July 11

Negligent Security on a Business Property

Crime can impact any of us. With the constant rise in population in the Tampa Bay Area, commercial areas such as shopping malls, venues, restaurants, and parking lots are becoming crowded. The owners of these businesses and properties have a duty to keep guests reasonably safe from harm. The owners must take precautions to ensure invitees are not at an unreasonable risk of becoming victim to a criminal attack by a third party.

Of course, the attacker is the one at fault. So why should you pursue claims against the property owner if you have been attacked?
First of all, it is much easier to locate the owner of the property than a stranger who committed a crime.

Secondly, the owner is also likely to have insurance that covers the property, making it more likely that you’ll be able to recover damages for your injuries, especially if you believe that your injuries occurred due to the property owner’s negligence.

Inadequate security can vary depending on the type of business, but some examples could be:
• Lack of security guards or security cameras
• Broken locks
• Dim or nonexistent lighting in parking lots or stairwells
• Lack of parking lot surveillance
• Failing to require background checks of employees
• Poor maintenance policies

Owners of nightclubs and bars are aware that altercations and crime tend to occur at these places. These and other establishments have a duty to ensure adequate security, especially for events that bring in a high volume of customers, and those in higher-crime areas.
An experienced personal injury attorney will understand the steps that must be taken to determine liability. There will likely be an investigation of the entire accident and all factors involved to determine if the property owner was negligent.

Your attorney will take into account factors such as:
• Security (or lack of)
• Checking crime patterns in the area
• The third party who committed the crime
• Property owners

Our attorneys at Jones Law Group can help you navigate complicated situations such as these, so you can focus on recovery.

Have you or a loved one sustained injuries due to negligent security? 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

July 11

What Do Those Intersection Cameras Do?

Our clients in the Tampa Bay area occasionally ask us if we can retrieve footage from the intersection cameras as evidence after an automobile accident. These little white cameras on top of traffic lights are not red light cameras, but they also do not record footage that can be retrieved in the future.

So what do they do?

These are traffic monitoring cameras. They exist to help the flow of traffic, and provide a live stream used by traffic engineers, law enforcement, cities, and counties. There is no recorded video from these cameras, just real-time footage.

Some intersections with these cameras have sensors below the road, so if intersections begin getting backed up, the sensors can adjust the timing of traffic lights.

The good news is that even though camera footage cannot be attained and used as evidence, law enforcement and 911 dispatchers can easily respond to an emergency or traffic issue in the intersection, including car accidents.

Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney at Jones Law Group

Have you been in an accident? 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

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June 14

Boating Accidents in Florida

Boating Accidents in Florida

The weather in Florida is heating up, and boating season is in full swing! As waterways in Florida get more crowded with motorboats, sailboats, jet skis, and fishing boats, it is important to keep safety in mind. Florida not only has many lakes and rivers, but is mostly surrounded by water as well. There are close to a million registered vessels in the state, leading the nation.

Causes of boating accidents include:
• Reckless Boating
• Not Wearing Proper Safety Equipment
• Speeding
• Inexperienced Vessel Operators
• Distracted Vessel Operators
• Unsafe Behavior of Passengers
• Alcohol or Drug Use
• Failure of Equipment
• Crowded Waterways
• Unsafe Weather Conditions

With the abundance of boats in Florida comes potential distracted or inexperienced vessel operators, and boating accidents are a possibility. There are a few precautions to take to ensure the safety of yourself and those around you:
• Keep a Close Eye on the Weather and Water Conditions
• Ensure Sufficient Safety Equipment and Supplies Onboard
• Be Careful When Loading the Boat and Getting Passengers Aboard
• Take a Boat Safety Course
• Avoid Alcohol While Boating

Taking the boat out is a good way to have some summer fun, but accidents do happen. Most accidents and injuries can be prevented if boaters pay attention to their surroundings and take basic safety precautions.

Have you or a loved one been injured in a boating accident? Contact an experienced St. Petersburg boating accident attorney at Jones Law Group today. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and rehabilitation costs. When you contact our office we will immediately set an appointment where you will meet your attorney and be provided with his/her personal 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.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a boating accident caused by the negligence of another, you should immediately 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

http://jlgtampabay.com/personal-injury

May 30

Avoiding the Most Common Motorcycle Accidents

There are many benefits to riding a motorcycle. Besides being more fuel efficient and more environmentally friendly than cars, they are arguably more fun to drive. However, because they are so exposed to the outside world, riders must remain cautious and prepared for anything to happen on the road. Motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die in a crash compared to a passenger vehicle, and more than five times as likely to be injured.

Here are some of the most common motorcycle accidents and how to avoid them:

Taking a Turn too fast, or Hitting Sand or Debris when Turning a Corner
Although motorcycles are designed to be fast and easy to control, taking corners too fast is a common error for riders, and can be deadly. Sharp turns or sand on the road can cause you to lose total control of your motorcycle.
How to avoid an accident:
If there is a turn coming up, ride slow and steady, and remain on the brakes. After you hit the apex of the turn, let off the brakes and begin to accelerate. Also remain cautious of any debris or other dangers on the road.

Left-hand Turns in Front of You
One of the most common motorcycle accidents occurs when an oncoming vehicle makes a left hand turn in front of (or into) a motorcycle. Motorcycles run the risk of being less visible than motor vehicles due to their smaller size.
How to avoid an accident:
As a motorcyclist, you must always be aware of your surroundings and be prepared to make evasive actions in any foreseeable circumstance. Why? Because your life could depend on it. Motorcyclists must be able to see other drivers and anticipate what they could do. Be prepared for drivers to misjudge right-of-ways or simply not see you, and prepare accordingly.

Cars Merging into Your Motorcycle
Many drivers on the road have trouble seeing motorcycles either due to blind spots or inattentive driving. It is easy for a motorcycle to be overlooked when a vehicle is changing lanes or merging. Drivers are more accustomed to glance in their blind spots looking for automobiles than motorcycles, and it can be difficult to tell if they can see you at all.
How to avoid an accident:
Try to spend a minimal amount of time in other drivers’ blind spots. As a general rule of riding a motorcycle, always try to anticipate any situations that could become dangerous. Keep an eye out for signs of lane changing, such as wheels beginning to turn or the driver checking his/her blind spot.

Being Rear-ended
When stopped at a traffic light, it may seem you are helpless to vehicles behind you who are not paying attention or simply do not see your motorcycle. However, there are a couple actions you can take. Whereas a 15 MPH rear end collision is usually a minor inconvenience for automobile drivers, a motorcyclist involved in such a crash could be killed.
How to avoid an accident:
When you come to a stop at a traffic light, stop towards the side of the road instead of in the middle of the lane. This way, if you see a car coming up fast behind you, you have a way to escape danger. If a car is coming and you don’t foresee it stopping, flash your brake lights to show the driver that you are there, and then pull off the road to avoid impact if you must.

Locking up the Front Brake
Emergency situations can happen without notice. There are many situations where you may have to brake abruptly, such as an accident, an animal in the road, or sudden stopping of traffic. Most of the bike’s stopping power comes from the front brake, so using the rear brake more will result in a longer stopping distance. But relying on the front brake could result in overbraking. If the front brake locks up, it could lead to your weight shifting the bike enough to lift the back wheel and throw you over the handlebars.
How to avoid an accident:
Make sure you spend time getting to know your bike. Find an empty parking lot to practice if you need to. Test the sensitivity of both brakes, and learn how to use them smoothly. This way, you will instinctively be able to react to sudden braking safely.

Drinking and Riding
Though this should go without saying, it is worth mentioning, as it is a factor in up to 50% of all motorcycle wrecks. Not only do motorcycles require more balance and coordination than cars, but a minor lapse in judgment while riding could send you flying off the bike and getting severely injured, or worse.
How to avoid an accident:
Don’t drink and ride. Don’t take the risk. It’s not worth it.

Because motorcycle riders are so exposed, being involved in any type of motorcycle accident can be dangerous, and there can be serious consequences such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal injuries, road rash, muscle damage, and more.

Have you or a loved one been injured in a motorcycle accident? Contact an experienced St. Petersburg motorcycle accident attorney at Jones Law Group today. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and rehabilitation costs. When you contact our office we will immediately set an appointment where you will meet your attorney and be provided with his/her personal 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.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by the negligence of another, you should immediately 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

http://jlgtampabay.com/personal-injury/

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