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Life-saving Tips on Avoiding Truck Accidents

Accidents that involve large commercial trucks often cause severe injury or death when the truck collides with a smaller passenger vehicle. Truck drivers travel long distances on strict schedules, which sometimes causes driver fatigue. Other causes of truck accidents include aggressive driving and distracted driving. Fortunately, Melbourne residents can significantly reduce their risk of becoming involved in a truck accident by learning to identify and respond to signs that an accident may occur. Florida truck drivers and aggressive driving Sometimes inexperienced or poorly qualified commercial truck drivers will operate their vehicle in a manner that is simply unsafe. Trucks have read more...

What should I look for in an injury lawyer?

Before choosing a Florida personal injury attorney for your civil lawsuit in Melbourne or Titusville, there are a few questions that should be initially asked: How long would you estimate it'll take for this case to complete? Are you familiar with personal injury law in Florida? Have you ever worked on personal injury cases similar to mine before? Why do you believe I can win this personal injury case? Why would hiring you be more beneficial than just filing a claim on my own? Some attorneys might seem frustrated answering questions such as these, especially if their resume is full read more...

How is a Car Accident Case Negotiated?

The purpose of this blog is to explain the settlement process in an auto accident case that occurs in the state of Florida. While no two cases are similar, this writing should provide a general overview of what lies ahead for you and your Melbourne-based attorney in the wake of your auto accident in Brevard County. What is a settlement? A settlement occurs when you and the other party or parties to a car accident agree on a sum of money to be paid in the form of compensation, absent of any involvement by the courts. As part of the read more...

Statutes of Limitations for Injury Cases

A personal injury case is brought about when a Floridian suffers bodily harm due to the negligence of another person or persons. The state's statutes of limitations – state-mandated deadlines for filing personal injury lawsuits – are shorter than many other states, making a timely filing critical to your chances of success. Florida's statutes of limitations for personal injury cases vary depending on the nature of the accident or injury. In Florida, all motorists are required to carry personal injury protection (PIP) insurance in a specific amount to cover such claims. If the cost of medical bills and property damage read more...

5 Things to Do After a Car Wreck

Note: This blog is intended for those who are not seriously injured in an auto wreck. If you are, awaiting medical attention is your wisest move. According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT), in the United States, more than 2.3 million people are injured each year in car crashes. Fortunately, many of these injuries are minor, and the driver is able to walk on his or her own accord. If accident victims are not badly injured, some quick thinking can help provide their auto accident attorneys with evidence that could strongly strengthen a future lawsuit in Brevard read more...

What Causes Truck Driver Fatigue?

What do being awake for 18 hours and being intoxicated have in common? They both impair truck drivers equally. According to numerous studies, being awake for long periods of times is comparable to having a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent – the legal limit in Florida – and increases the chances of a truck accident exponentially. Pressure to make up time and work while sick often causes truck drivers to exercise bad judgment. They take risks that they normally wouldn’t take in order to do their job. The end result sometimes involves horrific traffic accidents with fatalities. To read more...

Yes, Texting Increases Car Accident Chances

Among the many variations of distracted driving, texting and driving remains one of the most dangerous. According to Distraction.gov, nearly 3,200 people were killed and 431,000 were injured last year due to crashes involving distracted motorists. These statistics underscore the importance of educating Florida residents on the dangers of cell phone usage while operating a motor vehicle. It's illegal in Florida Fines of between $20 and $400 are charged for each violation. Subsequent offenses carry more expensive fines. Considered a primary law in Florida, suspicion of texting and driving will get you pulled over by law enforcement officer. Police do read more...

Tips for safer motorcycle operation

Help Make Melbourne Roads Less Dangerous Before hiking a leg over a motorcycle, riders should be aware of safety regulations required by the State of Florida, as well as specific paperwork that must be filed. These include: possessing a driver's license or a motorcycle license valid in Florida passing the Class E operator's driver license knowledge test completing basic Rider Course in the Florida Rider Training Program obtaining self-Insurance Certificate or motorcycle insurance In Melbourne and Titusville, it is not required for riders to wear helmets if they're 21 or older, if they're are covered by an insurance policy with read more...

Pre-existing conditions in an injury case

In Florida, a no-fault state, the minimum amount of insurance required is $10,000 for personal injury protection (PIP) benefits and $10,000 in property damage liability (PDL) benefits. However, the Florida Financial Responsibility Law, which is regulated by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, requires more – $10,000 minimum for bodily injury for the other driver and $20,000 for bodily injury per accident. While the general idea is for the accident to be "no-fault," it can financially become the risky driver's fault quickly when it comes to finances. However, there are certain limits to what can be considered when read more...

Why does it take so long to settle a car accident suit?

In a no-fault state like Florida, a car accident that causes injuries and property damage might seem like an open-and-shut case. It's no one's fault. The insurer pays up. Both parties go their own way. However, this is not always the case. Each personal injury case is unique, and many are complex, especially when more than one person is involved. Medical injuries vary case to case Consider this example: A driver is traveling with two passengers – one in the front seat and one in the backseat. Another vehicle sideswipes the car, hurting all three. The driver, who already had read more...

Liability in a driverless car crash

On July 1st, a bill signed into law by Florida Gov. Rick Scott paved the way for driverless vehicles to legally operate on the state's roads and highways. While the bill's proponents insist that such automobiles are safer than those driven by humans, accidents do happen, and people still get hurt. In an ideal world, a driverless car would decrease crashes, lower insurance costs and help with the decrease in health insurance rates. In the real world, though, that's not always the case. In May of this year, a Tesla on "autopilot" hit a truck, killing the driver in Willison, read more...

Questions your injury lawyer will ask

After a car accident, you might be tempted to call your insurance company to start the claims process. But if you suffered serious injuries in that accident, even such a simple task might seem daunting, especially if the insurance company gives you the runaround. The last thing you need during this trying time is hassle. For this reason – among many others – it's best to discuss your case with an attorney specializing in auto accidents before anyone else. Florida is one of 12 "no-fault" state, meaning the victim can file a claim for medical bills and lost wages with read more...

Contingency: How does it work?

In the aftermath of an injury, medical bills pile up quickly, and lost wages due to the inability to work may make your financial situation seem hopeless. The last thing you need at this difficult time is the hassle of paying an attorney. Many injury victims hesitate to contact a lawyer because they believe they can't afford it. While this might be true in virtually any other area of law, it's not the case when personal injury is involved. In an injury case, attorneys get paid "on contingency," which means that they only get paid if the case is won read more...

Play It Safe & Be Cool This Halloween

Updated October 31, 2017 by attorney Brent Couture There is always one family in the neighborhood that goes all out for Halloween. Your kids marvel in wonder each time you pass as the lights flicker, the spooky music blares, headstones litter the lawn-turned-cemetery and apparitions peek through windows, suggesting that the home sees more than just invited guests one month out of the year. Not to be outdone – and wanting to be a cool parent and neighbor – you vow that this Halloween will be different, as you drive home from the holiday-themed store, car filled with accessories from read more...

Who’s at fault in a wrongful death suit?

In a perfect world, death would always be preventable, and no one would be blamed or held liable for the demise of others. The unnecessary loss of loved ones upsets the natural course of life. If you believe a person, a group of people or an organization contributed to or caused the demise of a spouse or family member, you should get in touch with a wrongful death attorney in Melbourne. In Florida, a wrongful death may arise from intentional or negligent acts. In some cases, a wrongful death may intersect with the criminal justice realm. Imagine two men getting read more...

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