Frequently Asked Questions

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  • 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.

  • Is There a Minimum Age Requirement for Motorcycle Passengers in the State of Florida?

    Florida law does not address a minimum age for motorcycle passengers. However, other laws may apply, such as endangering a minor. (Dept. of Hwy. Safety and Motor Vehicles)

    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.

  • My Husband Insists on Buying a Motorcycle. What Insurance Should He have to Protect the Family if He is Injured in a Crash?

    The standard automobile No-Fault (PIP) does not apply to motorcycles. No proof of insurance is required to register a motorcycle. However, Florida's Financial Responsibility Law still applies if he is involved in an accident. He can face penalties and license revocation if he does not have proof of $10,000 in medical insurance coverage (health insurance qualifies.)

    Most motorcycle riders are under-insured. In addition to the required $10,000 in medical insurance, the best way to protect him and the family from the consequences of a serious injury is to have adequate uninsured motorist (UM) coverage which pays for his injury and losses if the car causing the accident is not insured or does not carry enough bodily injury insurance to pay all losses he might suffer. Keep in mind, uninsured motorist will pay medical, wage loss, pain & suffering and all damages the person who caused the accident should pay if they were adequately insured.

    It is unfortunate that most motorcycle riders I encounter in my practice have not obtained adequate UM coverage to protect themselves. In order to buy UM he will need bodily injury coverage. This protects him in the event he causes an accident injuring someone else. While it may not be required in Florida, for motorcycles, he will be unable to purchase UM in any greater amount than the bodily injury coverage on the bike. So, decide how much UM protection you feel you need and purchase BI at least in the same amount. Most people would say $100,000 is the least amount of BI or UM anyone should carry.

    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.

  • Do I Have to Have a Light on My Bicycle if I Am Riding in Florida?

    If you are riding a bicycle in Florida between sunset and sunrise, then Florida bicycle regulations require you to have a light to maximize your safety as well as that of motorists.

    Florida Cyclists Must Do the Following When Riding at Night

    • be equipped with a lamp on the front of the bicycle that exhibits a white light that is visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the front; and
    • be equipped with a lamp and a reflector on the rear of the bicycle that each exhibit a red light that is visible from a distance of 600 feet to the rear.

    In Florida, a bicycle may be equipped with extra lights or reflectors in addition to those that are required.

    A failure to abide by these regulations may result in a Florida bicycle accident. If you are riding your bicycle between sunset and sunrise without the required lights or reflectors, motor vehicle drivers may not see you on your bike.

    If your bicycle is equipped with the necessary lights and reflectors and you are injured in a Florida bicycle accident because of the negligence of a motor vehicle driver, then you may be eligible to recover compensation through a personal injury claim. 

    Have You Been Injured In A Bicycle Accident?

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

  • If My Child Suffers a Fireworks Injury at a Neighbor's House, What Insurance is Available to Pay for Their Injury and Medical Costs?

    Homeowners insurance policies will provide coverage for the negligence of the homeowner. Almost any act of a neighbor handling or permitting the use of fireworks which cause someone to be injured would be considered negligence and should be covered. The typical homeowners insurance policy in Florida provides up to $300,000 in liability coverage to pay for serious injuries and losses.

    Because of the emotion involved, child injury cases are some of the most difficult to handle. Some of the injuries children suffer are the same as adults, such as auto accidents (the leading cause of injury to children) as well as slip/ falls.

    But many injuries are unique to children. For example, burns, fireworks injuries, school injuries, daycare injuries, golf cart, scooter/razor injuries, bicycle injuries, dog bite/animal attacks, and playground injuries are some of the injuries our office handles which are unique to children. You need an attorney you can trust, one who is genuinely interested in protecting the rights of children, and who will advocate on behalf of your child and your family.

    Has Your Child Been Injured In An Accident?

    If your child has been hurt in an accident it's important to contact an experienced child accident 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 Factors Determine What a Child Injury Case is Worth?

    The factors you would consider when determining the value of a child injury claim are a bit different than what you would consider for an adult injury claim. The main difference is that with a child, many monetary factors are not dealt with the same way, including estimating future expenses when a child does not have a work history but their injury will prevent them from working later in life.

    Your child injury attorney can look at the specifics of your child's injury and accident and help you determine the types of compensation to seek and what evidence you'll need to prove those expenses.

    Some Factors that May Affect the Value of a Child Injury Claim

    • medical expenses
    • emotional therapy/counseling for your child
    • physical therapy
    • ongoing care for your child's injury (if long-term or permanent)
    • permanent disability and disfigurement
    • loss of quality of life (damaged social and academic experiences)
    • emotional suffering (stress and insecurity)

    Since insurance adjusters typically compute non-monetary damages such as loss of quality of life and emotional suffering, the importance of having a child injury attorney to help represent the best interests of your child is paramount. Without the help of an attorney, the value of a claim could be significantly underestimated and you could end up accepting an offer for well below what your claim is worth.

    It's also important to be aware of the restrictions and specific considerations present in Florida child injury claims. For example, settlements over $15,000 may require court approval. Additionally, settlements or awards over $15,000 may be put into a restricted bank account that could require a court order or similar petition to withdraw any funds. Your attorney can explain how these restrictions may impact your case.

    Has Your Child Been Injured In An Accident?

    If your child has been hurt in an accident it's important to contact an experienced child accident 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 Dangers of a Florida Underride or Override Truck Accident?

    Because commercial trucks are so much bigger than most of the other vehicles on the road, they can cause a significant amount of damage. Large commercial trucks are generally built to the same specifications, which means there are several common types of accidents that are caused by commercial trucks.

    Two of the most common and dangerous types of truck accidents are underride accidents and override accidents.

    How Underride Accidents Occur & The Dangers of Such a Crash

    An underride accident occurs when a smaller passenger vehicle drives underneath a commercial truck. This can happen by switching lanes while driving alongside a commercial truck, or while driving behind a truck, when the truck comes to a sudden or unexpected stop. These types of accidents cause substantial damage to the passenger vehicle because, often, the top of the vehicle can come off altogether, exposing the passengers to a myriad of dangers.

    How Override Accidents Occur

    An override accident is very similar to an underride accident, except that this occurs when a large commercial truck drives over a smaller vehicle, motorcycle, or pedestrian. The results of an override accident are very similar to those of an underride accident.

    If you have been injured in a truck accident because of an underride or override accident, you may be eligible for compensation for:

    • your medical expenses;
    • any physical pain that you have experienced, as well as any emotional suffering;
    • any wages that you have lost because of the inability to return to work; and
    • any wages that you may lose in the future, because of the inability to return to gainful employment.

    Have You Been Injured In A Truck Accident?

    If you've been hurt in Florida motorcycle accident you should speak with an experienced truck 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.

  • Who is Responsible for an Unsecured Load that Leads to a Florida Trucking Accident?

    The truck driver, the company that owns the truck, and the company whose job it was to load and secure the cargo can all potentially be held responsible for an unsecured load that leads to a trucking accident. By hiring a trucking accident attorney, you can be sure you are pursuing all the financial compensation from each person responsible.

    First, the driver is responsible for adhering to the rules of the road. Because they drive larger vehicles, truckers have a larger responsibility to drive carefully. Overworked truck drivers trying to make more money by going longer distances in shorter times can cause trucking accidents when they drive erratically and topple an unsecured load.

    Second, the company that owns the truck can also be found at fault. Old or worn truck hardware that gives out can release a load onto the highway. Common cargo like construction supplies, logs, or even cars can come tumbling off of a truck bed if its parts are worn, creating an unsecured load.

    Third, and often overlooked, is the company that loaded and secured the cargo on the truck can also be found at fault. An experienced trucking accident attorney knows to investigate all who could be at fault in your Florida trucking accident and this is yet another outlet for financial compensation.

    Have You Been Injured In A Truck Accident?

    If you've been hurt in Florida motorcycle accident you should speak with an experienced truck 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.

  • Are There Any Laws That Dictate Whether a Semi-Truck Driver Can Text While Driving?

    In 2010, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced a federal ban on texting while driving for commercial truck drivers. This ban prohibits texting while driving by operators of commercial motor vehicles such as large trucks and buses. The move was meant to prevent the occurrence of truck accidents.

    After the action was announced, LaHood stated, "We want the drivers of big rigs and buses and those who share the roads with them to be safe... this is an important safety step and we will be taking more to eliminate the threat of distracted driving."

    Under the new ban on texting while driving, truck drivers who text while driving may be penalized by legal fines of up to $2,750. According to a study conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, those who participate in texting while driving are distracted for an average of 4.6 seconds of every 6 seconds that they text. This can result in a truck accident, which may cause serious or fatal injuries.

    If you have been injured in a truck accident in Florida and you suspect that the truck driver was texting while driving, you'll want to tell your lawyer to help you obtain the driver's cell phone records. Showing that a truck driver was texting while driving leading up to your truck accident can help prove negligence and help support your truck accident claim.

    Recover Compensation if You Were a Victim Semi-Truck Accident

    • medical expenses
    • lost wages
    • pain and suffering
    • mental anguish
    • permanent disabilities
    • disfigurement
    • other accident-related expenses

    Have You Been Injured In A Truck Accident?

    If you've been hurt in Florida motorcycle accident you should speak with an experienced truck 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.

  • Who Makes Sure that Trucking Companies Operating in Florida and Elsewhere are Following Federal Regulations?

    The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is the agency that establishes federal trucking regulations.

    Standards and Guidelines for the U.S. Trucking Industry

    • drug and alcohol regulations
    • the hours of service that drivers may operate
    • qualifications for truck drivers
    • trucking company safety standards
    • standards for emissions and noise
    • requirements for inspection, maintenance and repair
    • weight, length, and width limitations

    In addition to the federal trucking laws established by the FMCSA, truckers in Florida must also abide by the rules established by Florida's Department of Transportation.

    A violation of these regulations can result in a truck accident. If you have been injured in a truck accident in Florida, and the accident was the result of someone else's negligence, you may be eligible for compensation in a truck accident claim.

    Negligence in a Truck Accident in Florida

    • truck driver error
    • truck inspection error
    • failing to properly load the truck's cargo
    • failing to obey federal truck driving laws
    • driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
    • driving under adverse road conditions

    Have You Been Injured In A Truck Accident?

    If you've been hurt in Florida motorcycle accident you should speak with an experienced truck 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.