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How Dangerous Are Elderly Drivers?

WJHG Channel 7 reports there was a tragic accident that occurred on last Tuesday night where one individual lost his life. The traffic crash happened in Calhoun County when a 71 year old man from Altha driving a Camry rolled through a stop sign and into the path of a Dodge Durango. The Durango hit the driver's side of the Camry and the elderly man did not survive his injuries. It happened at the intersection of County Road 274 and Porter Road just after 7 p.m. The elderly man's passenger and the two people in the Durango suffered injuries too.

Florida Senate To Address 'Ride-Sharing' Issues

ridesharing-thumb-350x262-68692.jpg As you know from looking at prior posts, I am fascinated with the legalities of Uber, Lyft  and the whole concept of ride-sharing programs here in Florida. As a personal injury attorney, I see many risks that could happen while ride-sharing. Not surprisingly, so does the Florida legislature. Currently, the Florida Senate and House are in Committee before the Legislature officially kicks off their 2016 season on March 1, 2016. There are two proposed bills going through the Florida House and Senate that are addressing these ride-sharing companies are quite different. This past fall, we saw a series of Uber issues vying for position heading down the legislative session straightaway. Now, the Florida House settled on HB 509, the bill being pushed by our local Rep. Matt Gaetz. The proposed bill, which passed 108-10 with no debate, would prevent local governments from regulating the self-described transportation network companies.

Client Communication And Conflict

It is a part of the job for us, conflict. In many ways, it is second nature. It is a struggle for many of our clients to understand when they start and maneuver through their case with us. We deal with various forms of conflict on a regular basis; it's negotiating a settlement, arguing for our client in court, going toe to toe with opposing counsel in a brief or in a hearing. What can be challenging for a lawyer or even our clients is unnecessary conflict. Sometimes our clients will see unnecessary conflict at mediation or even at trial. It is important for not only us but also our clients to remember is to constantly communicate with us as they observe what they might observe as unnecessary conflict but for us is necessary conflict as we step up to argue for our client in various situations. As lawyers, we have to assess the defendant, the defendant's lawyer, the judge, a mediator, various parties that may play a part in our client's case and figure out how to communicate with them and keep the conflict as beneficial to our client as possible. Here are some of the Communication Styles we see on a daily basis, and based on these styles, we have to negotiate differently to be effective for our clients. It is good for our clients to be able to assess these styles too. The Florida Justice Association recently posted an article on communicators and we at Brannon & Brannon thought it would beneficial for our clients to read. Communication Styles

Pedestrian Accidents On The Rise

WEAR Channel 3 reports that a good Samaritan was struck and killed by a passing vehicle while assisting a motorcyclist who had just lost control of his bike. The Florida Highway Patrol reports the accident occurred around 3:25 a.m. Sunday near Port Orange. Sgt. Kim Montes said the 23-year-old motorcyclist was thrown off his bike and onto the northbound lane of U.S. Highway 1. Subsequently, a 33-year-old female from New Smyrna Beach stopped to help. Montes said that while the female was kneeling over the victim, both were struck by a car driven by a 52-year-old male of Daytona Beach. A second car driven by a 39-year-old female from Port Orange struck the motorcyclist. Both were declared dead at the scene. The motorcyclist's name hasn't been released, pending notification of family. An investigation continues.

Studies Show An Increase In Gym Injuries

We are only one month into 2016 and for most of us getting into shape is one of the goals for this year. Part of getting into shape is getting to the gym and lifting those weights and introducing cardio into our exercise regime. Whatever your fitness goals, getting injured surely isn't one of them. But according to a study from the University of Arkansas, there has been a 35 percent increase in gym injuries in recent years. As mentioned above, there is research that shows an increase in gym injuries and even treadmill injuries as shown below.

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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.

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