April 4

Road Rage Incidents Increasing in Florida

Florida has more cases of road rage than any other state, including larger and more populated states than our own. Not only does Florida lead the nation in road rage incidents, but there are also more road rage incidents involving guns than any other state.

Population in some Florida areas is definitely a factor. Studies prove that as the population increases, impulsive and aggressive acts increase as well. Some common signs of road rage include:

• Tailgating another driver
• Honking to express frustration or anger
• Yelling at other drivers
• Blocking another vehicle from changing lanes
• Cutting off another vehicle
• Intentionally bumping or hitting another vehicle
• Abrupt braking

Frustration behind the wheel is nothing unusual. There will always be drivers who are tired, impatient, anxious, or perturbed about something, whether related to the commute or not. Although you can’t help what another driver is feeling, there are a few ways to stay safe from frustrated or angry drivers on the road:

• Steer clear of erratic drivers
• Stay calm
• Avoid eye contact with an aggressive driver
• If another driver is attempting to pass you, do not remain in the left lane
• Do not challenge an aggressive driver
• Don’t take their behavior personally
• Do not be afraid to report road rage to the police

Remember: don’t encourage aggressive driving by driving aggressively yourself.

Have you or a loved one sustained injuries due to road rage from another 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.idrivesafely.com/defensive-driving/trending/road-rage-incidents-increase-florida-drivers-are-cautioned-let-it-go

https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/local-news/i-team-investigates/database-florida-leads-the-nation-in-road-rage-cases-up-71-from-2014-to-2017

March 21

Have You Been Injured on an Airplane?

Airplane travel is known as a very safe form of travel, safer than driving to your destination. However, injuries on flights are still possible. There are a number of potential hazards, such as turbulence, small spaces, and faulty devices.

Injuries that occur on airplanes are:
• Getting hit by falling luggage
• Moving around in a cramped space, causing a fall or bumping into something
• Harassment or assault from another passenger
• Rolling food/beverage cart injuries
• Slip and falls
• Turbulence-related incidents
• A poorly designed or faulty product, such as an overhead bin

Airlines are known as common carriers, meaning they transport goods or people, and provide a higher standard of care. Carriers and goods must be unharmed during travel, and the airline must be nondiscriminatory. In negligence cases, it must be proven that the airline neglected their duty of care, leading to an injury. The airline cannot, however, be held liable for unforeseen circumstances, such as unpredicted turbulence (assuming flight staff did everything in their power to ensure passenger safety).

Most airline injury cases are confusing and frustrating to the average passenger. A knowledgeable attorney who has experience with airlines will understand FAA rules and regulations, the Warsaw and Montreal Conventions, aircraft safety and functions, and other industry-specific rules pertaining to aviation litigation.

If you have been injured on an International flight, the rules may be different, and you should meet with an attorney immediately. The location the flight departed from and the destination may make it difficult to determine jurisdiction for the case, or damages may be limited. An experienced attorney will be able to help you navigate complicated situations such as these.

Have you or a loved one been injured on an airplane? 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://injury.findlaw.com/torts-and-personal-injuries/in-flight-injuries-on-airplanes.html

https://www.legalmatch.com/law-library/article/airline-liability-for-personal-injury-on-international-flights.html

https://www.injury-compensation.ie/claiming-injury-compensation-from-airline/

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

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