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Are slip-and-fall accidents really a big deal?

If you were hurt because you fell in a Florida store or business, you may think it was because you were clumsy or reckless. In fact, your embarrassment over what happened may lead you to assume it was your fault and cause you to move on as quickly as possible. Many people, including victims themselves, believe that slip-and-fall accidents are not a big deal, yet that is not always the case.

A slip-and-fall accident can be a major traumatic event, and regardless of where you were at the time your accident occurred, you have the right to know your legal options. What you experienced is serious, and you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering.

Legal resources are available to victims of commercial accidents

Commercial vehicle accidents can include accidents involving semi-trucks, work trucks, delivery trucks, vans, company cars, construction vehicles, buses and even taxis. Because of the size and weight disparity of commercial vehicles and the vehicles they share the roadway with, victims of commercial vehicle accidents can suffer severe injuries, including brain damage, paralysis and spinal cord injuries, among other types of injuries.

Due to the extensive nature of commercial vehicle accident injuries, victims may suffer physical, financial and emotional harm far into the future following a commercial vehicle accident. Because of the catastrophic nature of commercial vehicle accident damages, it is important for victims to be familiar with the resources available to them that are on their side. Personal injury legal options can help them recover compensation for damages.

Victim of drunk driver awarded $8 million in damages in Florida

This blog recently discussed the serious consequences for drunk drivers and their victims following a drunk driving accident. Such an accident is likely to generate much harm and damages, causing victims to take steps to protect their rights and recover compensation for their losses.

In a Florida community northeast of the Tampa area, a victim of a drunk driving accident recently won an $8 million verdict against the accused drunk driver in her case. The victim suffered serious injuries as a result of the drunk driving accident. The drunk driver was speeding at 100 miles per hour at the time he careened into the victim's car.

The civil consequences of drunk driving

There can be a variety of consequences stemming from a drunk driving accident. Victims of drunk driving incident and their families may suffer damages that are physically, financially and emotionally. Careless drivers who cause a drunk driving accident may face legal consequences including criminal consequences but may also face civil liability for the damages suffered by the victim or victim's family as a result of the accident.

In addition, the employer of a driver engaged in their work at the time of the accident, depending on the circumstances and nature of the relationship, may also face liability to victims and their families. Finally, a proprietor who has served alcohol to the negligent driver may also be responsible to the victims depending on the circumstances. Dram shop laws are laws that may provide liability for those who serve too much alcohol to a negligent driver prior to an accident.

Florida motorcycle accident victim in critical condition

Many residents in Florida enjoy the luxury of riding motorcycles year round. While these vehicles are an effective way to get around, motorcycles carry with them a multitude of risks. Even when a motorcyclist is driving safely, this does not protect them from a negligent driver that collides with them. However, motorcycle accident victims have legal protections available to them.

Just north of the Tampa area, a recent motorcycle accident left a motorcycle rider in critical condition. The motorcycle accident occurred when a passenger vehicle made a left-hand turn in front of the oncoming motorcycle. The initial investigation revealed that speed was not a factor in the motorcycle accident. Because of the serious nature of the motorcycle crash and its severity, a Traffic Homicide Investigation is being conducted following the accident. The victim was a college student.

Holding distracted drivers accountable is important for victims

Distracted driving includes a variety of activities that remove the driver's focus from the roadway. Distracted driving can include any activity that distracts the driver's attention, including physical, visual and mental distractions.

Distracted driving can present a serious danger to the millions of other drivers and passengers who share the roadways with distracted drivers each day. Distractions can include cell phone use and texting while driving but can also include more basic forms of distraction, such as eating while driving, grooming while driving or tending to pets and children while driving. Distracted driving can result in car accidents leading to injuries and death.

4 elements of proving negligence after a DUI accident

If you have suffered injuries in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, you undoubtedly feel wronged by the situation. Drunk drivers can easily cause considerable harm to your life, and the injuries you suffered likely negatively affected you in a substantial way. In the aftermath of the accident, you may wonder whether filing a legal claim could help you work toward gaining reparations for resulting damages.

In many cases, drunk driving accidents do warrant civil legal claims. In these cases, you must prove that negligence on the part of the other driver resulted in the damages that affected you. Four elements must go into your argument to prove negligence.

Important resources are available to victims of car accidents

The circumstances surrounding car accidents can be complex and the period of time following a car accident can be difficult for victims. There are a variety of parties involved in motor vehicle accident situations and insurance companies are one party commonly involved in the process. Because these interactions can be challenging for victims while adjusting to life following an unexpected car accident, it is important for them to understand their legal rights and the options available to them.

Victims face many challenges following a car accident and the legal process is designed to protect them. Compensation for damages may be available to victims harmed by a negligent driver in a car accident. Damages are intended to put the victim in the same position they would have been in without the accident and the harm they have suffered. To the extent possible, damages seek to make the victim whole again following a motor vehicle accident.

Florida bus accident injures two victims and kills another

Because of the difference in size between buses and other vehicles, accidents involving buses often cause catastrophic injuries to those involved. Victims of bus accidents and their loved ones have important legal rights that they should be aware of. In a neighboring community just north of the Tampa area, a bus accident recently injured two people and killed another. The bus was transporting a college baseball team at the time of the accident. The 69-year-old driver of the bus failed to slow down as the lanes on the interstate began merging, resulting in the bus accident.

The bus rear-ended a passenger vehicle, which caused it to rear-end another vehicle. The 81-year-old driver of the first car struck was killed and her passenger was airlifted to the hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the second car was also seriously injured.

What are the basics of a personal injury claim?

When accidents and injuries take place, victims and family members can be left picking up the pieces associated with physical, financial and emotional harm. It is important for them to be aware of the resources available to them and know where they can turn when they have been negligently harmed. Many individuals may have heard of personal injury lawsuits but wonder what specifically the term refers to.

A personal injury claim for damages can arise when the careless actions of a negligent party cause injury or harm to victims. The negligent party responsible for causing the accident or injuries may be legally responsible to compensate the victim for damages. A personal injury lawsuit can be filed by the injured party to determine liability for the harm they have suffered and damages. Many personal injury claims for damages are settled before a case ever reaches the courtroom.

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