South Florida Accident Attorneys Distracted Driving

No More Warnings – Tickets for Texting are Here Now – Lazarus Law Firm

Distracted Driving – Fort Lauderdale Accident Attorneys

Many people remember the 1973 song by Alice Cooper “No More Mr. Nice Guy” and that’s what police officers may sing to drivers as they write tickets for texting and driving on south Florida roads. Since October 1st of last year they have been issuing warnings, but beginning January 1st they are writing real tickets for offenders.

The Pembroke Pines Police posted on their Facebook page:

ATTENTION DRIVERS: It is illegal for drivers to hold phones while driving through school zones and active construction zones. Any cell phone use while driving in these areas is restricted to ‘hands-free’ modes. (FSS 316.306)

Since October 2019, officers have been issuing warnings to drivers who have been seen disobeying this new law. As of this month, we will begin regular enforcement and any violators will face a citation.

In addition, texting while driving (regardless of the location) has been increased to a primary offense. This means that police officers can pull over drivers just for texting and driving, without committing any other traffic violation. (FSS 316.305)

South Florida Accident AttorneysThe fines vary according to the location of the infraction (construction or school zone) and if it is a first or second offense, and there are points involved as well as other costs including higher insurance premiums. Smart drivers will just put the phone down, away from where it can be a distraction, and focus on the road. Thousands of accidents are injuring and killing people across he country every year and these tragedies can be prevented just by using some common sense, courtesy, and caution.

We have been helping automobile, truck, and motorcycle collision victims in south Florida since 1992 and sadly many of them were injured because of distracted driving. If you have been in an accident and have questions, we are here to help. Call us 7 days a week at (954) 356-0006 and we’ll listen and offer advice.

Florida Premises Negligence Law

Premises Liability Involves Much More Than Slips and Falls – Lazarus Law Firm

Premises Liability in Florida – Lazarus and Lazarus Law Firm

Every day we wake up and venture out into the world to work, play, shop, visit friends, or any number of other activities that we enjoy or just need to do. We certainly do not expect to be injured as we walk across a parking lot, ride an elevator, or attend a sporting event. But every year thousands of people are injured on property due to the failure of someone to maintain a safe environment.

We are fortunate to live in a country where laws have been enacted in all 50 states covering negligence and liability as they relate to property owners and the responsibility to maintain a safe environment for people who may be present on that property. Chapter 768 of the Florida Statutes is very broad and covers negligence and liability issues including pits and holes left open and uncovered, slips and falls, and other incidents that occur due to negligence.

Injuries Due to Negligence FloridaMany people think that slip and fall cases involve minor injuries but often they are quite serious. Also, many people suffer cuts, burns, and other serious traumatic injuries due to unsafe conditions, and some people lose their lives because of negligence by others.

Property owners in Florida are expected to provide adequate lighting in parking lots and other areas that are open to the public at night. Signs should be posted to warn of unsafe conditions, and surveillance cameras should be operational to discourage illegal activity. Adequate security personnel is also expected when private property is open to the public, and when people are injured because of a lack of it, the law allows people to seek compensation for injuries and other damages. People have been injured in Florida due to inadequate security at malls, ATMs, parks, sporting events, concerts, office buildings, hotels, dormitories, and many more locations.

Recent cases in Florida that resulted in large settlements awarded to victims include:

  • $248,500 awarded to a Tampa man who suffered an injured leg when he was ejected from a bar by bouncers.
  • $2.1 million to a child who was hurt at a Davie bowling alley.
  • $55,000 awarded to a woman who was injured in a Pollo Tropical restaurant parking lot.

People should understand that often when people do fall, the injuries are far more serious than a bruise to the knee. Often victims, especially seniors, suffer painful ligament tears or dislocations of their hips or knees and the pain from these injuries can persist for years. Back injuries are also common and very painful.

Contacting an attorney who understands premises liability as well as the injuries that can result from the lack of due care by property owners is usually the best course of action if you are hurt on someone’s property. If you’re not sure and have questions, we can help. We are available 7 days a week to speak to you if you call (954) 356-0006.

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