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The Dangers Of Distracted Driving

The Dangers of Distracted DrivingDistracted driving, unfortunately, is pretty commonplace on our roads today and has led to multiple accidents involving other cars and drivers and even pedestrians. Distracted driving is when the driver is engaging in other activities that compromise the safety of themselves, their passengers, and those around them.

Many different distractions can occur while you are driving:

• Taking your eyes off the road to play around with the radio or navigation system
• Daydreaming or becoming lost in thought
• Listening, using, talking, dialing, or texting on your cell phone
• Rubbernecking- paying more attention to an object or event outside of the vehicle
• Talking or looking at passengers in the car with you
• Eating or drinking
• Adjusting vehicle device controls such as the windows, door locks, or mirrors
• Using or reaching for any kind of device
• Smoking- lighting the cigarette, ashing it, or putting the cigarette out

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 65,000 people have been killed in car crashes, and in those instances, one in ten of those accidents were because of distracted driving.

How to Avoid Becoming Distracted

To avoid distracted driving and to help avoid becoming a statistic, there are several things you can do while... ...read full post

Workers’ Comp And Auto Accidents Are Related

Workers’ Comp And Auto Accidents Are RelatedAuto accidents are a famous problem in Florida. There are a few different contributing causes: the large population in a relatively small state, the massive number of tourists who drive down to every part of the state, the many old roads, and even the geography of the state plays its part. Thanks to factors like these, Florida has more than its fair share of auto accidents and some of the deadliest highways in America. And while these statistics have an effect on Florida’s auto insurance rates, its impact goes far beyond just one type of insurance.

The Good News About Workers’ Compensation

The number of workers’ compensation claims has been going down in recent years, and that’s not just because of politics or legislation. It’s because workplace accidents are becoming less common, thanks to increased automation, better safety regulations, and safer workplace equipment. However, there’s one kind of workplace accident that’s defying the trend.

According to the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI), the total number of workers’ comp claims in American went down 17.6 percent between 2011 and 2016. However, over this same... ...read full post

When Car Insurance Meets Hurricane Season

 When Car Insurance Meets Hurricane SeasonHurricanes don’t hit Florida every year, but they show up often enough that both the people and the buildings that sit on the coast have to keep them in mind. Structures need to be ready for flooding, high winds, and flying debris, and people need to have a plan ready so they’re prepared for when a hurricane decides to visit. However, car companies don’t make their vehicles with hurricanes in mind, and so often they’ll end up totaled by the storm. So what kind of insurance pays out when that happens?

Flooding

Flooding is a major concern when a hurricane comes along, both along the coast thanks to storm surges and thanks to flash-flooding further inland. All it takes is one to two feet of water to carry off a vehicle, even a big truck, and you’ll be lucky if it’s drivable afterwards. This is especially true if the flood is seawater, because the combination of salt and water can cause a lot of corrosion is a short amount of time. If your vehicle isn’t a complete write-off from the water damage and... ...read full post

What’s The Point Of A Social Security Lawyer?

What’s The Point Of A Social Security Lawyer?At the All Injuries Law Firm, one of our major practice areas is Social Security Disability. You may wonder whether Social Security really demands a legal expert, especially if you’re only familiar with it as an income for senior citizens. It’s true enough that most Americans won’t need a lawyer to prove their age and get their benefits from the program, but there’s also a Social Security Disability program and it can be very helpful to have a legal representative take you through the application process.

What Social Security Disability Is

Social Security, in general, is a federal program that gives retirees a source of income. How much it pays out depends on how much you contribute, but in general it helps senior citizens live comfortably without having to rely on their children or other family members. Social Security Disability (SSD) is for a different kind of retiree: someone who can no longer work for a living because of a serious disability, whether it’s because of an accident or because of a progressive disease.

However, the disability has to be very... ...read full post

What Happens When A Swamp Tour Goes Wrong?

What Happens When A Swamp Tour Goes Wrong?Airboat tours are a popular attraction in Florida. While the state’s coasts offer lovely beaches, cruises, and nature walks, much of Florida’s interior is lakes, swamps, and wetlands. To see this aspect of Florida’s natural beauty, many people take airboat tours, and thanks to the often shallow waters that’s usually the best way to travel the wetlands.

Unfortunately, “usually” can sometimes be far away from “always.” From 2014 to 2016, over 75 airboats have been in reported accidents, injuring 102 passengers and killing seven. That’s not much compared to the over 12,000 registered airboats or the 1,000 registered for commercial use, but the words “That wasn’t very likely” are a cold comfort to the people who were injured or the families of those who died.

A Regulation Problem

One of the big issues in Florida is the fact that, while airboats and airboat tours are popular, the state has few regulations for operating them or using them commercially. Passengers don’t have to wear lifejackets even though the waters can get deep, and their seats don’t need seatbelts. Commercial operators don’t have to go... ...read full post

Stay Safe On Your Motorcycle

 Stay Safe On Your MotorcycleEvery day seems to bring news of another dangerous collision or serious accident involving a motorcycle on Florida’s roads. On August 18, a motorcycle and a semi-truck got in an accident on the Florida Turnpike, and you can guess which driver made it out okay and which one didn’t make it out at all. After all, car and truck drivers get the safety of sitting in a giant cage engineered to keep them alive, while all motorcyclists get is a pair of wheels, a set of safety lights, and a (frequently optional) helmet.

So if you find yourself out on Florida’s roads on a chopper, a cruiser, a touring bike, or any other kind of motorcycle, remember to stay safe out there and remember these tips so you don’t have to rely on drivers seeing motorcycles.

• Only ride with people you can trust. If you decide to ride your bike in a group, you need to know that you can trust the other people in that group. If one rider likes to mess around or try dangerous stunts, it can put everyone in the... ...read full post

Recall Notices And Liability: Who Pays For A Faulty Vehicle Accident?

  Recall Notices And Liability: Who Pays For A Faulty Vehicle Accident?The number of automotive recalls has gone way up in recent years. Partly that’s because some of the biggest national and international recalls of all time have happened one after another, and partly it’s because automakers are responding to these big recalls by being extra careful and issuing more recalls for smaller problems. Also, new vehicles are much more complicated than older models, so they have more parts and more software that can go wrong.

If an automaker creates a vehicle with a serious safety problem and someone gets hurt because of it, the law is clear: whether they knew about the problem or not, they are at fault for selling a dangerous and unpredictable product. If they found out about the fault and then tried to hide the problem from regulators and the public, then they could also face charges and fines from the government. But what happens if a faulty part causes an accident after the company finds the problem and sends out a recall notice?

A Recall Notice Doesn’t Pin Responsibility On The Consumer

It’s important... ...read full post

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NHL Players Are Suing The League For Brain Injuries

nhl-players-are-suing-the-league-for-brain-injuriesRetired National Hockey League players like Bryan Berard have been taking their former league to court in recent months in an effort to get compensation for the repeated brain injuries and concussions they received throughout their years of playing. Berard, in particular, suffered at least five concussions and went blind in one eye during his career, and he’s dedicated his lawsuit to his recently passed friend, Jeff Parker.

The NHL’s Problem

Of all the national team sports with a major governing body, the NHL arguably the most aggressive. It’s true enough that hockey doesn’t have a dozen people lining up to smash their heads and shoulders into each other, but the sport almost seems to encourage and glorify dirty tricks like tripping each other with hockey sticks and random acts of violence like fistfights. Sure, players who get caught doing these things will get sent to the penalty box, but the audience has come to expect this violence and coaches often designate players to act violent and disrupt the other team.

Because of all this violence, it’s no real surprise that hockey players suffer a similar level of injuries as football players, including... ...read full post