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Sadly, pedestrian accidents are far too common. If you have sustained an injury in a pedestrian accident, it is vital to contact a reputable Miami injury attorney who can help. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we know how a pedestrian accident can turn your life upside down in an instant. You can rest assured that we will examine the details surrounding your injury and create a custom legal strategy for your case.

Earlier this month, two people died in a fatal motorcycle accident that took place in Lee County. A 49-year-old man was operating the motorcycle when he hit a 70-year-old pedestrian who was trying to cross the street at the time. According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), both the motorcyclist and pedestrian were pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger on the motorcycle was transported to a local hospital to be treated for serious injuries. The FHP is currently investigating the accident.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 5,987 pedestrians killed in traffic crashes in 2016. Data from Governors Highway Safety Association found that, in 2016, Florida ranked 2nd highest in terms of pedestrian fatalities at 3.22 per 100k population, right behind New Mexico, which had 3.45 deaths per 100k population. That same year, Miami-Dade had 83 pedestrian fatalities, putting it in the top ten counties with the largest number of pedestrian deaths in the country for 2016. Broward County also made the list with 67 pedestrian fatalities that year.

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A bicycle accident can change your life in an instant. Bicyclists suffer a staggering number of injuries and deaths in accidents involving motor vehicles. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident triggered by someone else’s negligence, you need the help of an experienced and dedicated Miami bicycle accident attorney. At the Law of Robert Dixon, we are committed to providing aggressive yet compassionate representation to each and every one of our clients.

A 56-year-old Orlando cardiologist who was riding his bike was hit and killed earlier this week. The bicyclist was hit by an SUV on busy US 17-92 during morning traffic hour around 7:00 a.m. and the physician sustained fatal injuries. In fact, he was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The hospital at which the cardiologist worked released a statement honoring the doctor and expressing their deepest condolences to his wife and children. No details regarding the driver or the vehicle have yet been released.

Establishing Liability for Bike Accidents in Florida

Bicycle accident injuries can be more serious than other types of auto accident due to the significantly lighter weight of the bicycle and the bike’s lack of structural protection. If you were injured in a bicycle accident that was not your fault, you may be able to bring a claim for economic and non-economic damages, including medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, pain and suffering, property loss and more. This is typically showing that the motorist who caused the accident was negligent. Negligence takes place when a motorist is the direct and proximate cause of an accident and resulting injury or death because that motorist failed to use reasonable care behind the wheel. Reasonable care is defined as how a prudent or sensible person would drive under the same or similar circumstances.

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Winter holidays are a festive time of year when people get to take a few days off from work and reunite with family and friends. However, this time of the year often sees a spike in certain types of accidents, including fire-related mishaps. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a fire-related accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our seasoned Miami personal injury attorneys will thoroughly examine the facts of your case and devise a legal strategy accordingly.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, statistics show that 30 percent of all home fires and 38 percent of fire deaths take place during the months of December, January and February. The fires result from a number of sources, including cooking and heating sources, dry Christmas trees, holiday decorations, portable heaters, cooking appliances and the increase of open flames during the holiday season. During 2004-2008, an average of 260 home fires every year began with a Christmas trees. Another 150 home fires were caused by decorative and holiday lights on an annual basis.

Establishing Fault for Holiday Injuries

How and when the burn injury occurred is extremely important in terms of determining your legal options. For instance, if the fire took place because of a faulty holiday decoration, you may be able to sue to manufacturer through a products liability claim. However, if you were injured as a result of a fire caused by the negligence of an individual or company, you may be able to sue that individual or company for compensation. For example, if a landlord failed to follow safety regulations regarding Christmas trees or holiday decorations resulting in a fire in an apartment building, that landlord may be liable for any harm you may have suffered as a tenant of the apartment building.

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If you have been hurt in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence or wrongful act, you need to reach out to a skilled Miami personal injury attorney who can assess the merits of your case. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we are committed to helping our clients understand their rights and helping them secure the compensation they deserve for their harm.

Negligence is a fundamental concept in personal injury cases. Personal injury cases are a way for people to be compensated for the wrongdoings of a third party that culminated in their sustaining an injury. Examples of serious accidents include car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, defective product incidents, medical malpractice, slip and falls, and construction accidents.

Personal injury cases are typically rooted in the theory of negligence. Negligence takes place when an individual causes an injury or death by failing to use reasonable care in their actions. Reasonable care is defined as how a prudent person would act under the same or similar circumstances. It is important to note that negligence can also occur when a person fails to act when he or she had a duty to do so. In order to establish negligence, the plaintiff must establish:

  • The defendant owed the plaintiff a duty to use reasonable care;
  • The defendant breached the duty;
  • The defendant’s breach was a direct and proximate cause of the accident and the plaintiff’s resulting damages.

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A recreational vehicle (RV) refers to a motor vehicle or trailer equipped with a living space and amenities traditionally found in a home. These vehicles are sometimes called campers, motor homes, or travel-trailers as well. While RVs can vary in size, all of them are larger than an average car on the road. RV drivers are operating these huge vehicles like trucks, but they do not have to take any special driver training or possess a higher-level driver’s license, as truckers do. As a result, RV driver errors, such as sideswiping a car in the next lane, failing to stop in time, making too tight a turn, or failing to secure equipment on the top of the RV properly, are often the cause of accidents. If you or someone you love has been injured in an RV accident, we can help.

RV accidents can have severe and catastrophic consequences. RV accidents can result in a traumatic brain injury, broken bones, broken ribs, herniated discs, the loss of a limb, and more. In the most serious cases, RV accidents can result in death.

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Horseback riding is a popular leisure and sporting activity in Florida. Just as with any other sport, there are risks and dangers associated with riding a horse. Each year, a number of people are injured riding horses. While many of these injuries are considered to be an inherent risk of riding, in some instances injuries may be the consequence of the equestrian facility’s or the trainer’s negligence. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our skilled Miami injury attorneys can assess the merits of your case and provide you with an honest assessment of your claim.

Horseback riding injuries can range from mild to severe. Some common injuries include broken ribs, broken back, concussion, broken bones, paralysis, sprained joints, lacerations or contusions, loss of visibility, and more. In the most serious and tragic cases, riders can even lose their lives in horse riding accidents.

In Florida, the Equine Activity Liability Act intends to define the parameters of liability associated with equestrian activities. Under the law, equine professionals and horse-related activity sponsors are required to post caution signs on properties where equestrian activity is taking place. In addition, specific cautionary language must be present in all of the contracts used when the public interacts with horses.

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Skydiving has been a popular sport in Florida and the United States for decades. By their very nature, skydiving accidents can have devastating consequences. While these accidents are rare, there are risks involved that should be considered. If you or someone close to you has been hurt in a skydiving accident, it is important to seek the help and guidance of a reputable Miami injury attorney who can assess the merits of your case.

Skydiving accidents can take place in a variety of ways, including product defects, parachute malfunctions, cord defects, harness failures, faulty steering handles, and more. Many serious injuries or fatalities that occur through skydiving accidents can be attributed to human error or faulty equipment. As a result, individuals who have been injured in skydiving may be able to take action through a negligence claim or a product liability claim.

It is important to note that individuals almost always have to sign a waiver before they can skydive. The waiver will limit the operator’s liability in the event that something goes wrong, resulting in an injury or death. Waivers are serious legal documents and should not be taken lightly. These agreements are in place for a reason, which is why courts tend to uphold them. As a result, simple negligence is not typically enough to take legal action against the skydiving operator. Instead, the court will likely examine whether the skydiving operator acted with gross negligence.

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Burn injuries can be extremely painful and often leave permanent scars. Unfortunately, many burn injuries happen due to accidents that could have been avoided. They may be caused by fires on property, motor vehicle collisions, flammable products, and inadequate flame retardation qualities. The American Burn Association reports that over 500,000 people are treated for burn injuries each year.

If you have suffered from a burn injury due to someone else’s negligence, you can potentially pursue compensation for your harm. Negligence is the failure to take reasonable care when engaging in a particular action. Reasonable care is defined as how a prudent person would behave in the same or similar circumstances. In order to establish negligence, the plaintiff must show that the defendant’s conduct deviated from the reasonable care standard and that this deviation was the direct cause of the plaintiff’s harm.

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Unfortunately, parking lot accidents take place frequently in Florida and across the United States. With automobiles and pedestrians continuously moving around, drivers have to be especially careful in parking lots. If you’ve been injured in a parking lot accident, it is important to seek the help of a qualified Miami injury attorney who can evaluate the facts of your case.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), one out of every five automobile accidents occurs in parking garages and parking lots.

While most parking lot accidents take place at low speeds, they can lead to significant damages. Parking lot accidents can happen in two ways:  when one car hits another or when a car hits a pedestrian. Even when the accident happens at a low speed, a pedestrian can suffer substantial injuries due to the sheer weight and power of the automobile. Common causes of parking lot accidents include not paying attention when backing out of a parking space, speaking on the phone while driving, or speeding in the lot.

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Each year, many people are injured and killed due to aggressive driving. Florida is one of 15 states that have enacted laws that specifically address the issue of aggressive driving. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we understand these laws and can help you pursue damages from an aggressive driver that caused you harm.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 50 percent of drivers who are on the receiving end of aggressive behavior respond with a rude gesture. Reports also estimate that approximately 66 percent of traffic fatalities are caused by aggressive driving.

Aggressive driving describes a variety of unsafe driver behaviors. Florida’s Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles defines aggressive driving as “violent or visibly angry behavior by a driver” that can lead to accidents or other incidents on the road. The NHTSA defines road rage as a step above aggressive driving in which one driver actually assaults another vehicle, either by using his car or by using a weapon, such as threatening with a gun.

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