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2020 Florida Car Seat and Booster Seat Laws and Safety Tips

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Mar 26, 2020 12:36:00 PM

It is a tragic fact that road accidents represent the leading cause of preventable injuries and deaths of children in our country. The numbers behind this preventability are sobering: When correctly used, a car seat or booster seat can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71%. One simple, yet essential piece of equipment can prolong the lives of children who have just begun to explore the world around us.

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Topics: Car Accidents, Wrongful Death, Car

What to Do When You Are Partially at Fault in a Car Accident

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Jan 21, 2020 5:31:00 PM

Six million car accidents happen in the United States every year. In 2019, roughly 198,000 crashes happened in Florida alone. That adds up to 542 crashes per day across the state! 

While some accidents have a clear-cut view of who was at fault in the accident, many do not.

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Topics: Car Accidents, Insurance Company

How to Avoid Debris in the Road

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Jan 9, 2020 2:15:00 PM

Hundreds of thousands of crashes happen because of debris in the road, however, there are steps you can take to minimize your risk of a debris-related crash. Take a look at these driving tips for dealing with objects in the road. How you react to these unexpected obstacles can make the difference between a simple swerve and serious injury.

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Topics: Car Accidents, Tips

The Basics of Florida’s Auto Insurance Laws

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Dec 18, 2019 8:30:00 AM

Auto insurance is the best way to protect yourself from potentially drastic financial burdens in the wake of an accident. The laws in the state of Florida mandate all vehicles registered in the state to carry an insurance policy with certain coverages to operate within the state. If you do not have car insurance, you could be subject to fees and the suspension of your vehicle or driving license.

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Topics: Car Accidents, Distracted Driving, Speeding Accidents, Truck Accidents, Car, Driving and Texting, Insurance Company, Drinking and Driving

8 Things You Need to Do After an Accident

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Oct 15, 2019 12:08:00 PM

Millions of accidents occur every year. No one expects to get into a car accident, so when an accident happens to you, it is all too easy to forget what you should do in the moments and days afterward⁠—especially if you were seriously injured in the accident.

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Topics: Car Accidents, Serious Accidents & Injuries, hit and run, auto accident, Gainesville

Personal Injury Protection: The Florida Requirement

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Aug 6, 2019 9:15:00 AM

If you have been involved in a car accident, you need to know about PIP insurance. PIP, or Personal Injury Protection, is the generic phrase used in Florida to describe the medical and wage coverage available for the policyholder and others to pay medical bills and lost wages after you have had a car accident.

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Topics: Car Accidents, Personal Injury, auto accident

25 of the Most Dangerous Cars Exposed

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Jan 4, 2019 8:30:00 AM

One very important thing to consider when in the market for a new vehicle is its safety rating. Crash tests are done on most of the vehicles sold in America each year; these tests are what the safety ratings are based upon. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), is a nonprofit research organization that performs several types of crash tests on vehicles.

 

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Topics: Car Accidents, Car

Help After a Fatal Car Accident

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Aug 28, 2018 11:27:01 AM

A car accident can upset your life, and an accident involving a fatality is especially tragic.

Fatal Crash Totals

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Topics: Car Accidents, Wrongful Death, auto accident

Gainesville Man Sentenced to 20 Years for DUI and Daughter’s Death

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Mar 18, 2016 3:16:24 PM

DUI’s are never pleasant to experience, but that holds even more true when fatalities are involved. The impacts of a DUI can be very far-reaching and Jeffrey Lee Ertle, 41, learned that the hard way.

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Topics: Car Accidents, News, Drinking and Driving, auto accident, DUI

Automotive Accidents: Assessing The Recent Disaster In Gainesville

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Dec 1, 2015 10:43:07 AM

Getting behind the wheel is always a gamble. Even perfect drivers can get seriously injured in an accident through no fault of your own. A recent crash on I-75 in Gainesville demonstrates just how dangerous driving can be, even under safe conditions.

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Topics: Car Accidents, Truck Accidents, auto accident, I-75