Truck Accidents

Truck drivers play an important role in the US. Most truck drivers are qualified, follow the rules, and get enough rest. Unfortunately, some drivers and businesses disregard or violate trucking rules. They prioritize profitability and personal comfort over the safety and well-being of other drivers on the road while neglecting truck accident law. These choices can lead to terrible truck accidents.

If you have been involved in a truck accident, contact Anthony-Smith Law for a free consultation. Call us at 407-299-8589 or CALL CORETTA 321-900-HELP.

Truck drivers must exercise reasonable caution when operating tractor-trailers. However, there are significant differences between a truck accident and a car accident. The most obvious disparity between truck and car accidents is that trucking accident injuries are typically more severe. The sheer size of a semi-truck increases the likelihood of a victim suffering life-changing injuries.

Trucking businesses and drivers are subject to more stringent regulations than regular drivers. They must comply with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, in addition to normal traffic restrictions. These guidelines are intended to oversee the trucking industry and keep the public safe.

Because the nature of their business can be risky, trucking businesses are obliged by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to maintain high levels of liability insurance coverage. Most accident victims and truck drivers have no clue how much a Florida semi-truck accident claim may be worth, and they are astonished to learn that the stakes are so high—frequently in the hundreds of thousands and sometimes in the millions.

There are a number of common causes of truck accidents, including:

  • The driver lacks the necessary experience and training.
  • The truck was too large.
  • The truck was overburdened.
  • The truck’s brakes were not properly maintained.
  • Poor vision was caused by weather conditions, such as rain, snow, or fog.
  • Reflectors, safety lights, and warning devices were not functioning properly.
  • The driver felt tired or drowsy as a result of driving for too long without stopping.
  • The trucker driver operates their vehicle in an aggressive fashion. 
  • Poor road conditions are present.
  • The truck driver fails to yield to oncoming traffic on the highway
  • The driver has been drinking alcohol or using drugs.

If you have been involved in a truck accident, contact Anthony-Smith Law in Orlando for a free legal consultation. There are time-sensitive pieces of information that are critical to your claim, so contact our truck accident law firm right away. Call us at 407-299-8589 or CALL CORETTA 321-900-HELP.

Motorcycle Accidents

The scenery in Florida is beautiful, and the weather is frequently pleasant –  a wonderful mix for a delightful, fun-filled motorcycle ride. However, these rides can quickly turn lethal on the road, resulting in catastrophic accidents and terrible personal injuries. 

The failure of motorists to identify and acknowledge motorbikes in traffic is the most prevalent cause of motorcycle accidents. A motorcycle can be hard to see and may be in the driver’s blind area. The most dangerous circumstance for motorcycle riders happens when vehicles make a left turn. This accounts for 42 percent of all motorcycle-car accidents, and head-on collisions account for 56 percent of motorcycle accident deaths. 

Other elements that contribute to accidents include motorcycle lane splitting, speeding, alcohol usage, road dangers, unexpected stops, and motorbike flaws. Motorcycle accidents can leave life-altering injuries that need a lifetime of costly care. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a motorcycle accident, contact Anthony-Smith Law for a free first consultation. We will fight for the justice and restitution you deserve.

What to Do After a Bike Accident

Depending on the degree of your injuries, the next stages can be tough. Remember that your first priority right after the accident should always be your own safety and the safety of anyone else involved. After that:

Examine yourself for injuries – Make sure everyone is safe if you can move without causing more injury to yourself. If someone is hurt and needs medical assistance, dial 911 right away.

Get off the highway – Get out of harm’s way and to a safe spot. To warn oncoming vehicles, use hazard lights, flares, or any other safe form of warning.

Call the cops – Call the police if someone is hurt or property has been destroyed. The police report might help you recover damages to your motorbike, clothes, or injuries. Obtain identifying information about the officer and a copy of the police report.

Collect information – Exchange information with the other drivers. Take photographs of the automobiles’ license plates, the site of the collision, the road conditions, speed restrictions, and other road signs with your cell phone.

Speak with witnesses and obtain contact information – If possible, talk to witnesses as soon as possible following the accident. Make a note of the information. Memories fade rapidly.

Don’t accept responsibility – Immediately following an accident, the actual cause of the accident is frequently unknown. Accidents might be frightening, but be cautious about what you say. You don’t want your remarks to have bad implications later on.

Consult a Florida motorcycle accident law firm.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, please contact Anthony-Smith Law to schedule an appointment with one of our expert Motorcycle Attorneys. Allow us to evaluate your claim at our free initial appointment to see whether you have a case. We will battle to protect you.

 

Slip-and-Fall Accidents

Slip-and-fall injuries or trip-and-fall incidents can happen anywhere and at any time, including in a store, workplace, sidewalk, or nursing home. It is a common injury that generally occurs as a consequence of someone else’s negligence and comes at a high cost to the victim. These expenses can include missed income, unanticipated out-of-pocket medical bills, discomfort, temporary or permanent disability, a lower quality of life, and death. 

When property owners or other responsible parties ignore hazardous circumstances, resulting in an injury-causing fall, the victim can often collect compensation for these injuries. Orlando’s Anthony-Smith Law’s skilled and well-trained slip-and-fall injury attorneys can seek compensation from negligent property owners to cover medical costs, lost earnings, and other losses. Please contact us right away for a free introductory consultation. We are ready to defend your rights.

How Slip-and-Fall Injuries Occur

Slip-and-fall injuries, according to the United States Department of Labor (USDOL), account for the majority of general accidents and are a prominent cause of personal injury claims. According to the Office of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), it is the second leading cause of death after those that are vehicle-related. Falls account for more than 17% of all debilitating occupational injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 20% to 30% of persons involved in falls receive moderate to serious injuries. Falls usually result in fractured bones, but they can also result in catastrophic injuries, such as traumatic brain injury (TBI) and spinal cord damage.

Slipping and falling can happen practically everywhere. Nonetheless, there are specific situations and locales where this sort of disaster is more likely. The National Safety Council (NSC) advises property owners to reduce slip, trip, and fall risks.

Common causes of slip-and-fall accidents include:

  • Wet and slick flooring
  • Floors that are cluttered
  • Ruined floors and stairwells
  • Insufficient illumination
  • Ruined sidewalks
  • Potholes and ditches
  • Cracks in the sidewalk
  • Pavement that is uneven or gravel

The following are common places for slips, trips, and falls:

On level walking surfaces, 70% of people slip-and-fall (HOTELS, NURSING FACILITIES, BUSINESSES, PRIVATE HOMES, PLAYGROUND, STADIUMS)

90% of people die at churches and worship places (CHURCHES, SYNAGOGUES, CATHEDRALS, STAIRS)

16% of workers’ compensation claims (BUSINESS, WORKPLACE)

Expenditures linked with workplace injuries account for 26% of total costs (WORKPLACE)

In an average restaurant, there are 3-9 slip-and-fall accidents (RESTAURANTS, CAFETERIAS)

Every year, $450 million is spent to fight against fall claims.

The most common injuries occur in the neck, back, and spinal cord regions. Depending on the location and intensity, the effect might be chronic pain, possibly for the remainder of a person’s life.

Slip-and-fall incidents involving ladders, machinery, and flooring cause neck injuries. Neck injuries can also be caused by water on the floor, invisible wires, or other objects.

Most workplace impairments are caused by back injuries, which can occur as a consequence of a single slip-and-fall or as a result of a series of slips and falls. Back discomfort can occur suddenly or gradually worsen over time. Back injuries can affect ligaments, muscles, vertebrae, or spinal discs.

Slip-and-fall incidents to the spine frequently result in lifelong impairment, such as partial or total paralysis. Slip-and-fall injuries can cause spinal cord injuries in construction workers, marine workers, warehouse and plant employees, and others.

These accidents can have serious repercussions. You may be forced to pay for lengthy and expensive medical treatments and rehabilitation. Your ability could be impaired, and you could endure continuous pain. You may demand further recompense for your injuries in addition to workers’ compensation or other insurance claims. Insurance companies will try to provide you with the bare minimum for your injuries, but you are entitled to more.

Allow our Florida slip-and-fall injury attorneys to assist you in pursuing more.

Liability for Premises

You should defend your rights if you were injured in a slip-and-fall accident on someone else’s property. You might have a claim if the property owner’s carelessness caused your fall, such as by failing to clean up a spill. When you visit someone else’s property, you do not expect to get hurt, meaning that the property owner (or tenant) is responsible for keeping the surroundings reasonably safe. This is referred to as premises responsibility. Accidents that result in premises liability lawsuits include a slip-and-fall on a public walkway, an injury on a theme park attraction, a pool drowning, or negligent security. Anthony-Smith Law’s competent, well-trained slip-and-fall injury attorneys will provide you with the personal attention you need. Contact us today for a no-obligation consultation.

Pedestrian Accidents

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 5,000 pedestrians die each year in motor vehicle-related incidents. Almost 76,000 pedestrians were injured when hit by a car or truck in 2012. Victims of pedestrian-related accidents can suffer minor to significant injuries and even death since they are not protected by the metal frame of a car. 

The pedestrian and driver’s duty of care contributes considerably to these sorts of incidents. Drivers and pedestrians must obey traffic laws and exhibit reasonable caution. Driver negligence is a common cause of pedestrian accidents. Such negligence can include:

  • Distracted driving caused by a vehicle passenger or mobile phone
  • Driving when distracted by another passenger or a cell phone
  • Speeding
  • Failing to give pedestrians the right-of-way in crosswalks
  • Ignoring traffic signs or signals
  • Turning without signaling
  • Driving while intoxicated (DUI)

Among the most common reasons that contribute to pedestrian irresponsibility are:

  • Ignoring the don’t walk signal at a crosswalk
  • Improper entrance into traffic that disrupts the flow of transportation
  • Failing to use crosswalks
  • Darting in front of a car

If you are engaged in a pedestrian collision, you should:

  • Call the police or 911 right away.
  • Stay at the accident scene until aid comes.
  • Gather any witnesses’ names and phone numbers (cell phone cameras are useful tools and allow you to take pictures)
  • Not make any statements to anybody, including other drivers or insurers
  • Contact Anthony-Smith Law for assistance

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a pedestrian accident, call Anthony-Smith Law’s well-trained and educated team of attorneys for a free initial examination of your claim. You might be entitled to compensation for your injuries. We will fight for your rights.

Medical Malpractice

Anthony-Smith Law’s medical malpractice attorneys in Florida assist individuals in obtaining maximum compensation after medical errors.

At Anthony-Smith Law, we provide comprehensive, professional, and committed legal assistance to victims of medical negligence. All patients who get treatment are at risk of consequences of medical errors, ranging from birth injuries to drug errors to failures to identify cancer.

Research has indicated that approximately 100,000 patients each year are victims of incorrect diagnosis and poor care as a result of preventable hospital errors. If you suspect you have been the victim of medical negligence, learn about your legal options and file a claim.

We provide free, individual consultations to victims of medical misconduct and their families. Contact us immediately to set up a consultation with one of our attorneys to see whether you have a legitimate medical malpractice claim to pursue.

Homeowners Insurance Claims Disputes

Do you regard insurance companies as a “necessary evil?” Has your house been damaged as a result of a hurricane or other severe weather for which you believed you were insured? Do you ever feel like you’ve struck a wall while talking with your insurance company? Have you had your claim dismissed or been offered a low settlement amount? 

If you try to bargain with your insurance carrier without the advice of a professional and experienced homeowners insurance attorney or law firm, you are in an area beyond your skill set. Many insurance firms hire a staff of professional lawyers whose goal is to save the insurance company money. You and the insurance company’s interests are at odds—you want maximum compensation, while your insurer wants minimum. YOU are our priority at Anthony-Smith Law. Make an appointment with one of our knowledgeable lawyers for a free introductory consultation. Allow us to defend your rights and recompense.

Coverage difficulties can be complex. If you believe your insurance provider is not treating you and your claim fairly, you can have grounds to sue. Make certain that you perform the following during the course of your claim:

Take careful notes throughout talks with insurance, repair, government, and other specialists. Get the representatives’ names and titles, and make a note of the dialogue.

Before any cleaning or repair work is done, take pictures of the damage. Take images of the fixes as well. Your case can benefit from any form of documentation.

After you employ an attorney, avoid communicating with the insurance company directly. You don’t want to say or do anything that might damage your lawsuit. Please direct all of the communication through your attorney.

Concentrate on drying/cleaning, preventing future damage, and having all damage assessed, measured, and quantified by trained, recognized, and independent professionals.

Flood insurance plans are not the same as house insurance policies.

Give your house and/or flood insurer an opportunity to do the right thing, but be prepared to speak up for yourself and seek assistance if you are not treated fairly—hire a home insurance attorney.

If a house or flood insurance adjuster tells you that your damage isn’t covered, but you believe it should be, seek an independent professional assessment before giving up on getting any or all of your claim settled.

For a free introductory consultation with a homeowners insurance attorney, contact Anthony-Smith Law. Allow one of our knowledgeable, well-trained attorneys to analyze your home’s insurance policy and fight for the respect and reimbursement you deserve.

For Further Reading:

United Policyholders: “Hiring an Attorney for an Insurance Claim”

FreeAdvice: “When to Hire a Home Insurance Lawyer to File a Lawsuit”