Be Wary of Truck Blind Spots

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Just about every vehicle has a blind spot, including newer vehicles with technology built in designed to make it easier to detect vehicles that may be lurking in the blind spot. For trucks, however, this technology may not be quite as effective.

Truck blind spots are much more common as compared to the typical passenger car. In most trucks, standard safety devices cannot be used to improve driver vision in blind spots. These blind spots are substantial, due to the considerable size of commercial vehicles. Sometimes there are accidents caused by poor visibility in the blind spots of a vehicle.

Drivers may be under the false assumption that because of their height, truck drivers have a better view of the road. Although they do have improved visibility in terms of what’s in front of them, that’s not the case for the side or the back. Hence, truck blind spots are larger and more dangerous. Often these spots with limited visibility include the following:

  • The region right in front of the truck reaching as far as 20 feet.
  • The areas directly along the truck’s edge.
  • The truck’s right side is especially risky because most truck drivers expect drivers to turn lanes to the left.
  • The region immediately behind the vehicle, reaching as far as 30 feet.

Always be cautious around trucks and heed those warning stickers often found in the back stating that if you can’t see the truck mirrors, the truck driver can’t see you.

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Is Your Driver Emergency Contact Information on File?

crash-1308575_1920If you were to be involved in a serious vehicle accident, who would you want to have as your emergency contact? It may not be the most pleasant thing to think about but it’s important to have the name of someone you trust available. If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to strongly consider having a name on hand.

Florida drivers are not legally required to have an emergency contact listed on their license, but there are perhaps few reasons why you wouldn’t want to have one. With factors like Florida’s notoriety for its not so experienced drivers and the seemingly random storms in the afternoons, driving is always a risk.

First responders across Florida can access a program called the Florida Crime Information Center, or simply FCIC. With the FCIC, law enforcement officers can look up a driver’s license and information using those computers you may have seen in police vehicles. This information all pertinent contact information and, if it’s been added, the information for the driver’s emergency contact.

There are scenarios where a driver may sustain an injury so serious that they are unable to tell the first responder the information for the next of kin or who to contact.

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Turn Signals Go a Long Way

jumpstory-download20200811-141407The turn signal (aka the blinker) has been a common vehicle feature since the late 1930s. However, if you’ve done any driving in South Florida, you’ll notice many drivers seemingly don’t take advantage of it. The turn signal indicates to other drivers that the driver wants to move to another lane or that they will be turning soon. It can play a major role in avoiding a potential crash, while also lessening the odds of road rage. Most drivers know how irksome it can be when someone decides to turn or move into your lane without warning. What some Florida drivers may not know is the following: the use of turn signals is mandated by law.

The issue of “turning signal neglect” remains a big issue. Drivers who do not use their turn signals contribute to numerous collisions and they make the roads more dangerous for all. The problem may be as bad as another common issue plaguing drivers: distracted driving.

Drivers may think that if they fire up the turn signal, nearby vehicles will choose to accelerate so that the driver looking to move to another lane cannot get in front of them or cut them off. It’s typical to notice cases of road rage emerge due to a driver deliberately speeding up to keep another driver from coming into the lane despite the turn signal being used. While such scenarios cannot be prevented, the majority of drivers will allow the vehicle to move into the lane provided the turn signal has been used with enough time. With the use of signals, the roads become a little safer for everyone.

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Recent License Requirements Make It Harder for Immigrants

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Countless numbers of immigrants without documentation that are legally able to drive may find themselves unable to obtain driver license following Florida’s recent changes to the identification requirements that need to be met in order to get a license.

During the month of May, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles upped its requirements detailing what certain immigrants need to provide in order to receive their driver licenses. The new requirements make it especially hard for soon to be deported people to get a license.

People with pending deportation proceedings have been able to get a driver’s license prior to May 11 as long as they had a court record showing they had a potential hearing date. Currently, when applying for or renewing a visa (which may be valid for immigrants for up to four years) they need to present a valid passport that is not expired and an I-94 form, the federal document confirming that the persons entered the United States through legal means.

To read more, visit https://www.miamiherald.com/ news/local/immigration/ article244408367.html .

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Factors That Contribute To Speeding

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As if it wasn’t obvious already, speeding jeopardizes everyone on the road.

Drivers speed for numerous reasons. Sometimes it’s a pure habit, and other times it is a race against time. Miami residents are well aware of the infamous rush hour. Juggling busy schedules and other frustrations, most try to avoid rush hour by speeding when commuting to and from our daily duties. But did you know that in 2019 there were a total of 64,627 collisions in Miami-Dade County?

Overconfidence is another contributing factor that leads to people speeding. When one is familiar with a route, they tend to be less attentive to the road and more inclined to speed.

Human emotions play a role as to why people speed. Some drivers find it thrilling to speed and the “adrenaline rush” gained from it. Naturally, humans crave excitement and can become addicted to getting this rush.

Drugs and alcohol are also attributed to speeding. The effects of specific drugs also give people an adrenaline rush leading them to speed and drive more recklessly.

Among various factors in why people speed, it’s important to realize your habits and know that it puts everyone on the road including yourself in harm’s way.

Speeding is illegal, in minor cases, you will receive a speeding ticket or fine. In more severe cases other punishments will be issued.

Speed limits and traffic laws differ in states and certain territories; get informed with your traffic laws and always be mindful of yourself and others while on the road.

This update is brought to you by the Miami traffic ticket lawyer team of Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and are ready to answer your questions. Please call 305-515-5849 to speak with a Miami speeding ticket lawyer today.

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Common Issues with Breathalyzers

test-337369_1920Here’s a fact many Florida drivers may not be familiar with: upon receiving the driver’s license, you are agreeing to submit to a breathalyzer test should a law enforcement officer request one.

Should you be arrested in the state of Florida for a DUI, a police officer should have read you the implied consent warning reinforcing that your driver’s license may be suspended for an initial refusal or eighteen months in the event of a second refusal.

This step of the DUI process may seem intimidating and choose to undergo a breath test. Should the test deliver results showing that BAC was above the legal limit, they may be admissible in trial, making the prosecution lawyer’s task far harder. When all functions well with the breathalyzer then it can be a reasonably reliable calculation, which is why it is admissible in a court of law, but there are ways a DUI defense lawyer may also target the results.

Beyond the calibration, a law enforcement officer should observe you for 20 minutes prior to blowing into the breathalyzer. That may help or hinder your results, based on the length of time since your last drink. When the observation period is not reported, the findings may be dismissed; when they skip the observation period or cut it short, the findings may be distorted.

To read more, visit https://southfloridareporter.com/3-common-problems-with-florida-breathalyzers/.

This update is brought to you by the Miami traffic ticket lawyer team of Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and are ready to answer your questions. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a Miami speeding ticket lawyer today.

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Florida Gas Prices Have Significantly Plunged

fuel-1596622_1920If it seems like there hasn’t been a lot of positive news lately, South Florida drivers may be pleased to hear the following: gas prices across Florida are at their lowest in sixteen years. Pump prices have dropped now that there are fewer drivers on the roads.

According to AAA, Florida motorists are paying about $2.10 a gallon for regular unleaded gas. That number is in stark contrast to the past when, during July 2008, the same regular unleaded gas was averaging a whopping $4.11 per gallon. Last year, the numbers hovered around $2.77. Per AAA, the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas in what it deems the Miami metro area is around $2.09, while the metro area of Broward and Fort Lauderdale metro is currently about $2.12.

One of the least expensive places to get gas in Florida is in Orlando, where a gallon is currently hovering around $2.07. As for the highest, that distinction goes to the West Palm Beach and Boca Raton metro area where prices for regular unleaded gas are $2.20 per gallon.

To read more, visit https://www.local10.com/news/local/2020/07/13/cheap-gas-continues-as-florida-drivers-pay-lowest-prices-at-pump-in-16-years/.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic ticket lawyer Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and we are ready to answer your questions and help you fight your ticket. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak about Miami civil traffic tickets.

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DUI Arrest Raises Potential Questions About Vehicles

ingo-doerrie-s664bXr_5E0-unsplashA Florida man recently made the news after being arrested for allegedly driving under the influence (DUI). While yet another DUI arrest in Florida is nothing new, the vehicle the man was caught driving is not the standard automobile. Instead, the man was driving a lawnmower. According to the news article, it was the sixth time the man was arrested for DUI but marked the first time he did so on a lawnmower.

Depending on your familiarity with Florida law, you may be wondering how someone could be arrested for driving a lawnmower. However, if you do some research, you’ll find that what constitutes a “vehicle” is broad. Besides common vehicles like a scooter, there is the possibility of being arrested if you are intoxicated and are caught riding or driving or something like a golf cart, an all-terrain vehicle, and—although potentially rare—a horse.

Always make sure you’re driving sober and following the Florida laws, whether it’s a standard automobile or even a lawnmower. To read more about the Florida man, please visit https://www.fox13news.com/news/holmes-beach-mans-dui-arrest-is-his-sixth-but-first-one-on-a-lawn-mower.

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Breathalyzer Results May Be Challenged

unnamedIn the event you are pulled over for being suspected of driving under the influence (DUI), chances are you’ll be asked to take a breathalyzer so that the law enforcement officer can determine whether your blood alcohol concentration exceeds the legal limit. If it is higher, you may be arrested and be charged with DUI.

Because breathalyzer results are a major piece of evidence in your DUI case, you may believe there is no way to defend yourself. However, there may be scenarios where the breathalyzer’s accuracy or admissibility may be challenged.

For example, the breathalyzer may not have been calibrated or cleaned properly. Results can vary based on when the device was last calibrated. Hence, a device that is off by .03 grams could be a major factor proving that you were below the legal limit. It’s also important that the officer who administered the breathalyzer has been thoroughly trained in its proper use. If the officer failed to administer the breathalyzer the way they were legally supposed to, the results may be challenged due to a potential lack of accuracy.

A DUI lawyer is a useful resource in helping you fight your DUI case.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic ticket lawyer Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and we are ready to answer your questions and help you fight your ticket. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a Miami expungement attorney. This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.

 

Florida Makes the List of Worst Drivers

logan-driskell-Jay_nrtCjYI-unsplashThe website SmartAsset recently released its 2020 report naming the states with the worst drivers. While Florida didn’t earn the top spot, it still managed to earn the dubious honor of being named among the top ten, coming in at a fourth place. The top three spots were taken by Mississippi, Nevada, and Tennessee, respectively.

Among the study, Florida had the lowest rate of drivers cruising the roads with insurance at just over seventy percent. Interestingly, the state also came in tenth highest in Google searches related to tickets.

Several distinct metrics were used to determine the list of states with the worst drivers. Among the items taken into consideration were the percentage of insured drivers, how many driving under the influence (DUI) arrests there were for every 1,000 drivers, the amount of fatal accidents per 100 million miles that were driven, and how often locals were using Google to search for terms like “speeding ticket” or “traffic ticket”.

The full SmartAsset report including the rankings for all fifty states can be viewed at the following link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/states-worst-drivers-2020-edition-110036757.html.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic ticket lawyer Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and we are ready to answer your questions and help you fight your ticket. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a Miami expungement attorney.

This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.