Category: Car Accidents

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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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Determining Fault in a Chain-Reaction Crash in Florida

Since we live in a no-fault state, most of the time Floridians don’t need to worry too much about who’s to blame for a car crash. Regardless of who caused the accident, PIP will cover both drivers up to $10,000.
Unfortunately, if you are seriously hurt in an accident, your costs can easily exceed that amount. Medical bills pile up fast, and you also have to account for things like money lost due to having to take time off of work.
Luckily, there’s a way to get compensation from the responsible party – file a personal injury lawsuit. If you can prove the other driver was negligent, you can hold them accountable for their actions and get them to cover your expenses – and possibly even more.…

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It’s Not Just Texting – Avoid These Apps While You’re Driving

Remember “Pokemon Go?” A few months ago, it was the hottest app around. Millions of Pokemon fans around the world could live out their dreams of being a Pokemon master around their town or city. However, just as quickly as it caught on, it started causing controversy – the app was distracting drivers and pedestrians alike, causing countless accidents and even deaths on the road.
Pokemon Go shed a fresh light on the fact that phones can cause distracted driving due to more than just texting – you can put yourself in big danger from opening up any app on your phone. In fact, though texting and driving has become the poster child for dangerous behavior while behind the wheel, some sources say that it takes a backseat to the dangers of using phone apps while driving.…

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Did a Drunk Driver Ruin Your Thanksgiving?

Maybe you were out driving Wednesday night before Thanksgiving when it happened. Or perhaps it was on the way to the big meal. Or afterwards when you were feeling happy and sated as you headed home.
One second everything was normal, and the next your life was spinning out of control – possibly even literally. The other driver came out of nowhere to slam into your car, demolishing your holiday. You’re still thankful – but now that thankfulness is focused squarely on the fact that you’re still alive.
Why did this happen? Because the other driver was drunk. This is a scene that plays out every single day of the year, but around the Thanksgiving holiday it’s sadly a lot more common – especially on the night before Thanksgiving.…

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Florida’s Pure Comparative Negligence Law Can Reduce Compensation

Florida is a no-fault state. That means every driver is required by law to get $10,000 in personal injury protection (PIP) coverage, and that you are automatically covered up to this amount if you are ever injured or your car is damaged in an auto accident.
However, sometimes the cost of injuries and other damages goes well above that amount. Moreover, everyone knows that in most car crashes, someone is to blame. Someone is at fault.
In our state, those two things align – if your damages are severe, you are allowed to file a personal injury lawsuit against the other driver and attempt to collect compensation by proving their negligence.…

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What Happens If My Car Crash Injuries Don’t Show Up Right Away?

After it is over, it can be easy for auto accident victims to ignore small symptoms. After all, you may experience back or neck pain just from hunching over your work desk all day, so it doesn’t seem all that odd if you have notice them after a crash. Plus, a lot of people are just happy that nothing more serious happened and may want to get back to their normal lives as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, this is a big mistake. Often, car crash injuries may not make themselves known right away, and if victims are not seen by a doctor, problems can stick around for years – and even develop into something worse.…

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How to Prevent Your Teen from Being a Distracted Driver

We’re not going to sugarcoat the statistics of distracted driving… it’s a deadly habit. And unfortunately, it’s one that is especially prevalent among teenagers and young adults.
Now that your teenagers are back in school, they may be driving every day, and at the exact same time as hundreds of other students. With so many young drivers out on the road, it is normal for parents to get nervous. After all, young drivers are inexperienced. And with the rates of texting and driving as high as they are, there is a good chance your teen has been tempted to (or possibly even has) picked up the phone while behind the wheel.…

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80% of Drivers Get Road Rage – What If It Causes an Accident?

We know that Floridians aren’t always the best drivers. And sometimes, seeing the car in front of us forgetting to use their turn signal or driving super slowly in the left lane can get us angry. Really angry.
Have you ever:

Honked your horn loudly at a car that was upsetting you?
Yelled at another driver?
Tailgated a car that was driving slowly?
Flipped off or made an angry gesture at another driver as you passed by?
Cut off a vehicle on purpose?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may be suffering from road rage. You are also far from alone.
The High Rate of Road Rage
A study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety discovered that over 80% of American drivers admitted to expressing road rage at least once while driving last year.…

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The Difference between Tractor Trailer and Car Accidents

We all know the feeling of passing a big tractor trailer on the highway. It’s a little scary to squeeze your tiny car past a huge mammoth of a vehicle. You may wonder if the large truck can even see you. And what if they want to change lanes? How would you escape if they started merging while you are still in the way?
Yes, tractor trailers are intimidating on the road. And rightfully so. Over 500,000 accidents involving tractor trailers occur in the United States each year, and they don’t just cause minor scrapes. Plus, if you are involved in an accident with a tractor trailer, your insurance claim is likely to be quite a bit more complicated than a run-in with another passenger vehicle.…

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