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How Dangerous Is It To Be A Pedestrian Today?

How Dangerous Is It To Be A Pedestrian Today?Florida is a major tourist destination. People from all around come here to hit the beaches, visit amusement parks, and more. That means that plenty of guests can be found walking around from place to place at any given time. Of course, tourists are not the only persons out and about. Many Floridians choose to walk from one destination to the next for lots of different reasons too.

Some residents do so to accommodate their green lifestyles. After all, every little bit helps when it comes to saving the Earth. Others use their feet to go places as it is a great way for them to break a sweat and get in some much-needed exercise. In this case, every little bit helps when it comes to losing weight and getting into shape. However, pedestrians must be on the lookout for potential dangers while they are heading to various locations. Why? Well, distracted, drowsy, and intoxicated driving are significant issues that take place in the modern world daily.

If a car strikes a pedestrian, the outcome is typically not good. Skin, bones, and body parts... full post

How Do I Afford To Hire An Attorney After An Auto Accident?

How Do I Afford To Hire An Attorney After An Auto Accident?If you have been injured by a negligent driver in an accident, you have probably incurred a host of accident-related expenses. The costs of a serious car crash including repairing or replacing your auto, medical expenses, missed work and no income, can add up quickly. If you are under these financial constraints, it may seem that hiring an expensive attorney may is unattainable. However, attorneys do not cost what you may think.

Why Having An Attorney Represent You Is Needed

What many people are not aware of is that insurance companies are under no obligation to settle for a fair amount. They have a staff of agents who are trained and whose only job is to pay you as little as possible to keep making money for their stockholders. Some ways insurance companies minimize payouts:

● Make an initial offer unreasonably low so other still inadequate offers seem more reasonable
● Misrepresent your legal rights such as telling you there is no compensation for pain and suffering
● Advise you that you will get less compensation and it will take years if you hire an attorney
● Waiting... full post

Protect Your Legal Rights After A Traumatic Brain Injury

Protect Your Legal Rights After A Traumatic Brain InjuryEvery year in the United States, 1.7 million American suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) according to the Center for Disease Control. Over half of these are sustained from auto accidents. TBI is a life-changing disease and can create serious hardship for the victim. If the accident is the result of another’s negligence, that victim is legally owed compensation to help pay for those hardships.

Common Damages Incurred From TBI

As TBI can impact every area of your life, there are often multiple areas of damages. Some of the most common include:

● Medical expenses incurred
● Lost income, both current and future
● Physical and emotional pain
● Lost quality of life

These can all be very expensive damages and require full compensation to overcome.

How A Car Accident Can Cause Traumatic Brain Injury

Trauma to the brain occurs in auto accidents when the moving head comes to a quick stop and the brain continues moving and striking the interior of the skull. This can be a result of the head striking the steering wheel or windshield. There may not be any open wounds but the injury can occur. Another form of trauma... full post

Teens Can Become Safer Drivers By Heeding This Advice

Teens Can Become Safer Drivers By Heeding This AdviceExperience goes a long way when operating a motor vehicle. While adults make mistakes behind the wheel, many times, they have the practice under their belts to correct the issues and avoid car crashes. However, teenagers don't always have the knowledge needed to prevent themselves from becoming involved in accidents. Parents go above and beyond to ensure their youngsters safe and responsible drivers, but sometimes, the kiddos make bad decisions from time to time.

When they do so, a collision can occur in the blink of an eye, which can leave them as well as people in the other car hurt. Why is this topic so important to discuss? According to Florida's Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there are more than 800,000 licensed teen drivers in the Sunshine State. That figure shows that there are a lot of inexperienced operators on the roadways. If one of them is at fault in an accident, other participants can be left with severe, lasting injuries that take both time and money to recover from.

You May Be Entitled To A Fair Compensation Amount... full post

Read This Before Running Right Out And Buying A 2019 Ford Ranger

Read This Before Running Right Out And Buying A 2019 Ford RangerThere are plenty of cars to choose from on the market today. Some people like purchasing Dodge, Chrysler, and Ram vehicles. Meanwhile, other folks swear by Chevrolet or Ford. Of course, there are also those that choose to go a different route with Cadillac, Buick, Kia, or something else. Regardless of which brand a consumer picks, the bottom line is that the vehicle is supposed to be safe to operate.

After all, there are enough dangers on the roadways, including right here in Florida. For example, citizens of the Sunshine State have to deal with issues such as other motorists partaking in distracted, drowsy, or intoxicated driving. In other words, loads of things can happen while persons are out on the open road that can lead to accidents. Unfortunately, these incidents are neither kind nor forgiving. Sometimes, Floridians walk away unscathed, but more often than not, they obtain injuries like...

• Fractures And Broken Bones
• Severe Burns
• Internal Organ Damage
• Whiplash
• Compressed Or Slipped Discs
• Traumatic Brain Injuries

Receiving Treatment Can Become Quite Expensive

In many cases, the injured party has to miss a substantial amount of work while recovering.... full post

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This Stall Issue Can Lead To Accidents And Injuries

This Stall Issue Can Lead To Accidents And InjuriesIt can be quite scary when a person's vehicle gets a flat tire or stalls out on a roadway. Motorists, even those here in Florida, are not always the kindest or most sensitive people. They want to get where they are going as fast as possible with no delays. Then, if someone breaks down in the middle of an Interstate or side street, it is not uncommon for other vehicle operators to speed past them without a care in the world. Heck, the drivers may even honk their horns, yell out the window, or give the person an unflattering hand gesture.

However, things happen, for whatever reason, and drivers are not always able to steer their cars to a safe location. Even with the most rigorous maintenance routine, parts and pieces can malfunction from time to time. If such problems occur out on the open road, and another motorist isn't paying attention, they could easily rear-end or T-bone the broken down auto. Car collisions are not particularly kind and gentle. Rather, they usually leave drivers and passengers alike with wounds such... full post

What To Do If You Are An Injured Passenger In An Accident

What To Do If You Are An Injured Passenger In An AccidentBeing an injured passenger can be frustrating and leave you feeling helpless since you were completely innocent in the accident. After an accident, you can be facing injuries, lost wages, and unexpected expenses. If you are injured in an accident as a passenger, you have the right to receive compensation to help with these costs. To get started, there are some steps you need to take following the accident.

Steps To Take As An Injured Passenger

If you are a passenger in a motor vehicle accident, you need to do the following:

● Seek medical attention within 72 hours
● Write down all the details of the accident while you still remember them
● Obtain a copy of the police report
● Get the contact and insurance information from all drivers involved
● Get the contact information of any witnesses
● Do not discuss accident details or injuries with other drivers
● Do not give a recorded statement to another person’s insurance company before speaking with a lawyer
● Do not post anything on social media about your accident, injuries or potential case
● Contact a personal injury attorney

From there, your attorney will take over and... full post

What You Need To Know About Florida Semi-Truck Accidents

What You Need To Know About Florida Semi-Truck AccidentsWhen an accident occurs with a semi-truck they usually cause more severe injuries than with a car. As a result, in the state of Florida, semi-truck drivers have to obey more stringent requirements to reduce the likelihood of catastrophic accidents. These requirements also make it easier for truck accident victims to receive the compensation they deserve if the truck driver fails to be in compliance with the rules and regulations.

Insurance Requirements For Semi-Truck Drivers

The State of Florida requires all drivers to carry at least $10,000 in liability. For semi-truck drivers, Florida requires them to carry $50,000 minimum up to $750,000 depending on vehicle weight. Those truckers who transport hazardous materials must carry at least $5 million in personal injury and property damage. In addition to insurance, there are some other factors that need to also be taken into consideration:

● Logo Liability: When a semi hits a passenger vehicle, under logo liability there is the possibility that the logo holder on the semi-truck can be held liable for any damages incurred.
● Crash Factors: Over half of semi accidents are not caused by driver error. Often it... full post

What You Need To Know If You Are Hurt In A Bus Accident

What You Need To Know If You Are Hurt In A Bus AccidentWith the improvements in today's public transportation, buses are becoming a more popular option for Florida commuters. Add to that, Florida’s high tourist population, buses are very prevalent on our streets. However, when you get into an accident with or on a bus, it can be very challenging to understand how to proceed. Here is what you need to know about Florida bus accidents.

Understanding Florida’s Legal Bus Classifications

In the state of Florida, commercial bus companies are considered common carriers and are divided into three categories: Long distance transportation buses, charter buses, and commuter buses. Long distance and charter bus accidents usually are high speed collisions and include multiple vehicles and often causing the bus to roll over. In contrast commuter buses usually travel at lower speeds and collisions are usually with another vehicle, pedestrian or a person who is injured as they enter or exit the bus. These differences also impact who to pursue in an accident.

Who Is Liable If You Are In A Bus Accident?

Buses are owned either by municipal or county governments or private companies. If... full post

Why You Need A Personal Injury Attorney After A Florida Auto Accident

Why You Need A Personal Injury Attorney After A Florida Auto AccidentEach year, the state of Florida averages 650 crashes per day. Most crashes are caused by intoxication, speeding, texting, and distracted motorists. If you are a victim of this statistic, it can be difficult for you to wade through the legal aftermath of an accident, especially if you are also dealing with your injuries and emotional trauma.

What Can A Personal Injury Lawyer Do For You After An Accident

People often make fun of personal injury attorneys, calling them “sharks” or “ambulance chasers,” but that is because many individuals do not understand what all personal injury attorneys do and have never had to use their services. For example, the attorneys at All Injuries Law Firm know every Florida car accident law and how it affects your case. They will know the proper county and court in which to file. We even know which counties will likely offer better jury awards and can determine how likely it will be that your case will go to court.

Reasons To Hire A Personal Injury Attorney

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Why You Should Always Seek Medical Care After An Automobile Accident

Why You Should Always Seek Medical Care After An Automobile AccidentAfter an accident, it is vital you understand how a body reacts even to the most minor injuries. Your body is not meant to endure the kind of impact even a minor accident can cause. Since most people rarely see the impact coming they cannot brace and prepare themselves for impact. What many people are unaware of is that the body responds to the trauma by releasing chemicals in the body to mask pain and injury symptoms. Some of these injuries include:

● Head Injuries: Without proper diagnosis, a head injury can lead to a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). The symptoms include: nausea, vomiting, headaches and can affect the person mentally and emotionally. Without treatment, it can worsen. TBIs can impact both your cognitive and physical abilities. Over time, these injuries often lead to people no longer being able to work and live their normal lives.

● Neck And Back Injuries: Damage to the muscle groups in the neck is commonly known as whiplash. The pain from whiplash is not often apparent until later in the day or the day following the accident. Symptoms such... full post

A Seat Belt Issue That Could Put Front Occupants In Harm's Way

A Seat Belt Issue That Could Put Front Occupants In Harm's WayCars, trucks, and SUVs are just like any other product on the market. By the time that they hit the marketplace, the vehicles are supposed to be safe for consumers to use. Of course, anyone in the United States knows that is not always the case. People have heard at least a little something about recalls associated with everything from airbags to seat belts, and more, over the years. Unfortunately, the stories don't usually come with happy, heart-felt endings.

Rather, the incidents often lead to crashes and injuries. Auto collisions are anything but forgiving. They are not fun, and nobody wants to be involved in them. However, sometimes, things happen, and the event is inevitable. Maybe an operator was speeding, not paying enough attention, or driving while intoxicated. Regardless of the reason the wreck, if the wounds that a person sustained were caused by a faulty part, the manufacturer should be held accountable for the damages.

Manufacturer's liability is a legal doctrine that holds manufacturers and sellers accountable for the harm caused by defective products sold on the marketplace. In other words,... full post

Be Wary Of The Tires On These Motorhomes Before Heading Off On Your Big Trip

 Be Wary Of The Tires On These Motorhomes Before Heading Off On Your Big TripSome families enjoy going camping or traveling all across the country to take in the sights, and they often like to do so in style. In other words, they don't pack the mini-van down with luggage and try to fit six people inside. Instead, persons go out and buy a motorhome to ensure that they have enough room for everyone and belongings. Plus, whenever the group gets where they are going, there is no need for them to rent a hotel as they already have a place to stay. 

Heck, some folks even use the recreational vehicles when they attend music festivals like Burning Man or Coachella. The units are a perfect choice for Floridians going out of town for Mardi Gras in New Orleans too. These examples just go to show that motorhomes can be used for a lot of different activities, ones that are both family-friendly and adult-oriented. 

Many of the models are big and hard to steer though. The driver can run into complications when attempting to turn into a driveway or make a... full post

Determining Liability In A Car Accident During Extreme Weather

Determining Liability In A Car Accident During Extreme WeatherAs we enter peak hurricane season in Southwest Florida, extreme weather will soon be hitting our roads. During this time, we see an increase in car accidents. Heavy winds and rains make our roads extremely dangerous and reduce visibility. With these conditions, it can be difficult to determine who, if anyone is at fault for a car accident.

Understanding An “Act Of God”

An “act of God” is a term that insurance companies use to describe accidents that are no one’s fault. For example, if heavy winds are blowing and a tree falls onto your car, it’s not really anyone’s fault. The weather caused the damage and since the weather is neither a person nor an entity, it can’t be held accountable. Many accidents during hurricane season are considered an act of God and are rightly classified as such. However, there are also many accidents that happen during extreme weather that are the fault of other drivers.

How Insurance Companies Manipulate Acts Of God

Insurance companies are not in the business of paying claims, they are in the business of making money. So they will do everything... full post

Don’t Risk An Accident: Review These Back To School Safety Tips For Your Teen Driver

Don’t Risk An Accident: Review These Back To School Safety Tips For Your Teen DriverWhen your teenager finally hits the age they are old enough to drive themselves to school, most parents have mixed feelings. On the one hand, you’re excited that your children are growing up and can take on more responsibility. While on the other hand you worry about their safety on the road. You are right to be concerned. Florida has some of the highest rates of accidents among teenagers. So it is important that you go over the rules of the road, so they understand just how important it is to exercise caution with their new responsibility.

Florida Teen Driving Statistics

According to the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Crash Report, there are around 15,000 accidents per year for drivers between the ages of 15-17. Of those, around 3,500 of these teenage accident victims are injured, and sadly around 22 die. Many of these accidents are caused by distracted driving, as well as alcohol and drug abuse. While the rest are generally caused by disregarding traffic safety regulations and laws. To help your teenager avoid becoming... full post