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PIP (Personal Injury Protection) Benefits - Lawsuit

PIP.jpgPIP (Personal Injury Protection) Benefits plays a large role inhow my clients receive medical treatment.  As a personal injury lawyer and for the sake of my clients, I have to monitor their PIP benefits and make sure that no health care provider takes advantage of their PIP payments. It is not surprising to me that a hospital is accused of using the majority of the medical benefits as we see facilities order numerous tests that sometimes don't even pertain to the injuries the client had at that time.

Hit And Run on Interstate 10 Near Okaloosa County

I've blogged a lot about hit and run accidents. It is my hope that educating people on the ramifications of causing an accident will cause that individual to stay at the scene and accept the consequences of causing an accident. Thus, it was disappointing to read an article in the Northwest Florida Daily News about a hit and run. The paper reports that a four vehicle wreck on Interstate 10 Sunday afternoon damaged four vehicles including a tractor trailer. The driver of the Nissan Frontier which set off the chain reaction wreck has not been identified. The Frontier was traveling east in the right lane of I-10 about 2 p.m. (CST) when it changed lanes, pushing a second vehicle into the median. That car, a 2003 Honda Civic, driven by A 21-year-old , crossed the median into the path of a 2005 BMW driven by a female from Gulf Breeze. The Civic struck the front right of the BMW. It then struck the left side of a 2012 tractor trailer driven by a male from Baton Rouge. The impact caused the truck to jack knife and travel onto the north shoulder, where the trailer separated from the truck and overturned multiple times, the release said. The Frontier fled the scene eastbound on I-10. It was described as a newer model white Nissan Frontier pickup, with either an extended cab or a crew cab. It might have damage to the driver's side and possibly be marked with red paint from the collision. The driver of the Civic and the tractor trailer received minor injuries and were taken to North Okaloosa Medical Center, the release said. The tractor trailer sustained $300,000 in damages, while the Civic received $10,000. The BMW had $5,000 in damages. What should you do following a crash?

Driving Drunk Is Down, Driving High is Up

We all know driving drunk or high causes car accidents.  The good news is that fewer people are driving while drunk or under the influence of alcohol. The bad news is that more of them are driving under the influence of marijuana or prescription drugs. This mixed news comes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has issued the 2014 results from its Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drug Use by Drivers.

Hit And Run Car Accidents Increasing In Florida

WEAR reports that hit and run wrecks are increasing in Florida. As a consequence, the state is starting a new campaign to let everyone know that leaving the scene of a crash can end in tougher penalties. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says people killed in hit and runs jumped 23% from 2013 to 2014. The numbers have jumped by 12,000 cases between 2012 and last year with 184 deaths and more than 2,100 injuries. The Florida Highway Patrol says leaving the scene of an accident is a bad decision not turning yourself in makes a bad decision worse. Under new law signed by Governor Scott called the Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act leaving the scene of a fatal hit and run is mandatory jail time of 4 years. It makes leaving the scene of a wreck a second-degree felony.

Spring Break, Destin, Florida: Car Accidents & Alcohol

With spring break comes more car accidents. Northwest Florida Daily News reports that the countdown to spring break 2015 has begun. In just a few weeks, our quiet beaches will transform into party central as college students from around the country arrive ready to party. While everyone wants young people to have a good time, we want them to stay safe. Most young people think nothing will ever happen to them, but every year there are reports of arrests, injuries and even deaths while students are on spring break and consuming alcohol.  Also, with this huge influx of young partiers and revelers, comes reckless driving and an increase in auto accidents. Sheriff's deputies in Walton and Okaloosa counties plan to greet the college students with a polite smile and a firm zero tolerance for underage drinking. "We're going to have spotters on the boardwalks," said Catherine Rodriguez, spokeswoman for the Walton County Sheriff's Office. "We're going to have deputies walking within the crowds." Both agencies said they plan to continue their 2014 crackdown on everything from rowdy behavior and crowd control to littering and drunk driving. "Our message to spring breakers is we want them to enjoy the wonderful things our area has to offer, but expect them to do so in a lawful, safe, and respectful manner," said Nicole Wagner, spokeswoman for the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office. Wagner said the OCSO won't be expanding its spring break coverage but will use a combination of beach, marine and traffic patrols to keep visitors safe.

Car Accident Technology Making Cars Safer and Saving Lives

Car accidents will not stop from happening in the foreseeable future. But, after a year of thousands upon thousands of recalls following bad car accidents, good news comes out of the automotive industry.  The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently issued a report that found the chances of dying while riding in a recent model vehicle have fallen by more than 1/3 in the past three (3) years. Among 2011 models, a record nine (9) vehicles have driver death rates of zero. However, there is a large gap between the safest and riskiest models of vehicles. In fact, there are three (3) cars that have death rates exceeding 100 per million registered vehicle years.

Two Bicycle Accidents In Fort Walton Beach

The NWFL Daily News reports that there were two bicyclists who were struck in two separate accidents this past Saturday in Fort Walton Beach. What makes it more tragic...the bicyclists were crossing in a CROSSWALK. The accidents were only a few hours and less than a mile apart. Around noon, at Hollywood Boulevard and Robinwood Drive, 61-year-old male was riding his bicycle in the marked pedestrian crosswalk when he was struck by a 2001 white Lincoln. He was flown via life flight to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola where his condition is listed as stable. An eighty one year old female of Fort Walton Beach, was driving the Lincoln. She was cited for failure to yield. Later Saturday evening around 5:30 p.m., at the entrance of Uptown Station, another bicyclist was struck. A 60 year old male of Fort Walton Beach was crossing on his bicycle when he was hit. In a silver, 2008 Infiniti, a 19-year-old entered the marked crosswalk, striking the bicyclist. The young male was cited for unlawful window tint, which was a contributing factor to the crash according to the Fort Walton Beach Police Department press release. This injured bicyclist was taken to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center for treatment, but was later released.Battlion Chief Gene Large with the Fort Walton Beach Fire Department said while accidents involving cyclists are far too common, it is uncommon to have two crashes occur in crosswalks.

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