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April 28, 2017

Boat Accident Injuries Increasing in Florida

Boats are a way of life in Florida, where the nearly 875,000 registered recreational vessels far surpass the number found in any other state in the U.S.  That makes sense, given our easy access to lakes, rivers, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Atlantic. Unfortunately, what also makes sense is the fact that Florida leads the nation in the number of boating accidents per year (581 in 2014), as well as the number of deaths due to boating accidents (62 in 2014).  What is really discouraging, though, is that despite Florida’s boating education program and boating safety regulations, the number […]
March 23, 2017

Car Accidents and Injuries in The Villages and Ocala

An Increase in Traffic Accidents in Lake, Marion, and Sumter Counties Data from the Florida Integrated Report Exchange System show that the number of traffic accidents in The Villages and Ocala areas is increasing. In fact, in the past three years, the number of total accidents and injuries has increased in Lake, Marion, and Sumter Counties, as shown in the following chart. Unfortunately, the number of fatalities per year has also increased in the Ocala area (Marion County), from 55 in 2014, to 73 in 2016.  So far in 2017, 24 people have been killed in traffic accidents across Marion, […]
February 23, 2017

Avoiding a Florida Golf Cart Accident

The fatal golf cart crash that occurred in December, 2016, in Pasco County, highlighted the serious, growing problem of golf cart accidents in Florida.  In this particular case, a Jeep Cherokee and a golf cart were traveling in the same direction on a dark, unmarked road.  The Jeep hit the rear of the golf cart, the vehicle turned over, and the four passengers were ejected. Each year thousands of people are injured nationwide in golf cart accidents. Even those who do not drive their vehicles on dark, unmarked roads can be seriously injured in crashes when jolted or thrown out […]
January 19, 2017

Truck Accidents throughout the U.S., Florida and the Counties of North Central Florida

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in 2015, large trucks were involved in 3,598 fatal crashes across the U.S., resulting in 4,067 deaths.  While the number of fatal crashes has decreased by 22% since 2005, it has, with the exception of 2014, increased steadily since 2009, as shown in the chart below. Injuries and Fatalities Due to Truck Accidents in Florida What’s even more disturbing than the national increase in fatalities for those of us who live in Florida is that our state ranks third in the nation (behind only Texas and California) in the number of fatal […]
July 18, 2016

Uninsured Motorist Hits Your Bicycle or Golf Cart…Now What?

What happens if you are hit by a car while operating a bicycle or golf cart and the at-fault party does not have auto insurance? How do your medical bills and lost wages get paid? How do you recover for your pain and suffering? What should you do to protect yourself in a bicycle or golf cart accident? 1. If you own a motor vehicle, it is extremely important to have uninsured motorist coverage with stacking coverage. This coverage takes the place of liability coverage for the at-fault driver, if uninsured or underinsured, and provides you with an ability to […]
November 3, 2015

$24 Million Awarded to Widower Of Woman

A Florida jury recently awarded $24 million to a man whose wife was killed when a car, driven by a drunken driver, crossed a sidewalk, jumped a curb, and then crashed into the poolside cabana at the Riverside Hotel. Jurors assigned 15% liability to the hotel and  85% of the liability to 37-year-old Rosa Kim.  She was sentenced in January to 15 years in prison. The decedent, who was 26-year-old, was seven months pregnant and on a vacation with her husband.  
August 5, 2015

Increase in Large Truck Accidents

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, large trucks accounted for 3,964 fatalities in 2013.  That is the fourth straight jump in annual large truck-involved fatalities, dating back to 2009. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that the top ten most common factors causing these accidents are fatigue, brake problems, distractions, traffic flow interruption, prescription drug use, drunk driving, traveling too fast for conditions, unfamiliarity with roadway, over-the-counter drug use, and inadequate surveillance.  While many of the factors are attributed to the fault of the driver, there can be others who share in the blame such as the […]
August 3, 2015

The Villages is the #1 Small City in the U.S.

Forbes magazine recently ranked The Villages as the #1 Best Small City For Business And Careers. “Florida has been a retirement haven for decades thanks to its warm climate, recreational opportunities and lack of income or estate taxes. The state is annually one of the fastest-growing by population thanks to a steady influx of people 65 and older.” “No area is capitalizing more on retiring baby boomers than The Villages, located 60 miles northwest of Orlando in central Florida. The metro area, which developed out of the large retirement community of the same name, was the fastest growing metro in […]
January 9, 2015

Golf Cart Laws in Lady Lake, FL

In 2003, the Town of Lady Lake, Florida passed the following ordinances pertaining to Low-Speed Vehicles and Golf Carts: Sec. 17-2. – Low-speed vehicles. (a) Definition of low speed vehicle. Pursuant to F.S. § 320.01(42), a low-speed vehicle is any four-wheeled electric vehicle whose top speed is greater than twenty (20) miles per hour but not greater than twenty-five (25) miles per hour, including neighborhood electric vehicles. Said vehicles must conform to the safety standards in 49 C.F.R. Section 571.500 and F.S. § 316.2122. For purposes of this section, “golf carts” as defined in F.S. § 320.01(22) or “speed modified golf carts” […]
November 6, 2014

Is Hands Free Driving Safe?

According to a recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 3 out of 4 drives believe hands-free use is safe.  However, the study found that hands-free systems in vehicles can distract drivers more than was previously believed.  The results of the study revealed the following: The accuracy of voice recognition software significantly influences the rate of distraction; Composing text messages and emails using in-vehicle technologies was more distracting than using these systems to listen to messages; Use of Apple’s Siri generated a relatively high level of mental distraction; Using an error-free speech-to-text system to listen to and compose emails or texts […]