History shows laws requiring placement and use of seatbelts work and have saved many hundreds of thousands of lives the United States, as well as saved billions in expenses and costs of injuries. Not surprisingly, stronger laws do help at getting people to buckle up. Recently, a number of States have enacted "primary enforcement" laws which allow an officer to stop and ticket a motorist if he or she sees a driver not wearing their seatbelt. Weaker laws just allowed a ticket if the motorist was stopped for something else and was not wearing a seat belt.
There are those hardheads that don't or won't wear seatbelts, but what do they cost the rest of us?
For those who dislike government action, here's something to think about. The Government mandated seatbelts as standard equipment in 1968 and, although usage was low at first, 329,715 lives have been saved since. Other Government supported safety changes have saved another 300,000 lives.
When should I hire a Personal Injury Attorney and what should I Expect?
If you are trying to value your potential personal injury claim, contact us today. Claims are not as simple as just calculating medical expenses and cutting a check. That's because the injuries and damages you incur are greater than just the cost of your past medical bills. You have been injured, you have suffered pain and suffering, you may have experienced a property loss, you may have lost pay due to time off work, or you may have even lost a family member or loved one. Obviously you should receive compensation that, as fully as possible, makes you whole once more.
The most depressing moment in the life of any injury lawyer is when his client for whom he has worked so hard fails to tell the truth or fails to include important information when testifying to the other side.
Do Not Settle with an Insurance Company After a Car Accident
Over my 35 years of practice as an injury lawyer I have handled a number of wrongful death cases here in Florida. These cases are different, not only because of the huge damage awards that are possible, but because they exist pursuant to a Florida Statute, the Wrongful Death Act, Florida Statute 768.16, and not solely based on the common law. Oddly, there was not claim for wrongful death under the common law we inherited from merry old England.
Liberty and justice under the rule of law are primary American principles. Our struggle to understand and execute them in our country never stops.
In the 35 years that I have represented injured Floridians, I have helped a great number of bicyclists and a pedestrians who have been seriously injured by motor vehicles here in Pinellas County. It should not come as any surprise that injuries to these folks are more severe than a motorist would sustain because they have less protection from a surrounding vehicle. Florida in general and Pinellas County in particular have absolutely terrible rates of bicycle and pedestrian injuries. Indeed, the rate of fatal bicycle injuries in Pinellas County is 70% higher than the state average. Although the bicycle fatalities in Florida have been declining in recent years, Florida has the highest rate in the nation and the second-highest total number of fatalities, behind only California.