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Distracted driving is not uncommon in Florida

Unfortunately, observing drivers texting while driving is not uncommon in parts of Florida. Texting while driving and other forms of distracted driving are dangerous for distracted drivers and those they share the roadways with. Authorities note that using a cell phone while driving is the most dangerous form of distracted driving because it removes the driver's hands from the steering wheel and their focus from driving.

A recent police ride along in Florida revealed one driver holding his cell phone through the steering wheel while driving. Drivers cannot be pulled over in Florida for holding their phones because texting while driving is a secondary offense which means that a driver has to be pulled over for some other infraction, such as speeding, to also be cited for texting while driving. Though the fine for texting while driving may only be $30, distracted driving is a serious and dangerous concern on the roadways.

Legal protections are available for boat accident victims

Individuals who have been injured by the negligence of another individual in a boating accident have legal protections to consider to help them through the struggles and damages they will likely face following a boating or jet ski accident. Unfortunately, the majority of boat accidents involve boating under the influence of alcohol.

When the operator of a boat has negligently injured victims boating under the influence of alcohol, they may be liable to compensate victims for their past, present and future damages. Damages can include medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages. If the operator of the boat was cited for boating under the influence, or BUI, this can be used as evidence of negligence in a claim for damages brought by the victim.

Who is responsible when an injury occurs on a cruise ship?

Question: My elderly mother recently took a cruise to celebrate her 85th birthday. While on the cruise, she slipped on a wet deck and sustained a back injury. She went to the ship’s doctor and he recommended rest. Now she is having problems with severe neck pain and her doctor thinks it is due to the fall on the boat. Do we have a case against the company that owns the ship and if so, how do we file a claim?

Answer: The kind of case you are referring to would be a slip-and-fall case. These cases can happen anywhere. Common locations are grocery stores, when, after mopping floors, residual water creates a slippery floor, or parking lots after significant storms. Home and business owners have a responsibility to maintain safe environments for people who traverse the property. These kinds of claims are handled by attorneys who practice in personal injury.

Florida car accident victims suffer serious injuries

This blog recently discussed the types of damages that may be available to victims following a car accident. A recent car accident in Florida left one woman in critical condition and 4 others in serious condition. The motor vehicle accident occurred when the 38-year old driver of one of the vehicles involved in the car accident crossed the center line and struck an oncoming vehicle traveling in the other direction. Though both drivers attempted to avoid the collision, they were unable to do so.

Both the driver of the vehicle that crossed the center line and a 23-year old passenger in that vehicle were seriously injured in the accident. The 39-year old passenger also in that vehicle was listed in critical condition following the accident. The 35-year old driver of the vehicle that was struck was in serious condition following the accident and his 34-year old passenger also suffered serious injuries. The driver that crossed the center line crossed over in a no passing zone; authorities noted that charges are pending in the accident.

What types of damages are available following a car accident?

When victims are injured in a car accident, they may be able to recover a variety of damages to help them with the physical costs, financial costs and emotional costs associated with a car accident. Victims may need help with these costs as a car accident can leave them facing an indefinite future when they are unable to work because of the injuries or disability suffered in the car accident but are also facing mounting medical bills and the stress associated with both.

Car accident damages generally include medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages. Car accident injuries can range from broken bones to disabling injuries such a paralysis. Car accident injuries can also worsen over a period of time following the car accident so it is important for victims to receive a thorough medical exam following a car accident. In addition, soft tissue injuries may be significant and difficult to treat.

Boating accident results in death, injuries in Pensacola area

Boating accidents can be traumatic and may cause serious injuries and other harm to victims. A boating accident near Pensacola recently claimed the life of the operator of the boat and injured two others. The two injured victims were transported to a hospital in Pensacola for treatment of their injuries. The 56-year old operator of the boat was killed in the boat accident that remains under investigation and, as part of the investigation, the blood alcohol of all the occupants of the boat is being tested.

According to authorities, the boating accident took place when the boat the 3 individuals were traveling in hit a sand bar, became airborne and flipped. All three occupants were thrown from the boat. Authorities believe that speed was a factor in the boat crash. A man familiar with the waterway noted that he believed the accident happened when the operator of the boat attempted to cut from one waterway to the other. He believes that the Florida side of the intercostal waterway is well marked but not the other side.

Personal injury legal protections for pedestrians

Pedestrian accidents can cause catastrophic injuries and harm because of the unprotected nature of pedestrian-accident victims who are vulnerable to inattentive and careless drivers on the roadways. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 5,000 pedestrian victims die annually in fatal pedestrian accidents. During 2012, 76,000 pedestrians were injured in pedestrian accidents.

These numbers mean that many pedestrian accident victims are left suffering injuries and harm including medical expenses, lost wages and the emotional trauma oftentimes associated with a pedestrian accident. In addition, surviving family members of loved ones killed in a fatal pedestrian accident are also left with the financial and emotional damages of a pedestrian accident. Fortunately, personal injury legal protections are available to help victims and their families recover compensation for the physical, financial and emotional damages caused by a pedestrian accident.

Unqualified truck drivers may be liable to injured victims

Truck accidents can be catastrophic for victims and may result in catastrophic injuries. Unfortunately, unsuspecting passenger vehicle drivers and passengers may be sharing the road with unqualified truck drivers. Unqualified truck drivers can present dangers and hazards for those they share the roadways with. An unqualified truck driver can cause serious harm to victims of a truck accident.

Requirements for truck drivers have grown less stringent over the years which may result in unqualified truck drivers on the roadways. Unfortunately, sometimes safety will give way to performance and truckers can feel pressured to push limits. Truck drivers may be poorly or inadequately trained or may drive while overtired which can lead to inattentiveness and slow response time, resulting in serious accidents. In some circumstances, a trucking company may be to blame for a truck accident, while in others it may be the truck driver or both.

Help following a boating accident

Boating accidents can cause serious injuries and harm and put an end to the fun. When victims have been injured on the water by a negligent operator of a boat or jet ski, the negligent operator may be liable for the injuries and harm suffered by the victim. Victims of boating accidents may suffer damages including medical expenses, lost wages and emotional trauma associated with an unexpected boating accident.

Recreational boating is popular in the summer and all year round in Florida. A careless boat operator or operator of jet ski, however, can cause serious, and even fatal, injuries and harm to victims. A personal injury claim for damages can help victims obtain compensation for the physical, financial and emotional harm suffered in a boating accident. Injuries suffered in a boating accident or other traumatic accident may require a significant recovery period during which the victim is unable to work as medical bills pile up.

The recovery process of spinal cord injuries is a long road

You drive on unpaved roads all the time. You know that you need to go slow on gravel. You are always cautious and prepared for things to go wrong. As you drive, you watch the road for any curves, dips or humps. You know that dry gravel kicks up a dust cloud that can impair visibility. You also know it can be hard to stop and easy to lose control on a gravel road. For these reasons, you leave plenty of distance between you and any traffic. You also try your best to avoid any situation in which you would need to accelerate or bake quickly.

Unfortunately, not everyone is as careful as you are. Sometimes accidents happen. Even though you are cautious and prepared, an accident could happen to you based on the mistakes of another motorist.

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