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Security worker suffers wrongful death when gate falls on him

When people in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, leave their homes, even in the most dangerous jobs, the last thing they are thinking is of a workplace accident. These accidents can happen, and it is an unfortunate reality in any job. In some instances, they lead to personal injury. In others, they lead to a wrongful death. Those who have lost a loved one need to be aware of everything they will need to handle after the accident and have a full investigation into the incident to prepare for a potential legal filing.

For example, recently, a man working security at a fairground was killed when a gate fell on him. The accident occurred at 6 in the morning. The guard opened the gate to let a car in and as it was being closed, it fell on top of him.

Legal assistance for Florida real estate transactions

One of the largest purchases that a Floridian will make in his or her life is for real estate. These transactions can be intimidating, frustrating, worrisome and confusing. To avoid the litany of issues that inevitably arise during a real estate transaction - or at least mitigate them - it is vital to have legal assistance from an experienced real estate attorney.

It is not just purchasing a residential property that requires legal help. For business people and investors who are buying commercial property, it is also imperative to have legal assistance. There are so many different factors in real estate that a person might not be aware of and know how to navigate. The following will arise in many cases: leases, construction, property management agreements, getting tenants and renters to comply with the terms of the lease, issues with titles, examination of the terms of sale and closings on both residential and commercial property. Even people who have experience with buying and selling property will need help with these crucial factors to avoid making mistakes that can cost time and money.

Death in Florida crash could stem from defective airbag

There has been a great deal of information in Fort Lauderdale about malfunctioning car parts, particularly airbags and their inflators. With recalls and warnings, it can be difficult to know when car accidents and wrongful death incidents were because of product liability. When there is an accident, people are injured by a faulty airbag and its accompanying equipment, it is imperative to understand how to pursue compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.

A car accident that led to a woman's death in Florida allegedly was caused by Takata. The accident happened in late July. If it is found to have been caused by the airbag inflator, it will be the 19th known such death because of this issue in the world and the 13th in the U.S.

Avoid these mistakes when facing foreclosure

If your home in Florida is in foreclosure, you may find yourself wondering what you can do to stop it. Although you may have defaulted on your mortgage, you still have rights that need protecting. The foreclosure process is often a long and tedious one that many homeowners find challenging to navigate through.

As nerve-wracking and frightening as the process may seem, you do have options that may enable you to keep your home. First, you should take some time to learn about mistakes to avoid during the foreclosure process. 

Bicycle and pedestrian accidents could spark lower speed limits

In Fort Lauderdale, car accidents are a common concern for everyone. Because of the number of crashes that cause injuries and death, the state constantly seeks methods to make roads safer. The Florida Department of Transportation is considering reducing the speed limit by 20 mph. Under the proposal, the limit will reduce some 45 mph roads to 25 mph to avoid bicycle and pedestrian accidents.

There are other proposals, including creating bicycle lanes, widening sidewalks, installing obstacles to stop jaywalking, making transit connections more convenient and narrowing streets. However, speed is the biggest factor in fatal pedestrian and bicycle crashes.

Danger of car-motorcycle accidents shown in fatal Florida crash

There are many motorcyclists in Florida. These riders will take to the open roads on their bikes and enjoy the warm weather and freedom that comes along with the ride. However, the activity can be a dangerous one. Motorcycle accidents are all too common and riders' vulnerability leaves them in danger of severe personal injury, long-term damage and even wrongful death. With these crashes, it is imperative that the case be investigated to determine its cause to help the family with a possible legal filing.

A motorcyclist died when he crashed into a car. The accident occurred early in the morning at shortly before 6:00 a.m. The 28-year-old male rider was heading north on the roadway when a 31-year-old woman heading south turned her 2016 Chevy Malibu into the rider's path. The vehicles collided and the rider was killed at the scene. The driver of the Chevy and her passenger, a 35-year-old woman, suffered minor injuries and were taken to the hospital to be treated.

Truck accidents are worse with poor rear safety

Throughout Fort Lauderdale, large trucks are a frequent sight. These vehicles carry goods and provide jobs. But, they are massive, fast moving vehicles. And, being in a crash with one can lead to severe injuries, even death. Studies and safety advancements try to reduce those risks, but there is still much that can be done. One issue is a truck's rear underride and the dangers inherent with it.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) believes that underride accidents can be avoided with certain changes. There has been a movement from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to reduce the risks involving underride injuries and fatalities by mandating that trucks have rear guards. The design of a rear guard will stop a truck from sliding under the vehicle's trailer.

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.

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