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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

Know Your Rights Under Florida Statutes

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Sep 3, 2019 12:45:00 PM

If you are injured because of another person’s or company’s negligence, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses caused by your injury under Florida statutes. However, these statutes for personal injury outline specific requirements for filing a personal injury claim in the state. Here is what you should know about Florida’s personal injury statutes if you are considering filing a case.

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Topics: Boating Accidents, Wrongful Death, Truck Accidents, Personal Injury Law, auto accident

Crash Erupts in Flames, Shuts Down I-75

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Dec 1, 2017 1:06:00 PM


A crash involving two semis erupted in flames early Friday morning. The accident occurred on I-75, two miles south of Newberry Road. The northbound and southbound lanes of the interstate were shut down for several hours, and were finally reopened at 11:48 a.m.

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Topics: Truck Accidents

Truck Crashes into Metal Band Adrenaline Mob's RV on I-75

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Jul 14, 2017 7:18:19 PM

A fatal accident occurred Friday afternoon, leaving one dead and six injured.

The crash occurred on the southbound side of I-75 near the Micanopy exit, when a tractor trailer veered off of the interstate, hitting an RV that had pulled off the highway due to a flat tire.

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Topics: Truck Accidents, I-75, RV Accidents

University of Florida Student Struck by Truck, Killed Friday Morning

Posted by Steven Bagen

Oct 28, 2016 4:15:00 PM

This morning was an unfortunate reminder of Florida’s status as the leader in the nation for bicycle deaths per capita.

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Topics: Pedestrian Accidents, Truck Accidents, Car, auto accident

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

Tracy Morgan Blamed For Car Accident Injuries

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Oct 1, 2014 9:03:00 AM

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Topics: Truck Accidents, Serious Accidents & Injuries

Tips for Driving in Florida's Inclement Weather

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Apr 3, 2014 2:59:00 PM

It is always important to be very conscientious when driving in inclement weather. An issue that may ordinarily be small can cause a big disaster. Good driving habits in harsh weather are necessary to avoidaccidents for short or long trips. Whether you're a driver of a motorcycle, big rig or anything in between, reviewing safety information is a good idea for drivers of all ages. Inclement weather should not be taken lightly.

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Topics: Car Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Bicycle Accidents, Truck Accidents

What to Know before Negotiating with an Insurance Company

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Jul 16, 2013 10:36:00 PM

In the unfortunate circumstance that you suffer from some mishap like a vehicle accident, property damage or personal injury from some unforeseeable cause or even if you are a victim of medical malpractice, you have the right to claim compensation from any insurance company where you hold the relevant policy. As soon as you submit your demand letter outlining the details of your claim, it is time to begin the long and arduous process of negotiation with insurance companies. Here are a few pointers on what to expect and how to best prepare with the issues you might face.

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Topics: Truck Accidents, Insurance Company

Am I Liable for my Child’s Car Accident?

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

May 20, 2013 11:02:00 PM

When parents give their child the keys to the family car to go and hang out with friends or buy them their own car, then several issues pertaining to the liability of the parents in the event that the child gets involved in an accident can arise. In some case scenarios, parents can be held personally responsible for an incident on the road, even if it’s quite clear that drugs or alcohol were involved. A court of law can hold you responsible if:

  • You live in the same house as your son or daughter and you are considered the head of the house.
  • The vehicle involved in the accident is the family leisure vehicle.
  • You gave express or implied permission to your child to drive the vehicle.

Sometimes parents can be implicated by the court and held responsible even if they live away from the house and were not present at the time of the accident. However, handing over the car keys does not automatically make you liable in the event of any accident. The driver, in the majority of cases, is held responsible for his or her own actions. Negligence is considered personal and that means the driver is at fault for his or her actions. The extent of liability of the parent will also depend on the state you live in. Some states seldom implicate parents while others are stricter.

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Topics: Car Accidents, Truck Accidents