Category: Auto Accidents


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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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Florida Cops Reverse Course in Venus Williams Crash: She’s Not at Fault

 
By now, you’ve probably heard that Venus Williams – tennis champion and Palm Beach Gardens resident – was involved in a fatal car accident back in June.
 
The police initially said Williams was at fault for the accident – although she was only traveling five miles per hour – for failing to yield the right of way to another driver when entering an intersection. Linda Barson was that other driver, and her husband Jerome was in the passenger seat.
 
Williams claimed she entered an intersection on a green light and had to stop halfway through due to traffic being backed up. It was at this point that Barson – traveling 25 miles per hour – also entered the intersection on a green light and T-boned Williams’ vehicle.…

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Who’s Liable When a Spider “Causes” a Car Crash in Florida?

Here’s a story you don’t hear every day.
 
A Florida woman was driving in Cooper City when a spider, which had been spinning a web inside the vehicle, climbed down and landed on her body. Frightened by the spider on her, the woman crashed her car into a concrete light pole on Nob Hill Road and Southwest 57th Street.
 
Luckily, the woman wasn’t seriously injured and was released from the hospital later that day.
 
While this story isn’t typical, it does bring up a good question about who is responsible when an animal causes a car accident.
 
If the animal is wild, such as a deer, moose, squirrel, and so on, no one is liable.…

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Types of Injury Lawsuits That Can Result from a Florida Car Crash

If you or someone you love gets hurt in an automobile accident due to someone else’s negligence, you can file a lawsuit for compensation. However, there’s a question that most people probably haven’t ever thought about: what kind of lawsuit?
 
Take, for example, the recent tragic story of the McCormicks. A few weeks ago they were driving in the Orlando area when a BMW driver barreled over the median and flipped on top of their pickup. Two of the McCormicks – 69-year-old Linda and 13-year-old Dylan – died from their injuries. Two others – 74-year-old Carl and 73-year-old Teddy – were left in critical condition.
 
The simple fact that two of the victims died and two remain alive opens the possibility for two different kinds of claims.…

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