All About Back and Neck Injuries from Rear-end Collisions

In 2018, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reported nearly half a million car accidents involving over 693,000 drivers. Research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that 29% of crashes are rear-end collisions. Rear-end collisions happen more frequently than… read more

What Happens if Your Insurance Claim is Denied

Car accident claims in Florida are handled slightly differently from car accident claims in most states. Florida is a no-fault insurance state for automobile insurance. That means that each driver must purchase Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance coverage to protect themselves if they are involved… read more

Can Fault Be Determined By Car Accident Damage?

One of the most important things to do after a car accident is determining whose fault the accident was. While it might sound simple, and in some cases it is, establishing fault is often far from easy.  There are so many factors to consider and… read more

Average Neck and Back Injury Results from Car Accidents

Neck and back injuries are very common in car accidents. The forces exerted on the body during a collision can be strong enough to cause organ damage, break bones, and damage soft tissues. Because of the violent back and forth motion or twisting motions of… read more

Consequences of Using Your Cellphone While Driving in Florida

Most of us cannot get through the day without our cellphones. For some, a cell phone is just a telephone. For others, it is a computer and a personal assistant. Because our society has become attached to our cell phones, many people use their cellphones… read more

DUI Driver Gets 12 Years in Florida Crash That Left Woman Paralyzed

Kim Smith had dedicated her 20-plus year career to helping the disabled as a therapist. Now, at 57, she is a patient. She will always be a patient, now that she has been rendered paraplegic and is now a resident of an apartment complex for… read more

Study: Sleepy Drivers as Dangerous as Drunk Drivers

A lot of folks will be making long trips this holiday season to spend time with loved ones and ring in the New Year. Now, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has a warning for those who get behind the wheel with too little sleep:… read more

Small v. Sayre – Importance of a Skilled Injury Attorney

In a perfect world, the truth would be the only thing that decided the outcome of a civil injury lawsuit. And of course, the truth is a critical element. But what also matters is how skillfully your attorney can present it. What facts, records, testimony can… read more

Deficient Roads, Bridges Put Florida Drivers at Risk

Our roads and bridges are in terrible shape, and that puts us all risk for serious injury and death while driving.  According to a recent report by TRIP, a transportation solutions research group in D.C., we would need to shell out $740 billion to repair… read more

Reboulet v. Schlosberg – Spinal Damage in Multiple-Vehicle Accident

In a multiple-vehicle accident, there are more than two cars that hit each other or are involved in a chain of rear-end collisions. It can be difficult enough to sort out liability in these scenarios, but it can be even more complicated when there is… read more

Driving With a Cold: Just as Bad as Driving Drunk?

Anyone can catch a cold year-round, but people are most susceptible to the common cold during the winter months, as colder, drier air more easily spreads germs among those indoors. Most people don’t think much of going about their day with the common cold. However,… read more

Collateral Source Benefits From Government Sources Weighed in Smith v. Mahoney

Florida law generally does not allow defendants in personal injury lawsuits to present evidence of collateral benefits plaintiffs receive from third parties. These would include benefits like health insurance or workers’ compensation. The concern is that such evidence might confuse the jury. Still, F.S. 768.76 requires… read more

Deaths in Teen Driver Crashes Spike After Years on Decline

The number of people dying due to teen driver negligence is on the rise for the first time in a decade, reports the AAA automobile club and the Governors Highway Safety Association. In fact, this figure has shot up 10 percent in just a year.  This… read more

Martin v. Powers – Rental Car Company Liability for Injury

Since the Graves Amendment was enacted into federal law, rental car companies have been able to evade any vicarious liability for the negligent actions of their drivers. That means if you’re injured by someone driving a rental car, you can’t hold the owner of the… read more

Erie Insurance v. Larose – Jurisdiction for Florida Auto Accident Claim

Generally speaking, Florida state courts have the authority and the jurisdiction to oversee civil lawsuits pertaining to car accidents that happen in this state. However, as the recent case of Erie Insurance v. Larose reveals, a tricky matter of personal jurisdiction of an insurer may… read more

$24 Million Car Accident Settlement Against “Good Samaritan” Driver

Three years ago, Rebecca Forkey was a 24-year-old woman heading to the gym, training for a bodybuilding competition. Little did she know, her physical fitness is likely what kept her alive in a car accident that would have killed most people, her doctors now say. … read more

Car Seat Manufacturer to Face Florida Child Injury Lawsuit in 2017

A Florida judge in Duval County has set a trial date for August next year against the makers of the Ohio-based Evenflo, a car seat manufacturer accused of improperly recommending car seats that are too big for some children. The lawsuit was filed on behalf… read more

NHTSA: Traffic Fatalities Rose in 2015, Largest Uptick in Decades

The latest government statistics on car accidents and resulting fatalities in the U.S. paints a troubling picture of the lack of safety on our national highways and roads.  Last year, the number of people killed in motor vehicle crashes was nearly 35,100, according to the… read more

“Textalyzer” Brings Hope of Distracted Driving Detector After Crashes

Officers investigating drunk driving accidents have a device at their disposal called breathalyzers, which help them detect a person’s breath-alcohol concentration. Blood-alcohol concentration can also be detected through a blood test, though they may have to get a warrant for that. In cases where a… read more

Cramer v. Hon. Starr – Original Tortfeasor Rule Tested

The Arizona Supreme Court recently ruled on the common law precedent of the original tortfeasor rule, which allows a person who is civilly liable to another for some injury may also be civilly liable for the negligence, mistake or lack of skill on the part… read more