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Parents’ Liability in Accidents Involving a Minor Driver

The risk of car accidents in The Village or, car accidents in Ocala, or in Florida in general in is higher for teenagers than any other age group. In 2017, 3,255 teen drivers were involved in fatal car accidents in the United States. In 2013 only, 371,645 people were injured and 2,927 died as a consequence of car accidents involving a teen driver. This includes drivers, passengers, and pedestrians as well as occupants of another vehicle. This higher rate of risk is attributed to several factors. Statistics show that the main reasons for this higher rate of risk are inexperience, speeding,...

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Complications of Multi-Vehicle Collisions

Whether an impact from a traffic collision involves a single vehicle or half a dozen, the injuries that victims sustain can be substantial. With multi-vehicle collisions, however, the chances of being injured rise substantially compared to a single-vehicle crash. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 40 percent of fatal crashes are multi-vehicle collisions. Furthermore, when three or more parties are involved, filing a personal injury claim becomes more complicated than if it is just between two parties. An experienced Ocala multi-vehicle collision attorney can help determine who is at fault and what insurance policies are at play, and...

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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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The Top Reasons Why Victims of Car Accidents Need an Attorney

Getting into a car accident in The Village or getting into a car crash in Ocala can be an extremely emotional and frightening ordeal. The State of Florida has a no-fault car insurance system in place. Thus, when injuries occur in the event of a crash, each driver is responsible for filing an insurance claim against their own policy. It is absolutely essential that any possible mistakes with your accident claim are avoided, and that it is managed properly from the beginning. Nevertheless, most people lack proper knowledge of the law and can greatly benefit from the help of an attorney.  The...

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How to Handle a Parking Lot Accident

Almost everyone drives through a parking lot once or more per day. Parking lots have a huge role in day-to-day life. Although parking lots may not give the impression hazardous, due to lower speed limits and not as many cars, the larger concentration of people on foot and higher concentration of cars in a moderately confined space create a hotbed for car accidents. About one-in-five car accidents occurs inside a parking lot. These accidents are particularly dangerous when pedestrians or cyclists are struck. How to Prevent Being Involved in a Parking Lot Accident  Drivers tend to cross into empty rows, ignore speed limits...

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Accidents Involving Teen Drivers

A majority of drivers end up in at least one accident throughout the course of their lives. Newly licensed drivers, especially those in their teenage years, are more prone to accidents. Teens just lack comprehensive experience driving and are more likely to make mistakes. Car accidents are the number one cause of death, as well as one of the main causes of injuries, for teenage drivers across the United States and the State of Florida. Typical Mistakes that Teens Make Behind the Wheel Not wearing their seat belts: According to the NHTSA, seat belt use is the lowest among teen drivers....

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Avoiding a Florida Golf Cart Accident

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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 of...

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

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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 crashes involving...

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Increase in Large Truck Accidents

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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 trucking...

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Golf Cart Laws in Lady Lake, FL

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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" shall not...

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