FLORIDA BICYCLE ACCIDENTS ON THE RISE

April 22, 2014

Many bicyclists have been out riding lately enjoying our beautiful Florida spring weather. Not only do Floridians ride for pleasure, but many ride to work. After all, with gas approaching $4.00 a gallon, cycling is a healthy, affordable alternative to driving. Unfortunately, more bicycles on the road means more bicycle/automobile accidents with the cyclist often being the one who sustains serious, catastrophic or even fatal injuries. What may seem like a fairly minor accident for an automobile driver may result in an injury to the cyclist for which he/she may never fully recover. Following are some bicycle facts that every motorist should be familiar with:

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CAUSE OF FIERY CALIFORNIA BUS/TRUCK ACCIDENT STILL UNCLEAR

April 17, 2014


There were 44 teenagers aboard the bus that was struck head-on by a Fed-Ex truck in California last week. The teenagers were young, low income students who were going to be the first in their families to go to college. This makes the accident even more tragic. The students were travelling from the urban sprawl of Los Angeles to a remote campus in Northern California surrounded by beautiful redwood forests. This was a dream for many of them but that dream quickly became a nightmare when the bus was struck head-on at a high rate of speed by a Fed-Ex truck. The resulting explosion tragically took the lives of ten people.

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FIERY CALIFORNIA BUS/TRUCK ACCIDENT LEAVES TEN PEOPLE DEAD

April 15, 2014

Last week, a Fed-Ex truck collided with a charter bus that was carrying a group of students who were visiting Humboldt State University in California. The Fed-Ex truck had crossed into oncoming traffic and struck another vehicle before colliding head-on into the charter bus. The crash caused a fiery explosion that tragically left ten people dead. The accident occurred on Interstate 5 near Orland in Northern California. Both the driver of the bus and the driver of the Fed-Ex truck were killed along with eight others. Other victims of the accident were filled with horror and panic as fire and smoke engulfed the bus. Some of the victims had no choice but to throw themselves out the windows. In addition to the ten fatalities, 31 others were hospitalized for their injuries.

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DROWSY DRIVING ACCIDENTS

April 14, 2014

A sleep disorder may have contributed to a deadly Metro-North train derailment last year. The engineer of the train was found to be suffering from sleep apnea, a disorder in which breathing stops and starts. Sleep disorders can be caused from lack of sleep, poor quality of sleep, disruption of circadian rhythms and hypersomnia. Drowsiness or sleepiness impairs performance and can lead to falling asleep at the wheel. A typical motor vehicle accident that is related to drowsy driving has the following characteristics:

The driver is alone: About 80% of drowsy driving accidents involve a single vehicle.

The driver makes no attempt to avoid the accident: Research suggests that evidence of skid marks are usually absent in a drowsy driving accident.

A single vehicle leaves the roadway: A study of crash reports showed that the majority of drowsy driving accidents were single vehicle roadway departures.

The accident occurs on a high speed road: Most drowsy driving accidents take place on roads with speed limits of 55 to 65 miles per hour.

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FAILURE TO USE TURN SIGNALS A BIGGER PROBLEM THAN DISTRACTED DRIVING

April 10, 2014

Florida drivers know all too well how annoying it can be to be stuck behind a driver who has their turn signal on and the turn never actually materializes. It's also annoying when a driver suddenly changes lanes without giving notice. According to a study by the Society of Automotive Engineers, drivers fail to use turn signals about two billion times a day across the United States. By either failing to signal when they should or failing to turn off turn signals after changing lanes, turn signal errors contribute to about two million motor vehicle accidents every year. Although we've heard numerous reports on the distracted driving problem (and it is a problem), turn signal errors actually cause more accidents.

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ANOTHER ANTI-TEXTING AND DRIVING MESSAGE

April 9, 2014

Texting while driving endangers people's lives and is contributing to an increase in distracted driving accidents in the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), driver distraction caused 18% of all fatal motor vehicle accidents in the U.S. in 2010. 3,092 people were killed and another 416,000 people were injured in distracted driving accidents in 2010. These numbers are unacceptable! There is no national ban on texting, but most states have enacted some type of law banning texting or use of cell phones while driving or requiring hands-free electronic devices.

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BROTHER OF ACTRESS SALMA HAYEK INVOLVED IN ACCIDENT WITH FATALITY

April 8, 2014

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On February 23, 2013, traveling on Sunset Boulevard in the Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles, California, Sami Hayek the brother of actress Salma Hayek was involved in a car crash with resulting fatalities. Selma Hayak is the award winning actress who starred in movies such as Wild Wild West, Spy Kids 3-d Game Over, Fools Rush In, Desperado and From Dusk Till Dawn. Sami Hayak (40) was driving when the accident took place in the evening while travelling east on Sunset Boulevard. Sami apparently lost control of the 2006 Ford GT and veered into the oncoming lane. The Ford GT collided with an oncoming white Toyota Tacoma pick up truck driven by a 20 year old male. Both Sami and the driver of the Toyota Tacoma were treated for non fatal injuries at the nearby UCLA Medical Center.

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FLORIDA PERSONAL INJURY PROTECTION LAWS AND INSURANCE COMPANIES

April 7, 2014

Under Florida's new "reformed" PIP law, drivers are still required to purchase $10,000.00 in personal injury protection, but if the injured accident victim does not seek medical treatment within two weeks (14 days) of the accident, they may receive no benefits. The alleged purpose of the PIP reform was to reduce insurance premiums and to reduce PIP fraud which insurance companies insist is driving up costs. Insurance companies are benefitting more from the new law than injured accident victims. Benefits can be cut up to 75% from $10,000.00 down to $2,500.00 if the injured accident victim doesn't receive emergency medical treatment or be diagnosed with an "emergency medical condition" within 14 days of the accident. Benefits can also be reduced if the injured accident victim is not referred to another doctor or to follow up care by the emergency medical physician. Benefits can also be reduced if the accident victim doesn't submit to an examination under oath. Also under the new PIP law, alternative forms of treatment such as massage and acupuncture are no longer eligible for coverage.

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CAN FIBROMYALGIA BE THE RESULT OF A SARASOTA OR BRADENTON MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT?

April 3, 2014

Fibromyalgia is a painful condition that affects joints, soft tissue and connective tissue and it is similar to arthritis and osteoporosis. What causes fibromyalgia is not exactly clear, but the diagnosis of fibromyalgia is often given after a motor vehicle accident. There is growing evidence that a traumatic event such as a car accident may be a leading cause of fibromyalgia. When a person experiences physical or emotional trauma, the body reacts and the nervous system sends amplified pain signals to the rest of the body. A person who is pre-disposed to the condition of fibromyalgia usually has a higher than normal level of pain chemicals and more sensitive pain receptors. A motor vehicle accident can affect the nervous system and the result can be intense pain, fatigue and hypersensitivity. There is much evidence to suggest that fibromyalgia is related to some traumatic event.

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TIPS FOR DRIVING IN SARASOTA OR BRADENTON DURING ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS

March 31, 2014

Residents of Florida's Gulf Coast can be thankful that they don't have to drive in icy or snowy conditions like drivers up North. Unfortunately, many Sarasota and Bradenton traffic accidents occur during periods of inclement weather. Drivers in Sarasota and Bradenton have to drive during heavy rain, fog and severe thunderstorms. Lately we have experienced many mornings thick with heavy fog. Fog or rain can make driving much more dangerous and drivers need to take extra precautions. One of the worst Interstate accidents in Florida's history occurred in 2012 on Interstate-75 when a chain reaction accident killed eleven people who were driving their vehicles through thick smoke and fog. Following are some helpful tips for driving in rain and fog:

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FATAL HEAD-ON COLLISIONS

March 28, 2014

During one recent weekend, two head-on collisions in California and Florida left eleven people dead. In Florida, a head-on collision in the Tampa area occurred when an SUV collided head-on with a car that was carrying four students from the University of South Florida. Tragically, all four students were killed as well as the driver of the SUV. In California, a driver going the wrong way down a California freeway struck a Ford Explorer head-on resulting in the deaths of six people.

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FATAL SARASOTA AND BRADENTON MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS AMONG THE ELDERLY

March 27, 2014

On Sunday, February 2, 2014, there was a tragic accident in a Bradenton retirement community that left three people dead. A woman in an SUV accidentally backed into a crowd of people in a church parking lot, killing three of the pedestrians and seriously injuring several others. Florida has a very high rate of pedestrian and bicycle accidents, but Florida also has a high rate of auto accidents among elderly citizens. As drivers start to age, their eyesight and hearing begin to diminish. It is very difficult for senior citizens to give up their freedom and driving is integral to that freedom. Sarasota and Bradenton motor vehicle accidents caused by elderly drivers are usually due to inattention, not aggressive driving. Following are some statistics regarding older drivers:

According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, drivers over the age of 80 are more than twice as likely to be at-fault in a fatal motor vehicle accident than younger drivers.

Senior drivers have the second highest rate of fatal motor vehicle accidents after teenagers.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in 2004 about 3,500 senior citizens 65 or older were involved in fatal traffic accidents.

Injuries to the Elderly from Motor Vehicle Accidents:

Older drivers may have pre-existing illnesses and are more vulnerable to injuries than younger drivers. It takes longer for an elderly person to heal and they can suffer from:

Hip and bone fractures

Increased likelihood of fatality

Incapacitating traumatic brain injuries

Elderly at Risk for a Sarasota or Bradenton Pedestrian Accident:

A study by Transportation for America ranked cities in South Florida as some of the nation's worst cities for elderly pedestrians. Often, elderly pedestrians don't have enough time to cross a street before the traffic light changes and they are caught in moving traffic. Following are tips for elderly pedestrians:

Try to use sidewalks where they are available

If there is no sidewalk, it's ok to walk facing traffic

Wear light or bright clothes so drivers can see you

Carry a flashlight at night

Make eye contact with drivers when crossing the street

Behaviors to Look for in Elderly Drivers:

Elderly drivers who are losing their vision and hearing ability can be a threat to themselves as well as other drivers. Following are some signs to look for that may signal problems for the elderly driver:

Lethargy

Poor Eyesight

Erratic driving

Driving slower than usual

Poor reaction time

Fear of driving on the highway

Sarasota and Bradenton Personal Injury Attorneys:

If you or a loved one has sustained injuries due to the negligence of another driver, please contact the personal injury attorneys at MORGAN ■ DRAMIS, P.A., at (941) 953-4555. We work on a contingency fee basis, so there is no cost to you unless we recover on your behalf. We will work to obtain the best possible compensation to cover your medical expenses, lost wages, cost of future medical treatment, future loss of income and pain and suffering. Please call us to schedule a free consultation.

TACTICS USED BY INSURANCE COMPANIES TO SETTLE YOUR CLAIM FOR LESS

February 3, 2014


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Insurance companies will use as many tricks as possible to settle your personal injury claim for as little as possible. That's why it's very important to hire an experienced personal injury attorney to help deal with the insurance adjuster. If you have been injured in a Sarasota or Bradenton automobile accident, you should be aware of the following tactics that insurance companies will use:

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WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR A SARASOTA OR BRADENTON SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENT?

January 29, 2014


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If you sustain injuries from a Sarasota or Bradenton slip and fall accident on another person's property because of a dangerous condition on said property and you want to hold the property owner legally liable for your injuries, one of the following must be true:

The owner of the property or an employee caused the dangerous condition.

The property owner or employee knew about the dangerous condition but didn't attempt to fix it.

The owner or employee should have been aware of the dangerous condition as a reasonable property owner would have been aware of the condition.

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TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES AS THE RESULT OF A SARASOTA OR BRADENTON MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT

January 28, 2014

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Motor vehicle accidents cause about half of all traumatic brain injuries. During an automobile accident, the force of the impact can cause the brain to collide against the hard skull. When a moving head comes to a complete stop, the brain continues to move and strikes the interior of the skull. A brain bleed (hemorrhage) is not always apparent at the time of the injury. Blunt head trauma occurs when a moving head hits a stationary object. A roof crush can cause an open head wound which is a blunt trauma. There is increasing evidence that traumatic brain injuries do occur from head injuries even though there has been no loss of consciousness.

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