April 3

What To Do When You Have Been Involved in an Auto Accident

By Heath Murphy

So, you have been involved in a car accident or motorcycle accident. Now what? In this article, I will give you a basic checklist of things to do and try to give a little advice on each.

1. Check to see if anyone needs immediate medical care. If you or anyone in your car suffers injuries, immediately seek medical treatment. Don’t be the tough guy; untreated injuries may cause future physical complications for you. Inf Florida, your bodily injury claim against the insurance company may be compromised by failing to promptly seek medical treatment after an accident. This does not mean you have to go to the emergency room. If the injuries do not seem severe, convenient care clinics can offer a less expensive option than the emergency room.

2. Call the police. Always summon the police to the scene. Do not let the person who just caused an accident convince you to “keep the cops out of it”. Remember, never admit fault to an accident and never say that you are uninjured at the scene. Your adrenaline is flowing and the aches and pains might not arrive until hours or even days have passed.

3. Document the damage. Take photos of your car and of the other cars involved in the accident. Document the entire vehicle, not just the damaged area. When you feel like you have taken enough pictures, take some more.

4. Document the scene. Take photos of the entire scene from all angles. Again, there is no such thing as too many pictures. These photos may be crucial to establishing fault in your car or motorcycle accident case.

5. Get the contact information of any witnesses. Do not rely upon the police to get witness information. Get their name and contact information.

6. Call your insurance company. Open a claim with your insurance company.

7. Call an experienced personal injury attorney. A good attorney can mean a difference of thousands of dollars in your pocket when it comes time to resolve your case.

Remember, the sooner you call an experienced personal injury attorney at Jones Law Group, the sooner we can visit the scene and begin an investigation and an accurate recreation of the accident. Prompt legal representation is key to your economic recovery because the evidence at the scene of the accident degrades and the memories of witnesses fade. At Jones Law Group we understand that time is of the essence and we will act swiftly to discover and preserve all of the available evidence that will later support your claims.

To schedule a free, no-pressure consultation to review the details of your motorcycle accident or car accident and assess what you are able to recover, Please call Jones Law Group at 727-571-1333. If it is after hours or on a weekend, please call 727-348-8962. You may also email us at hmurphy@jlgtampabay.com

August 9

MADD: Only 61% of Drunk Drivers are Convicted of Crimes

A recent report by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) showed that only 61% of drunk drivers are convicted of their charges. The information in this report was collected from September 1, 2017 to September 1, 2018. The conviction rate is down 7 percent from the previous year.

MADD has staff and volunteers that regularly monitor judicial proceedings relating to drunk driving cases. Currently the program covers 12 states throughout the country, but that number is increasing to create a more accurate portrayal of the country’s data. The goal of this monitoring is to ensure drunk driving laws are being enforced and prosecuted. Those involved document information regarding each case, and find trends and weaknesses to report to prosecutors and judges. MADD’s goal is to send a message that driving drunk will not be tolerated.

Drunk driving is the #1 cause of fatal automobile accidents in Florida. In 2016-2017, there were almost 11,000 fatalities due alcohol-impaired drivers. Throughout the country, the average cost of a first-time DUI is around $10,000, but that does not deter people from getting behind the wheel and driving under the influence.

Have you or a loved one sustained injuries due to the actions of a drunk 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

MADD Report Shows Only 3 of 5 Drunk Drivers Are Convicted

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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