Last updated 9 months ago
Cell phones are ubiquitous, and while there are few regulations about where you can and cannot use a cell phone, there are some common rules of cell phone courtesy that are often overlooked. Make sure you don’t become a cell phone nuisance—or worse, a cell phone road hazard—by following these basic guidelines:
Don’t Use it on the Road.
A Florida law banning texting for all drivers is scheduled to go into effect in October. Research from Distraction.gov indicates that the crash risk while texting is 23 times greater than when driving safely. Although the law does not ban regular cell phone use, studies show that the crash risk for drivers using handheld devices is still four times greater than normal.
Use Wireless Technology…With Reservations.
Automakers are continuously advertising new technology to integrate cell phones into on-board computer navigation and entertainment, and it’s inexpensive to invest in a Bluetooth headset even if your car is older. However, wireless technology still poses a cognitive distraction and does not entirely eliminate the risk of an auto collision. Similarly, wireless systems do not eliminate the distraction you may be causing to those in the car with you.
Use Common Sense Courtesy Online and Offline.
New smartphones allow people to access information instantaneously and connect with others online like never before, but be considerate when you’re having a face-to-face conversation with a friend, or even a waiter or service specialist. Avoid looking up your profiles or trivial matters and wait until other person’s attention is not entirely on you. Additionally, use discretion when talking about private matters, “tagging” photos, or posting links to someone else’s profile.
These simple measures can help you avoid committing simple social gaffes or, more importantly, causing an untimely auto accident. If you’ve been injured in an auto collision or other accident in the Orlando area due to another person’s negligence, contact the Law Offices of Michael Barszcz, M.D., J.D. online or at (407) 329-3923 to schedule a professional consultation.
Last updated 9 months ago
The Florida summertime brings plenty of two items: sunshine and rain. While you can’t do anything about the sun, you can take steps to stay safe in wet weather and avoid an auto accident lawsuit. Just take a look at these tips below:
Maintain Your Car.
While neglecting to change the oil on time won’t necessarily turn your car into a major road hazard, forgetting simple items such as replacing the windshield wipers, aligning the wheels, and checking the tires for wear can make a recipe for disaster the next time you have to drive in the rain.
Learn Emergency Maneuvers.
Modern auto safety technology has significantly reduced the likelihood of skids. Features such as electronic traction control (standard in all models built after 2012) automatically redistribute torque and brake force for optimal traction, allowing drivers to keep a clear head and focus on the road. Of course, if your car does not have these features, it’s essential to brush up on safe driving techniques in rain.
Neither diligent maintenance nor advanced safety technologies can defeat the laws of physics. Posted speed limit signs are recommended for ideal driving conditions, so don’t take a blind turn at 55mph just because it’s on a sign—it may not be strictly illegal, but you risk significant personal injury and damage to your car. Heavy rain brings up oils from the asphalt, reducing traction and thus the effectiveness of even electronic stability control systems.
You can take steps to be a responsible driver and stay safe in wet weather, but you can’t account for other people’s actions. When a negligent driver causes an auto accident resulting in personal injuries, there can be several questions regarding medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. To speak to an experienced Florida auto accident attorney and resolve any questions you may have, contact Michael Barszcz, M.D., J.D. at (407) 329-3923 today.
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The Fourth of July is statistically one of the most dangerous times of the year to be on the road, but road hazards aren’t just limited to other vehicles. Public festivities draw out thousands of people, and the increase in pedestrian traffic can quickly turn a fun holiday into an emergency situation. Watch out for these items to safely enjoy your Fourth of July weekend with your family and avoid holiday car accidents:
You should always take care to avoid pedestrians, but children are particularly at-risk during the holidays due to their small size and lack of risk assessment. It’s easy for them to become caught up in the excitement of fireworks and barbecue and cross into the street without looking (particularly if several other adults are already doing it).
Chances are you’ll survive a collision with a small- or medium-sized animal if you’re wearing a seat belt, but it will still be a messy situation. However, collisions with a larger animals such as deer are often fatal, and deer-vehicle collisions in Florida jumped by 38 percent from 2004 to 2009. Although deer collisions are most likely during the last three months of the year, be on the lookout for all kinds of fauna on Florida roadways to stay in control and keep your car safe.
Add drunk drivers to preexisting auto collision risks during the Fourth of July, and you have a recipe for disaster. In 2011, there were 90 DUI arrests during Fourth of July weekend, and 5 alcohol-related deaths. Look for telltale signs of impairment such as swerving, overcorrecting, forgetting to turn off high beams, and failing to signal turns. Be aware that two-thirds of alcohol-related crashes occur between midnight and 3 a.m.
Avoid these road hazards and enjoy a happy and safe Independence Day with your family. If you or a loved one has suffered injury due to another driver’s negligence in the Orlando area, contact the Law Offices of Michael Barszcz, M.D., J.D. at (407) 329-3923 to evaluate your case with an experienced professional.
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Nearly everyone experiences a slip and fall accident at some point during their lifetime. Most accidents of this nature are either minor or blameless, but when your injury is the result of negligence of another individual, you may be eligible for compensation or monetary damages. Take some time to educate yourself on the common causes of these types of injuries before contacting your injury attorney.
Hazards and Obstacles
Many individuals suffer slip and fall accident injuries after coming into contact with some sort of hazard or obstacle. For example, a slip and fall injury may occur when an individual enters a convenience store and trips on an unsecured wire or cord, unattended box, or slips on a puddle of water along the floor.
All property owners, both business and residential, are required to maintain their property in order to reduce the risk of injury on the premises. In the event that you suffer a slip and fall injury due to insufficient lighting, uprooted carpeting, uneven foundations, or unkempt hedges, the property owner may be held liable for the damages. Also, property owners may be held liable for slip and fall accidents that occur on slippery tile floors—especially if the owner or an employee does not install non-skid rugs or place hazard signs after mopping.
Unruly Weather Conditions
Another common cause of slip and fall injuries is unruly weather conditions. While it may not seem like any one individual should be held liable for these types of injuries, property and business owners are still required to take certain measures to prevent injury among their patrons, such as installing mats on the inside and outside of entrances that allow individuals to dry off their shoes upon entering.
When you or a loved one has suffered a slip and fall injury, you’ll want to seek the advice of a qualified attorney. As a licensed medical doctor and attorney in Florida, Michael Barszcz, M.D., J.D. is uniquely qualified to help you assess your case and protect your rights. To schedule a free initial consultation, visit us online or call (407) 329-3923 today.
Last updated 10 months ago
Until recently, Florida was one of the few states in the nation to not have any cell phone restrictions. However, a new law passing in October will prohibit texting and driving as a secondary offense. Watch this brief news clip for more details.
Texting is one of the most dangerous forms of driver distraction, as it requires cognitive, visual, and manual input. Taking the time to send a text message in just 4.6 seconds at 55 mph is the equivalent of driving the length of a football field—blind.
Distracted driving is one of the most common forms of negligence on the road, and you have a right to pursue compensation if you suffer personal injuries in an auto accident. To consult with a Florida auto accident attorney, contact the Law Offices of Michael Barszcz, M.D., J.D. at (407) 329-3923 today.