Americans everywhere, including in South Florida, may not realize that on an almost daily basis they are putting themselves in situations in which they may suffer serious injuries, including traumatic brain injuries. For most people, the situation occurs when they get behind the wheel of their car. For others, it is when they are walking, jogging or riding a bicycle next to a roadway. All of the people who find themselves in these situations are open to one of the most common causes of injuries in the country: car collisions.
Car accidents occur every day in America, especially in large metropolitan areas such as South Florida. Fortunately, most car accidents are minor fender-benders, usually resulting only in damage to the vehicles involved and not injuries to the people in the vehicles. But, unfortunately, there are many accidents that also result in severe injuries, and even death.
Most Florida residents probably got a chance to have some time off of work to spend with family members and friends over the recent holiday season. But, just imagine having those good times shattered by the death of a family member in a car accident. According to a recent report, at least one family is going through this devastating issue.
Distracted driving - and what to do about it - is a major topic of debate in states across the country, including in Florida. Throughout America various states have many different laws that address distracted driving behavior, such as cellphone use while driving. Now, according to a recent report, Florida may be joining the ranks of states with laws on the books to address this dangerous behavior.
It can be hard for anyone to understand the agony of losing a loved one due to another person's negligent or reckless behavior. The family members and friends who are left behind are often bewildered and shocked, attempting to pick up the pieces of a life cut too short. Fortunately, surviving family members may have a legal remedy to pursue if the death of their loved one was caused by another party: a wrongful death lawsuit.
Drunk driving arrests happen all the time, especially in a highly-populated state such as Florida. We all hope that these arrests happen before a car accident occurs but, unfortunately, that isn't always the case. But, usually we don't see reports of a drunk driver actually making contact with law enforcement officials - especially by ramming their vehicle.
There are many different ways that Florida residents can suffer injuries, but car accidents are probably right at the top of the list. Whether the crash is caused by a distracted driver, a drunk driver or a driver who is simply not following traffic laws, car accidents can leave victims with significant injuries, which, in turn, can result in months or even years of pain.
Our readers in the Miami area may have seen the recent news about law enforcement efforts to track down a hit-and-run driver whose recklessness led to the death of an 83-year-old woman. Any type of car accident that leads to a death is tragic, but the circumstances of this recent incident are particularly shocking.
Of all the different types of injuries that a Florida resident could suffer from in a car accident, the scariest ones can be brain, spine and neck injuries. After all, most minor cuts and bruises will heal relatively quickly. But, the more serious types of injuries may require weeks or even months of medical treatment and ongoing rehabilitative therapy. Whiplash injuries are among some of the most serious injuries that car accident victims can suffer.
A recent post here noted how injuries occur in many different situations: at home, in the car and on the job. Unfortunately for three men in nearby Miami Gardens, an accident on the job led to their deaths.