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Auto Accidents Out Of State: Know Your Rights

Auto Accidents Out Of State: Know Your RightsGetting into an auto accident is traumatic enough, but imagine how tough it would be if you were vacationing with your family or on a business trip out of your home state? If you’ve gotten into an accident out of state, you may not know where to turn. Accidents happen often with out of state drivers, so there are laws that can help protect you. Here is what you need to know if you are ever in an accident out of state.

Will My Insurance Company Cover Me Out Of State?

Most car insurance companies will cover you if you are traveling in the United States. However, it is important to know that liability limits are different in different states and you are required by the state where the accident happens to comply with their insurance requirements and not the requirements of your home state. There is a good chance that your insurance company will not adjust for the liability in that state. Added to that, each state has their own laws regarding limitations and conditions. A good idea is to check with your insurance company... ...read full post

Can I Get The Video Of My Car Accident?

  Can I Get The Video Of My Car Accident?Even though you are the victim of the car accident, the burden of proof will fall on you. You’ll have to prove that the other driver was negligent, their negligence caused an accident, and that accident caused your injuries. Proving injury can be done by correlating medical bills with the timeline of the accident. However, proving the other driver was negligent and caused the accident can be a bit more tricky. A police report can help, so can eyewitnesses, but the best proof is a video of the car accident.

Video Evidence Is Indisputable

As the old saying goes, “seeing is believing”. When insurance companies and court officials view a video of your car accident, they can see for themselves your claims are true. Unlike written statements or verbal testimony, the video shows what happened without a doubt. It can prove negligence, the severity of the accident, and the severity of your injuries. It is the most compelling form of evidence and it can really help you win your case.

How Do I Know If My Accident Is On Video?

Nowadays, there are video cameras... ...read full post

Do You Really Need A Local Injury Lawyer?

Do You Really Need A Local Injury Lawyer? Florida is a big state, with a huge population. And accidents can happen throughout the state’s borders, leaving those who are hurt struggling to make a full recovery. While medical professionals will be vital for helping you get the kind of physical recovery you need to get back on your feet, it’s important to remember that you may not be able to continue financially without help either.

Finding a good Florida personal injury attorney is a very important part of trying to get back on your feet and move on after an accident. The right attorney can speed up the process of getting you your settlement, making sure that this settlement is fair and that it covers your expenses, and more. But what some may not realize is that you need to look beyond just a flashy TV ad. When you’re hurt, you need to ensure that you are able to get the kind of help you need from a local lawyer.

Hiring a local personal injury attorney might not seem like it is necessary. But it is, and if you take a look... ...read full post

Easy Ways To Help Your Attorney After An Auto Accident

Easy Ways To Help Your Attorney After An Auto Accident When you’re hurt in an auto accident, it’s not always easy to know what to do. If you’re hurt, seeking medical attention will be a natural first step. But aside from that, getting back on your feet often means that you need to take the time to connect with a personal injury attorney who will work to get you a settlement offer that will make it easier to recover financially.

Medical bills, lost wages due to missing work, property damage, and more. All of these are costs that can seriously impact your financial stability after an accident. But if the accident wasn’t your fault, you deserve to be able to get restitution – and filing a personal injury lawsuit is a good way to get that compensation. Your lawyer will help by speeding up the process, getting you better settlement amounts, and more.

Helping Your Attorney

However, while they’re a professional and will be able to take over most of the heavy lifting for you, the fact is that you can also do some things to help your lawyer get you the... ...read full post

Five Big Things To Look For When Choosing An Accident Lawyer

Five Big Things To Look For When Choosing An Accident Lawyer When you’re hurt in an accident, it can be hard to know just what steps you need to take next. Finding medical help is the immediate, obvious step to take first. But after that, you’ll need to find an attorney – especially if your injuries were caused by the negligence of someone else.

If this is the case, you may have the grounds to seek compensation for your injuries through a personal injury lawsuit. But you’ll need the right accident lawyer on your side to do so. Luckily, finding the right one isn’t as hard as you might assume. In fact, just remembering five basic things will be the keys to choosing a lawyer that is right for you.

One – Location

While you won’t have to show up every morning to chat with your lawyer, you will still have to visit from time to time to sign documents, talk to attorneys, and more. Having an easy to access location that is close to your home will matter more than you might realize.

Two – Practice Area

There are many more... ...read full post

Florida State Legislators Tackle The Issue Of Uninsured Drivers

Florida State Legislators Tackle The Issue Of Uninsured DriversIn our 30 years of practicing law in Southwest Florida, we have seen it time and time again. An innocent person is driving, gets hit by another driver, and is severely injured. Then when it comes time to file a claim, they learn the other driver doesn’t have insurance, leaving the victim with few options to pay for their injuries. Finally, Florida legislators may be doing something about this serious problem.

Florida Has a High Rate Of Uninsured Drivers

The state of Florida legally requires all drivers to carry of minimum car insurance policy that includes:

● $10,000 in Personal Injury Protection (PIP)
● $10,000 in Property Damage Liability (PDL)

Even though there are heavy legal fees for not carrying these required insurance coverages, there are still many drivers who do not carry car insurance. A recent study by the Insurance Research Council found that nearly 13% of all drivers in the United States did not have insurance. Furthermore, they also found that in the state of Florida 26.7% of drivers do not have insurance. This makes Florida the state with the second highest number of uninsured... ...read full post

Nonresidents And Florida Accident Lawsuits

Nonresidents And Florida Accident Lawsuits Florida is one of the most heavily populated states in the nation, with millions of residents calling it home. But it’s also one of the most heavily visited, and every year millions more visit for the beaches, theme parks, and more.

And while residents may be involved in an accident and get the help of a lawyer when seeking personal injury settlements, what happens when one of those millions of visitors is involved in an accident? The easy answer is that pretty much the exact same thing will happen if two residents are involved, only with a little bit of extra work – mainly for the nonresident or for the attorneys involved in handling the case.

Exactly what will be involved in the process of seeking financial compensation will largely depend upon what role the nonresident plays in the accident and the recovery. Taking a closer look will make it easier to see just what to expect no matter who you are and how you’re involved in the process.

If The Nonresident Caused The Accident

If a Florida resident is injured in an accident that was caused by... ...read full post

The Main Reasons You Need A Personal Injury Lawyer On Your Side

The Main Reasons You Need A Personal Injury Lawyer On Your SideBeing hurt in a Florida accident of any kind can be one of the most complex, difficult things that you will ever have to deal with. Not only will it directly impact your physical wellbeing, but it can have a huge influence on your ability to remain financially stable. As such, you’ll need to make sure that you take the right steps to get that financial stability.

One of the only options available for those who are hurt in an accident is to file a personal injury claim and try to get the money you’re owed through a personal injury lawsuit. And in order to do this effectively, you’ll need to take the time to find a good Florida personal injury lawyer.

There are several reasons that having a good personal injury lawyer on your side is so important. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the main ones.

• Faster Results – It can take weeks or even months just to get things started with a personal injury lawsuit, especially when it comes to getting a fair offer. With an attorney,... ...read full post

What Are Your Rights When You’ve Been Exposed To Toxins At Work?

What Are Your Rights When You’ve Been Exposed To Toxins At Work?It is your right to work in a safe place. If you are working with toxins, your employer is required to give you information on all chemicals you may be exposed to and their potential side effects. This information also should state the chemical’s use, how to handle that chemical safely, and how to provide first aid if exposed. If you have been actively exposed to or believe you are currently being exposed to harmful chemicals at work that have caused injury or illness, you may have rights to a claim

What Toxins Are Covered By Workman’s Compensation?

There are many toxic materials that are covered by Florida’s workers’ compensation including:

● Asbestos
● Lead
● Pesticides
● Mercury
● Silica
● Paints
● Solvent
● Acids

These are just some of the most common toxins employees are exposed to on the job. However, you need to speak with your physician to determine if your injuries or illnesses are connected to the toxins you interact with at work.

Can I File A Workers’ Compensation Claim If I Am Exposed To Toxins?

If your doctor finds that you have incurred an illness or injury as a result of toxic exposure. You will... ...read full post

What Can I Do If I’m In An Accident With Someone Who Was Texting

What Can I Do If I’m In An Accident With Someone Who Was TextingImagine you are running errands and without notice you see someone coming at you and they do not see you because they are texting. What happens now? If you are hit by a driver who is texting on their phone, it falls under Florida’s distracted driving law. This law bans drivers from using a cell phone to write, read, or send text messages. This also includes instant messages and email. Once you are hit there are some steps you need to take.

What To Do If You Are Hit By A Texting Driver

Once you are hit there are some assessments you need to make and steps to take. They include:

● Check the conditions of your passengers as well as yourself.

● Call the police and answer all their questions honestly. Do not guess and do not make any statements that could be seen as being in any way to blame. Make sure you report the driver at fault was on the cell phone.

● Get checked by a physician and your passengers as well.

● Get photos of the entire accident site. If you cannot, ask... ...read full post

What Happens If Your Auto Accident Was The Result Of A Defect?

What Happens If Your Auto Accident Was The Result Of A Defect?When an auto manufacturer or the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) discovers that a manufactured part or engineering design creates an unreasonable safety risk or fails to meet the minimum safety standards they typically issue a recall. However, there are some serious issues when it comes to recalls. First, in the state of Florida, the owner must register the product in order to receive a recall notice. There are many people on Florida’s roads driving vehicles and are unaware they are on a recall list. Secondly, manufacturers may hide the fact there is a defect to save money and protect their brand. Finally, they may not always know there is a defect until there are several devastating accidents

Auto Recalls So Far This Year

Since January 2019 alone, 37 million Ford products were recalled due to issues with faulty airbags. Fiat Chrysler had to recall 862,520 vehicles that do not meet US emissions standards. Meanwhile, Honda and Kia are recalling 168,000 cars with problems that can lead to engine fires.... ...read full post

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posted by Brian O. Sutter , in:
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What To Do If You Are Hit By A Driver Running A Red Light

What To Do If You Are Hit By A Driver Running A Red LightIf you’ve been hit by one of these careless drivers, the very first thing you need to do is determine the injuries of your passengers and yourself. If you or your passengers are severely injured, you need to seek medical attention immediately. However, if your injuries seem minor, there are a few things you need to do immediately to protect your rights:

● Call the police and file a report. A police report will be helpful during the claims process.

● Do not admit fault at any point.

● If possible take photos of your injuries, the vehicles, the intersection, and the view from each street facing the light. Photographic evidence is very useful to prove your claim.

● Get the names and contact information from any witnesses. You may need to contact them in the future to make a statement on your behalf.

● Contact your insurance company and let them know about the accident. Give minimal details and do not admit any fault.

● See a doctor immediately. The sooner you go to the doctor, the better as it will connect your injuries to the accident.... ...read full post

What To Do If You Are Hurt On The Job

What To Do If You Are Hurt On The JobIn the United States, every seven seconds a person gets hurt at work. For most of us, a minor accident at work will be covered by our employer’s workers’ compensation program. However, what happens if your injuries exceed the amount and time allotted by workers’ compensation? It is important to remember that your employer and their insurers are out to watch their bottom line. They may try to dispute your claim and claim that your injury did not happen at work. However, if you’re injured on the job, there are some things you can do to protect your interests.

What Should I Do If I'm Hurt At Work?

There are many ways to get injured on the job. If you do get injured at work there are some steps to remember:

● Call your coworkers for help, if you cannot call 911 have them do so. If needed they are also witnesses to your accident.

● Call 911 even if you are not gravely injured. You should be seen by a medical professional to determine the extent of your injuries.

● As soon as you can, start gathering... ...read full post

What You Need To Know About Trucking Accidents

What You Need To Know About Trucking Accidents Florida roads are busy – among the busiest in the nation. And while safety measure have come a long way over the years, the fact is that we are still far away from being able to completely avoid accidents. Any kind of accident can cause serious injuries and leave you struggling to get back on track financially and physically - but few accidents can have the kind of impact that a trucking accident can.

It can be easy to quickly be overwhelmed when it comes to a trucking accident, and just knowing where to start isn’t always easy. With that in mind, it’s worth taking a closer look at some of the main things you need to know regarding trucking accidents and a trucking accident lawsuit. This can help you get back on track and get the kind of recovery you need.

The Big Impact Of A Trucking Accident

A trucking accident is different from a passenger vehicle accident in one big way – size. The size and speed of a truck means that it can do serious damage to a... ...read full post

5 Of The Most Common Injuries In A Motorcycle Accident

5 Of The Most Common Injuries In A Motorcycle AccidentFlorida is known far and wide for its beautiful weather in all seasons. This is what makes it such a popular destination for those who love the outdoors. The temperate climate makes it easy to take a ride in the open air on a bike or motorcycle, but this can come with a price.

You Can’t Control The Actions Of Others

Protecting yourself and your loved ones while enjoying the ride means taking precautions to avoid accidents at all costs. Defensive driving techniques, wearing a helmet, and wearing protective gear are all aspects you can control to stay safe. You cannot control, however, the actions of another motorist. The negligent actions of another driver can change your life in seconds. How it changes can vary, from moderate injuries to loss of life. Here are the 5 most common motorcycle accident injuries.

Road rash.This is a common injury that occurs when a rider slides across the pavement after an accident. This is more than a cut or a bruise; this is layers of skin being removed from the body. It can lead to infection, nerve damage,... ...read full post

5 Of The Worst Auto Defects And Recalls Of All Time

 5-of-the-worst-auto-defects-and-recalls-of-all-timeAutomobile defects are more common than people think. Earlier this year, Subaru, Tesla, BMW, and Volkswagen were among several auto manufacturers who issued a recall to replace potentially deadly airbag inflators made by Japanese company Takata Corp. This is just the latest round of the airbag recalls that began with Honda in 2001.

The defect in this particular case can cause the inflators to fling bits of shrapnel into drivers and passengers when the airbag is activated. There have been 23 deaths and hundreds of injuries worldwide from this defect, and as many as 70 million vehicles will be recalled by the time it ends in late 2020.

5 Of The Worst Defects

The numbers are high in both deaths and recalled vehicles, but this is hardly the most terrible event that has happened in the history of auto recalls. Here are 5 of the worst auto defects, ranked from bad to worse.

Too Fast Toyotas. In 2009, Toyota had to recall 8 million cars for a faulty acceleration issue. The cars would accelerate suddenly, leaving drivers no way to stop or slow down. Toyota blamed this on a number of... ...read full post

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Don’t Let A Fun Party Lead To A DUI

Don’t Let A Fun Party Lead To A DUIBy now, everyone knows that drinking and driving is a reckless and dangerous act. Yet many people continue to choose to get behind the wheel after a few hours of partying. The NHTSA reports that there are almost 30 people in the U.S. who die in drunk-driving accidents each day. That amounts to one death every 48 minutes. Though the statistics have fallen over the years, our country still loses over 10,000 people each year to this tragedy.

The Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)

Currently, the legal limit of alcohol consumption when driving in Florida is less than 0.08%. A blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or more is all it takes to become a DUI. That might sound like a low number, but the effects of just a small amount of alcohol in the system can be dramatic.

A BAC of just 0.02% contributes to a slight loss in judgment, increased body temperature, and an altered mood. The effects on driving are:

• Decline in visual function – difficulty in tracking a moving target
• Decline in the ability to do two things at once – divided attention ... ...read full post

Everything You Need To Know About The Statute Of Limitations In Florida

Everything You Need To Know About The Statute of Limitations In FloridaWhen it comes to most legal cases, both civil and criminal, there are three words that every victim should be aware of: statute of limitations. These words can make a large difference on whether you receive fair and just compensation, or you get left out in the cold.

Though most people who are injured as a result of someone else’s negligence seek counsel right away, others are worried, afraid, or unsure what to do. Many times, people believe that they have all the time in the world to fight for their rights, but unfortunately, this isn’t always the case.

Statute of Limitations On Criminal Acts

Every state has statute of limitation laws. They vary from state to state and case to case. The laws are in place to ensure that legal actions are taken within a reasonable amount of time. When it comes to criminal law, the statute of limitations can prevent someone from making accusations against another party after a lengthy amount of time has passed. This can protect people from criminal acts they committed many years ago. Some of the... ...read full post