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Driver fleeing from prior accident causes fatal crash

Drivers in Sarasota and the surrounding areas can be involved in motor vehicle accidents without warning. These crashes can happen for many reasons, including drunk driving and distracted driving.

Often, these accidents lead to major injuries and fatalities. The circumstances of the accident must be examined to determine how and why it happened so those who were impacted can take the necessary steps to consider a legal filing for compensation. This is especially important when one of the drivers is known to have committed legal violations at the time of the accident.

What are your rights when a contractor doesn't do their job?

Whether you are in the process of building your own home or need to renovate or remodel parts of your house, the chances are good that you can't handle all of the work yourself. Some people rely on contractors to handle the entire process of building or remodeling. Others do some of the manual labor themselves and outsource the more skilled jobs, such as the installation or updating of plumbing or electrical wiring.

Regardless of how big the project is or how much responsibility you allocate to the contractor, you are generally dependent on them to follow through with the job as promised. Unfortunately, some contractors do mediocre work. Others outsource their job to poorly paid subcontractors without as much experience or skill. Some contractors will even accept a down payment for services and then never show up to work.

Catastrophic injuries in pedestrian accidents common in Florida

While walking is a way to improve one's health, save money on fuel costs and help the environment, Floridians should be cognizant of the inherent dangers to pedestrians in the state.

Catastrophic injuries and death can happen when a pedestrian is hit by a motor vehicle, and statistics indicate that nearly half of the most dangerous cities in the U.S. for pedestrians are in Florida. Sarasota and its surrounding areas are ranked fourth in the latest report. People who are walking regularly should be aware of this.

Don't accept lowball offers from insurance companies

One of the primary objectives you have after you are injured by another person's negligence is protecting your right to seek compensation. There are several ways that you can do this. Be sure that you are thinking carefully about everything you do because any small issues can lead to trouble when you are ready to make your claim.

Your attention to detail starts as soon as you get into the accident. From that point, you need to be hyper-vigilant about what you are saying and doing. You can't ever say or do anything that is going to make anyone around you think that you are claiming fault, even the smallest bit, for the accident. Things as seemingly innocent as "I'm sorry" can have a negative impact on your case.

Motorcyclist dies, passenger has catastrophic injuries in crash

Because Sarasota and the entire State of Florida has warm weather year-round, a number of people will enjoy taking to the state's roadways on a motorcycle. While this can be a fun activity, there are inherent dangers for riders and passengers. A motorcycle crash can lead to catastrophic injuries and death.

Often, these crashes occur because drivers are not paying attention to motorcyclists or fail to adhere to the law. When there is an accident, those who are affected must consider their rights to be compensated via a legal filing.

What can a remodeling contractor do when a client won't pay?

Working as a contractor typically means you have control over your own schedule. If you perform remodeling services, whether you upgrade tiling or update plumbing, you may have the luxury of selecting your clients and the projects that most interest you. Most people who operate their own businesses and are effectively self-employed do everything in their power to satisfy their customers.

Unfortunately, some people are never happy. These individuals could include perfectionists, who will find a flaw even with the most immaculate job. You can also receive intense scrutiny from scam artists who never intended to pay for the work. When that happens, you may have to take legal action to receive the payment you are due for the work you performed.

Multiple people suffer dog bite injuries outside Florida store

A great many people in Florida have dogs as pets and are friendly to animals they encounter even if it not theirs. Despite that, all animals must be cared for properly and people should be protected from danger if dogs are in the vicinity.

It is unfortunate that people are frequently confronted with dog bite injuries because of someone else's negligence. When this happens, there can be medical bills, long-term injuries and even fatalities. Understanding how to pursue compensation after being bitten by a dog may require legal assistance.

Life after a brain injury: The new normal

Life after a brain injury is complex and uncertain, especially when the injury is severe. Even in the case of a concussion, the impacts can be long-lasting. It is imperative that anyone who has this type of injury takes their time trying to heal so they can have the best outcome possible.

Many factors affect the type of impacts the victim will have after the accident. More serious effects can mean the person is unable to work, might need personal care assistance and could require extensive medical care.

Florida bicyclists are vulnerable to catastrophic injuries

Because Florida is warm year-round, people will take advantage of the climate to take part in outdoor activities. A popular one is riding a bicycle.

While bicycle riding is good for fitness, helps save money and care for the environment, there are inherent dangers with the activity.

Motorcyclists face a long recovery after a crash

Motorcycle wrecks are serious matters because the injuries are often life-threatening. The person on the motorcycle doesn't have anything to protect them from being injured except for their helmet and some clothing. People who are in other vehicles have the frame and body to offer some protection. Plus, they have seat belts to help them remain safe.

Injuries depend on the severity of the motorcycle accident. Minor accidents may cause broken bones and lacerations. More serious accidents might be fatal or result in head or spinal cord injuries. Even if the rider survives the crash, there may be some lifelong issues they have to deal with.

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