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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.

Research shows troublesome rise in Florida motorcycle accidents

Motorcyclists in Florida and throughout the U.S. will not hesitate to discuss how much they enjoy almost every aspect of being on their bikes and riding the open road. There is a sense of freedom for motorcyclists that is difficult to replace with any other activity. However, it is undeniable that riding a motorcycle can be dangerous. Given their vulnerability, riders are prone to suffering from spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, broken bones and even fatalities if they are in motorcycle accidents. Research into the number of motorcycle crashes is worrisome for Florida riders.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Florida has the highest number of fatal motorcycle accidents in the U.S. 606 people died in motorcycle crashes in 2015. This was a 30 percent increase from 2014. There were more than 9,000 accidents with injuries. Motorcyclists are aware of the numbers and believe that drivers of conventional vehicles are driving while distracted or simply not keeping an eye on their surroundings.

How drowsy drivers cause accidents

In recent years, drowsy driving has received increased attention as a source of danger on the road. Many states, including Florida, devote resources to information campaigns aimed at educating the public about the hazards of drowsy driving. Nevertheless, sleepy motorists continue to increase the risk of driving for everyone.

Motorcycles on the road can lead to serious accidents

Many Americans, including many from Florida and the Fort Lauderdale, area love to ride. For some, it is the intimate relationship between the rider, the bike and the road, for others, it is the freedom and liberation of letting the wind hit you as you ride the streets and highways. And for some, it may well just be a financial situation. Riding a motorcycle is much more efficient than driving a car or truck.

Regardless of the many reasons people ride motorcycles, one thing is certain - motorcycles pose unique hazards on the roads for everyone involved. While many accidents are no one's fault, there are many times when a negligent or distracted driver who is not paying attention causes an accident with a motorcycle.

Things to consider before starting a business

Following the recession a few years ago, the United States economy has struggled to recover completely. With newer technologies allowing for more automation, businesses outsourcing and cutting staff, the allure of fulfilling one's dream and starting their own business is seeming like a valid option.

Considering the time, money and passion you need to invest when starting up your own company, it is in your best interests to have a complete understanding of what you need to have and do before diving in. There is much more to running a business than initially meets the eye, and your own character is the first thing to consider.

Accidents happen every day and victims often need help

Unfortunately, injuries can happen to any person at any time. Even if you venture through life always looking both ways and proceeding with caution in every aspect of your travels, you never know what could be lurking around the corner.

Often these accidents strike when you least expect it. You may be injured while on a cruise, or diving into a pool, or even on your way to run some errands around the neighborhood. Unfortunately, you never know.

Arkansas bank acquires Fort Lauderdale's Landmark Bank

A merger occurs when two companies decide to come together as one to increase long-term profits and expand their operations. In fact, many business law matters center on acquisitions where a larger company acquires a smaller company. A recent acquisition of a Fort Lauderdale bank may mean big things for the parent company of an Arkansas bank.

Home BaneShares, parent company of Centennial Bank in Arkansas, recently acquired Landmark Bank, based in Fort Lauderdale. Home BaneShares (Nasdaq: HOMB) announced the acquisition in November for $88.5 million, but the final price ended up being $96 million due to an increase in HOMB's share value. Shareholders of Landmark Bank's parent company, Giant Holdings Inc. received over $77 million in HOMB stock and close to $20 million in cash. With the stability and reputation of Centennial, the chairman of Giant Holdings believes that his company will benefit greatly from the acquisition. The availability of new products with a proven track record of success combined with quality banking service will likely make the merger a hit among customers.

Filing a claim based on breach of fiduciary duty

Companies in Fort Lauderdale have an obligation to protect their shareholders. When a business law dispute erupts between parties, a breach of fiduciary duty may be the cause of the dispute. Fiduciary duty refers to the responsibility one party has to act in the best interest of another party.

When a party breaches their fiduciary duty, the injured party may file a civil suit against them to pursue damages. In order to prove a breach, you must first establish that a fiduciary relationship in fact existed at the time of the dispute.

You may need help navigating a personal injury incident

Every day, countless Fort Lauderdale residents face serious injuries in a variety of accidents. Some people are injured in car accidents on the way to work or while traveling to see family. Others are injured while taking the boat out on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Some are even injured while shopping at a grocery store. The worst part is that many of these accidents are not caused by the injured party but rather a negligent third party.

Regardless of how the injury occurred, personal injury accidents often have the same devastating consequences. Accident victims may suffer from brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, and psychological distress. In addition to the physical and mental difficulties, accident victims and their families may also suffer financially. With medical bills piling up and the injured person unable to work, families can feel helpless.

The dangers of distracted driving in Florida

Distractions cause drivers to pay less attention to the road, meaning that critical objects and situations go unnoticed. This all potentially results in accidents. Distracted drivers are at risk of injuring themselves and everyone else on the road. The dangers are present right here in Florida, where over 45,000 crashes occurred because of distracted driving in 2015. So what exactly makes distracted driving so dangerous? Is cellphone use more dangerous than other distractions? These questions are answered below.

The risks

Distracted driving not only leads to property damage and personal injuries, but also fatalities. According to the National Highway Safety Administration, 3,179 lives were lost due to distracted driving in 2014. There are three main types of distractions that motorists face:

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