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Multi-state initiative meant to cut down on car accidents

Enforcement agencies in Florida and throughout the nation are constantly seeking methods to reduce the risks that drivers face when out on the road. Research and information is valuable when determining what causes car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents and bicycle and pedestrian accidents. Armed with that information, it is not unusual for initiatives to be put into action to try direct methods in tamping down on certain behaviors. Such is the case with what is known as "Operation Southern Shield."

Operation Southern Shield is an attempt on the part of five different states in the Southeastern portion of the U.S. to look for certain types of drivers who are behaving dangerously and reduce the number of them on the road. The program will be implemented in Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia. Officers will be on the lookout for drivers who move at excessive speeds, are under the influence, are distracted, and do not wear their safety belts.

Typical personal injuries people have on cruise ships

Cruise ships are excellent ways for people to go on vacation and relax. In fact, according to a report by the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association, over 20 million people around the world went on cruises in 2014. While everyone is on these boats to have fun, some people unfortunately end up getting hurt on their voyages. 

Occasionally, things do not always go as planned while on a cruise ship. Many people get hurt every year, and since the accident occurred at sea, many people wonder what their options are. Any injured parties should consult with a personal injury attorney after arriving back. Here are some of the most common accidents lawyers see. 

Couple might lose $458K after botched real estate transaction

Florida real estate can be a lucrative investment whether it is to be in business for oneself or just to own a property and reside there. However, there are often traps that many people fall into and can be avoided if they are protected by a legal professional experienced in real estate law. Regardless of the type of real estate transaction it is, there is always the potential for unforeseen problems. Such was the case for a couple who purchased a property and later found out that there were unknown issues with the previous property owner and the sale.

A couple purchased a condominium for slightly more than $458,000 at a foreclosure auction. The unit, 1,500 square feet, had numerous amenities. This type of property can be used as a vacation home or to rent out and make money. However, the couple found that there was a superior first mortgage on it and foreclosure is imminent. This was after they had paid the money for it in the electronic auction. If this goes through, the couple will be deprived of their money and they will not have the property.

Man visiting Florida killed in hit-and-run crash

Car accidents, bicycle and pedestrian accidents and more can happen at any time. When there is such an incident, those who were affected need to be aware of their right to seek compensation in a personal injury case. This is especially important if the accident results in a wrongful death.

According to recent news reports, a man from New Jersey who was visiting Fort Lauderdale with his family was hit by a vehicle and killed. The driver fled the scene in the car after the crash, police said. The man was taking a photograph of a sign when the accident occurred as the man's wife and 13-year-old son watched. Reports said the man was an émigré from Cuba in 1991 and had lived in the United States since then. Law enforcement conducted a search to find the vehicle and the driver. They found the vehicle, but as of this writing, they had yet to locate the driver.

Family files wrongful death case after crash with tennis star

No one in Florida is immune to being in an accident. It can happen to anyone regardless of their social standing, occupation, income and lifestyle. When there is a car crash, injuries, fatalities and the aftermath will affect everyone. Regardless of who it is, it is imperative that there be a full investigation into the circumstances and those who suffered loss of any kind have all the information necessary to consider a personal injury legal filing.

A car accident involving tennis star Venus Williams led to the death of a passenger in the other vehicle. Ms. Williams, 37, was blamed for the crash in a police report. The other vehicle, a 2016 Hyundai Accent, was heading through an intersection when Ms. Williams' 2010 Toyota Sequoia cut in front of it. The driver of the Hyundai said that she was in the right lane slowing for a traffic signal. The light turned green and the accident happened. Ms. Williams said she did not see the other vehicle. She was blamed for violating the right of way of the other Hyundai.

Complex business law matters need experienced lawyers

Business is constantly in flux in Florida and across the country. With today's complicated political climate, businesses need to be cognizant of how to adhere to the law and advance toward their goals. With corporate transactions, it is vital to have a legal firm that is immersed in the law and caring for its clients' needs no matter what business they are in. This holds true whether the issues are linked to a business acquisition, regulatory compliance, a corporate dispute or any other matter that comes up.

Financing is always a key for a business and shareholder needs must be addressed and structured properly. This requires experienced legal assistance to make certain it is done according to the law. When there are companies that are licensing their name or their products or moving forward with franchising, this must have an iron clad agreement so both parties understand and adhere to their responsibilities.

Separate car accidents lead to death of Florida trooper

Florida law enforcement officers are aware of how dangerous the job can be when they decide to take it. Much of the danger they face is generally considered to be due to chasing criminals and making arrests. However, they are also vulnerable when they are helping people and an accident happens. With any job in which a person is placed in danger, there is always the chance that an accident will occur. Those who have been affected by this and lost a loved one need to bear in mind the steps to take in filing a personal injury lawsuit.

A Florida Highway Patrol master sergeant died when a car crash occurred as he was helping another person and he was hit. The accident happened at about 6:30 p.m. The officer, age 52, was in the emergency lane assisting on a prior accident when two vehicles crashed. After being hit, the officer was taken to the hospital where he died. The officer had been on the job for three decades. In addition, he had served in the U.S. Army. He was newly married. Charges are pending in the crash.

New iPhone app seeks to lower distracted driving car accidents

Texting and driving and other distracted driving behaviors are a consistently referenced reason for a large segment of car accidents in Florida and across the nation. Law enforcement and governmental authorities have tried to diminish the frequency of drivers who are using their smartphones and other devices behind the wheel. Another strategy that might prove useful for this endeavor is the companies taking the initiative and implementing methods to stop people from texting and driving.

A new feature for the iPhone that is being released is an attempt to reduce distracted driving. A setting called "Do Not Disturb While Driving" will silence notifications and incoming text messages while the device is connected to a vehicle using cable or Bluetooth. This will be ready by the fall of 2017. Generic messages saying that the recipient is driving will be the auto-reply.

Why swimming pools can be dangerous

Swimming pools can be a wonderful source of entertainment. They can be very unsafe too, helping to turn a backyard party into a tragedy, or a fun-filled hotel stay into a situation where someone gets seriously hurt.

There are many ways in which swimming pools can be dangerous. Being aware of these risks can help you minimize these hazards.

Car accidents more common for younger drivers who have ADHD

In Florida and across the U.S., it is widely known that younger drivers generally lack the experience and knowledge to avoid accidents and circumstances that an older, more experienced driver might avoid. However, anecdotal evidence will never surpass statistical studies as to the risk that younger drivers present. One study from JAMA Pediatrics examined the frequency with which young drivers who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are in a crash. It showed that those with ADHD are 36 percent more likely to be in a crash compared with other adolescents behind the wheel.

In the past, research found that those with ADHD had a higher frequency of car accidents. In 1993, for example, it was found that adolescents with ADHD were four times were likely to have a crash. The authors of the new study say that the earlier information was subjected to limitations. Included in that context are smaller samples from specialty medical centers and self-reporting accidents. This new study used 18,500 electronic health records with 2,500 who were diagnosed as having ADHD.

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