January 21, 2016

UM – It’s Not Just a University – And Why You Need It!

Most people involved in auto accidents believe they have full insurance coverage, but all too often we find that they do not. All that Florida law actually requires a driver to have is personal injury protection (PIP) which pays for your medical bills if you are injured in an accident, and property damage coverage, which pays for damage to the other person’s vehicle or property if you are at fault. Truly full coverage includes what is called uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage (UM), along with several other items. But UM is additional coverage that you must purchase for an additional […]
June 18, 2015

First Steps to Take if you are in a Car Accident

Nobody wants to think about getting injured in a car accident, but it can come out of nowhere and make you feel like your world has been turned upside down. Knowing what to do if this situation arises and following these simple steps can make everything less stressful. After an accident, pull over into a safe location and call 911. This will provide you with any needed medical attention and also create a report of the crash. If you need to be taken to the hospital, GO! While you are waiting for authorities to arrive on the scene, if your […]
November 19, 2014

Pedestrian Safety

Florida’s mild winter weather brings higher numbers of people outside to enjoy our refreshing, cooler temperatures. Unfortunately, there has been an increase in pedestrian fatalities across the United States in recent years, and a recent study found that Florida has the dubious distinction of being the least safe state for pedestrians. The greater Orlando area, for example, has been named 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. Here are some other […]
May 20, 2014

Bicycle Safety

As an avid cyclist and personal injury attorney who is familiar with the law, I was especially saddened by the tragic hit and run incident that occurred in February in Ft. Pierce where a bicyclist was killed. Whenever I ride my bike, in the back of my mind there is always the fear that I could be run off the road or hit by a vehicle and, along with most cyclists you will speak to, I have had my share of close calls. I never head out on my bike without carefully planning my route in advance, always attempting to […]
August 29, 2013

Personal Injury Protection

In 1972, Personal Injury Protection was selected for the state of Florida in order to provide the residents of Florida with an efficient and timely way of receiving benefits from their insurers to treat their injuries. The legislation that was adopted stated a driver’s insurance company would pay up to $10,000.00, despite who was at fault. Beginning January 1, 2013, changes to this legislation were put into effect. The legislation now requires that the victim of the accident wishing to receive benefits must seek treatment within fourteen days of the accident. A lack of treatment or treatment after the fourteen […]
April 13, 2013

10 Social Media Tips to Protect Your Family Law Case

In today’s social media world, people discuss many private details of their lives on very public websites. In fact, how often have you heard, or even joked yourself, that a new relationship or a break-up/separation is not official until it has been posted on Facebook? Attorneys working in the area of family law have become keenly aware of this and now use these social media websites to gather sensitive information and evidence to use against the opposing party. Here are some social media tips to help protect your family law case: 1. Make sure to set all accounts to the […]
February 15, 2013

Uninsured / Underinsured Motorist Coverage

Most of our clients involved in auto accidents tell us that they have full coverage. However, in many instances, they do not. Full coverage includes what is called uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage. This type of coverage is additional coverage you must purchase. Florida law requires that, in order to reject such coverage or obtain coverage in an amount less than your bodily injury limits, you must sign a specific form. Uninsured or underinsured motorist insurance provides you with an additional layer of coverage in two instances: (1) when the at-fault driver has limited insurance or (2) when the at-fault […]
February 9, 2013

Simplified Dissolution of Marriage

Often, we are asked what is the difference between a simplified dissolution of marriage versus a dissolution of marriage. The short answer is that a simplified dissolution of marriage is a less complicated procedure for obtaining a divorce for couples who meet certain requirements and are willing to waive certain rights. Requirements: Grounds: Both parties must agree that the marriage is irretrievably broken (i.e., nothing can be done to save the marriage). Residency: Under Florida Statute 61.021, a person must have resided in the state of Florida for at least six months prior to filing for dissolution of marriage. The […]
August 10, 2012

Warm Weather Triggers an Increase in Highway Fatalities in 2012

In the first three months of 2012, highway traffic fatalities increased 13.5%. According to an analysis conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 7,500 people were killed in traffic accidents, up from 6,720 in the same time period in 2011. Experts blame this steep rise in highway fatalities on two things: (1) warmer weather and (2) distracted drivers. Normally, the winter months see a decrease in the number of vehicles on the roadways due to unfavorable, and at times, extremely dangerous driving conditions; however, due to the unseasonably warm winter, more vehicles were on the road in early […]
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