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How safe are e-cigarettes?

E-cigarettes have taken off in the last decade. While companies market them as a safer alternative to smoking since they don’t contain tobacco, e-cigarettes present a different set of safety concerns: mechanical ones. More to the point, sometimes they explode. But how often? And what recourse do injury victims have?

Smoking Without Tobacco

Who is responsible for self-driving car fatalities?

As self-driving cars continue their march towards wider adoption, legal experts are just beginning to explore questions of liability. Who is responsible when a self-driving car crashes into a tree? Another car? What if someone is injured, or even killed? A recent case gives us a better idea of where things stand.

Who’s Really Driving?

Florida: The most dangerous state for pedestrians

Nationwide surveys that rank overall safety on and around roads never turn out well for Florida. Our roads were built for speed and our drivers know it. Unsurprisingly, a recent study confirms what many of us had already assumed: Florida is the most dangerous state in the country for pedestrians. But how bad is it really? And, more importantly, what can we do about it?

Yes, Florida Really Is That Dangerous

Could connected vehicle technology make Tampa roads safer?

If you’re a driver in Tampa, then you know how dangerous the roads can be. With increasing congestion, erratic motorists and nearly constant speeding, it’s no wonder that the Tampa area consistently ranks as one of the most dangerous metros in the country for motorists.

To combat this public safety threat, the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) has just started a pilot program with so-called “connected vehicles” to see if wireless technology can make our roads safer places to drive.

Avoiding Personal Injuries in Tampa Bay this Holiday Season

Whether you are planning a family dinner for Christmas or Hanukkah, or throwing a party for New Year's, it is important to think about personal injury risks and to consider ways to keep yourself, as well as your friends and family, safe this holiday season. Personal injuries can happen without warning, but many are preventable if we think about safety issues ahead of time. What do you need to know about safety tips and personal injury prevention in Tampa Bay?

We have compiled some important safety tips from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Safety Council (NSC), and the American Red Cross for you to think through as you plan your holiday festivities.

Settling after a car accident: what to expect

Florida's vast coastline and numerous inland attractions can mean spending a lot of time in the car traveling around the state. However, Florida ranks highly on the list of states with serious and even fatal car accidents, so it is beneficial to know how to handle the aftermath of an accident. 

Being an auto accident victim is stressful, and often there is a long road to recovery. Unfortunately, an extensive insurance claim and the settlement and/or litigation process can feel equally as stressful and long. Knowing what to expect during the process, and the right attorney to guide you down that path, can lessen the stress and time your settlement takes.

4 safety tips during holiday travels

As the holiday season approaches, you and countless others will likely be travelling to visit family, some of whom may live quite some distance away. During any commute, you should be mindful of other drivers, but here are four tips that are especially important during longer trips:

Considerations after being injured in a truck accident

We see them every single day: large trucks. And while they are part of life for most motorists, an element of danger rides along with truck drivers. Whether due to truck driver exhaustion, stress or other extenuating factor, major truck accidents happen every day and are often devastating. When an individual is injured in a truck accident, he or she is usually due compensation. Determining how much compensation is a complicated process.

The limitations of advanced automotive safety technology

Automotive technology continues to rapidly improve. As built-in functionalities such as navigation and entertainment systems advance, state-of-the-art safety mechanisms are also becoming commonplace in newer vehicles.

While these features are useful in preventing accidents, they cannot completely account for human error. Collision warning features and backup cameras can prove helpful, but how aware are Florida motorists of the limitations of such tools?

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