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Pensacola Personal Injury Lawyer, Joe Zarzaur, has created this blog in an effort to educate the many citizens and visitors of Destin & Pensacola, Florida about their legal rights. Joe Zarzaur knows the ins and outs of Florida law, and offers friendly-quality legal help whether you have experienced an auto accident, car wreck, have been a victim of medical malpractice or are in need of a personal injury attorney. Call us today 855-HIRE-JOE! 11 East Romana Street Pensacola, FL 32502

“Legal Graffiti” Foo Foo Style – Live Painting Event at Zarzaur Law Building to Take Place Nov. 8-10 in Downtown Pensacola

Zarzaur Law, P.A., a personal injury law firm based in Pensacola, Florida, presents a special event that will be a Foo Foo Fest edition of its well known “Legal Graffiti” event. This three day live painting event will attract locals and visitors that are in the Downtown Pensacola area for the Foo Foo Fest activities happening during the first two weeks in November. Visitors can watch three artists work on large canvases using a variety of paint, including spray paint, just like the traditional “Legal Graffiti” fundraiser events hosted by Zarzaur Law, P.A. during the monthly Gallery Nights.

The artists will paint on a 6ft x 6ft vinyl canvas at the corner of Palafox and Romana Streets right outside of the Zarzaur Law building in Downtown Pensacola. Each of the three artist, Jaime Shevant, Gabe Pellerin and Patrick Quintanilla, who were chosen through a submission process, will create one original piece using a variety of paint mediums and techniques.

3 original works of art to be auctioned off as a fund raiser for Gulf Coast Kid’s House

“Being a part of this event brings me excitement to see where the art scene and Pensacola community as whole will go. Being able to expose the community to artist performing their passion may encourage others to take similar steps.” Said artist Gabe Pellerin.

Zarzaur Law’s “Legal Graffiti” Foo Foo Fest Style will take place Friday Nov. 8 and conclude on Sunday, Nov. 10 in Downtown Pensacola on the closing weekend of Foo Foo Fest. The completed paintings will be auctioned off as a fundraiser for Gulf Coast Kid’s House.

“We are so thankful to be a member of such a thriving downtown community.” Said Joe Zarzaur, Zarzaur Law, P.A.

Check out more of these talented artists’ work on both Facebook and Instagram –
Jaime Shevat – Jaime Shevat Art (FB link and IG handle)@JaimeShevatArt
Patrick Quintanilla (IG handle)@pattysauces
Gabe Pellerin (IG handle) @gabburi.to

Come out and see them painting live Nov 8 – 10 under the Zarzaur Law, P.A. tents and bid on a chance to win one of the paintings!

HOW TO BID ON THE PAINTINGS

Here is all the info on how to bid on the art (before, during and after the paintings are complete):

Simply head here–> https://e.givesmart.com/events/eRO/
OR text LegalGraffiti to 52182 to register.

Once done you will be able to bid online and receive updates, alerts, messages, images, videos of the paintings in progress and bid status.

We are excited to be a friend of the Foo Foo Festival and even more excited to have live public art happening for 3 days (Nov. 8-10) right here at the Zarzaur Law building.

Come watch, enjoy, bid and help raise money for Gulf Coast Kid’s House and possibly win a one-of-a-kind painting!

For more information on the event visit the Facebook event page or call 850-444-9299.

What is Cervical Strain That is Caused By an Accident?

Cervical strain is a common injury routinely seen in the ER. Although it’s usually associated with car accidents, any impact or blow that causes your head to jerk forward or backward can cause neck strain. Neck strains are caused by damage to the muscle or the tendons, bands of tissue that connect muscles to bones. Cervical strain involves the cervical, thoracic, or lumbar portion of the spine.

In an auto accident, there are powerful forces that could cause someone to change direction quickly. Even though individuals might be wearing their seatbelts, there is no restraint for the head. This causes the neck to snap back and forth quickly. This can stretch the tendons in and around the cervical spine, leading to a wrenched neck.

 

What are the Signs and Symptoms of a Cervical Strain?
  • Pain and stiffness
  • Limited movement
  • Headache
  • Swelling or bruising
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Dizziness or vertigo
How is a Cervical Strain Diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will check your movement, balance, and strength. An x-ray, CT, or MRI may show the injury. A pronouncement of cervical strain means that diagnostic radiographs (CT, X-ray) are negative for fracture or dislocation
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Radiographs in addition to bedside examination will guide a clinician as to strain versus indication to investigate for more emergent condition(s). MRI, CT Scan and Myleogram are only way to visualize the soft tissue components of the spine (muscles, nerves, intervertebral discs, ligaments) > generally performed in the ambulatory setting (upon follow-up with a specialist) if the strain is not resolving as expected.  MRI and Mylegoram will allow for visualization of herniated intervertebral discs, displaced or torn ligaments, injured or torn discs, as well as nerve root impingement.

Generally classified as a “soft tissue injury”, cervical strain  may require further workup in the ambulatory (non-ER) setting.

Red Flags – When to Seek Additional Immediate Care

Red flags which may indicate something MORE than a strain include:
– Numbness
– Tingling
– Motor weakness of any extremities
– Changes with bowel or bladder pattern and even incontinence
associated chest/back or abdominal pain

How Long Can the Pain of Cervical Strain After a Car Accident Last?

Neck pain from cervical strain / whiplash typically lasts several weeks. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, most people recover fully from whiplash within three months. In addition to general neck pain and stiffness, you may also experience these symptoms with a whiplash injury.

 

 

 

Treatment Methods
  • Modalities to decrease pain and inflammation
  • Postural exercises
  • ROM exercises
  • Stretching exercises,
  • Use manual techniques such as joint mobilization, soft tissue mobilization, and cervical manual traction
  • Strengthening exercises such as cervical stabilization exercises
  • Mechanical traction may also be useful,
  • Light Aerobic conditioning exercise, such as walking
Complications of a Sprain of the Cervical Spine

Even though many people who suffer a sprain of the cervical spine will make a full recovery, others might develop serious complications. When someone develops complications of an injury, such as a cervical lumbar strain, following an auto accident, it is important to ask for help.

Watch our full Youtube Channel video series and learn more from the experts!

– WHAT IS CERVICAL STRAIN? 
– WHAT DO YOU DO AFTER A DIAGNOSIS OF CERVICAL STRAIN?
– WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN X-RAY, CT SCAN AND MRI?

Joe Zarzaur, a board certified civil trial lawyer and founder of Zarzaur Law, P.A., a Pensacola Personal Injury law firm, has created this video blog in an effort to educate the many citizens and visitors of Pensacola and Destin, Florida about their legal rights.

Joe Zarzaur knows the ins and outs of Florida law, and offers friendly-quality legal help whether you have experienced an auto accident/car wreck, have been a victim of medical malpractice or are in need of a personal injury attorney. Offices in Pensacola and Destin. Board certified in Florida and Alabama.

For more information, visit: https://www.zarzaurlaw.com

11 E Romana Street
Pensacola, FL 32502

Telephone: 850-444-9299
Email: info@zarzaurlaw.com
Follow us on Twitter: @zarzaurlaw
Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zarzaurlaw

References:
https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/822893-overview

https://www.drugs.com/cg/cervical-strain.html

http://uni.lmhealthcare.com/RoboHelp/PT%20OT%20CPG/Orthopedic_-_Cervical_Non-Specific/Cervical_Sprain_Strain.htm

Zarzaur Law Accepting Applications for 2020 Triathlon Team.

Are you interested in being a member of the 2020 Zarzaur Law Triathlon team?

Zarzaur Law is looking to add new members from the local Pensacola area for our 2020 triathlon team – The Gavels. We’re looking for experienced triathletes who excel in representing Zarzaur Law, P.A.

 

 

 

 

 

 


What characteristics are we looking for?

1. Good ambassadors for endurance sports and the Zarzaur Law, P.A. firm.
2. Be community and philanthropic minded.
3. Filled with courage and motivation for others.
4. Possess the drive to be the best YOU can be.

The Details –

1. Men and women who are good ambassadors for endurance sports, that doesn’t only mean being on top steps of the podiums. While being fast is awesome and several of our athletes are incredibly fast, that, in and of itself, is not what it takes. The Zarzaur Law Tri Team is looking for triathletes that want to live and share lifestyles of health, fitness and truly love endurance sports. We’re looking for people who try to give a word of encouragement to others who are on the course, road, water or trail. And lastly, race to the absolute best of your ability on that day but, congratulate others even when things don’t go according to plan.

2. Philanthropic and community focused individuals. The Zarzaur Law Gavel Tri Team focuses extracurricular time on community events and charities. In addition to volunteering at races, The Gavel Team gives back to the community by supporting as a team or on an individual basis those organizations that promote safety, health and fitness. The Gavel Team has adopted Favor House and Gulf Coast Kid’s House as the two main charities to focus their support and represent. This includes some required events and fundraisers for these non-profit organizations each season.

It is extremely important that you have the time to dedicate to being a part of this team, the designated races, and the other events.

If interested, please submit your letter of interest which includes why you meet the characteristics listed above, why you would be a good team member and your prior triathlete related experience.

Please email your submission to info@zarzaurlaw.com by November 1, 2019.

Zarzaur Law, P.A. To Host 2nd Annual FREE Kid’s 
Halloween Event in Downtown Pensacola.

Zalloween Event on Oct. 30 to Include a Kid’s Costume Contest with $100 First Prize.

PENSACOLA, Fla. (Sept. 18, 2019) — Zarzaur Law, P.A., a personal injury law firm based out of Pensacola, Florida, has once again partnered with local downtown businesses to host the 2nd annual “Zalloween” event. “Zalloween” is a FREE, safe and fun filled kid’s Halloween event on Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 4-6p.m., The event will be held at the intersection of Palafox and Romana Streets in Downtown Pensacola. “Zalloween,” hosted by Zarzaur Law, will include candy, games, a fire truck that kids can explore from the Pensacola Fire Department, meet and greet the K-9 unit from KlaasKIDS Search and Rescue, arts and crafts stations with First City Art Center and Blue Morning Gallery, a pumpkin patch, and more! A kid’s costume contest will kick-off at 5p.m. with four age group categories and a $100 first prize for each age group. The first 250 kids in costume will also receive a reflective trick-or-treat bag and a pumpkin strobe light.

SIGN UP FOR THE COSTUME CONTEST HERE!

“Last year was a smashing success, and we hope to have an even bigger crowd this year.” Joe Zarzaur, owner of Zarzaur Law, P.A.

In addition to the fun and games, the KlaasKIDS organization will be on hand to provide fingerprinting for any children (parents or legal guardian must be present). The parents will receive a fingerprint card that they will take home that will have their child’s picture and fingerprint on the card.

Participating businesses include:
Gulf Coast Kid’s House
The Tin Cow
Pen Air Federal Credit Union
Dog House Deli Downtown
First City Art Center
Pensacola Fire Department
Pensacola Police Department
KlaasKIDS Search Center for Missing & Trafficked Children
Blue Morning Gallery
Properly Posh Baby
The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart | Ascension

Event details can be found on Zarzaur Law’s Zalloween event page on Facebook, or call 850-444-9299.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About Zarzaur Law, P.A.
Joe Zarzaur is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney whose firm is dedicated to promoting community safety since 2007. OUR AREAS OF PRACTICE: Serious Personal Injury, Product Defect, Auto Accidents, Cycling Accidents, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Products Liability, Wrongful Death, Boat and Jet Ski Accidents, Slip and Fall Injuries, and more. Licensed in Alabama and Florida. www.zarzaurlaw.com

Zarzaur Law, P.A. Sponsors Local Girl Scout Troop and Ocean Hour Florida on Project. First of Two Toy Borrow Bins Installed on Pensacola Beach.

PENSACOLA, Fla. (Sept. 11, 2019) — The first of two beach toy borrow bins were installed on Sunday, Aug. 25. The first bin has been placed at the kids play area and beach at Flounder’s Chowder House on Pensacola Beach. Zarzaur Law, P.A., a personal injury law firm based out of Pensacola, Florida sponsored the project headed up by Ocean Hour Florida and Girl Scout Troop 1104.

The bright blue bins were designed and built by Girl Scout Troop 1104 as a part of a Silver Award project and to help with the continued efforts by Ocean Hour to keep our beaches clean, marine life safe and reduce the plastic pollution in our oceans.

“There is a large bulk of left behind beach toys we pick up each week during our beach clean ups.” Says Jenn Deubler of Ocean Hour. “We hope these borrow bins will provide a place for the toys to be used and returned for the next child and reduce the amount of discarded toys that end up in our waters.”

The signage on the bin provides information about how to use the borrow bin along with the importance of conservation.

“We picked this project because we wanted to help the community by cleaning the beaches and saving the turtles.” Said members of Girl Scout Troop 1104. “We hope hope all the kids like the bins and use the beach toys.”

“Anytime our firm can help make our community safer, better, or more environmentally friendly, count us in.” Said Joe Zarzaur, founder of Zarzaur Law, P.A.

The second beach toy borrow bin will be installed near the Our Lady of Mission Church on Pensacola Beach on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 1:00 p.m.

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About Zarzaur Law, P.A.
Joe Zarzaur is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney whose firm is dedicated to promoting community safety since 2007. OUR AREAS OF PRACTICE: Serious Personal Injury, Product Defect, Auto Accidents, Cycling Accidents, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Products Liability, Wrongful Death, Boat and Jet Ski Accidents, Slip and Fall Injuries, and more. Licensed in Alabama and Florida.
www.zarzaurlaw.com

About Ocean Hour Florida
Founded in 2015, Ocean Hour Florida is a non-profit organization dedicated to defending our beautiful natural environment and wildlife by promoting a clean, peaceful and fulfilling existence through community involvement and education. The group spends at least one hour every Saturday cleaning a local beach or waterway, as well as educating and encouraging others to do the same.
www.oceanhourfl.com

Don’t Risk It – Don’t Post It: Social Media and Your Personal Injury Case.

No matter how tempting it is to post photos to show people how you’re recovering from your injuries, don’t do it. A judge might consider your smile for the camera to mean that you’re not struggling with any injuries or trauma. Avoid checking in to places on social media. 

If you want to update your friends and family, call them on the phone and update them privately. Consult with your personal injury lawyer before you resume your regular social media habits to avoid having your claim unfairly denied.

Insurance Companies Want to Protect Their Profits

The more that insurance companies can provide evidence of lack of injury and treatment the less they will pay out in settlement. How do they do this? By looking at your medical records, your medical history and searching for your internet presence.

Everyone is an Investigator Through Social Media

Prior to the social media explosion, attorney would warn their clients about surveillance and private investigators hired by opposing council to track their daily activities. Now social media has a much larger impact on a personal injury case, due to the number of people using it and it’s easy accessibility. Social media evidence has been known to be a deciding factor on the compensation awarded in personal injury cases. You need to be cautious of what you are posting on social media.

What about Echo, Alexa and Fitbit? 

Evidence from Echo, Alexa and Fitbit has proved admissible in court and lawyers have found ways to use it against client in court. Data from these devices shows activity levels as well as recordings from the voice command applications like Alexa. 

Social Media is NOT Private

Your social media accounts are NOT private – not even Messenger. Your social media accounts can be considered evidence and used against you in court. Material on social networking sites is discoverable evidence in any civil case. Never assume that your privacy settings will protect posts from being discoverable. The Stored Communications Act does not apply to social media, and there is no expectation of privacy in voluntarily posted social media content. It is also important to note that sanctions and discipline can arise from deleting specific posts, even if you think that there is nothing discoverable within the posts.

Recommendations as it Pertains to Social Media While Your Personal Injury Case is Still Ongoing.

1. Archive the content of your current social media accounts.

2. Deactivate or discontinue using social media accounts.

3. Adjust privacy settings to the highest levels.

4. “Beware” of friends – edit your friends list.

5. Become invisible  – make changes to your privacy settings.

6. Take down photos and untag photos  of yourself other than headshots.

7. Be cautious and think about how things might be perceived.

8. Don’t send messages, text, etc. about your claim, health or activities to anyone except your lawyer.

9. Preserve all computers, tablets or cell phones. 

10. Don’t post on websites or web group chats.

Full details on recommendations here >

Always Remember 

Something you consider to be harmless can be used against you by opposing counsel and be detrimental to your case. 

Joe Zarzaur, founder of Zarzaur Law, P.A., a Pensacola Personal Injury law firm, has created this blog in an effort to educate the many citizens and visitors of Pensacola, Florida about their legal rights. Joe Zarzaur knows the ins and outs of Florida law, and offers friendly-quality legal help whether you have experienced an auto accident/car wreck, have been a victim of medical malpractice or are in need of a personal injury attorney. For more information, visit: https://www.zarzaurlaw.com

11 E Romana Street
Pensacola, FL 32502
Telephone: 850-444-9299
Email: info@zarzaurlaw.com

 

Sources:

https://www.hg.org/legal-articles/social-media-and-your-personal-injury-lawsuit-38159

The Alabama Lawyer – July 2019

https://www.lexisnexis.com/lexis-practice-advisor/the-journal/b/lpa/posts/stored-communications-act-practical-considerations

Back to School Safety – On the Road and In the Classroom

August is when children begin to head back to school and it is also recognized as Child Safety Awareness month. This awareness initiative reminds motorists to drive safely on Florida roads as children once again not only travel on school buses, but also are very close to roads and traffic on their bikes and using cross walks.

Safety on the Road

“Keeping children safe as they travel to and from school within vehicles, on bikes, or on foot is everyone’s duty,” said FLHSMV Executive Director, Terry L. Rhodes. “Trends in the department’s data are heartbreaking and it is critical for adults to demonstrate safe driving behaviors to help reduce the amount of tragic incidents that occur on our roadways.”

In 2018, there were 130,055 children age 0 to 17 involved in a crash in Florida resulting in 1,438 serious bodily injuries and 155 fatalities. As children travel to and from school, motorists must ensure they arrive safely by obeying school zone speed limits, remaining attentive around child pedestrians and bicyclists, and properly stopping for school buses.

In 2018, there were
3,177 school bus
crashes in Florida.

Starting October 1, 2019, the Wireless Communications While Driving Law prohibits the use of a wireless communications device in a handheld manner while driving in a designated school crossing, school zone, or active work zone area. The law provides for enforcement only by a warning for this section from October 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019, after which a person may be issued a citation. Violators commit a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a moving violation, that includes a base $60 fine, not including court costs or other fees, and will have 3 points assessed against their driver license.

“DCF is committed to protecting children year-round, but we are especially proud to partner with the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles during Child Safety Awareness Month,” said Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary Chad Poppell. “Together, we can bring awareness to this important topic, ensuring our children are given the opportunity to succeed and make meaningful contributions to Florida’s bright future.”


Safety Traveling to and from School

1. Plan a walking route to school or the bus stop. Choose the most direct way with the fewest street crossings and, if possible, with intersections that have crossing guards.

2. Walk the route with your child beforehand. Tell him or her to stay away from parks, vacant lots, fields and other places where there aren’t many people around.

3. Teach your child never to talk to strangers or accept rides or gifts from strangers. Remember, a stranger is anyone you or your children don’t know well or don’t trust.

4. Be sure your child walks to and from school with a sibling, friend, or neighbor.

5. Teach your kids whether walking, biking, or riding the bus to school to obey all traffic signals, signs and traffic officers. Remind them to be extra careful in bad weather.

6. When driving kids, deliver and pick them up as close to the school as possible. Don’t leave until they are in the schoolyard or building.

7. If your child bikes to school, make sure he wears a helmet that meets one of the safety standards (U.S. CPSC, Snell, ANSI, ASTM, or Canadian). Research indicates that a helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by up to 85 percent.

8. If your child rides a scooter to school, make sure she wears sturdy shoes, a helmet, kneepads and elbow pads. Children under age 12 should not ride motorized scooters, according to recent recommendations from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

9. Teach children to arrive at the bus stop early, stay out of the street, wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before approaching the street, watch for cars and avoid the driver’s blind spot.

10. Remind your children to stay seated at all times and keep their heads and arms inside the bus while riding. When exiting the bus, children should wait until the bus comes to a complete stop, exit from the front using the handrail to avoid falls and cross the street at least 10 feet (or 10 giant steps) in front of the bus.

11. Tell your child not to bend down in front of the bus to tie shoes or pick up objects, as the driver may not see him before starting to move.

12. Be sure that your child knows his or her home phone number and address, your work number, the number of another trusted adult and how to call 911 for emergencies.

Preventing Accidents at School
Research shows school-age children are actually nine times more likely to sustain an unintentional injury—whether on the playground or in school—than to be the victim of violence while at school. In fact, an estimated 2.2 million children ages 14 and under are injured in school-related accidents each year, according to the National SAFE KIDS Campaign. Number one, is to avoid common school sports injuries as well as playground injuries.
Know Your Child’s Environment
• Talk to your children and reinforce the rules of stranger danger.
• Make sure not to pack foods for lunch or snacks that spoil quickly.
• Talk to your child about bullies and bullying. Explain to them what to do if a situation arises.
• Volunteer at your child’s school
• Create a family culture of trust and no secrets at home
• Teach your child common sense survival tips

If your child has been the victim of a bus or school related accident, it’s important that you don’t make any rash decisions. Instead, put yourself in the best possible position to receive the justice you deserve.

Joe Zarzaur, founder of Zarzaur Law, P.A., a Pensacola Personal Injury law firm, has created this blog in an effort to educate the many citizens and visitors of Pensacola, Florida about their legal rights. Joe Zarzaur knows the ins and outs of Florida law, and offers friendly-quality legal help whether you have experienced an auto accident/car wreck, have been a victim of medical malpractice or are in need of a personal injury attorney. For more information, visit: https://www.zarzaurlaw.com

11 E Romana Street
Pensacola, FL 32502
Telephone: 850-444-9299
Email: info@zarzaurlaw.com

Sources:

https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/seasonal-safety/back-to-school/drivers

https://safety.lovetoknow.com/Back_to_School_Safety_Tips

How to Keep Kids Safe at School

Your Child Is Nine Times More Likely to Suffer a School Injury Than School Violence

https://www.flhsmv.gov/2019/08/01/flhsmv-recognizes-august-as-child-safety-awareness-month/?fbclid=IwAR00Sxd5VwETx9PiTHp5Z9-zr0OUK4hW84Hbrl80D51LttWVgF6uP64szts

http://laws.flrules.org/node/7818

Call for Artists – Legal Graffiti Foo Foo Fest Edition

Zarzaur Law, P.A., a personal injury law firm based out of Pensacola, Florida, invites artist proposals for Legal Graffiti, Foo Foo Fest Edition, a 3-day live painting event that will attract locals and visitors that are in the Downtown Pensacola area for the Foo Foo Fest activities happening during the first two weeks in November.

Visitors can watch three artists work on large canvases on the same wall and using spray paint just like the traditional “Legal Graffiti” fundraiser events hosted by Zarzaur Law, P.A. during the monthly Gallery Nights. Consisting of three 6ft x 8ft vinyl canvases on the North facing wall outside of the Zarzaur Law building in Downtown Pensacola. Three artists will be selected. Each artist will create one original piece using spray paint, as well as artist’s choice of other mixed media / paint, and will receive a $750 stipend.

Legal Graffiti Foo Foo Fest Edition will take place Friday Nov. 8 and conclude on Sunday, Nov. 10 in Downtown Pensacola on the closing weekend of Foo Foo Fest. The final pieces will be auctioned off as a fundraiser for Gulf Coast Kid’s House. Submission is free with a deadline of Friday, August 30, 2019.

Artists must submit bios, concepts (sketches) and artist statement for review by Aug. 30. Final artists selection will be made by Sept. 9.

Artwork themes are to be positive in nature, community friendly and visually bold and striking.  “Wish You Were Here” mural

Please email bios (including full contact information), concepts (sketches) and artist statement (along with any questions) to michelle@zarzaurlaw.com by Friday, August 30, 2019.

Self-Driving Cars – Will it Help Reduce Accidents or Increase Them?

Companies that want to test their self-driving cars will have an easier time of it in the Sunshine State. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently signed a bill allowing companies to test autonomous vehicles (AV) without backup drivers. It also lets occupants text, watch video or otherwise enjoy themselves without running afoul of distracted driving rules. They’ll need to meet insurance requirements, but that’s about as far as it goes.

THE MEASURE TOOK EFFECT JULY 1st.

The ushering of a new era has begun where autonomous cars are reshaping the city, however some argue that the safety record for self-driving cars isn’t proven. The question is whether or not the technology is ready. Although self-driving car crashes are still relatively rare, there are concerns that Uber’s fatal crash and other incidents are signs that autonomous driving still has a ways to go before it’s truly safe for public testing.

Are Driverless Cars a Better Solution to Car Accidents?

Is removing the driver distractions, slow response and careless driving a positive change or will it increase car accidents and bring new problems to the cities and highways? Is an increase in better public transportation or encouraging more walkable and bicycle friendly cites a better solution?

Contentions aside, pilot programs are already in the works and cities like Las Vegas and San Francisco will soon see self-driving minibuses and minivans.

Are Autonomous Vehicles (AV) Safe?

The launch and testing of self-driving projects has been ongoing since 2009, with Google launching its public-facing AV, which would be a service that would help people get around.

Now there are dozens of autonomous vehicle companies testing on the U.S. streets. Companies such as Waymo have logged more than five million self-driving miles. The greatest strides taken in the self-driving industry have been by ride-hailing companies, who are developing their own proprietary technologies.

Can Autonomous Cars Drive Better Than Humans?

The biggest safety advantage to an autonomous vehicle is that a robot is not a human—it is programmed to obey all the rules of the road, won’t speed, and can’t be distracted by a text message flickering onto a phone. And, hypothetically at least, AVs can also detect what humans can’t—especially at night or in low-light conditions—and react more quickly to avoid a collision.

What About Detecting and Avoiding Vulnerable Road Users, Like Cyclists and People?

While programming allows the AV to recognize a pedestrian or cyclist, it may not make a decision that would prevent an accident. According to a May 2018 report from The Information, Uber’s vehicle did detect Herzberg before its fatal Tempe crash, but the system made a decision not to swerve. “The car’s sensors detected the pedestrian, who was crossing the street with a bicycle, but Uber’s software decided it didn’t need to react right away.” A preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board confirmed that not only had Uber disabled the Volvo SUV’s collision-avoidance feature, Uber’s own system detected Herzberg six seconds before the crash and did not brake until 1.3 seconds before impact.

Can Autonomous Cars Reduce Traffic Deaths?

According to USDOT’s information – 94 percent of crashes are caused by human error. This data would in effect provide enough evidence to support use of AV in reducing the number of humans behind the wheel. AV could also reduce the number of cars on the road to prevent fatalities.

Aren’t Smart Technologies in Cars Making Human-driven Cars Safer Now?

Sophisticated collision avoidance systems and other advanced safety technologies are being incorporated into new cars and buses to proactively minimize the risk of an accident. Many of these car safety features are new, and some call for more evidence indicating just how effective the new safety features are in protecting against injuries.

Self-driving cars are no longer science fiction and the technology being implemented into the mainstream is just around the corner, but will these self driving vehicles have a positive or negative impact on reducing the number of car accidents in the future?

If you’ve been the victim of a car wreck by a distracted driver, it’s important that you don’t make any rash decisions. Instead, follow the link to the car wreck checklist and put yourself in the best possible position to receive the justice you deserve.

Joe Zarzaur, founder of Zarzaur Law, P.A., a Pensacola Personal Injury law firm, has created this blog in an effort to educate the many citizens and visitors of Pensacola, Florida about their legal rights. Joe Zarzaur knows the ins and outs of Florida law, and offers friendly-quality legal help whether you have experienced an auto accident/car wreck, have been a victim of medical malpractice or are in need of a personal injury attorney. For more information, visit: https://www.zarzaurlaw.com

11 E Romana Street
Pensacola, FL 32502
Telephone: 850-444-9299
Email: info@zarzaurlaw.com

Sources:

https://www.engadget.com/2019/06/16/florida-law-allows-full-self-driving-car-tests/

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/florida-self-driving-car-bill-hb311/

https://www.autonews.com/mobility-report/fla-governor-signs-bill-allowing-avs-no-human-operator

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https://www.baynews9.com/fl/tampa/news/2019/05/27/-it-s-the-future—driverless-vehicle-facility-allows-for–real-world–tests

Top 5 Dangers of Self-Driving Cars

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Why Are There So Many Jet Ski Accidents? And How Can They be Avoided?

Many people choose to go jet skiing when they come to Florida, but unfortunately Florida jet ski accidents are more common than you think. When you think of Personal Watercraft (PWC), otherwise known as a Jet Ski, you think of fun, fast and loud…but what about crash? According to the United States Coast Guard (USCG), PWCs have a higher rate of collisions than any other type of boat and there are several reasons why.

A PWC is a vessel as defined by the USCG and subject to all the same rules and regulations as a 40-foot power cruiser. It could be that, due to it’s quirky handling characteristics, a PWC might require more experience.

Handling Characteristics

The claim files show that nearly 70% of PWC collisions are with another vessel, the majority of which are other PWCs. Inexperienced operators who are not familiar with judging speed and distances can suddenly find themselves on top of another boat (like other boats, PWC’s don’t have brakes and can take up to 300 feet to stop from 60 mph). PWC’s have several handling characteristics that make them completely different from most boats and take some skill to master.

Common Types of Collisions and Off-Throttle Steering

One of the most common types of collisions is caused by PWC’s inherent lack of steering whenever water isn’t being shot out of the stern. There is no rudder. Some newer models have devices that assist off-throttle steering, but the boats still have very limited slow-speed maneuverability and nearly no maneuverability at high speeds when the throttle is suddenly closed.

What is Off-Throttle Steering (OTS)?

PWCs generate their power by pulling water in through the impeller and pushing it out through the nozzle. The stream of accelerated water that moves through the nozzle also provides the steering ability for the vessel. A PWC will continue on the same course-even if the steering wheel is turned-once the throttle is off. Unlike operating a power-driven vessel-where slowing down or turning off the engine and steering through obstacles is advised-a PWC can maintain its steering ability only with the throttle applied. You must apply the throttle and steer away to avoid obstacles-once you release the throttle, you lose the ability to steer the craft.

Note: newer PWCs are equipped with off-throttle steering capabilities.

A study by the state of Florida showed that accidents due to lack of off-throttle steering is the second most common type. Typically, an inexperienced rider releases the throttle to try to avoid another boat, a dock, or a person in the water, and looses the ability to turn. Tapping the throttle is one way to regain steering, but it also increases speed (and severity of accidents) and must be practiced. In a few claims, a collision occurred because the engine died at slow speeds, rendering the steering useless. PWC engines must be serviced routinely and allowed to warm up before taking off.

PWCs are able to turn much sharper and faster than a typical boat and the forces generated by such maneuvers can throw a passenger or even the operator into the water. Smacking into the water at high speeds can cause serious injuries. For this reason, every state requires PWC riders to wear approved PFDs and most require safety lanyards that shut down the engine if the operator is thrown off.

Steering Loss as a Contributing Factor

With some models reaching 250 horsepower and speeds up to 70MPH, a personal watercraft can coast about a hundred yards in the direction it was traveling after the throttle has been released.  What compounds the danger of steering loss is the fact there are no brakes available while coasting.  According to statistics from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) 24% of the accidents associated with personal watercraft have cited loss of control or steering loss as a contributing factor.  In Florida where there are a high number of personal water recreation vehicles used, the number is far higher making it the second cause of accidents.

Injuries

According to the US Coast Guard, PWCs are involved in 30% of all reported boating accidents. And 36% of all boating injuries take place on PWCs. PWC collisions result in more injuries and deaths than any other type of PWC accident. And, unlike all other types of boats, PWC operators are more likely to die from blunt-force trauma than from drowning. Most often, riders strike another boat due to inattention, excessive speed, or loss of control. The collisions typically throw the rider and passengers off the boat, often resulting in broken limbs, sometimes from simply striking the water at high speed (Claim #9608267) Broken teeth and noses are common injuries after being in a collision, usually after striking steering bars.

According to the myfwc.com 2018 report – July sees the highest number of accidents with 120 accidents, 87 injuries, seven fatalities on PWC.

Florida Regulations

Florida has several regulations that try to curb personal watercraft accidents, but these regulations cannot ensure everyone is driving safely. In Florida, the operator of a personal watercraft must be over fourteen years old, and if someone wants to rent a personal watercraft they must be over eighteen. Also, it is illegal for someone to knowingly let someone younger than fourteen drive a jet ski in Florida. Every driver must have a cutoff switch attached to his or her person so the jet ski powers off if the driver falls into the water. Driving a jet ski a half hour before or after sunrise or sunset is illegal, as is weaving through boat traffic. If you weave through traffic on a jet ski in Florida, you are committing a first-degree misdemeanor.

If you’ve been the victim of a boating or PWC accident caused by another’s carelessness, it’s important that you don’t make any rash decisions. Instead, put yourself in the best possible position to receive the justice you deserve.

Joe Zarzaur, founder of Zarzaur Law, P.A., a Pensacola Personal Injury law firm, has created this blog in an effort to educate the many citizens and visitors of Pensacola, Florida about their legal rights. Joe Zarzaur knows the ins and outs of Florida law, and offers friendly-quality legal help whether you have experienced an auto accident/car wreck, have been a victim of medical malpractice or are in need of a personal injury attorney. For more information, visit: https://www.zarzaurlaw.com

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Pensacola, FL 32502
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Sources:

https://www.boatus.com/seaworthy/SWPWC.asp

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personal_watercraft-related_accidents

http://www.daytonajetski.com/rules.html

https://myfwc.com/media/20586/2018-pwa.pdf

https://myfwc.com/boating/regulations/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYqLXas8Uo0