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Self-Driving Vehicle Revolution Combines Promise with Pitfalls

As with many technology advances, self-driving vehicles offer both great promise and a myriad of potential problems, including safety and legal ramifications. We are on the precipice of a fundamental change in transportation technology and how people interact with it, requiring a new look at laws and regulations, which is already underway.

Who’s Responsible for My Medical Expenses in a Truck Accident?

In the State of Florida, if you have been rear-ended by a truck (or any motor vehicle), the truck driver is presumed to be at fault. If there were unique circumstances when your vehicle and truck collided, however, the accident will be evaluated by both insurance providers. There is a common misconception that the truck driver’s insurance (usually covered by the trucking company when it’s a commercial carrier) should be responsible to pay for what they call “reasonable and necessary medical expenses,” which may be defined differently depending upon the policy held by each driver. This is an area where accident victims often get taken advantage of, or receive too little to cover the full extent of their injuries.

Mark Avera: Holidays are reminder to drink responsibly

The holiday season is a joyful reminder of the blessings of family, friends and enjoyable times together. As people reflect on the year that was and look ahead to 2017, it's often accompanied by a celebratory drink, or two.

Doffermyre Shields Canfield & Knowles, Avera & Smith and The Law Offices of John S. Kalil Win Damages of More Than $19 Million Against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and Philip Morris USA Inc in Engle Progeny Case

A jury in the Eighth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida has ruled in favor of Mary Faricy Pardue in a case against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and Philip Morris USA Inc. Mrs. Faricy Pardue's husband, popular University of Florida Professor Jack Faricy, passed away from heart disease and COPD in October 1998 at age 67.