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5 Holiday Hazards To Watch For

5 Holiday Hazards To Watch ForThe holiday season should be a joyous time, but all the excitement and traveling can lead to dangers you won’t encounter at other times of the year. Holiday celebrations should never be cut short because of an accident or an injury, so stay safe when you’re at home or away and remember to protect yourself against the following dangers.

Vacation Burglary

Professional burglars like to target homes when everyone is away on vacation. This is because it gives them time to search the place and take everything valuable without worrying about interruptions. Since many people travel over winter break and during Thanksgiving and Christmas to see their families, the holidays are usually an active time for burglars. You can protect your home by avoiding social media posts about your vacation, installing a good security system, and asking a friend or family member to watch your home while you’re away.

Shopping Rushes

Stores of all kinds become busier in December. For many stores it’s because people are buying presents for their friends and loved ones, but even places like grocery stores get more visitors as people shop... full post

All About The Discovery Process

 All About The Discovery ProcessBy far, the discovery process is the most important part of a lawsuit before the trial itself takes place. Preliminary hearings and meetings between the two sides are important and can establish ground rules for the suit, but discovery is when all the evidence comes out and both sides get a chance to learn what each other knows. You can make or break a case during discovery, and the reason most lawsuits end in settlements is because of what comes out during this process.
Gathering Evidence
The first purpose of the discovery process is to give both sides of a lawsuit time to build up a set of evidence that supports their arguments. For example, if the case centers around a traffic accident this evidence could include pictures of the damaged cars, pictures of the people injured by the collision, a police report of the incident, medical bills, and a bill for the car repairs or a professional certification that says the vehicle is a total loss.
Examining And Cross-Examining Witnesses
Witness accounts are often just as important as physical evidence and official documents like the damage estimates. Witnesses who saw... full post

Can I Sue Someone From A Different State For An Auto Accident?

Can I Sue Someone From A Different State For An Auto Accident?With 8,436 of beautiful coastline, Disney World, the Keys, and other major tourist attractions, it is no wonder that nearly 95 million visitors come to Florida every year for vacation. Add to that the winter residents or “snowbirds” chances are you could be involved in an accident with an out of state driver. Also you could be in an accident with a driver who is a foreign resident. So how does that work when the other driver is at fault and is not a Florida resident?
When You Have Been Hit By An Out Of State Driver
If you have been injured by an at fault driver and they are from out of state or a foreign visitor you may wonder what your options are:

● Can you sue for damages?
● Where do you have to file your claim or lawsuit?
● Will they pay?

Fortunately, you do have recourse, but you will need the help of a skilled auto accident attorney.
Out Of State Lawsuits Can Be Challenging
In the majority of cases you can only bring a lawsuit in the court that... full post

Five Most Common Driving Hazards During The Holiday Season

 Five Most Common Driving Hazards During The Holiday SeasonThis time of year is usually filled with as much joy as it is stress. With the winter holidays finally upon us, it’s important to remember that auto accident rates increase significantly. In order to stay safe and enjoy the happy holidays, it’s important to understand the hazards on the roads. Here are the five most common causes of accidents during the holiday season:
Distracted Driving
Distracted driving is the number one cause of accidents year round, so it’s no surprise it is number one during the holidays. Whether drivers are looking at Christmas lights instead of the road, checking store hours and driving directions, or simply calling their families to coordinate holiday festivities, the facts are they are not paying attention to the road. If you are driving, make sure that you don’t get distracted by the holiday activities and take care to drive defensively.
Impaired Driving
Many of us like to indulge in the holiday spirits and there’s nothing wrong with that. However, if we get behind the wheel, even after just one glass of eggnog, we are putting our lives and... full post

Five Tips To Help Protect Your Children In A Car Accident

Five Tips To Help Protect Your Children In A Car AccidentWhen you’ve practiced auto accident law as long as we have, you’ve seen the devastation a car accident can bring to a family. It is especially hard when children are injured in an accident. Sadly, parents cannot prevent accidents from happening, but we can take steps to protect our children during an accident. Here are five tips to help keep your little ones safe in the car if the worst happens:
Always Use A Car Seat
Car seats can greatly reduce the risk of injury or death for children during a car accident. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends car seats for children until they are 4’9’’ tall. They also recommend that children under the age of two ride in backward facing car seats. Before purchasing a car seat, you should always check the make and model with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). On their website they have an easy form to help you find the safest car seat for your child.
Make Sure Your Child’s Car Seat Is Properly Installed
Also make... full post

Get The Most From Your Auto Insurance Claim

Get The Most From Your Auto Insurance ClaimFlorida has a big population, millions of tourists, a relatively small land mass, and just a few highways that cut across its length. All of that combines to give the state a high rate of traffic accidents, and so it’s always a good idea to remember your defensive driving training and stay alert when you’re on the state’s highways. However, sometimes you’ll end up in an auto accident despite your best efforts, and at times like this you should stay calm and keep the following tips in mind if you want to keep things from getting worse.
Gather Evidence For Yourself
No matter what happened, how serious the accident was, or who caused it, you can always help your case later when you’re filing a claim with an insurance company by gathering evidence at the first possible moment. The first thing you should do at the scene is make sure everyone’s okay and call emergency services, but after that you can use your phone to take pictures or jot down things like license plate numbers, driver’s license numbers, and insurance card information.

You should also collect any... full post

How Do I Sue For Wrongful Death?

Survival Action & Wrongful DeathWhen a family member dies as a result of recklessness or negligence of someone or something it is considered a wrongful death. Family members such as parents, spouses and children of the deceased can seek a wrongful death claim or lawsuit to be compensated for the financial damages and emotional toll. In order to be successful in a wrongful death claim you must be able to prove four key points: negligence, breach of duty, causation and damages.
Proving A Wrongful Death Case
To prove a wrongful death claim or lawsuit, the surviving family members of the deceased must prove each one of these key points to be successful and get financially compensated. These points are as follows:

• Negligence: The attorney of the surviving members must be able to prove the death of their loved one was totally or partially caused by the defendant due to carelessness, recklessness, or negligence.

• Breach Of Duty: The next step for the family members (plaintiffs) is to prove that the defendant owed a duty to the victim. An example is that as an auto driver we have a duty to drive the posted speed... full post

Judgement Proofing And Deep Pockets

Judgement Proofing And Deep PocketsAs a personal injury lawyer, your goal is to give your client the best settlement or trial result you possibly can. Not only is this in your client’s interests since it helps them recover after an accident, it’s also in your interest thanks to the contingency payment plan you’re most likely using. However, the settlement money has to come from somewhere, and individuals often cause more damage than what they can pay for themselves. That’s when personal injury law runs into concepts like “deep pockets” and “judgement proof.”
Judgement Proof
The term “judgement proof” refers to the fact that many people will never be able to pay a judgement in full even if the jury rules against them. For instance, let’s say an unemployed man with no insurance and no license gets drunk one night and crashes his car into someone’s front room. That man committed a crime and damaged a family’s home, and he possibly injured a family member in the process.

The man owes the family compensation for the accident, let’s say $100,000, but he has no insurance policy that could cover the damage and his net worth is... full post