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What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident

Zephyrhills, FL – Fatal Motorcycle Accident on US-301There is no feeling quite like riding on a motorcycle. Bikers everywhere enthuse about the freedom they feel while on the open road, but riding a motorcycle can be dangerous. Bikers are less protected than other drivers. Many drivers also fail to recognize motorcyclists’ right of way or rights to a lane of traffic. For these reasons, you may one day find yourself in a motorcycle accident. Here’s what you need to do when this happens.

Gather Information

While you are at the scene of the motorcycle accident, you need to gather as much information as possible about the scene and the other drivers involved. All parties to the accident should remain on the scene until officers and first responders arrive. If anyone tries to leave the scene, make sure that you get their license plate at a minimum. This information can be used to find the responsible parties so that you can be compensated for your injuries. Read More

What You Need to Know About the New Distracted Driving Laws in Florida

Florida is joining the vast majority of states that have enacted laws about distracted driving. Nationwide, distracted driving using communications devices has risen to 25 percent of auto accidents. Among teenagers, this number jumps to 58 percent of car accidents. Here’s what you need to know about the new laws.

Ban on Texting While Driving

Florida enacted a ban on texting while driving that was updated in July of this year. The updated law allows police officers to treat texting while driving as a primary offense. This means that you can be pulled over and given a ticket if you are seen texting while driving. You still won’t get a ticket if you are using your smart device to talk on the phone or use a navigational device. Read More

What a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Do for You

You may think that if you have an accident you don’t really need a lawyer. After all, that is what insurance is for, right? Actually, there are some very good reasons to get a personal injury lawyer when you have an accident, even if it should be covered by insurance. There are several things that a lawyer can do for you in these situations.

Determine Fault or Negligence

If your accident could have been caused by the negligence of another party, that other party could be responsible for paying for your injuries and related expenses. Yet sometimes, such as with auto accidents, proving fault can be difficult. Without proving fault, you cannot determine which insurance company, if any, is supposed to pay on the claim. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you navigate the system and determine who is liable. Read More

How Truck Accidents Occur and What to Do

Truck accidents can be among the most fatal accidents on the road. Semi-trucks and trailers are so much larger than other vehicles on the road that it is no wonder they can cause the most damage. Truck accidents can happen for a number of reasons, and it is important to know what to do in case of an accident.

Mechanical Failure

One of the common causes of truck accidents is mechanical failure. Mechanical failure can be the fault of the driver, the owner, or the company that employs the driver.  Read More

Blind Spots: A Common Cause of Accidents and How to Avoid Them

motorcycle accident in clearwater floridaBlind spots are much more common than you might think. Even if you don’t have many blind spots because you are driving a sedan or other small passenger vehicle, it is important to recognize that other drivers in different types of vehicles do have blind spots. Minivans, cargo vans, trucks, sport utility vehicles, and semi-trucks all have blind spots that keep them from seeing traffic around them. Here’s what you need to know about blind spots and how to avoid accidents.

Knowing Your Blind Spots

It is important to know the blind spots on your own vehicle. Sit in your vehicle and adjust your mirrors for the best view around your vehicle. When driving, be aware of what you can and can’t see in your mirrors and as you turn in your seat to look over your shoulder before turning or changing lanes. If you are aware of your blind spots, you can adjust your driving habits to ensure that they do not cause you to create an accident. Read More

How Road Rage Causes Accidents and How to Protect Yourself

We’ve all heard of road rage. But if you have never experienced it for yourself, you really don’t know how scary it can be or the damage that it can lead to. It is estimated that road rage is responsible for about 33 percent of the accidents caused by human error. Here’s what you need to know about road rage and how to protect yourself.

What Road Rage Looks Like

Road rage isn’t just about someone getting out of their car with a baseball bat like in an episode of Shameless. Road rage can look like weaving in and out of traffic, riding the bumper of the car directly in front of the driver, or honking incessantly instead of paying attention to traffic. Road rage can take on many forms, but it is characteristically aggressive driving that does not take into consideration the safety of themselves or those around them. Read More

Three Most Common Construction Accidents

The construction industry has a lot of hazards, regardless of what type of construction you are doing. While most construction accidents can be avoided, accidents do still happen quite frequently. In fact, there were 4.3 nonfatal construction accidents for every 100 construction workers last year. When construction accidents could have been avoided and are due to someone else’s negligence, you could be entitled to compensation. Here are the three most common construction accidents.

Falls

Falls accounted for 22 percent of construction site injuries in the last year. This is the most common type of injury incurred on a construction site. Even if falls are not from a great distance or are the result of slipping on a surface, falls can cause quite a bit of damage to joints, muscles, bones, and other anatomy. Read More

Five Types of Compensation for Amputation

The loss of a limb is a major traumatic event for many reasons. Regardless of how you lost the limb, you will have a long and expensive road ahead of you. If the loss of your limb was due to the negligence of someone else, you could be entitled to compensation. There are several different things that you can be compensated for.

Medical Bills and Rehabilitation

When you are suing for loss of a limb, you will sue for more than your past or current medical bills. You will also be able to get compensation for future medical bills. This is important because full recovery from amputation can take quite some time and many doctors’ visits. Once a prosthesis can be obtained and fitted, physical therapy to learn how to use the prosthesis will be necessary. There may be additional medical expenses in the future. You can get confirmation of potential future medical bills from your doctors. Read More

Three Things That Can Hurt Your Right to Compensation

Regardless of the type of personal injury case you are facing, there are some things that many people do that can affect your right to compensation. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, lost time at work, and pain and suffering. However, if you display any signs that your injuries are not as severe as you claim, you could be putting your right to this compensation at risk. Here are three things you should avoid to protect your right to compensation.

Not Following Doctor’s Orders

If you are pursuing compensation for a severe injury, it is important that you follow all of your doctor’s orders. This includes taking time off work or following restricted duties as per your doctor’s instructions. It also means that you should not be doing any hobbies or activities that could push your limits with your injury. If you are caught not following doctor’s orders, you could be accused of exaggerating your injuries, which can leave you without any compensation at all. Read More

Three Pieces of Evidence for a Successful Slip-and-Fall Case

Most of the time, a slip-and-fall accident on someone’s property is a minor affair. You might get up and dust yourself off, with a bit of a bruise or scrape and nothing more, yet some slip-and-fall accidents can lead to severe injuries such as broken bones, dislocated joints, head injury, or even death. When you have a slip-and-fall accident related to someone else’s negligence, you have a right to compensation. Here are three pieces of evidence you’ll want to gather in order to be successful in your case.

Pictures of the Scene and Hazard

It is very important that you get pictures of the scene and the hazard that caused your slip-and-fall accident. Hazards that cause accidents are often corrected quickly so that no one else will get hurt, so it is important to get these pictures as quickly as possible. If anything about the environment changes between your accident and the time you are able to take pictures, make sure to make notes of the changes on the pictures themselves. Read More

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