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6 of the 10 Most Dangerous Highways in America Are Right Here in Florida

Port Richey Auto Accident Lawyers

Florida is often a dangerous place for everyone on the road. Whether you are a driver, passenger, motorcycle rider, bicyclist, or pedestrian, you face the risk of injury every time you get on the roads. Unfortunately, some of the most dangerous roadways in the country are right here in Florida. Injury victims should hold negligent drivers accountable for the injuries they cause when accidents and serious injuries occur. Doing so not only protects your right to receive compensation for your injuries and losses, but it also helps make the roads of Florida safer for all road users. Legal claims, the time...

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10 Reasons Why You Should Not Text While Driving

Port Richey Texting accident

Distracted driving has become a major public health risk across the United States. With the popularity of smartphones and other devices, rivers now have more temptation than ever to take their eyes off the road. In addition to the food and drink, children, pets, passengers, and other common distractors that have always been present, drivers are now distracted by smartphones, navigation programs, and in-vehicle entertainment systems. These distractors have led to a plague of distracted driving. In fact, it is such a problem that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other...

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Can I Recover Damages for Whiplash After a Car Accident?

Port Richey Car Accident Attorney

Can I Recover Damages for Whiplash After a Car Accident? If you were struck by a drunk, distracted, or otherwise reckless driver and your neck has been hurting ever since, you might have sustained whiplash in the impact. A soft tissue injury, whiplash is caused by a violent jerking of the head and neck, which frequently occurs during motor-vehicle collisions.  Characterized by damaged muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the neck and shoulders, whiplash can cause debilitating pain and immobilizing stiffness. Other symptoms include headaches that start at the base of the skull and numbness or tingling in the arms. Fatigue, dizziness, blurred...

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Who Might Be Liable for a Bus Accident?

Port Richey Bus Accident Lawyer

Who Might Be Liable for a Bus Accident? If you were hurt in a bus accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other associated damages. Before you can recover a payout, though, you will have to determine—and then prove—liability.  There are a number of parties that could be responsible for a bus accident, and the direction in which you take your claim will ultimately depend on the facts of the case. Generally speaking, though, you may have grounds for a claim against at least one of the following parties: The Transportation Company  If the bus...

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Will My Personal Injury Case Go to Trial?

Port Richey Personal Injury Lawyers

Will My Personal Injury Case Go to Trial? If you were seriously hurt because another party failed to act with reasonable care—or intentionally set out to harm you—it may be possible to obtain monetary damages by filing a personal injury claim. With so much on your plate, though, you may be concerned about having to go to trial. Thankfully, most personal injury cases are resolved without going to court. If you have strong evidence to support your case and you follow the advice of your medical providers and legal team, there’s a good chance the opposing party will be cooperative when it...

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Why You May Need a Board Certified Trial Attorney

Nicoletti Law Firm Board Certified Trial Lawyers

Will My Personal Injury Case Go to Trial? If you were seriously hurt because another party failed to act with reasonable care—or intentionally set out to harm you—it may be possible to obtain monetary damages by filing a personal injury claim. With so much on your plate, though, you may be concerned about having to go to trial. Thankfully, most personal injury cases are resolved without going to court. If you have strong evidence to support your case and you follow the advice of your medical providers and legal team, there’s a good chance the opposing party will be cooperative when it...

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When Are Punitive Damages Awarded in Florida Personal Injury Cases?

Port Richey Personal Injury Attorneys

If you were seriously hurt through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to compensatory damages. These include the economic and non-economic damages arising from the tort such as medical bills, lost income, property repairs, and pain and suffering. In some cases, it is also possible to collect punitive damages. In the state of Florida, punitive damages may be awarded if the defendant’s behavior constituted intentional misconduct or gross negligence. Intentional misconduct is exhibited when a person knows that their behavior exposes other people to a higher risk of injury or death but overlooks the dangers and acts anyway....

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What Can I Do to Strengthen My Personal Injury Claim?

Florida Personal Injury Lawyers

Sustaining unanticipated injuries is enough to threaten most people’s financial security. Thankfully, those who are hurt at the hands of someone else typically have legal recourse. If you’re struggling to make ends meet following an accident, you may be able to recover monetary damages by filing a personal injury claim. To give your case the best chance of success, there are certain steps you should take from day one. They include: Seek Prompt Medical Care   If you were not transported to a medical facility directly from the scene, you should visit a doctor as soon as possible. Failing to seek prompt...

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Can I File a Bicycle Accident Claim If I Wasn’t Wearing a Helmet?

Port Richey Bike Accident Lawyers

If you were struck by a drunk, distracted, or otherwise reckless motorist while cycling, you may be thinking about taking legal action. After all, the damages resulting from unanticipated injuries can add up fast.  If you weren’t wearing a helmet when the accident occurred, though, you’re probably wondering whether you’re even entitled to pursue compensation. Thankfully, failure to wear a helmet does not bar you from filing a personal injury claim. It could, however, influence the outcome of the proceedings. Here’s how: If You Sustained a Head Injury  If you file a third-party insurance claim, you will only be able to obtain compensation...

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Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Florida?

Port Richey Wrongful Death Attorney

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Florida? If your loved one died due to the negligence or intentional wrongdoing of another party, your family may be entitled to compensation for funeral and burial costs, loss of financial contributions the deceased would have provided, and other damages. For your claim to be successful, you will have to prove liability, causation, and damages. You will also have to follow strict legal proceedings.    For example, you will have to identify the personal representative of the deceased’s estate before bringing the action. In Florida, wrongful death lawsuits can only be brought by the personal...

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