Florida would seem the ideal place to operate a motorcycle – with the Florida sunshine and cooperative weather, even the winter months see groups of easy riders on the roads.  Below are five tips for motorcycle riders in Fort Lauderdale. Motorcyclists, however, are in as much danger – if not more – when it comes to personal injury should a crash occur. In particular, while Florida helmet laws do not mandate the wearing of head gear, helmets should always be a part of the protective wear for a motorcycle rider, as the severity of head injury in a motorcycle crash can put an end to more than just a ride on the open road. Motorcyclists in South Florida and Fort Lauderdale in particular, where the roads are more congested this time of year by snowbirds and tourists fleeing northern cold, need…

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Driving for some is simple; for others, not so easy. The key to navigating the Fort Lauderdale’s roads is defensive driving – always know that someone will be making a U-turn on the opposite side of the road at the same time you are turning, and that lane-switching is at times a race that rivals the Daytona 500. To make your driving experience in Fort Lauderdale as easy – and safe – as possible, www.visitflorida.com to view driving tips. With people coming in from the north to enjoy the winter in South Florida, it’s wise for both out-of-towners and locals to take a minute to re-educate on the rules of the road, and avoid a car accident that could lead to personal injury. How well do you know some of the basic driving laws to keep safe on Fort Lauderdale’s roads?…

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Driving safe for the holidays: Make back seat safety a front seat priority in Fort Lauderdale.   Much attention is given to the front seat passengers when it comes to buckling seat belts. With the holidays now in full swing, and driving on the road becoming more hazardous as the population swells in Ft. Lauderdale as snowbirds return, vacationers rent cars along with the usual holiday mayhem, the safety for those in the back seat should also be front and center.  Make back seat safety a front seat priority. Back seat passengers are equally in danger from personal injury if they’re not buckled up. According to the Ft. Lauderdale Police Department, hundreds of unbelted adults in the rear seats of passenger vehicles are killed annually in crashes, and hundreds more are seriously injured. In 2013, 883 unrestrained rear seat passenger…

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Are you an accident waiting to happen? How pedestrians and motorists in Ft. Lauderdale can co-exist Crossing the street is an action we all have to do – in an ideal world, we could walk and not worry about motorists. Or motorists, likewise, could make a turn without having to watch the actions of the pedestrian at the corner. But pedestrians have a problem in Fort Lauderdale: According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration Fatality Analysis Reporting System, Fort Lauderdale is the second most dangerous place in the United States for pedestrians. That makes it also a problem for drivers. One scenario cannot take place without the other. While Fort Lauderdale has put traffic calming and pedestrian safety measures in place, there are many things pedestrians and motorists can do to protect themselves from personal injury caused by careless…

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At the Scene of a Fort Lauderdale Car Accident The Fort Lauderdale area is congested with traffic. Drivers are all in a hurry: Every U-turn has to be negotiated. Every intersection crossed slowly. But even the best motorists may one day find their car stuck in the front end of someone else’s vehicle in a Fort Lauderdale car accident. Teenagers have the greatest chance of getting into an accident, according to statistics. Not surprisingly, texting, or use of any handheld device while behind the wheel, can measurably increase the chances of an auto accident. Whether you are involved in a minor vehicle mishap or a major accident that involves personal injury, the steps you take after the accident could make the difference in helping you to heal or continuing the pain, personally and financially. Here is what you should keep…

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Stairways get us to where we need to go but they present the same hazards as if we were walking a straight line. A piece of rug could be torn up. The steps could be structurally faulty. And you could end up a statistic, as one among the thousands of people involved in a slip and fall accident on stairs every year. Stairs and their upkeep are the responsibility of the property owner and if you fall on stairs, the owner is liable, the same as if it were a slip and fall accident on a level surface. As with all slip and fall accidents, the injured must prove that the premises owner: caused the dangerous situation knew of the situation and did nothing about it. should have known that the situation presented a potential hazard.In addition, you must also…

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Commonly, in cases of a slip and fall accident, the victim is so stunned by what has just occurred that he or she ends up walking away, concerned more about moving on than staying put and assessed by the situation. They may be embarrassed by what happened, feel responsible in some way, or just want to bury the whole episode in memory. It happened, now it’s time to move on and forget about it However, in the event of a slip and fall accident in Fort Lauderdale, the best thing to do is take a moment to look at the scene – were you responsible or was the store owner or property manager? Here are the top five questions you should ask to find out who will bear the fault and, subsequently, the liability, following a slip and fall accident:…

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Anyone who has ever viewed the world from the floor of a retail store or restaurant knows how quickly life can go into a tailspin due to a slip and fall accident with injuries. If you haven’t consulted with a personal injury accident lawyer, do you know your rights following a slip-and-fall accident? To inform yourself, take the following quiz: 1. Immediately after a slip and fall accident you should: a. Take photos b. Take an ambulance to the hospital c. Consult with a personal injury litigation attorney d. All of the above 2. Causes of slip and fall accidents include: a. Someone sticking out their leg while you’re walking by b. Your own klutziness c. Slippery surfaces, debris left in aisles, a torn up or worn rug d. A chatty friend 3. Among the things you should document after…

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In the days following a slip and fall accident, one thing is proven: You, the victim, must show ways in which the defendant was negligent before winning a slip and fall accident case.. You must prove that piece of debris was knowingly left on the floor. You must prove the product that slipped off the store shelf onto the floor should have been put back in its place. You must prove there was no sign indicating a torn up carpet … or a wet floor. How is this done? It’s all in the discovery. During discovery, a defendant must turn over information such as maintenance records, repair logs, surveillance video, and anything else that be relevant to the slip-and-fall accident. In addition, the victim of a slip-and-fall accident may also gather sworn testimony regarding what happened through depositions, recorded interviews,…

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“Breaking one’s fall” is a term that references how to fall safely, useful for unexpected encounters with people and objects. It should not be a strategy, however, for getting yourself through the aisles of a retail store. Say you have a slip and fall accident on a loose mat in the middle of an aisle, unaccustomed as you may be to preparing for danger around every turn of the local big box store. You are on the floor, in pain. You assess your condition, use your cell phone – or ask a companion to use your cell phone – to shoot photos of the scene. Then, it may be wise to take an ambulance to the hospital. Above all, you should seek a doctor’s care immediately. When it comes time to recoup the medical costs associated with treating your injury,…

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