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car technologyIf you have been injured or your loved one has been killed in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, we can help. The skilled Miami injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Robert Dixon have the experience to protect your rights, the compassion to serve you and your family, and the ability to recover compensation for your harm.

A new platform from “Agero,” a self described “transportation solutions” company, recently launched a holistic crash detection response system. The platform is called Driver360 and comes in the form of a software development kit, which can detect car crashes within 30 seconds and alert first responders, insurance carriers and tow services. Basically, it taps into an artificial intelligence and smartphone sensors to detect the crash automatically after it has occurred. The company claims that the technology correctly identified 95 percent of crashes in which an airbag deployed and 88 percent of wrecks requiring a tow.

The initial report to the insurance company provides speed, location and other relevant information. It can also record other trip level information for driver scoring and coaching. While this may seem efficient, it can also lead to insurance companies denying claims over information they receive from the platform. Technology can sometimes malfunction so if the information is in some way inaccurate or downright incorrect, the insurance company could use it to deny claims or increase premiums.

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car accidentAuto accidents can range in severity and, thus, the injuries that a person can sustain in such an accident can vary from minor to severe as well. If you or someone you know has sustained a serious injury in an accident cause by another person’s negligence, you need to help of a trusted Miami auto accident injury. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Robert Dixon understand that dealing with an accident is traumatic enough and you just want to put the whole thing behind you. We want to help you do just that. You can rest assured that we will analyze the merits of your case and provide you with an honest assessment of your claim.

Allstate has released its annual Best Drivers Report, which examines the safest cities for drivers. The 2018 study examined claims information from the company’s policyholders and reveals that the typical American driver will be involved in an accident once every ten years. Apparently, where you live impacts your chances of being involved in a wreck. The report found that Brownsville, Texas was the safest city in the U.S. since residents there typically file a claim once every 13.6 years, which is 26.3 percent below the national average.

Florida has 13 of the top 200 safest driving cities in the country. The safest city in Florida, according to the report, is Cape Coral, where the average years between auto accident claims is 11.6 years. The second safest city is Port St. Lucie, followed by St. Petersburg, Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, Miami, Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Tampa, Hollywood and Hialeah.

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carSingle vehicle accidents can be just as devastating as accidents involving more than one vehicle. If you or someone close to you has been hurt in a single vehicle accident, it is imperative to reach out to a seasoned Miami injury attorney who can help. At The Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we are here to provide legal insights so you can make informed decisions about your case. You can rest assured that we will work as hard as we can to get you the compensation you rightfully deserve.

Last month, a single car accident in Quincy killed one and injured four people, including two children. R.W., 50, of Greenacres was one of four passengers in the car who died from his injuries. According to Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the vehicle was traveling north on a state road when the driver lost control of the car and travelled across southbound lanes – spinning and then overturning before crashing into a tree. FHP noted that R.W. was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident and neither were the children. It is unknown whether alcohol played a role in the crash.

A single vehicle accident is a type of motor vehicle accident in which only one vehicle in involved. Single car accidents can have a variety of causes including, but not limited to: drunk driving, speeding, reckless driving, adverse weather conditions, design defects and/or distracted driving.

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car technologyAs self-driving cars become more popular, you may assume that faulty technology is the cause of a lot of Florida car accidents. However, this is simply not the case. Human error is still the leading cause of car accidents even when it comes to self-driving cars. If you or someone close to you has been injured in an auto accident that was not your fault, you need to reach out to a seasoned Miami injury attorney who can assess the merits of your case. At The Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we are committed to getting you the compensation you deserve for your harm.

Computers may be better drivers than humans after all. In a study of automobile incident reports in California, Axios discovered that humans were to blame for the vast majority of collisions on the road. The study, which examined cases from 2014 through 2018, determined that when self-driving cars were in autonomous mode and driving on their own, 38 incidents took place. In each of these accidents except for one, the accidents were the result of human error.

The study also revealed that there were 24 incidents when autonomous mode was on and the vehicle was stopped, none of which were caused by the self-driving technology. Even when the vehicles were in conventional mode (i.e., permitting human interaction), only six of the 19 accidents when the cars were moving were the result of self-driving technology.

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If you have been injured in a car accident that was not your fault, you may be able to recover compensation for your losses. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our seasoned Miami car accident attorneys understand the nuances of Florida personal injury law and can help you navigate the case in an effective and efficient manner.car accident

Being forthright and truthful when providing testimony is critical to every personal injury case. When a person fails to provide honest testimony, there can be serious consequences for the case. In a recent Florida case, the state appeals court dismissed a personal injury lawsuit after the plaintiff concealed a history of lower back injuries.

In this case, the plaintiff was riding in a car owned by his girlfriend when the vehicle was hit by a white pickup truck. After the accident, the truck fled the scene. The plaintiff filed a lawsuit after the crash, claiming that the girlfriend’s conduct behind the wheel was negligent and caused him to suffer permanent neck and lower back injuries.

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car crashCar accidents can lead to a number of serious and long-term injuries, such as chest injuries. If you have suffered a serious diaphragm injury in a Florida car accident, it is critical to attain the immediate assistance of an experienced Miami car accident attorney. At our Law Offices, our team understands what you are going through and can help you in the aftermath of a serious car accident.

The diaphragm is the muscle that separates the chest (thoracic) cavity from the abdomen. It is the main muscle of respiration and plays a major role in breathing, since its contraction increases the volume of the thorax and thus inflates the lungs. Diaphragmatic trauma typically results from penetrating or blunt trauma, with about 80 or 90 percent of blunt diaphragmatic ruptures being due to car accidents. These injuries often require surgical repair. Symptoms of traumatic diaphragmatic injuries may include the following:  abdominal pain and discomfort, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, chest pain over the sternum or upper abdomen, rapid heart rate, and shallow breathing.

If you or someone close to you has suffered a diaphragm injury in an accident that was not your fault, you may be able to recover damages through a negligence claim. Negligence is a legal concept used to determine fault in personal injury claims. Under Florida law, negligence occurs when a person fails to exercise reasonable care, thereby causing an injury, death, or property damage to another individual. Reasonable care denotes the level of care that a prudent person would have used in the same or similar circumstances. In other words, using reasonable care means engaging in conduct that does not create an excessive risk of harm to others.

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Legal News GavelTeenagers are inherently inexperienced drivers. This inexperience often leads to serious, sometimes deadly accidents. If you were injured in a crash caused by a teenage driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. At our Law Offices, our Miami car accident attorneys understand the intense physical and emotional pain that often follows from a serious car crash. We will make every effort to help you get a fair resolution in your case.

This year, the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day spans 98 days. Statistics show that during this time, there is an increased risk of dying in a car accident for teens. The percentage of teens who drink and drive has decreased by more than half in the past 25 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, 16-20-year-old drivers are 17 times more likely to die in motor vehicle accidents when their blood alcohol content is 0.08 percent than drivers who have not been drinking.

During each summer month, an average of 260 teenagers are killed in car crashes, an increase of more than a quarter compared with the other seasons. In fact, according to one estimate, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers. An increase in summer deaths may take place for a number of reasons. For one, teenagers are not in school and are spending more time on the road driving around with their friends, which can also make them prone to distractions from within the car. Additionally, teenagers may be experimenting with drugs and alcohol more during the summer months, which, when mixed with driving, can lead to devastating consequences.

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Legal News GavelIf you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident that was not your fault, you need to seek the help of a seasoned Miami car accident attorney who can help. At our Law Offices, we are dedicated to providing personalized attention throughout the entire legal process.

A new report released by a legal referral site, which analyzed data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), found that Saturday is most dangerous day of the week to drive. The safest day to be on the road, according to the report, is Tuesday. The analysis found that 6,802 people were killed on Saturday out of the 37,461 road deaths that took place in 2016. That was 53 percent higher than the 4,444 deaths that occurred on a Tuesday. The second and third deadliest days on the road were Friday with 5,826 deaths and Sunday with 5,809 deaths. The report also found that the afternoon rush hour period is actually more dangerous than the morning commute.

There could be a number of reasons for this trend. More people tend to be on the roads during the weekends, and drivers are also potentially more careless during these times. Drunk driving seems to be a major reason. NHTSA data reveal that 28 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2016 involved drivers with blood alcohol concentrations of 0.08 percent or higher, the legal limit in Florida and throughout the country. More drunk driving deaths take place on the weekend and at night. Speeding was another major factor in car crash-related deaths.

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When a driver chooses to get behind the wheel despite being extremely tired or sleepy, that driver puts everyone else on the road at risk. If you have been injured due to the negligence of a drowsy driver, you need to speak with an experienced Miami car accident attorney. At our Law Offices, we are committed to representing clients who have been hurt or have lost a loved one in a car accident caused by drowsy driving.Legal News Gavel

A shocking surveillance video released by the Florida Highway Patrol shows an SUV speeding into a toll plaza, sending one of the passengers flying through the air and into a tollbooth. The man miraculously survived, although the full extent of his injuries is not known. He was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. The accident took place near St. Cloud in Osceola County at around 7:15 am on June 3. The Cadillac shown in the video was approaching the tollbooth at full speed when it crashed into a barrier, causing a man to be ejected from the vehicle.

Police believe the accident took place because the driver of the car had fallen asleep. There were 5 passengers in the car, and all of them survived after being rushed to a nearby hospital for their injuries. The Florida Highway Patrol says it released the video to warn others about the dangers of not wearing a seatbelt as well as the risk of harm associated with drowsy driving.

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Legal News GavelSingle-vehicle accidents can lead to serious and lifelong injuries that can be extremely costly to treat. If you have been injured in a single-vehicle crash, you may be entitled to compensation. At our Law Offices, our Miami car accident lawyers can help you understand your options and figure out how to proceed in your case. While our goal is to settle every case in a timely manner, we are prepared to vigorously advocate for you at trial if necessary.

Last month, a Lake City woman died in a single-car crash when the car crossed over the road’s shoulder and hit a culvert. Upon impact, the car flipped a number of times and ultimately landed on its roof. The woman inside was ejected from the car and died at the scene of the crash. Three others in the car suffered serious injuries. Each of the passengers was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident except for the woman ejected from the car.

Unfortunately, single-car accidents are quite common. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, approximately 55 percent of motor vehicle crash deaths in 2016 occurred in single-vehicle crashes. In Florida, there were 1,670 deaths caused in single-vehicle crashes in 2016, making up 53 percent of the total accident deaths in the state. A single-vehicle accident is a type of road accident in which only one vehicle is involved.

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