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Hands-free devices are not danger-free devices

Distracted driving is a problem not just in Florida, but everywhere across the country. Because almost every driver has a cell phone, many people look for safer ways to use their phones while behind the wheel. Contrary to what many people think, there really is no safe way to use a phone while driving, even with a hands-free device. 

Sometimes, people are lulled into a false sense of security when using a hands-free device. Just because a driver is looking out the window and has both hands on the wheel does not mean that his or her mind is on the task at hand. Cognitive distraction is dangerous and preventable.

The serious consequences of an accident involving a semi-truck

Trucks are critical to the American economy, transporting goods and services across the country. While the men and women employed in this industry are typically highly trained and safe drivers, mistakes can happen, and as a result, serious accidents occur. In many cases, accidents involving semi trucks are more serious than those involving only passenger vehicles.

Florida truck accidents often result in serious consequences, but they can also be extremely complicated to investigate, and claims resulting from truck accidents are hard to prove. If you suffered injuries in a truck accident, you need a legal professional on your side, advocating for your interests and fighting for your recovery. 

Vacation injuries may leave you with legal concerns

You likely look forward to your vacation time every year. No matter what activities you choose to participate in while on vacation, having the ability to enjoy time to yourself away from the worries of work often proves relaxing. Unfortunately, while vacations may provide protections from the stressors of work, getting out of your usual routine does not necessarily protect you from the possibility of suffering harm in an accident.

As a result, you could find yourself experiencing physical and mental difficulties as well as wondering how an out-of-state accident could affect your legal options.

Parasailing laws do not address the real safety issues

On a beautiful morning, you and a friend decided to go parasailing. Maybe it was something you always wanted to try - gliding through the air above the waters - and this vacation to Florida was the perfect time to try. Yes, maybe it was a little breezy, but the captain didn't seem bothered as he buckled the harness around you.

Then something went wrong. The harness broke or the winds flung you into the water, and you ended up in the back of an ambulance on your way to the hospital. Your injury brings a tragic end to your vacation.

Florida boating injury numbers are the highest in the nation

The State of Florida averages more than 200 sunny days per year. The warm weather lends itself to enjoying the great outdoors, and for Floridians that means water recreation. There's nothing quite like relaxing on a luxury boat or romping the ocean on a jet ski.

Unfortunately, some people lose sight of the fact that the sea can be as dangerous as it is beautiful. The recent death of the Miami Marlins' 24-year-old pitcher Jose Fernandez in a tragic late-night boating accident is a reminder of just how quickly things can change on the water.

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