Palm Beach Motorists with Tickets Paying Much Higher Car Insurance Rates

Most people recognize that if you are ticketed for any kind of traffic offense, you are going to have to pay a fine, court costs and potentially restitution if you caused property damage. 

What you may not realize is that the cost of your auto insurance is also going to rise – in many cases substantially, even after receiving a minor ticket. Car accident lawyers in West Palm Beach want to drive home... Read more »

GM Recall Disproportionately Affected Young Drivers

The installation of a single ignition switch could have saved dozens of young lives and spared many more the heartache of life-altering injuries, according to federal lawmakers and regulators probing a decade-long delay in a General Motors recall of some 2 million vehicles. 

As investigators sift through the evidence and comb over the recent testimony of GM CEO Mary Barra and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Acting Administrator David Friedman, one fact is becoming... Read more »

Florida Law Requires Cars Maintain Distance From Bicyclists

Authorities in West Boca have launched an investigation into the death of a 58-year-old man who was riding his bicycle in the bike lane of Lyons Road just after 9 a.m. when he was struck by a minivan. 

Witnesses say the 68-year-old driver of the minivan suddenly veered out of control and slammed into the cyclist from behind. The rider was pronounced dead at the scene.

When the driver of a car strikes a... Read more »

Pedestrian Dangers Abound, Despite Overall Decline in Deaths

For the first time in five years, there has been a drop in the number of pedestrians killed, according to preliminary figures comparing the first half of 2013 to the first half of 2012.

According to the Government Highway Safety Association study, this bears true in Florida as well as nationwide. However, we continue to have among the most pedestrian deaths in the country, third only to Texas and California, which are... Read more »

Florida Red Light Camera Laws Remain Topic of Debate

In just a few weeks, the city of Boca Raton will begin enforcing red light violations with the use of cameras, joining 77 other county and city governments across Florida that operate red light camera programs. 

Installed at six intersections – three on Glades Road, one on Federal Highway, one on Military Trail and one on Congress Avenue – the cameras will snap photos of red-light runners, who will receive a $158 fine.

However,... Read more »

Bill Would Limit Options for Florida Nursing Home Abuse Victims

Some members of the Florida legislature are on a mission to curtail the rights of elderly victims and their families by limiting the entities they could name in a nursing home abuse lawsuit

The measure would bar plaintiffs from pursing the nursing home’s investors in litigation. The reasoning, according to proponents, is that because of the increasing demand for elder care services in the coming years, facilities are going to be leaning on... Read more »

Wrongful Death Claims Barred By Workers’ Comp for On-the-Job Injuries

Many times when workers are hurt on the job, they get better. Workers’ compensation serves to aid the employee and his or her family financially until a return to work is possible. 

However, sometimes the worker won’t get better. Sometimes, the result of the accident is death.

Families need to know that filing a wrongful death claim may not be an option in these cases, unless the claim for liability or negligence is... Read more »

Court: Doctors Can’t Evade Liability as “Good Samaritans”

In the chaos of a hospital emergency room, it’s not uncommon for doctors, nurses and other staffers to rush to the aid of a person suffering an acute medical emergency, even if that person isn’t technically “their” patient.

However, our medical malpractice attorneys in Fort Lauderdale know that this does not under the law make them “volunteers” or “Good Samaritans,” who are often granted immunity from liability in emergency situations.

This point was... Read more »

Consult With Injury Lawyer Before Agreeing to a Compulsory Medical Exam

You may have heard of the phrase “compulsory medical examination” if you’ve ever tried to file an injury claim in West Palm Beach. These exams are sometimes deceivingly referred to as “independent medical examinations.” Make no mistake, however: There is nothing independent about them.

Many insurance companies include a requirement for a compulsory medical exam before you are allowed to collect damages. However, under these terms, the insurance company picks the doctor.... Read more »

Lee County Bicycle Accidents A Safety Priority

Florida is one of the most dangerous places for bicycle riders. Lee County is one of the most dangerous places for cyclists in Florida.

You would think given these two facts that local law enforcement agencies would prioritize sanctions for those who violate the three-foot buffer law, requiring drivers to maintain a minimum distance from cyclists. However, it appears this isn’t the case.

Our Fort Myers bicycle accident attorneys note that, since... Read more »