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When a business owner encounters problems with an insurance claim

Small business owners put a lot into their companies. Their business can represent a major investment of their time, resources and emotions. So, a business owner can be filled with fear and worry when a disaster strikes their business. This could include things like a major accident or a natural disaster.

In such a situation, a business owner may be hoping and expecting that a commercial property insurance policy that they invested in will provide them with relief during this challenging time. Unfortunately, on some occasions, such a policy becomes a source of frustration rather than relief for a business owner following a disaster hitting their business.

Crash in Coral Springs required helicopter for injured victim

An accident in Coral Springs, Florida left numerous people injured and at least one of them was injured seriously enough that helicopter assistance was required. The accident itself is shrouded in mystery, as there are practically no details. We don't know how many vehicles were involved and we don't know how many victims there are. But at least one person was airlifted to a hospital via the aforementioned helicopter and "several" others were injured.

A video in the source article for this post show at least three vehicles at the scene and two of them were heavily damaged. It looks like it may have happened at an intersection, but it is unclear if that is true at least based on the information we can decipher from the video.

How cargo factors into a truck accident

Truck accidents pose a very unique threat to drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and really anyone out on the road. Given the size of "big rigs" and semi trucks, they inherently have a much greater impact on other vehicles and objects when they are involved in an accident. This often leads to more serious injuries (and sometimes fatal ones) and far more damage. Truck accidents are incredibly devastating events, and the people involved in them must know their legal rights after the crash.

Today we want to focus on one particular aspect of truck accidents, and that is the cargo of the truck.

Foreclosures down, but homeowners still struggle

Latest statistics show that the real estate crisis in Florida may have peaked. In the six months leading to July 2017, home foreclosures were down 33 percent. Compared to the first half of the year previous, foreclosures are down 56 percent.

Before we uncork the champagne to celebrate, realize that this still means 12,463 homes are at one stage of foreclosure or another - new cases, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions.

Pedestrian accident numbers aren't flattering

Most people would like to think that we are always improving, both as individuals and as a collective society. Business practices should improve; our skills should improve; and road safety should improve. These are just a few examples, but you get the idea. However, in relation to that last point -- road safety -- improvement isn't always what we get as the years pass by.

As pedestrian accident data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows, pedestrian accident safety declined from 2006 to 2015. In 2006, there were 4,795 pedestrian fatalities in the U.S. In 2015, that number increased by 12.1 percent, with 5,376 pedestrian fatalities.

Cars dart out of the way as wrong-way driver causes mayhem

A woman who was under the influence of alcohol drove down the wrong lanes of State Road 826 before finally coming to a stop near the ramp for Interstate 395. Amazingly, the woman never crashed into other vehicles as she traveled eastbound in the westbound lanes. However, four vehicles did crash in an effort to avoid the wrong-way driver. One person suffered injuries and had to be taken to a hospital, but thankfully no one was seriously injured in the bizarre incident.

The 24-year-old woman who caused this chaos is under arrest and faces a bevy of charges including driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident. 

Dealing with insurance after a car accident

One of the worst parts of any car accident is dealing with your insurance company. Car insurance companies, as with most insurance companies in general, are stingy and will do everything in their power to mitigate their liability. But there are necessary steps you need to take as a car accident victim after the wreck -- and one of those things is dealing with your insurer.

So what should you do and what should you avoid during this critical time? Consider these things:

Truck accident leaves 1 dead in Florida

A tragic car crash in Parrish, Florida claimed the life of a 27-year-old woman. The wreck occurred as the woman was driving southbound, and a tractor trailer was traveling west bound. They approached an intersection that had blinking lights. The woman was faced with a flashing red light, while the driver of the truck was faced with a flashing yellow light.

The woman attempted a left turn in front of the truck, but the two vehicles collided. The 27-year-old died at the scene. It is unknown if the 47-year-old truck driver was injured in the crash. The truck's cargo overturned in the crash, spilling sand onto the road.

Injuries from sidewalk slip and falls can be terrible

More than a month ago, we wrote a post that talked about premises liability. Today, we want to get a bit more specific and talk about sidewalk accidents. A story out of Santa Monica has caught our eye, as it exemplifies the dangers of sidewalk accidents and the role that cities and municipalities can play in them.

You may think of sidewalk accidents as simple trip and falls where minor or no injuries occur. But this isn't true. Many sidewalk accidents leave the victim injured, and sometimes the harm is serious. In this Santa Monica case, a woman tripped and fell on a two-inch differential between two slabs of concrete on the sidewalk. The fall left her with a dislocated shoulder that required surgery.

Distracted driving remains a serious problem in Florida

An interesting report was released recently by EverQuote, an online insurance firm, about distracted driving. According to EverQuote, they used the EverDrive motion sensing app to calculate how many people took out their phone while driving in the last 30 days. The app said that 92 percent of drivers had done so. What's worse is that Florida ranked second-worst in the country in these terms, only ahead of Louisiana.

Sadly, this isn't something that surprised the assistant chief of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. He said: "I was driving on the turnpike and there was slow traffic and when the traffic picked up I looked in my rear view mirror and saw a white vehicle coming... I pulled off into a left [lane] and the vehicle barely hit the vehicle in front [of me] and he had a cellphone in his right hand."

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