With the arrival of summer, many people in Fort Walton Beach and other cities in Florida will be heading out to spend time on their boats. Unfortunately, severe personal injury and even deaths occur each year when boating accidents follow incidents that might be regarded as mundane. Safety authorities say avoiding these events can prevent accidents on the water.
As the weather turns warmer, parents in Florida might plan visits to water parks. At the same time, water parks will be preparing facilities for the summer visitors who will soon turn up in their masses. Many visitors do not realize how dangerous wave pools, waterslides and wet walkways can be, especially when some adult patrons may be consuming alcohol. If such a day trip ends with a child in the hospital, the parents might be unsure about their rights to pursue legal action by filing a personal injury claim.
A Florida family recently announced their intention to file a premises liability lawsuit against the Miami-Dade County Federal Credit Union. A reward of $23,000 is on offer for information that could lead to the arrest of the shooter that killed a 47-year-old librarian last December. The family asserts that the bank failed to provide sufficient security to protect clients who use the ATM from suffering personal injury or be killed.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, most fatal rollover crashes in Florida and other states are single-vehicle wrecks. While driver negligence might play a primary roll in many rollovers, third parties could be responsible for personal injury or wrongful death that result. Other causes for rollovers could include vehicle malfunctions or defects, road conditions, unsafe work zones or the actions of other drivers, even if they are not involved in collisions.
Motorized e-scooters have provided people across the country with easier commutes, including in Florida. Sadly, many safety problems exist, and reports by the Fort Lauderdale Fire rescue indicate that 40 e-scooter-related accidents have been reported, and 31 of those led to personal injury requiring hospitalizations. One incident left the victim in a persistent vegetative state, and her mother has now announced her intention to file a lawsuit against Lime, which was the provider of the scooter that was involved in this accident.
A report about a court case against Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S. that was heard in a Florida court recently underscores the need for anyone who suffers an injury due to a property owner's negligence to gather as much evidence as possible. A woman from another state filed a personal injury claim against the establishment, alleging a food cart rolled over her foot at the restaurant while she was a visitor there in 2013. However, it appears the plaintiff failed to recognize the severity of the injury at first and gathered no evidence.
Pedestrians and bicyclists in Florida face multiple safety challenges, and the fact that they have no protection in the event of a crash makes them even more vulnerable. These road users can take precautions to limit the chances of suffering personal injury in an accident. The fact that cyclists and pedestrians are often hard to see -- especially by drivers of large vehicles such as buses or big rigs -- pose the most significant danger.
Accidents can happen to anyone, anytime and anywhere. Whether it is an automobile crash, a slip-and-fall accident or any other incident, the financial and emotional consequences are often significant. If another person's negligence caused personal injury, the civil justice system in Florida allows the victim to pursue financial relief. However, it could take months, or even years before the case goes to court, making the initial documentation of the injuries and the consequential expenses essential.
Bicycle enthusiasts in Florida face significant risks when they share the roadways with automobiles. The lack of protection bicyclists have, compared to those in enclosed vehicles, make riders much more vulnerable to suffer severe personal injury or worse. A tragic accident occurred on Nov. 25, during Thanksgiving weekend, killing two cyclists and injuring others.
While people in most other states prepare for the cold of winter, those in Florida expect buckets of sunshine that will favor outdoor activities. Motorcycle enthusiasts will continue to be present on the roadways, as they don't have to put their bikes in storage for the winter. However, the risks of personal injury they face will still exist, and safety authorities advise riders to take refresher safety courses even if they are experienced bikers.