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What to Do if I’ve Been Hit By a Rideshare Car

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Uncategorized on November 27, 2019

Ridesharing might have reduced accidents in terms of drunk driving, but that does not mean the rideshare industry has been immune to serious accidents, injuries and deaths. Rideshare drivers can make mistakes such as distracted or drowsy driving that lead to preventable traffic accidents, just like other drivers. If an Uber or Lyft driver recently struck you as a driver, bicyclist or pedestrian, you have rights. The rideshare company may be financially responsible for your damages. Are These Cases Different From Accidents With Regular Cars? Accidents involving rideshare drivers have unique elements compared to crashes with typical passenger vehicles. Rather than only having the individual driver to hold responsible for your damages, you may also be able to bring a claim against the rideshare company. Both Uber and Lyft maintain $1 million in automobile insurance for victims’ damages in rideshare accidents. These insurance policies will pay for losses for passengers… read more

What Do I Do If I Was Hit in a Rental Car?

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Uncategorized on November 26, 2019

Renting a vehicle can come with added stress in the event of a car accident. Not only might you have suffered serious personal injuries, but you may also need to contend with expensive damage to the vehicle you rented. Insurance claims can be more complicated for crashes involving rental vehicles compared to a car you own. If someone hit you while you were driving a rental car in Florida, try to remain calm and take the correct steps toward obtaining financial recovery. Steps to Take After a Rental Car Crash The first thing to do if you get into a car accident in a rental car is to check yourself and others for injuries. Assess your body from head to toe for signs of something wrong, such as pain, tenderness or tingling. Your adrenaline could be masking symptoms of an injury. Do not tell a police officer or insurance company… read more

What If the Driver Was Out of Control in an Accident?

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Uncategorized on November 25, 2019

It is a driver’s duty to safely remain in control of his or her vehicle at all times. This requires keeping both hands on the wheel and both eyes on the road. It also means driving safely and prudently for roadway conditions – not recklessly or in a way that could foreseeably lead to loss of vehicle control. If a driver causes an accident by losing control of his or her vehicle, the driver could be liable for victims’ damages. If loss of vehicle control occurred due to a defective car part or roadway hazard, however, the crash could come down to someone else’s fault. What If a Driver Lost Control of a Car? Is He or She Still at Fault? Loss of vehicle control may not be a defense to a car accident claim if another reasonable and prudent driver would likely have been able to maintain control of… read more

5 Halloween Nighttime Safety Tips

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Uncategorized on October 17, 2019

It is that time of year again – the leaves are changing, and kids are eagerly planning their Halloween costumes. While decorating your house and buying candy for trick-or-treaters, however, do not neglect one of the most important tasks this time of year: preparing your family for a safe Halloween. Unfortunately, the scares some families get on Halloween are real, such as a child darting into traffic or a serious trip-and-fall accident. A few simple nighttime safety tips could keep you out of the hospital this Halloween. Light the Night Halloween may be all about dark, shadowy corners and night frights, but that does not mean you should expose yourself to fall hazards. If you take the kids trick-or-treating, bring a flashlight or equip the children with glowsticks for better nighttime visibility. Light the sidewalks and roads where you are walking to avoid obstacles you might trip over. You could… read more

Is Florida Still a No-Fault State? (2019)

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Uncategorized on October 11, 2019

After a vehicle collision, it is your duty as a driver to know how the insurance laws operate in your state so you can file a claim. Insurance laws will determine how to go about requesting compensation for your damages, such as medical bills and property damage repairs. Most states abide by fault-based laws, which hold the at-fault party accountable for his or her actions by making that driver’s insurance company pay for victims’ damages. In 12 states, however, no-fault insurance laws apply to car accidents. No-fault insurance requires every driver to file claims with their insurers, regardless of fault. As of 2019, Florida remains a no-fault state. How Do Florida’s Insurance Laws Work? Despite most states adopting fault-based insurance laws, Florida remains a no-fault car insurance state. Florida’s insurance laws hold that each party involved in a collision will seek damage restitution from their own insurance providers, with no… read more

Can I File a Claim if a Police Car Hits Me?

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Uncategorized on October 8, 2019

Police officers are just like other drivers. Despite being members of law enforcement, they can make mistakes behind the wheel that cause serious accidents. Driver distraction or negligence could contribute to a police car striking a pedestrian or another driver. If a police vehicle hits you in Tampa, you may have grounds to file an injury claim, with the help of a car accident attorney, against the entity the officer works for, such as the Tampa Police Department or the Florida Highway Patrol. The Florida Tort Claims Act Sovereign immunity is a legal doctrine that protects most government entities from civil lawsuits. It holds that a government’s position exempts it from liability for citizens’ damages. Most states, however, have counteracted sovereign immunity with Tort Claims Acts – laws exposing the government to liability in certain situations. In Florida, the State Constitution waives sovereign immunity for liability for specific torts. In… read more

Can You File an Injury Claim on Behalf of Someone in Florida?

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Uncategorized on September 23, 2019

A personal injury claim could grant an injured victim the justice he or she needs to move forward. A successful injury claim in Florida could end in compensation for losses such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, income losses and medical expenses. Sometimes, however, a victim suffers such severe injuries that he or she is unable to bring a claim alone. If your loved one suffered an incapacitating injury, such as a traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury, you can get help from a Tampa Personal Injury attorney. Can You Legally File a Personal Injury Claim on Behalf of Someone Else? The law in Florida does not permit just anyone to bring a personal injury claim for another person. You will only have the right to file an injury claim on someone else’s behalf if you have a special relationship with that person. If you are friends with someone… read more

3 School Zone Driving Tips

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Uncategorized on September 10, 2019

The School season is in full swing, with millions of kids returning to classes in August and September. Whether you have school-aged children or not, it is important to refresh your knowledge of school zone driving tips to keep students in Tampa safe. Every year, distracted and negligent drivers cause school zone car accidents and related pedestrian injuries and deaths. Following a few simple tips could save a child’s life. Obey the Speed Limit School zones in Tampa have low speed limits for a reason. Driving any faster than 15 to 20 miles per hour (mph) can pose unnecessary risks to pedestrians. Speeding is one of the most dangerous school zone driver behaviors. A speeding driver may be unable to hit the brakes fast enough to avoid a collision if something unexpected happens, such as a child darting out into the road from behind a parked car. Speeding can reduce… read more

6 Parasailing Safety Tips

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Uncategorized on August 16, 2019

Parasailing is a popular pastime and tourist activity off of many Florida coasts. Parasailing is a form of parachuting in which a boat tows a parasail and passengers behind it using a rope system. Thousands of people parasail annually without issue; but sometimes, disaster strikes. A parasailing accident could cause significant and fatal personal injuries, from traumatic brain injuries to accidental drowning. Following a few key safety tips could potentially prevent a parasailing tragedy. Choose the Right Company Find a parasailing company that properly maintains its equipment, educates its passengers and trains its operators. In all parasailing accidents recorded – with one exception – the cause of the accident has been equipment failure, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Since the NTSB began recording parasailing accident statistics in 2009, eight people have died and five people have sustained serious injuries. Proper equipment maintenance could have prevented most of… read more

Can Amusement Rides Cause Concussions?

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Uncategorized on August 14, 2019

Concussions occur more often than any other type of brain injury. A concussion can occur when the brain sustains some kind of trauma, such as a blow to the head. It can also occur due to extreme kinetic forces. The gravitational forces in a car accident or amusement park ride, for example, could damage the brain and cause concussions. Although most concussions are minor traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), they can still pose significant problems to victims, including medical care and missed time at work. Our Tampa personal injury lawyers suggest, before going on a ride this summer, understand the potential risks of personal injuries. Can It Cause Brain Injury?     Many physicians, neurosurgeons and subject-matter experts have studied the possible connection between roller coasters and traumatic brain injuries. Complaints of head injury symptoms after riding roller coasters, such as headaches and dizziness, have led to discussions about the potential relationship. Studies… read more