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Accidents Involving Large Trucks Can Be Deadly

By Rinaldo Law Group |

The majority of 18-wheeler drivers are competent and perform their jobs well. However, all it can take for an accident to occur is one moment of lapsed attention – and given the weight and velocity of most large trucks, the fallout from a crash can be deadly. If you have been injured in an… Read More »

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Who Is Considered A Pedestrian On Florida Roads?

By Rinaldo Law Group |

Florida state law describes pedestrians as people who are “afoot,” but this can be confusing for the average person. “Afoot” implies only people who are walking qualify, but in reality, Florida recognizes people who use wheelchairs, skateboarding or rollerskating as pedestrians as well. If you get into an accident with a car or truck… Read More »

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What Is Florida’s Dangerous Instrumentality Doctrine?

By Rinaldo Law Group |

It is not uncommon for people to allow their friends or family to borrow their vehicle, but what many do not know is that in Florida, they may still be on the proverbial hook if their friend or family member negligently causes an accident. Florida observes what is known as the dangerous instrumentality doctrine,… Read More »

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Drug Rehab Facilities Often Exploit Their Patients

By Rinaldo Law Group |

A Lake City woman was recently convicted of conspiracy to commit fraud for running an insurance scheme out of the drug rehab facilities she owned and operated. The woman allegedly “lured” well-off patients to stay at her sober homes, and then subjected them to medically unnecessary tests, in turn making fraudulent claims to their… Read More »

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Keep Your Eyes On The Road In Florida

By Rinaldo Law Group |

Auto accidents happen every day in Florida, for a variety of reasons. However, what many people are not aware of is that some car accidents are caused simply by a swerve, or a failure to maintain one’s lane. Even small movements or lapses in attention when driving a car can lead to injuries and… Read More »

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Are Florida Parents Liable For Their Minor Children’s Negligence?

By Rinaldo Law Group |

Normally, individuals are not held responsible for the negligent actions of third parties unless they have a special relationship, and a parent/child relationship is one of the few that qualifies. This has led to what are known as parental responsibility laws, which exist in some form in almost every U.S. state. Florida has its… Read More »

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Can I Use My Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Insurance After A Pedestrian Accident?

By Rinaldo Law Group |

For several reasons, accidents involving vehicles and pedestrians are depressingly common in Florida, particularly in urban areas. If you are injured by a negligent driver while out and about, you have the right to seek monetary compensation from their personal injury protection (PIP) insurer for the damage you have suffered. However, too many drivers… Read More »

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Florida Accidents Involving Passenger Buses

By Rinaldo Law Group |

There are countless types of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) on Florida roads, including delivery trucks, tractor-trailers, movers’ vehicles, and all types of buses. While the majority of CMVs are driven safely and responsibly, accidents do happen, and those involving buses tend to be among the most severe. They are also among the most complex… Read More »

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Tractor Trailer Accidents On Florida Roads

By Rinaldo Law Group |

Tractor-trailers, also called semi-trucks or big rigs, are some of the most potentially dangerous vehicles on Florida roads. While the majority of tractor-trailers are operated safely and driven by well-trained professionals, the fact remains that unlike with automobiles, one small error on the part of the truck driver may be enough to trigger a… Read More »

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Have You Been Struck By A Distracted Driver?

By Rinaldo Law Group |

Whether you are in a passenger vehicle, big rig, motorcycle, or on your feet, the specter of distracted drivers on Florida roads is a disturbing one. It is easy to feel protected to the point of immortality, particularly if you have never been in a car crash before. However, a driver operating their vehicle… Read More »

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