Frequently Asked Questions

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  • When a Car Crashes into the Back End of the Car Ahead, is that Driver Automatically at Fault?

    The driver of a car who rear ends the car ahead is presumed to be at fault in Florida. However, the presumption of negligence is rebuttable, and can be overcome if the driver has evidence they were not at fault.

    Five Reasons Why the Driver Hitting the Car Ahead May Not Be at Fault

    1. The car ahead made an abrupt and arbitrary stop where it would not be expected or made an unexpected lane change;
    2. Sudden brake failure made the rear car hit the lead car;
    3. The brake lights weren’t working on the lead car;
    4. The lead car was illegally and unexpectedly stopped; or
    5. The lead car turned out onto the road in front of the rear car.

    This list is not exhaustive. Every accident involves a unique set of circumstances which requires careful analysis by an experienced attorney. At Jim Dodson Law, we understand the importance of every detail. 

    Have You Been Injured In A Car Accident?

    If you've been hurt in Florida car accident you should speak with an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 727.446.0840 to schedule your free, no obligation consultation.

  • What are the Florida Requirements for Driving a Moped, Scooter, or Other 2-3 Wheel Vehicle?

    There are specific requirements for driving a moped, scooter or other 2-3 wheel vehicle in Florida. These are different than the rules governing the operation of other motorized vehicles, including motorcycles.

    These Florida moped requirements can most easily be explained when examining 3 key topics: Licensing, Protection, and Insurance.

    Licensing Requirements for Operating a Moped in Florida

    Licensing requirements for these smaller vehicles are incredibly simple, provided you are not driving on a public street or roadway. Since a moped or scooter is not considered a motorcycle by legal definition, no specific license is required to operate one away from public roadways.

    On public streets and roadways, you must be 16 years of age or older and hold a regular operator or "motorcycle only" license. This is because mopeds, scooters and other 2-3 wheel vehicles are considered "motor vehicles" on public roadways, and thus require a license.

    Protection Requirements for Operating a Moped in Florida

    As long as your vehicle has an engine of 50 cc or less, 2 brake horsepower or less, and cannot go more than 30 miles per hour on level ground, you do not need to wear a helmet. Any passengers younger than 16 years old are required to wear a helmet.

    Insurance Requirements for a Moped in Florida

    Insurance is not required for moped, scooter or other 2-3 wheel vehicle operators in the state of Florida. In some cases, you may be required to purchase insurance if you cause a collision on your moped.

    Personal Injury Protection (PIP) is highly advised if you intend to drive your 2-3 wheel vehicle on public roadways. PIP could help tremendously in the event you are involved in a collision.

    You may be required to register a moped (but not a scooter) with the county tax collector's office. You will be charged a registration fee and will have to renew on an annual basis. Contact your local department of motor vehicles to ensure that you are following the specific requirements for your particular make and model of scooter, moped or similar vehicle.

    Have You Been Injured On A Scooter, Moped, Golf Cart Or ATV?

    You've been hurt in a vehicle accident you need to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our office directly at 727.446.0840 to schedule your free consultation.

  • My Son is 14 Years Old and Received a Motorized Scooter for His Birthday. May He Ride it on the Sidewalk?

    Motorized scooters are small vehicles designed to be ridden standing or seated. Some have gas motors, some are electric. They are not licensed or registered with the state of Florida. Therefore, they are not permitted on the roadway or sidewalk, even if the operator has a driver's license. Although most parents are not aware of this, according to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, their use is restricted to private property.

    Have You Been Injured On A Scooter, Moped, Golf Cart Or ATV?

    You've been hurt in a vehicle accident you need to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our office directly at 727.446.0840 to schedule your free consultation.

  • How Do You Make an Injury Claim on a Golf Cart Accident?

    A golf cart accident doesn't just take place on the fairway. Golf cart use is becoming more common in subdivisions and retirement communities as well as short trip tours in apartment complexes and public areas like airports and malls.

    The injuries you can potentially suffer in a golf cart accident can be just as serious as those in a car accident. A personal injury lawyer can help you file a claim for damages when another person's negligence caused your injuries.

    The guidelines for holding another party liable are the same between a car accident and a golf cart accident. The other party must have acted in a negligent manner and through that negligent manner, caused you harm. Then, your personal injury lawyer will have to prove this through the use of evidence.

    Evidence Needed to Prove a Golf Accident Case

    • proof that you were operating the golf cart in a designated area under safe circumstances;
    • photographs of the accident scene and damage to you and the golf cart;
    • police report and witness statements; and
    • maintenance records for the golf cart.

    In a claim for a golf cart accident in you'll most likely be filing against another person or a manufacturer. If the accident was caused by another driver or pedestrian's negligence, it will be a claim against a person. If the accident was caused by a mechanical defect it may be against a golf cart manufacturer or maintenance company.

    Have You Been Injured On A Scooter, Moped, Golf Cart Or ATV?

    You've been hurt in a vehicle accident you need to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our office directly at 727.446.0840 to schedule your free consultation.

  • I was Hurt When Someone Drove Their Golf Cart Over Me. How Can I Get Compensated?

    Many people are seriously injured by the negligent operation of golf carts. All too often they cause serious lower extremity injuries, including leg fractures, ankle fractures, knee injuries as well as serious scarring and disfigurement.

    Florida has a Dangerous Instrumentality Doctrine which provides the owner is liable for harm done to anyone by a dangerous instrumentality they own. A car is a dangerous instrumentality, as is a golf cart. As a result, the operator of the car may be liable for its negligent operation. The owner of the car remains liable as well because it is a dangerous instrumentality.

    You may seek compensation for your injuries from the operator of a golf cart through their home owners insurance if they own a home. You may also pursue recovery from the owner. In most situations the owner would be a golf course or golf resort, which covers its golf carts under a general liability insurance policy.

    Have You Been Injured On A Scooter, Moped, Golf Cart Or ATV?

    You've been hurt in a vehicle accident you need to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our office directly at 727.446.0840 to schedule your free consultation.

  • What are the Short and Long-Term Medical and Financial Implications of a Spinal Cord Injury Suffered During a Motorcycle Crash?

    A motorcycle crash can leave you with severe spinal cord injuries. A lawyer can help review your case to determine if you are eligible to file a personal injury claim for compensation.

    Medical Implications of a Spinal Cord Injury

    The short-term medical action starts at the scene of your motorcycle crash and in the emergency room. Doctors and medics will immobilize your neck and back right away to prevent any further damage and stabilize your breathing. Once you are stable you will be cared for in the intensive care unit for further treatment which may include medication, metal braces for stabilization, surgery or experimental treatment in some cases.

    In the long-term you may suffer paralysis and permanent damages including complications with:

    • bladder control,
    • bowel control,
    • impaired skin sensation,
    • circulatory control,
    • respiratory issues and/or
    • sexual health issues.

    Financial Implications of a Spinal Cord Injury

    Short-term and long-term financial costs of a spinal cord injury from an accident will include:

    • emergency room/hospitalization bills,
    • medication/treatment costs and
    • lost wages (if you are able to return to work).
    • extended physical therapy,
    • emotional counseling,
    • technology purchases for coping (wheelchair or electronic aids) and
    • lost wages (if you are unable to return to work at all).

     

    Have You Been Injured In A Motorcycle Accident?

    If you've been hurt in Florida motorcycle accident you should speak with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 727.446.0840 to schedule your free, no obligation consultation.

  • What are the Short and Long-Term Implications of a Head Injury Suffered During a Motorcycle Accident?

    A motorcycle accident has great potential to end in severe injury; in many cases there may be intense brain trauma. There are many brain injuries, but regardless of what type of head injury has been sustained, legal representation and assistance is necessary. If you have been involved in a a serious motorcycle accident contact a lawyer for a consultation.

    The effects of traumatic brain injury typically involve cognitive function, emotional function and overall behavioral function. These are all very serious problems that can alter and disrupt the victim's entire life and interfere with daily activities.

    Short-term implications can include neurological symptoms such as decreased sensory and motor function. These will become apparent within the first few days and their severity depends on the extent of damage. Victims may also have difficulty concentrating and trouble with problem solving and communication skills.

    Long-Term Implications of Brain Injury

    • movement disorders;
    • seizures;
    • severe headaches;
    • vision deficiency; and
    • sleep disorders.

    Cognitively there May Be:

    • memory loss;
    • mood disorders;
    • personality shifts;
    • depression; and
    • anxiety.

    If a child is injured in a motorcycle accident, separate difficulties may present themselves. Children may have trouble learning new skills, lack of an ability to comprehend social cues and some issues may not show up until later in the child's development.

    Hiring a lawyer who has experience with brain injuries is your best course of action. Motorcycle accidents can result in extremely traumatic injuries that could change your life forever.

    Have You Been Injured In A Motorcycle Accident?

    If you've been hurt in Florida motorcycle accident you should speak with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 727.446.0840 to schedule your free, no obligation consultation.

  • What are Some of the Most Common Accident Injuries in a Motorcycle Crash and will a Lawyer Help Me to Seek Damages for All of My Injuries?

    Because a motorcycle offers less protection than a passenger vehicle, the chances of injuries during an accident are increased.

    Most Common Injuries Sustained in a Motorcycle Crash

    • concussion
    • brain damage
    • fractures
    • joint damage
    • spine damage
    • soft tissue damage
    • facial disfigurement
    • internal bleeding

    Motorcyclists are also susceptible to a condition known as "biker's arm." This occurs in a motorcycle crash when the motorcyclist's upper arm nerves are damaged, resulting in permanent paralysis of the arm.

    If you are injured in a motorcycle crash, an injury lawyer will work with you to seek damages for all of your injuries, including long-term treatment. Some injuries, such as fractures and spine damage, may require physical therapy, while plastic surgery may be necessary in the case of facial disfigurement. Your injury lawyer will account for these expenses in your personal injury claim.

    Your injury lawyer will work with the liable party's insurer in order to seek a settlement for the injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash. If a settlement can't be reached to cover your medical expenses and long-term care, your injury lawyer may take your claim to trial in order to recover damages for your injuries.

    Because so much is at stake, you should contact an attorney who has experience with these types of cases, and a successful track record of winning his or her clients' cases. Contact us today for a free consultation at 888-207-0905.  

    Have You Been Injured In A Motorcycle Accident?

    If you've been hurt in Florida motorcycle accident you should speak with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 727.446.0840 to schedule your free, no obligation consultation.

  • I was Involved in an Accident When a Car Turned Left in Front of Me While I was Riding My Motorcycle in Florida. Who is at Fault?

    If you were involved in a accident when a car turned left in front of you while you were riding your motorcycle, then you may be eligible for compensation in a personal injury claim. This is because a car making a left turn is almost always responsible for a collision with a vehicle coming in the other direction.

    The only exception to this rule may be if you were going over the speed limit at the time of the motorcycle accident, or if you ran a red light. Even if you did act negligently, you may be found only partially responsible. And if partially responsible, you may still be eligible for damages in a personal injury claim.

    This is because in Florida, the law of comparative negligence allows for a victim to collect damages even if they were partially responsible for an accident. Keep in mind that your total recovery may be reduced by your own percentage of negligence. In a Florida personal injury claim after a motorcycle accident, you may be compensated for your medical expenses, any pain or suffering, and any wages that you may have lost.

    Have You Been Injured In A Motorcycle Accident?

    If you've been hurt in Florida motorcycle accident you should speak with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 727.446.0840 to schedule your free, no obligation consultation.

  • I was in a Motorcycle Accident and Now My Knee is Painful. What Type of Knee Injury Could I Have?

    Your knee pain may be caused by damage to the medial meniscus or ligaments, including the medial collateral ligament or the anterior cruciate ligament. If arthroscopic surgery is required, it is commonly done with minor incisions using cannulas to view and repair the damage. Of course, an injury with more significant consequences would be a fracture of the patella and damage to the patellar tendon.

    A motorcycle crash in has the potential to leave you with serious injuries. An injury lawyer can help you obtain the compensation you need to heal. Your lawyer can gather evidence that supports your claim that the other driver is liable for your accident. He or she will also speak with the insurance company in order to maximize the settlement for your motorcycle collision.

    Because so much is at stake, you should contact an attorney who has experience with these types of cases, and a successful track record of winning his or her clients' cases.      

    Have You Been Injured In A Motorcycle Accident?

    If you've been hurt in Florida motorcycle accident you should speak with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 727.446.0840 to schedule your free, no obligation consultation.