Brannon & Brannon
Local Personal Injury Lawyers Who Don't Back Down
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google
  • LinkedIn
View Our Practice Area

Fort Walton Beach Personal Injury Law Blog

What can accident victims recover in a lawsuit

With Memorial Day weekend quickly approaching, it is expected that traffic volumes will be higher than usual. In fact, AAA expects the number of travelers to be its highest since 2005. Perhaps lower gas prices and steady employment allows people to take vacations. Regardless of the reasons, the mass exodus for vacation getaways begins in earnest on Friday.

Because of the traffic volumes, Memorial Day weekend is also known for being one of the most dangerous times to be on the road. Yes, most drivers vigilant; but unfortunately accidents still happen. When they do, it is helpful to know what kinds of damages can be recovered. This post will focus on a few. 

Bike cams can be a rider's best friend...and enemy

If you ride a bike in Okaloosa County, you have to “keep your head on a swivel.” The common football adage means that riders must be aware of their surroundings at all times. After all, while most drivers may say that they look out for pedestrians and bicyclists, especially when they are involved in an accident, the reality is that they don’t always do so.

Nevertheless, the advent of technology is allowing more bike riders to create videos to chronicle their rides. A number of riders are using helmet cameras; similar to those high-definition cameras used by elite cyclists. Others are going towards “bike cams” where the camera is actually attached to the bicycle’s handle bars. Both cameras are useful not only in giving people a glimpse into the rider’s world, they can be very useful in the event of an accident. 

Can a drowsy driver leave you dazed?

Because you and many other individuals lead hectic lives, you certainly have felt the pull of drowsiness after only catching a few hours of rest the night before. Though this issue may only result in your needing an extra cup of coffee or catching a nap in the middle of the day, it can pose a significant risk to individuals on the roadway if a sleepy person gets behind the wheel. Sleep deprivation can easily reduce a driver's reaction times and his or her ability to effectively operate a vehicle.

Unfortunately, some parties may think that they will not face any negative effects of driving while drowsy. However, they could cause a car accident that results in you suffering serious injuries.

Don't walk away from a full recovery after a pedestrian accident

Pedestrian accidents often leave the pedestrian seriously injured, simply because that person is unprotected against the impact of a collision with a large, heavy vehicle. Even a low-speed impact can have detrimental consequences, and drivers have the responsibility of being cautious and aware of pedestrians and other vulnerable individuals.

If you were hurt while walking or you lost a loved one in a serious pedestrian accident in Florida, you do not have to face the complicated accident aftermath alone. It is possible that you could have a valid claim to compensation, and an experienced attorney can help identify if another person is financially liable for your pain and suffering.

Distracted Driving: What State Has The Safest Drivers?

Thumbnail image for Distracted Driving.jpgWhen it comes to distracted driving, Florida ranks second in the country according to a recent study, which clearly suggests we all need to put down your phones. The findings suggest 92 percent of drivers nationwide with cell phones have used them while in a moving car in the past 30 days, according to EverQuote Inc., the online insurance firm that released the study's results. The study compiled data through 2.7 million vehicle trips and 230 million miles drives through a motion-sensing app to detect speeding, quick acceleration, hard braking, and other bad driving traits while the phone was in use carried by drivers on their smartphones over millions of miles between April 2016 and March 2017 .

Will Texting And Driving Become A Primary Offense In Florida?

Texting.jpgWe are all aware that texting while driving became illegal in Florida in 2013, but it's only a secondary offense. That means the driver must be pulled over for something else first. According to Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, in 2015 a total of 39,468 people were injured and 216 more were killed as a result of distracted driving. Forty-six states think texting and driving is so dangerous it's banned. Will Florida be next? Many are pushing for it, but there are those in the state House that say the cost of freedom is too high. The legislation has cleared two Senate committees, but its sponsor, Senator Rene Garcia, is not optimistic. "I think it's on life support, unfortunately. I hear that the house is reluctant to move the bill," Garcia said. Last week the Senate Committee on Communications, Energy and Public Utilities discussed SB 144 introduced by Sen. Rene Garcia, R-Hialeah. The committee approved the bill that's in its infancy, while agreeing it needs more work.

Distracted driving causes eight deaths each day

Yes, you read that correctly. On any given day, crashes involving distracted drivers take the lives of eight Americans. At least that's what the Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates. If you multiply that number by the 365 days that make up a year, that's an estimated 2,920 people each year.

That might make you wonder how many of those people died on the roads that pass through Fort Walton Beach, Destin and other beach towns in Florida's panhandle.

How to Avoid A Roll-Over Accidents

Rollover.jpgHow common are roll-over accidents and what percentage come from over correcting. According to Consumer Reports, although rollovers occur in only about 3 percent of all serious crashes, they account for about 30 percent of people killed while riding in a passenger vehicle.

Spring Break Safety Warnings

Spring Break.jpgSpring break is quickly approaching and local authorities are preparing for the vacationers with a word of warning. Hotels and resorts say the season is longer this year, about eight weeks in total. Crackdowns in traditional destinations for college-age kids have the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) on alert. After Bay County/Panama City Beach passed several laws that starting March 1st, you cannot drink alcohol on the sandy beach or in commercial parking lots in March, ending alcohol sales at 2 a.m. and preventing overnight scooter rentals, many college-aged kids moved west to Walton and Okaloosa County to enjoy their spring break. Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office has already sent letters to several colleges and high school campuses warning them to follow the rules.

Father And Son Team Working Together To Serve Our Clients

Our legal team consists of attorney Wm. Dennis Brannon and his son C. Paul Brannon. We work together as a father and son team to provide our clients with exceptional service and solutions in motor vehicle accident claims and other personal injury matters.

Contact Us Today

We Handle Cases on a Contingency Fee Basis Tell Us About Your Case - Free Consultations

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Fort Walton Beach
975 Mar Walt Drive
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547

Phone: 850-659-2252
Fax: 850-864-4526
Fort Walton Beach Law Office Map

Defuniak
544 US Highway 90 East
Defuniak Springs, FL 32433

Phone: 850-659-2252
Fax: 850-864-4526
Map & Directions

Crestview
204 North Main Street
Crestview, FL 32536

Phone: 850-659-2252
Phone: 850-398-8776
Fax: 850-864-4526
Crestview Law Office Map