Thankfully, many of the millions of accidents that occur on the country’s roads each year are relatively slight and lead to minor injuries. But some who are involved in accidents aren’t so lucky, and major injuries can occur that lead to significant hardship including high medical costs and long, difficult recovery times.
Traumatic Brain Injuries, or TBIs, are among the most severe type of injuries that can be sustained in an accident. These are injuries that occur as a result of an impact to the head that damages the brain. There are also several different types of brain injuries, but most fall into either mild or severe categories.
Mild brain injuries are more common, but are often missed initially. They can trigger things like:
Confusion or disorientation
Loss of consciousness
Some of these TBIs may create symptoms that last weeks, while some may last for years. They’re also the type of TBI that can take weeks before showing symptoms and may not even appear on an MRI or CAT scan at first.
Severe brain injuries are much more traumatic and can have a longer, more consequential impact on your life.... read article
Being injured in an accident can bring a long period of recovery with it – one that isn’t always easy to manage. Overcoming the physical and mental wounds will be difficult, and making things worse is the financial burden accidents can bring with them. Most assume that their insurance coverage will be enough to help them recover without a major financial problem, but that isn’t always the case.
Seeking financial compensation through a personal injury case is a good way to help get the amount needed to avoid financial hardship, but even then it’s an uphill battle. A good personal injury lawyer should be your greatest ally during this process, and can even help ensure that you’re getting what you are actually owed from your insurance company as well.
That’s the aspect of an accident that surprises some – that their insurance company isn’t always going to provide them with the kind of benefits they deserve. Between insurance providers and the attorneys working to protect the person responsible for your injuries, there are a lot of tactics that can be used to demoralize... read article
Auto accidents are increasingly common throughout the country and here in Florida as well. From texting while driving to the continued prevalence of DUIs, our roads have drivers on them that are simply not taking the safety of themselves or others into account at all time. When you’re injured in an accident that was caused by someone else, you have a lot to deal with. Not only do your physical injuries and mental scars have to heal, but your financial stability could also be challenged due to the high medical bills, lost wages, and other associated costs.
Seeking financial restitution for your injuries is the key to getting the financial stability needed to continue your life and heal physically and mentally from the accident. Under Florida law, there are several types of damages that you may be entitled to and multiple sources for them. Learning more about them is well worth doing.
Your PIP Policy
The first thing to note is the PIP policy that all Florida motorists are required to have in place in order to legally drive. This type of insurance covers personal... read article
Marijuana laws are changing throughout the country, and in Florida this is true as well. In November of 2016, Florida legislation made it legal for resident to utilize marijuana for medical purposes. This may be highly debated still, but the facts are that people are now able to use it to help with treatment of numerous conditions.
But what does this mean to those who drive on Florida’s roads? Very little, in the grand scheme of things. Under current Florida law, those found to be driving under the influence of marijuana will face criminal charges just like someone driving while intoxicated on alcohol. Those who are using marijuana recreationally will end up also facing other criminal charges related to possession and more.
Even those who are legally allowed to use marijuana medically can face criminal charges, and those charges can lead to a fine of up to $1000 and even jail time – and that’s for a first offense. The reasons are obvious – cannabis negatively impacts your ability to drive safely in numerous ways including:
Reduced reaction time
Reduced ability to concentrate on the road
Lower perception of time and... read article
In Florida, dog owners are liable for any injury their dog inflicts on a person. The owner of a dog that bites a person in a public place, or bites a person while lawfully on private grounds, including the owner’s property, is liable for damages, regardless of the dog’s former viciousness and regardless of the owner’s knowledge of viciousness. However, if the victim’s negligence contributed to the biting, the owner’s liability will be reduced by the percentage that the victim’s negligence contributed to the bite.
This statute also contains another exception. If at the time of the injury, the owner displayed in a prominent place on his/her property a visible and readable sign, that includes the words, “Bad Dog,” the dog owner will not be liable - unless the injuries were caused by the owner’s negligence, or if the person bitten is under six years old.
“Bad Dog” brings us to what a dangerous dog is. Under Florida Law, a dangerous dog is one that:
- has aggressively bitten, attacked, endangered, or inflicted a “severe injury” on a human;
- has, on more than one occasion, severely injured or killed a domestic animal while off the owner’s premises; or
- has, without provocation, chased or... read article
Every single day distracted driving kills more than eight people, and injures over one-thousand in vehicle accidents according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Distracted driving encompasses texting, talking on the phone, eating, and social media.
In 2014, NHTSA data shows that 3,179 people were killed and 431,000 were injured in accidents related to distracted drivers. This is despite most states having laws prohibiting cellphone use while driving.
Liberty Mutual Insurance and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) conducted a survey in 2016 of 2,500 high school-age children across the country and nearly 70% admitted to using apps while driving, The teens were asked to rank behaviors they considered the most distracting or dangerous for a teenage driver; 29% said driving under the influence of alcohol and 25% said texting. Only 6% reported viewing or posting to social media as the most distracting or dangerous behavior for a teenage driver behind the wheel.
In another survey sponsored by the National Safety Council, which interviewed 2,400 drivers of all ages, 74% said they used Facebook while driving, 37% used Twitter, 35% used YouTube, and 33% used Instagram.
The AAA Foundation seems to concur with the other statistics finding that nearly 60% of... read article
Trucks can be dangerous – but don’t have to be. Whether you drive a truck, sedan, or an SUV, it’s crucial to be cognizant of common truck related accidents on the road. Here are the Top 10 Types of Truck Accidents:
1. The Truck Driver’s Error
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCA) driver error is ten times more likely to be the cause of an accident, than anything else. Error can be caused by driver fatigue, inattention, distractions, or substance abuse.
2. Truck Equipment Failure
Equipment failures can include design and manufacturing errors (defective tires or failure to provide reverse-detection warning devices); and mechanical problems such as improperly maintained brakes or tires. Although the FMSCA requires every truck driver to perform a pre-trip inspection, and to perform regular inspections and maintenance of their trucks throughout the year, equipment failure is a significant cause of crashes.
3. Jackknife Accidents
You know this one is common because it seems most mornings we wake up to hearing about a “jackknife trailer accident” on the news. This occurs when the trailer’s axle brakes lock into place, which causes the back trailer to veer out of control. Then the trailer is in danger of tipping over, while the... read article
Being injured can place anyone’s life into chaos. Recovering physically and mentally can take time, and along with the heavy medical bills comes the potential for lost wages due to time missed at work. When that happens, it’s hard to make a total, complete recovery.
Those injured at work have a number of different options that could help offset those financial hurdles, but not everything is as clear-cut as most assume at first. Worker’s compensation isn’t always as simple as filling a claim and getting money. But taking a closer look at some things could help you understand more about your rights.
Worker’s Comp Basics
Any company that has 4 or more employees is required to carry worker’s compensation insurance – though construction companies must carry it even if they have a single employee. It’s important to note that worker’s comp is designed to cover accidents no matter who is at fault. Even if the employee is at fault, they will still be covered. To file a claim, employees need to take a couple of basic steps:
Give notice of the incident within 30 days
File a claim.... read article
Drunk driving is often thought of as being the single biggest risk factor on Florida roads. And with good reason – millions are involved in a DUI every year, and roughly one third of all traffic related fatalities involve a drunk driver.
However, DUI isn’t the only thing that is making our roads less safe than ever before. In fact, distracted driving is quickly becoming just as big of a risk – maybe even bigger since more and more people are doing it.
Distracted driving can include everything from changing the song on an iPod to handing a kid in the backseat a cracker, but in most instances modern distracted driving situations are caused by cell phones. Texting, checking emails, looking at Facebook, and even taking photos while behind the wheel are becoming increasingly common and are changing the safety of our roads. Consider some of the alarming statistics related to distracted driving to see just what we mean here.
Of the more than 2.5 million accidents in this country each year, 64% of them involve a cell phone.
One out every four accidents in the USA are... read article
When you are involved in an accident that was caused by someone else, you shouldn’t be responsible for going through the financial hardship it can cause. Your physical and mental healing is already enough of a challenge, but when you add the financial burden of medical costs and lost wages it can be even harder to fully recover.
That’s why filing a personal injury lawsuit against the person responsible for your injuries is something that many need to consider doing. In order to receive compensation for your injuries, you have to be able to prove that the other person involved in the accident was at fault. This means that it must be proven that they acted in a negligent or reckless manner and that those actions directly led to the accident in question.
This isn’t easy for the average person to do, which is why turning to a personal injury lawyer is so important. An accident lawyer will use a variety of different resources drawing from their experience to help show that the other party was at fault and that you are owed compensation. There... read article