxury. Elderly patients who are not mobile may not be able to get up and ask staff to adjust the temperature themselves, which is why they rely on nursing home staff to make sure their spaces are cool and safe.

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roadWhen we get behind the wheel, we expect to drive on roads that are safe and free of hazardous conditions. Unfortunately, when roads are not properly maintained, they can lead to serious accidents and injuries. If you have been injured in an accident caused by a design defect in the road, you may be able to seek compensation for your harm. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our Miami injury attorneys can use our resources and experience to help you navigate the legal process.

Poor design, shoddy construction, and insufficient maintenance can cause or contribute to serious accidents. Other dangerous issues on the road that can cause collisions include but are not limited to:

  • Steep embankments;
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rainHeavy winds, rain, and flooding that take place during a tropical storm or hurricane in Florida are nothing to take lightly. These weather conditions often lead to serious car accidents that result in long-term injuries and even death. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a weather-related accident in Florida, you need to reach out to a skilled Miami auto accident attorney who can evaluate the facts of your case. You can rest assured that we will advise you on a sensible course of action so that you can get the compensation you deserve for your harm.

Each year, there are 5,870,000 auto accidents across the United States. According to the United States Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, approximately 23 percent of those accidents are caused by hazardous weather and poor visibility. This means that over a million crashes a year are weather-related. Weather-related crashes are defined as crashes that take place in adverse weather, such as rain, sleet, snow, fog, severe crosswinds, blowing sand, or slick pavement. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that almost 6,000 people are killed each year and over 445,000 are injured in weather-related crashes on an annual basis.

Tropical storms and hurricanes can create dangerous conditions due to the following factors:  poor visibility, decreased traction on road surfaces, lane obstructions, and lane submersions. These factors significantly increase the potential of an accident. When adverse conditions exist, it is the responsibility of each motorist to use additional care behind the wheel. For example, drivers should keep their headlights on and maintain a firm grip on the steering wheel at all times. Drivers should also move slowly and give other drivers plenty of space. Of course, if a motorist is caught in the center of a tropical storm or hurricane, there may be some things that are out of a motorist’s control, no matter how much care and caution that motorist uses.

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crashCar accidents can cause serious injuries and even death, resulting in high medical costs and other significant expenses. If you have been injured in a car accident that was caused by a mechanical defect or malfunction, we can help. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our Miami car accident attorneys will aggressively pursue the compensation you deserve for your harm. With years of experience, we have helped many South Florida clients resolve their injury claims and can help you as well.

While many car crashes are caused by driver negligence, some accidents occur because of mechanical issues. Mechanical problems can cause a driver to lose control of the car and get into an accident. Many types of mechanical defects or malfunctions can cause car accidents, including:

  • Seat belt injuries;
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school busIf your child has been injured in a school bus accident, it is imperative to speak to an experienced Miami motor vehicle collision attorney who can assess the merits of your case. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we can investigate the accident and provide you with an honest assessment of your claim. You can rest assured that we are committed to pursuing the compensation you deserve for your harm.

Earlier this month, a school bus in Highlands County flipped on its side after a crash with a semi truck, which smashed into pieces. Fortunately, all 39 of the students on the bus made it out of the accident alive, although at least 22 people were taken to the hospital following the wreck. The school bus was traveling north on US 27 in the right lane just before 8 a.m., and the tractor-trailer was traveling north on US 27 in the right lane as well, some distance behind the bus. At one point, the bus came to a stop at Lake Ridge Drive to permit students to load the bus. Even though the bus had its flashing lights on, warning other drivers that it was stopped, the truck failed to stop in time and hit the bus.

A number of parties may be liable for a bus accident. In the case at hand, the truck driver who hit the bus would likely be considered negligent and be liable for the crash and any resulting injuries. Negligence occurs when an injury or death occurs due to a person or entity’s failure to use reasonable care. Reasonable care is defined as how a prudent person would act in the same or similar circumstances. Here, a truck driver using reasonable care would have been more vigilant in maintaining a reasonable speed and braking distance and thus would have been able to come to a complete stop when the bus stopped. It is important to note that under Florida law, in some cases, the truck driver’s employer may be liable for the truck driver’s negligence as well.

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slip hazardIf you have been injured in a trip and fall accident, you need to reach out to a skilled Miami premises liability attorney who can evaluate your case and determine your rights.

The Florida Supreme Court has previously ruled that an express assumption of risk only exists in express contracts not to sue and injuries caused by contact sports. In a recent case, the Fifth District Court of Appeal addressed the concept of assumption of risk in Florida.

Assumption of risk is a common defense used by many defendants in Florida personal injury cases. Under the assumption of risk doctrine, courts can prevent plaintiffs from holding others accountable for their injuries when they engage in an activity that they know is dangerous. In other words, a plaintiff cannot sue for injuries when the plaintiff was partaking in a hazardous activity for which the risks were known.

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black carIf you or someone close to you was injured due to an auto defect in a vehicle, you should reach out to a seasoned Miami auto defect attorney who can help you understand your rights. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we are committed to holding automakers accountable for the harm that they cause. We understand the complexities of this area of the law and will aggressively advocate for your rights at every step of the way.

According to documents posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website, automakers recently recalled about 135,000 Porsche and Volkswagen sport utility vehicles over the danger of a fuel leak. This recall indicates that Volkswagen and its corporate affiliates, Audi and Porsche, have recalled about 278,000 vehicles in the last year for the same issue. The problem is that fine hairline cracks can appear on the filter flange of the fuel pump, allowing a small amount of fuel to leak. The danger of a fuel leak signifies a potential fire hazard, although the automaker’s reports did not mention whether any actual fires took place.

While most automobile accidents in Florida can be addressed through a negligence lawsuit, auto defects can typically be resolved through a product liability claim. Product liability lawsuits can be classified in one of three ways:  manufacturing defects, design defects, and failures to warn. A manufacturing defect occurs when a mistake is made in the assembly of a product, resulting in an item that is not created as it was intended. A design defect takes place when there is a fundamental flaw in the design of the product, making it inherently dangerous to users. In some cases, a plaintiff may have a claim based on a manufacturer’s failure to warn about inherent but non-obvious risks to the user.

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storeWhile most retail stores are well-run places where customers can browse and make purchases safely, the reality is that some accidents are bound to happen in these spaces. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a retail store, you may be able to seek compensation for your harm. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our seasoned Miami premises liability attorneys understand how to navigate these types of cases and can put our knowledge to use in your case.

In a recent lawsuit filed in the Southern District of Florida, a St. Lucie County plaintiff is suing an Apple store for an injury suffered while in the store. According to the complaint, the plaintiff had arrived to the store to have her iPhone repaired. An employee went to retrieve an iPhone case from a wall located within the store. At that time, the store employee dropped a sharp metal shelf bolder on the plaintiff’s left arm while looking for an iPhone case for her.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, accidents do not just happen. In fact, nine out of 10 customer accidents result from some form of negligence. In the case at hand, the plaintiff seeks damages for her injuries, which she alleges are serious and have caused her to become lame and disabled and may even result in permanent injuries. The plaintiff further alleges that her injuries were caused solely by the negligence of the defendant without any contributory negligence on her part.

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schoolBy this time of year, students and parents have typically settled into new school routines in their new classrooms. A new school year can be exciting, and parents expect their children to be safe as their children transition into it. Unfortunately, the reality is that many children in Florida and throughout the United States are injured on school grounds each year. If your child has been hurt in a classroom at school, you need to reach out to a skilled Miami school injury attorney who can evaluate your case and help you pursue the compensation you deserve.

According to the research conducted by the National SAFE KIDS Campaign, an estimated 2.2 million children ages 14 and under sustain school-related injuries each year. While a number of these are unintentional, they are often results of negligence, such as lack of teacher supervision or poorly maintained facilities on a school campus. In fact, lack of supervision causes or contributes to approximately 40 percent of playground injuries.

School injuries can have a variety of causes, including the following:

  • Defective playground equipment;
  • Failure to supervise;
  • Failure to use appropriate safety equipment for a given activity;
  • Improper food preparation;
  • Lack of emergency preparedness;
  • Insufficient maintenance on school grounds (such as not removing asbestos tiles).

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