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The Villages Golf Cart Rules and Injuries

Golf carts serve as a convenient way to not only play nine or 18 holes of golf on a hot summer day, but also to get around in one’s community. In fact, here in Florida, and within The Villages in particular, golf carts are regularly used for commuting short distances, and are allowed on public streets. The Villages has an extensive golf-cart-specific path network with over 90 miles of paved paths, according to Villages News. The downside of using a golf cart is their lack of safety design and crash protection technology. Golf carts do not have seat belts, roll...

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Uber/Lyft Collision

Uber and other ridesharing companies—the main competitor of Uber being Lyft—have made it easy to hail a car with the push of a button, and are cheaper than conventional taxis. However, they have also caused safety and street congestion problems. Cities across the U.S. are suffering from the congestion issues caused by 10s of thousands of extra cars driving around for hours on end, often with no passengers. In San Francisco, for example, Uber and Lyft cars make up 13 percent of all traffic, according to Streets Blog. Even in Boston, where Uber and Lyft make up ‘just’ 7.7 percent...

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Is Subpoenaing Cell Phone Records Necessary?

Driving and Cell Phone Use Laws in Florida Drivers, law-makers, and anyone with common sense has known that driving while talking or texting on the phone is dangerous. Anything that requires that a driver looks away from the road, or take their hands off the wheel to dial or text increases the chances of crashing. Furthermore, even talking on a phone hands free is distracting, as it places the driver’s mind somewhere else—in the conversation instead of driving. According to studies, drivers talking on hands free devices “see but fail to see  up to 50 percent of the information in their...

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Four Common Types of Intersection Collisions in Ocala

Intersections make up a small percentage of all roadway surfaces, yet 40 percent of all motor vehicle collisions occur at intersections, according to the Federal Highway Administration. Furthermore, 20 percent of fatal collisions occur at intersections. There are over four million property damage intersection collisions annually and 1.7 million intersection injury collisions per year. How Intersection Crashes Occur The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration cites “inadequate surveillance” as a contributing factor in 44 percent of intersection collisions, followed by “false assumption of other’s action,” turning with an obstructed view, making an illegal maneuver, internal distraction, and misjudging a gap or another’s speed in...

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Stair and Ramp Slip and Falls

Trip and falls can happen anywhere, and can cause serious injuries to even the most physically fit victims. Even same level-falls—falls to the same floor level—can result in torn ligaments, brain injuries, and broken bones. Multi-level falls, such as falls on a ramp or set of stairs or steps, are usually even worse due to the increased distance to the ground and multiple impacts. Over one million Americans are injured on stairs every year according to Reuters, and people of all age ranges end up being victims. How Stairway and Ramp Falls Happen Many falls that occur on stairs and ramps are...

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Low Speed Whiplash Collisions

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Traffic collisions can cause injuries even at very low speeds, and one of the most common low-speed (and high speed) injuries is that of whiplash. Whiplash the term used to describe torn ligaments and muscle fibers within the neck following a sudden acceleration or deceleration of the head. It causes severe pain and immobility, and can linger for weeks, months, or years. However, it can be hard to prove just how severe your pain is, and you can be sure that the at-fault driver’s insurance provider will fight to devalue your injury claim. Defining Whiplash Whiplash is a strain or sprain of...

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Recovering Compensation for Dog Bite Injuries

When it comes to liability for dog bites, Florida abides by the legal theory of strict liability. This means that a dog’s owner will almost always be held financially responsible for injuries that his or her animal causes, regardless of whether the owner knew that the dog was aggressive. Filing these types of claims can still be difficult, especially for those who are suffering from serious injuries, so if you or a loved one were recently attacked by someone else’s dog, it is critical to speak with an experienced The Villages dog bite attorney who can help handle your claim. Animal...

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Unique Problems for Victims After a Pedestrian Accident

Everyone probably knows that car accidents are a common occurrence in America. But there is something uniquely terrifying about a pedestrian accident. Some towns have a bigger problem than others. The Villages, Florida is one of those towns where pedestrian and similar accidents are on the rise, and the damage caused can be catastrophic and fatal. Here are a few of the common problems that can arise in a pedestrian crash and how our The Villages personal injury lawyers handle them. Liability Disputes  The question of who is responsible for an auto pedestrian collision is often very challenging. For one, pedestrians tend...

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Common Causes of Pedestrian-related Accidents

In 2016, according to reports by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), just shy of 6,000 pedestrians lost their lives due to car crashes. While that number may appear to be relatively small when compared to all of the car accidents, the percentage of pedestrians that die or suffer severe injuries measured up against occupants of vehicles was significantly higher. More than 13% of all vehicle related accident fatalities involve pedestrians. Thus, while it may seem like walking somewhere is a healthier alternative to driving, it is not always the safer choice.  Common Causes of Pedestrian-Related Crashes Generally, there are several frequently...

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Construction Worksite Fall Accidents

Construction workers have one of the most hazardous jobs in the entire world. In the United States, around 21% of all deaths in the workplace happen to workers in the construction industry. With power tools, overcrowded job sites, heavy machinery and numerous other dangerous conditions, it is not surprising that so many construction workers get severely injured or even die. In 2017, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), construction-related falls accounted for almost 40% (381 out of 971 workers) of the construction industry’s fatality count. Deaths caused by falls on construction worksites are only a fraction of the...

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