12Jun 2018

Multi-Vehicle Accidents in Florida

multi-car crash interstate 75Many Floridians take to the road every day expecting to make it safely to their destination.  These drivers use caution and drive safely.  Then, unexpectedly they become involved in a multi-vehicle accident.  These types of accidents often involve serious injuries and even death.  If you are involved in a multi-vehicle accident, it is important you know your rights.

Cause of Multi-Vehicle Accidents in Florida

Multi-vehicle accidents can happen in the blink of an eye.  Sometimes a driver is impatient and attempts to make a turn and is hit by oncoming traffic.  This happened recently in Lehigh Acres and a little girl lost her life.  Many times, an accident happens so quickly that other vehicles don’t have enough time to avoid it.  In New Orleans, a firefighter was killed when a bus failed to stop for a previous accident.

Who Is To Blame in a Multi-Vehicle Accident?

Responsibility in a multi-vehicle accident can often be complicated and time-consuming.  In the case of the bus accident in New Orleans, the driver of the bus claimed his brakes did not work.  It took over 6 months for investigators to determine the bus driver was not telling the truth.  In the Lehigh Acres accident, the impatient driver did not have his lights on when the accident took place.  Every multi-vehicle accident has many factors that need to be taken into consideration.  An expert attorney can help you navigate this difficult process.

multi-car crash semi interstate floridaInsurance Claims for Multi-Vehicle Accidents

Insurance claims can be challenging in any type of accident.  Multi-vehicle accidents tend to have more parties filing claims as the result of the accident.  These additional claims can create complications when you make your claim.  Having an experienced attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve.

Who To Call if You’re In A Southwest Florida Multi-Vehicle Accident

If you are the victim of a multi-vehicle automobile accident it is important to seek legal counsel.  The Fort Myers personal injury attorneys at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice, and Purtz have over 5 decades of experience with automobile accidents. We have six offices located in Southwest Florida. Our offices are conveniently located in Fort Myers (two offices to serve you), Cape Coral, Naples, Lehigh and Port Charlotte. Call us today to set up your appointment for a free consultation.

 

12Jun 2018

Parking Lot Car Accidents

Parking lot accidents are a far too common occurrence. Oftentimes pedestrians and drivers are lulled into a false sense of security because the pace of traffic is much slower than on the roads. Whether you are a pedestrian or a driver parking lots can be an especially dangerous place mainly due to increased traffic congestion.

parking lot crash attorneysParking Lot Car Accident Statistics

According to myparkingsign.com there are several statistics that illustrate the seriousness of parking lot accidents.

  •  1 out of 5 motor vehicle crashes take place in a parking lot
  •  14% of all automobile insurance claims involving damage to a vehicle take place in parking lots
  •  On average, there are 206 fatalities/year in work-related parking lot accidents
  •  One quarter of all parking lot accidents involve vehicles travelling in reverse

How to Avoid Parking Lot Accidents

  • Abide by signage such as stop signs or speed limit signs
  • Use headlights and park in well lit areas
  • Avoid traffic congestion – parking further away from your destination will reduce the likelihood you are involved in a collision
  • Avoid distractions such as phone usage

serious parking lot car crash in floridaWhat to Do If You’re In A Parking Lot Car Crash

Parking lot accidents can be tricky to navigate because oftentimes these accidents are relatively minor compared to an accident on a road or highway. According to the InsuranceHotline.com you should treat a parking lot accident as if it were any other vehicle accident. The Insurance Hotline offers these recommendations:

  • If possible, move your vehicle out of the way
  • Check vehicle occupants for injuries – Call 9-1-1 if necessary
  • If you feel safe to do so check on the safety of the occupant(s) of the other vehicle
  • Report the accident to authorities – when in doubt it is better to be safe than sorry
  • Contact your insurance company to report the accident

Who to Call If Injured In a Parking Lot Car Accident

Parking lot accidents can happen anytime in any parking lot. While many of these accidents are minor, the consequences can linger. From minor injuries to fatalities or even financial loss it is important to seek qualified legal counsel to assist you. The attorneys at Goldstein, Buckley,

Cechman, Rice, and Purtz have over 5 decades of legal experience to serve you. Give us a call today to schedule a free consultation.

11Jun 2018

slip and fall accidents in floridaFlorida Slips, Trips and Falls

Falls are the 3rd leading cause of unintentional death according to the National Safety Council (NSC). As people age, the likelihood of a fall increases. Injury Facts 2016 reports that among Americans age 65 and older falls are the number one cause of injury related death.

Stats for Slip, Trip, and Fall Injuries

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has provided statistics illustrating the seriousness of slips, trip and falls.

  • One out of every three older Americans falls each year
  • In 2013 emergency rooms treated 2.5 million victims of falls
  • 25,500 older adults suffered fatalities from falls in 2013
  • Each year 250,000 hip fractures are reported – 95% of which are from falls

eldery slip and fall injury lawyersFall Prevention

While aging itself is not the culprit of falls, the two go hand in hand. Muscle weakness, medications, and lessened mobility increase the risk of falls among older Americans. There are tips to reducing the probability of suffering a fall-related injury however.

  • Remove clutter (unnecessary furniture, chords, pet gear, rugs, etc.)
  • Wipe up spills as soon as possible
  • Use non-skid mats in bathrooms
  • Install grab bars in bathrooms
  • Maintain adequate home lighting
  • Keep frequently used items in easily accessible locations
  • Use devises to aid in walking safely (canes, walkers, etc.)

Additionally, exercise serves as a strong method of preventing falls. The Harvard Medical School has advised older adults to participate in Tai Chi to help reduce the risk of a fall. Tai Chi participants reduced the probability of falling by 55% based on 3 days a week of participation.

Who to call if injured in a Slip, Trip or Fall Accident in Southwest Florida

Falls can lead to a variety of injuries such as traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), concussions, hip fractures and many others. If you or someone you know has suffered an injury from a fall it is important to seek experienced legal counsel. The attorneys at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice, and Purtz have over 50 years experience dealing with personal injury law. With offices throughout southwest Florida, we are here to conveniently serve you. Call us today for a free consultation.

11Jun 2018

Boating Accidents from Boating Under the Influence (BUI)

one man florida boat crashFlorida’s subtropical climate in the north and tropical climate in the south make it home to many boat enthusiasts. With ideal boating weather and water located on 3 sides and throughout the state, boaters can enjoy the luxury of year-round boating. Unfortunately, boating is oftentimes enjoyed with alcoholic beverages on hand. It is important that boaters be aware of the laws and dangers pertaining to Boating Under the Influence (BUI).

Dangers of Boating Under the Influence (Boatingundertheinfluence.org)

• A person boating under the influence is 10 times more likely to die than a sober boat operator (See Boating DUI Law below for Limits)
• 34% of fatal boat accidents are alcohol-related
• External conditions (motion, vibration, noise, sun, wind, spray) intensify alcohol affects
• Motor skills such as those used to drive a car (coordination, reaction time, judgement etc.) become diminished

Boating DUI Law (http://myfwc.com/boating/regulations/)

• Illegal to operate Vessel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
• Breath alcohol level of .08 or higher presumed under the influence (over 21 years old)
• Under 21 years old – .02 alcohol level or above is a violation of Florida Law

boating accident injuries in floridaBUI Penalties

According to Boatingundertheinfluence.org BUI Penalties can include but are not limited to:
• Suspension or Revocation of Driver’s License
• Fines
• Jail
• Probation

Who to Call

If you or someone you know are involved in a BUI or BUI accident it is important to seek experienced legal counsel. The attorneys at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice, and Purtz, have over 50 years experience in dealing with boating accidents due to a boat operator boating under the influence of alcohol, and other boating accident related offenses. Contact us today for a free consultation.