Personal Injury

December 17, 2011

Ban on Texting While Driving

On December 13, 2011, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommended that all drivers be banned from texting and placing hands-free calls. The NTSB wants all states to enact laws that would disallow all non-emergency phone calls and texting by all drivers. Currently, nine states have enacted a ban on the use of hand held phones while driving including: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Washington, along with Washington D.C. and the Virgin Islands. Thirty-five states have banned texting while driving including Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, […]
December 13, 2011

Teen Drivers

According to the Center for Disease Control, car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States. Each year, over 5,000 teens between the ages of 16 and 20 will die due to fatal injuries caused by a car accident and approximately 400,000 will be seriously injured. In Florida alone, there were 29,482 crashes involving teen drivers of which 153 teenagers were killed in 2009. Teenagers account for approximately 10% of the entire United States population, but account for 12% of all fatal car crashes. Researchers give several reasons for this unnerving statistic. First, teenagers tend […]
December 2, 2011

Click It or Ticket – Florida Seat Belt Law

The Stuart Police Department conducted a Click It or Ticket campaign from November 15 -November 27, 2011. During this twelve day campaign, police officers issued 296 seat belt citations. A Seat Belt study conducted immediately after the campaign found that 79% of drivers wear their seat belts, up 6% from a study conducted prior to the campaign. Under Florida law, individuals are required to wear both a lap belt and a shoulder harness. Children under the age of 5 are required to ride in a government approved child safety seat. Even though many argue that it is no big deal […]
August 17, 2011

Hit and Run Accidents

According to the National Highway Safety Administration, nearly 700,000 hit and run accident cases are reported each year in the United States. Hit and run accidents account for almost 11% of all vehicle accidents. Florida ranks third in the nation in the amount of hit and run accidents with nearly 3,300 occurring annually. Under Florida law, a driver of a vehicle involved in an accident must stop and remain at the scene of the accident. Failure to do so may lead to criminal felony charges, revocation of their driver’s license, and/or court ordered community service. If you are involved in […]
August 6, 2011

Pedestrian Accidents

A recent study found that Florida is the least safe state for pedestrians. The greater Orlando area is the deadliest urban center for pedestrians. More than 550 pedestrians were killed in the last 10 years alone. The greater Tampa, Jacksonville, and Miami areas rounded out the top four most dangerous metropolitan areas for pedestrians. Nationwide, more than 47,700 pedestrians died in traffic accidents the past 10 years. More than 688,000 pedestrians were injured in traffic accidents, a number equivalent to one pedestrian being struck by a vehicle every 7 minutes. Pedestrians account for nearly 12% of the total number of […]
July 7, 2011

8 Social Media Tips to Protect Your Personal Injury Claim

Adjusters and attorneys working for insurance companies will utilizes any means available to gather information on an individual filing a personal injury claim after an accident. This includes using social media to gather information and evidence in order to minimize or completely deny a claim. Here are some social media tips to help protect your personal injury claim: Closely monitor all comments made and all photographs posted on your Facebook page or any other social media page.Make sure to set all accounts to the highest available privacy setting.Do not discuss anything about your pending claim on any social media website.Remove […]
May 13, 2011

Florida Law Regarding Dog Bites

In April of 2011, in Homestead, Florida, a 7-year-old boy shielded both his younger brother and a friend while being attacked by a German Shepherd. The boys were outside playing when a guard dog from a business in the area escaped and attacked the boys. In acting as a shield, the 7-year-old boy sustained several bite wounds to his head, arms, and shoulders. The boy is being hailed as a hero for protecting his little brother and friend. According to the Orlando Business Journal, Florida is ranked number 7 on the list of states with the highest number of dog […]
November 2, 2010

Car Accident Negligence and Injuries

Car accidents are notoriously one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Every year tens of thousands of people die in car accidents while millions more suffer serious or permanent injury. If you or a loved one has suffered injury or death as a result of a car accident, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your losses and suffering. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you understand your rights and plan a course of action. Some Sobering Statistics According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, someone in the U.S. is involved in a […]
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