Motor Vehicle Accidents

What to do when your Uber Driver Causes an Accident

Today it is becoming increasingly popular to get around by calling for a ride from companies such as Uber or Lyft. By using these services, customers get the convenience of leaving their vehicle behind and letting someone else deal with driving and parking issues. However, ride service drivers can sometimes be responsible for collisions which end up hurting their passengers. For Florida passengers, there can be important considerations when their Uber driver causes an accident. Get Medical Care ...

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What to do after a Blocking Accident

When a tractor-trailer or semi-trailer are stopped or parked in the roadway or on the shoulder of the road you would think that would keep the vehicle from being involved in a collision. However, even when these large vehicles are inert, passenger vehicles can crash into them. These collisions, which are sometimes called blocking accidents can happen in different situations and in some cases, may have severe or even deadly consequences. When Blocking Accidents Commonly Occur A blocking accident ...

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Roadside Safety in Florida

It's no secret that Florida roadways are routinely found to be dangerous for motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. With its growing population, the state's infrastructure is not built to sustain the heavy traffic in some of its most populated areas. Additionally, Florida has seen increasing numbers of accidents involving distracted drivers and those driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. While it is critical that everyone be safe behind the wheel, it is also important to exercise goo...

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Parent Driving Habits Influence Teen Drivers

According to a recent news report , Liberty Mutual Insurance found in a study that when parents have poor driving habits, teen children are more likely to develop the same tendencies. Of the parents surveyed, almost half admitted to talking on their phones while driving and 37% confessed to going over the speed limit by at least ten mph. The study also found that similar percentages of parents and their teens engaged in the same unsafe driving habits such as using apps, taking selfies, and drivi...

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Asleep at the Wheel Accidents

Each year, thousands of Florida motor vehicle accidents occur due to drowsy driving. When a driver is fatigued or falls asleep at the wheel, the consequences can be serious and even deadly. In Florida, the Legislature voted to officially have Drowsy Driving Prevention Week each September to educate the public about this problem and to honor 8-year-old Ronshay Dugans who was killed when her school bus was hit by a driver who was asleep at the wheel. Causes of Drowsy Driving According to the Flori...

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How Long Will my Car Accident Case Take?

Being involved in a serious car accident can make you feel like your entire world has been turned upside down. This event can cause you to miss work, lose wages, and be overwhelmed by medical bills. You may also be severely injured and facing a long road of medical treatment and rehabilitation before you can recover. It could also be that your injuries are so substantial that you may never return to the same physical condition as before. In the midst of all of this, you may also be wondering how...

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Documenting Your Injuries After a Car Accident

According to the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle Department FHSMVD , there were 402,385 crashes on Florida roads last year. Of those collisions, 166,612 were categorized as injury crashes and 254,310 involved injuries. Given the rate at which Florida drivers and their passengers are being hurt in car accidents, it is important to know how to document collision-related injuries. Medical Attention Someone seriously injured in a car accident needs to be seen by paramedics at the scene and ...

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Common Misconceptions About Motor Vehicle Accidents Cases

When you are involved in a car accident , the collision may only last a few seconds but the consequences can last for weeks, months, or even the rest of your life. This stressful situation can be made worse if you don't have the right information about what to expect from the other parties involved or your options. By knowing some common misconceptions about motor vehicle accidents, you can avoid being misinformed during an already challenging time. If you do not appear to be injured at the scen...

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Signs that Another Driver May be Drunk or Drugged

One of the most dangerous things we do each day is get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. When there is a drunk or drugged driver, the risks go up for everyone. In fact, Florida law punishes someone driving under the influence of drugs to the same degree as someone driving drunk. By being able to identify the signs of a drunk or drugged driver, you can help remain safe on the road. Here are some common signs that another driver may be impaired due to drug or alcohol use: 1. When a driver is we...

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How Much is my Pain and Suffering from my Car Accident Worth?

When you are injured to someone else’s negligence during a car accident, you can have numerous financial damages such as medical expenses, property loss, and lost wages. Your pain and suffering is another basis for recovery in this situation. Because pain and suffering are specific to the individual, it can be difficult to determine the dollar amount which should be attributed to this experience. What is Pain and Suffering? Pain and suffering is a term used to describe the different types ...

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How Stressed Driving can Cause Accidents

While you may be aware of the risks of driving distractions such as texting or using a cell phone, operating a vehicle when overcome with emotion can also be a dangerous condition. When a driver is upset, his or her focus and judgment can be impaired and lead to collisions. Here are some considerations about how stressed driving can cause accidents: Stressed Driving Distractions There are several ways in which a driver can become stressed. For instance, getting into a traffic jam when you are la...

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The Auto Insurance Adjustor is Calling: What to say

Car accidents can happen in a matter of seconds and result in property and physical damage which may impact you for months, years, or even permanently. Once the collision is reported, automobile insurance companies begin to examine driver claims and investigate to determine liability and damage. Part of this process is someone called an insurance adjuster talking with each driver about the accident. Here is what you need to know about talking with the auto insurance company adjuster: What is an ...

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Teen Driving Accidents and How to Prevent Them

Getting behind the wheel when you are a teenager can be intimidating but also exciting. However, an unfortunate reality is that when young and inexperienced drivers take to the road, they can fail to appreciate their responsibility to drive safely and be involved in collisions. The good news is that there are measures which can help prevent teen driving accidents. Teen Driving Accidents According to the Centers for Disease Control CDC , in 2016, 2,433 United States teens between the ages of 16&#...

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Safe Driving During the Holidays

During the holidays you can frequently find yourself driving to run errands, visit family and friends, and attend festivities and events. This time of year can also bring out-of-town visitors who are unfamiliar with local areas and road conditions. With all of this activity, drivers can become easily distracted and forget to be careful with one another. The good news is that by being mindful of hazards and aware of your surroundings and actions, you can practice safe driving during the holidays....

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What is considered “Reckless Driving” and how can it affect me?

A motor vehicle collision can happen in a matter of seconds and in many cases are the result of a driver's reckless actions. While many of us have heard the term "reckless driving," it can be hard to grasp what that term means. Here is what you need to know about reckless driving and how it can affect you in a motor vehicle accident. Reckless Driving Florida law defines reckless driving as the operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that demonstrates a "willful or wanton disregard for the safet...

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Delayed Injuries After a Car Accident

When you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, everything can happen in a matter of seconds. Drivers and their passengers seldom have time to brace for the impact and may not even see the collision coming before it occurs. Often during and directly after the accident the people involved have elevated adrenaline levels which can inhibit sensations such as pain to the point they may not know they are hurt. Additionally, it is not uncommon for some who has been through the trauma of a car accid...

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What You Need to Know About Rear End Car Accidents

Each year, millions of drivers are involved in rear-end car accidents. These types of accidents can create financial and emotional stress for those involved as well as physical injuries. Whether one or both drivers are responsible, collisions such as these can be complicated. Here is what you need to know about rear-end car accidents in Florida. Florida is a No-Fault State Florida is a no-fault insurance state which means that if you are injured after being rear-ended in an auto accident, your i...

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How do Hit and Run Victims Hold Drivers Accountable?

Being involved in a motor vehicle accident can result in property damage, serious injuries and other medical issues. When the driver responsible for the collision flees the scene, this traumatic event can become more complicated. The good news is that there are ways to help see to it that a hit and run driver is held accountable for their actions. Take Pictures and Video If you are able to move after the accident safely, use your cell phone to photograph or video record the driver and other vehi...

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Safe Driving Tips: What You Need to Know

With its sunny weather and beautiful scenery, Florida is a great place to explore the open road. It is also a place where thousands of motorist compute and travel each day. However, although driving in Florida may be the product of necessity or a leisure activity, it is also something you need to do with care. Here is what you need to know about safe driving in Florida. Tip Number 1: Watch your speed In 2017, there were 401,993 crashes on Florida roads and over three thousand crashes with traffi...

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Florida Motorcycle Safety and Accident Prevention

You might have seen a popular bumper sticker which reads Pay attention: Motorcycles are Everywhere! When it comes to Florida roads, that statement is significant. According to a 2015 study, by the National Traffic and Safety Association NTSA , 20 percent of all motor vehicle deaths on Florida roads were on motorcycles. The report also found that Florida had the most motorcycle-related deaths in the country. The good news is there are ways to improve Florida motorcycle safety and prevent accident...

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Common Soft Tissue Injuries after a Car Accident

Being in a car accident can have devastating long-term medical consequence for those involved. Common Soft Tissue Injuries In some cases, an individual's injuries will be apparent such as broken bones, but in other cases, the damage may be less visible. In fact, it is not uncommon for people to not even be fully aware of the extent of their injuries for days or even weeks after the collision. These types of delayed wounds could be due to soft tissue damages. Here are some common soft tissue inju...

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The Dangers of Drowsy Driving

When you consider the reasons which may cause a serious motor vehicle accident thoughts of drunk or reckless driving may come to mind. However, accidents can also be caused something the driver responsible for the crash never intended or anticipated­­—drowsy driving. Here is what you need to know about the dangers of drowsy driving. What is drowsy driving? Drowsy driving, or when a driver operates their vehicle when they are too fatigued, can have serious consequences. According ...

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Critical steps an injured automobile passenger needs to take

When you think of in a car crash being the driver of the vehicle may come to mind. However, everyday Florida passengers are involved and injured during automotive accidents. When you have been injured as a passenger in a motor vehicle collision, it is essential that you take action to protect your interest. Here are some critical steps an injured automobile passenger needs to take after their accident. Get Medical Attention If you have been seriously injured in a car accident, the first thing yo...

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Bike v. Car: Who was at fault?

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety , bicyclist account for 2% of motor vehicle accident deaths. Although this percentage may seem low, in a 2015 report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that Florida led the nation in bicycling deaths. Additionally, despite the increasing number of cyclist on the road, many Florida cities have not improved their infrastructure to support bicycle safety. As a consequence, accidents involving bikes and cars are becoming are ...

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Common Florida Road Hazards

Florida roadways can be dangerous for drivers and some hazards have the potential to cause accidents which may result in serious injuries. Risks such as these can be created by factors such as weather conditions, construction, poor road maintenance, and the conduct of other drivers. Here is some important information about Florida road hazards: Drunk and Drugged Drivers It is no secret that driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol is not only illegal but highly dangerous. Thousands of pe...

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Safe Driving Tips: What You Need to Know

According to a recent study, Florida was reported to have the worst drivers in the nation in both 2016 and 2017. In 2018, the same study found that Florida drivers ranked the eighth worst in the country. While it is indeed good news that the state no longer boasts the worst drivers in the country, it remains clear that Florida drivers are still considered to be extremely unsafe. The state’s poor record combined with its dangerous roadways and infrastructure defects can mean perilous condit...

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Defensive Driving: Tips to Prevent an Accident

Florida is well-known for having dangerous roadways. In fact, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles , there were 395,532 accidents on Florida roads in 2016. With its expanding population, numerous highways, and many rural and city roads, there are innumerable opportunities for Florida drivers to be involved in a collision. One of the best ways to prevent yourself from being in a car wreck is to practice defensive driving skills. Keep Your Hand on the Wheel When...

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Motorcycle Accidents

As recently as 2017 Florida was reported to lead the nation in motorcycle fatalities . As a destination for biker events such as Biketoberfest, there are times during the year when Florida road will be filled with motorcyclists. However, even without the draw of a popular event, Florida roads have thousands of motorcyclists on them every day. While there are more car drivers than motorcyclists on the road, this group accounts a high number of serious motor vehicle accidents in the state. How doe...

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Ways to Avoid Tractor-Trailer Accidents

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration , each year, thousands of large commercial trucks are involved in motor vehicle accidents. A collision between an ordinary automobile and large tractor-trailer could result in the smaller vehicle and its driver and passengers sustaining severe and potentially fatal injuries. With more and more tractor-trailers sharing Florida roads, it is vital that today's driver take action to remain safe. Here are some ways to avoid tractor-trailer ...

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Avoiding 18-Wheeler Collisions: How to Stay Safe on the Road

When driving on the road, we have to trust that those driving 18-Wheeler trucks have been well-trained on how to operate them safely and avoid collisions. Unfortunately, truck drivers don’t always get the training they require and are not always aware of the smaller vehicles around them. In fact, the National Highway Safety Administration NHTSA , estimates that 3,903 people were killed in the United States in 2014 due to accidents with large trucks. While the road can be dangerous, there a...

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Finding a Trucking Company at Fault After an Accident

Getting into an accident with a commercial truck can raise more complex issues than a routine car collision. This is because, beyond the driver of the truck and the other vehicle, this type of crash may involve several parties such as the truck owner, the person or entity which leased the truck from the owner, the trucking company, and the truck manufacturer. Additionally, the manufacturers of the truck’s tires and other parts may also be to blame for a collision. After this kind of accide...

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Auto Accidents and “Serious Injury”

According to the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles, Florida has more than 395,000 Car Accidents each year. Unfortunately, people involved in these collisions may be critically injured. When the accident was due to the other driver’s negligence, the wounded person may be entitled to compensation for their injuries, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and loss of wages and property. However, in Florida, the extent to which a person may recover depends upon the degree of their injuries. ...

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Automobiles and Defective Workmanship

When buying a vehicle many people take the time to research different qualities such as gas mileage, responsiveness, and, most importantly, safety features. Over time, you will need to have routine maintenance, repairs, and inspections performed to ensure that your vehicle remains in good working order. However, sometimes minor and major repairs can be done wrong to the point of causing your car to malfunction. When someone who works on your vehicle provides faulty workmanship, there can be seve...

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No Fault Insurance in Florida: Potential Changes to the Law

Currently, Florida is a no-fault insurance state. This means that if you are hurt in a car accident, your insurance will pay your medical costs up to your plan limits regardless of who was responsible for the collision. No-Fault Insurance was facing its end earlier this year when the Florida House voted to repeal its no-fault insurance law. However, the bill which contained this proposal, House Bill 19 , did not pass before the legislature ended the session. While this proposed change did not ma...

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Differences Between Car and Truck Accidents

Large commercial trucks can be found on state roads, interstate highways, and in certain areas, local roadways throughout Florida. They go by a few different names: 18 wheelers, tractor trailers, and semi trucks. All of these vehicles need different clearances and can fall prey to different roadway hazards than cars and other passenger vehicles. If you are involved in a collision with a tractor trailer, you can suffer a serious injury. Educate yourself about the differences between truck acciden...

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11/20/2017 Comments(0)

Urging Companies to Crack Down on Distracted Driving

Every day 8 people are killed and 1,161 are injured in car crashes involving distracted driving. Distracted driving is driving while doing another activity that takes your attention away from the road, such as texting or talking on your cell phone. In 2004, David Teater, of Spring Lake Michigan, lost his 12-year-old son to a distracted driver car accident. After his tragic loss he devoted himself to raising awareness about this issue and ultimately decided to focus his efforts on the business co...

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Draper Law Office 6/28/2017 Comments(0)

Researchers Found Drivers Still Distracted After Putting Their Phones Down

As our technology increases, our roads are becoming less safe. In 2016, an estimated 40,000 people died in car crashes. This is a 6% increase over the number of people who died in car crashes in 2015, and a shocking 14% over the number of people who died in car crashes in 2014. A study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic & Safety, found that drivers can experience a "hangover effect" after using voice-to-text features on their cell phones. Drivers can stay distracted for up to 27 sec...

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After A Car Accident, You Should Call the Other Drivers Insurance Company

When your car is damaged in an automobile accident that was not your fault in Florida, there are a few things you should do. One of those things is to call the other driver's insurance company to make sure a claim has been set up. However, if you were injured as a result of the car accident, then we recommend talking with an experienced personal injury attorney before you talk to any insurance company about the accident. Call the Other Drivers Insurance Company After your car has been damaged in...

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What You Need to Know About Pedestrian Accidents

A lot of people get hit by cars and trucks every year. Pedestrian accidents happen often, without warning, and without much time to react. In 2015, 5,376 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in the United States. This averages to one pedestrian being killed every hour and a half. In the same year, more than 70,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency rooms for non-fatal crash-related injuries. What You Need to Know About Pedestrian Accidents Florida has the second highest number of pede...

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Draper Law Office 6/13/2017 Comments(0)

CDC Recommendations For Reducing Crash-Related Injuries and Deaths

From preliminary data, it is estimated that 40,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2016. This means 2016 was the deadliest year on American roads in nearly a decade. Every year tens of thousands of people lose their lives on our roadways, and millions more are injured. To help address this public health crisis, the Community Prevention Services Task Force and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration makes the following recommendations for preventing or reducing crash related in...

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Keeping Teen Drivers Safe On Our Roads

Our nation loses six teens a day to car accidents. That is over 2,000 teens every year lost in car accidents that are often preventable. The Center for Disease Control CDC says that parents are one key to keeping teen drivers safe on our roads. As part of its Saving Lives, Protecting People program, the CDC lists eight danger zones and gives recommendations on what parents can do to keep teens safer on the roads. In its article Parents Are the Key to Safe Teen Drivers , the CDC encourages parent...

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When Your Car Is A "Total Loss"

After a car accident, we understand the desire to get things handled so you can move on with your life. One of the things you may have to deal with is getting your car fixed, or getting a new car. You may hear from the insurance company that your car is a "total loss." But what does it mean when your car is considered a total loss? Standard for Determining "Total Loss" The standard for determining whether a vehicle is declared a total loss or "totaled" , is by the State of Florida, not the insur...

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Be Careful What You Say After A Car Accident

In the aftermath of a car accident you may be reeling, you may be injured or in shock. It is understandable that you may want to talk to the other parties involved in the accident, or talk to an insurance company afterward. It is important for you to know that the things you say after a car accident may be used against you. Do Not Say Anything To Others Involved in the Accident If you are in a position to make sure other people are okay, then you can and should do so. However, you should not adm...

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Yellow Traffic Lights & Intersection Accidents

When the traffic light changes to yellow, drivers must quickly decide whether to stop or continue on. This stop or continue dilemma seems intuitive: when the lights turns to yellow, a driver should stop unless it is unsafe to do so. In general, we do not want motorists slamming on their brakes, even for a yellow light. However, the proper action to take at a yellow light is dictated by state law. This means there is no nationwide standard, which makes yellow lights, and intersections in general,...

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Safety Tips for Motorcyclists and Sharing the Road

No one can dispute that a motorcycle offers very little protection for its driver in the event of an accident. But people ride because they love it. Motorcycles will never be 100% safe, just as riding in any other motor vehicle will never be totally safe. However, there are some safety measures that riders can take to help protect themselves out on the roads. Also, there are safety measures automobile drivers can take to properly share the road with motorcyclists. Always Wear A Helmet This may b...

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I Was Injured In A Car Accident, How Do I Know If The Other Driver Was Negligent or Reckless?

Motor vehicle accidents can be minor or serious, but no matter what they take only a moment. Even though the accident happens in a few seconds, the repercussions of an accident can last a lifetime. If the motor vehicle accident you were involved in was caused by the negligent, reckless, or careless vehicle operation of another person , Draper Law Office can help. But how do you know if the other driver was negligent or reckless? And when does it affect recovery in a case? Florida's No-Fault Car ...

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5 Tips For Dealing With Insurance Companies After A Car Crash

As we noted in Tactics Insurance Companies Use To Take Advantage of Accident Victims insurance companies are not on your side, they are not your friend. Insurance companies and insurance adjustors are looking out for their bottom line - which means paying the least amount possible on any claim. After an accident you are working hard to get your life back in order. You may be facing long-term injuries, trying to get back to work, and dealing with financial concerns. You have a lot going on and a ...

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Draper Law Office 4/17/2017 Comments(0)

Know Your Rights If You've Been Injured In An Accident While Using Uber or Lyft

Uber and Lyft are popular rideshare services that offer rides similar to a cab ride, but through the use of an app and the drivers use their personal vehicles. If you are injured in an accident while taking a ride from an Uber or Lyft driver, it may be your driver's fault, or it may be the fault of the other driver. Regardless, the accident is not your fault. The question then is: what insurance policy will pay for your medical care, lost wages, and pain and suffering? In Florida an Uber or Lyft...

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Safety Tips for Driving in Construction Zones

Driving through construction zones can be dangerous. Often constructions zones are obvious, clearly marked, and may re-route traffic. Sometimes road construction is not as clearly marked leaving drivers unaware of added dangers to the road condition. In either case, it is important to be knowledgeable on how to safely navigate construction zones. Safety Tip: Leave Extra Space Between Cars Leaving adequate space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you allows for more reaction time. C...

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The Long-term Impact of Car Accident Injuries

Often people involved in car accidents are fortunate to be able to walk away from the accident, sustaining only minor injuries. These injuries may certainly be painful, but they fully heal in time. Unfortunately, many people who survive car accidents are permanently injured. In such cases, the injuries often lead to chronic pain, loss of range of motion, or loss of mobility. The long-term impact of car accident injuries impede a person's ability to fully engage in their normal activities. When a...

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Draper Law Office 4/10/2017 Comments(0)

Texting While Driving Causes Fatal Car Crashes

Our smart phones make our lives much easier, but they can also serve as a distraction - even while driving. In recent years there has been a sharp increase in car accident fatalities across our nation. This increase is partially due to distracted driving, including texting while driving. Fatalities caused by distracted driving rose by 8.8% in 2015. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA ,the largest proportion of drivers found to be distracted at the time of an acc...

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Daytime DUI Lawyer

Daytime DUIs are on the rise and the police have started cracking down. Stops for DUI at night are still more likely, but because of the increased number of drivers on the road during daytime hours, daytime offenses have the potential to cause much more damage and injure or kill more people. During rush hour especially, an impaired driver can do serious damage, causing accidents that involve more cars or accidents with carpoolers in which multiple people could be injured or killed. According to ...

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Tips on Keeping Your Children Safe in the Car

As parents, we want to do everything we can to keep our kids safe. Yet unintentional accidents , including traffic accidents, continue to be a leading cause of death in children under 18. Car seat misuse is more common than not, unsecured objects create serious hazards and as every parent knows, getting kids to use their seat belts properly is always a challenge. So how do you keep your kids safe in the car? The Main Source of the Problem The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention e...

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Do I Need a Kissimmee Car Accident Lawyer for a Minor Accident?

Many people assume that they don't need the advice of an attorney if they're in a minor car accident - but that's often the wrong move. Despite the fact that Florida is a no-fault state, you may still need to consider getting a lawyer under certain circumstances. When Liability is Unclear Under Florida's no-fault system, medical bills up to $10,000.00, in connection with a claim are generally paid by your own insurance company regardless as to who caused the accident. There are limitations and e...

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7 Most Common Mistakes Made After a Florida Car Accident

After a car accident, especially if someone is injured, it's tough to know what to do. It’s easy to think you will remain calm and focused, however, an accident is a stressful situation. Sometimes, actions you take, or fail to take, can seriously impact your case in the future and make it much more difficult for your Kissimmee auto accident lawyer to ensure you get the settlement you deserve. Mistake 1: Not Gathering Information If you or someone else is seriously injured, it may not be po...

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The Difference Between a Fault vs. No Fault State for Car Accidents

When most people are in a car accident, one of the first things they think about is whose fault it is. The reality is, this doesn't always matter. Some states don't require proof of fault for you to make a claim on your insurance, while others do. But the differences can have a very big impact on your next steps with the insurance company, the other driver and potentially your car accident lawyer . As with anything, there are pros and cons for each. "Fault" States Most states in the U.S. are so-...

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I Was Injured as a Passenger in a Car Accident. Can I Sue?

When you're injured in a car accident as a passenger, it can be a complicated and emotional process to ensure you're compensated for your medical expenses, lost wages and if applicable, disability benefits. People who live in no-fault states like Florida typically have a lot of questions about suing since the purpose of the no-fault system is to reduce the number of lawsuits. But if you're a passenger who's injured, suing the at-fault driver may still be an option, though there are a few things ...

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Draper Law Offices 4/19/2016 Comments(0)

What to Do After a Car Accident with an Uninsured Motorist

If you have an accident and the other driver is uninsured or underinsured, you may soon find the bills rolling in faster than you can raise the money to pay them, especially if your injuries are serious or you have no health insurance. So if you're in an accident with an uninsured or underinsured driver, or if the accident was a hit and run, what do you do? How it all works out will depend on the circumstances, but there are a few things everyone should do, even if they think it doesn't matter b...

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Draper Law Offices 4/14/2016 Comments(0)

Understanding Florida’s PIP Insurance After an Auto Accident

Personal injury protection PIP is a type of insurance we're required to get in Florida and other states if we drive a vehicle. Depending on your policy and the state you live in, it generally covers medical expenses, lost wages and other damages. Sounds good; but it can be a bit complex when you're trying to make sure you get your full benefits, especially in Florida, where you only have 14 days to take advantage of your benefits. This is why it pays to fully understand them. What PIP Pays In Fl...

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Draper Law Offices 4/11/2016 Comments(0)

Do I Need to Go to the Emergency Room After an Accident?

If someone asks us whether they should go to the ER immediately after an accident, we'll probably advise them to do so no matter where they are. Trained medical professionals are simply much better at determining whether you're injured than you are. Even things you think seem minor, like mild soreness, could be an indicator of a sometimes much more serious injury. But if you live in Florida, our current insurance laws make that even more vital. Florida is what is called a no-fault insurance stat...

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Draper Law Offices 4/6/2016 Comments(0)

Why It’s Important to Talk to Your Lawyer After an Auto Accident

If you've recently been in an auto accident, whether or not to hire a lawyer has probably crossed your mind a few times. It won't come as any surprise that our advice is "absolutely, yes — consult a lawyer." What might surprise you is why. 1. It's free Most auto accident attorneys offer a free initial consultation . That means just talking to one doesn't cost you a dime, but it may get a lot of your questions answered and help you decide what steps you really want to take. You may even dis...

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Draper Law Offices 3/20/2016 Comments(0)

Determining Fault in Kissimmee Car Accidents

When you're involved in a car accident, it's easy to play the blame game. Obviously no one intended to cause the accident and both people have their own reasons to think it's the other person's fault. It's human nature. Whether you, or the other party, caused the accident can have a major impact on claims for personal injuries . Understanding "No-Fault" Laws Just because you live in a no-fault state doesn't mean who is at fault doesn't matter. In no-fault states, like Florida, no-fault insurance...

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Draper Law Offices 2/23/2016 Comments(0)

Types of Car Accident Injuries and How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help

While the circumstances of each car accident may be very different, the types of injuries usually fall into one of several main categories. The severity of the injury will affect how much you can expect to be compensated for them, but an experienced car accident attorney can help you make sure you receive the compensation you deserve. Whiplash One of the most common auto accident injuries, especially when someone is rear-ended, whiplash happens when there's a sudden abnormal distortion of the ne...

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Draper Law Offices 1/20/2016 Comments(0)

Tips for Avoiding Florida Boating Accidents

During the summer, boating accidents are all too common. According to data from the U.S. Coast Guard, there were over 4,000 boating accidents resulting in 610 deaths and almost 3,000 injuries to the tune of $39 million in property damage in 2014. If you've been injured or suffered property damage in a boating accident or if someone you love was killed, we can help you get the financial compensation you deserve, but we'd rather help you avoid them altogether. That's why we've compiled a list of t...

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Draper Law Office 7/20/2015 Comments(0)

Tips to Avoid Kissimmee Bicycle Accidents

As more and more bicyclists hit the roads for economical, environmentally friendly and even healthy transportation, it's important everyone understand bike safety to reduce their risk of serious injury. About Bicycle Accidents Involving Vehicles As you might imagine, in the case of an accident between a bicycle and a motor vehicle, the rider of the bicycle is more likely to be injured or killed than either the driver or the passengers in the significantly heavier and more protected vehicle. In f...

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Draper Law Office 6/22/2015 Comments(0)

What to Do After a Hit and Run

Hit-and-run accidents are on the rise. Fatal hit and runs were up 23 percent in Florida in 2014. Across the continent in LA, they're up to 50 percent of all accidents. While the penalties for leaving the scene of an accident in Florida especially if you're intoxicated have increased significantly, the fact remains that it's getting more common; if our friends in California are anything to judge by. As such, it pays to know how to protect yourself. It's important to note that about half of the...

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Draper Law Office 5/28/2015 Comments(0)

Florida Laws on Texting and Driving

The results are in. Discovery's MythBusters proved it, Car and Driver Magazine proved it and a study conducted by the Transport Research Laboratory confirmed it, drivers who text on the road are probably more dangerous than those who drink and drive or those who smoke pot and drive . According to the UK-based TRL study, those who read or wrote texts while driving slowed their reaction times by 35 percent, while drunk drivers' reaction times lowered only by 12 percent and those who were high on m...

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Draper Law Office 4/28/2015 Comments(0)

The Car Accident Checklist

When you get into a car accident , it's likely you'll be shaken up, which is why it's important you have these details before the accident. Remember this checklist assumes your injuries are minor. Don't do anything to risk your safety or compound your injuries. 1. Be Prepared DMV.org has created an accident report form specific to every state . Download and print several copies of the form for your state and place them in your glovebox along with a pen. 2. Ensure Safety Safety is the primary con...

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Draper Law Office 3/2/2015 Comments(0)

Car Acccidents Involving Teenage Drivers

Are you the parent of a teenage driver? We know all too well the special hell you must be going through right now. You barely trust them to do their homework, and now you're supposed to let them drive? But this is that age, isn't it? When they're supposed to start spreading their wings as they prepare for adulthood and college without dear ol' Mom and Dad there to bark reminders over their shoulders. But when it comes to driving, it's different because they're directly in control of their safety...

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Draper Law Office 8/11/2014 Comments(0)

Car vs. Pedestrian Accidents: Who’s at Fault?

When a pedestrian vs. car accident occurs, we're all very aware that the pedestrian is likely to take the brunt of any injuries that occur. Sure, the car may suffer some body damage, and on occasion, the driver may even be injured. Especially if they made a valiant attempt to avoid the accident that results in them striking another car or fixed object. But how does it work in court? The reality is, just because the pedestrian suffers more serious injuries, it doesn't mean the driver is automatic...

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Draper Law Office 6/19/2014 Comments(0)

5 Signs That You May Need a Car Accident Lawyer

If you're one of those people who dreads the idea of a lawsuit, you're not alone. Many people wonder whether their accident is really serious enough to warrant the court's time and their effort . While you can sue for a multitude of grievances large and small, there are five circumstances in which you should seriously consider hiring a car accident lawyer . 1. One or more uninsured drivers involved in the accident Even if you have coverage to protect you from un- or underinsured motorists, it ma...

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Draper Law Office 6/5/2014 Comments(0)

Do I Need an Accident Attorney?

When you're in a car accident, your first thought is always of everyone's safety. Then, perhaps, you consider what you'll do to repair your car. Many people don't even think about a lawsuit until the bills start rolling in. If it's a minor accident, that's probably fine. But what if it's a serious accident? How do you know when to contact a personal injury lawyer? Who Caused the Accident? This is kind of a trick question. If the other driver caused the accident, you definitely need an accident a...

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Draper Law Office 5/8/2014 Comments(0)

What to do in the event of a motor vehicle accident?

If you're reading this, hopefully, it's before a car accident . Actually, we hope you don't have one at all. But either way, you should be prepared. Car accidents are just scary. And knowing what to do ahead of time will help make sure you don't miss a beat when it comes to gathering the valuable data you might need later if you have to go to court. We can't be there with you right after the accident, be we do have some helpful tips you can commit to memory so you'll know how to react just the w...

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Draper Law Office 3/24/2014 Comments(0)

Should You Bring Your Own Attorney to Your DUI Arraignment

If you've been arrested for a DUI in Orlando, you may be wondering if you should bring your own attorney to your arraignment hearing. You do have the right to an attorney, so the state of Florida will provide one, but many of our clients wonder if that's the best call — and for a good reason. Don't think for a second that a public defender is necessarily a less qualified lawyer. But they have to take a lot more clients per day than a law firm like ours, so they may not have the time to spe...

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Draper Law Office 2/13/2014 Comments(0)

Child Restraints in Vehicles

Florida law requires use of child restraint devices in motor vehicles. The law applies to all children five or younger. If the child is three or younger, the device must be an approved separate carrier or car seat or one provided in the vehicle by the manufacturer. Older children, ages four and five, can use those same devices or a seat belt. Vehicle exceptions There are some exceptions for certain types of vehicles. School busses are not required to comply. Neither are various farm vehicles suc...

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Draper Law Office 5/30/2013 Comments(0)

Accident Reporting and Your Responsibilities

Most people know that if they are involved in a motor vehicle accident, they should get information from the other driver s such as license, registration and insurance card, and call the police or emergency rescue if necessary for accident reporting. This is just common sense and for your own protection. Unfortunately, many are unaware that there are strict legal rules about what you must do if you are involved in a motor vehicle accident . These requirements vary, depending on the situation a...

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Draper Law Office 10/9/2012 Comments(0)


Testimonials

I was referred to Draper Law by my father in-law after being hit from behind in an auto accident. I didn't realize, at the time, what an important decision I was making by hiring a personal injury attorney to represent me. Charles Draper took the time to explain the process and what I could expect. His professional team was there for me every step of the way through a long, and often complicated, legal experience. I just want to express my sincerest gratitude for all the efforts that were taken by Charlie and his team on my behalf in obtaining a settlement on my case.