August 12

Do You Know When You Have to Stop for a School Bus?

Another school year is beginning so to avoid causing injuries or getting a ticket because you did not properly stop for a school bus, let’s refresh ourselves on Florida’s law regarding when you are required to stop for a school bus. Florida law (Section 316.172) states as follows: (1) Any person using, operating, or driving a.

August 7

Remember These Safety Tips When In A School Zone

School days and busy school zones are coming soon. This means more traffic, more school buses, more kids on bikes, and more pedestrians. Here are a few old tips and a new tip for drivers in a school zone. First, the new one. The Florida law on texting and driving in a school zone has.

July 29

ABLE Account – A Way To Protect SSI and Medicaid Benefits

An ABLE saving account may be helpful in some situations after a car accident. Many times in my practice, I have represented minors who are injured in a car accident. Some of these minors were eligible for and receiving Social Security Income benefits or Medicaid before the car accident. In normal situations, if a recovery.

July 23

Fatal Fiery Crash With Tow Truck and Florida’s Move Over Law

Sadly, a Bradenton mother had to watch her 21-year-old son die after a driver in a pickup truck hit and kill her son on the side of I-75 in Hillsborough County. Would following Florida’s Move Over Law prevented this tragedy? According to ABC Action News, the crash happened around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday on the.

July 18

Riding a Moped? Does Your Car Insurance Cover You?

Sadly, a moped driver was killed in a Tampa car accident last night According to ABC Action News, the moped was heading westbound in the bike lane on Waters Avenue when a Dodge Ram flatbed truck traveling eastbound on Waters began making a left turn onto Camden Street and hit the front of the moped..

June 18

Ways the Workers Compensation Carrier Will Try to Deny Your Work Comp Claim

Some workers compensation insurance companies will try anything to deny your work comp claim. Thus, it is important to know your rights and responsibilities after being injured at work. Over the decades of handling workers’ compensation cases, I have found that these are some of the main reasons the carriers use to deny claims: The.

June 13

The New Uber in St. Petersburg? The “Nickel Ride”

Uber and Lyft are now familiar names. According to Bay News 9, they now have competition in St. Petersburg. “The Nickel Ride” is now offering rides for free around St. Petersburg. The article states that “The Nickel Ride” provides free rides to anywhere in Downtown St. Petersburg. Their website promotes that “The Nickel Ride is.

June 5

People Really Cover Their License Plate To Avoid Tolls?

I never thought of it and am glad I didn’t! I don’t travel enough to warrant a Sun Pass so several weeks after going through a toll, I receive an invoice from Florida DOT asking for a few bucks. There’s a picture of my car and its license tag on the invoice. Apparently, others try.

May 30

Teenage Drivers at Higher Risk During 100 Deadliest Days

Teenage drivers and their passengers should know we are now in the 100 Deadliest Days on the Road. In fact, all drivers should be aware of this. The 100 Deadliest Days encompass the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day. According to AAA, more than 1,050 people were killed in car accidents involving teenage drivers.

May 24

This Memorial Day Weekend Avoid a Car Accident or Boating Accident

Memorial Day is a great opportunity to gather with friends and family. If you are driving this Memorial Day weekend, you are not alone. More than 37 million people are expected to hit the road for the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Sadly, this means that the chances of being involved in a car accident this.

May 16

Clearwater Car Accident Reminds Us of Seat Belt Law & Other Things

Nothing good happens after midnight. A Clearwater car accident on U.S. 19 near Drew Street supports this preaching. According to the Tampa Bay Times, a 19-year-old driver lost control of his 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe while driving southbound on U.S. 19 around 4:15 a.m. this morning. As a result, he slammed into the divider at.

May 7

Use of Hazards While Driving in Rain – A Refresher Course

The raining season is swiftly approaching which means driving in rain. Afternoon rain showers will likely result in some Tampa Bay drivers forgetting how to drive in the rain. Before the rain comes, let’s have a refresher course on using hazards/flashers in the rain. Plain and simple, it is illegal to use hazards/flashers while driving.

May 3

What is the Car Owner’s Liability if Not Driving the Vehicle?

Can the car owner be responsible for the injuries caused by someone else driving their vehicle even when the owner is not in the car? The answer is a resounding YES. The car owner’s liability stays with the car with just a few exceptions. This is important to remember as we enter into high school.

April 29

A Change in Florida’s Texting While Driving Law This Week?

There is one more week to see if the Florida law on texting while driving changes this year. Both the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate have approved a bill that would change texting behind the wheel from a secondary offence to a primary offense, but the bill is not ready to be.

April 17

Gulf to Bay and Belcher Road – What Changes Are Being Proposed?

The intersection of Gulf to Bay and Belcher Road in Clearwater is dangerous. According to a recent report in the Tampa Bay Times, this intersection has had the highest frequency of crashes of all intersections in Clearwater in 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018 and has ranked in the top four each year since 2010..

April 10

Self-Driving Cars – Are You Ready For Them in Florida?

Self-driving cars (also known as autonomous vehicles) may be on Florida’s roads in the near future if Florida Representative Jason Fischer’s bill gets through the Florida legislature. This week, his bill allowing self-driving vehicles to be operated in Florida without a human backup was approved by a House committee and is on its way to.

April 3

Social Security Disability Case Heard By U.S. Supreme Court

Not too many social security disability cases make it to the United States Supreme Court, but yesterday, the Court did hear a case and decided against the social security disability applicant. In Biestek v. Berryhill, the United States Supreme Court denied a proposal to establish a rule requiring vocational experts to turn over the data.

March 27

Texting While Driving Law May Change in Florida

Texting While Driving – most of all can spot it as we come up on a slower moving vehicle or one moving within the lane in front of us. This week, the Florida Legislature took steps to strengthen Florida’s ban on texting while driving. The current law on distracted driving relating to the ban on.

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