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Our roads and bridges are in terrible shape, and that puts us all risk for serious injury and death while driving. cars

According to a recent report by TRIP, a transportation solutions research group in D.C., we would need to shell out $740 billion to repair the infrastructure deficiencies that exist right now on highways, roads and bridges. And even that wouldn’t be a long-term solution. We need to find a sustainable source of funding if we’re going to keep pace with the ever-increasing amount of vehicle miles traveled – which has increased 15 percent in the last year and is expected for heavy trucks to increase 72 percent in the next 15 years.

The report, “Bumpy Roads Ahead, America’s Roughest Rides and Strategies to Make Our Roads Smoother,” details how poor road conditions affect our wallets and our safety. Potholes and pavement deterioration are bad for our tires and for the level of control we maintain over our vehicles. This is especially perilous on highways, which get high volumes of heavy vehicles. If those drivers lose control of their vehicles – even momentarily – the it could prove deadly.  Continue reading

The latest government statistics on car accidents and resulting fatalities in the U.S. paints a troubling picture of the lack of safety on our national highways and roads. drive9

Last year, the number of people killed in motor vehicle crashes was nearly 35,100, according to the latest numbers released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That amounts to an increase of 7.2 percent over the previous year. To put that into perspective, the last year there was an increase that high was when Lyndon Johnson was president – way back in 1966. There were 2,348 more people killed in traffic crashes in 2015 as compared to 2014.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx lamented the increase in a press release, saying that even with decades of improved safety features and technology, there are still way too many people being killed on our roads. Fixing the problem, he said, is going to require effort from multiple sectors. His office is working to amass a coalition of safety experts, researchers, data scientists, law enforcement, technology firms, auto manufacturers and the public to help find effective ways to prevent these daily tragedies.  Continue reading

Those who purchase car insurance in Florida are not only obeying the law, they are being responsible motorists and citizens. That said, it’s entirely possible that the coverage you think you bought isn’t actually what you have.

Our Fort Myers car accident attorneys know the problem has to do with the various exclusions and limits that often lurk in the fine print. These exclusions limit who is covered under the policy and at what times and under which circumstances. In some cases, the details are complex. The good new is that if you challenge these exclusions in court and the judge finds the language of the policy to be ambiguous, the law requires the court issue a finding in your favor. drivefastsaab

The bad news is there are still plenty of exclusions the courts have upheld. One of the most common is the “family step-down provision.” This clause caps coverage to those who would otherwise be insured (usually live-in family members) to the statutory minimum, rather than your policy limit.

Companies have a responsibility to pay for damages caused by their employees in automobile accidents as part of the vicarious liability doctrine. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

There are a few defenses to this doctrine, however, and one would be denial that the individual was an employee. In these cases, Fort Myers car accident attorneys recognize that the defendant’s word shouldn’t necessarily be taken at face value. In some instances, it’s up to the courts to decide whether an individual was an employee, based on the working relationship of the parties.

This matters to car accident victims because it can mean the difference between pursuing a liability action against the at-fault driver individually, and pursuing action against the employer and its insurance company. The latter may ultimately result in a higher payout.

Not long ago, an 8-year-old student in Ponte Vedra Beach was struck by a vehicle shortly after stepping off the school bus, which still had its stop sign activated and red lights flashing. schoolbus1

The child was left in serious condition, and the teen driver of the car ticketed for passing a stopped school bus. But what, if any, liability did the school have in the case?

Fort Myers child injury lawyers know that a similar question was raised recently in New York in the case of Williams v. Weatherstone, heard by the New York Court of Appeals. The court relied heavily on the issue of control. That is, the court wanted to know what degree of control the school had over the student at the time of the crash.