The epidemic of distracted driving is putting drivers in Florida and throughout the country at risk. Safety officials are making a concerted effort to get people to put their phones away while driving. There is good reason for this focus on distracted driving as estimates find that more than a quarter of all collisions stem from cell phone use. That number does not account for all the other distracted behaviors drivers engage in when behind the wheel.
As a driver, you should always be aware of your surroundings. However, if you are like many drivers, you might notice that when you see a semi-truck, you perk up a bit more because you are aware of how dangerous they can be. There are many steps you can take to do your part in staying safe on the road.
Chances are your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance will not cover all of the medical expenses you incur in a car accident, especially if you went to the emergency room. You should consider retaining an attorney who can help you recover additional coverage by making a detailed claim or eventually filing a personal injury lawsuit. You may have a basic understanding of PIP and your policy limits, but only an attorney who practices in personal injury law will know the complexities involved.
Even the most minor of car accidents can be very jarring and stressful. The shock of this experience can cause everything that happens immediately afterward to feel like a blur, especially if you have been injured or if you have never been in an automobile accident before. For this reason, it's a good idea for all drivers to take the time to review what their legal responsibilities following an accident well before something like this ever occurs. This knowledge will be helpful in general if you are the first to arrive at the scene of an accident, but may even be crucial in the event you are in an accident yourself.
We cannot control the actions of another driver. This basic fact should come as a surprise to no one, including insurance companies. That is why when you are in a car accident that was not your fault, you do not expect your car insurance premium to rise.
Since its establishment in 1972, most drivers in Florida have been able to turn to their personal injury protection (PIP) coverage to collect up to $10,000 (on a typical policy) to cover medical costs and lost wages caused by a crash. That was until 2012 when the law was reformed by House Bill 119 (HB 119) in an attempt to cut down on fraud.
You've been injured in a crash that was the direct result of someone else's negligence - it's understandable that you want to hold that person accountable for their actions. But do you know how to file a claim for compensation? Do you know what types of damages you're entitled to and how much those damages will cover? Do you even know who you can hold liable for your injuries?
Although most residents of Florida's Gulf Coast can enjoy warm-weather activities throughout the year, the summer months still allow many of us time to take part in barbecues and other outdoor festivities. However, according to the U.S. Fire Administration, summer brings "extreme heat" with it, and higher temperatures can make certain activities more dangerous.
Florida lawmakers want to take action when it comes to preventing car accidents. Yet according to a recent article in the Miami Herald, legislators are considering outlawing red light cameras throughout the state despite loudly voiced objections from officials in individual cities and counties. If lawmakers in our state want to curb the rate of auto accidents on Florida's roads, is removing red light cameras really the best decision? According to Sen. Jeff Brandes of St. Petersburg, red light cameras have "essentially no safety benefit." To be sure, lawmakers believe that distracted driving and cellphone use behind the wheel are to blame for a majority of traffic collisions.