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    What You Need to Know About the Road Rangers Service Patrol in Florida

    Last updated 1 year ago

    The Florida Department of Transportation’s Road Rangers Service Patrol has been an invaluable asset in making major interstate highways safer for all motorists. If you run into trouble on the interstate, then you should know that roadside assistance is only a phone call away.

    FDOT Road Rangers can provide various services to motorists who have become stranded or disabled on the highway. Florida motorists can simply dial *FHP (*347) to receive assistance for jump-starts, tire changes, minor emergency repairs, limited fuel, and first aid. These roadside assistance services are free and are designed to shorten traffic incident durations and reduce auto collisions.

    But FDOT Road Rangers do more than provide roadside assistance; they also keep roadways safe by performing highway cleanup after accidents and laying down sand in poor weather. FDOT Road Ranger personnel can also dispatch flares, reflective cones, and flashing arrow boards to redirect traffic from hazardous debris or construction areas.

    Road Rangers provide statewide service to most major expressways in various counties, including Florida’s Turnpike, the I-95, and the I-4. Follow the link for a full list of FDOT Road Ranger service areas.

    Considering that Florida’s I-95 and I-4 are two of the most dangerous highways in the United States, having quick access to roadside assistance is essential for maintaining a superior level of highway safety. In places where the highways can widen to as many as 12 lanes, traffic congestion can easily conceal major road hazards and stranded motorists until it is too late.

    The Law Offices of Michael Barszcz, M.D., J.D., is here to provide you with the resources you need in order to protect your rights and keep your family safe. If you have found yourself injured in an auto accident due to another driver’s carelessness, you can set up a free initial consultation through our website or by calling (407) 329-3923.

    Cell Phones and Driving: A Dangerous Combination [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Did you know that roughly 26% of all car crashes involve cell phone use? That’s equivalent to 1.6 million car accidents every year. Cell phones are a major contributor to distracted driving and can endanger the cell phone user as well as other people on the road. Though cell phone use while driving is legal in Orlando, it is still quite dangerous. If you have sustained a personal injury as a result of a distracted driving accident, contact Orlando car accident lawyer Michael Barszcz – M.D., J.D., to protect your rights. Take a look at this infographic to see the numbers on texting and talking while driving. Please share with your friends and family to encourage them to be responsible while they’re behind the wheel.

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    These Resources Explore Even More Information on Medical Malpractice and Auto Accidents

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Find out more about the most dangerous times to drive, as well as the importance of properly installing your child’s safety seat. The following resources can educate you further on these topics and more. If you need legal counsel in the Miami-Dade area, contact Michael Barszcz, M.D., J.D. at (407) 329-3923 today.

    Read this Forbes magazine article to learn more about the most dangerous times to drive.

    AAA offers this thorough how-to guide on car seat safety.

    This article from the Washington Post discusses the importance of motorists and bicyclists sharing the road.

    At Bicycling.com, learn tips for riding safe when sharing the road with motorists.

    CNNHealth.com discusses the dangers of pharmacy error, and what you can do to reduce your risk.

    Find out more about why I-95 was ranked the most deadly road in America by reading this article at the Sun Sentinel

    Consumer Reports offers top picks when it comes to cars for your teen driver.

    The New York Times discusses the risks patients face when undergoing surgery. While it is rare for surgeons to accidentally operate on the wrong part of the body, it does happen. Read this article to learn more.

    Get the answers to some frequently asked questions about the safety of teenagers on the road.

    This article on Baby Center goes over the basics of properly installing a child safety seat in your vehicle.

    Most Common Mistakes Parents Make When Installing and Using Car Seats

    Last updated 1 year ago

    No parent should ever have to deal with the tragedy of losing a child or having their child injured in an auto accident, and there are plenty of child safety devices designed to prevent this from happening. However, safety devices are only effective if they are properly used, and a study from AAA reveals that a shocking 75% of car seats are improperly installed. Prevent common car seat mistakes such as the following:

     

    Getting the Wrong Size Car Seat.

    It’s no secret that children grow up fast, but it’s important to know when children are large enough to use seat belts normally. Seat belts save tens of thousands of lives every year, but they are designed for average-sized adults and can actually cause injury if the occupant is too small. According to the Safe Kids Worldwide Foundation, occupants should be at least 4 feet 9 inches tall and between 80 and 100 pounds before using a seat belt normally, but most children don’t meet these requirements until about eight to 12 years of age.

     

    Improperly Installing the Car Seat.

    Most drivers are familiar with the hazard sticker on sun visors advising parents not to use car seats in the passenger seat, but an improperly installed car seat can be just as dangerous. All cars and child safety seats manufactured after 2002 use the LATCH anchoring system, but be sure to keep the safety seat bottom flat against the car and read the seat’s manufacturer manual for the appropriate angle and incline. The seat should not move more than an inch forwards or backwards and should resist lateral motion. The middle of the back seat is generally the safest place to install a car safety seat.

     

    Preventative safety is the best method for protecting you and your family, but auto accidents still happen every day. If you’ve suffered an auto collision due to someone else’s negligence, then protect yourself legally and financially by consulting with Michael Barszcz, M.D., J.D., who is an experienced medical doctor and personal injury attorney in Orlando. Call (407) 329-3923 to set up initial consultation.

    Most Dangerous Florida Roadways

    Last updated 1 year ago

    With over 30,000 drivers killed in fatal auto accidents in 2010, it’s no secret that roadways are dangerous. However, recent surveys from the NHTSA reveal exactly how bad the problem is in the Sunshine State. Take a look at a few of the deadliest areas in Florida below:

    I-95

    Florida’s arterial I-95 interstate isn’t just the most dangerous highway in the state, but also one of the most dangerous in the nation. Data collected by the NHTSA reveals that I-95 had the highest rate of fatal accidents between 2004 and 2008. The 382-mile stretch of highway, which widens to as many as 12 lanes in the Miami-Dade area, averages 1.73 fatal accidents per mile and had a total 765 fatalities.

    I-4

    I-4 takes third place in a top ten list of deadliest U.S. roadways with an average 1.58 accidents per mile and a total of 234 fatalities. Although this comparatively small 132-mile highway doesn’t have the same staggering figures as I-95, measuring standards from the NHTSA focused on the likelihood of fatal accidents per mile.

    Pedestrian Areas

    Motorists aren’t the only ones at risk on the road. A study from 2000 to 2009 revealed that the Orlando-Kissimmee region ranked first in the nation for pedestrian accidents with 550 deaths. Three other Florida metro areas—Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Jacksonville, and Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach—round out the second, third, and fourth places, respectively.

    An auto accident can have devastating and lifelong effects on its victims. If you’ve suffered personal injury due to another person’s negligence, then you have the right to protect yourself with reliable legal representation. The Law Offices of Michael Barszcz, M.D., J.D. has been providing citizens of the Orange County area with reliable legal counsel and representation for over 20 years. To set up an initial consultation, call (407) 329-3923 today.

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