January 21

Bicycle Accidents and Injuries – Florida is the Most Dangerous State for Cyclists

By: Heath C. MurphyPersonal Injury

Car vs. Bicycle, the outcome is easy to predict. The cyclist will lose every time in that accident and unfortunately the injuries can be severe. Bicycling in Florida is more dangerous than any other state. In fact, bicyclists in Florida are almost twice as likely to be involved in a fatal bicycle accident as the next most dangerous state for riders.

Pinellas County and St. Petersburg present special challenges to bicyclists. With an average of 361 sunny days per year, almost every day is good for bike riding in St. Petersburg. Pinellas County is also the most densely populated county in Florida, but only has 50 miles of trails available to cyclists to use. Those of us that drive around St. Pete know that most roads do not have bike lanes and those that do have bicycle lanes typically allow on the street parking, right next to the bike lane. While there are many accidents in which a car or truck collides with a bicycle due to a distracted driver or simply failing to notice the cyclist, parked cars present a unique challenge to cyclists who attempt to use the bicycle lane. This hazard is known as “being doored” or “dooring.”

When a cyclist is utilizing the bike lane and a person exits a parked or stopped car without looking for, or noticing the approaching rider, often times the bicycle rider is unable to avoid running into the open door. This is called being doored. There are numerous videos of cyclists being doored and how quickly it can occur. Bicycle accidents also commonly occur when cars drive too close to bicyclists. The injuries suffered by bicyclists can be severe and include:

1. Death;
2. Traumatic brain injury and/or concussions;
3. Spinal cord damage and/or paralysis;
4. Disfigurement;
5. Fractured or broken bones;
6. Nerve damage;
7. Lacerations, contusions and road rash; and
8. Neck and back injuries.

Have you or a loved one been injured in bicycle accident? Contact an experienced St. Petersburg personal injury attorney at Jones Law Group today. Make an appointment today to come in for a free consultation. If you have been involved in bicycle accident, you should immediately call 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. Pete, FL 33707

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

January 20

Uninsured Motorist Coverage – Why You Should Have Uninsured Motorist Coverage

By: Heath C. MurphyPersonal Injury

Has anyone told you not to get uninsured motorist coverage on an automobile insurance policy? It is advice that I will convince you is dead wrong by the end of this article. Florida requires that drivers maintain automobile insurance in the amount of $10,000.00 in PIP coverage and $10,000.00 in property damage coverage. That is it. If you are thinking what if someone gets hurt in the accident, the answer is there is no insurance to pay for their injuries. Now imagine that you are driving down 4th Street in St. Pete and as you cross 38th Avenue, a man with the insurance coverage I just described runs the red light and t-bones your car on the driver’s side door. You suffer cuts, bruises, a broken collar bone and a concussion. You are transported to the hospital where you are held overnight for treatment and observation. What is the likely outcome?

First, it is very likely that your bills from the hospital, alone, will exceed $25,000.00. The PIP coverage on your policy will pay 80% of medical expenses and 60% of lost wages up to a maximum amount of $10,000.00. The at-fault driver’s insurance will not pay for any of your medical bills. Remember he did not purchase bodily injury coverage on his policy. Likewise, it will not pay for pain and suffering or lost wages. Using my example, PIP will pay out $10,000.00, but you will be left holding the bag for the remaining money owed for your medical treatment. Even if you have good health insurance, this bill can quickly run into the thousands of dollars. Without good health insurance, it can force hardworking people into bankruptcy through no fault of their own. This is the result if you rejected the uninsured motorist bodily injury coverage on your policy.

If you purchased the uninsured motorist coverage, then your medical bills, pain and suffering and lost wages will be paid up the amount of the policy. Your uninsured motorist policy or UM policy will also kick in if the at-fault driver has insurance but is underinsured. At that point, your UM policy will pay the difference between the amount paid by the at-fault driver and your damages, up to the policy limits.

The big decision is how much automobile coverage should I purchase? I recommend maintaining coverage in an amount at least equal to your assets. Dave Ramsey recommends a policy of at least $500,000.00, regardless of your assets. If you maintain that level of insurance for your bodily injury policy that will care for the injuries suffered by others, you should maintain the same for yourself and purchase UM coverage in the same amount. Contrary to popular opinion, adding uninsured motorist coverage to your policy is not an extravagance and will not break the bank.

Have you been injured in a car or motorcycle accident? Contact an experienced St. Petersburg personal injury attorney at Jones Law Group today. Your consultation is free and we will drive to meet you anywhere convenient for you.

If you have been involved in motorcycle or car accident, you should immediately call 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. Pete, FL 33707

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

January 19

Delayed Onset of Injuries – The Serious Injuries that can go Undiagnosed After an Accident

By: Heath C. MurphyPersonal Injury

The injuries sustained in an auto or motorcycle accident may not always be apparent at the accident scene or even hours later in the hospital. Obviously, broken bones and lacerations will be immediately noticed and treated. However, there are some fairly common injuries that occur as a result of accidents which can be unknown and undiagnosed for days or even months. These injuries can be far more serious that the injuries which are readily apparent and easily diagnosed. In fact, they can be fatal.

Whiplash injuries are generally more common after a rear end collision than other types of car accidents. Whiplash is a very common injury to see after a motorcycle accident. The pain associated with a whiplash injury might not be apparent immediately. It usually develops over the first 24 hours evidenced by increasing pain and stiffness. Even a minor whiplash injury will likely take more than 30 days recovery time. The effects of more severe whiplash injuries can last months and even years. It is important not to ignore symptoms following an accident. Do you have numbness in your extremities? This could indicate damage to one of the discs in your lower back which was injured in the crash.

Ignoring symptoms can have dire consequences. There have been documented cases of people dying days and even months after suffering whiplash type injury in an accident. In one instance, a taxi driver was involved in a rear end collision and was diagnosed with whiplash trauma. He continued on about his daily life. He noticed an increase in headaches, confusion and a decrease in vision, but no medical professional properly diagnosed his condition. Two months after the accident he began suffering severe headaches and seizures. He was finally admitted to the hospital where he died. Doctors concluded that he had died of a fatal basilar thrombotic embolus. They further concluded that he died as a direct result of the whiplash trauma he suffered in the car accident two months earlier.

The symptoms of a traumatic brain injury may also not present immediately and can commonly be misdiagnosed as acute whiplash. Traumatic brain injuries can result in car and motorcycle accidents as a result of a violent jolt or blow to the head.

If you have been involved in an accident and in the weeks following notice any of the following symptoms, it is imperative that you seek medical attention:

1. Headaches;
2. Nausea or vomiting;
3. Fatigue or drowsiness;
4. Difficulty sleeping;
5. Dizziness;
6. Convulsions or seizures;
7. Dilation of one or both pupils;
8. Loss of coordination;
9. Confusion;
10. Memory loss;
11. Slurred speech;
12. Irritability; and
13. Depression.

Have you been involved in a car or motorcycle accident or a slip and fall which you have suffered an injury? Contact an experienced St. Petersburg personal injury attorney at Jones Law Group today. The decision to hire an experienced car crash attorney is an extremely important one. Would you hire your doctor based upon a TV or Radio Ad? An experienced and qualified personal injury attorney is every bit as important. Hire someone that understands your injuries and will provide you the customer service to which you are entitled.

If you have been involved in motorcycle or car accident, you should immediately call 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. Pete, FL 33707

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

January 18

Teen Traffic Accidents in Florida – Inexperienced and Distracted Drivers

By: Heath C. MurphyPersonal Injury

In the first six months following obtaining a driver’s license the likelihood of being involved a traffic accident are at its highest lifetime point. In fact, 1 in 5 teenagers will be involved in a traffic accident within one year of obtaining their license. Surprisingly, environmental conditions such as poor weather, vehicle malfunctions and drowsiness are not the primary factor in most car crashes involving teenagers. Car accidents are the number one cause of death for persons between the ages of 15 and 19.

There are nearly 5,000 car accidents in the St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa area every year involving teens. Teens account for nearly 15% of all traffic accidents in Florida every year. The fatal crash rate for teenagers is four times the rate for drivers aged 25-69. Unfortunately, the vast majority of teen accidents are due to critical driver errors, including things such as:

1. Not paying attention to the road and other vehicles.
2. Driving too fast for the conditions
3. Distracted driving (talking or texting on cell phone or paying attention to other passengers in the car.

What can parents of a teenaged driver do besides buying an insurance policy with high limits? Remember, you will bear the financial responsibility for any accident in your minor child is involved. Driver training courses are very important. Do not let your children have more than one passenger in the car while they are driving. Do not let your child text or talk on the cell phone while driving. You can actually program your child’s cell phone to be non-operational while they are operating a car. Yes, there is an app for that. Set a good example with your own driving habits. At the end of the day, however, it is a learning curve that everyone has to experience.

Unfortunately, the results of a car accident can be devastating and include:

1. Death;
2. Traumatic brain injury and/or concussions;
3. Spinal cord damage and/or paralysis;
4. Disfigurement;
5. Fractured or broken bones; and
6. Neck and back injuries.

Have you been involved in a car accident caused by a teenaged driver? Contact an experienced St. Petersburg personal injury attorney at Jones Law Group today. The decision to hire an experienced car accident attorney is an extremely important one. It is a decision which you control and should be based on sound reasoning. We invite you to come in and meet us. Ask us questions. Our philosophy is one of treating the client well and providing timely, responsive and knowledgeable service.

If you have been involved in motorcycle accident, you should immediately call 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. Pete, FL 33707

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