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Governor Rick Scott Signs Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act

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On June 24, 2014, Governor Rick Scott signed Senate Bill 102, which creates the Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act relating to leaving the scene of an accident.  This bill includes increasing the punishment for leaving the scene of a crash resulting in serious injury to a person, imposing a mandatory minimum term for imprisonment of 4 years for a driver convicted of leaving the scene of a crash resulting in the death of a person, increasing the mandatory minimum term of imprisonment from1-4 years for a driver convicted of leaving the scene of a crash resulting in the death of...

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New Requirement for Trucks

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It is estimated that the rule would eliminate approximately 1,115 fatal crashes and require minimal investment by carriers since most heavy trucks already have limiters on board. The first efforts for rulemaking on this subject came in 2006 when petitions were brought by the American Trucking Association (ATA) and Road Safe America (RSA). They said that a key strategy in preventing large truck fatal crashes is to reduce the top travel speed of the trucks. Studies were cited showing that large trucks moving at high speeds have much longer stopping distances than the same trucks operated at lower speeds. According to...

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Teenagers & Distracted Driving

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"Novice drivers are more likely to engage in high-risk secondary tasks more frequently over time as they became more comfortable with driving." Traffic studies reveal that drivers from 15 years to 20 years of age represent 6.4% of all motorists on the road, but account for 11.4% of fatalities and 14% of police-reported crashes resulting in injuries. Cell phones and other electronic devices have garnered the most public and media interest, but even the simplest distractions can put a young driver at risk. In the New England Journal of Medicine study, titled “Distracted Driving and Risk of Crashes Among Novice and Experienced...

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Couple File Suit Against Golf Cart Dealership

A lawsuit was recently filed by a Florida couple against a Perry, Florida-based golf cart dealership after the wife was left partially disabled after an accident.  Danielle and John Pfeil of Arcadia, Fla., filed the lawsuit in federal court in Macon, Georgia against Mike’s Golf Carts, a company located in Perry, Florida. Danielle Pfeil was seriously injured in the golf cart accident on November 25, 2011, at Jewel Mint Plantation, the lawsuit states.  The lawsuit alleges that a golf cart modified by Mike’s Golf Carts malfunctioned, resulting in the golf cart overturning on Danielle Pfeil (who was driving it).  The lawsuit states...

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Seatbelts Will Soon Be Required On Large Buses

New tour buses and buses that provide service between cities must be equipped with seatbelts starting in late 2016 under a new federal rule, a safety measure sought by accident investigators for nearly a half century. Beginning in November 2016, all new motorcoaches and some other large buses must be equipped by manufacturers with three-point lap-shoulder belts, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said.  The rule will not apply to school buses or city transit buses. Every year, an average of 21 people are killed in large crashes, and almost 8,000 others are injured annually, according to the NHTSA. It’s estimated...

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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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Slower Golf Cart = Reduced Insurance Premiums

On July 1, 2013, Governor Scott signed a law that will give Florida residents the option of reclassifying their “low-speed vehicles” as golf carts in order to save on registration and insurance fees. The law allows the conversion of a “low-speed vehicle” to a golf cart by reducing the maximum speed to 20 mph.  Specifically, it establishes procedures to allow a vehicle titled or branded and registered as a “low-speed vehicle” to be administratively converted to a golf cart upon verification of the conversion by the Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles, which is accomplished by the owner’s submittal of an...

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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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Debunking Medical Malpractice Myths: Unraveling the False Premises Behind “Tort Reform”

Debunking Medical Malpractice Myths: Unraveling the False Premises Behind "Tort Reform" is the title of a recent law review article that appeared in Vol. 5, Issue 1 of the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law and Ethics: http://www.dayontorts.com/uploads/file/Debunking%20Medical%20Malpractice%20Myths(1).pdf Below is the last paragraph of the article: "No one denies that there is a broad array of very serious health care issues facing the United States right now-patient safety, rising costs, availability and affordability of health insurance, and, in some places, rapidly rising malpractice premiums (although they are easing as we enter a soft market). But even with these problems, caps are not a...

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Motorcycle Driving Safety Tips

The practices of some riders are offensive to other motorists (e.g., weaving in and out of stalled traffic, riding on shoulders). Being inconsiderate of other motorists creates a negative image for all riders, and can cause crashes. Be especially alert at intersections because approximately 70 percent of motorcycle-vehicle collisions occur there! Watch for vehicles that may unexpectedly turn in front of you or pull out from a side street or driveway. At intersections where vision is limited by shrubbery, parked vehicles, or buildings, slow down, make doubly sure of traffic, and be prepared to react quickly. Check the rearview mirrors before changing...

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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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