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Pedestrian Accidents in Florida

Pedestrian Accident Lawyer located in Altamonte Springs, Florida

Pedestrian Accidents Result In Serious Injury or Death In a 2015 study, the U.S. Department of Transportation estimated there were almost 70,000 pedestrians injured in motor vehicle crashes in the US and almost 5400 killed from pedestrian accidents. The study revealed an increase in pedestrian fatalities as an overall percentage of pedestrian-involved crashes. This means that, as a percentage, more pedestrians are being killed by motor vehicle crashes today than they have been historically. Florida is known as one of the more dangerous states for pedestrians. A recent analysis revealed the Central Florida metro area from Kissimmee-Orlando-Sanford was near the top 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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What Are Commercial Trucking Accidents?

What are commercial trucking accidents?

WHAT ARE COMMERCIAL TRUCKING ACCIDENTS? This question may seem straight forward. That is, until you realize that there are a lot of regulations which apply to commercial trucks.  The regulations cover 2 different categories of trucks. Trucks over 10,001 pounds and trucks over 26,001 lbs. For this article, we are exploring only those trucks over 26,001 lbs.  Make no mistake though, an experienced trucking accident lawyer is a valuable asset if you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed in a trucking accident. WHY TRUCKING ACCIDENTS ARE DIFFERENT FROM CAR ACCIDENTS Far too often, injury attorneys treat trucking accidents like...

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Understanding Florida’s Wrongful Death Act

Understanding Florida's Wrongful Death Act and Law

Understanding Florida's Wrongful Death Act Understanding Florida's Wrongful Death Act can seem daunting. In this article, we break down the statute to help you understand it better. Recovering under Florida’s Wrongful Death Statute Losing a loved one is always difficult. When that loss is the result of negligent acts of others, additional concerns must be taken into account.  Florida's Wrongful Death Act governs how such claims are made. It also governs what can be recovered. In addition, families often have to contend with a much shorter period of time to bring a wrongful death claim – or risk the wrongful death claim being...

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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

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. 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 understated.  Combined with...

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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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Injuries Caught On Video – Lights, Camera…Lawsuits?!

injuries caught on camera store surveillance

We now live in an age where technology is more and more pervasive in our lives.  You can hardly go to any business without there being hidden or exposed surveillance camera.  These cameras are designed to deter theft.  On occasion, these cameras will capture individuals being injured. Whether a slip and fall, trip and fall, a shootout at a gas station, or other injury event, obtaining the video of the incident can be a challenge.  Businesses routinely refuse to produce them to injury victims.  Often times it takes the filing of a lawsuit to force a business to produce the incident...

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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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