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How Negligence May Have Caused Your Thanksgiving Accident

If you got into a car crash over the Thanksgiving holiday, it was likely caused by negligence. Learn about the most common reasons for negligent driving, and whether you have a viable reason to file a personal injury lawsuit.
 
Distracted Driving
 
Every year, more and more car crashes occur due to distracted driving. The main reason is due to mobile phone use, whether it’s for talking or texting. Other reasons for distracted driving include conversations, eating, adjusting controls, reading, applying makeup, or personal grooming.
 
All these activities are potentially dangerous – and even life-threatening – because the driver’s full attention is taken away from the road.
 
Drunk or Drugged Driving
 
Thanksgiving weekend is a great time for friends and family to gather, but it typically involves more alcohol use than usual.…

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Be Safe If You are Embarking on a Holiday Cruise This Year

 
A cruise can be a unique way to celebrate the holidays with your family. Most cruise ships go all-out for the holidays, offering special meals and unique themed festivities to cruisers. This means that you can enjoy a first-class celebration without the hassle of hosting it yourself.
 
If you have a cruise coming up this holiday season, preparing ahead of time can help you plan the best possible cruise for your family, and make the most out of your experience. Part of that preparation involves making yourself aware of common cruise ship injuries so that you and your family can take precautions to ensure everyone has a safe, enjoyable time.…

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If You Suffered Damage from Irma, You Can Still Apply to FEMA

If you are a survivor of Hurricane Irma in Florida, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is still offering assistance – but not for much longer. You must act quickly if you need federal help.
 
The date has been extended so you can file for FEMA individual disaster assistance through Nov. 24. FEMA extended the deadline for anyone who needs coverage for personal property loss, home repairs, or rental assistance which has not been covered by insurance.
 
How to get help from FEMA
 
Contact FEMA online at disasterassistance.gov or call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362, 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. every day of the week.
 
You can also access other recovery resources, including unemployment help, family services, and mental health services.…

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Self-Driving Cars Coming to Florida Fast — But Are They Safe?

Soon more self-driving vehicles will be on the roads you are currently traveling. Waymo, the self-driving arm of Google, is now partnering with AutoNation to put more self-driving vehicles on the road here in Florida.
AutoNation is based in Fort Lauderdale and is the nation’s largest automobile dealership chain. Recently they entered into an agreement with Waymo to provide repairs and maintenance for its Chrysler Pacifica fleet. They will also include other vehicle models under the agreement as Waymo incorporates new lines.
 
Waymo was birthed in 2016 after eight years of development in Google’s research branch. It opened a production facility in Michigan in May 2016, where Chrysler Pacificas were fitted with sensors.…

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Top 10 Deadliest Jobs for People in Florida

Getting injured on the job is always a concern, no matter where you work, but do you ever think about how deadly your job – or that of a loved one – might be?
 
Let’s look at the 10 most dangerous jobs and how a fatality in one of these jobs could potentially lead to a wrongful death lawsuit.
 
What Are the Most Dangerous Jobs?
 
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 4,836 fatal work injuries in our country in 2015, an increase of 15 deaths over 2014. Florida accounted for 272 of those total injuries – nearly 6 percent – which was an increase of 44 deaths compared to the previous year.…

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Know These Ways That Florida Insurers Act in Bad Faith

 

If your insurance claim was denied for no apparent reason, bad faith insurance may have caught you in its trap.
Florida law offers some protection from bad faith insurance, so if you have fallen victim, speak with a qualified attorney to learn what options are available to you. Unfortunately, many people never even realize that their insurers are acting improperly and end up suffering at their hands.
 
Because of this, below we’re going to define bad faith insurance and detail several things insurers do that may constitute bad faith practices.
 
A Definition of Bad Faith Insurance
 
When an insurance company fails to provide benefits to an insured individual who holds a valid policy, they may be acting in bad faith.…

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Newest Car Safety Features Floridians Use to Avoid Accidents

Car accidents cause nearly 1.3 million deaths annually, and injure or disable an additional 20-50 million people. Further, even a minor collision with no injuries is costly and stressful for everyone involved. Naturally, most of us drive as safely as we can, but sometimes that’s not enough.
 
So how can more accidents be prevented?
 
Fortunately, there are a number of new safety features available in late-model cars that can help people to avoid more car accidents. Here are some of the most helpful new features, and several recommended car models that have excellent safety ratings and many available safety features.
 
The Features You Need
 
Automatic Emergency Braking. Automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems detect an impending crash, and if the driver’s response is not sufficient to avoid the crash, the system will apply the brakes to prevent or reduce the speed of the crash.…

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Halloween Safety Tips That Every Florida Parent Should Know

 
The costumes, candy, and spooky decorations make Halloween fun for parents and children alike. However, Halloween also presents several risks for younger participants, so it’s important for parents to use extra precautions on Halloween.
 
Here are some handy tips your children can use to stay safe.
 
Costumes
 

Light colors are best because they are easiest to see at night. For dark costumes, affix reflective tape. You can use the tape on trick-or-treat bags as well.
If possible, choose costumes that are flame resistant. When making your own costumes, choose nylon or polyester fabrics, which are flame-retardant.
Put a name and phone number on a tag inside your child’s costume for easy identification.…

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What to Do If You Suspect Nursing Home Negligence in Florida

Hurricane Irma ripped through the Caribbean and Florida, leaving millions of dollars in property damage in its wake. Property damage can be fixed, though. For the families of 11 residents of a South Florida nursing home, their damage is beyond repair.
 
How so? The Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills is being accused of negligence in regards to the deaths of 11 of its elderly residents during Hurricane Irma.
 
In a wrongful death suit brought by the family of Miguel Antonio Franco, one of the residents who died, they claim “the facility failed to provide proper air conditioning and that patients suffered for days because of sweltering temperatures resulting from loss of power to AC units.”
 
The lawsuit also claims that the nursing home didn’t make the necessary and timely calls for emergency help and failed to give proper care to Franco’s wife, who survived, but was in the hospital in serious condition.…

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Protect Your Kids in a Florida Accident by Using the Right Car Seat

 
As a parent, you do your best to protect your child and minimize risks by every means possible, including driving safely to prevent auto accidents. However, some crashes just can’t be prevented, in which case a car set will dramatically reduce your child’s risk of serious injury or death.
 
However, not just any car seat will do. To keep your child as safe as possible, it is imperative that you use the proper car seat for your child’s age and size, and that you follow proper use and installation guidelines.
 
Why you need a car seat
 
The sad reality is that car crashes kill more children in the US than any other type of child injury, causing nearly 700 child deaths annually.…

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