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Knee Injuries from Auto Accidents: What You Need to Know

If you are involved in a car accident, one type of injury you may suffer is to the knees. You may have simple cuts or bruises to more severe burns, soft tissue, or ligament injuries. In some cases, injuries to soft tissues are more complicated than other types and, as a result, may require ongoing treatment.  Sometimes, serious knee injuries come with a physical and psychological burden. Because of how this type of injury can impact your life, it’s a

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Can You Sue After a Florida Car Accident if You Weren’t Injured? 

Injury-causing car accidents in Florida are more common than most people realize. If you are involved in an accident caused by someone else where you sustained an injury, you can seek financial compensation from the at-fault party. However, other car accidents don’t result in injuries. You may wonder if you can sue for the accident in these situations. Regardless of if you are injured or not, reaching out to our legal team at Fetterman & Associates after an accident is

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Car Accident Stats: St. Lucie County, Florida

When you read about the millions of injuries that occur every year in car accidents across the United States, it can feel as though you have little cause for concern. After all, the United States is a big place with a big population to match, surely it isn’t that bad.  However, it is important to remember car accidents don’t choose people, and they certainly don’t choose places. The statistics you read about on the news can easily happen close to

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Cars today are safer than ever

All cars made within the last ten years have airbags that are designed to protect the vehicle occupants in certain types of crashes. Together with seatbelts, airbags often prevent many serious injuries. We also have anti-lock brakes, which are designed to minimize loss of control during emergency braking, lane departure warnings if we veer out of the lane we are in, and other safety features which make our vehicles so much safer than vehicles were twenty, thirty or more years

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The Danger of Having Pets Loose While You Drive

If you take your dog in the car, there’s a good chance they love to ride with their head out the window. Taking your pet along on a road trip is a must for most people – after all, they aren’t just an animal but a member of the family.  Unfortunately, there is a serious risk related to having your pet loose in your car. In fact, it can be a huge hazard. Taking your eyes off the road for

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Fatal Car Accidents in Florida

Florida features on the list of some of the most hazardous places to drive in, with the third highest number of fatal car accidents in the United States. Most of these accidents result from human errors rather than unavoidable circumstances, as drunk driving, overspeeding, driving under the influence, and wrong-way drivers, are the biggest accident factors in the state. Here are the causes, types, and car crash stats in Florida. Car crash statistics in Florida If you’re looking to visit

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Car Accidents While Visiting Florida

Florida is home to white sandy beaches, a mild subtropical climate, and — unfortunately — car crashes. More specifically, thousands of car crashes occur in the Sunshine State, with many involving tourists and snowbirds. According to the Insurance Information Institute, Florida is one of the most car accident-prone states. Since 2018, the Sunshine State has consistently been a place of thousands of car crashes. In total, daily car crash tallies by both residents and out-of-state drivers have remained above the

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Are Tesla Self-Driving Cars Safe?

The idea of cars on autopilot seems like the stuff of science fiction. In pushing the boundaries of technology, Tesla has pioneered self-driving cars, which are supposed to be safer and more efficient on roads. Yet, the question remains: “Are its self-driving cars safer?” They can be, though there are some caveats to the safety of self-driving cars. With the documentation of self-driving car accidents, there is much trepidation — and this is not just felt by prospective buyers. Even

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Older Drivers and Florida Car Accidents

Florida is the Sunshine State. Living up to its name, the state boasts a sub-tropical climate and coastal cities that lure vacationers from all over the country. Without a doubt, Florida’s conditions make it a haven for retirees and other older people to visit during the winter. This “migration” even sparked the term for these individuals — snowbirds. As the number of snowbirds climbs, so does the number of car accidents in the state. For years, Florida has been one

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5 Things You Should Never Say to an Insurance Company After a Car Crash

There are many steps to take in the aftermath of a car accident, with contacting your insurance company among the most important. While it sounds easy enough to file a claim, you’ll soon find that there are various challenges along the way. For example, if you say the “wrong” thing to an insurance company representative, it could harm your ability to receive all the compensation you deserve. So, with that in mind, here are five things you should never say

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I Was in a Three Car Accident — Who Pays My Damages?

Not all car accidents involve only two vehicles. Three-car accidents and pileup accidents are also common, especially in densely populated areas. If you’re part of a three-car accident, two questions will immediately come to mind: Who was responsible for causing the accident? Who will pay your damages? Determining fault in a three-car accident is challenging, as every driver will have their own version of events. It’s best to protect yourself by consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney.  How Do

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Tips for Driving in the Florida Rain

Despite Florida’s abundant sunshine, it rains almost daily during the rainy season from June to August.  According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, about 21 percent of vehicle crashes each year involve hazardous weather. These crashes account for about 16 percent of all vehicular deaths.  Approximately 70% of all rain-related crashes happen on wet roads. However, 48% occur while it is actually raining. Only 18% of weather-related crashes happen during snow or sleet. Wet roads and rainy weather conditions are

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Important Steps Following A Port St. Lucie Car Accident

No one anticipates being in a car accident that will leave them traumatized and experiencing life-altering injuries. Not anticipating such an incident, however, does not stop it from happening. All it takes is one driver to not do the right thing and you end up on the unfortunate receiving end of said driver’s failure to obey the traffic laws and regulations. Thankfully, even in such dire situations, there is help. If you or someone you love have experienced injuries resulting

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Distracted Driving and Port St Lucie Car Accidents

The first and most important rule of driving is that your mind and eyes should always be on the road. Unfortunately, many drivers don’t always follow this rule. They engage in other seemingly harmless tasks such as eating or talking on the phone. However, these seemingly harmless tasks are distractions that often lead to road accidents.   Many car accidents in Port St. Lucie are a result of distracted driving, and the results often are devastating. Here is an overview of

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The Dangers Of Drowsy Driving In West Palm Beach

Did you know that around 30% of drivers in the U.S. have admitted to falling asleep while behind the wheel? Over 50% of people asked have admitted to getting behind the wheel while drowsy, which is extremely risky for themselves and others on the road.  Unfortunately, you may find yourself included in the statistic above. For example, have you suddenly jerked awake as your car starts vibrating as it moves toward the shoulder and runs over the rumble strips on

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How to Deal with a Drunk, High, or Aggressive Driver After a Car Accident

Being involved in a car accident is always a stressful experience, but even more so when the other driver is impaired by alcohol or drugs or appears to be aggressive and hostile.  When you encounter an impaired or belligerent driver, it can be very scary and dangerous to communicate with them. Unfortunately, situations like these are not uncommon in Florida, which is why you should learn how to deal with drunk, high, or aggressive drivers at the scene of the

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How Will My Medical Records Affect My Car Accident Claim?

If you’ve been involved in a car accident caused by another person’s negligence, you’re likely going to seek compensation for your injuries. Considering that you have physical injuries, you might be tempted to think that being in a cast or wheelchair will serve as proof for your accident-related injuries and compel the at-fault party to pay up. But that’s far from the truth.  The reality is that recovering full compensation from the at-fault party’s insurance company requires extensive documentation of

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Can You Seek Compensation for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) After a Car Accident?

A car accident is a traumatizing and stressful event that can leave behind physical injuries, psychological trauma, and emotional scars. While physical injuries are almost always immediately apparent after a car crash, the same cannot be said about psychological injuries, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  PTSD is one of the most common mental health conditions that occur after a car accident. If another driver’s negligent actions resulted in a crash that led to your physical and psychological injuries, including PTSD,

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What to Do if You Were Injured in a Hit-and-Run Accident?

If you’ve been injured  in a hit-and-run accident, you are probably feeling helpless and confused about what to do next. You’re probably wondering who will pay for your injuries and damages. If the other driver fled the scene, contact West Palm Beach car accident attorneys at Fetterman & Associates, P.A., to help you navigate this complicated legal process, strengthen your insurance claim, and get compensated for your injuries. What to do immediately after a hit-and-run? Following the crash, your priority

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What If You Were in a Car Accident Involving a Rental Car?

Florida welcomes over 125 million visitors each year. Often, out-of-state visitors prefer to get around town by car to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Sunshine State. In particular, many of these visitors and vacationers opt for rental car services for their temporary transportation. Though it’s the last thing on any vacationer’s mind during a trip, getting into an accident involving a rental car (whether you or the other party was driving a rental) can raise many questions, including: Who

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