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Motorcycle Safety Awareness Tips for Florida Drivers

All drivers should demonstrate extra care when sharing the road with motorcyclists. It is important to remember that even though their vehicles are smaller, motorcycle riders still have equal rights on the road. Below are some general guidelines regarding safety issues for both motorcyclists and drivers of other vehicles to keep in mind when sharing […]

Focus on Child Safety This Back-to-School Season

Each year, Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FHSMV) names August “Child Safety Awareness Month,” just in time for kids to head back to school. The goal is to remind drivers to be aware of children walking to and from school or the bus as they drive along Florida’s roads, and also to make sure […]

Florida Among States with High Rates of Fatal Bicycle Accidents

The number of fatal bicycle accidents has increased on a national level. Here in Florida, which regularly leads the nation in bike fatalities, the numbers continue to rise despite expanded prevention efforts at the state level. According to “A Right to the Road: Understanding & Addressing Bicyclist Safety,” a study published by the Governors Highway […]

Boating Accidents, Fatalities on the Rise in Florida

Florida has always had high numbers of boating accidents and fatalities, but recent state and federal studies indicate the problem is getting worse as time goes on. According to statistics from the U.S. Coast Guard, while the state saw a modest 2 percent increase in boating accidents in 2016, the most recent year for which […]

Central Florida Sees Increase in Pedestrian Deaths

The year 2017 was a deadly one for Central Florida pedestrians. In the first few months alone, 24 pedestrians were killed in Seminole, Lake, Osceola and Orange counties, according to data from the Florida Highway Patrol. This was up from 18 for the same timeframe in 2016. Orange County in particular has a long history […]

Florida Regularly Tops Rankings of Deadliest Areas for Pedestrians

Florida cities regularly appear near the top of Smart Growth America’s biannual ranking of the deadliest places for pedestrians to walk. The “Dangerous by Design” report is based on the rate of pedestrian deaths relative to the number of people who walk to work in an area. The information is used to create a pedestrian […]

Rise in Daytona Trauma Incidents During Bike Week 2017

Bike Week 2018 in Daytona is swiftly approaching, and while motorcyclists across Florida and our local area are gearing up for another week of fun, law enforcement officials are working hard to ensure that increased safety measures are in place for this year’s event. The reason behind this is that, according to The Daytona Beach […]

Can I File a Wrongful Death Claim if I Accepted a Workers’ Compensation Settlement?

For most types of workplace injuries, including fatal accidents, workers’ compensation is the exclusive remedy for the injured party and a surviving spouse. However, where the right to sue exists, accepting a workers’ compensation settlement will not bar a lawsuit to pursue full compensation. Here’s how it works. Workers’ compensation is a two-way street: the […]

What Is the Difference Between a Wrongful Death Claim and a Survival Action Claim?

When a person dies due to a negligent, reckless, or deliberate act, Florida law provides two ways the deceased’s next of kin can hold the wrongdoer accountable in civil court. The first is through a survival action, which covers the deceased person’s losses, and the second is a wrongful death lawsuit, which seeks compensation for […]

Florida Ranks First for Motorcycle Fatalities

Last year, WCTV.tv stirred up a bit of controversy when it reported Florida was the worst state in the nation for motorcycle fatalities. That story contained a press release from the American Automobile Association, more commonly known as AAA, which relied on statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to make its assertion. According […]

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