Help! Someone Just Crashed Their Car into Mine! What Should I Do?

Being a personal injury lawyer, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten calls from friends and relatives who were just in a car accident and they have no idea what to do. I’m hurt! What should I do? First, let common sense rule: If you’re hurt, call 911 and don’t worry about anything else. Stay in your car and let the paramedics assess your situation. Then maybe call a friend or family member and advise of the crash and injury. Nothing else is Read More +

Do You Have Enough Car Insurance? Don’t Find Out After The Crash.

When I sign up a new client injured from a car crash, one of the first questions I ask is: “Tell me about your own car insurance coverage…..” I’m never surprised when a client responds: “I’m fully covered.” The problem is this is a fairly meaningless statement. Do you know about your car insurance coverage? It’s really important and you should. So, let’s break it down in easy language. Insurance in Florida is complicated and really boring, so this will be a challenge to make Read More +

Yes, Defective Airbags Are Still Being Sold in New Cars

As incredible as it may seem, the Japanese company Takata cannot keep up with replacing defective airbags that have killed 13 people so far worldwide. Even more incredibly, these airbags, known to be defective, are still being installed in new cars as of June, 2016. This is according to a June 1 New York Times article. If you’re in the market for a new Toyota, Volkswagen, Fiat Chrysler or Mitsubishi, you may be buying a car with a bad airbag. How bad is it? When Read More +

The Difference Between Careless Driving and Reckless Driving

Often when I ask a new injury client if the at-fault driver that caused the car crash was given a citation, I hear this: “Yes, he was ticketed for Reckless Driving…” In all likelihood, he was ticketed with Careless Driving, not Reckless Driving, and there’s a world of difference between the two. Most all of us have had lapses of judgment at one time or another on the road – maybe you diverted your attention for a second and rear ended someone you thought had Read More +

When Cell Phones and Driving are Good Things…….

Most of us get it that talking and texting on cell phones is a very bad thing for safety on the road. However, cell phones are fantastic tools to use if you’ve just been in a collision. Yes, of course people use their phones to dial 911 after they’ve been hit, but that’s not what I mean. The camera component of cell phones is such a good way to “preserve the evidence” as we lawyers term it. Obviously, taking photos of both wrecked cars is Read More +

Video Surveillance and the Death of a Case (Two Actually)!

All lawyers share “war stories”. This is usually a true tale about an unnamed client (must preserve confidentiality) that resulted in some horrendous outcome to the poor slob of a lawyer telling the story. Retelling it makes other lawyers feel a bit better about their practice and it’s a right of passage for every lawyer. If you don’t have a war story, you’re doing something wrong. Sooner or later, something will go wrong in your practice. A while ago I blogged about a client who Read More +