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Settle v. Trial – What You Should Know

SETTLE v. TRIAL - WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW If you have been injured by someone else in a car accident, trucking accident, slip and fall, or in any other way, Florida provides you may be entitled to financial compensation.   Financial compensation is available for the injury, pain and suffering, disfigurement, mental anguish, inconvenience, and for loss of capacity for enjoyment of life.  In addition, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages due to time missed from work. Receiving compensation for your injuries depends on a variety of factors.  Those factors include the comparative fault of the parties, availability of insurance,...

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Rear End Accidents in Florida

Rear end auto accident

Rear End Accidents in Florida Car accidents in Florida are anything but uncommon. In 2018 alone, Florida saw 403,626 car accidents. One of the most common types of car accidents are rear end accidents. Rear end accidents happen for a variety of reasons – inattentiveness, speeding, texting, driving while intoxicated, or any other variety of other reasons.   Most people think they know the law about Florida rear end accidents, but do they?  This post discusses rear end accidents in Florida, as well as the law surrounding them. Burden of Proof Ordinarily, an injured party bears the burden of proof of all four elements of...

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5 Reasons You Need a Car Accident Lawyer

Why you need a car accident lawyer

5 Reasons You Need a Car Accident Lawyer While there are many ways a car accident lawyer can help, this article is designed to highlight five reasons you need a car accident lawyer if you have been injured in a car accident. If you have been injured in a car accident, your first thought may be your need for immediate medical care. As time goes on, that focus may change from finding a doctor to finding a lawyer. When this happens, car accident victims often wonder whether it is worth hiring a car accident lawyer. This is a legitimate question you should...

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Choose Your Car Accident or Wrongful Death Lawyer Wisely – Keep Your Recovery

How to choose a personal injury lawyer

How to Choose your Car Accident or Wrongful Death Lawyer Keep Your Recovery Finding the right car accident attorney or wrongful death lawyer can be stressful.  The most common concern I hear is, “Will an attorney add enough value to the case to make it worth it?”  If this is a concern of yours, please be sure to read my blog about the cost of hiring an injury lawyer. However, one concern many people overlook is whether the lawyer is maximizing the amount of money their client’s will receive – not just the amount that goes to the lawyers pockets.  This is...

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Florida Named Most Dangerous State for Pedestrians

Florida Named Most Dangerous State for Pedestrians

Florida Named Most Dangerous State for Pedestrians According to a 2019 report from Smart Growth America and the National Complete Streets Coalition, Florida carries the distinction as the most dangerous state for pedestrians.  The report, Dangerous by Design, found that of the 20 deadliest cities in the United States, 9 were in Florida. From 2008 to 2017, drivers killed over 49,000 pedestrians walking in large and small communities across the country.  During that same period, Florida accounted for over 5,400 of those deaths, second behind only California. The Central Florida area, comprising of the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford areas, was ranked the most dangerous metro area...

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Florida Accidents and Traffic Deaths Decline in 2018

Florida accident and traffic death statistics

Florida 2018 Accident Statistics New statistics show that Florida saw a decline in total traffic accidents and traffic deaths in 2018.  In fact, in 2018, Florida saw a decrease of 6,000 traffic accidents and almost 150 traffic accident-related fatalities.  This is good news.  It also reverses a dangerous trend from 2014 – 2017 which saw year-over-year increases of traffic accidents. Not all news was good news.  There was an increase of Pedestrian deaths and Bicycle deaths in 2018.    2018 also continued the trend of increased commercial vehicle traffic accidents.  Since 2014, the number of commercial vehicle accidents has increased every year from 34,478 to 44,435...

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Holiday Travel Increases Chance for a Car Accident

Holiday travel and car accidents

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Holiday travel can significantly increase your chance of being involved in a car accident.  As 2018 comes to an end, it promises to be one of the busiest travel years we have had in some time.  AAA is forecasting almost 112.5 million more Americans will travel during this Christmas-to-New Years holidays. Every travel avenue will see an increase in usage, including roadways which is expected to see 4.4% more travel than 2017. [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="20px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Christmas and the New Year are supposed to be times of joy and excitement.  However, with such busy roadways the danger of car accidents cannot be...

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Post-Injury Statements to Insurance Companies

Post-Injury Statements to Insurance Companies

Post-Injury Statements to Insurance Companies Post-injury statements to insurance companies can be stressful.  This article will help you understand how these statements are conducted and the common mistakes made by injury victims. What Is A Post-Injury Statement Whether you have been injured in a car accident, slip and fall, animal injury, or otherwise, get ready for the phone calls.  Various people who you have never met are going to call.  They are calling you on behalf of the insurance companies.  What do they want?  They want information.  They want to know how the injury happened, who witnessed it, whether you were hurt and...

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Car Accidents and Florida’s PIP Law

Car Accidents and Florida's PIP Law

WHY IS FLORIDA CALLED A "NO FAULT" STATE? Ever wonder why Florida as referred to as a “No Fault” state?  The answer is fairly simple.  Florida is referred to as a “No Fault” state because it requires drivers to have a specific insurance coverage to lawfully operate a vehicle on the roadway.  This insurance coverage is called Personal Injury Protection, or “PIP” for short. PIP insurance coverage is governed by Florida Statute §627.736.  It requires every driver at least $10,000.00 in benefits to help pay for medical treatment or lost wages caused by a crash.  It also includes an additional $5,000.00 in death...

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Time is Running Out – Florida’s Statute of Limitations

Florida's Statute of Limitations

FLORIDA'S STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS Injuries can occur in a number of ways.  However, they all have something in common – a time limitations on bringing your claim in court.  Florida’s statute of limitations is found at Florida Statute 95.11.  This statute outlines the time limitations which apply to wrongful death, car accident and other injury and non-injury claims.  Failure to bring an action within the appropriate limitations period risks being unable to bring the claim at all. Some of the most common statutes of limitations are as follows: Statute Type of Case Limitation 95.11(1) Recorded Judgment 20 Years 95.11(2)(b) Breach of Written Contract 5 Years 95.11(3)(a) Negligence 4 Years 95.11(3)(k) Breach of Unwritten Contract 4 Years 95.11(4)(b) Medical Malpractice 2 Years 95.11(4)(c) Wages...

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