Construction sites are one of the most dangerous work environments in Florida and across the country. Each day, construction workers risk their lives while performing their jobs. Though accidents happen everywhere all the time, those that occur in most workplaces, especially construction sites, are often the result of negligence, unsafe working conditions, defective work equipment, abuse of work tools and machinery or safety regulation violations.
Teenage mischief turned into a horrific tragedy in Florida on a recent Thursday. Several personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits might result from this early morning crash that happened in a stolen vehicle. Authorities say a boy and six girls were on a joyride when the driver lost control and rolled the car, leaving two dead and five injured.
Florida cities are typically filled with locals and tourists from all over the world, many of whom may not be familiar with traffic rules in Florida, and unfamiliar surroundings often cause distractions. Drivers of mopeds and scooters are as vulnerable as motorcycle riders and bicyclists. When they are involved in crashes, the circumstances that caused it typically put them in a motorist's blind spot, or even worse, a truck driver's blind spot. Many personal injury lawsuits follow such accidents.
The recent penalties issued to a utility contractor in Florida underscores the many ways in which employers expose their workers to life-threatening hazards. Too many workers suffer catastrophic injuries or even lose their lives due to business owners' noncompliance with federal safety regulations. While the fact that workers' compensation benefits are available may provide some comfort, it could never replace a lost limb or loved one.
The owners of waterparks and other extreme sports facilities in Florida and other states are responsible for the safety of patrons. This applies even when they have signed forms to release liability. Any negligence by such a person might lead to a wrongful death or personal injury claim. In fact, it might even give rise to criminal charges.