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State fair in Florida turns horrifying during accident

Premises liability accidents may come in all different forms. An accident may also occur in various places, in the parking lot of a retail store, in Florida's theme parks and even at a state fair. State fairs are exciting for most people in Tampa, Florida and in the rest of the U.S. However, what should have been an enjoyable day turned into horror for a Florida teenager.

The Florida State Fair has been all over the news recently. However, the headlines do not mention the fun and excitement that a state fair brings to residents because of an inadequate security issue related to a horrifying accident involving a fair ride. Reportedly, the incident happened on February 8 when a 15-year-old girl and a 21-year-old woman rode the Hit in 2000 ride at the state fair. The ride whirls occupants around over humps. According to the teenager, before the ride started, she stated that she realized that the restraint was not locked into place so she asked a fair worker to pull the restraint back and fix it. Unfortunately, the unexpected happened when the restraint failed to work. The teenager saw her 21-year-old friend go flying out of the ride. The teenager stated that she also started flying and the lever bounced back and forth toward her. She then grabbed the lever as soon as she could. She held on to the lever until the worker realized the issue and stopped the ride.

Guiding car accident victims in protecting their rights

Car accidents are not just a common problem in Florida, but throughout the United States. No matter how extensive the reminders of law enforcement officers regarding safe operation of a vehicle, the number of people getting injured or killed in car crashes keeps escalating. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an estimated 6,800 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents in the first quarter of 2014. NHTSA expects that the casualty count will be higher after the holiday season and Superbowl. With this said, more and more Florida residents are continually at risk of injury or death due to car accidents.

A car accident can be a traumatic experience for an individual. Although a car crash victim may sustain a personal injury ranging from broken bones to a brain injury up to internal injuries or even death, it can damage a person's finances and emotional well-being as well. Our Tampa-based law firm is familiar with the damages and the potential different outcomes of an auto accident. We understand how difficult it is for victims to cope from the incident and recover from their injuries.

Florida's statute of limitations on medical malpractice

Laws vary from state to state. For example, the rules and regulations in Florida regarding traffic safety and control are somewhat different than they are in other states. The same applies to the laws that cover wrongful death cases and legal actions. While it might be difficult to understand the laws that were enacted for wrongful death lawsuits, Florida residents should be mindful of the statute of limitations.

The statute of limitations is a law that gives a certain time limit to any lawsuit that arises from accident or injury. For example, if a Florida resident wishes to file a wrongful death claim against a driver who caused a fatal car crash, the legal action should be filed within the given timeframe as indicated in Florida's statute of limitations. The time limit may vary, depending on the type of case or procedure. However, the statute of limitations in Florida may range from two to four years.

What are truck drivers' blind spots on the road?

Large trucks, such as 18-wheelers, semi-trailer trucks and tractor-trailers, play a significant role in the nation's economy, and even businesses in Tampa, Florida. Thus, the number of trucks traveling our roadways will remain steady over the coming years. As this happens, both drivers and truckers should know how they can share the road safely and free from possible trucking accidents.

The number of traffic fatalities involving large trucks is a problem throughout the United States. It is also a concern to safety organizations, such as the American Automobile Association. In order to help drivers and truck operators, the AAA provides a guide that highlights possible causes of truck accidents. Trucks are larger and heavier types of vehicles than passenger cars, and inevitably a truck operator often has a harder time seeing other vehicles sharing the road with them.

Two Florida residents sue hotel for inadequate security

Florida hotels stay competitive by providing outstanding service to their clients. From the top management to the rank and file staff, these individuals ensure that the customers' stay is pleasant and enjoyable. To maintain that, property owners should be mindful of dangerous property condition that can cause problems for their customers. The safety of the customers should always be prioritized.

Unfortunately, one hotel in Florida has allegedly failed to protect their clients from injuries caused by inadequate security. According to a report, two Florida residents have accused Resorts World Bimini of inadequate security following an incident that left them with severe injuries. The two customers reportedly filed a lawsuit, claiming that negligent security at the hotel contributed to the injuries they suffered from an attack by four other visitors. The lawsuit states that the victims, together with other guest from Florida, were in their room when the assault happened.

Helping Floridians find compensation for motorcycle accidents

Growing numbers of Florida residents love to ride motorcycles. According to Ride Smart Florida, an online service operated by the Traffic Safety Office of the state's Department of Transportation, Florida's growing population is making motorcycle riders a common sight on the state's roadways and increasing the number of motorcycle accidents in the state each year.

In general, motorcycle accidents tend to result in more serious injuries and more fatalities than car accidents. Motorcycles provide no real protection to riders; even clothes, shoes and helmets for motorcyclists provide only minimal protection. Because of this, our law firm has seen the full range of injuries from motorcycle accidents, from minor to life-altering to deadly. Fatal motorcycle accidents are certainly the worst outcomes, but often people who are badly injured in a motorcycle accident face considerable challenges in recovering from a variety of injuries. Some injuries may require years of expensive therapy and rehabilitation, often making full recovery more difficult and too often financially devastating.

NHTSA 2012 data highlights the dangers of bike-car accidents

Florida residents enjoy riding bicycles around their communities. People love bicycle riding as a sport or recreation. However, riding a bicycle has its risks, and one of the risks is getting injured in a car accident.

In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a 2012 report that highlights the number of bicyclist killed in auto accidents and other motor-vehicle accidents every year. According to the report, a total of 726 pedalcyclists have died and around 49,000 people suffered injuries as a result motor-vehicle accidents. Bicycle accidents accounted for 2 percent of those injured in traffic accidents that year. The data also revealed that 2012 bicycle fatalities were 6 percent higher compared to 2011. 69 percent of all bicycle fatalities occurred in urban areas, while 60 percent happened at non-intersections. And while people of all ages are at risk of bicycle accidents, individuals aged 45 to 54 had the highest death rate, while those aged 10-15 had the highest injury rate. Children aged 15 and below made up 9 percent of all bicycle fatalities.

Who is liable for premises liability accidents?

Inviting guests to your home is a kind gesture made by many Florida residents. Some residents hold a party at home, serving drinks and food and providing entertainment that visitors will enjoy. But a party host should always be mindful about the safety of guests and shield them from any accidents that may be caused by dangerous conditions on the property. These hazards may include inadequate lighting, defective escalators or elevators and even wet floors.

Safety should be a priority for property owners. Under premises liability law, Florida property owners have the duty to protect visitors to their property from any unsafe conditions. The legal theory behind this law is that property owners and residents are held accountable for any accidents and injuries that occur on their property. By observing the following circumstances, you may be able identify potential areas that may cause a premises liability accident.

Florida worker crushed to death by elevator

If a person's manner of death is preventable, it would be difficult for the family to accept their loved one's passing. Unfortunately, many cases of workplace fatalities result from preventable accidents, and sometimes negligence.

Take, for example, the recent on-the-job fatality in Florida in which a construction worker was crushed to death by an elevator. The worker's family is planning to file a wrongful death lawsuit in connection to the fatal workplace accident. According to the report, the 25-year-old worker was employed by a subcontractor, Miller's Plumbing. The workers were on the job at the multi-story dormitory on Woodward Avenue on a Florida State University campus at the time of the accident. The victim was sitting in an open window talking with his coworkers. Suddenly the elevator came down, pulling him as a result. The worker was pulled in between a one-and-half inch space and the building. The three co-workers called the elevator operator to pull the elevator up but it was too late. The victim died as a result of crushing trauma in his torso. The Occupational Safety Health Administration has been informed about the workplace death.

Taking the right steps in the aftermath of a truck accident

Few people want to think about it when they are out driving on Florida's roads and highways, but every commercial truck they encounter is a potential threat. Whether the dangers are ever realized by motorists and pedestrians depends on how attentive truck drivers are to weather, road and traffic conditions. Unfortunately, a trucking accident has a high probability of causing severe injuries or killing someone.

Trucks pose dangers to others primarily because they are bigger and heavier than the vast majority of passenger vehicles. In most cases, a collision between a truck and another vehicle means anyone in the other vehicle has a good chance of being injured or killed. Injuries alone can mean emotional trauma and financial losses for a victim. A death can mean grief for a family and also often means financial distress.

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