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Texting and Driving | Florida | Car Accident

car-accident-lawyers, consequences-of-texting-while-driving, florida-lawsAccording to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a reported 18 percent of all fatal auto accidents were caused by driver distraction in 2010. Distracted driving not only endangers the life of the driver, but the lives of others as well. The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, as well as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that you are 23 times more likely to be involved in an auto accident if you are texting while driving.  Distracted driving in any form is extremely unsafe. The triple threat of texting and driving is exceptionally dangerous, distracting the driver visually, manually, and cognitively.

Laws restricting the use of handheld devices behind the wheel are currently being enforced in 39 states including D.C. In the state of Florida, the bill against texting and driving is only a signature away. The senate has already passed a bill that classifies texting and driving as a secondary offense.  Distracted driving violations can cost from $30 or more with additional penalties for subsequent offenses.

Efforts to discourage the use of handled devices while driving continue to rise thoughout the nation.  The U.S. Department of Transportation is encouraging all states to legislate strict laws forbidding the use of cell phones while driving. Major cell phone and insurance companies have become part of the movement to raise awareness on this critical problem. The fight against texting and driving has also inspired the media as well as celebrities, to reach out to the community and reveal the dangers that exist in driving distracted.

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Blick Law Firm stands behind the message to not text and drive and continues in support of the cause.

If you or a loved has been a victim of an accident involving distracted driving and you have questions concerning your rights, call Blick Law Firm today at (888) 973-2776 and schedule a free 15-minute consultation with attorney Michael Blickensderfer. Think quick, call Blick!

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Car Crashes | Hit and Run | Legal Advice Tampa

Car Crashes | Hit and Run | Legal Advice Tampa
callWhether you have been involved in a car crash or a hit and run accident it is important to seek a reputable personal injury attorney to protect your legal rights. There are many different types of personal injury cases which require the insight and expertise of an attorney able to handle your claim and protect the rights of you and your loved ones.

Here are a few scenarios to consider for preventing potential accidents:

Pedestrian Cross Walks

Traffic around this time of year is heightened and as a result may cause distracted driving. Always be extra cautious when crossing the street and use the required street traffic signs. Pedestrian accidents may occur because the pedestrian assumes the driver is aware of the person crossing the road which may not be the case.

Make sure you do not put yourself in a situation where you are relying on the driver. Cross the street as directed by traffic signs and always double check that the driver acknowledges your presence before crossing.

Car Safety

To prevent car crashes this holiday season it is helpful to get your vehicle checked for maintenance. Car accidents arise not just from distracted drivers, but also from car malfunctions, flat tires, brakes, and engine problems and alike. Getting the proper vehicle check ensures safer driving on the road for not just you, but those around.

Seat Belt Safety

Make sure you wear your seat belt properly. Injuries arise in auto accidents mostly when drivers and their passengers are not wearing seat belts. A seat belt limits severe injuries or even death if an accident occurs. In today’s age, cell phones and forms of communication are on the rise.

No Texting and Driving

In Florida, texting while driving is enforced with recent law on banning texting and driving. To decrease car accidents claims in Florida; texting while driving for those living in Florida has officially been banned and is expected to be followed.

Drinking and Driving

If you have consumed any amount of alcohol do not get behind the wheel. Drinking and driving is a serious risk for you and those around you. DUI charges are severe in Florida and involve serious consequences that will affect you now and in the future.

For more preventative steps for a safe and happy holiday contact Attorney Michael C. Blickensderfer of Blick Law Firm for a 15 minute legal consultation. Think quick, call Blick.

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What to do when in a Car Accident!

Auto accidents can be devastating, and injuries sustained in an accident can begin a timeline of treatment and therapy that can take months to complete. If you are involved in an auto accident, it is always important to know what steps to undertake to protect yourself and your potential personal injury case.

If you are involved in an auto accident, it is critical to first seek medical attention. After an auto accident, it is best to go immediately to the hospital or other treatment facility to determine the extent of your injuries and pinpoint the necessary steps of rehabilitation that might be required.

If the injuries sustained in the accident are not severe or life threatening, it is important to gather necessary information about the accident for purposes of supporting your potential legal suit. Important information to gather includes:

Identification of all occupants: including names, phone numbers, addresses and even emails.

Photos of the Damage: photograph all damages, including both vehicle and surrounding property damage.

Photos of the Accident Scene: photograph any debris, skid marks and also the position of the vehicles involved in the collision; and

Information of Responding Officer(s) and Ambulance: Request any and all identifying information on the officer(s) and Ambulance that respond to the incident

Injured parties should also always contact an attorney for legal consultation and general information on how to proceed following an accident. In the event an insurance company contacts you regarding your injury claim, do not offer any recorded statements without first consulting with an attorney.

If you or a loved one have been in an accident and need legal advice, call Blick Law Firm today at (813) 931-0840. Schedule a free 15-minute consultation with attorney Michael Blickensderfer.

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