Responding to a tragic, December 22, 2019 accident in Satellite Beach that took the life of a 12-yr-old girl, the Florida House passed the Sophia Nelson Pedestrian Safety Act by an 118-1 vote on March 9, 2020. Sophia was killed when she was struck by an automobile while crossing State Road A1A in a crosswalk that was outfitted with flashing yellow lights. Before entering the crosswalk, Sophia pushed a button, activating the flashing yellow lights.
If a dog attacks you or your child, you may face serious injuries, extensive medical care and even time away of work. The financial fallout of this type of incident can be significant. In Florida, the dog’s owner holds legal responsibility for these injuries. Learn more about pursuing financial damages after a dog bite in Florida. Owner liability Florida maintains a strict liability standard when it comes to dog bites. While some states hold the
We’re coming up on spring and summer, a time when people flock to Florida’s many hotels and resorts. Many of these vacationers are excited for one activity in particular: time at the pool. While pools can be great fun, there are risks. Accidents such as slips and falls do happen, and they can result in a pretty serious injury. While the law does allow for an injured party to seek compensation, it is not a
Any accident can potentially turn your world upside down. The stakes are even higher in a collision with a commercial or long-haul truck. According to a 2017 study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 72% of those killed in a crash involving a truck were the occupants of another vehicle. Compare that with the 18% who were occupants of the truck. It is obvious who is at greatest risk on the road. Determining who is at
Those people seen driving the many semi-trucks that are so often seen on Vero Beach’s roads are highly trained professionals. The demands that come with operating such massive vehicles require that they be. Yet even the driving skills that truck drivers develop, truck accidents continue to be a problem. Indeed, information shared by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration shows that as recently as 2017, commercial vehicles were reported to be involved in 363,000 accidents that resulted
Say that you are walking through a state park and fall into an uncovered hole in the ground, or slip on the slick floor of a state-owned building in Vero Beach. Such an accident could potentially produce injuries that could lead to inordinate expenses due to medical bills, recuperative costs and time away from work. The solution may seem to be to take legal action against the state in order to be compensated for said expenses. Yet
Riding a bike is a healthy, sustainable way to get around Vero Beach, but it is not without its risks. Cyclists should go well out of their way to remain visible to motorists. Bicycling magazine offers up several ways that cyclists can better their chances of remaining visible. Increased visibility decreases the risk of an accident with a motor vehicle. Understand that drivers are not looking for cyclists One thing that cyclists should bear in mind
First aid for a skull fracture
The skull is a bony structure that provides support and protection for the brain. While the structure of the skull allows it to withstand a lot, a sufficiently strong impact can cause the bone to break, resulting in a skull fracture. Skull fractures may result from trauma, such as may occur in a car accident or because of a slip and fall. Because a skull fracture may contribute to a traumatic brain injury, it is vitally important
For pedestrians, walking in busy cities is very dangerous at times due to hectic traffic and other risk factors. However, Tuttle Larsen, P.A. knows that pedestrians also face many risks on rural roads. In Florida, walking in a rural area is dangerous at times for a plethora of reasons. Inclement weather is a serious concern, especially when it comes to slick roads and a driver’s visibility. For example, fog, rain and other weather-related problems have
Recently passed laws designed to ban texting while driving in Florida began full enforcement on January 1, 2020. If observed driving while texting, an officer can pull you over for a primary offense violation. As reported by the Tampa Bay Times, if you are in an accident in which either an injury or death occurs, the call records from your cellphone or from one belonging to another involved driver may serve as evidence in court.