Month: February 2014


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Category: Insurance Claims

Winter Storms Lead to Unexpected Business Interruptions

 
It turns out that January’s polar vortex lived up to its ominous-sounding name. While Florida may have gotten off easy, cold weather and extreme conditions in most of the rest of the country prevented people from getting to school or work, increased traffic accidents, stranded motorists, and damaged buildings. As you might imagine, this means that a lot of business owners have filed business interruption claims recently.
 
According to Insurance & Financial Advisor, four separate stretches of winter weather hit the U.S. in January, leading to the snow, ice, freezing rain, sleet, and unbearable wind chill that forced some schools and businesses to close for days or weeks at a time.…

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Category: Accident Injury

How to Prevent Accidents and Injuries on the Water

 
If you live in Florida, it’s almost a guarantee that you spend at least some time on the open water. With nearly 1,200 miles of coastline and comfortably warm temperatures year-round, it would be difficult to convince yourself not to. But it doesn’t matter if you’re swimming, boating, fishing, scuba diving, or engaging in some other kind of water sport or activity – as enjoyable as our waters are, they can also be dangerous.
 
How dangerous? According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida had more boating fatalities than any other state in 2011 – 61 –and our state “overwhelmingly” leads all others when it comes to the unintentional drowning rate.…

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Category: Car Accidents

Road Block for Traffic Cameras in Florida

 
We’ve all seen them before: those little cameras perched on top of traffic lights and the signs that warn “Red Light Photo Enforced”.
 
Do those cameras make a difference to your driving behavior? You might think that you’d be a safe and responsible driver regardless, and that the camera doesn’t make that big a difference, but it’s clear that it makes a difference to many people.
 
An analysis based on traffic camera data from 14 major cities between 2004 and 2008 found that these cameras reduced the rate of fatal red light running crashes by 24% and saved 159 lives. Yet in spite of the clear benefits, a new transportation proposal in Florida is seeking to make it impossible for our state to install any more of these cameras.…

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