Automobile accidents in Jacksonville are unfortunately an all-too-common occurrence. Hearing the sirens of police and fire officials racing to the scene of an accident has become part of the sounds of daily living. However, when you or your loved one suffer injuries in such a crash, you’ll need the help and support of legal professionals to help evaluate legal rights and remedies.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
- Distracted driving is a significant problem. With all the latest and greatest advances in technology comes the additional risk posed by a driver whose attention is diverted, even if only for a second. Texting and driving, making phone calls and even using in-dash entertainment systems can make for a dangerous (and in some cases illegal) situation. Other distractions can include passenger behaviors or external attention getting situations, eating or drinking while driving, or even putting on makeup (yes, this happens). It is critical that drivers be able to focus on providing safe and secure transportation for themselves and their passengers.
- Impaired driving is another cause of many accidents. While a driver may think he or she has not had enough alcohol to affect their judgment or reaction time, the reality is that it does not require much in the way of alcohol or drugs to affect a driver’s response time. The safest thing is always to have a designated driver. Read the rest »
Americans spend such a significant amount of their lives in cars that we often forget how dangerous they can be. Even with modern safety features like safety belts and airbags, there’s no getting around the fact that cars weigh an average of two tons, are composed mainly of steel, and can travel at high speeds. This is why car accidents so often result in serious injury and sometimes death.
Broken and shattered bones are a common injury suffered in a car accident. The following are some of the bones that most often broken in Jacksonville vehicle collisions: Read the rest »
It was in an Atlanta suburb, about 11 p.m. on September 10th, 2015. An 18 year old woman finished her shift at a local restaurant. She and a few co-workers piled into her father’s Mercedes C230. As she was driving away, the young woman apparently pulled out her phone and opened up the app Snapchat. Read the rest »
Georgia is a comparative negligence, or comparative fault, state. This means that more than one party can share fault for an accident or injury. Comparative fault is a legal concept that limits the amount of damages recoverable in a claim to the amount of fault of the other party.
An example of this would be: Say Driver 8 runs a yellow light and crashes into Driver 7. But, as it turns out, Driver 7 was still in the intersection because he was texting his girlfriend. Both Driver 8 and Driver 7 were performing illegal acts at the time of the accident. In such a case, the court or a judge would have to assign a percentage of fault to both drivers. If it was decided that Driver 8 was 70 percent at fault for the accident and Driver 7 was 30 percent at fault, Driver 7 could only recoup 70 percent of the total damages he suffered in the accident. Read the rest »
We’re a stop closer to not having red light cameras in the Sunshine State. Recently, a Florida House committee approved HB 4027, a bill that would ban local governments from using red light cameras to cite drivers for not properly stopping at intersections. HB 4027 looks to repeal a 2010 law that authorized statewide use of the red lights cameras.
Critics have argued for years that the cameras don’t improve traffic safety, and that local governments rely on money from tickets generated by red light citations. In 2015, Florida red lights cameras led to nearly 250,000 tickets being written statewide for right hand turns on a red light. These citations were worth $40 million to the state. This is despite a state vehicular law that prohibits tickets being written for turns like these made “in a careful and prudent manner.” Read the rest »
In an interview with Insurance Journal, Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty said that “transportation network companies” (TNCs) like Uber have gaps in insurance coverage consumers should beware of. He was talking in relation to a lawsuit brought against Uber that’s been in the news recently. Read the rest »
A 16-year-old boy has been killed in a Jacksonville hit and run car accident. According to a News 4 Jax report, the fatal hit-and-run accident happened near the intersection of Lem Turner Road and Soutel Drive in Jacksonville. Officials say the teenager may have been near the intersection, but outside the crosswalk when crossing the road.
The driver struck him, posted a photo of the victim’s bloodied body on the street on Twitter, and then drove away, according to the report. The driver involved in the hit-and-run accident later deleted his post, which read: “I jus killed a man.” But, many people saw the post and alerted the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, as well as the FBI. Read the rest »
A 24-year-old Jacksonville woman was recently killed when a 2011 Dodge Ram driving the wrong way on the highway struck her 2005 Toyota Camry. According to a report in the Florida Times-Union, the fatal car accident occurred on Georgia State Route 32, east of Alma. Officials say the driver of the Dodge Ram crossed the centerline and struck the Camry head-on. The woman behind the wheel of the Camry was pronounced dead at the scene. The 35-year-old driver of the Dodge Ram was injured, as were his three passengers. Read the rest »
There are many reasons why you may need copies of your medical records. For example, if you have been involved in a Florida car accident, you will need your medical records to prove the severity of your injuries or even the fact that you were injured in the accident. Your medical records will also establish that your injuries resulted from the crash and were not the result of a prior condition. You will also need your medical records if you are the victim of medical malpractice or have been hurt by a defective product. Read the rest »
Five people were injured in a Tampa car accident involving an elderly driver who was traveling the wrong way. According to a WTSP news report, the wrong-way car crash occurred on Memorial Highway near SB I-275 in Tampa. Officials say the elderly woman was disoriented behind the wheel of a Toyota Corolla when she drove north in the southbound lanes of the highway. She collided with a Ford Explorer carrying four occupants. All suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to an area hospital. Read the rest »