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Over 500 Million Recovered For Florida Injury Victims
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Drinking eight bottles of water, and listening to music may help reduce your road rage. Learn more here -

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Drowsy driving can be deadly! Less than four hours of sleep increases the risk of a crash 11.5 times -

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Documentation is key! The importance of an accident report and how it will be used in your car accident case -

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After a car accident has occured, it's crucial to take these safety precautions at the scene of the crash -

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At Home Falls Are The Number 1 Cause Of Accidental Deaths. Over 6,000 Americans Die Yearly Due To In Home Falls -

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If You Suffer From This Condition, You Are Six Times More Likely To Be Involved In A Car Accident -

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Florida: The Most Dangerous State for Pedestrians

Florida is quite appealing. Not only to visitors flock to the sandy white beaches and endless sunshine year after year, many people move to Florida when they reach retirement age. While the Sunshine State definitely has quite a bit to offer, what many people don’t realize is the hidden dangers they are facing as soon as they leave their house or hotel.

If you ever find that you, or someone you love, is injured in a pedestrian versus vehicle accident, it is essential to contact a personal injury attorney in Florida right away.

The Research

According to a recent study focused on pedestrians who were hit and killed by vehicles, approximately eight of the top 10 metropolitan areas all around the United States were in Florida. The Cape Coral – Fort Myers area was the leader.

The study, which was entitled “Dangerous by Design 2016,” was conducted by Smart Growth America. This is an organization that is dedicated to helping local governments and states use a smart growth approach. The study focused on annual pedestrian deaths per every 100,000 people between the years of 2005 and 2014.

The Results

The area of Cape Coral and for Myers had a total of 165 pedestrian deaths between that period of time, with a 2.55 rate per every 100,000 residents. The “pedestrian danger index” was calculated to be 283.1, which was the highest in the entire country. The PDI is a calculation that accounts for the share of commuters who regularly walk to work, as well as the most recent data available regarding pedestrian deaths.

An Epidemic of Unsafe Walking Conditions

Between the years of 2005 and 2014, there were 46,149 people who were struck and died due to vehicles while they were walking. This statistic accumulates all the pedestrian versus vehicle deaths in the United States.

In 2014, which represented the most recent year that any data was available, there were 4,884 people killed by a vehicle while they were walking. This is 105 more than what died in 2013. On average, approximately 13 people were struck and subsequently killed by an #Automobile while walking each day in 2014.

The statistics related to pedestrian deaths from being struck by a car are only getting worse. In fact, between the period of the study (2005 to 2014) Americans were 7.2 times more likely to die walking down the road than from a natural disaster.

Some of the areas in Florida that are considered the worst for pedestrians based on the PDI calculation include:

-Cape Coral and Fort Myers area – 283.1
-Titusville, Melbourne, and Palm Bay – 235.2
-Sanford, Kissimmee, Orlando – 234.7
-Jacksonville – 228.7
-Ormond Beach, Daytona Beach and Deltona – 228.2
-Winter Haven and Lakeland – 200.6
-Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and Tampa – 192.0

The state of Florida had cities in the top seven spots of the list and then scattered throughout the remainder of the areas that were studied.

If you live in #Florida, the best thing you can do is to use caution if you are going to be walking anywhere. It is also necessary for drivers to be more aware of pedestrians on the roadway. If you are struck and injured while walking, you need a professional #CarAccidentLawyer in #Miami, Fl. They can get you maximum compensation you deserve for your injuries.

Contact at The Law Offices of Paul K. Schrier, PLLC to discuss your case and legal issues with us.

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Bike Helmets Cannot Protect Your Kids from All Injuries

Diligent parents often insist that their young children wear helmets while bicycling. However, bike helmets do not protect children against all head injuries.

Helmets are great at protecting children, as well as adults, from severe head injuries, such as cracked skulls, but most helmets you will find in the United States are not able to protect children from concussions.

Minor traumatic head injuries have even been linked to long-term health problems in adults such as depression and chronic cognitive impairment.

Epidemic of Concussions among Children

The reported instances of youth concussions has doubled between 1997 and 2007. Much of this increase may be because of greater awareness in the public and among doctors about concussions. The increased number of reported concussions may also be a result of better medical diagnostic procedures.

Youth sports as well as recreational activities frequently can cause concussions in children. With regard to bike helmets, as stated above, the helmets are designed to protect against severe head injuries, but leave riders vulnerable to more minor injuries that can also cause concussions.

Concussions are a serious medical condition in and of themselves. The symptoms of a concussion include dizziness, amnesia, nausea, and vomiting.

But, the exact causes of a concussion are still not entirely clear. Doctors know that some sort of head trauma causes them, but what exactly causes them is not known.

Essentially, all that is known for sure is that some types of head trauma causes the brain to move or rotate within the skull causing damage to certain parts of the brain. Also, it is believed that repeated small hits can be as damaging, or even more damaging to the brain, than a few major hits.

Concussions are also disconcerting because they are associated with long-term medical issues such as memory loss and other mental problems.

Avoiding Unnecessary Hits

While it is impossible to keep kids safe 100% of the time from bumping their heads, as after all kids will be kids, it is important to take reasonable safety precautions. Indeed, some organizations are taking steps to limit exposure to head trauma that can cause concussions.

The American Youth Soccer Organization has recommended that kids under 10 not do “headers” (use their head to hit the ball) in order to reduce concussions.

Youth football leagues are also teaching “Heads Up” programs to teach children how to play safely without putting their heads at unnecessary risk. Undoubtedly, youth sport leagues and schools across the country are becoming more vigilant in preventing and treating concussions.

Negligence as a Factor

As a parent you of course act diligently to protect your child’s health. But, if someone else puts them in danger to their recklessness or negligence, you must be willing to assert your rights against the dangerous behavior of others and contact to #FloridaBicycleAccidentAttorney.

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The Risk for Bicyclists in Florida

As any #FloridaBicycleAccidentLawyer will tell you, Bicyclists are often victims of #PersonalInjury due to auto accidents. They are not only difficult to spot at certain times, but they are also at risk on main roads and side streets.


According to, the risk of crash-related injury and death is much higher for bicyclists than it is for drivers, even though only 1% of all trips are taken via bicycle in the United States.

Statistics show that the highest bicycle death rates involve teenagers ranging from age 15-19 and adults over the age of 40. More than one third of all bicycle-related injuries seen throughout the United States involve adolescents and young adults ranging from age 5-24.

Based off statistics, most of these deaths and injuries occur in urban areas and non-intersections.

Additionally, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (, roughly 2% of motor vehicle crash deaths are bicyclists and over 80% of bicycle deaths involve young adults 20 or older.

Data which can be found through the U.S. Department of Transportation indicates that head injuries are most common among fatally injured bicyclists, yet no more than 17% of these bicyclists are wearing helmets.

Helmet use is estimated to reduce the odds of head injury by 50% and the odds of face or neck injury by over 30%. When a helmet law is enforced, the odds of a bicyclist wearing a helmet is roughly 4 times higher. Currently, 21 states and the District of Columbia enforce helmet laws, yet the many of these laws only apply to young bicyclists.


In addition to proper bicycling helmets and helmet laws enforced for individuals of all ages, active bicycle lighting and vibrant clothing for better rider visibility is highly suggested.

Proper lighting and clothing for bicyclists include:

highly fluorescent attention grabbing clothing items or fluorescent shoes
flashing or retro-reflective clothing items active bicycle lighting or reflectors on the front and back of your bicycle especially when you are riding late at night

Fluorescent clothing is helpful in making bicyclists more visible during the day, especially at far away distances. For night riders, retro-reflective clothing items are recommended.

Bicycle lighting usually consists of white lights for the front of the bicycle and red lights for the rear of the bicycle. This not only helps drivers to see the bicyclists, but also helps the bicyclists vision too.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers many resources for bicyclists including a death and injury prevention calculator. This is referred to as the Motor Vehicle Prioritizing Interventions and Cost Calculator for States, and was created to help state officials to prioritize and select from effective vehicle prevention interventions.

MV PICCS calculates the expected amount of injuries which can prevented and lives which can be saved at this state level, in addition to the total costs of implementation, while also offering additional resources.

The additional resources which can be found through are listed below:

1. CDC’s HEADS UP: Helmet Safety Program
2. CDC’s HEADS UP: Helmet Safety Mobile App
3. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: Bicycles
4. Nation Center For Safe Routes To School
5. Pedestrian & Bicycle Information Center

Contact at Law Offices of Paul K. Schrier PLLC at 800-700-7285 to discuss your case with us. *

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Seriously: Snoring May Put You at Greater Risk of Being in a Car Accident

Plenty of research studies have indicated what puts you at higher risk for being involved in a serious car accident in Miami or elsewhere but the newest academic exploration believes that being a heavy snorer could tie you to greater accident risk.

If you have recently been injured in a Miami car accident, you should consult with a knowledgeable #MiamiCarAccidentAttorney as soon as possible to protect your rights.

Certainly, being tired can have a significant impact on your ability to stay awake and alert behind the wheel but it turns out that snoring can also influence your likelihood of being in an accident and potentially injuring yourself or others.

One in every 50 individuals suffers from obstructive
#SleepApnea syndrome but many individuals don’t even know the problem since they might not have any memory of their broken breathing or the sleep depriving snoring that is the foundation of this syndrome.

Heavy snorers can actually be a danger to others on the road because these people may be up to six times more likely to be involved in a serious #CarCrash. The research out of St. James University hospital in the UK suggests that many people suffering from this syndrome may not even know that they are a danger on the roads.

One of the best ways to decrease your chances of being involved in a serious car accident is to get plenty of sleep. If you suffer from this syndrome, however, you may not even realize that your sleep is being disrupted and that you’re being woken up multiple times per night.

You may feel fatigued or drowsy every morning even after appearing to have had plenty of rest. Consulting with your physician if you suspect that you may have this syndrome is a good next step to take.

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What to Do If You’ve Been Involved in an Accident

If you have recently been involved in a car accident in Miami that you believe to be the fault of another individual who was distracted, drunk or drowsy behind the wheel, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your injuries.

Far too many accident victims fail to reach out to an attorney because they do not realize that they may be entitled to this essential support. You should never minimize the possible impact that car accident injuries can have on your life.

In fact, some individuals may never fully recover from the impact of a car accident and may require significant treatment such as surgery in order to address the medical complications associated with the car crash.

Getting medical help immediately after the accident is the best way to understand any potential diagnoses you may have as a result of the crash and may be your only way to lay out a foundation for a personal injury claim in #Florida.

You should also consider gathering evidence for a potential #PersonalInjuryClaim, even if you are not yet sure that you intend to file one. Often, some of the strongest evidence supporting your claim is something you need to keep an eye on immediately after the accident.

For example, take pictures of the scene of the accident and what happened to your car. Taking pictures of your injuries, too, could be helpful.

Once you’ve been treated for those injuries, ask your doctor about the turnaround process for medical records. You may need these to speak with your injury lawyer and to initiate a claim, so it’s good to know how long you can anticipate waiting for them.

Contact to an experienced Miami car accident lawyer at 800-700-7285 for your case.

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