March 7

Motor Scooter Safety in Florida

Motor scooters are popular in Florida as an affordable and fun way to get from place to place. The fuel economy of a scooter is excellent and the Florida weather is usually ideal. There has been a recent increase in motor scooter sales and rentals in the Tampa Bay area, especially near the beaches.

A motor scooter is a two-wheeled motorized vehicle with a step-through frame. Most are less than 50cc in engine displacement and travel less than 30 MPH. These do not require a motorcycle endorsement on your driver’s license, though since it is still a motorized vehicle, the driver must be at least 16 years old with a driver’s license. If a motor scooter is over 50cc, it is considered a motorcycle and must follow all motorcycle laws, including having insurance. If the scooter is 50cc or under, wearing a helmet is only required for passengers under the age of 16. Wearing a helmet is the single best way to protect yourself while riding a scooter, and it always a good choice.

Motor scooters are street legal and can be operated on the road as long as they are registered with the DMV. Insuring your scooter is a smart option, but not required by law.

With the increase in popularity comes the rise in scooter-related accidents. Remember, scooters have no seat belt, airbags, or steel frame to protect you. When on a scooter, you must always be cautious and aware of your surroundings.

How do you stay safe while riding a scooter in Florida?

Wear a Helmet! It is always a good choice, even if you are not legally required to do so.

Use Eye Protection: If your helmet does not have a face shield, ensure you have glasses or safety goggles to keep your eyes safe from dirt, wind, bugs, or other debris.

Wear Bright Colors or Reflective Clothing: Scooters are harder for other motorists to see, especially at night. Being visible on the road can help keep you safe.

Stay Up To Date on Maintenance: Regularly check your tire pressure, oil, and fuel. While you’re at it, double check that your turn signals, lights, and horn all function properly.

Keep Your Eyes on the Road and watch for hazards, such as potholes or bumps.

Stay Alert: There’s no way to know how and when other vehicles will maneuver, change lanes, or brake. Always know where you will go and how you will react if a car turns in front of you or rides too close behind you. Your safety depends on your awareness and ability to react.

March 7

Rollover Crashes

There are many different types of car crashes on the road, but the most dangerous is a rollover crash. A rollover occurs when the vehicle tips over onto its side or rolls onto its roof. A vehicle rollover happens only in about 3% of all serious crashes. However, they make up 30% of people killed in passenger vehicles.

Any vehicle can be involved in a rollover, but the vehicles most likely to roll have a higher center of gravity, such as vans, pickup trucks, and SUVs.

Factors that can contribute to a rollover accident are:
• Speeding
• Tire blowouts
• Driving under the influence
• Distracted driving, causing the driver to oversteer to stay on the road
• Hitting a median or guardrail
• Uneven, rocky, or wet roadways

Rollover accidents tend to cause more serious injuries and fatalities. They commonly happen at higher speeds, and force of the accident can cause the driver or passengers to be ejected from the vehicle, or the roof to collapse upon impact. There are currently many lawsuits for defective vehicle design, if the vehicle fails to properly protect the occupants from danger during a rollover.

Have you or a loved one sustained injuries due to a rollover crash? Contact an experienced St. Petersburg personal injury attorney at Jones Law Group today. When you contact our office we will immediately either put you on the phone with one of our attorneys, or set an appointment where you will meet your attorney and be provided with his/her contact information. If you do not have transportation or you cannot drive, your attorney will travel to meet you and discuss your case with you. Call an experienced personal injury attorney in St. Petersburg at Jones Law Group at (727) 571-1333 during regular business hours or (727) 753-8657 on weekends or after regular business hours. We will evaluate your case for free and you will never pay us a dime unless we recover compensation for your injuries.

Jones Law Group
5622 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33707

Personal Injury

https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2012/02/rollover-101/index.htm

https://www.safercar.gov/Vehicle-Shoppers/Rollover/Causes

February 14

What Does a Personal Injury Attorney Do?

A personal injury attorney provides legal representation for those physically or emotionally harmed at the fault of another person. From car accidents to bed bug cases to slip and falls, having a personal injury attorney on your side could be very beneficial to helping you receiving the compensation you deserve. On top of medical bills and injuries, you may also have pain and suffering, lost employment wages, and other damages depending on the details of your case.

An experienced attorney will have the skills and in-depth knowledge to build your own unique case. Some of their tasks include:

• Gathering evidence
• Utilizing knowledge of liability laws and statutes of limitation
• Explaining laws and your rights
• Providing advice
• Effectively negotiating with insurance companies and other attorneys
• Drafting pleadings, motions, and discovery requests
• Assessing current and future damages
• Sending demand letters
• Representing clients at trial

A personal injury attorney can save you the trouble of filing a claim or having to deal with insurance company lawyers. You’ll be able to focus on the recovery process while knowing that your case is being handled by someone who has the experience and knowledge to get maximum compensation for your losses.

How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Personal Injury Attorney?

Personal injury attorneys typically charge based on contingency. This means that you will not have to pay anything up front. However, if you win your case (and only if you win), your lawyer will take a percentage of the recovery. This is a benefit to most people that do not wish to pay an attorney by the hour to pursue their case.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are wondering whether the attorneys at Jones Law Group are right for you, contact us today! When you contact our office we will immediately either put you on the phone with one of our attorneys, or set an appointment where you will meet your attorney and be provided with his/her contact information. If you do not have transportation or you cannot drive, your attorney will travel to meet you and discuss your case with you.
Call an experienced personal injury attorney in St. Petersburg at Jones Law Group at (727) 571-1333 during regular business hours or (727) 753-8657 on weekends or after regular business hours. We will evaluate your case for free and you will never pay us a dime unless we recover compensation for your injuries.

Jones Law Group
5622 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33707

Personal Injury

https://www.hg.org/legal-articles/what-does-a-personal-injury-lawyer-do-and-why-is-it-beneficial-to-hire-one-46150

https://www.enjuris.com/personal-injury-law/what-personal-injury-lawyers-do.html

https://www.rocketlawyer.com/article/do-i-need-a-personal-injury-lawyer.rl

February 7

Wrong Way Drivers: A Growing Issue in Tampa Bay

Crashes caused by wrong way drivers are not uncommon in the Tampa Bay area. Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Pasco counties are among the top counties in Florida for wrong way driver crashes.

The Florida Department of Safety and Motor Vehicles found in that in 2015, Florida had 1,490 wrong-way crashes and 96 fatalities. The report stated that of the top counties for wrong-way driving crashes in Florida, Hillsborough was fourth, Pinellas was sixth and Pasco was eighth.

Most wrong way crashes happen in late evening or early morning. This could be attributed to signs being harder to read at night, or the likelihood of impaired drivers on the roadways at these times. The majority of wrong way drivers in Tampa Bay are found to be legally impaired by drugs or alcohol.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) urges drivers to stay in the right lane if possible when driving at night, as most fatal wrong way crashes tend to occur in the left or center lane.

Remember the importance of staying awake and alert, especially at nighttime hours. If you are driving and see a wrong way driver on the road, slow down and pull off the road. Then call 911 as soon as it is safe to do so.

Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer at Jones Law Group

Have you or a loved one been injured in a car accident involving a wrong way driver? Contact an experienced St. Petersburg personal injury attorney at Jones Law Group today. When you contact our office we will immediately either put you on the phone with one of our attorneys, or set an appointment where you will meet your attorney and be provided with his/her contact information. If you do not have transportation or you cannot drive, your attorney will travel to meet you and discuss your case with you. Call an experienced personal injury attorney in St. Petersburg at Jones Law Group at (727) 571-1333 during regular business hours or (727) 753-8657 on weekends or after regular business hours. We will evaluate your case for free and you will never pay us a dime unless we recover compensation for your injuries.

Jones Law Group
5622 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33707

Personal Injury

https://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/accidents/Wrong-way-drivers-on-Tampa-Bay-interstates-are-not-uncommon-Five-other-tragic-cases_172798680

https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/tampa-bay-is-one-of-the-worst-areas-for-wrong-way-crashes-heres-what-florida-is-doing-about-it/67-606073507

https://www.flhsmv.gov/safety-center/driving-safety/wrong-way-driving/

https://www.news4jax.com/news/florida/nearly-1500-wrong-way-crashes-in-florida-last-year

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