Here in the Sunshine State, we have several highways and urban areas that are well known to be some of the most dangerous in the United States. Major accidents take place in metro areas like Tampa and Fort Lauderdale on a regular basis.
You might think it would be a wise idea to do anything possible to help reduce the odds of these major accidents, but it seems that some municipalities may have overstepped their due authority in the quest to make the streets safer.
Although it isn’t a “sure thing” just yet, there are several lawsuits on their way across the federal court system this November, alleging that Florida cities with red light cameras should be forced to pay back millions of dollars to hundreds of thousands of motorists.
Red Light Cameras A Double-Edged Sword?
Red light cameras might seem like a sure way to reduce speed and incentivize safe driving on tough Florida roadways. However, that’s not the way some attorneys and their clients see it.
The state of Florida receives about $83 out of... read article
If you are a Florida motorist, you probably already know that the law requires you to slow down and vacate the nearest lane if you see a parked emergency or law enforcement vehicle along the side of the road.
Motorists are expected to drop to a speed of 20 miles per hour less than the posted limit, or to five miles per hour if the limit is 20 miles per hour or less, and “move over” to ensure the safety of these personnel.
Needless to say, failing to adhere to the provisions of the Move Over law can get you in some serious trouble in the form of a fine and points on your license -- especially considering that the people empowered to enforce the law are likely in the vehicle you just passed by!
What you may not know, however, is that the Move Over Act has recently been expanded. The original law went into effect fairly recently, on July 1, and has already been amended to include more state, county, and local personnel.
If you’re facing a situation where you’ve lost a loved one as the result of someone else’s wrongdoing or negligence, it can be hard to know where to turn or what to do.
Wrongful death is one of the most tragic situations that anyone can have to deal with, in Florida or anywhere else. You need and deserve clear answers and steps you can take.
If you’re considering calling a wrongful death lawyer, take these steps:
Make Time For Your Own Grief
As important as it is to take action on your case as soon as you can, it’s critical that you allow yourself time to mourn in your own way. An attorney who is truly experienced in working with wrongful death cases understands that you need time to begin healing even while the case is in process. Reach out to family, friends, or community resources.
Gather Documentation Of The Situation
Whether the wrongful death was sudden or prolonged, there is some documentation -- and this is crucial to your... read article
When you think of trial attorneys, what comes to mind?
Most people don’t interact with trial attorneys on a regular basis. Their vision of just what such an attorney is like may be based on television, movies, or books -- among other media.
However, there is one word that comes up frequently when trial attorneys are mentioned: Aggressive.
Trial attorneys want you to know that they will fight for you. What does that claim really mean, though, and how can you prove it? Let’s take a closer look at this popular perception of attorneys and how it relates to your case.
Why Being “Aggressive” Is Vital To The Outcome Of A Case
When you have a court case in Florida, you want a team on your side that will strive tirelessly to protect your rights. However, you also need that team to take advantage of all the opportunities that might be presented to you.
Being proactive, flexible, and unwilling to take “no” for an answer is the “aggressiveness” that’s most effective for... read article
It’s practically a cliché that the law is very complex. Finding the right lawyer can be tough at times because there are so many things to consider and most people don’t need lawyers often.
When you are the victim of a slip and fall, you obviously want the best possible representation for your case. However, it’s not unusual for legal consumers to not know where to begin.
Experience, expertise, and personal traits are all factors in making sure that a lawyer is right for a case. Every case is different, so you should look for different factors when choosing a lawyer.
Let’s consider some of the most important “success factors” for a slip and fall case:
1) Legal Expertise Combined With Compassion
Slip and fall accidents are under-reported in the state of Florida and elsewhere because people who have suffered from them have a tendency to blame themselves. However, pursuing a court case is in a victim’s best interests, especially if there are medical bills involved. A healthy dose of compassion can help you make the best decisions for you.
2) Trial Experience
Trial attorneys can help you achieve your goals even in situations where a court appearance may not be necessary. Most businesses that might be... read article
Millions of tons of products travel across the United States in commercial vehicles like trucks every single day. Florida is one of the states in our nation with the largest trucking industry.
For the most part, these items get to their destination safely and without issue. However, the few accidents that do happen involving trucks make big news -- and they can have truly devastating consequences.
Out on the open road, a commercial truck is easily the largest vehicle most people encounter. Even the most brief “blip” in the operation of such a vehicle can be disastrous.
If you have been in an accident involving a truck, you need legal representation that will pursue your rights aggressively and not allow your situation to be “swept under the rug.”
Truck Drivers Are Held To Higher Standards Than Other Motorists In Florida
Anyone who wants to become a trucker or operate another commercial vehicle generally needs to get a commercial license. That involves training and... read article
Recently, the Florida State Bar and other organizations have issued statistics that strongly suggest there are “too many” lawyers in the Sunshine State. While it might seem somewhat amusing to say something like that, it has a major impact on people in Florida.
In Florida and throughout the United States, the last decade or so has seen a huge increase in the number of practicing lawyers. At the same time, the number of law schools has also begun to increase. This has created a “glut” of lawyers in some areas throughout the country.
When there are too many lawyers without enough experience, it has an impact on people who want to consume legal services. The quality of those services has a tendency to go down.
This is unfortunate, because in many cases, senior lawyers who have trial experience will be needed in order to protect your rights. Luckily, it seems as if the trend is finally reversing.
Experienced Attorneys Are Key When It Comes To The Best Legal Representation Around
While... read article
When people go to the hospital, they know that they might be dealing with a very serious bill that could have a long-term financial impact on them. However, the health system requires that people are able to operate with some degree of trust in hospitals.
A recent federal lawsuit brought against North Florida Regional Medical Center and two other hospitals under the aegis of the HCA company claims that people have been overcharged for medical services.
In this early stage of the case, it’s difficult to know how things will work out. However, it’s important that anyone who has been in an accident involving TBI understand the possibility of being charged incorrectly, even if the best medical tools and procedures are used.
TBI Can Be Among The Most Challenging Medical Situations To Diagnose Accurately
People are growing more wary of using hospitals, but it’s absolutely critical you get seen by a doctor if you have a TBI problem. Unfortunately, traumatic brain injury can be hard to diagnose.
When people think about automobile accidents, they most commonly think about the drivers of each vehicle. However, many automobile accidents include passengers as victims.
If you are a passenger in a vehicle that is involved in a crash, what are your rights? What can you do to protect yourself and seek damages that might help you deal with medical bills?
Any time you are in a vehicle, there is a potential for an accident -- whether you are the driver or passenger, in a private vehicle or public transportation. That being the case, it’s important to give some thought to situations that might arise.
In an accident where you are the passenger, you have rights:
1) Passengers Can Sue The Other Driver ...
Most commonly, the passenger might sue the other driver in the situation. This is a relatively straightforward legal situation that relies on demonstrating, to some extent, that the other driver contributed to the accident.
2) ... Or The Driver Of The Vehicle They Are In
It’s unusual,... read article
When it comes to an injury or wrongful death case, who is your major adversary?
It might seem logical that the person or entity responsible for the incident is the one you need to be most concerned about. However, for most people in Florida, there’s another factor.
That factor is your own insurance company!
Insurance companies work hard each and every day to avoid paying out claims in connection with accidents. Many insurance companies will do anything possible to “save” that money.
It’s important to say that some insurance companies are fair dealers. However, most large insurance companies are highly litigious, and they may not always act in good faith.
Trial Attorneys Are Your Core Allies In Insurance Settlements
When insurance companies decide to “push back” against accident victims, the best ally that an average Floridian can have is an experienced trial attorney. Trial attorneys have advantages in dealing with insurance firms that others lack:
1) Trial Attorneys Can Often End A Case In A Matter Of Days
Insurance companies know many trial... read article
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