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Texting While Driving–It’s Illegal in Florida

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The Florida Legislature recently passed a bill that made texting while driving illegal in the State of Florida.  This law represents a significant step to further ensure that our loved ones are safe on the roads.  The bill, SB 52, which Gov. Rick Scott signed into law on May 28, prohibits motorists from using their cellphones to text or email while driving, with some exceptions. Drivers are allowed to use their devices while reporting criminal activity, listening to music or using text-to-talk systems such as Siri.  They may also text or email while stuck in traffic or at red lights. The...

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Florida Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Generally In 2000, motorcycle fatalities accounted for about 8% of all traffic fatalities in Florida, but by 2008 the percentage had increased to 17.8%. By 2010, motorcycle fatalities dropped to 14.3% of all traffic fatalities. In 2011, motorcycle fatalities have returned to 2008 levels, accounting for 17.0% of all traffic fatalities. Alcohol and Motorcycle Accidents: In 2011 in Florida, impaired motorcyclists with blood alcohol content (“BAC”) of .08+ accounted for 26% of motorcycle fatalities, while impaired motorcyclists with a BAC of .01+ accounted for 32% of motorcycle fatalities. Nationally, in fatal crashes in 2011 a higher percentage of motorcycle riders had BAC of .08 grams per...

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Let’s Make Our Roads Safer

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Nearly four thousand people were killed in truck crashes in 2011.  While fatal truck crashes often cost over $4.3 million, federal law only requires cargo truck drivers to maintain insurance policies for $750,000 dollars.  Injured motorists and taxpayers are left to pay the difference. If trucking companies are not accountable, the safety and financial security of all drivers is at risk.  Congress has not updated this minimum insurance requirement in over 30 years and as a result unsafe trucking carriers are prevented from being held fully accountable. H.R. 2730, the Safe And Fair Environment on Highways Achieved through Underwriting Levels (SAFE HAUL)...

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Is a Modified Golf Cart a Motor Vehicle?

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In the recent case of Angelotta v. Security National Insurance, the 5th District Court of Appeal addressed the question of whether a golf cart can be considered a “vehicle.” Facts In 2008, a resident of The Villages was operating a modified golf cart on a public roadway when he “sideswiped a car and then crashed into a lawfully stopped golf cart operated by John Angelotta.”  Mr. Angelotta was severely injured and sued to recover for injuries he sustained as a result of the collision.  Unfortunately, the defendant’s insurance company, Security National, denied the claim and asserted that the policy covered “autos”–defined as...

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Legislative Proposal Seeks Tougher Penalties for Drivers Who Leave the Scene of an Accident

A recent proposal in the Florida Senate, known as the Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act, seeks to create tougher penalties for drivers who leave the scene of a hit and run bicycle accident.  The proposed legislation is named after Aaron Cohen, a triathlete and father who was killed when he was struck by a vehicle driven by Michael Traverso in February 2012. Investigators found evidence suggesting Traverso had been drinking before he struck Cohen. However, they were unable to test his blood alcohol level because he drove away.  Traverso was sentenced to 364 days in jail for leaving the scene of...

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What Is My Personal Injury Case Worth?

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After being involved in a car accident or injured as a result of the negligence of another person, you probably want to know how much you should expect to recover.  Although each case is different, below are some factors we take into consideration when attempting to determine the value of a personal injury case: <li Severity of the Injury - The type of injury you sustained, as well as its severity, is by far the most important factor.  The more severe the injury, the higher the value.   Yet, many injuries are not noticeable until days or weeks after an accident. By...

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Common Auto Accident Questions

When you are involved in an auto accident, you are bound to have many questions.  Below is a list of commonly asked questions people have after being injured in an auto accident.  If you do not find the answer to your question here, contact Attorney Gordon Glover for a free case evaluation today at our The Villages 352-205-4495 office or Ocala office 352-484-0775 or contact us online.  Attorney Gordon Glover is available 24/7 for home and hospital visits, and charges no attorney’s fees unless he recovers money for you! Q.        What do I do if I’m involved in an auto accident? 1. ...

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Is Golf Cart Insurance Necessary?

Golf carts are a common in The Villages and throughout central Florida.  After purchasing a golf cart, one must decide if he/she is going to purchase golf cart insurance.  However, before purchasing golf cart insurance, it is important to know if you have a traditional golf cart or a Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV). Most people in The Villages drive traditional golf carts that top out at 20 mph and don’t have to be registered or insured.  Yet, that does not pertain to NEVs. NEVs are usually built to have a top speed of 25 miles per hour and have a maximum...

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The Importance of Uninsured Motorist Coverage

Most people do not realize the importance of uninsured motorist coverage.  This type of auto insurance covers damages to a person injured in an automobile accident when the at-fault driver either does not have insurance coverage or does not have an adequate amount coverage. In essence, uninsured motorist coverage takes the place of liability coverage for the at-fault driver and provides an injured person with an ability to make a recovery for outstanding medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages. In Florida, individuals have the ability to “stack” uninsured motorist policies. This means that if you have more than...

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New PIP Law in Effect

1. Initial treatment must be obtained within fourteen (14) days from the date of the accident.  The initial medical treatment must be lawfully provided, supervised, ordered, or prescribed by a licenses physician (M.D.), Doctor of Osteopath (D.O.), Dentist or Chiropractic Physician, or provided in a hospital or medical facility. 2. PIP will only pay for follow-up services if there was initial medical treatment within fourteen (14) days and the following occurs: a. The follow-up services are on the referral from an M.D., D.O., D.C.; and b. The follow-up services are consistent with the underlying medical diagnosis rendered on the initial visit. 3....

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Bicycle and Large Truck Accident Deaths Increase

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Traffic has reported that fatalities in 2011 dropped 1.9% to their lowest level since 1949.  However, deaths of bicyclists and occupants of large trucks rose sharply last year.  Bicyclist deaths jumped 8.7% and deaths of occupants of large trucks increased 20%.  In addition, more people died in distraction-related crashes, up 1.9% compared with 2010, and motorcycle deaths also rose 2.1%. Jonathan Adkins, deputy executive director of the Governors Highway Safety Association (which represents state highway safety agencies), said the increase in bicycle deaths probably reflects more people riding bicycles to work and for pleasure. Disclaimer *The information...

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