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Florida-based rebar company faces fines

Working on a construction site carries with it a certain amount of risk, but most of the time those tasked with maintaining site safety perform their job duties fully and competently. Still, at times job site accidents and injuries happen in construction zones in Florida and across the nation. Unfortunately, these types of situations can lead to severe injury or even death for workers.

Recently, the Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined a Florida-based company for a construction site accident that took place last fall. The incident involved a rebar form collapsing at a bridge construction site on Interstate 91 in September of 2014. The accident resulted in four workers suffering injuries and having to receive treatment at a hospital. One of the workers was seriously injured as the rebar cage gave way, but all four individuals have since recovered. The injuries included broken bones, contusions and internal injuries.

Are the occurrences of car accidents decreasing?

While on the road, the last thing Floridian want is an auto accident. It seems as if the causes of a car accident have been increasing in the last few decades. In addition to not following traffic regulations and drunk driving, drowsy driving and distracted driving have been added to the common causes of a car accident. Despite the added causes, both state officials and the federal government are putting a lot of effort into curbing accidents. The latest statistics may indicate that their efforts are bearing fruit.

What are the latest car accident statistics? According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, auto accident injuries decreased nationally by 2.5 percent in 2013 compared to the previous year. Despite the decrease, the figure represents more than 2.3 million accident injuries. The statistics for fatal car accidents are more recent. According to the NHTSA's fatality estimate for the first quarter of 2014, around 6,800 died in auto accidents, a 4.9 percent decrease from last year's more than 7,000 fatalities. The figures seem to follow a trend that shows auto accident fatalities declining over the last decade.

Driver faces charges for fatal bike accident in Florida

In addition to a helmet, elbow or knee pads and the clothes on their back, bicyclists have little protection when it comes to accidents. For this reason, bicyclists often sustain serious injuries after being involved in an accident. Other riders even lose their lives. This was the case in a hit-and-run bike accident that occurred in Florida last February. Fortunately, the driver responsible for the accident was finally arrested and charged.

The 32-year-old bicyclist, who was on his way home from work, was traveling north of Reynolds Road when he was rear ended by the pickup truck. The bicyclist was found in a ditch, 100 feet away from the accident scene, where he died. The driver of the vehicle did not stop his pickup truck after he hit the bicyclist. Witness accounts pointed to a 46-year-old man from Highland City as the driver of the pickup truck. When police found the man and his vehicle, the headlight and hood of the truck had been replaced. The man claimed that he had the parts replaced after hitting a deer.

What roles do insurers, providers play in workers' compensation?

When it comes to workers' compensation, attention is usually placed on the employer and the injured worker. Although both are important, two entities with important roles often get lost in the shuffle -- insurers and health providers. A Florida worker injured on the job or sustains an occupational illness or disease should be familiar with the roles of health providers and insurers in order to know the appropriate action to take when filing a workers' compensation claim or when problems with the claim arises.

What is the role of a healthcare provider? A healthcare provider is a skilled and recognized physician that will determine the medical condition of an employee who has filed a claim for workers' compensation benefits. A provider can also refer to a medical facility. The provider is responsible giving the worker the necessary treatment in order to promote better recovery. Workers do not need to pay the provider for medical services. The insurer will be responsible for covering the expenses on behalf of the worker.

Caring legal assistance for drunk driving accident victims

Drunk driving remains a perennial problem in Florida. The state, which consistently ranks fourth in terms of the number of auto accidents incurred yearly, does have specific laws in place to prevent and address drunk driving accidents. However, there are times when these policies are insufficient and additional action may be necessary. This is where our Gainesville-based law firm comes in.

Our law firm has a distinctive reputation of providing caring and client-centered, quality legal service while also being as aggressive as necessary. Our experienced lawyers include a Florida Board-certified Civil Trial Law specialist have helped countless victims of drunk driving accidents seek justice and the appropriate compensation. We have a long list of successful cases. These kinds of accidents can cause serious injuries like neck, spine and brain injuries. Besides the physical struggles, they can also incur financial injuries from medical expenses and lost wages.

How and why does distracted driving lead to auto accidents?

With the popularity of cellphones and then smartphones over the last decade, distracted driving has become a problem around the country, including Florida. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1,100 people are injured and more than nine people are killed every day in motor vehicle accidents that are directly caused by distracted driving.

How can distracted driving lead to an auto accident? Distracted driving increases the likelihood of accidents because it involves three separate tasks. First, a driver must take the person's eyes off road to text or read. Second, a driver often must let go of the steering wheel to type or use a cellphone or smartphone keyboard. Third, a driver mentally disengages from the act of driving to talk or type. Any one of these activities increases the chance an accident. Altogether, they practically invite trouble.

Federal statistics show cycling accidents too common in Florida

Florida residents ride bicycles for a variety of reasons. Some are sports enthusiasts, some want to help preserve the environment, some want to reap the health benefits of bicycle riding and some want to enjoy Florida's beauty up close. Regardless of why they ride, all of them need to remember to ride safely because they have no real protection against other vehicles. The same safety reminder also applies to motor vehicle drivers who encounter bicyclists.

According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some 49,000 cyclists were injured and 726 riders died in motor vehicle accidents in 2012. Bike accidents comprised 2.2 percent of all fatal traffic accidents in the country and increased by six percent over 2011. Florida's share of the total was approximately 17 percent with 122 fatalities and five percent of all fatal accidents in the state.

Florida retail workers need a holiday safety plan

With Black Friday and the start of the holiday buying season approaching, shopping malls and retail stores are expecting herds of Florida residents to flock to their establishments. While owners and managers build up merchandise stock and prepare their stores for increased business, retail workers can get lost in the shuffle. With stores packed with people and items, workers may not just face long and difficult work hours, but may also face the increased likelihood of workplace injuries.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is aware of the increased safety risk to retail workers during the holiday season. The agency recently addressed a letter to the largest retailers in the country to recommend that they provide the necessary precautions for the safety of retail workers. Black Friday crowds pushing and shoving their way to holiday bargains, in particular, have provided the impetus for unsafe working conditions in recent years. Both customers and retail workers can be injured in the process -- as evidenced by a case in 2008 when a worker died after being trampled by customers.

Fighting for Florida victims' rights in truck accidents

In many truck accidents fatalities occur because of the trucks' massive size and cargo. Those who survive truck accidents can still suffer serious injuries, and some are left permanently disabled. Besides the physical injuries, victims can also suffer from emotional and financial injuries as well. Our Gainesville law firm can fight for the rights of victims as they seek justice and appropriate compensation for their damages.

Truck driver errors can often be the cause of accidents. Driving a truck requires considerable skill, so drivers should remain alert, attentive and extra cautious at all times. When they fail to do so and cause injuries to others, our lawyers, who are Civil Trial Law Board certified specialists, can guide victims with all of their legal needs.

Drowsy driving suggests major factor in car accidents

When it comes to driving, impaired is impaired, whether that means driving under the influence of alcohol or driving while drowsy. Many Florida residents, like many other Americans, have driven while nearly asleep-and even fallen asleep. However, concern is growing nationwide that drowsy driving is an underreported and underappreciated problem, one that is severe enough to be responsible for many car accidents.

A survey recently released by the National Sleep Association showed that almost 30 percent of U.S. drivers admitted to dozing off while driving. The figures may seem small when compared to drunken driving and other forms of distracted driving, but data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows some 100,000 crashes are caused by drowsy driving in the United States every year. The results include 71,000 injuries and more than 1,500 deaths and a mind-boggling $12.5 billion in economic losses. In Florida, more than 2,800 drowsy driving-related auto accidents were reported in 2011. The accidents left 21 people dead and nearly 2,400 people injured.

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