What Are the Legal Rights of Family Members in the Florida Wrongful Death Case of a Passenger in an Automobile Accident?

In Florida, automobile accidents and trucking accidents are reported and seen on a daily basis in virtually every community.  Tragically, some of these automobile accidents / trucking accidents result in the death of a driver and / or passenger.  When a passenger dies as a result of an automobile accident or trucking accident in Florida, a wrongful death case can be pursued if it can be established that the passenger died as a result of the negligence of one or more driver involved in the traffic accident.   As a passenger, there is rarely any fault to apportion to the … Continue reading

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Is a Seatbelt Required Under Florida Law?

Is a seatbelt required under Florida law?  Florida law requires a driver in front seat and passengers to wear an operational seatbelt that is available for use in a motor vehicle. The failure to wear an operational seat may serve as a defense to a claim for injuries pursued by the accident victim. The operative word is “may” because the fact you a seatbelt was not being worn does not always amount to a valid defense or argument to reduce the damages of an injury victim. In a the seatbelt defense case, the testimony of an expert witness would be … Continue reading

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What are the Rights of an Injured Biker / Motorcyclist in Hit and Run Accident Victim in Florida?

In Florida, hit and run automobile accidents happen far too frequently.   When there is a “hit and run” accident, the injuries are often times quite serious.  The reasons for leaving the scene of an accident can vary from “I was drunk” to “I did not know that I hit anything.”  Typically, a driver will flee the scene to attempt to avoid responsibility or liability for the automobile accident.  It is not only against the law to leave the scene of an automobile accident involving injuries – it is also quite dangerous for the injury victim.  Any delay in getting … Continue reading

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What Are the Rights of an Injured Bicyclists in a Hit and Run in Florida?

In Florida, the weather and terrain allow for virtually year round bicycling.  Because of this, bicyclists are on or near the roadways on daily basis.  Drivers should watch out for bicyclists and do their best to share the road with bicyclists and when necessary yield to a bicyclist.   Common sense dictates that a bicycle is not match for a motor vehicle in any instance.  Because of this, drivers should slow down any time that they are near or approaching a bicyclist.   Unfortunately, bicyclists are injured far too often due to careless or negligent driving in the State of … Continue reading

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What Damages Are Awardable in a Wrongful Death Case from an Automobile Accident?

When a family member dies as a result of the negligence of another person or a company, business, or government, there may be grounds to pursue a wrongful death case.   What damages are awardable in a wrongful death case?  The answer to this question depends on a number of factors including the following: The Location of the Incident.   Each State has its own wrongful death laws in place.  In most instances, a wrongful death case must be pursued in the State where the incident took place and pursuant to the laws of the State where the incident took … Continue reading

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What are the Dangers and Risks of Bounce Houses?

What are the dangers and risks of bounce houses?  At many birthday parties, summer camps, day care centers, schools, theme parks, carnivals, and special events, there are bounce houses in place for children to play. There are many risks and dangers to children in or around bounce houses. Some parents are very cautious and do not allow their children to play in bounce houses at all. Other parents take a more moderate approach and allow their children to play in and around bounce houses assuming that there is supervision and control of the bounce house area during play.  Other parents … Continue reading

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Do I Need to Report an Automobile Accident to My Insurance Company?

Do I need to report an automobile accident to my insurance company? When a person suffers a personal injury as a result of an automobile accident, there is often a question as to whether the accident needs to be reported to me injury victim’s automobile insurance company. The simple answer to this question is “Yes”. When a person owns or drives an automobile and takes out of an insurance policy, a contract is formed between the automobile insurance company and the insured driver or owner. Under the terms of Florida automobile insurance policies, there is a duty of cooperation. This … Continue reading

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How Much Should I Sue for in a Florida Personal Injury Case?

How much should I sue for in a Florida personal injury case? When a person suffers injuries in a Florida personal injury incident like an automobile accident, a lawsuit is sometimes filed in order to enforce the rights to compensation and damages of the injury victim. A question that arises many cases is as follows: How much should I sue for in my Florida personal injury case? When a personal injury case is filed in the State of Florida, it is typically filed in a Circuit Court which is a court under the supervision of the State of Florida court … Continue reading

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What Are the Dangers of Wet or Icy Roads? Just Watch This!

Weather conditions can make roads very dangerous for drivers, passengers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. It is important for both experienced and inexperienced drivers to understand the dangers of wet and / or icy roadways. In an instant, a serious and deadly automobile accident can take place. In the aftermath of a serious automobile accident, traffic tends to slow down to allow police and fire rescue personnel to work the accident scene. In addition, drivers slow down to personally observe the aftermath of an accident which in some instances can be quite disturbing. A video that has been posted to the … Continue reading

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What Are the Rights of Tourists or Visitors Injured in the State of Florida?

In Florida, millions of tourists and visitors travel to Florida every year for vacations, reunions, business functions, weddings, and other events. In most instances, the trip to Florida is very pleasant and enjoyable. Unfortunately, many tourists and visitors to the State of Florida suffer serious personal injuries and some even die as a result of the negligence of others. When a tourist or visitor is injured in the State of Florida, there are often questions or issues that arise as to legal rights and insurance coverage. Because these matters can be quite complex and confusing, it is often helpful to … Continue reading

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