The Road to Zero: Eliminating Accident Fatalities by 2040

If you ask Americans what threatens their safety or health, you’re likely to hear a gamut of impassioned responses. The perception of threat is largely influenced by what people see in the media, and the media hasn’t done a great job of educating people on traffic fatalities, especially compared to other concerns that get more attention and airtime.

Let’s put traffic fatalities in perspective: the probability of winning the Powerball jackpot is 1 in 175,223,510. The lifetime odds of death by lighting are 1 in 161,856, and the odds of being killed by a gun are 1 in 6,905. Continue reading


Recognizing the Signs of Traumatic Brain Injury

You may have heard before that if you are in a car accident, it is important to call the police to get an accident report and trade contact and insurance information no matter what. This is because sometimes car problems or health issues may not be immediately apparent—and traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a perfect example of that.

A condition brought more to light as so many veterans returned from Afghanistan and Iraq, the traumatic brain injury can be tricky at first, with the patient not even realizing they have one—like a concussion on a much larger scale. Often, family members will notice that something is wrong before the patient does. Continue reading


Don’t Go It Alone if You’ve Been Hurt in a Motor Vehicle Accident

Your best bet for staying safe on the roads today is to be constantly aware of your surroundings and other vehicles, pedestrians, and bikes. Sometimes even the greatest vigilance on our part is not enough though, leaving many in the US—and Florida—the unexpected victims of car crashes. And no matter the extent of your injuries, being involved in any type of motor vehicle accident can be traumatic. Continue reading


Stopped, or at a Red Light—Can I Send a Quick Text?

We all have that friend or family member who rarely picks up their phone or returns a text. These are the people you probably don’t have to worry about on the road; however, most of us have a great sense of urgency overall during the day with places to go, so much to do, and often an overwhelming amount of communication interrupting our activities. This can lead to multi-tasking in the car while we are away from the office or home, even with so many warnings today regarding the dangers of texting while behind the wheel. In the US, over 1,000 people are hurt and 8 people killed each day because of distracted driving. Continue reading


What Constitutes a Personal Injury Case?

If you have been in an accident, you may be bruised up and hurting—or even in the hospital—and wondering if you should contact a lawyer for help. If there is any question, you should call an experienced personal injury law firm like Heintz & Becker as soon as possible.

Is This Negligence?

In examining what makes a valid personal injury case, the biggest concern is if you were hurt due to negligence by another party—and how badly. If you were in a car or motorcycle crash—or any accident at all—the injuries being reported for the case should be a direct result of the accident. Personal injury cases may be caused by those who are hurt at resorts (more common in Florida, and often in swimming areas), in the workplace, by defective products, or more. Your child may have been hurt in an accident at a daycare center or one of your elders may have been injured in a nursing home or during a wheelchair transport. Continue reading


Boating & Drinking: Not a Good Mix

Sunshine. Friends and family. Fun on the water. In Florida, we all know this is a great way to spend any day, whether you are out fishing, snorkeling, jet-skiing, or just pleasure cruising. The goal is to relax and spend time with people you enjoy, while still making safety a top priority.

Alcohol Use Can Ruin a Good Day on the Water

As with any recreational scenario, all too often alcohol enters the picture and a good day spirals out of control, especially after a full day of activity and exposure to the sun. While passengers enjoying alcohol in moderation is acceptable, the ‘captain’ should consider drinking and boating to be just as dangerous as drinking and driving a car. While it may be more difficult to assess whether someone is boating under the influence, the consequences can be just as catastrophic, or worse.

Statistics released for 2015 showed that there were 4,158 accidents involving boats in the US. There were 626 deaths, and 2,603 injuries reported by the Coast Guard—along with $42 million in damage overall. Out of the deaths reported, 22 were children under 13. In 17 percent of these cases, alcohol was listed as the primary factor. Continue reading


Motorcyclists: Defensive Driving is More Important Than Ever!

If you are or know an avid motorcycle enthusiast, there is usually at least one ‘accident story’—and often, it’s a terrifying one. Riding a motorcycle offers numerous benefits, from greater fuel efficiency and easier maintenance to the thrill of being outdoors and enjoying a sense of community with others who ride. Most of us are aware of the intrinsic dangers of riding a motorcycle too though. Aside from dangers associated with traveling at high speeds or around curves, or battling bad weather, motorcyclists can often become the odd man out in normal traffic. Continue reading


Five Steps to Take After a Car Accident

Most of us spend a substantial amount of our time in cars, whether commuting to and from work, carting kids to school and baseball or soccer games, or running around town doing errands. In a year, the average driver travels almost 11,000 miles and is in the car nearly 300 hours. And while you may be worried about tired or drunk drivers, inexperienced carloads of teens on the road, or even having to slam on the brakes for wildlife on back roads, the greatest threat to your safety on the road is one that only seems to be increasing: distracted drivers. Because of this, it’s very important to be on the defensive when driving, keeping an eye out for drivers who don’t seem to be giving their full attention to the road, and making sure that texts or calls don’t distract you as well. Continue reading


Walk. Or Maybe Don’t Walk

Clean transportation at its finest – your legs! But is it worth it? It seems not. Florida and Delaware are the two worst states to go for a walk in according to recent statistics. Recent numbers released by the GHSA (Governor’s Highway Safety Association) say there were almost 6,000 pedestrian fatalities between January and June, 2016. That’s an 11% increase in pedestrian involved deaths on roadways – in the first half of the year! Numbers haven’t increased that much in nearly 40 years.

Researchers blame old roads and outdated designs that don’t make accommodations for today’s car-less society for this rise. “Florida and Delaware don’t have a monopoly on drunk or distracted pedestrians who just happen to be jaywalking in dark clothing,” said a Transportation expert to CNN Tech.

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What Constitutes Negligence in a Boating Accident

Boating accidents happen all the time. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, there were 4,158 recreational boating accidents in 2015. These resulted in 2,613 injuries, 626 deaths, and roughly $42 million in property damage.

Many of these accidents were caused by operator negligence.  Negligence in a boating accident can result in spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and wrongful death.

If you’ve been in a boating accident, you may be able to recover damages for your injuries.  Contact Heintz & Becker and schedule a free consultation with one of our boat accident attorneys. Continue reading


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