This week the Florida Senate passed Senate Bill 392 (2014). If passed into law, this bill would allow speed limits on certain Florida highways to be increased to 75 mph. Click here to review Senate Bill 392. A similar bill, Florida House Bill 761 (2014), is being considered by the Florida House of Representatives. Click here to review House Bill 761. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, “more than 10,000 deaths — about a third of all crash fatalities — occurred in speed-related crashes in 2012. High speeds make a crash more likely because it takes longer to stop or slow
A minor car accident or road debris can chip or crack your windshield. Windshield damage is extremely dangerous and should be repaired as soon as possible. Many drivers are unable or unwilling to pay the expense of windshield repair or replacement. However, you can have your windshield repaired or replaced for free in Florida. There is a statute in Florida that prevents car insurance companies from applying a deductible to windshield repairs or replacements. Click here to view the statute. Driving your car with a damaged windshield can result in personal injury or wrongful death. If your windshield is damaged in a
This week the Florida Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 320 (2014), which would regulate the parasailing industry. Parasailing is a water sport in which people wear a parachute and a harness attached to and towed by a motorboat. Parasailing is a popular water sport offered to tourists on many of Florida’s beaches. Unfortunately, the potential dangers of this sport have been highlighted by several catastrophic parasailing accidents in recent years. Parasailing accidents usually result in severe personal injury or wrongful death. An identical bill is working its way through the Florida House of Representatives.
Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow is the Florida Department of Transportation‘s pedestrian and cyclist safety awareness initiative. The initiative’s website provides access to Florida laws and safety tips for pedestrians and cyclists. There are countless bicycle accidents and pedestrian accidents each year. Awareness and education of motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists should help prevent and reduce the incidence of bicycle accidents and pedestrian accidents and the resulting personal injury or wrongful death.
The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that the statutory caps on noneconomic damages in wrongful death medical malpractice cases are unconstitutional. Click here for the Court’s opinion. This ruling will have a significant impact on claims for medical malpractice resulting in wrongful death. However, the caps on noneconomic damages in personal injury medical malpractice cases remain in effect.