Culpepper Kurland |

A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK 866-500-6107 OR EMAIL US

Fill Out The Form Below.

Contact Us Today for a Free, Confidential Case Evaluation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

No Fees/Costs Unless We Recover

Tampa Personal Injury Law Blog

What is the law for hazardous conditions of pits and holes in FL?

It's not uncommon in Florida for repairs to be underway on both residential and business properties. During the course of these projects, a pit or hole might be left open as the work is being done. Although it's often necessary for this to be the case, that does not assuage the responsibility of the company or individual who owns the property to make certain that other people are safe. There are laws in Florida regarding pits and holes that must be adhered to so that the public is safe from injury or death.

Regardless of the reason for the hole or the work being done, the company or individual, under state law, cannot leave a pit or hole open that is located outside of an enclosure and is of greater depth and width than two feet. It can be left open if there is a fence or other enclosure that would prevent the possibility of falling into the hole. This law does not apply to mining operations.

2 Florida roadways make the top 10 in wrongful death incidents

Interstate roadways are useful for drivers to get from one place to another and to deliver goods to businesses and individuals. However, when there is a long stretch of road where many vehicles travel, it is inevitable that there will be accidents. Unfortunately, many of these accidents result in a fatality. Studies are often undertaken to try and determine which of these roads are the most dangerous. Recent research has shown that two of the top 10 dangerous roadways in the United States are in Florida.

The study used information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for incidents involving a fatal car crash, truck crash and other vehicles from 2013. Approximately 90 people die each day on the nation's roadways. On major interstates across the country, there were 2,867 fatal crashes in that year. The number of accidents within 10 miles of particular roadways led to the determination as to which are considered the most deadly.

Basic federal trucking regulations for hours and commerce

Federal trucking regulations are in place to make certain that a truck accident will not happen because of truck driver fatigue or pressure on the part of the truck company for a driver to work more than is deemed safe. This is important for Floridians because violators of these rules place themselves and others in danger. Large trucks are heavy and often travel at a high rate of speed making a truck accident a potentially deadly occurrence.

The main function of rules determining the limits for hours-of-service are for the safety of everyone by keeping drivers who are fatigued off the road. There are limits to the amount of time drivers are able to drive continuously as well as the times at which they can drive. Drivers who are operating a commercial vehicle are required to follow the regulations from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Fatal workplace accident claims life of new father

It's always a possibility that a person who leaves for work in Florida will be involved in a fatal workplace accident and will not come home. This can happen in any kind of job, but is often prominent in jobs in which employees are working with heavy equipment or are in a situation where a mistake by them or others can cause an accident. These accidents can also occur as a result of many circumstances. Regardless of how and why it happened, those who have suffered the loss of a loved one in a wrongful death incident need to be aware of what to do to seek compensation through a legal filing.

Recently, a man died when he was crushed by a bulldozer at his place of employment. According to the reports from rescue personnel and co-workers, he was working under the bulldozer as it was up on a jack. It fell and landed on him. A co-worker heard it when it happened and went to provide assistance. Firefighters tried to revive the man, but were unsuccessful. The man, 21-years-old, had begun working at the job within the past two months. He and his wife had a baby one week before. The circumstances surrounding the accident are still under investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Hands-free devices don't lower risks of being a distracted driver

For drivers in Florida, the prospect of encountering a distracted driver is usually a concern that is limited to these drivers texting and driving and using a handheld device. However, research indicates that those who are driving and attempting to use voice-controlled technology in their vehicles might be causing greater danger and inducing more distraction than was initially believed. This is in opposition to what most people think is the proper way to use technology when driving.

The study was conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and it discovered that voice-controlled technology that links up to driver's smartphones can cause enough distraction that they might go the distance of three football fields before they've stopped using it and returned their full focus to the road. One particular woman had graduated college on that very day she was severely injured in a car accident that was caused by a distracted driver. The driver made a left turn in spite of having a red signal. An 18-wheeler truck tried to avoid him, hit the front of his vehicle and then crashed into the vehicle the woman was in. Her parents died and she was severely injured in the accident.

A drugged driver is just as dangerous as a drunk driver

While there is a known risk and concern for drivers in Florida that they will encounter a drunk driver and be involved in an auto accident, another issue that is growing to be a significant concern is drugged driving. The number of people who are driving after having used marijuana -- among other types of drugs -- is growing in frequency across the country. This is believed to be causing more crashes.

The number of drivers who have tested positive for having smoked marijuana or for using other drugs increased by slightly less than three percent from 2007 to 2014. This study was conducted by the Governors Highway Safety Association. The group is an advocate for safety on the road. Testing of volunteers on the roadway provided the information through saliva and blood samples that drivers gave.

Seeking compensation after dog bites in Florida

The warm climate and benefits of living in Tampa and throughout Florida are known to residents and visitors from around the world. With an endless array of outdoor activities to pursue, it's no wonder that the state is a well-known travel destination. Along with that, however, are certain dangers that can befall people young and old. One that few consider as a significant risk is being bitten by a dog. However, a dog bite can result in serious injuries and even fatalities. Those who have been affected by dog bites need to understand that the property owner may be responsible for his or her pet, and in the right circumstances a legal filing may be brought after a dog bite.

A dog bite can occur anywhere. People who have to work in the homes or residential areas of others are vulnerable. Being on the beach, in a park or just walking on the street can leave people -- young and old -- at risk of being attacked by even the most compliant and friendly dogs. If the dogs are mistreated or used for fighting, then they may have a propensity to attack and cause substantial harm.

Brain injuries after a motorcycle accident

The Florida roadways see plenty of motorcyclists, and it is important to be cognizant of them. Even with that, a motorcycle accident is often unavoidable. Motorcyclists are notoriously vulnerable to severe injury even if they are taking all the proper precautions, wearing protective equipment and operating their bikes safely. One common issue that a motorcycle accident victim will face is a head injury. When there is a head injury, there is a chance that it will also result in a brain injury. Understanding the potential problems that come with a brain injury is important to the victim and his or her family.

It is reported that 2.4 million people have a brain injury on an annual basis. A large number of them occur on the road. Since conscious and unconscious factors can be affected, the injured person can face many problems after a brain injury. Breathing, body temperature, senses, mood, behavior and control of normal bodily functions are just a few of the factors that can be damaged.

Two men die in fatal truck accident after being rear-ended

Large trucks are a constant presence on the roads in Tampa and throughout Florida. While these vehicles are important for the transportation of goods as well as for numerous other reasons, that does not diminish the dangers they present to other drivers on the road. Due to their massive size, the amount of time the drivers spend on the road and the other inherent risks, a crash can result in a fatal truck accident. After such an occurrence, the family left behind needs to know how to properly deal with the loss of a loved one.

A late-morning crash between a dump truck and a semi-truck led to the deaths of two men recently. The accident occurred at around 11:00 a.m. when a Chevy dump truck left a driveway and pulled into the road. The vehicle was traveling at a low rate of speed when it was rear-ended by the 2013 semi-truck. The 57-year-old driver of the dump truck was pronounced dead at the scene. The passenger, a 61-year-old man, was transported to the hospital via airlift where he later died. The 37-year-old male driver of the semi-truck suffered a knee injury that was not serious.

What are the symptoms of whiplash after a car accident?

When a Floridian is in a car accident, there are times when a possible injury might not be clearly evident. Accident victims might not even feel the need to go to the hospital. One serious injury that might not be obvious is whiplash. It is important to understand the symptoms as it can result in hefty medical expenses and long-term problems. It's possible that these aftereffects might not show themselves for up to a full 24 hours or longer, so those who have been affected need to be on the lookout for them.

If there is an auto accident and the victim experiences a forceful back-and-forth motion of the neck, it can result in whiplash. This frequently occurs when the car accident is of the rear-end variety, but it can happen in other crashes as well. While many might feel the pain and symptoms immediately, there could be a delay. This is why it is imperative to be cognizant of any pain that might arise after the accident.

FindLaw Network

Privacy Policy | Business Development Solutions by FindLaw, a Thomson Reuters business.