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 13, 2011

To Sign or Not to Sign

Let’s face it, today’s economy is bad. Many people have had to find creative ways to cut back and lower costs. One such way is individuals who are seeking to obtain a divorce are choosing to go through the divorce process without hiring an attorney. Although this can be done successfully, it must be done with great caution and care. Emotions run high during a divorce, even when the divorce is uncontested and both parties want to obtain a divorce. It needs to be understood that decisions made during the divorce process will affect both spouses for the rest of […]
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 […]
November 18, 2011

10 Social Media Tips to Protect Your Family Law Case

In today’s social media world, the running joke is that a new relationship or a break-up/separation is not official until it has been posted on Facebook. People see their Facebook pages or Twitter accounts as an extension of themselves, and as such, discuss many private details of their lives on these very public websites. 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: […]
August 17, 2011

Tips for Co-Parenting after a Divorce

Going through a divorce is often one of the most stressful and traumatic events a person will go through in his or her life. However, despite this, when there are children involved, parents must continue to find a way to effectively co-parent and communicate after the final dissolution of marriage is granted. Below are some tips for co-parenting after a divorce has been finalized. Be respectful.Do not intentionally start fights or degrade the other parent. Remember, you have to work together and co-parent until the child/children reach the age of 18. Communicate. Effective communication is the key to successful co-parenting. […]
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 […]
August 5, 2011

Domestic Violence Injunctions

Under Florida law, an individual can apply to the court for a Domestic Violence Injunction. Florida Statute 741.30 creates a cause of action for an injunction against domestic violence and provides guidelines for applying for and receiving such injunctions. Florida law requires that there be a reasonable fear of imminent physical violence and that the other individual is capable of causing harm or injury. Generally, words or threats on the telephone are not enough. In order to obtain a domestic violence injunction, an individual must apply for one at their local clerk of court office. This individual is known in […]
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 […]
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