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  • School Bus Rollover Injures 18 in Kansas City

    August 30, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    On Wednesday, August 21st, a group of 36 sixth-grade girls experienced a terrifying ordeal when their day-trip school bus overturned and rolled over at least two times about 18 miles outside of Kansas City, Missouri. Statements from the passengers and a police investigation revealed that the bus overturned as a result of excessive speed on a curving highway ramp. 18 girls were taken to nearby ...
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  • What to Do if You're in a Car Accident in Florida

    August 29, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    The Florida Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offers drivers certain guidelines on proper procedure following a traffic accident. Despite a driver’s conscientious efforts to drive defensively and obey traffic laws, an individual can’t predict someone else’s actions. Even the best drivers may experience an accident involving a collision with one or more other vehicles. Statistics ...
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  • Florida Man Arrested in New Orleans DUI Traffic Fatality

    August 29, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    On Tuesday, July 16th, Alfred McKnight, a 28-year-old Miami native, crashed his Ford Crown Victoria into a GMC SUV with three occupants. The SUV’s driver, an 18-year-old woman from New Orleans, lost control when McKnight’s vehicle struck the SUV at a high rate of speed and sent it into a concrete guardrail before flipping over multiple times. The crash occurred on Louisiana Interstate ...
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  • ATV Child Injury Rate Declines

    August 28, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    According to PEDIATRICS, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, more than 361,000 children were seriously injured in all-terrain vehicle accidents in the U.S. from 2001 to 2010. Although safety experts agree that the amount of injuries is far too high, statistics indicate that the non-fatal injury rate has actually declined from 2005-2010. Other key findings from the study ...
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  • Florida Leads the Nation in Boating Accidents

    August 28, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    With weather that allows for boating year-round, it may come as no surprise that Florida continues to lead the nation in boating accidents. The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting conducted a study on this unfortunate ranking that the Sunshine State has held consistently for several years. The article focuses on a father’s tragic drowning while on a fishing trip with a friend and his ...
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  • Hit and Run Fatality on I-4

    August 27, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    Stephen Hughes, 61, of Kissimmee was killed in a fatal hit and run crash on August 22nd. During the Orlando morning rush hour, Hughes’ 2008 Hyundai Accent skidded off the interstate and struck a palm tree. The car wrapped around the tree, killing the driver. The Hyundai was travelling eastbound on 1-4 in Orlando near a semi-wooded stretch of road. An accident eye-witness told investigators ...
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  • 52 Injured in California Tour Bus Rollover Crash

    August 27, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    A California tour bus carrying casino-bound passengers crashed near Irwindale early on August 22nd on California’s 210 Freeway. The bus overturned following a two-vehicle crash, sending 52 passengers to nearby hospital emergency rooms. Early investigation results, conducted by California Highway Patrol (CHP) Officers, revealed that the bus driver, a 55-year-old California resident, was at ...
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  • Mount Dora Woman Killed in Traffic Crash

    August 26, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    On the evening of Wednesday, August 22nd, a two-car crash injured Bruce Weatherholt, a 48-year-old man from Sorrento, and killed Cynthia Ezel, a 47-year old woman from Mount Dora. According to the to Florida Highway Patrol, the accident occurred on a curved stretch of roadway on State Road 46 in Lake County, Florida. Ezel was headed east around 10:20pm and lost control of her 1997 Pontiac Sedan as ...
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  • What is a Lawyer Referral Service?

    August 24, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    A lawyer referral service is commonly offered by state or local bar associations as a public service to state residents. However, private, for-profit referral services also exist, but they have been the subject of controversy and questionable business practices in recent years. The Florida Bar defines a lawyer referral service as: “Any group or pooled advertising program operated by any ...
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  • Insured Driver Tired of Paying for Uninsured

    August 23, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    According to the Sun-Sentinel, a 35-year resident of South Florida is upset because she has been rear-ended twice by drivers with no insurance. She told the paper that it is time to take action to prevent incidents like this from taking place. “They are out there, and they are going to hit you and injure you. We, the citizens who live by the rules and laws, are paying for it,” she ...
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  • Child Helmet Safety Laws Linked to Fewer Deaths

    August 23, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    Far too often, children go for bicycle rides without a helmet. The unfortunate reality is that bikers who don’t wear this type of protective gear are at significant risk of suffering fatal or catastrophic neck or head injuries. Years of studies and mounting evidence show that helmets save lives. The Journal of Pediatrics conducted a cross-sectional study of all bicyclists aged 0-16 years ...
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  • Red-Light and Speed Enforcement Cameras - Debated Pros and Cons

    August 23, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    With the increasing presence of red light cameras in Tampa and other south-central Florida cities, the controversy over these devices persists. Arizona-based red light camera operator, American Traffic Solutions (ATS) has installed several hundred cameras throughout the sunshine state. ATS company workers believe that the cameras positively modify driver behavior and claim that nine out of ten ...
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  • Water Sports Accidents and Statistics

    August 21, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    Encouraged by year-round sunshine and warm weather, water sports and activities are common for Florida residents and tourists. As temperatures climb in summer months, involvement in water recreation activities including boating, parasailing and kayaking increases as well. Unfortunately, water sports and boating activities also present relative dangers. Each year, carelessness and operator ...
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  • Risks of Drowsy Driving

    August 19, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    As America’s driving population grows, today’s county roads and interstates are constantly expanding in an attempt to keep pace with unprecedented demands that rush-hour traffic places on existing infrastructure. Many people are aware of the pitfalls of drunk driving, but drowsy driving is another dangerous condition that deserves our attention. Drowsy driving can impair a ...
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  • Tips for Choosing the Correct Child Safety Seat

    August 16, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    While today’s vehicles are equipped with air bags and advanced onboard crash computers designed to protect adults in a crash, using a properly sized child safety seat is the best way to protect a child in case of an accident. All fifty states require that children of the ages three and below be secured in car seats when riding in privately owned vehicles. Kentucky requires the use of a child ...
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  • Are Grandparents Safer Drivers?

    August 16, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    Driving may get more difficult as people age and vision begins to decline with vision sometimes declining, but children may actually be safer with grandma or grandpa at the wheel, a study published in the journal Pediatrics suggests. Parade magazine reported that, although adults have a similar accident rate, accidents involving senior drivers resulted in less serious injuries. Most children were ...
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  • Seven injured in crash on I-75 South

    August 16, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    A day at the beach was seriously disrupted when a man allegedly cut off a semitrailer truck on Interstate 75, spurring an 11 car pileup near the Brandon Mall on Saturday, Aug. 3, media reports show. The car accident caused seven people were transported to the hospital – two of them in critical condition, four seriously injured, and one who suffered minor injuries. An Arizona man has been ...
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  • Tire Blowouts & Product Liability

    August 16, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    A tire blowout is a specific type of tire failure in which a rapid loss of inflation pressure causes a tire to explode or burst. A blowout can cause a section of a tire to sever entirely or a chunk of the tire may literally “blow out”, leaving a visible hole in the side-wall. Tire tread can also separate, either due to impact, such as striking a pothole or curb, or from defects in the ...
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  • Dram Shop Laws in the State of Florida

    August 14, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    A dram shop law or statute is a term associated with liability for injuries caused by drunk drivers. Many states have enacted a dram shop law, but limitations and conditions vary from one state to the next. In general, dram shop laws refer to the idea that establishments which serve alcohol, like bars and nightclubs, have a responsibility in preventing drunk driving. If a drunk driver was served ...
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  • Synthetic Drugs (Spice, K2, Bath Salts) and Florida Law

    August 14, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    From 2011 through early 2013, Florida has witnessed an increasing amount of stories and reports about synthetic drugs. For several months, many of these chemically engineered substances were sold in gas stations and corner convenience stores. Small plastic packets with graphics attractive to young people were used to promote the substances known as Spice (or K2) and various forms of bath salts. ...
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  • Tampa Bay Buccaneer Vincent Jackson Joins the Vanguard Swope, Rodante Award Selection Board

    August 14, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    August 14, 2013 (Tampa, FL) — With the commencement of the 2013-14 school year, The Swope, Rodante Vanguard Award Committee is proud to announce that the program will continue to recognize Hillsborough County high school student athletes for their outstanding achievements in academics, athletics and in the community. The committee is currently accepting nominations for the September ...
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  • Slip and Fall Accidents and Statistics

    August 13, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    Slip and fall accidents occur every day in the US and cost millions in lost wages, medical bills and legal fees. Sadly, the largest percentage of slip and fall injury victims are made up of senior citizens. The resulting injuries from a slip and fall accident can be painful and permanent. Sometimes, these accidents are due to conditions of negligence and fault may lie with another person, ...
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  • Can I Fire My Personal Injury Attorney in the State of Florida?

    August 13, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    A client can elect to terminate the attorney/client relationship with a Florida personal injury lawyer if the client lacks confidence in the attorney’s abilities, understanding of the case, or does not receive sufficient communication and case updates. A common problem associated with “firing” an attorney is that the retainer and fees may have already been paid. The Attorney ...
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  • Boating Accidents - How to Prevent Common Injuries

    August 13, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    With summertime in full swing, another boating season is upon us. Unfortunately, the increase in the number of boaters also increases the likelihood for boating accidents and related injuries. The state of Florida offers safety training and awareness programs to keep boating safe for everyone, but accidents can still happen. 3 Common Boating Accidents and Best Practices for Prevention Below is a ...
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  • Tampa Drivers Ranked Among the Worst

    August 13, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    A writer for Slate put in words what many people already knew: Tampa drivers aren’t the greatest. Brian Palmer, Slate’s “chief explainer” who has analyzed other serious issues like: “Hurricane Sandy: How to count the fatalities?” recently examined a completely different topic, America’s worst drivers. He examined insurance mileage and accident reports, the ...
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