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When a pedestrian is hit by a car the result is often horrific. The pedestrian has no protection and is being hit by a moving object that weighs thousands of pounds.  Even at slow speeds, there is so much mass and energy being transferred to the pedestrian that is like the pedestrian is colliding with a brick wall.   For this reason, the pedestrian is often left with severe and debilitating injury or is killed as happens often.

car accident Lawyers South FloridaAccording to a recent news article from the Miami Herald, a woman was waiting at a bus stop in Lauderhill when she was killed as result of a two-car accident that occurred adjacent to the bus stop at which she was waiting. Authorities have said the two cars were engaged in reckless driving and that is the result of the crash and her death.  While this woman at the bus stop was the only fatality, there were seven total injuries.  One of the injured was ejected from a car that was involved in what is being described as a chain reaction crash. Continue reading →

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If you are the victim of a serious car accident, you likely suffered many different types of harm. There is an emotional toll taken when you are the victim of serious car accident in South Florida.  This can include the shock caused during the accident and the mental anguish during the treatment and painful recovery from the accident.

Orlando car accidents This is what lawyers would call “suffering” in terms of damages.  Damages is basically a legal term to mean the money to which you are entitled as the victim of serious car accident or any other personal injury, for that matter.  The pain you experienced during the accident and treatment can also be reduced to financial figure, and this is typically coupled with the suffering damages and is expressed as a single figure for pain and suffering.  There are various other types of damages in a car accident case that we will discuss below, and they are also listed in Florida Statute 768.73. Continue reading →

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Many people enjoy riding motorcycles, and the state of Florida is great place to ride.  The weather is nice most of the year, and there is no shortage of open roads with incredible coastal views and other breathtaking scenery in the Sunshine State.

Broward Car accident LawyerHowever, there is also no question that riding a motorcycle is also dangerous.    It is not that there are more motorcycle accidents than there are car accidents, but rather that the level of injury sustained in a motorcycle is often far more severe than what would be suffered, if any, in a car or truck. Continue reading →

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In the state of Florida, the law requires all drivers with Florida license plates (a car registered in the state of Florida) to have a car insurance liability policy.  It is illegal to drive without insurance. It should be noted that while the law only requires cars registered in Florida to have insurance, every other state has its own insurance requirement, and a vehicle driven in Florida, but registered in another state must have insurance pursuant to their home state’s law, and failure to do so is illegal in Florida as well.

Car accident lawyer As for the amount of insurance you must carry, pursuant to the Florida laws, you must have no-fault personal injury protection (PIP) of at least $10,000 and $10,000 in property damage liability (PDL) insurance for property damage to others (car, house, building) damaged in the accident. There is a per claim limit of $20,000 and a total combined single accident minimum of $30,000. Continue reading →

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We often use the terms car “accident.” However, in reality, the term crash would probably be more appropriate.  The reason for this is because when we think of an accident in the non-legal sense, we tend to think of something that just happens and can’t be avoided – something that is nobody’s fault.

drunk driving accident lawyerHowever, we know most car accidents are someone’s fault, and the accident occurred due to negligence of the at-fault driver, and, had the driver been more careful, the accident could probably have been avoided. Continue reading →

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Anyone familiar with West Palm Beach or other South Florida cities knows what a canal is.  These are man-made drainage trenches controlled by Utilities and Drainage Districts, and they are there to alleviate flood risks and also for irrigation.  They are often fenced-off and are known for being home to alligators.  From time to time, we see car accidents in which a vehicle ends up in the one of the canals, which often results in serious personal injury or even death.

car accident Lawyers South Florida According to a recent news article from the Palm Beach Post, a 26-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly crashed his car in to a canal in West Palm Beach and swam across the canal to flee the accident.  The car was submerged in deep water in this canal at the time, and there was a female passenger still trapped inside. Continue reading →

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When you are injured in a serious crash, it’s important not to negotiate with the at-fault driver’s insurance company until you have spoken with an injury attorney. Victims of major auto accidents may be entitled to a substantial amount of damages, and signing off too early could result in forfeiting money you’re owed.

According to a recent news report from CBS 12, a firefighter from Fort Lauderdale was seriously injured in a car crash in West Palm Beach, Florida. This serious car crash occurred on Northlake Boulevard near Coconut Avenue.

car accident lawyerAuthorities have said victim was driving his personal vehicle in the Palm Beach Gardens area, and was only a few miles away from his home.   He was on his way home from a long shift at his fire station in Fort Lauderdale when he was allegedly rear-ended by another driver.  The force of the collision was so significant that it caused his car to hit a tree and roll over. Continue reading →

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A 30-year-old North Fort Myers woman suffered a double leg amputation after she was struck by a vehicle along I-75 in Fort Myers as she was helping another motorist who had crashed into a guardrail. highway

Now, her family has set up a GoFundMe account, and is asking for assistance for the woman, who is a mother to five children under 10, including three foster children. Friends and family have pitched in to help with the children while the victim is hospitalized. According to USA Today, the woman had already spent several weeks in the intensive care unit, with one leg amputated at mid-thigh and the other just above the knee.

Complicating her situation even further is the fact that she did not have health insurance. Now, she faces mountains of medical bills for care and future prosthetics, which would be the only way she will ever walk again. According to ABC News, the cost of a single prosthetic leg can be anywhere from $5,000 to $50,000 – and even the most expensive are only built to withstand about three to five years of wear-and-tear. That means they have to be replaced numerous times over the course of one’s life – a cost few people can afford even with decent health insurance.  Continue reading →

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A 15-year-old Timber Creek High School student was killed in a hit-and-run pedestrian accident after he was struck by a motorcyclist who fled the scene near Avalon Park Boulevard and Pellicer Drive in east Orange County. The teen was reportedly skateboarding in the street with friends when the motorcyclist, later identified as a 35-year-old man who was allegedly drunk at the time of the crash and fled on foot. The Orlando Sentinel reports police found him hiding in a nearby backyard and arrested him.pedestrian accident

Pedestrian accidents are an all-too-common problem in Orlando and throughout Florida, resulting in hundreds of deaths and thousands of serious injuries every year. According to a new analysis from the Governors Highway Safety Association, it’s getting worse – both in the Sunshine State and across the nation.

The GHSA’s Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities by State, using 2016 preliminary data, reveals a 25 percent increase in pedestrian accident fatalities in the U.S. between 2010 and 2015. Early figures from 2016 show the number of pedestrians killed in 2016 increased by 11 percent, as compared with those who died in 2015 crashes. That is the largest yearly increase in both the number and percentage of pedestrian accident deaths in four decades – since national records have been kept.  Continue reading →

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When you buy a used car, you may factor in a few needed maintenance repairs into the cost. However, you don’t expect that the very device intended to save your life could actually maim or kill you.airbag1-226x300

However, a recent crash in Nevada highlighted an unfortunate hole in the efforts of the government to remove dangerous exploding airbag inflators made by Takata off the road. Specifically, there is nothing in the law that requires these devices be removed from wrecked cars and then reinstalled into new ones.

In the Nevada case, an 18-year-old woman’s trachea was punctured when shrapnel came spewing at her from her airbag when she crashed in Las Vegas. The collision was deemed relatively minor. The greatest threat to the driver was the airbag – the very contraption designed to save her life in the event of a serious crash. She nearly died, but survived and is still recovering. Surgeons had to remove several pieces that severely damaged her vocal cords. Continue reading →

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