Orlando Injury Law Blog

STOP for School Buses

Wednesday, February 04, 2015
The current law in Florida requires drivers traveling in both directions to stop for a school bus that has its stop sign out.  On roads with a raised median, barrier or other open space, traffic heading in the opposite direction does not have to stop.  The fine currently is $265.00 and suspension of your driver's license.   After several recent severe injuries and fatalities to children, a new bill is up for Senate vote called "Gabby's Law" which would make it a crime to pass a stopped school bus, punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a fine up to $500.00.  A second conviction would bring the jail time up to six months and the fine up to $1,000.00.  Gabby was killed by a car shortly after getting off her school bus in DeBary in 2010.  She was 12.

Happy Holidays

Monday, December 08, 2014

During the hustle and bustle of the holidays, unfortunately accidents can happen.  If you have an accident and are injured, don’t let the time clock run on you to seek medical attention.  During this time of year, the days quickly pass.  Drivers involved in crashes with injuries, must seek medical care within 14 days from the date of their accident to take advantage of their automobile insurance PIP (personal injury protection) policy benefits.  On day 15, you are no longer eligible for the benefits you paid for.  To qualify for your full $10,000.00 benefit, your injuries must be diagnosed as an “Emergency Medical Condition”.  If this threshold is not met, your maximum benefit is $2,500.00, even though you paid for $10,000.00 in coverage.  Bottom line, don’t delay after your accident.  If you need additional advice on this information, please call my firm, (407) 628-4871.  If you’ve had an accident and are injured, I am here to help you.  I wish all a happy and safe holiday season.

---  R. David Ayers, Jr.

Airbag Explosion of Metal Shrapnel Suspected of Causing Death

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Metal shrapnel from a faulty airbag, which exploded after an automobile accident, is thought to have caused the death of an Orlando woman.  Her family is pursuing legal action against the car manufacturer and maker of the airbags.  If you suspect you or a loved one has been injured by a faulty airbag, you should contact a Board Certified Civil Trial lawyer to discuss your rights and time limitations to file a claim.  In any event, call the manufacturer of your vehicle to be sure the airbags in your car have not been recalled for the safety of you and your family.  Due to the high humidity levels found in Florida, the problem with the airbags appears to be worse.

Florida Testing New System to Prevent Wrong Way Driving Accidents

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Wrong way driving accidents are some of the most devastating accidents in impact, and very often result in injuries and fatalities. The state of Florida will soon begin an experiment aimed at helping reduce the risk of such accidents. The experiment is based on a simple system that will use solar-powered flashing lights and other related devices, to warn traffic management authorities of a wrong way driver on a highway.

The high-tech plan is targeted at helping reduce the risk of wrong way accidents on the Florida Turnpike and Sawgrass Expressway. The system consists of flashing signs that alert wrong way drivers about the fact that they're heading in the wrong direction. Simultaneously, alerts will also be sent to local authorities to inform them about the presence of the wrong way driver. These devices will be installed in 15 locations on the Florida Pike and Sawgrass Expressway.

The system is based on the use of solar power, radar systems as well as cameras, and these systems will record images and location data of the wrong way driver. The radar system will identify when a vehicle is driving in the wrong direction, and it will activate the solar-powered LED lights on the sign to warn the motorist. If the driver passes the sign, the data will then immediately be transmitted to the Florida traffic management system as well as the Florida Highway Patrol's command center.

The Florida Turnpike is being chosen as the location for this initiative because of the number of wrong way driving accidents that have occurred here. Between 2010 and 2012, there were 24 wrong way driving-related accidents along the Turnpike. This initiative is the result of a project that was kick started by the Florida Department of Transportation last year.

Alcohol Use Could Increase Accident Risks for Senior Motorists

Sunday, March 02, 2014

The spotlight on driving under the influence of alcohol very often tends to focus on younger teenage drivers, because of widespread alcohol use in this population. However, the actual influence of alcohol on a person’s driving abilities may be much more acute in the case of senior motorists.

According to a new study, even moderate amounts of alcohol use by senior drivers can affect driving abilities. For example, a simple glass of wine may not have a very intoxicating effect on a 25-year-old, and a person who is driving with this amount of alcohol in his blood, is very unlikely to qualify as “legally intoxicated”. However, when that same glass of wine is being consumed by a senior motorist above the age of 60, there are likely to be considerable effects on his driving capacities. In fact, senior motorists, who are driving even with such small amounts of alcohol in their blood, could be at a high risk of accidents injuring themselves and others.

The research was conducted by scientists at the University of Florida, who wanted to see how drinking small amounts of alcohol impaired driving abilities of seniors. There were two groups of people analyzed as part of the study. One consisted of persons in the 25 to 35 age group, and the other consisted of persons in the 55 to 70 age group. There were 36 people analyzed in each of these groups.

The researchers found that while neither group had drunk enough number of alcoholic beverages to qualify as being legally intoxicated, older drivers seemed to have their driving abilities impacted by just one drink.

In fact, the researchers are actually calling for a re-evaluation of blood-alcohol levels for all drivers. A senior who is driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or above, which is the maximum permissible level, could be at a much higher danger of being involved in an accident, compared to younger motorists who can more easily tolerate alcohol.

Chronic Neck Pain Common after Car Accidents

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Motorists in Orlando who have been involved in a car accident, especially a rear-ender accident, may continue to suffer from chronic pain that lasts for weeks and months after the accident. According to the results of a new study, it is fairly common to find consistent pain in persons who have been involved in an accident.

The study was conducted by scientists at the University Of North Carolina School of Medicine, and is believed to be the first large study that specifically evaluates musculoskeletal pain resulting from a car accident.

According to the researchers, every year, approximately 4 million Americans have to visit hospital emergency departments, for treatment after being involved in a motor vehicle accident. More than 90% of these persons are discharged back home after an evaluation. However, the study finds that chronic pain is common among these individuals.

Approximately 6 weeks after being involved in a motor vehicle accident, close to three quarters of the persons involved in an accident reported that they suffered from persistent musculoskeletal pain in one or more areas of the body. More than one-third of the participants reported that they suffered pain in four or more body regions.

What is also disturbing to Orlando car accident lawyers is that out of the 1148 persons enrolled in the study, only 17% had actually contacted a lawyer for litigation approximately 6 weeks after the accident. Among the individuals who were not planning to contact a lawyer or not planning to take action for compensation, 20% suffered from persistent moderate or severe neck pain, 13% had widespread musculoskeletal pain that could be seen in seven or more areas of the body, and 4% suffered from symptoms very similar to those of fibromyalgia.

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