Category Archives: Automobile Accidents

Aggressive Driving and Road Rage

Road Rage Americans love to exercise their right to free speech, and never has this been more apparent than what is now being displayed on our city streets and highways. Road rage and aggressive driving have become all the rage and unfortunately with some surprising unintended consequences. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, road rage is defined as an “uncontrolled anger” that results in violence or threatening violence towards another motorist, passenger, or pedestrian on the road. Road rage is in fact criminal behavior, and as such, can be prosecuted under existing laws. Road rage can also be considered … Continue reading

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Mistakes To Avoid When In An Accident

There are approximately 27,000 car accidents a day that occur around the country. As with most car accidents the last thing on an individual’s mind when involved in an automobile accident is to protect their legal rights. Many injury cases are put in jeopardy because of mistakes made by the victims. Here are some common automobile accident mistakes to avoid, which will improve your chances of getting fair compensation for your injuries. 10 Automobile Accident Mistakes to Avoid Not Contacting the Police immediately:  Even the smallest automobile accident can produce neck and back injuries days later. If you’ve been involved in … Continue reading

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What Evidence To Gather After A Car Accident

Soon after a Florida automobile accident takes place, evidence can be gathered by the injury victim and others to help support the claim or case that may be pursued in the future.  Certainly, medical care and safety at the accident scene are top priorities and may take precedence over any potential opportunities to gather information.  If there is an opportunity to gather evidence and information, it can be very helpful to the successful pursuit of the car accident injury case or claim. Photographs and Video Most smart phones these days including iPhones, Droids, and similar phones have the capability to … Continue reading

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What if You are in a Florida Automobile Accident with an Uninsured Motorist?

In the State of Florida, there are millions of licensed drivers and registered motor vehicle owners.  Unfortunately, many of these drivers and vehicle owners are uninsured.  For one reason or another, there is no automobile insurance in place.  Insurance policies lapse for non-payment and other reasons.  Some automobile insurance policies are cancelled due to fraud, misrepresentation, or the failure to cooperate.   When an uninsured motorist is negligent and crashes into a vehicle owned or occupied by an otherwise innocent person, there are many questions and challenges that arise.   Uninsured Motorist As Jacksonville automobile accident attorneys, we often are told by … Continue reading

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Can a Parent be Sued or Held Liable for the Negligence of a Teen Driver?

In the State of Florida, a parent can be held liable or can be sued for the negligence of a teen driver.  In order to obtain a learner’s driver license at age of 15 in Florida, a teen must obtain permission and written consent of a parent or guardian.  Thereafter, from the age of 15 through the age of 18, a parent or guardian who provided the written consent will be held liable under Florida law for the carelessness or negligence of the teen driver if the teen driver is in an automobile accident.  Some people believe that parental liability … Continue reading

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Nine Causes of Automobile Accidents in Florida

In Florida, automobile, motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents are unfortunately something that just about every community has in common on a daily basis.  Many of these accidents or crashes cause serious personal injuries and disrupt both the short term and long term lives of the personal injury victims and their families.  While some automobile accidents or crashes are unforeseeable and frankly unavoidable, most could have been avoided with safer driving, slower speeds, and better attention to the primary act at the moment — namely the driving and operation of a motor vehicle in the State of Florida.   Here are … Continue reading

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Why Do I Need to Use My Automobile Insurance if I Was Not At Fault?

Florida has No Fault laws in place for an automobile accident. This term is somewhat misleading.  No Fault refers to some of the insurance coverages and entitlements to compensation. “No Fault” does not mean that the negligent driver is immune from liability or financial responsibility. Key components of the Florida No-Fault laws: 1. PIP – Personal Injury Protection.  PIP pays for reasonable and necessary medical bills related to an automobile accident.  Under Florida law, every owner of a motor vehicle must carry PIP and Property Damage coverage.   When a person is injured in an automobile accident, medical bills get … Continue reading

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Is the At-Fault Driver Responsible for All of my Medical Bills Related to a Florida Automobile Accident?

In Florida, there are automobile accidents in virtually every community on a daily basis. Many of these accidents result in serious personal injuries to innocent victims. When a person is injured as a result of a Florida automobile accident, I am often asked as a Jacksonville automobile accident attorney whether the at fault driver is responsible for ALL of the medical bills. The simple answer to this question is “No”. Many find the answer to this question to be confusing. Then there is a second question asked as follows: Why should I, as an innocent victim of an automobile accident, be … Continue reading

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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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