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Tampa Personal Injury Law Blog

How faulty motorcycle parts cause motorcycle accidents

Since motorcycles were introduced in the United States in the late 19th century, the demand for them has risen dramatically. As many Americans, including Floridians, enjoy riding motorcycles as much as other motor vehicles, the number of enthusiasts has rapidly increased as well. For businesses such as motorcycle manufacturers, more demand means more profit. With increased production, however, comes the probability that parts will be defective and lead to more accidents.

When product safety is compromised, as it sometimes is with defective motorcycles or their parts, riders are at risk of suffering catastrophic injuries in motorcycle accidents. Among the most common motorcycle defects are failing brake pads, broken wheel rims, overheating engines and leaking fuel tanks. According to one consumer watchdog organization, there have been almost 50 incidents of motorcycle recalls in 2012, the last year for which complete data were available. The recalls from nine manufacturers included faulty brake pads, engine failures and defective tires.

Helping you determine liability in a trucking accident

Manufacturers and distributors throughout the country, including Florida, rely on trucking companies to deliver their materials and goods at all hours of the day and night every day of the year. Because many truckers are required to meet strict schedules and delivery deadlines, some of them violate federal and state highway rules and regulations, putting the lives of other people at risk. Any trucking accident caused by speeding, failure to yield to the right of way or not observing traffic signs and lights is likely to injure or kill other motorists.

Being injured in a truck accident can be highly traumatic for any victim. We understand how hard it is for you and your family to cope with the damage. Truck crashes can impose more than physical injury; they can cause overwhelming medical expenses and pain and suffering, and they can mean lost wages. Our legal team at Culpepper Kurland has helped clients seek compensation for all of these.

How does speeding contribute to car crashes in Florida?

Every driver in Florida is responsible for their own safety and the safety of other motorists sharing the road. It goes without saying that no driver wants to be involved in a car accident. But it also goes without saying that fewer car accidents would happen if all drivers exercised more caution behind the wheel. Drivers are responsible for following all traffic rules and regulations at all times. Unfortunately, many personal injury cases in the U.S. still occur as a result of car accidents. One of the common causes of accidents is speeding.

State and local authorities, who are responsible for ensuring that motorists obey traffic and safety laws, have imposed a speed limit on every Florida roadway. The Florida Department of Transportation establishes speed limits on highways, up to a maximum of 70 miles per hour on Interstates, up to 65 miles per hour on four-lane highways and up to 60 miles per hour on other state highways.

VA medical facility in Tampa sued for wrongful death

Attending to patients' needs is arguably the main priority of all hospitals, including those who care for military veterans. One Veterans Affairs facility in Tampa, however, has been accused of failing to properly treat a patient's gastrointestinal disorder, a failure that led to his death.

According to a federal wrongful death lawsuit filed by the man's widow and three children, the Navy veteran's death from colon cancer in February 2013 was a case of medical malpractice. The 64-year-old man allegedly suffered treatment delays at the C. W. Bill Young VA Medical Center in Tampa. The lawsuit against the hospital also names several facilities that supervise the care provided by the Veterans Administration in Florida. The lawsuit alleges that the defendants unreasonably delayed the patient's treatment for colon cancer.

Informing you about your rights in a dog bite case in Florida

Many cases of premises liability in Tampa, Florida, deal with slip-and-fall accidents, defective elevators and accidents at theme parks. However, incidents concerning premises liability may occur anywhere, particularly if it is an accident caused by inadequate security or a dog bite.

Accordingly, thousands of people are being involved in animal attacks and dog bites incidents every year. While a dog bite typically may be considered to lead to a personal injury case, it is also governed by premises liability laws. An individual's pet is considered to be property. This means that the owner has the responsibility to take care of that property and prevent it from causing harm to other people. The same rule applies to establishments, malls, apartments and other properties. Our firm is knowledgeable about different kinds of premises liability accidents that can happen. We also are familiar with such cases and the rights of an individual in the event of an animal attack.

How do Florida truckers avoid truck accidents?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is the agency that establishes rules and regulations for buses and large trucks that are aimed in large part at protecting public safety across the country, including Florida. FMCSA's enforcement efforts are being redoubled in view of recent statistics that showed 3,514 people were killed in vehicular accidents involving large trucks in 2012. The agency has determined that too many of these crashes were caused by inattentive truck drivers.

Distracted driving is a great concern among federal and state transportation authorities as well as motorists. Distractions can take drivers' attention from the road and cause them to miss seeing other motorists, motorcyclists and pedestrians. According to the FMCSA, cellphone use is the leading cause of distraction-related truck accidents. For this reason, the agency together with the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration published rules this year that forbid interstate bus and truck drivers from using cellphones while operating their vehicles. The rules apply to all commercial vehicle drivers, but truck drivers who transport hazardous materials and goods are of particular concern.

Florida's motorcycle accident death rates are high

People have their own reasons for choosing the vehicles that they want to drive. The same goes for Tampa, Florida, residents, who prefer motorcycles as their means of transportation. Many motorcyclists prefer motorcycles over cars or passenger vehicles because they are more cost-effective. Others enjoy motorcycles because of their flexibility in traffic. However, as more people decide to choose motorcycles, the chances of getting into a motorcycle accident increase.

In fact, fatalities as a result of motorcycle accidents are already high in Florida. According to a study released by the Governors Highway Safety Association, the number of people dying in motorcycle crashes nationwide has climbed. Motorcycle fatalities increased in 2011 after declining to nearly 4,200 in 2009. In 2012, almost 4,000 motorcyclists were killed just from January to September. Based on the data used in the study, the number of fatalities will continue to rise. Of the different states that have experienced this rising death toll, Florida ranked high. The study showed that the number of motorcycle deaths in Florida was constantly on the rise. The state had 287 fatal motorcycle crashes from January to September of 2012.

Florida cyclist in critical condition after hit and run accident

Aside from motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, peddling a bicycle allows the rider to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors in Tampa, Florida, while at the same time being cost efficient and more environmentally friendly than other vehicles. However, bicyclists are no different from motorcycles when it comes to risk of injury on the road. Cyclists are more vulnerable to serious injury even in a slight collision with a motor vehicle.

The Florida Highway Patrol is actively looking in Tampa for the driver of a burgundy sports utility vehicle that was involved in a bicycle-car accident. According to sources, a 56-year cyclist was hospitalized after an SUV allegedly struck him on a local road, where both the car and cyclist were traveling in the same direction.

Death in Florida may result in wrongful death claim

Florida residents do not die exactly the same way. Some may have been killed in car accidents, on the job or possibly from an ill-fated disease. However, if someone's death stems from the negligence of another individual or company, the victim's surviving family may find itself in a great deal of distress.

Fortunately, there are laws that are designed to hold negligent parties liable for fatalities that resulted from their actions. When someone dies due to the misconduct or negligence of another, the victim's family can choose to pursue a claim against the offending party. But bringing a successful wrongful death claim depends on certain elements. These include the death of the individual, as well as the monetary injury incurred by the surviving family as a result of the fatality. The primary element in a wrongful death case would be the potential negligence caused by another or the intent to cause harm.

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.

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