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Keep disaster at bay by following safe riding procedures

Hitting the open road on a motorcycle can be an exciting and freeing feeling, and as an avid rider, you may consider your bike a primary means of transportation. With Florida's year-round warm climate, you may never need to park your bike in favor of a more enclosed and shielded form of travel.

Unfortunately, those protective barriers afforded by other motor vehicles don't just provide protection against the weather. With less to shield you from the possible consequences of hitting the pavement, an intricate understanding of safe riding procedures could prove vital to safeguarding your health.

A slip-and-fall accident could cause more than embarrassment

Although falling in a busy supermarket is an embarrassing experience, the real consequences can be life-changing. Millions of people nationwide, including Florida, live with chronic back pain after slip-and-fall accidents. Slips and trips can cause torn rotator cuffs, fractured wrists or hips, traumatic brain injuries and back injuries, all of which could lead to chronic pain or permanent disabilities. Property owners are responsible for keeping premises free of hazards that could cause falls.

The direction in which you fall will determine the nature and severity of the injuries you suffer, and your age can also play a role. The physics of slip-and-falls and trip-and falls differ, and so do the typical resulting injuries. If you slip on a wet spot, you will likely fall backward and suffer different types of injuries to those of a trip, which will cause you to fall forward.

Does a sinkhole threaten your biggest investment?

Sinkholes occur across the country, but the prevalence is significantly higher in the state of Florida than in other states. Sinkholes are geological formations of limestone, and when acidic rain penetrates the soil and continues through the soil layers and reaches limestone bedrock, the resulting reaction can cause sinkholes. The consequences for homeowners could be devastating.

Triggering factors include heavy rain downpours, especially if this follows drought situations. The resulting sinkholes can cause road closures, swallow entire buildings and cause significant structural damage. If a sinkhole forms underneath your home or near the foundation of your home, it can destabilize the entire structure.

Hazardous steps cause many to fall

When you visit a public place, such as a Florida department store or office building, you have a certain expectation of safety. In fact, the idea that you are safe from harm may be so natural that you don't give it a thought unless you happen to get hurt. One of the most common accidents that may result in serious injury is a fall.

Whether you are at home, on the job or out in public, you are at risk of falling, especially if there are hazards in your way. In your own home, you have some control over your environment. However, when you enter a public building, much of the responsibility for your safety falls on the owner of the building or the owner's representative, such as a manager. An area of a public building where you may be most vulnerable to serious injuries from a fall is the stairway.

What happens when an Uber or Lyft driver hits someone?

Uber, Lyft and other ridesharing services are becoming increasingly popular. Instead of renting a car in a new city or navigating public transportation, many people just pull out their phones and summon a ride with a tap. Not only is it often cheaper than a traditional cab ride, but it's just as convenient, if not more so.

But what happens when a ridesharing car is in an accident? Who's responsible for the resulting damage? The answer is more complicated than you might think.

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?

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

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