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!
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.
Florida’s highways are among the deadliest in the United States. The U.S. Department of Transportation ranks the Sunshine State behind only California and Texas in the number of driving-related fatalities in 2017 with 3,112 people killed in 2,922 crashes involving fatalities.
The rideshare system allows a convenient way to get around town. Those who need a ride can simply pull up an Uber, Lyft or other rideshare app and request a ride. Once they confirm the driver arrives, they can make it to their destination with minimal hassle -- unless there is an accident.
Florida lawmakers are taking their fight against distracted driving to new levels. The state recently passed a law that makes driving in an active construction zone or in a school zone while using a hand-held phone a primary offense. This means enforcement officers can pull drivers over and issue a ticket for violating this law.
If your teen driver has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), it is extremely important to ensure that they are taking the right medicine to treat the condition in order to avoid a Tampa auto accident. Without managing the symptoms of ADHD, adolescents could be much more likely to cause an auto accident than other teen drivers who do not have ADHD, according to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics. An article in CNN discusses the study, and provides more information for families and motorists in West Central Florida who need to recognize the risks surrounding teen driving crashes and ADHD.
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.
They're here every year, without fail -- our migratory winter visitors. They flock to our fair Florida sometime in December or after the holidays, taking refuge from the bitter winter weather of their more permanent homes until spring makes it safe for them to migrate north again.
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.
It's a tale as old as time: Jane Doe's car collides with John DoRight's truck because she wasn't paying attention. John's truck is severely damaged and he's also injured. He wants to file a claim with Jane's insurance company, but she's worried about what this will do to her rates and her coverage. She already has a few accidents on her record and this one could cause her insurer to drop her. Hoping to avoid this possibility, she tries to negotiate payment for damages without involving the insurance company.