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What Happens If There Is More Than One Person to Blame?

April 18, 2018

The fundamental difference between the legal concepts of contributory and comparative negligence is that contributory negligence is a total bar to any damage awarded to...

What Is Joint and Several Liability?

April 18, 2018

Joint and Several liability* is a legal concept that is relevant in tort or personal injury lawsuits brought against defendants in states that recognize this legal provision. The concept allows a...

Asleep at the Wheel Has the Same Dangers as Drunk Driving

March 15, 2018

According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the risk and dangers of drowsy driving is likely underestimated and up to 6,000 fatal crashes each year may have been caused by...

How Do I File an Auto Accident Claim?

March 14, 2018

Accident laws in Florida are tricky and the claims process can be a bit confusing. Since Florida is a "no-fault" state, you can only pursue a personal injury claim against an "at-fault" driver or...

Florida's Deadly Interstate Roadways

February 15, 2018

Floridians are more reliant on their vehicles that ever before. Moreover, the state's tourism adds over 110 million visitors to area roadways each year. According to Florida's Integrated Report...

How to Protect Yourself from Robocalls

February 13, 2018

Robocalls are more than annoying; they are designed to make you a victim of their fraud. As a consumer of goods and services, there are a number of federal laws designed to protect you. Founded...

How Autonomous Vehicles Could Impact Driving Laws

January 22, 2018

The speed at which technology is developing and interacting with our daily lives has been growing at an accelerated pace in recent years. Things considered science fiction only a decade ago are...

Should Florida Lawmakers Enact SeaWorld's Promise Law?

January 20, 2018

Public backlash over the 2013 documentary Blackfish had a direct impact on how Orlando-based SeaWorld conducts business. The film brought attention to the physical and psychological effect...

Tips to Avoid Being a Victim of Holiday Road Rage

December 7, 2017

During the Holidays, Florida roads are more congested than normal and we are all challenged by the stress that comes from the heavier traffic patterns. Add to the mix an increase in seasonal...

Auto Accident Injury Compensation Limits in Florida

December 7, 2017

There are Florida statutes that can affect the amount you receive for damages in a personal injury lawsuit related to a vehicular accident. With over twenty million residents in the state, there...

How Long Do You Have to File an Injury Lawsuit?

November 21, 2017

Each state varies in the amount of time that a plaintiff has to file a personal injury lawsuit. This time limit, otherwise known as the Statute of Limitations, sets a deadline for filing a lawsuit...

Is My Landlord Liable for My Personal Injuries?

November 20, 2017

The tenant/landlord relationship is defined in the contract that a renter signs before moving into a rental property.  For the most part, these agreements are carefully worded by a contract...

Are You Protected in a Rideshare Accident?

October 20, 2017

Uber and Lyft (the latest "car and driver for hire" businesses) have quickly made ridesharing the preferred mode of transportation over taxi cabs and shuttles. However, when it comes to operating...

Who Is Liable When Technology Takes A Wrong Turn?

October 2, 2017

Since Google gave the world its first glimpse of a driverless car in action on a Nevada roadway, questions about autonomous auto accident liability have continued to grow. Coupled with the fact...

Do You Know the Bicycle Laws for the State of Florida?

September 21, 2017

Living in the Sunshine State offers lots of amenities for residents, such as bicycling in favorable weather year round. As a cyclist, you have the same right as any motorist to use a Florida...


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