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Florida is 2nd of All States for Children’s Deaths from Hot Cars

Mark Hickey
Grim statistics reveal that 37 children die each year in heat-related tragedies in cars across the United States. This adds up to over 600 deaths since 1998, with only Texas having more incidences than Florida. Armed with this information, parents and caretakers need to be aware of the danger of leaving children in hot cars. It takes approximately 10 minutes for the temperature inside a car to increase by 20 degrees, and even less time...
Personal Injury

When Should You Consult a Personal Injury Attorney?

Mark Hickey
There are several reasons why an individual may wish to seek legal representation. In some cases, having the skills of an experienced personal injury lawyer in Florida are worth the money that you will pay to have that firm represent you. Some other reasons to consult a personal injury attorney include an insurance company refusing to settle a matter in good faith, the severity of your injuries are causing your compensation to greatly vary from...
Personal Injury

10 Steps All Pedestrians Should Follow

Mark Hickey
Although walking is good for both the environment and your health, pedestrians are among the most vulnerable users of the road. From the moment we take our first steps and for each step after, we will come across different situations that will require a specific focus for ensuring the safety of pedestrians. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 76,000 pedestrians were injured in 2012, the most recent data available, and more than 4,700...
Personal Injury

5 Steps to Take When You’re Hit by a Drunk Driver

Mark Hickey
n 2012, over 10,000 people were killed due to drunk drivers in the U.S, and an estimated 345,000 individuals sustained injuries in accidents that were caused by people driving while intoxicated according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving. In other words, someone is killed in a drunk driving crash in the U.S. every 51 minutes, and someone is injured every 90 seconds because of this entirely preventable crime.   The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibly reports...
Personal Injury

Summer Bicycle Safety—Five Rules to Remember

Mark Hickey
Summertime—the sun is shining, the weather is warm, and everywhere people are outside looking for fun summer activities. One wonderful summertime activity is riding a bicycle, an activity the whole family can enjoy. It is important, however, to keep safety in mind when getting the bicycles out of storage for the first time this summer season. Here are five bicycle safety rules to stay safe on the road: 1. Always wear a helmet. This is the...
Personal Injury

Symptoms of a Whiplash Injury

Mark Hickey
Whiplash is a common injury that happens to someone’s neck following a sudden deceleration-acceleration force that causes rapid, unrestrained backward, and forward movement of the neck and head. Whiplash injuries are most common sustained in car accidents and describe damage to both the soft tissues and the bone structures. Fortunately, whiplash is generally not a life-threatening injury, but it may lead to a prolonged period of partial disability. There are significant economic expenses related to...
Personal Injury

Symptoms of a Head Injury

Mark Hickey
Traumatic brain injury is the main cause of disability and death in individuals between 1 and 44 years of age, according to the Brain Trauma Foundation. Each year, approximately 52,000 deaths occur following a traumatic brain injury, also known as a TBI, and individuals most often suffer traumatic brain injuries following car accidents, sporting events, and falls. It is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of a traumatic brain injury as failing to do...
Auto Accidents Personal Injury

Updated Car Seat Guidelines Will Save Lives

Mark Hickey
Car seat safety has evolved considerably over the last few decades. Child safety seats are safer now than ever before, but unfortunately, every year children are still killed or seriously hurt in motor vehicle crashes. In many cases, these tragic outcomes are the result of children either riding in inappropriate safety seats or being improperly secured in the car. Every vehicle manufactured since 2002 has come equipped with the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children)...
Personal Injury

Understand Florida’s Personal Injury Laws — Before You Get Hurt

Mark Hickey
Under Florida law, vehicle owners must carry personal injury protection (PIP) insurance. If you’re injured in a car accident, your PIP coverage is designed to pay up to $10,000 of your medical expenses and/or lost wages, depending upon the extent of your injuries. In January 2013, however, the Florida Legislature placed restrictions on PIP claims. If you don’t understand these changes — and don’t follow the new rules — your car accident could be painful in more...
Personal Injury

Mandatory Bodily Injury & PIP Repeal Proposed in Florida Senate

Mark Hickey
The Florida Senate Banking & Insurance Committee yesterday released Proposed Senate Bill, SPB 7152, to be heard and voted on in that committee next Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. The bill repeals PIP effective January 1, 2014, and replaces it with Mandatory Bodily Injury Liability insurance (MBI) with limits of $25,000 per person and $50,000 per incident (25/50).