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Category: Car Accidents

Is It Illegal to Drive Barefoot in Florida?

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Car Accidents on December 10, 2018

Many drivers wonder whether it is legal to drive barefoot in Florida. Certain types of footwear can cause problems while driving, and sometimes a driver may feel more comfortable by simply slipping off trouble some shoes and driving barefoot. Simply put, it is legal to drive barefoot in Florida and anywhere else in the country. No laws specifically state that it is legal to do so, but no laws explicitly outlaw the practice. The only state that currently has any type of law against driving barefoot is Alabama, but the Alabama law only pertains to motorcycles. If you ride a motorcycle in Alabama, you must do so while wearing enclosed shoes or other footwear. Why Drive Barefoot? Many types of shoes can actually be dangerous for driving. Open-heeled shoes like sandals and flip-flops have a tendency to slip off the foot, and these shoes could potentially delay accelerating or braking… read more

Who is at fault when a self driving car kills?

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Car Accidents,Lawsuits on August 3, 2018

Who takes the fall for a self driving car that’s involved in an accident and kills someone? The blame has to land somewhere. Is it the operator, the owner, the manufacturer, a little of each? The debate is ongoing and the answer is still unclear. The First Incident Unfortunately, this issue reared its ugly head when the first death from an autonomous vehicle on a public road occurred in March of this year. 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg was crossing a street in Tempe, Arizona on the night of March 18 when she was suddenly struck. Herzberg was walking with a bike outside of a crosswalk. The vehicle, which was owned by Uber, had an operator in the car. The vehicle did not slow down and was traveling at almost 40 miles per hour. Police did not suspect the operator of being impaired. Immediately following the terrible event, Uber put a hold… read more

What Is Florida’s 14-Day Rule in PIP?

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Car Accidents on April 23, 2018

It can be difficult to navigate Florida’s “no-fault” auto insurance laws. One issue that often arises after a collision is Florida’s 14-day rule in personal injury protection (PIP) insurance. It’s very important to understand the 14-day rule as a crash victim. Otherwise, you could face major hurdles in trying to secure benefits – or lose your right to compensation entirely. Here’s a breakdown of how the personal injury protection rule works. What Is the 14-Day Rule? You must obtain medical care within 14 days if you suffer injuries in a traffic accident in Florida, or else run the risk of your insurance company denying your claim. Florida Statute 627.736, the no-fault insurance law, is the law that requires medical attention within 14 days. Subsection 1a states that an insurance policy must cover at least 80% of a victim’s medically necessary care as long as the individual receives the initial medical… read more

What is Florida’s No-Fault Insurance or PIP?

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Car Accidents on February 13, 2018

Florida’s no-fault insurance applies to every car accident across the state, and an attorney who understands these complex laws will be your best ally. This law requires everyone to have their own no-fault insurance so they can cover themselves, no matter who was at fault in the accident. It is also known as personal injury protection, or PIP. PIP also applies to pedestrians and cyclists injured by vehicles and children injured on school buses. The no-fault insurance is a $10,000 insurance policy that the law forces you to have. Its purpose is to pay the medical bills or lost wages a victim may suffer after accident. If, at any point, you get in an accident, no matter who is at fault, you may receive up to $10,000 – depending on the circumstances. After an accident, all people involved deal with their own their own insurance companies. One of the technicalities… read more

Drunk Driving: Facts, Consequences and Prevention [Infographic]

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Car Accidents,Safety,Uncategorized on December 4, 2017

The Truth About Drunk Driving Every day, approximately 28 people die from some involvement in a drunk-driving accident in the United States – that’s over 10,000 deaths caused by alcohol-related deaths per year! Often times the victims of those accidents are not the drivers, but are passengers, children, pedestrians or other innocent bystanders. Drunk driving can have many different effects on all parties involved. Let’s take a look at some of the other shocking statistics about drunk driving. Drunk Driving Facts The Consequences of Drunk Driving As seen in the infographic above, drunk driving can cause pain and suffering, monetary damages, serious injuries, and sometimes even death. When you decide to drink and drive, you are giving up your ability to think and act responsibly. Drunk driving can have legal, financial, personal and professional repercussions in the future. Some of those consequences include: Suspension of drivers license (0-12 months) or… read more

Whiplash Is More Serious Than You Think

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Car Accidents,Uncategorized on April 27, 2017

What is Whiplash? Whiplash is a painful neck and spine injury that is often caused in rear-end crashes. With the numerous types of injuries that people can get from a car accident, it can be easy to overlook the potential severity of whiplash. When someone gets whiplash in a minor fender bender, they may be in pain for a while, but others might tell them they should be grateful it wasn’t much worse. However, whiplash can cause a great deal of ongoing problems that Tampa residents may never expect. Most Common Cause of Whiplash Although someone can get whiplash from any type of crash, this type of injury is most often caused by rear-end collisions, which in turn are a common result of following another vehicle too closely. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, in 2013 there were 7,928 accidents and 10 fatal crashes in Florida… read more

Overview: Ignition Interlock Devices

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Car Accidents,Safety,Uncategorized on April 27, 2017

Drunk Driving Statistics Mothers Against Drunk Driving reported that 676 people in the state lost their lives in drunk driving accidents in 2013. That same year, approximately 113,076 people were convicted of their third DUI, and 11,681 people were convicted of their fifth DUI offense. Nationwide, the drunk driving fatality rate reached 10,076 people in 2013, and an additional 290,000 people were injured in DUI accidents. Drunk drivers pose a serious threat to Florida motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians. However, ignition interlock devices are an effective way to keep drunk drivers off of the streets. Many states have enacted legislation requiring all drunk drivers to use ignition interlock devices in an attempt to reduce the number of motor vehicle accidents and drunk driving fatalities. However, Florida does not have such a law in place. What Are Ignition Interlock Devices? Ignition interlock devices (or IIDs) work to keep drunk drivers off of… read more

New Rules to Prevent Impaired Truck Driving

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Car Accidents,Uncategorized on April 27, 2017

People who live in Tampa, Florida know that driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is not only illegal but also can cause serious injury or even death if an accident results. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is focused on helping to reduce impaired driving among people taking certain drugs by its recent issuance to drug makers of guidelines for how to determine which drugs may cause impairment that could hinder a person’s ability to drive a vehicle safely. While the FDA’s effort is focused on all drivers, another effort currently underway another government entity, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, focuses specifically on commercially licensed drivers. The Commercial Carrier Journal offers details about what is called the Commercial Driver’s Drug and Alcohol Clearing house rule and how it is aimed at reducing driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol by truckers and… read more

Investigating the Safety of Commercial Trucks in Florida

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Car Accidents,Safety,Uncategorized on April 27, 2017

Florida residents may feel comfortable maneuvering around large commercial trucks when driving along state roadways. These massive vehicles can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when carrying a full load, which is extremely large when compared to a passenger vehicle’s small stature. While many tractor trailers are operated by well-trained, qualified commercial truck drivers, others are not. From driver violations to mechanical difficulties, these issues can cause devastating commercial vehicle accidents and endanger the lives of innocent motorists on the road. Truck Accident Facts NBC News reported that there were more than 10.6 million trucks traveling through the United States in 2012, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. That same year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 3,802 people were killed in large truck accidents, and approximately 194 of those occurred in Florida. Despite federal laws that are designed to regulate truck drivers, trucking companies and the… read more

New Truck Driver Fatigue Rule Remains Controversial

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Car Accidents,Safety,Uncategorized on April 27, 2017

One of the leading causes of truck accidents in the United States is driver fatigue. This is not surprising, given that drivers must often drive as far as cross-country on tight deadlines. As a result, it is seemingly inevitable that drivers would be tempted to sacrifice a few hours of sleep if it means that they make their deliveries on time. New HOS Rules for Truck Drivers However, doing so is illegal, as the amount of sleep that truck drivers must have before they may perform their jobs is regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The FMCSA, in its hours of service regulations (HOS) sets the maximum that drivers may work in a week and how much sleep each driver must get once this maximum has been reached. In an attempt to cut back on the number of truck accidents caused by driver fatigue, the FMCSA implemented… read more