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What to do about construction defects in your new Florida home

You finally purchased your new home, moved in and are enjoying yourself, only to find that there are defects you were not aware of. If you discover faults within your newly purchased home caused by sloppy building or workmanship, you may be able to sue the builder for construction defects.

Before you begin litigation, it is important to understand your rights as a homeowner and how construction defect laws in Florida work.

Safety tips for tourists and Florida residents as pedestrians

Tourism is big business in Florida. Indeed, spring break brings scores of college students in March, but as the calendar turns to may, high school students from across the northeast celebrate their graduations or senior trips at Disneyland, Universal Studios and Busch Gardens, to name a few. In another month or so, families will have their vacations and another swath of out-of-state visitors will descend into Florida.

With additional tourists comes the possibility of pedestrian accidents. Both drivers and pedestrians should be aware of the following safety tips. 

Teen suffers wrongful death in hit-and-run motorcycle crash

Florida roadways can be dangerous, particularly for those who are not in a standard automobile. This applies to motorcyclists, bicyclists, pedestrians and those partaking in other activities such as jogging or skateboarding. When there is a crash between a vehicle and a person who is not protected by being in a vehicle, there can be severe injuries and even death. For those who have been hurt or lost a loved one in this type of a crash, a personal injury lawsuit is often necessary to recover compensation for medical costs and other damages.

A 15-year-old Orlando boy was killed recently when he was hit by a motorcycle. The boy was said to have been skateboarding at around 3:00 a.m. when the motorcycle hit him. The 35-year-old motorcyclist fled the scene, but was later caught. According to witnesses, the motorcyclist hit the teen and left his bike at the scene as he took off on foot. The teen was knocked out of his shoes and declared dead at the hospital.

Scooter crash causes personal injury and death in Florida

With the number of people on the road and innumerable people visiting from other states and countries, it is unavoidable that there will be a fair share of car accidents and motorcycle accidents. These crashes can cause significant damage to those who are involved with medical costs, lost wages and even death. For those who have been hurt or lost a loved one in a crash, a personal injury legal filing can help to get compensation and closure.

These accidents do not discriminate and can happen even to those whose job it is to help others who have been in a crash. Such was the case when two law enforcement officers were involved in an accident as they rode a scooter while off-duty. The accident happened at around 3 a.m. as the two female officers were riding and a car cut in front of them. One officer, 40, died in the accident. The other, 25, was injured. The deceased officer was flown to a trauma center where she later died. The injured officer was hospitalized with critical injuries. The case is under investigation.

Florida car accidents frequently caused by distracted drivers

One increasingly common cause of car accidents in today's world is drivers who do not pay attention to the road. While there have been distractions ever since vehicles came into existence, smartphones have added a new and dangerous dynamic into the mix. A recent study has shown that Florida has one of the highest rates of distracted drivers in the U.S. Those who have been injured in a crash should be aware that it is possible that it came about due to a distracted driver.

Using data from a motion-sensing app that calculated aggressive turns, hard braking, accelerating suddenly and speeding as well as other movement, the study accrued information while the driver's phone was in use. Other factors like the phone being in sleep mode or when the driver had a hands-free apparatus were not used for the study. It found that 92 percent of U.S. drivers who had a cell phone used it while in a moving vehicle over the previous month.

Motorcycle accidents in Florida rise in frequency

Florida is a hotbed of motorcycle activity with many residents and visitors choosing to traverse the state on their bikes. While it is known that a motorcyclist can suffer from brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and a fatality when involved in motorcycle accidents, the actual statistics are even more troublesome. People who have had a motorcycle accident or had a loved one injured or killed in a motorcycle crash should be aware of these statistics, the aftermath of a crash and how to move forward with a legal filing if appropriate.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Florida has the highest number of motorcycle crashes in the U.S. 2015 had the most motorcycle accidents ever recorded for the state with a 30 percent rise. Of all fatalities in a motor vehicle accident, 20 percent involved a motorcyclist. That is concerning, since only 3 percent of registered vehicles are motorcycles. There were more than 9,000 injuries and 600 deaths in Florida motorcycle crashes in 2015.

Distracted driving still a common cause of car accidents

As Florida residents are undoubtedly aware, distracted driving is a problem that is not going away. State and federal agencies have made a significant effort to educate and enlighten people as to the dangers of the practice. Unfortunately, with the advent of smartphones and other handy devices as well as the ability to connect with endless people and information, it still goes on and is getting worse. This is relevant as April has been designated Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

A recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety said that around 88 percent of drivers who are classified as millennials took part on a minimum of one dangerous activity while driving and are considered the drivers who behave the worst in the U.S. Another study from AT&T says that the number of people who allow themselves to be distracted by smartphones are equally worrisome. Out of every 10 people, 7 use a smartphone while driving. 62 percent have the device within their reach while driving. Almost 4 of every 10 users of smartphones use social media when driving. 3 out of 10 will surf the web. 1 out of 10 will video chat.

Construction worker suffers personal injury after fall

Construction work is a source of employment for many in Fort Lauderdale, and there are a vast number of projects that are planned or in progress that will always need workers. Building is undoubtedly a benefit to the city and state. However, that does not eliminate the reality that many construction jobs are dangerous. They involve using large vehicles, carting heavy equipment, operating tools and working at great heights. Unfortunately, there will be construction accidents. The aftereffects can vary from moderate to severe to fatal. Those who were injured in a construction accident or lost a loved one in a personal injury or wrongful death incident may want to know how to seek compensation.

A luxury condominium that is under construction had an accident in which a worker fell three stories. The accident occurred at around 9:30 a.m. and the fall was approximately 30 feet. The man was taken to the hospital. A member of the fire department stated that the man was injured so seriously that his life is in jeopardy. The initial investigation states that the man, working for a subcontractor, was wearing his harness and other equipment designed for safety. He was in the process of moving construction materials when the fall happened. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is in the process of investigating.

Bicyclist suffers personal injury when he is hit by car

Florida bicyclists and pedestrians are notoriously vulnerable to serious injuries when they are in an accident with a motor vehicle. These accidents can cause brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and other significant types of damage to the victim. Considering the number of issues that can arise after being involved in a car accident as a bicyclist or pedestrian, considering a personal injury case with help from an attorney may be an option.

Bicycle and pedestrian accidents are dangerous enough as they are, but it is especially dangerous to the victim in bicycle and pedestrian accidents when the vehicle goes onto the sidewalk and hits them. Compounding matters is when the vehicle departs the scene. Recently in Florida, a man was riding his bike across a bridge and was on the sidewalk riding with traffic when he was hit by a vehicle that ran up on the sidewalk. The bicyclist fell to the ground as the vehicle got back on the road and drove away. It was said to be a dark pickup. The bicycle rider was taken to the hospital with what were described as serious injuries. Law enforcement is seeking the vehicle.

Help in Florida business law and being a whistleblower

Reporting wrongdoing in Florida can be difficult, particularly when that wrongdoing is at someone's place of work. However, there can be benefits to those who choose to reveal these illegal behaviors that go beyond the simple matter of doing the right thing. Understanding the whistleblower laws and how they work is beneficial after discovering there has been some sort of malfeasance taking place at a business and reporting it.

A person will be considered a whistleblower when he or she informs law enforcement about misconduct that the employer has conducted. It can even involve a business at which the whistleblower does not work. Often a whistleblower case involves fraud, deceptive trade practices, unfair competition, a failure to adhere to regulatory compliance, a violation of the law regarding public safety, and more. When there is a discovery that these behaviors are taking place, the person who is considering becoming a whistleblower must have legal protection with an attorney.

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