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How often do you share roads with drunk drivers?

Florida is the perfect location for year-round outdoor activities. If you live in the Sunshine State, you might travel by motor vehicle more often than people who live in the northern part of the country, who might encounter a lot of inclement weather during winter months that could impede their ability to travel by car. The more often you get behind the wheel to drive, the greater chance you have of being hit by another vehicle, especially if there are drunk drivers in your midst.

You have no way of knowing what another driver is thinking or what he or she might do at any given moment. This is why it is nearly impossible to tell if a motorist is distracted unless you see someone texting or doing something else that is creating an obvious hazard. Drunk drivers often exhibit certain behaviors, and the better you can recognize signs of potential trouble, the safer you might be.

Fatal auto accident: Support for grieving Florida families

Losing a loved one is always a sorrowful, difficult experience. When a death occurs because of a sudden fatal auto accident, grief is intensified and can be challenging to manage. It is important for Florida families who are grieving to build a strong support network from the start. 

Such support can include close friends and relatives who knew the decedent and can share memories and loving thoughts with family members. Many people also turn to licensed counselors for support to help process their grief and learn how to move on in life after the shock of a sudden death. If the collision in question was preventable and caused by driver negligence, it can also be helpful to join a community support group where others who have gone through similar experiences can provide encouragement and assistance to those who have recently lost a loved one. 

Is accepting a settlement offer in your best interest?

You woke up that day expecting it to be like any other. You got into your vehicle and began a drive you make nearly every day, but that day was different. On that day, another vehicle slammed into yours and caused you serious injuries. Within the first few days or weeks after the accident, the other driver's insurance company began contacting you about a settlement. Should you take it? Is it enough? The simple answer to both those questions is probably "no."

Do you have to accept the first settlement offer?

Florida accident leads to 1 death, 1 injury

A man has sadly lost his life in a tragic motor vehicle collision in the Sunshine State. Meanwhile, another man suffered injuries in the single-car accident. Sometimes, these types of accidents in Florida occur due to the carelessness of a driver, which is grounds for litigation.

The recent accident took place at around 1 a.m. Police said the two men's motor vehicle suddenly left the roadway. The car then allegedly ended up traveling toward the road's east shoulder.

Bicyclist struck in Florida fatal auto accident

Florida police made a traffic stop after 2 a.m. on a recent Saturday. The driver is now facing serious criminal charges. The incident is believed to be connected with a fatal auto accident that happened just moments before police made the stop. 

Police say that the driver was intoxicated when he tried to pass a bicyclist heading southbound on the roadway. As he attempted the maneuver, his vehicle struck the bicyclist. The force of impact ejected the bicyclist from his seat. Sadly, he landed on the sidewalk and succumbed to his injuries there. 

Children and dogs: avoiding an attack

An attack from a dog is traumatic. In addition to serious physical injuries, significant psychological damage can result from a dangerous and frightening event.

Children who lack the strength of an adult to defend themselves from an unleashed or stray canine can suffer severe, potentially disabling injuries. The emotional impact of the attack as well could have long-term, psychological consequences.

Fatal Florida collision involved two vehicles

Highways are often dangerous places, especially if there are reckless drivers on the road. One of the most common types of reckless maneuvers is an unsafe lane change or passing of another vehicle. Police say this may have been a key factor in a recent fatal Florida collision.

Several vehicles were sharing a roadway when a tragedy occurred. A 20-year-old man who was driving a pickup truck attempted to pass the vehicle that was in front of him on the road. The pickup driver was in the westbound lane at the time but traveled into the eastbound lane to make the pass. 

Can you obtain workers' comp after a loved one's death?

The sudden loss of a loved one can have a snowball effect on surviving family members. The dismay over the news can turn to immense grief and other emotional turmoil, and the loss of an income-earning spouse can lead to financial problems, which can, in turn, cause numerous other issues. Unfortunately, you may have recently begun to face such problems after your spouse suffered fatal injuries in a work-related accident.

The news of the accident undoubtedly left you feeling devastated, but as much as you would likely love to stop and let the world turn on without your participation for a time, you have obligations you must address. In particular, you probably need to keep your financial affairs in order. Funeral expenses, handling household costs on your single income, meeting your needs and the needs of your children, and much more can leave you feeling overwhelmed financially.

Important safety tips for working in a roadway construction zone

New construction projects seem to pop up almost daily in Florida. As someone who works in construction, you may feel happy to have the work available so you can earn your pay. Of course, you also know that construction can mean working under grueling conditions and that you face serious safety risks whenever you are on the job.

In particular, if you work in roadway construction, you need to pay close attention to your surroundings. Even if you do your best to remain alert and expect drivers to slow down in construction zones, your years of experience have taught you that too many people do not heed the necessary precautions to keep roadway workers safe.

Workers' compensation: 3 injured,1 dead after sidewalk collapse

A Florida employee was recently working on a water main line break when disaster struck. Maintenance work like this is often high risk for injury, especially if there are electrical wires nearby as there was in this case. Firefighters who responded to the accident scene may not have been prepared for what happened next. 

The worker was underneath a sidewalk while repairing the water main leak. The sidewalk above him suddenly collapsed, entrapping him under the rubble. Three firefighters were among responders who rushed to the scene to render aid. However, because of a nearby electrical transformer, the entire area became electrically charged. 

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