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The Consequences and Dangers of Distracted Driving

When you get behind the wheel of your vehicle, your top priority should be to avoid danger. However, due to a large number of dangers on the road, it is often impossible to avoid them all. One of the biggest and most dangerous dangers is your cell phone. The fact is, most people view their phone as an extension of themselves. As a result, this is one of the leading causes of distracted driving accidents. If you are injured in

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What Happens If You Are Injured in an Out of Town Car Accident?

Car accidents are common all over the United States, but especially in tourist destinations. Florida is not just well-known for its sun and sand, but for its heavy traffic which makes car accidents likely. Below is an overview of personal injury law and how it can help you if you are injured in an out of town car accident. If you or someone you care about was injured in an accident, it may be helpful for you to speak with

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Carrier Liability in Trucking Accidents

One of the fundamental principles of common law is that anyone who has been injured in an accident has the right to receive compensation for their injuries. The only difficulty in applying this principle lies in determining who should bear the responsibility, or “liability,” for paying that compensation. Except in rare cases where the responsible party is self-insured, the burden for the payment of damages will usually fall to an insurance carrier. In order to shift the burden of liability

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11 Safe Driving Tips for The Holidays

Heading out on the road to visit friends and family over the holiday season is an exciting opportunity, but it is also one that can be extremely dangerous if you are not prepared. Given that more people are out on the roads and that weather conditions can decline over the winter months, you need to bear in mind that following these safety tips could actually save your life and prevent you from being involved in a catastrophic personal injury accident.

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Understanding the Florida Car Accident Settlement Process

After you contact the authorities at the scene of the accident and get medical treatment for your injuries, you may be shocked to learn that there are many more steps in the legal process of actually recovering compensation in your legal claim. You will also need to consult with your insurance company and let them know that the accident happened to begin with and to determine how they are going to carry out their investigation of this car accident case. Florida and

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11 Types of Florida Personal Injuries

No one wants to find themselves as the victim of a personal injury lawsuit, but unfortunately, this happens all too often. There are several different kinds of things that can lead to a personal injury lawsuit. A personal injury lawsuit is used to define a situation in which one or more individuals are significantly injured due to someone else’s reckless or negligent behavior. The injured parties may have recourse against any liable individuals or entities by pursuing a personal injury

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West Palm Beach is a Dangerous Place for Pedestrians and Bicyclists

Thousands of pedestrians and bicyclist are injured or killed by negligent motorists Florida is blessed with the beautiful weather and warm climate that makes so many people want to spend time outside. Unfortunately, it also has some of the highest rates of personal injury claims from pedestrian and bicycle accidents. The top four U.S. metropolitan areas that are ranked the most dangerous for pedestrians are all located in Florida: Orlando-Kissimmee, Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Jacksonville and Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach. Throughout the state,

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WIN A $1000 SCHOLARSHIP PROJECT 2017 FROM FETTERMAN & ASSOCIATES, PA!

NORTH PALM BEACH, FL – The Law Team of Fetterman & Associates, PA headquartered in North Palm Beach, FL with additional offices in Port St. Lucie and mobile offices, is excited to announce the 4th Annual FETTERMAN & ASSOCIATES, PA SCHOLARSHIP PROJECT, which encourages and supports students in the pursuit of education. This year, the Project will award scholarships to five college bound high school seniors. Our program will focus on student development and teacher influence/appreciation. Each applicant will be

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Tow Truck Crash Shows Why Accident Victims Need a Lawyer

A recent fatal tow truck crash in New Orleans highlights why it’s important for accident victims to get legal help right away following an accident. At Fetterman & Associates, we are West Palm Beach truck accident lawyers who serve individuals and families throughout Florida. If you or a loved one has been hurt in any kind of truck accident, it’s important to protect your rights by speaking to an experienced truck injury lawyer as soon as possible. The Tow Truck

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Handling A Tire Blowout On a Busy Road

Anytime that you are on the busy roads of West Palm Beach or Jupiter, Florida, it is important to be prepared to handle an emergency situation. Although proper maintenance and ensuring that you select a safe vehicle to begin with can decrease your chances of being involved in a car breakdown situation or a vehicle accident, a breakdown can happen at any time. In fact, the only aspect of a breakdown in Florida that you may be in control of

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Fast Facts about Car Accidents in Florida

An auto accident is a risk any time you get behind the wheel, but knowing the real numbers behind the risk can help you understand why it’s important to drive carefully and avoid distractions on the road. Auto Accidents by the Numbers According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there were 29,989 fatal motor vehicle crashes throughout the United States in 2014, resulting in a total of 32,675 deaths. How Florida Stacks Up The state of Florida accounted for

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Car Accidents in Port St. Lucie, Florida

According to recent reports, 2016 has been a bad year for car accidents in Florida. In just the first nine months of the year, Florida saw 269,868 traffic crashes, with over 113,000 injuries and 2,040 fatalities. In Port St. Lucie, there were over 3,250 car accidents and 20 auto accident-related deaths. Considering Florida’s population size, these auto accident numbers are noticeably high, which has led to concerns about how the rest of the year will shape up. More in-depth statistics

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Are Wrong Way Crashes on the Rise in Florida?

If you have recently been injured in an accident where another driver was going the wrong way on a road, you need to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. According to research in Florida, nearly 100 individuals were killed last year where at least one person was driving the wrong way on the road. That number has increased by 37% since 2013 alone. Wrong-Way Crashes Serious Issue in Florida There were nearly 1500 wrong way

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What You Need to Know about Bicycle Accidents in Florida

Although the overall fatality rate among bicyclists is low, studies show that bicyclists have a greater risk of experiencing a fatal accident compared to motorists. Each year, bicyclists account for about two percent of motor vehicle accident deaths, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. As Florida lawyers and residents, we know how tempting it is to jump on a bicycle. Our state’s pleasant weather and miles of beautiful coastline make bicycling a fun way to keep fit, commute

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Understanding the Impact of Spinal Cord Injuries

Unfortunately, far too many spinal cord injuries are caused by preventable incidents. One of the most common causes of a spinal cord injury is a vehicle accident. Those individuals who sustain a spinal cord injury of any severity type may have their life changed forever in the wake of the accident. The impacts of a spinal cord injury will depend on the level of the injury and the type of injury. Individuals who have suffered a spinal cord injury due

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Shocking Stats: Accidents in the State of Florida

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there were 29,989 fatal motor vehicle crashes throughout the United States in 2014, resulting in a total of 32,675 deaths. The state of Florida accounted for more than 2,330 of these fatal crashes and roughly 2,490 of the deaths. Out of the 2,400+ deaths recorded, more than 790 of the victims were car occupants. Additional statistics show that over 420 of the victims were either SUV, pickup truck, or large truck occupants,

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Parents May Be Just as Guilty of Distracted Driving

Unfortunately, teenagers catch a lot of flak for being the primary cause of distracted driving accidents. While it’s certainly true that teens are often more likely to text and drive and therefore, to potentially cause more distracted driving accidents in West Palm Beach or Jupiter, Florida, parents can be responsible for serving as good role models and stopping the texting and driving addiction. Distracted driving is an issue that doesn’t just impact one age group. While teenagers are much more

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Being Addicted to Smartphones Could Cause Serious Problems in Terms of Distracted Driving

If you’ve ever been in your car and found it difficult to resist the ping of an incoming notification like a status update or a text message, you are certainly not alone. New research studies identify that individuals may have difficulty avoiding the temptation of these status notification sounds from our phones indicating that more and more individuals are becoming addicted to their smartphones. Is the World Addicted to Smartphones? According to David Greenfield, founder of the Center for Internet

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How Long Does It Take to Get Paid in a Personal Injury Case?

For most personal injury plaintiffs, getting a settlement is a huge source of relief. The case is over, and you finally have the closure you need. It’s time to move on with your life and put the accident behind you. The only thing left to do is collect your settlement check. So… when can you expect it? As West Palm Beach personal injury lawyers, this is one of the most common questions we receive. Understandably, people want to know when

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When Trucking Companies Don’t Screen Their Drivers Motorists Pay the Price

To land a job with most companies, you must pass a background check and perhaps a drug screening. You must also possess a certain level of skill and experience. If you lack experience, your employer may provide you with on-the-job training. In short, very few professions allow you to just walk in on day one and get to work without some sort of training. Driving a semi-truck or any large commercial vehicle is a lot different than driving a regular

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