Category: Auto Accidents


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Why Do Single-Car Accidents Happen in Florida?

 
A Lake City woman recently died in a single car accident, while three others suffered serious injuries. What happened?
 
In the early morning hours of Mar. 4, the four women were traveling in a Hyundai Sonata in eastern Suwannee County. At 12:25 a.m. the driver crossed over the road’s shoulder and hit a culvert. The vehicle flipped several times, then landed on its roof.
 
One woman was ejected from the vehicle as it flipped, and she died at the scene. The driver and two other passengers were taken to a Gainesville hospital with serious conditions. Everyone was wearing a seat belt except the woman who was ejected from the vehicle.…

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How Floridians Can Have a Safe St. Patrick’s Day

 
 
If you’re planning to party like the Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, make sure you think about your own safety and that of others first. Here are several tips to help you have a fun yet safe St. Patrick’s Day and protect you from getting injured in an auto accident.
 
St. Patrick’s Day Safety Tips
 
Statistics indicate drunk driving is involved in about one-third of all St. Patrick’s Day auto accidents. With St. Patrick’s Day falling on a weekend this year, many people will be celebrating and out on the road afterward. Here are the best tips to keep you safe on the lucky holiday.
 
Make a plan before you head out
Decide how much you will drink and who will drive you home.…

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Will Self-Driving Cars Lead to More Florida DUI Injuries?

 
 
The development of autonomous cars has been described as our generation’s equivalent of the transition from the horse and buggy to the Model T. This advance is exciting, but it’s bound to come with hiccups along the way as legislation and society struggle to come to grips with the new technology.
 
Case-in-point? Recently, a San Francisco man was arrested for drunk driving when police discovered him not just intoxicated, but asleep at the wheel on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. The man had passed out during 5:30 PM rush hour traffic, and his car was at a full stop. Fortunately, no one was hurt in the incident.
 
What does this have to do with driverless cars?…

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Another “Autopilot” Crash a Reason to Revisit Negligence Questions

The promise of self-driving cars is both incredibly audacious and hopeful. No more “wasted” time spent driving. Faster, more efficient commutes. A drastic reduction in accidents.
 
Someday – perhaps even someday soon – that future may come. Right now, though, we are at the beginning of a transition period, and there are still big hiccups and big questions. One of those “hiccups” occurred recently when another Autopilot-enabled Tesla vehicle crashed in California.
 
Here is what happened:
 
On Monday, January 22, 2018, in Culver City, a Tesla Model S crashed into the back of a parked fire truck on Interstate 405 traveling at what witnesses estimate was about 65 mph.…

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Delayed Crash Injuries: Why Floridians Should Always Get Medical Help

 
In a recent four-car crash in Pembroke Pines, a man lost control of his vehicle and crashed into three other cars. One of the drivers of the three cars refused medical treatment. The other passengers and drivers in the accident all visited the hospital, even the ones with non-life-threatening injuries.
 
The driver who refused medical treatment took a risk for two reasons.
 

One, Florida law states that you must visit a doctor within 14 days of an accident to file an injury claim and get help paying for any medical bills that might result.
Two, many injuries from auto accidents don’t show up right away. However, these types of injuries can have long-lasting effects that may create significant medical bills and other damages.…

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Auto Accident Lawsuits: Why They Sometimes Go to Trial in Florida

You may have heard that the vast majority of personal injury cases are settled, but even that is kind of an understatement.
 
According to the US government, somewhere between 95 and 96 percent of these cases end in a settlement. In other words, lawsuits based on injuries sustained during incidents such as car accidents almost never go to trial – and for good reason.
 
Going to trial is a bit of a wild card. While your lawyer will do their best to put forth the strongest case possible for your claim, there’s ultimately no knowing which way the judge or jury will decide.
 
Generally speaking, having a judge overhear your case is better than letting a jury decide it.…

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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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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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It’s Back – PIP Repeal Has Been Filed in the Florida Senate… Again

 
Since the 1970s, Florida has participated in a no-fault auto insurance system. Since then, numerous lawmakers have attempted to update and change the way our state handles car insurance, and as of August 16, a new bill has been filed to attempt to do that… again.
 
SB 150 was filed by Senator Tom Lee, R-Thonotosassa to repeal the current no-fault system during the 2018 Legislature. As it stands right now, Florida drivers are required to carry $10,000 in personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. Under Lee’s proposed bill, motorists would need to carry bodily injury and medical payment coverage instead of PIP coverage.
 
So, What’s Wrong with the Current System?…

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Car Crashes: The Number One Killer of Teens in America

In today’s world, there are all kinds of things for parents of teenagers to worry about. Drinking. Drugs. Sexting. Sexually transmitted diseases. Shoplifting.
 
Even in the best case scenario, you might be worried that your teen’s grades won’t be good enough to get them into the right school. Or that they’re an overachiever who is pushing themselves too hard.
 
There are so many things to fret over that you have to prioritize, so today we’re going to make a suggestion to you: cars.
 
Yes, that’s right, cars. If you have a teen, they should be your biggest fear for one simple reason: more teens die in car crashes than in any other way.…

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