Since the 1960s, Florida law has presumed that if a driver rear-ends another vehicle, that driver is the one at fault. Prior to 2012, trial courts did not allow these drivers to present evidence of the front driver’s fault. However, the Florida Supreme Court recently decided that rear drivers could rebut the presumption of… Read More »
This past August, Ford Motors agreed to pay more than $17 million in fines to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for moving too slowly to recall nearly half a million Ford Escapes almost a decade ago. The vehicles contained serious defects, including gas pedals that could stick, causing the car to accelerate… Read More »
On August 12, 2013, a car traveling on Interstate 75 veered off-road and rolled over multiple times. The driver had abruptly changed lanes, losing control of the vehicle and eventually coming to full stop in a canal. All vehicle occupants were treated at an area hospital and miraculously avoided major injuries. The driver was… Read More »
Central Florida has earned the dubious honor of being the most dangerous place for pedestrians in the nation. For more than 10 years, the Orlando metro area topped the list of pedestrian deaths. Statistics alone cannot measure the effect of a pedestrian accident on the lives of many Florida families. Why Central Florida is… Read More »
Don’t drink and drive. In the United States nearly 30 people die in drunk driving accidents every day. Drinking even a small amount of alcohol can impair a driver’s reflexes enough to cause an accident. The penalties for driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol can be severe, ranging from suspension of… Read More »
Following five years of debate, Florida has finally passed a ban on texting while driving. The new law is slated to become effective on January 1, 2014, and will allow law enforcement officers to issue tickets to those violating the ban. Critics of the new law say the relatively low penalty (around $60) and… Read More »
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, a pedestrian is killed in an accident involving a car every two hours. This staggering number reinforces the notion that vehicles and pedestrians unintentionally cross paths far too often, and the results are deadly. Both motorists and pedestrians can take more precautions to avoid collision…. Read More »
In the last 30 years the number of heavy commercial trucks on our highways has doubled. Due to the concerted efforts of organizations like the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, truck-crash fatalities have actually dropped slightly despite the increase in vehicle use. This is good news, and there are significant developments in the industry… Read More »
There are approximately five billion cell phones in use today, across the globe. The advantages of cellphone technology span an enormous range, from enabling parents to keep track of their children to helping African farmers purchase crop insurance. While the use of a hand-held cell phone while driving is extremely dangerous and now illegal… Read More »
In the summer of 2006, Larry Clanton was driving his Nissan Altima to meet friends at the Jersey Shore. Before he made it to his destination, a 73-pound runaway tire bounced toward him and cracked the roof of his car. The accident caused a severe neck fracture that left Clanton with permanent debilitating injuries…. Read More »
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