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CAR ACCIDENT INJURIES CAN INVOLVE WALKING

Whether walking, driving, or even being parked alongside the road, car accident injuries can occur at any time, at any place, and to anyone. That’s why they are called “accidents.” If you find yourself in a situation where you have been involved in a pedestrian accident, a tractor-trailer accident, car accident injuries, or any other type of accident situation that is someone else’s fault, consider calling a personal injury attorney. We have seen a lot over the years, and we have the experience and knowledge to help you maneuver through the court system, if necessary. We want to ensure you know your rights, and that you have the mechanisms of law that are available to you to help you recover from such a traumatic event.

WALKING CAN BE DANGEROUS TO YOUR HEALTH

St. Petersburg police reported Monday, March 20, that a Pinellas County high school student was hit by a car while she was crossing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. North Street on foot. Alina Marie Perez, 17, was struck by a red Buick Rendezvous. She received serious injuries less than a mile from Northeast High School where she was a sophomore. Sadly, Perez died from the injuries sustained during that accident. Police are looking for witnesses in this case as it is believed someone riding a scooter or motorcycle may have seen what happened.

The Florida State Highway Patrol reported that a 56-year-old man received serious injuries when struck by a hit-and-run driver in St. Petersburg on Wednesday, March 22. The injured man, Robert Klimczak, was walking west of 28th Street North, on the shoulder of 44th Avenue North, when hit by a vehicle traveling west. The vehicle then left the scene of the accident. Klimczak was listed in serious condition at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg when transported there for treatment.

MOTORCYCLISTS NEED TO TAKE SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS

A motorcyclist traveling at a high rate of speed suffered life-threatening injuries when thrown 90 feet on Tuesday, March 21, after colliding with a passenger car. The driver of the 2012 Nissan made a left turn onto 33rd Avenue North in front of the motorcyclist. The Saint Petersburg Police felt that due to the high rate of speed at which the motorcyclist was traveling, he couldn’t stop; hence the 90 feet in the air. This accident occurred on Tyrone Blvd. and the severely injured man was transported to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg for treatment. Sadly, the 21-year-old motorcyclist, David Lee Jeffrey, succumbed to his injuries and passed away.

INTERSTATE 75 CRASH CLAIMS FOUR LIVES

On March 19, a deadly crash involving three vehicles occurred in Alachua County. According to the Florida State Highway Patrol, a disabled tractor-trailer sitting on the side of the road was rear-ended when a passenger vehicle carrying four persons veered off the road and struck it. The third vehicle became involved when struck by flying debris from the crash. The driver of the third vehicle, 52-year-old St. Pete resident Thon Dexter Rice, did not report receiving any injuries. The driver of the parked tractor-trailer rig, 55-year-old Alton Lucius Gravely, was unhurt. The four persons in the passenger vehicle had not been identified yet at the time of this article.

Under the Recent Verdicts tab on our website, you can see just a sampling of some of the recent cases we have tried, including automobile collisions. We handle a variety of cases and, today, more than ever before, it is crucial that you find a personal injury attorney who has experience in handling similar cases all the way to trial, and one who stays on top of the continuously evolving field of personal injury law.


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TRAFFIC SIGNALS AND SPEED BUMPS IN ST. PETE

The Stormwater, Pavement and Traffic Operations Department is responsible for maintaining the traffic signal systems and roadways in St. Petersburg. Traffic signals and speed bumps are for the direct purpose of helping provide a safe and smooth traffic flow on and around streets and roadways. When traffic moves in orderly fashion, everything should flow smoothly and there shouldn’t be any problems, right? In an ideal world. We do not, however, live in an ideal world, and when accidents happen, that’s the time to call a personal injury attorney.

TRAFFIC SIGNALS

More than a dozen traffic signals are getting a makeover around Saint Petersburg. The artistically-designed wraps are thanks to the efforts of the Clearwater Arts Alliance. Some of the funding has been courtesy of the City Council, while others have been the recipients of grant monies slated for this project. Local artists Liz Smith, Tim Boatright, Don Gillespie, and Ray Paul are a few of those creating the tropical and floral designs. The Traffic Operations Manager for Clearwater reviews and gives the “green light” for which signals receive the beautification process.

Watch the following intersections for more colorful traffic signals to appear: Druid Road at Hercules Avenue, Clearwater Beach near Pier 60, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Street and Missouri Avenue, Fort Harrison at Jeffords, Drew Street at Osceola, Cleveland and Osceola, Sunset Point Road and Belleview Road, and State Road 580 at Countryside Blvd.

SPEED BUMPS (or SPEED HUMPS)

If you have traffic speeding through your residential area, you are likely concerned about the safety of children at play, as well as any elderly citizens that might take a little longer to cross a street. As well, pets that might untimely dart into the street are also a concern. Getting approval for a speed bump to be placed in your street can be a long process. First, neighborhood residents must circulate a petition and gather signatures to ensure a majority of the residents are in agreement. Neighborhood meetings should be held so that everyone has an opportunity to voice his/her opinion. Traffic studies will also need to be performed. Once all the proper procedures have been followed and the speed bump has been approved for installation, the process almost always goes forward and the speed bump will then be installed.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

The SeeClickFix website covering St. Petersburg and Pinellas County offers a forum where residents can report traffic issues and concerns and have them addressed and “fixed.” You can report potholes, malfunctioning traffic signals, and other community issues, such as nuisance graffiti, along with concerns about potential businesses operating without a proper license. The Mayor’s Action Center seems to be on top of addressing problems when divulged through this website so it could be a useful tool.

Will the colorful traffic signal designs help reduce speeding violations? There aren’t any statistics on that yet, but it is possible that more attention could be drawn to them. Hopefully, people will pay more attention to the colors in the middle of the traffic signal than the aesthetic theme that frames them. In the meantime, our St. Petersburg intersections look more aesthetically pleasing now, don’t you think? If you are involved in a car accident, speak with a personal injury attorney to ensure all your rights are protected.


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Injured in a Hotel? Can You File a Lawsuit? Ask a Personal Injury Attorney

If you or a loved one have been injured in a hotel, the results can be quite devastating. Now that you have come to terms with it, you can begin to ask the right questions of the right people here in St. Petersburg because you might just be able to collect compensation to cover the financial, as well as emotional, losses that come with such injuries.

A slip and fall or other injury occurring in a hotel can be very troubling. Aside from the obvious embarrassment that often accompanies situations like these in such a public place, falls can often lead to broken bones, damaged tendons, dislocations, fractures, or even permanent damage to the neck or back. That can mean time away from work, the loss of a job, compounding medical expenses, and fear of your future financial position. For these reasons, it is not uncommon for people injured in hotels to seek the advice of a personal injury attorney. It is possible that you may have a claim against the hotel chain, some other business, or even the landlord.

If you have been injured in a hotel in an accident, whether on vacation or there for business reasons, you should write down anything and everything you remember about the incident. Immediately take some pictures with your phone of what you slipped on, the area, lighting, and so forth. If you lost consciousness and someone was there with you at the time, ask that person to do the same. The more you can tell the attorney, the better equipped he or she will be to evaluate how much your case may be worth. People are often not able to make a claim for injuries if they have no idea what they had slipped on or cannot show, somehow, that the danger had been there for an “unreasonable” amount of time. This is why it is so important to take pictures and speak to an attorney right away.

It is important to understand that the court will require three things from you before your case will be considered and before any kind of financial compensation can be sought.

    #1. Negligence. Some person or company must have done something wrong. The list of things required from landowners or companies can vary depending on why you were on the property.
    #2. Damages. You must have suffered a real injury or damage. These can include physical Injuries, such as broken bones, pulled or strained neck or back, surgeries and any resulting medical bills, and work-related losses as well, such as lost wages and/or inability to perform the same work-related tasks in the future. All these factors will be considered.
    #3. Causation. In order for the case to be successful, you must also prove that the injury was caused by this specific incident. If you plan to make a claim against or sue a hotel, they might try to claim that your injuries were pre-existing.

If you believe you have a case that could meet these criteria, then it certainly cannot hurt to speak with a personal injury attorney in Saint Petersburg. Bring along the notes, photographs, and any other evidence that you may have that could prove useful to the attorney. He or she will likely ask a lot of questions about what occurred, including how, when, where, and why it happened. The lawyer will also want to know the specifics about your injuries and the care that you have received before and after the incident. If you have lost wages, been forced to relinquish your job, or will not be able to continue to do the work going forward, be sure that this is discussed as well. All of this information will be considered by the attorney, as he or she tries to determine what your case might be worth, and whether or not you have a valid claim that can be brought to the courts if negotiations fail.


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Personal Injury Law: Tips for Hiring an Attorney for your Case

If you have suffered a personal loss at the hands of a negligent person or business, then you have likely considered filing a personal injury lawsuit to get the compensation that you need to cover financial losses, and, perhaps, to ease the more substantial harms suffered. There are several factors that you will want to consider before hiring an attorney in St. Petersburg who will best represent your case.

You’ll obviously want to consider what level of experience the attorney and the law group have in cases like yours. While a lawyer might have been in business for a decade or longer, that doesn’t necessarily mean that he or she will be a good fit. Your case may be unusual and unlike the typical cases they ordinarily oversee. It may be possible to get references for the attorneys that you are considering or look at online reviews. It is also helpful to ask very pointed questions. This is not done to put an attorney on the defensive, but rather to learn more about the specific situations that he/she has been involved with in the past. What is involved in filing a case like yours? Is it likely to go to court? Is it likely to go to trial? Has the attorney taken a case like yours before a jury in the past? How long ago? How did it turn out? What damages does he or she believe you will be awarded for your suffering? On what does he or she base this number? Asking questions like this can tell you a great deal about what level of experience the lawyer has with situations like yours.

Another advantage of having such a conversation with an attorney is that it will allow you to determine how well your personalities mesh. You don’t want to be represented by someone who you don’t feel comfortable with. There should be a good rapport that makes you feel confident in his or her ability to speak on your behalf, but that also leads you to believe that the meetings and phone conversations that take place in the meantime will be comfortable and informative.

At some point during the initial conversation, the topic of money will likely arise. In Saint Petersburg, it is typical for a personal injury attorney to offer services with the expectation that payment will be received only if the case is won. This “contingency fee” type of payment arrangement is the most common. However, the attorney should be able to explain exactly what services those funds will pay for, what percentage of the award will be collected by the attorney, and how he handles the costs that arise. If you don’t feel comfortable with the arrangement, or you don’t fully understand the services to be rendered, consider talking to other attorneys until you find one that makes you feel more at ease.

There is likely some area of your life, work, hobby or other passion, that you have a much better understanding of than the average person. You will have likely found that you have to change the lingo that you use when talking about that topic based on who you are speaking with. If it is someone who works in the same field, or enjoys the same hobby, or shares your same passions, then you might use words that are specific to that topic, which the average person may not understand. The same is true for personal injury attorneys. There are many legal terms that are regularly used in this profession, but that doesn’t mean that someone unfamiliar with legal processes would understand those words or phrases. Your attorney should be able to explain everything in layman’s terms, so you have a clear understanding of everything that must take place.

The most important factor to consider when hiring a lawyer is simply how comfortable that person makes you feel. If you don’t feel comfortable speaking with him or her about the facts of your case, then you will be less apt to give all the pertinent information and there is a greater chance that obstacles will arise as a result.


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