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Don’t wait to seek medical treatment after an accident

In the event of a motor vehicle accident, your immediate attention will turn to your health. If you feel okay in the aftermath, you may assume that you’ve escaped without injury. And while that may end up being the case, it’s critical that you still seek medical attention right away.

There are two primary reasons to do this:

Do you know how PIP (Personal Injury Protection) works in Florida?

If you have ever been in a car accident, you probably know that you cannot always count on the other driver to carry auto insurance, let alone enough to cover all your losses. Medical costs and lost wages can add up quickly, and it is important to get a full financial recovery if you are to move on without financial difficulties.

PIP (personal injury protection) coverage is required for every driver in Florida. This type of insurance is Florida's version of "no-fault" auto coverage. To understand this coverage and use it to your benefit if needed, you need to know how it works.

Drowsy drivers are deadly drivers

At one time or another, most people drive while they are a little tired. It's easy to do; a late night at the office, an evening out with friends, a big lunch, a poor night's sleep. Unfortunately, drowsy drivers are very dangerous because they are not as alert as they should be.

In just one year, 795 people were killed and about 50,000 people were injured by drowsy drivers, according to national statistics. Drowsy driving accidents can occur anywhere, at any time of the day, but here are some factors most commonly associated with these incidents:

Do you know what to do after a car accident?

A car accident has the potential to cause a variety of injuries, some minor and others life-threatening. Some of the most common serious car crash injuries include:

  • Head trauma: This can range from a concussion to a traumatic brain injury among others. Any blow to the head can cause serious injury or death, so it requires immediate treatment.

Injured while shopping? A bigger problem than you think!

The final few weeks of the year are some of the busiest for Florida businesses. Shoppers who are eager to get those last few perfect gifts are willing to brave crowded parking lots and sometimes wet, rainy weather. Sadly, slip-and-fall accidents happen frequently and can result in some very serious injuries.

Common shopping injuries

Recovering compensation for slip-and-fall accident victims in Florida

There are many causes for trips, slips and falls. While some falls may be only a source of embarrassment, many people are seriously injured every year in Florida due to slip-and-fall accidents. A broken hip, cracked kneecap or snapped ankle are all possible outcomes.

Your rights after a serious fall

Don't let embarrassment or self-blaming keep you from seeking financial recovery after a fall. Injury victims have rights to payment of their medical expenses and other losses if someone else is at fault for their injuries. A municipality or business owner may be held responsible if you are injured on their property because of unsafe conditions.

Is drowsy driving like drunk driving?

How many times have you gotten behind the wheel of your car after a horrible night's sleep or no sleep at all? You may not even think twice about it other than needing an extra cup of coffee. However, that may not be enough to keep you safe on the road.

In fact, the prevailing research likens drowsy driving to drunk driving. This is not an exaggeration. Your ability to drive safely is severely affected by fatigue. If you don't believe it, reviewing the information below may change your mind.

When is a truck accident most likely to occur?

When a large, heavy truck collides with a smaller vehicle, it can cause significant damage. Due to the heavier size and weight of these types of vehicles, it is extremely important for truckers to drive safely and cautiously. Statistics indicate that these types of accidents are increasingly a serious problem in Florida and across the country, and in far too many cases, collisions with a truck result in serious or fatal injuries. 

Studying data can be helpful as it provides a measurable way to track and understand accident trends and potentially help prevent them. For example, looking at common times of day when these accidents happen may be able to help experts understand why they happen. In turn, this can lead to new ways to create better technology in tractor-trailers and regulations that will potentially reduce dangerous driving.

Red light running deaths reach 10-year high

Nearly 1,000 people were killed in the United States by drivers running red lights, according to the latest statistics released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Stunningly, over one of every 10 of those fatalities occurred here in Florida in 2017!

The study says 939 people were killed at signalized intersections in 2017 when drivers blew through red lights. In Florida, 99 deaths occurred in that year with 741 deaths reported from 2008 to 2017.

What does "no-fault" auto insurance mean in Florida?

Florida is one of 12 states and Puerto Rico with no-fault auto insurance laws. They were designed to keep insurance premiums low by offering quick payouts and avoiding lawsuits. However, the system is often criticized as being inadequate and frequently abused.

As a result, insurance companies in Florida can offer premiums that are lower than in other states. Critics say no-fault laws protect irresponsible and dangerous drivers from lawsuits by limiting liability amounts and result in more fatalities.

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