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Dangerous Interstates

Volusia County automobile accident attorneys.

In Volusia County, we have quite a few things to be proud of. We boast about having the World’s Most Famous Beach, we host one of the biggest motorcycle rallies in the country, and two of the most dangerous interstates in the country can be found here. Okay, so we can’t really be proud of that last part, but that doesn’t make it any less true. I-95 is considered the most dangerous interstate in the entire country, which honestly is not too surprising. Even though it runs through almost every city in Volusia County, from Edgewater and New Smyrna Beach all the way up past Daytona Beach and Ormond Beach, we are just a tiny part of I-95. The majority of it runs up through the rest of Florida and all the way to the edge of Maine, where it becomes Canada’s Route 95. Our little section sees plenty of accidents though, especially in the areas between South Daytona and Ormond Beach, where quite a few exits are found in close proximity.

The other most dangerous interstate is, as many have most likely guessed, I-4. I-4 is an interesting interstate because it is so short, yet so well known. If you travel from its beginning in Daytona Beach to it’s end in Tampa, without encountering traffic, it would only take about 2 hours. All along I-4, however, you are going to find delays in the form of traffic accidents, construction, and really just random patches of traffic. In some parts of I-4, especially in the heart of Orlando, you will find constantly changing numbers of lanes, exits built on top of exits, and plenty of drivers trying to navigate it all. Other smaller areas such as Sanford and Altamonte Springs will also have its fair share of traffic problems. Sometimes you will find yourself waiting in stop and go traffic for just a couple of minutes, while other times you will be sitting still for half an hour.

Not everyone on I-4 is all that patient though. When the traffic is bad enough, you might find some drivers treating it like a Mad Max film. They will take the smallest openings possible, cut off other drivers, and even take to the shoulders and exit lanes to gain a few spaces. They think they are crafty until they slip up and get in an accident, creating even more of the traffic they were trying to outsmart. Luckily traffic creates slower speeds and therefore smaller traffic accidents. In the more free flowing areas, however, the automobile accidents become much more severe. Speed limits can get as high as 60 and 70 miles per hour, and it only takes a small bump to create a large mess.

Even though most accidents don’t actually happen here in Volusia County, they are still a large problem for us. Mainly because so many from Volusia County use I-4 to get around Florida. Many of the big events that take place in the state tend to be in Orlando, from concerts to sporting events. So many people here take I-4 because it is a quicker, more direct route to Orlando, and it doesn’t have tolls like the 417 and 408. Many people are more than happy to brave I-4 and it’s traffic to avoid spending the money in tolls.

The same can be said for I-95 since it is the easiest for people to get around Volusia County quickly, it sees constant use. It is difficult to avoid either interstate and still get around to jobs and appointments on time. So Rue & Ziffra make it a point to show diligence when it comes to being Volusia County automobile accident attorneys. We help to represent countless clients each year who face injuries and damages from automobile accidents. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you find yourself involved in an automobile accident. As soon as you get medical treatment, pick up the phone and dial 1-800-526-4711. If you haven’t been involved in an accident, put our number in your contacts. It never hurts to be prepared.

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New Smyrna Beach Automobile Accident Attorney

New Smyrna Beach Automobile Accident Attorney

New Smyrna Beach is an interesting town because it is both a laid back beach time and a lively beach location all at the same time. It’s beach areas have that small surfer town fill, yet when the sun goes down the streets really come to life. Flagler Ave, which can be considered the main center of the beach and party scene in New Smyrna Beach, is rarely empty. Even when it’s pouring down rain you will find people driving up and down the avenue. They might not be enjoying the beach, but they will be enjoying a burger and a drink at one of the several restaurants and taverns. We could go on and on about everything that is constantly going on around Flagler Avenue, but that isn’t really what we are worrying about today. The main thing we are focusing on are the problems all this traffic can cause.

While this is all makes for a fun time out on the town, it also opens up the way for automobile accidents. Not just on Flagler either, even though that is a busy area. Truthfully most of New Smyrna Beach can be a traffic filled mess in the right weather. When the sun is out, the sky blue, and the waves are running high, it’s not uncommon to see long trails of cars waiting at a stop light on State Route 44, which leads to the beach areas. SR 44 runs from DeLand, down past Walmart, between Publix and Winn-Dixie, and ends near the beach. It’s no wonder this road sees plenty of traffic, and it’s fair share of traffic accidents.

Believe us, there isn’t much worse than planning a day at the beach, just to have it ruined by something as small as a fender bender or as large as a full on collision. When the roads are full of cars and trucks, they tend to also be full of impatience and frustration. Drivers start taking every small chance they get to change lanes, zip across roads into turning lanes or try to get past a yellow light before it changes.

While they usually will make their goal, sometimes they take too big a risk and end up in a collision. Not only does this cause more traffic and potential injuries, the results could be far-reaching if the automobile accident is severe enough. No one thinks of the months of unemployment and recovery that might be involved if they misjudge that tiny opening. That is why the law offices of Rue & Ziffra are so diligent when it comes to automobile accidents. We make sure our clients are represented by a determined New Smyrna Beach Automobile Accident Attorney that will get them the compensation they deserve, without waiting in line. If you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile accident, contact Rue & Ziffra today at 1-800-526-4711.

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VA Disability Attorneys

The last thing a veteran needs, wants or deserves is to be injured while in service to our country, receive an honorable discharge, then have to turn around and battle the government for your rights, the same government which you have been fighting to protect. The government can be an overwhelming burden when you are going up against the agency to fight for a claim to your benefits that has been denied. Don’t face the battle alone. On average, the first applications for veteran disability claims get denied, despite having sufficient evidence of a legitimate injury. It is best to go into the fight with a lawyer by your side at the start of the application process.

VA Disability Attorneys

What many veterans are not aware of is that you, as a servant to our country, are eligible to receive disability benefits from the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs. If you are a veteran living in the State of Florida and you have been injured or had an injury aggravated during active duty or while in service to our country, you are eligible to receive disability benefits. However, it can be difficult to get your application approved by the department, and going through the grueling appeals process can be daunting. If you approach the department with a lawyer at your side, they are liable to take more notice of your case, and to take your claim seriously. When you go through a VA disability attorney in order to file a claim, the chances of getting approved upon your first application are much higher.

If you or a loved one is seeking an appeal for a benefits claim that has been denied, let Rue & Ziffra, VA Disability Attorneys, stand by your side. At Rue & Ziffra, we understand the hardship that falls on our soldiers and veterans while in the line of duty, and how devastating it can be to not only suffer an injury, but to struggle through the process of making a disability claim. The denial of that claim not only adds to your family’s financial burden, but it can add to your emotional and physical stress as well. At Rue & Ziffra, our team of legal experts are in your community and on your side. We are here 24/7 to answer any questions about your VA disability case. Give us a call today.


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Road Rage


Many factors can come into play in the events that lead up to a nasty, if not fatal, auto accident: carelessness, distractions, failing to check your blind spots. Even when you’re focused and doing everything a good driver should, making the common mistake of assuming that the other drivers around you are paying just as much attention to the road as you are, can end up being an unfortunate mistake. Yet, there is one factor that we all sometimes hear about in the news. Though, let’s be honest, we never truly think it will ever happen to us: road rage.

Road rage is a real danger, and it does happen. In large, tourist-filled cities such as nearby Daytona and Orlando, road rage is a growing concern. During a morning and evening commute to and from work, a driver’s stress level can escalate without he or she being aware of it. Whether you have that meeting you’ve been dreading, your child was sick last night, or you had a particularly difficult fight with your spouse, all these factors can have an emotional effect on you. The stresses of your day that may lie dormant as you’re focused on work, can end up manifesting themselves in ways that you may not realize, culminating during a time when your stress level reaches a climax: when you’re behind the wheel.

More often than not, altercations between drivers have nothing to do with personal vendettas against one another, but rather, personal stress often often lies at the heart of the quarrel. This is why we see so many “crimes of passion” in the news, where adults who had no prior knowledge of one another, have been injured or even killed for seemingly senseless reasons. Acknowledging your emotional state and recognizing its cause is the first step to dealing with your stress in a healthy way, before you run the risk of putting others in danger. At Rue & Ziffra, we are in your community, and on your side. Together, let’s help keep our community safe.

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