Teens 8x More Likely to Crash After Getting Driver’s License

Teenagers can hardly wait to get their driver’s licenses and taste the freedom of the open road. After spending time driving on a learner’s permit, they’re excited to finally have the opportunity to drive alone. Parents, on the other hand, are not quite as excited and many are filled with anxiety and dread over their child’s newfound freedom. Unfortunately, parents are right to be worried. According to a study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health and led by the

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Do Pedestrians Always Have the Right of Way?

It is a common misconception that pedestrians in Florida always have the right of way. However, this is far from the truth. While motor vehicle drivers do have an increased responsibility to avoid collisions with pedestrians, pedestrians are also responsible for using caution when crossing streets and walking in traffic. In fact, Florida law states that “every driver of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian.” Pedestrian Responsibilities Like motor vehicle drivers, pedestrians have a

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Truck Driver with Unsafe Driving Record Kills 7 in Fiery Florida Trucking Crash

West Palm Beach truck driver, Steve Holland, had a long history of unsafe driving. Court records showed that the Florida driver was ticketed 5 different states between 2000 and 2014. While most of his citations were relatively minor, two of them were not. In 2003 and 2004, the Florida truck driver was cited for careless driving and speeding. Sadly, his history of unsafe driving led to a fiery Florida trucking crash on Interstate 75 near Gainesville that resulted in 7

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Common Injuries That Are Covered by Social Security Disability in Florida

If you were injured in Florida, you may find yourself out of work. Unfortunately, Florida is one of the few states that does not provide short-term disability benefits for those who are unable to work because of a medical condition. The only other options for you to be compensated is if you have disability insurance through your employer or by qualifying for the Social Security Administration disability benefit programs. Qualifying for Social Security Disability is not an easy task, though,

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Motorcycle Accidents a Year Round Risk in West Palm Beach

While May is designated as Motorcycle Safety Month, in the state of Florida motorcycle accidents are a danger year-round. Motorcycles are extremely popular in the Sunshine State due to the ideal year-round weather, the great scenery and the long stretches of flat roads.  Unfortunately, with the number of motorcycles on the highways, motorcycle accidents are all-too-common. According to the NHTSA, the state of Florida had the highest number of motorcycle accident fatalities in 2015 at 577. Despite the fact that

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The Truth Behind Why Social Media Is the Enemy in Personal Injury Cases

Social media has made our world smaller and has connected people across the globe. It’s a technological advancement that has made it easy to share the good times with those we can’t see in person every day. But for all the benefits it can bring, social media can be the enemy of personal injury lawsuits. That’s because the defendants in personal injury cases will often use a person’s presence on social media against them. Social media is a way for

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Walmart & Fast Food Restaurants Pose High Risk for Pedestrians

Fast food restaurants and stores like Walmart are hot spots for pedestrian crashes, according to a new study released by the University of South Florida. The Center for Urban Transportation Research found that specific types of retail stores actually increase the danger to pedestrians, especially in low-income areas. For example, in Florida, Walmarts located in low-income areas had 1.8x more pedestrian crashes than low income areas that did not contain a Walmart. Fast food restaurants in these areas also saw

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The 3 Most Commonly Questions Asked about Wrongful Death Lawsuits in Florida

The loss of a loved one is never easy to handle, but it’s even harder when their death was untimely and caused by someone else. In the state of Florida, you may be able to pursue a wrongful death civil lawsuit if the death of a loved one was caused by the wrongful act or negligence of another person or entity. But who can file a wrongful death lawsuit, and how must it be done? Who Can File a Wrongful

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No Criminal Charges Filed Despite Florida Nursing Home Deaths

It’s been over a year since 12 patients died in a hot Hollywood, Florida nursing home, yet no criminal charges have been filed. When Hurricane Irma hit the area in September 2017, patients who were living at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills were abandoned when the nursing home’s central air conditioning failed. As temperatures inside the facility climbed to 99 degrees Fahrenheit, none of the staff members safely evacuated the patients, despite federal regulations saying that nursing homes must

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