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Golf Cart Accidents. How Often Do They Occur?

Traditionally, golf carts are to be used within the golf course to allow for transporting golf gear and players. However, their use outside of the golf course is becoming more common. With approximately 50,000 golf carts roaming its roads, many accidents involving these vehicles occur in The Villages. One of the latest accidents of this nature, reported in July 2020, resulted in the death of a 79-year-old individual driving a golf cart that collided with an SUV. In another incident earlier this year, a golf cart driver was admitted in the hospital to be treated for injuries suffered in a...

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How PIP Insurance Works in Florida Personal Injury Claims

Personal Injury Protection (PIP) was created in the 1970s to reduce the number of personal injury claims and to free up the courts from the tens of thousands of minor to moderate traffic collisions that happen in Florida every year. According to the Florida Association of Insurance Agents, legislatures created a mandatory no-fault motor vehicle insurance law that required each driver to have PIP coverage—coverage that protects the policyholder (not the other party), or the “first party.” Today, drivers are required to hold a minimum PIP policy that covers up to $10,000 in medical, funeral, and occupational disability benefits should...

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Traffic Injuries Caused by a USPS Driver

For the most part, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) drivers drive slow, are cautious, and are, more often than not, the victims of traffic collisions, not the at-fault parties. Three of the most common causes of traffic collisions are speeding/aggressive driving, distracted driving, and intoxicated driving—three things that few USPS drivers engage in on the job. However, USPS drivers are still human, and not perfect. There are plenty of cases where USPS drivers are at fault. Whether you were a pedestrian who was hit by an attentive USPS driver or an occupant of a vehicle that collided with a USPS...

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Surgery and Recovery of a Fractured Hip or Pelvis

The hip is one of the most complex, painful, and expensive types of fractures that a personal injury victim can receive. Common in car collisions, trip and falls, dog attacks, bike and pedestrian injuries, and work accidents, a fractured hip will leave the victim unable to walk, run, or get around on their own for quite some time. For elderly victims, a hip fracture can be the beginning of the end; sadly, seniors who fracture their hips have a very high rate of death. If you were injured by a negligent party and suffered a fractured hip as a result,...

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New Ocala Golf Cart Ordinance

Just recently, the city of Ocala made it legal for golf carts to drive through much of southeast Ocala, including the majority of the historic district, according to the Ocala Star Banner. The new ordinance is seen as a win for those who prefer to drive a golf cart, instead of a car, for short distances to get access to parks, restaurants, shops, and the square. While golf carts are not permitted to drive or park downtown, this law allows them to park close enough for a short walk the rest of the way. New Golf Cart Boundaries East Silver Springs...

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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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Why Talking to the Other Party’s Insurance Company Hurts Your Claim

After getting in a car crash, being taken to the hospital following a slip and fall, or suffering an injury from some other type of incident, it can be tempting to just put the whole thing behind you as fast as possible and move on with your life by either “forgiving” the other party who caused the incident, or by accepting an offer from them directly, or their insurance company. The problem with just “letting the incident slide” and forgiving the negligent party is that you are then left with a very big unknown bill that will come months down...

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Negligent Security Bar/Nightclub Injury

All businesses have a duty to keep their premises safe for invitees; bars and nightclubs are one of the most common types of premises for brawls, robbery, sexual assault, spiking drinks—of which there are over 320,000 cases annually—and even kidnapping and murder. This probably comes as little surprise. Research published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine  has shown a correlation between alcohol establishment density and violent crime; the more available alcohol is in a neighborhood, the more assault, rape, robbery, and overall violent crime that neighborhood has. The alcohol establishments themselves are often the epicenters for these types of...

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Ocala High School Sports Brain and Spine Injury Lawyer

High school sports offer a great opportunity to teach young people teamwork, get exercise and create healthy habits that will follow them into adulthood, and instill a work ethic. However, playing sports, particularly football, comes with a risk. In fact, according to research 40.5 percent of all high school sports concussions comes from one sport: football. Moreover, for every year of high school football played, individuals double their chances of developing the deadly neurodegenerative disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), the disabling and fatal results of which are seen later in life, according to the New York Times. Football is also...

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Ocala Speeding Collision

It is something that can be avoided as easily as applying slightly less pressure on one’s foot, yet almost every driver does it every time they get behind the wheel of a car. Speeding increases the likelihood of crashing, increases the severity of injuries sustained in a crash, and increases the chances of a fatality occurring in a collision. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), for the past two decades, speeding has been involved in one out of every three fatal crashes. Men are much more likely to be involved in fatal speeding collisions than women, and...

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