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An Overview of Truck Accidents Daytona

The results of a truck accident can be devastating. The average truck is over 25 times bigger than the average car. In 2006, truck accidents caused 4,995 fatal accidents and 160,000 injuries. Driver fatigue, unforeseen road accidents, speeding and alcohol use are some of the things that can cause truck accidents. In many cases, truck accidents are not the fault of the driver.

Types of Truck Accident Injuries

Head Injuries-Head injuries are likely to occur in a head-on collision. A minor head injury can cause a headache. However, serious head injuries can result in permanent brain damage or death. If you are involved in a truck accident, then a physician should check you out. You may not notice any symptoms if you have a head injury. In fact, many people do not notice the effects of a head injury until years later.

Back Injury- A back injury is another condition that is extremely common. If the spinal cord is injured, then a person can suffer permanent or temporary paralysis. A back injury can also result in chronic back pain, which can have a negative impact on quality of life.

Fractures- The legs, elbows, wrists and arms are the areas of the body that are often fractured. A cast will probably be used to stabilize the broken body part. In some cases, surgery may be recommended. Additionally, some people have to get physical therapy.

Neck Injury- Herniated discs and whiplash are examples of common neck injuries. The neck can also be broken, which can result in death.

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Keep burning candles within sight and extinguish all candles before you go to bed, leave a room, or leave the house. Candles should be placed on stable, heat-resistant surfaces where children and pets cannot reach them or knock them over. Keep candles away from items that can catch fire and burn easily, such as trees and other evergreens, decorations, curtains and furniture.

Balance Problem:

Aging, infections, head injury, certain medicines, or problems with blood circulation may result in a balance problem. If you are having balance problems, see your doctor. Balance disorders can be signs of other health problems, such as an ear infection or a stroke. In some cases, treating the illness that is causing the disorder will help with the balance problem. Exercises, a change in diet, and some medicines also can help.

Diagnostic Testing:

A new body of research suggests some medical tests are being overused or misused. Patients should be certain to ask their doctors if all testing is necessary and what are the risks associated with the testing.

Diagnostic testing, for example, carries three main risks:

  • Risks directly related to the test itself, such as the radiation exposure caused by imaging tests.
  • The risk for a false positive, which can lead to a string of other unnecessary follow-up tests and procedures, each with their own sets of potential health hazards.
  • The risk that a condition will be identified that never would have been clinically significant but now will probably be treated.

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Read product labels for proper use and wear protective clothing and gloves when using chemicals for cleaning. Store all chemicals at the appropriate temperature, which is usually indicated on the package, in a place that is out of reach of both children and pets.

Neck Pain:

Neck pain can stem from various conditions and factors, from a soft-tissue abnormality to a more serious issue. Most cases will resolve on their own, but some require immediate diagnosis and treatment.
Call a doctor if you experience these warning signs:

  •  If you have severe pain stemming from an injury caused by a car accident or fall.
  •  If your neck pain feels like it runs to your arms or legs.
  •  If your pain is continuous and persistent.
  •  If weakness or tingling, numbness or headache accompanies your pain.

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Bicycle Safety:

Bicycle safety training should include:  proper handling of common roadway conditions as well as emergency skills and how to deal with motorist error. Effective training should also cover:  proper turning, cornering, descending and climbing principles along with roadway and speed positioning. Bad weather and night riding should also be highlighted along with vehicle laws and proper roadway etiquette.

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Bicycle-friendly communities are places where people feel safe and comfortable riding their bikes for fun, fitness, and transportation, according to the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety. With more people bicycling, communities experience reduced traffic demands, improved air quality and greater physical fitness.

Children and Bicycles:

Thinking about transporting your child on your bicycle? Unless you have a bicycle-towed trailer, you may want to think again. Follow these tips, which only reduces but does not eliminate the risk for injury.

  • Only adult cyclists should carry young passengers.
  • Preferably, children should ride in a bicycle-towed child trailer.
  • Ride with passengers in parks, on bike paths, or quiet streets rather than busy thoroughfares.
  • Infants younger than 12 months are too young to sit in a rear bike seat and should not be carried on a bicycle. Do not carry infants in backpacks or front packs on a bike.
  • Children ages 12 months to 4 years who sit well unsupported and whose necks are strong enough to support a lightweight helmet may be carried in a child-trailer or rear-mounted seat.
  •  A young passenger should always wear a lightweight infant bike helmet.
  •  The child must be strapped into the bike seat with a sturdy harness.

Seat Belts During Pregnancy:

Wearing a seat belt is particularly important during pregnancy, when you’re protecting for two. The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions for moms-to-be while traveling in the car:

  • Wear your seat belt properly, with the lap belt beneath your belly and the shoulder strap positioned between the breasts and to the side of the belly.
  • Move your seat back as far as possible if you have airbags. Tilt the seat to give your belly more space.
  • If you aren’t driving, sit in the back seat.
  • Always see your doctor immediately after a car accident, even if you don’t feel like you are hurt.

Car Seats:

Every operator of a motor vehicle driven on Florida roads must provide for the protection of any child, 5 years of age or younger, by using a crash-tested, federally approved car seat. For children up to 3 years old, the restraint must be a separate carrier or a vehicle manufacturer’s integrated child seat. For children aged 4 through 5 years, a separate carrier, an integrated child seat, or a seat belt may be used. For passengers age 6 through 17 years, a seat belt.

Safe Driving:

Problems that frequently affect older people — such as changes in vision, arthritis or problems with memory — should lead some seniors to conclude that they can no longer drive safely.

The American Academy of Family Physicians says if you or loved ones have noticed a lapse in your driving skills, you should consider:

  • Restricting driving only to certain times, such as during daylight hours.
  • Working with an occupational or physical therapist.
  • Adding devices to your car that can help you drive more safely, such as wider mirrors.
  • Quitting driving altogether, and relying on friends, family or public transportation for rides.

Free Rides:

Throughout Florida, a number of programs offer free rides to individuals who have had too much to drink. Various taxi services; wrecker companies and other businesses may offer such services to keep impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel. AAA and Budweiser offer a service called Two to Go that provides private partygoers and licensed establishments a way to get people home safely. Adults in need of a ride can call 1-800-AAA-HELP. AAA will dispatch a two truck and will take both the driver and the vehicle home, free of charge. This service is available throughout Florida to both AAA members and non-members.

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Zimmet & Zimmet are here to help all those who are injured in an auto accident. They share some tips to consider when on the road.

Motorcycle Endorsement:

Do you have a motorcycle endorsement on your driver license? According to DeLand Accident Lawyer, If you wish to operate any two or three wheel motorcycle, whose engine is more than 50 cc, you are required by Florida law to have a motorcycle endorsement on your driver license or a motorcycle-only license.

Sharing the Road:

When sharing the road with a motorcyclist:

  • Always allow a motorcyclist the full lane width, never try to share a lane;
  • Check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections;
  • Don’t be fooled by a flashing turn signal on a motorcycle – motorcycle signals are often not self-canceling and riders sometimes forget to turn them off;
  • Road conditions which are minor annoyances to passenger vehicles pose major hazards to motorcyclists;
  • Do not tailgate. Allow more following distance when following a motorcycle, so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency.

Car Seats:

Every operator of a motor vehicle driven on Florida roads must provide for the protection of any child, 5 years of age or younger, by using a crash-tested, federally approved car seat. For children up to 3 years old, the restraint must be a separate carrier or a vehicle manufacturer’s integrated child seat. For children aged 4 through 5 years, a separate carrier, an integrated child seat, or a seat belt may be used. For passengers age 6 through 17 years, a seat belt.

Reaction Times:

Drivers texting while driving not only display slower reaction times and have difficulty staying in their lane, but also are less likely to see:

  • High and low relevant objects
  • Visual cues
  • Exits, red lights and stop signs

Florida’s Move Over Law:

Florida’s Move Over Law requires motorists to move over when a patrol car, emergency vehicle or tow truck/wrecker is stopped on the side of a road with lights flashing. If such movement cannot be safely accomplished, motorists shall slow down to a speed of 20 mph below the posted speed limit.

Motorists are required to:

  • Approach the emergency vehicle with caution;
  • Change lanes away from the emergency vehicle if traveling on a multi-lane roadway and able to move over safely; or
  • Slow down while maintaining a safe speed of 20 mph below posted speed limit being careful not to impede or block the flow of traffic unless otherwise directed by a law enforcement officer.

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The increasing volume of truck traffic on the roads and highways of Florida has raised concerns about the safety of these large vehicles. This is especially true in the counties of Flagler and Volusia, through which trucks travel in large numbers as they haul products from South Florida to other areas of the state or country.

Large trucks generally have lower accident rates than automobiles. In the event of an accident, however, they can be a particular threat to smaller vehicles due to their weight, which in some cases may exceed 40 tons, and their size and design, which can limit their maneuverability. There are many reasons for big rig crashes, but three issues stand out as causative factors:

Driver Fatigue
Despite laws designed to limit duty times and thus to reduce fatigue, truck drivers may be on the road for long periods of time and during odd hours of the day. Additionally, truckers may be driven by increased pay to complete their delivery as quickly as possible. These issues can induce or aggravate driver fatigue. If you are involved in a truck accident resulting from driver fatigue, you should consider turning to the services of a Daytona personal injury attorney.

Speeding
The same economic pressures that induce drivers to take other risks may encourage them to drive faster than they should. This issue can be complicated by the fact that the speed limit for trucks on rural highways in Florida is the same as that for automobiles and because of the added distance required to bring to a big rig to a stop. A Daytona truck accident attorney can be of assistance if you are involved in a crash that resulted from excessive speed.

Distracted Driving
Truck drivers face many distractions when behind the wheel, some of which are self-induced. Texting and conversing on a cellphone create unnecessary risks among automobile drivers, but their effects can be devastating when done by truckers. If you suffer an accident that was caused by a distracted truck driver, you should consider turning to the law firm of Zimmet & Zimmet, which can help you obtain the compensation to which you may be entitled.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Your driver’s education teacher smirked down at you as she asked the question: “Can every accident be prevented?” Some say yes. Some say no. The room dissolves into chaos. The teacher continues to smirk. The truth is, over 95% of car accidents could be prevented by a different driver behavior. Some can argue a full 100%, including situations like the driver not actually driving that day. However, the percentage decreases drastically when we ask whether driver behavior is the sole cause leading to an accident. Here are some other factors that lead to collisions that every driver should be aware of.

1. Equipment Failure. If your brakes lock up, your tire blows, or your steering fails, you might believe the resulting accident is out of your control. But regular inspections can virtually eliminate these disasters.
2. Roadway Design. It’s easy to blame visibility, street surfaces, or obstacles for an accident. But governments design roads to maximize safety and efficiency, and it’s likely whatever design element you find unsafe was put in its place for a reason.
3. Maintenance. Sometimes roadways aren’t up to code, and that can be a viable argument for fault. However, schedules vary, and there is no nationwide standard to adhere to. Drivers can minimize this hazard by being aware of debris, potholes, closures, weather, and obscured signs.

Even though other factors may have contributed to your accident, it’s important to review what you yourself could have done differently in order to eliminate similar accidents from occurring in the future. On the other hand, many accidents could have been prevented by the actions of the other driver as well, and if you have been in an accident resulting in injury, contact an experienced lawyer to determine damages you may be owed. The attorneys at Zimmet & Zimmet are available today for a free consultation.

 

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There are hundreds of thousands of car crashes each year, the majority of them fortunately not causing serious injuries. Even so, you are likely to feel shaken up, angry and confused immediately following a fender bender. What should you do after an accident to protect both your financial and your legal interests? What happens if you or a loved one was injured? The following tips can help you stay calm and focused after a car crash so you can begin the steps to get everything back to normal as soon as possible.

Get immediately to safety – If you are able, move your vehicle out of the way of traffic. The side of the road will usually suffice. If your car won’t move, get to the sidewalk as soon as you can.

Check others for injuries – If someone is seriously injured, call an ambulance. Minor injuries may wait for first aid if you wish.

Call the police – No matter the size of the accident, law enforcement will assist in investigating the cause of the crash, talking to witnesses and preparing a statement. This may later help your case if you have a personal injury claim.

Exchange your insurance information with the other drivers – Give your insurance and contact information to the others involved, but limit your discussion only to the facts regarding the collision. Saying you’re sorry may be seen as an admission of fault.

In the days following the crash, you will want to contact your insurance company and keep in touch with law enforcement. If you originally thought you were uninjured but begin to feel sore, do not hesitate to see your doctor. Some injuries may show up several days after a collision. If your injuries were the result of a negligent driver, you may be eligible for compensation. Call your attorney so that he or she can contact your insurance company and communicate with law enforcement.

 

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Many car accidents, especially those resulting from a drunk, speeding, reckless or aggressive driver, result in serious injuries that may cause long-term impairments. Some injuries may be so severe that they are permanently disabling. It is possible that an injury like this could prevent you from returning to work for several months after the accident, or even permanently.

If this is the case, what types of compensation may be available to help you make ends meet if you are unable to work? Part of the answer depends on the type of injuries you’ve received and how the accident occurred. For example, if you were injured in a work-related car accident, you will most likely be covered by workers’ compensation insurance.

Your injuries might enable you to qualify for Social Security disability, if they are severe enough to prevent you from working for at least 12 months. To qualify, you would need to prove that there is no way you can return to work. Your disabilities must be long-term or permanent, and you would also need to prove that there is no other type of work you could do to replace your previous employment. If, on the other hand, you will be out of work for only a few weeks or months, you will not qualify for Social Security because this is not considered a long-term or permanent disability.

What if your injuries are strictly emotional? Severe anxiety or panic disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder, may occur as a result of a traumatizing car accident. It is possible that a long-term anxiety condition could qualify for disability benefits, if your trauma prevents you from being able to work.

If the other driver was responsible for your injuries, you may be able to seek compensation for your medical expenses and loss of income. Contact Zimmet & Zimmet to discuss your case and find out if this is an option.

An accident on Clyde Morris Blvd. on May 3, 2016, resulted in the death of Gary Miller and his wife Deborah White.

According to investigators, Gary Miller was traveling east on Hancock at the time that George Hatzimouratides of Port Orange was traveling south on Clyde Morris. Gary Miller drove into the path of George Hatzimouratides. Hatzimouratides’ vehicle collided into the driver’s door of Gary Miller’s vehicle and Gary Miller died instantly.  Deborah Miller died at Halifax Health Medical Center.

 

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On Tuesday, April 5, 2016, a car accident took the lives of a woman and three children. The Jeep Wrangler was traveling east on State Road 44 when Alan Seidel of DeLand traveling south on Grand drove into the path of the Jeep.

Ms. Burch, a witness from Paisley was stopped at Grand Avenue and stated the Jeep spun around before it landed on its roof and then fire erupted. Ms. Burch also stated she heard the babies crying before the fire. She was very upset by the crash.

This intersection has had several accidents and Sheriff Ben Johnson was emotional as he talked with reporters near the scene. He said that drivers crossing State Road have the danger of high speed traffic approaching.

Seidel has three DUI arrests in the past but the preliminary report does not state alcohol as a factor in this crash.
Florida law requires drivers convicted of DUI to purchase a minimum level of insurance that is drastically more than drivers without DUI. Don’t rely on insurance adjusters to know all the Florida laws that could drastically affect a potential case.

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