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Category: Safety

Ex Tampa Bay Bucs Player Talks Painkillers and the NFL

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Safety on October 25, 2018

The newest season of the National Football League is in full swing, and it’s not without its fair share of controversy. The NFL has been in the legal spotlight several times in recent years, namely for ignoring the damaging effects of brain injuries like concussions and reports of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Now, the NFL is in the courtroom once again: this time for the excessive use of medications to get players to play through the pain, to the detriment of their health and well-being. Playing Through the Pain A group of retired NFL players revived a lawsuit in September stating that they suffered permanent health effects and addiction to painkillers thanks to the league’s flagrant use of opioids and forms of analgesics. An appeals court in San Francisco overturned a ruling stemming from the original lawsuit filed in 2014. The initial ruling alleged that the suit did not carry… read more

What Is SB 7026?

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Safety on May 21, 2018

The United States has an unprecedented number of shootings, many of which occur in schools. The recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shocked the nation and intensified the debate around gun control in the United States. Florida legislators took action earlier this month and passed Senate Bill (SB) 7026. What Does SB 7026 Enact? SB 7026, also referred to as the “Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act,” enacts the following into Florida law and society: Authorizing the awarding of grants through the Crime Stoppers Trust Fund for student crime-watch programs Establishing the Office of State Schools within the Department of Education Providing that each sheriff can appoint certain volunteer school employees as guardians Prohibiting a person who struggles with mental issues from owning or possessing a firearm until he or she obtains certain relief Setting an age limit on firearm purchases Prohibiting… read more

How to Avoid Drunk Driving Accidents During the Holidays

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Safety,Uncategorized on December 18, 2017

Celebrating the holidays is all fun and games until someone gets behind the wheel intoxicated. Christmas and New Year’s are two of the most dangerous days of the year on the roadways due to drunk driving. In 2015, 10,265 people died in drunk driving crashes throughout the U.S. Even if drunk driving accidents don’t end in death, they can cause catastrophic and life-changing injuries. No one wants to spend the holidays in the hospital. Use these tips to drive safely around the holidays in Tampa Bay. Plan Ahead It can be too easy to find yourself at a holiday party sipping a complimentary drink you didn’t plan on having. If there is any chance you will be drinking on an occasion, plan ahead to get a ride with a designated driver or rideshare service. Choose someone in your group of friends who will not consume any alcohol. If you can’t… 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

NEW STUDY: Most Dangerous School Zones in Florida

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Safety on November 27, 2017

Update:   Due to a geocoding error, a previous version of this study described the zones as 500 feet within a school.  In actuality, our data reflected 3520 foot zones around each school, or 2/3 of a mile.  While this is a much larger area than previously described, it is still well within the normal school commute and our message of safety in school zones does not change. We have updated our rankings accordingly.  – 1Point21 Interactive Staff In 2016, 68 percent of all crashes in Florida occurred within 2/3 of a mile of a school – a total of 270,704 motor vehicle collisions. Simply put, children and teenagers are exposed to a significant number of car crashes in Florida as they walk, bike, ride, or drive to school. With the help of data visualization firm 1Point21 Interactive, we analyzed collision data from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor… read more

3 Safety Tips For the Holiday Season

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Safety on November 21, 2017

As the holidays approach, make a choice now to practice safety to ensure you and yours can enjoy the festivities and make memories you want to look back on for years to come. Here are 3 holiday safety tips you can practice to keep you and your family and friends safe: 1. Decorate Smartly People dig out decorations every fall in preparation for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas to fill their towns with the holiday spirit. Sometimes, people take risks to set up the seasonal display to remember and have accidents from falls that send them to the hospital for the wrong kind of memorable experience. Be smart and check all of your equipment before you use it. Secure your ladder to the structure and have someone act as an anchor and safety buddy. Do not set foot on your roof in inclement weather or if it is covered in snow… read more

Top 5 Most Common Halloween Injuries and How to Prevent Them

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Safety,Uncategorized on October 13, 2017

Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year. Adults and children alike enjoy dressing up and celebrating the season. Whether your Halloween plans have you trick or treating, passing out candy, or attending an adult party, injuries can and do happen each year. Learn the most common Halloween injuries and how you can prevent them. 1. Traffic Accidents It should come as no surprise that kids walking through the streets and adults going to Halloween parties can lead to disaster. On this night, there is an increased risk for pedestrian accidents and drunk driving collisions. Parents, make sure your children keep to the sidewalks and avoid dangerous intersections. Only allow your children to go trick or treating solo if they’re mature enough to understand these rules. Give your children flashlights and consider adding reflective tape to their costumes so they’re more visible in the dark. If you’re… 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

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