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Passenger Personal Injury Claims After A Car Accident

Often times, you may be a passenger in a car. It could be on a bus, in a taxi, in an Uber, in a Lyft, or even in a friend’s car. But, just because you are a passenger does not mean you do not have rights when the vehicle you are the passenger in is involved in a car accident. You do have options to recover, but those options can be limited by who is at fault. It is imperative that you contact our office, so we can begin the investigation immediately as to who is at fault. We understand that...

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Tips for Halloween and Trick-Or-Treating

At the Nicoletti Law Firm, safety is our number 1 concern, especially on a holiday such as Halloween. Children all across the country embark on an evening of fun collecting treats from door to door in festive costume. But, even though Halloween is a very fun holiday, safety should still be a top priority. Therefore, we wanted to provide tips that you and your children should consider before going out on this year's fun-filled Halloween. While Trick-Or-Treating 1. Plan your route and go to neighborhoods that you are familiar with. 2. Carry a flashlight and/or glow sticks. 3. Do not let young children trick...

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Most Dangerous Intersections Throughout Hillsborough County

Sadly, many accidents occur often on roads throughout Hillsborough County. Lately, if you have followed the Nicoletti Law Firm on Facebook, you have seen that we have put out a post each morning to notify you of some of the accidents that have occurred during your morning commute. Due to the amount of traffic on the roads in the morning, it is not surprising that many accidents occur during those early hours. However, accidents can still occur at any time of the day. A list of the 10 intersections in Hillsborough County that can be considered the most dangerous was recently...

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10 Safety Tips For Motorcycle Riders

We at the Nicoletti Law Firm cannot imagine a better feeling than riding a motorcycle through the back roads of Florida. But sadly, accidents do happen. Therefore, we wanted to share a few tips to consider before the next time you get out on the road or, if you are a new rider. 1. Purchase a motorcycle you can handle. Make sure you do your research and review the motorcycle model with the salesperson extensively. Stay away from a bike that may be too heavy or too fast for your riding style or experience. 2. Wear the right protective gear. It is...

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WHAT IS A PERSONAL INJURY CASE BASED ON?

Typically, a Personal Injury claim is based on a tort theory known as negligence. Negligence occurs when one fails to take reasonable care and because of that failure, damage or injury is caused to another. There are four requirements that need to be met in order for one to have a claim under the theory. Below we will define the requirements of negligence and will explain those definitions using an example. Example: You are driving on Highway I-75 in 5 o'clock moderate moving traffic and are rear-ended by the car behind you because they looked down to adjust the radio. They...

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HAVE YOU SUFFERED WHIPLASH DUE TO AN AUTO ACCIDENT?

Sadly, during an auto accident, injuries are common. This is especially true for the neck and back. One common neck injury is known as whiplash. “The jolt (or blow to the head) can come from behind, in front, or from the side [and] [e]ven a low-speed collision can cause whiplash.” Pain from whiplash sometimes does not show up right away. It may take between 12-24 hours or longer from the occurrence of an accident before symptoms arise. How does whiplash occur? Whiplash often occurs when the muscles in your neck are strained due to a quick movement of the neck backward and then forward....

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CAN A LOW IMPACT ACCIDENT STILL CAUSE INJURY?

Many might think that just because a low impact car accident has occurred due to a low speed, there will either not be an injury or the injury will be too minor to address. However, that is not always the case. Speed is defined in three categories. 1-2 miles per hour up to 20-25 miles per hour is considered a “low speed” impact. 25-40 miles an hour is considered a “moderate speed” impact and finally, a “high speed” impact occurs at 40 miles per hour and over. Studies have shown that a rear-end impact at as little as 5 miles...

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WHAT HAPPENS IF THE POLICE DO NOT COME TO THE SCENE OF A CAR ACCIDENT?

Whenever you are involved in an accident, we highly recommend that you call the police. But sometimes, due to a variety of reasons, the police will not come out to the scene. Just because they do not come out does not mean that you do not have a claim nor does it mean that you should not gather the necessary information. In that situation, you need to do exactly what the police officer would do. 1. Gather the other party’s information. This includes their name, address, phone number, license plate number, insurance provider and policy number. We suggest that you take...

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SHOULD I GIVE THE INSURANCE COMPANY A RECORDED STATEMENT?

After an accident, the insurance company will surely ask for a recorded statement. Now, this may seem simple enough. But, you should still answer “no” when being asked to make a recorded statement immediately after an accident, especially without an attorney’s representation. Consequences It is important to understand that although the insurance company requesting the statement may seem friendly, their primary goal is to minimize your injuries and ultimately, the amount of money they compensate you with. The people that take these statements have a lot of experience. They know what questions to ask and know how to use your words against...

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10 TIPS ON HOW TO ENJOY AND BE SAFE AT GASPARILLA

Each year Jose Gasparilla and his faithful pirate krew invade Tampa Bay creating an incredible time of fun! Other pirate krewes join Gasparilla for an annual parade throwing beads and treasures into the crowd of more than an estimated 300,000 people this year. We at the Nicoletti Law Firm wanted to create a small list of tips you and your mates could use to help ensure that everyone has an enjoyable and safe time! Wear comfortable clothing. It’s a long day. Make sure to wear comfortable clothes and especially, comfortable shoes. Have a meeting place if you get separated. At...

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