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Is It Safe To Ride Next To A Commercial Truck?

Is It Safe To Ride Next To A Commercial Truck?A person cannot honestly know how horrific and terrifying a trucking accident is unless they have been involved in one. Due to the massive size of eighteen-wheelers, the incidents are often worse than fender benders between standard cars and trucks. Any type of collision can have devastating consequences though. So, it is in the best interests of everyone on Florida highways for all motorists to utilize safe driving practices.

For instance, there is no need to speed every time you find yourself behind the wheel. Speed limit signs are in place for a reason, which is not to help police officers meet their ticket quota. Instead, they keep people safe by preventing folks from taking curves a little too fast, stopping them from barreling down the open road, and nip driving through residential areas at excessive speeds in the bud. It is also a good idea to put some space between your car and a commercial truck.

Aside from their sheer size being intimidating, various things can happen on occasion, which may lead to a collision. A study by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration... read article

Attorney M David Shapiro

6 Ways Insurance Adjusters Might Try To Influence Your Settlement

 6 Ways Insurance Adjusters Might Try To Influence Your SettlementWhile insurance companies may want clients to think they’re on their side, it’s important to remember that they’re really on the side of their bottom line. For this reason, it’s not uncommon for insurance companies to have tricky strategies they may use to delegitimize or lower your car accident settlement, and it’s not uncommon for injured motorists to walk right into these strategies unawares. Typically, your personal injury attorney will be there to warn you what to do, and what not to do, after you’ve been in a car accident, but it’s never a bad idea to know what to look for yourself. 6 ways insurance adjusters might try to influence your settlement are:

• Little communication – While it’s true that an insurance adjuster may be working as many as 100 cases at a time, there’s also a bit of strategy put into difficulty in communication. You may have questions after an accident, and you find that you can’t get a hold of your adjuster as you play a never-ending game of phone tag. In some cases, the insurance adjuster may... read article

Attorney David L Goldman

Drivers And Passengers Are Not The Only People In Danger From Car Crashes

 Drivers And Passengers Are Not The Only People In Danger From Car CrashesWhen people think of car crashes, the first images that pop into their mind are those of mangled vehicles along with injured drivers and passengers. In a lot of cases, the pictures ring true as these folks receive much of the damage. Auto accidents are anything but forgiving, and they leave these commuters with injuries such as...

• Broken Or Fractured Bones
• Cuts, Bruises, And Burns
• Partial Or Full Paralysis
• Traumatic Brain Injuries
• Loss Of Life

However, sometimes, other parties become entangled in car crashes as well. On many occasions, pedestrians get caught in the cross-hairs. Research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that 5,376 walkers lost their lives in traffic accidents in 2015. Additionally, the study shows that approximately 129,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency rooms for crash-related injuries during the same period.

Hence, unless drivers and pedestrians start paying more attention to what they are doing, it is plausible to say that strikes will increase as well. As if these issues weren't enough, there is still more. A study by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center... read article

Attorney Bernard F Walsh

Dos And Don'ts Of Driving To Prevent Auto Accidents

Dos And Don'ts Of Driving To Prevent Auto AccidentsMany motor vehicle operators partake in activities that they shouldn't while driving. Even if the actions don't seem like too big of a deal, they take the drivers attention away from the road, which increases their chances of being involved in an auto accident. The incidents are not fair to the other motorists practicing safe driving as they can become involved in the collision as well. However, even the safest practices are not always enough to keep car crashes at bay. Still, read further to discover some of the things you should do, along with some of the things that you shouldn't, to stay safe and secure on our Florida roadways. 

Know Where To Get Legal Assistance When Auto Accidents Occur
If you or a loved one become injured in a crash, you may be entitled to a fair compensation amount for the damages. Proving fault in these situations can be quite tricky, but luckily, our firm is here to help. The team will obtain witness testimonies, police reports, and other pieces of evidence to build the strongest case possible. Personal injury cases are paid... read article

Attorney Stephen Fernandez

The Future Of Your Career After A Motorcycle Accident

The Future Of Your Career After A Motorcycle AccidentAccording to The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute, for every mile traveled the number of deaths on a motorcycle are 29 times higher than in a car. While many drive safely and enjoy a long life of riding, there are others who experience death or serious injury resulting from a Florida motorcycle crash. With so little protecting a person on a motorcycle from the impact of the road beneath them or with another vehicle or obstacle, it’s easy to see how motorcycle accidents so often result in serious consequences.

When a person has been in a motorcycle accident, there is a solid chance that their life may change permanently from that moment on. This means a change to one’s career and their earning potential for the rest of their lives. After being in this type of accident due to another person’s negligence, a motorcyclist may be entitled to compensation to make up for these lost wages due to a lost career.
Traumatic Brain Injuries After A Motorcycle Accident
It’s true that wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle can reduce the risk... read article

Attorney Michael J Babboni

A Quick Refresher On The Florida Car Accident Settlement Process

A Quick Refresher On The Florida Car Accident Settlement ProcessTo remain clear-headed after a car accident in Florida, or as clear-headed as possible, it’s important to know what to expect from the car accident settlement process. While no two car accidents in Florida are exactly alike, the settlement process is often similar from one to the next. A quick refresher on the car accident settlement process can help to keep you up to date on what to expect should you ever find yourself in this unfortunate situation. Of course, your car accident attorney will walk you through the process after the fact, but knowing what to expect beforehand can make for a much less stressful experience.
Reporting Your Accident
In the case of any car accident that causes injury, death, or property damage greater than $500, Florida authorities must be alerted to the scene. When the police officer arrives at the car accident scene, he or she will create a police report which may be called upon later in settlement negotiations or, if serious injuries are experienced, a potential personal injury lawsuit. In very minor car accidents where no injuries are reported and... read article

Attorney M David Shapiro

Can A Person Hurt Their Own Personal Injury Claim?

Can A Person Hurt Their Personal Injury Claim?Personal injury law is a wide-ranging field. Many types of lawsuits fall under the category. People often choose to take legal action after...

• Slip And Fall Accidents
• Wrongful Deaths
• Automotive, Motorcycle, And Commercial Truck Crashes
• Bicycle Or Pedestrian Strikes
• Dog Bites And More

In best case scenarios, the victim walks away from the incident without a scratch and never hears about the event again. However, not everyone is quite so lucky. Some folks wind up needing operations, medical treatment, and physical therapy to overcome the ailments. They usually have to miss time from work, and unfortunately, the funds are not always available to pay these or other bills. Thus, the plaintiff hires an attorney to seek compensation for the damages.
How Is The Financial Restitution Calculated?
Estimating the total payment amount is impossible. The sum will vary on a case by case basis. Providing that the claim is for an injury and not a wrongful death suit, various factors determine the compensation such as...

• Lost Wages And Reduced Income
• Current And Future Medical Expenses
• Physical Pain And Suffering
• Disruption Of A Marriage Or Family
• Emotional Or Psychological... read article

Attorney David L Goldman

Valuing Back And Neck Injuries In Car Accident Cases

Valuing Back And Neck Injuries In Car Accident CasesBack and neck injuries can be some of the most devastating injuries one can sustain after a Florida car accident. While mild and even moderate whiplash is common and typically goes away after a while on its own, there are more severe spinal cord or soft tissue injuries experienced during car accidents that may have lasting consequences. Valuing these injuries is a difficult endeavor, but a necessary one if an injured person plans to be compensated for the damages they’ve experienced. Valuing a neck or back injury is something that is best done with the assistance of your Florida personal injury attorney to make sure all costs are accounted for.
Considering The Severity Of A Back Or Neck Injury
The severity of a back or neck injury is going to play a huge role in the type of value you may place on your settlement. For instance, if a person has experienced somewhat severe whiplash that has cost them some lost wages, but they will be able to return to work after medical interventions are complete, their value will not be as high as a person... read article

Attorney Bernard F Walsh

Not Everyone Can Sue For Wrongful Death

Not Everyone Can Sue For Wrongful Death

One of the most tragic things that can happen to any family is the wrongful death of a family member through the carelessness, negligence, or recklessness of someone else. It may be college students taking pictures of themselves in a car, not seeing a child on a bicycle in time and causing a fatal collision. Or it may be an inattentive employee not properly strapping someone in for a bungee jump. It may even be someone leaving a gun out, loaded, on a table or other accessible area while kids are visiting.

Whatever the case, there are plenty of tragic deaths around the country, and in Florida itself, where the cause of death is directly attributable to someone else’s actions. And in these cases, where the death was not deliberate, the wrongful death lawsuit exists. But who is actually able to approach a lawyer and discuss the possibility of a wrongful death trial in court?
Family First
As deep as the emotional connections may be between people, in most cases, only legally recognized immediate family of the deceased may be able to go to court for wrongful death.... read article

Attorney Stephen Fernandez

When Should You Think About Getting An Attorney?

When Should You Think About Getting An Attorney?Once you’re already looking at a court date for a lawsuit involving personal injury or even wrongful death, you’re already at the stage where you’re probably very grateful to have an experienced, knowledgeable trial attorney as your advisor and guide. But the road to a trial is a long one, and it all begins with the decision to actually get the services of a personal injury lawyer.

But how do you make this decision? When is the time you should be considering this and when is it too early?
Medical Matters First
If it is you, yourself, that is injured in an accident, your first and foremost concern should be your own recovery. Look after your own health and, as an important, secondary concern, make sure that you are properly evaluated and have legitimate medical documentation about your injuries. This is a crucial step before going to a personal injury lawyer.

The reason for this is because if you want to conduct a personal injury lawsuit, you must first actually have inju-ries that would qualify. These injuries need to be medically verified. This is why, if you’ve just stepped... read article

Attorney Michael J Babboni

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