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What is a slip and fall accident?

The most common cause of personal injury claims associated with premises liability law is a slip and fall accident. Slip and fall is a term used to describe a situation in which an individual slips or trips while present on the property of another person or entity. For example, a shopper might slip and fall at a grocery store because there was spilled milk on the floor. Such incidents fall under the category of premises liability claims.

In slip and fall accident cases, an owner or person who maintained the property may be held legally accountable if the injured person can prove that the accident was caused by a dangerous condition. The legal responsibility of the property owner can be established if it falls within one of several situations.

Our experience with motorcycle accidents is a valuable asset

Many Americans, including Floridians, enjoy riding motorcycles for pleasure, as well as for basic transportation. These vehicles offer a variety of advantages, such as low operating costs and the ability to move quickly through even the densest traffic. Unfortunately, motorcycles also have a downside, which includes higher risks of accidents with greater chances of serious injuries and death.

Our law firm knows the potential outcome of any motorcycle accident, especially when an accident involves a collision with a larger vehicle. The result can be catastrophic, either seriously injuring or killing riders and passengers because they lack protection from other vehicles, fixed objects such as light poles and the road surface itself. On the other hand, passenger vehicles offer both crashworthiness and driver and passenger protection. The only protections that riders have are helmets and safety gear such as jackets, gloves and boots. Unfortunately, helmets cannot protect other parts of the body and injuries ranging from broken bones to spinal cord injuries are frequent and often fatal.

Florida woman wins $4.3 million for car accident injuries

Doing more than one thing at a time seems as if it would be a wise use of someone's time and abilities. Unfortunately, when it comes to doing things that require extended periods of focus, multitasking is a bad idea. As many Floridians know, it is especially perilous when someone is driving.

Every driver is responsible for knowing that almost every use of a cellphone or smartphone is a bad idea when a driver is behind the wheel of a vehicle. Unfortunately, one driver allegedly used his mobile phone while driving in December 2010 and became involved in a car accident with a tractor-trailer that ended up severely injuring his 26-year-old girlfriend. According to the lawsuit filed by the woman, the car being driven by her boyfriend at the time was eastbound on a county road when it entered U.S. Highway 1 and was hit by the tractor-trailer. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the driver of the 2004 Mitsubishi Montero Sport ran a stop sign and went directly into the path of the oncoming truck. FHP investigators determined that the driver of Mitsubishi was texting at the time and did not notice the stop sign or oncoming traffic.

What statistics show about trucking fatalities across the country

Tampa residents are probably used to sharing the roads with large commercial trucks such as tractor-trailers. These vehicle move two-thirds of the freight across the United States with nearly 11 million trucks traveling the road each year. Despite this large number of trucks, they only make up 4.7 percent of all vehicles in the country - but 12.4 percent of all fatal vehicular accidents. The fatality rate for truck accidents is 17 percent higher than the fatality rate for passenger vehicles.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is the agency charged with helping to reduce the number of commercial motor vehicle accidents in every state, including Florida. The FMCSA recently noted that the rates of truck accidents and fatalities have started to rise after several years of declines. The most recent data for truck-related accidents is from 2011 and shows a total of 3,757 people killed and 800,000 people suffering serious injuries from commercial vehicle accidents.

Who is liable for premises liability accidents?

Premises liability laws are in place to help protect consumers and visitors from injuries, meaning that safety should be the primary responsibility of property owners. This includes for those who own a shopping mall, store or any other establishment. Premise liability laws are in effect in all 50 states, including Florida.

The legal gist of premises liability law is that it holds owners accountable for accidents and injuries that occur on their property if certain conditions exist. Lawsuits out of premises liability are often seen when slip and fall accidents, falling crates and amusement park ride mishaps occur. When visiting a mall, if you are injured as a result of a falling object on the premises, for example, the mall's owner may be legally responsible for the incident's outcome. Determining a responsible party for a premises liability accident may depend on where the incident occurred. For example, if an injury was suffered in an elevator accident because of a mechanical problem, the property owner may bear the responsibility for medical treatment and other damages.

OSHA investigates fatal accident at FSU construction site

Construction sites are often dangerous because of the use of heavy equipment, hazardous conditions, and excessive heights. In fact, construction workers have some of the highest rates of workplace fatalities.

A recent, sad illustration of that fact was the death of a 25-year-old man employed by Culpepper Construction, a subcontractor on a building site at Florida State University in Tallahassee. According to FSU Police and the Florida State Police, the fatal accident occurred when the worker was trapped between a moving elevator and a building that was under construction. The victim was a Culpepper plumber.

Family's walk results in unexpected accident in Florida

Just as in any city in the nation, car accidents in Tampa Bay, Florida can happen at any time. It may involve another driver, a motorcyclist or a pedestrian enjoying a simple walk in the park. Unfortunately, if such an incident happens, the potential damages can be serious to the victims. Take, for example, a young family who was recently injured in a car crash.

According to a report, a mother and father and their infant son were walking on the sidewalk on Chatlin Road near Cincinnati Drive when the unexpected car accident happened. A vehicle that was driving southbound on Chatlin hit the 17-year-old father. The impact of the crash pushed the dad into the mother and overturned the stroller that was holding their four-month-old child. The Florida Highway Patrol stated that the driver of the vehicle initially stopped after the crash. However, he allegedly then fled the scene.

Morgan and other victims sue Wal-Mart for truck accident

Comedian and comic actor, Tracy Morgan, is known to millions of Americans, including Floridians, especially for his over-the-top performance in TV's "30 Rock." Morgan's life took a tragic turn in early June when he and several others were involved in a tractor-trailer accident that left him and two others badly injured and one friend dead.

The truck accident in New Jersey happened when a Wal-Mart tractor-trailer slammed into a limousine van carrying Morgan, 45, and several friends and fellow comedians. Comic Jimmy Mack, 62, was killed. Morgan suffered a broken leg, broken ribs and other injuries. Two others were also injured.

Just how safe are roller-coaster rides across the country?

Summer across the United States, including Florida, is a time for beaches, water parks and amusement parks that entire families can enjoy. Many amusement parks are perfect places for fun, but some may also be places where accidents are likely due to negligence that can harm and even kill customers.

Many people may think twice now before getting on a roller coaster after a July accident at an amusement park in California. The roller coaster came to a sudden halt, stranding 22 riders, when its lead car hit a tree branch that had fallen on the tracks. The partially derailed car was left dangling, its passengers in danger of falling 20 feet to the ground. Fortunately, all of the passengers were rescued within four hours. Four riders suffered injuries, but only two were treated for minor injuries at a nearby hospital. The ride is temporarily closed.

Federal judge upholds judgment against sheriff in 2012 case

Florida's law enforcement personnel have an important job to do in keeping communities safe from crime and criminals who harm everyday citizens. The authority of police officers and sheriff's deputies, however, is granted by state law and prohibits any improper actions, reckless behavior or negligence that could harm or kill an innocent person.

A 2012 altercation that took the life of a 21-year-old man in Summerfield, about 75 miles north of Tampa, resulted in a wrongful death lawsuit that was decided in the plaintiffs' favor in May, but then was appealed by the defendants in June. In early July, a federal judge upheld the jury's original verdict and award, meaning the law enforcement agency involved will have to pay the man's family a multimillion-dollar award.

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