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  • FDOT to Designate Bike Lane on Clearwater Causeway

    September 30, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    Officials from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) announced they would designate marked bicycle lanes on the Clearwater Memorial Causeway just days after a man turned himself into police in connection with a deadly hit and run accident involving two cyclists on Labor Day. One of the cyclists died on the scene and the second died in the hospital several weeks later after a small pickup ...
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  • Two Children Saved from Submerged Car in Multi-Vehicle Crash

    September 27, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    On Tuesday, September 24th, a multi-vehicle traffic accident in St. Petersburg left two cars submerged under water and bystanders scrambling to help. Two cars had fallen into a canal near 1735 77th Ave. N. One of the cars had rolled over and sank upside-down to the bottom of the 6-foot deep murky water. Near the wreckage, a 9-year-old boy struggled to stay afloat in the water. Local resident ...
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  • How a Bicycle Helmet Can Affect your Personal Injury Claim

    September 27, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    When a bicyclist is struck by a car and injured, age plays a major factor in determining how the use of a helmet can affect a personal injury claim. Florida state law does not require the use of helmets for bicyclists over the age of 16. So in these instances, courts are much less likely to assign any amount of blame due to contributory negligence on the part of the cyclist. However, minors age 16 ...
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  • Gainesville May Become a Model to Reduce Pedestrian Injury

    September 27, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    With 500 pedestrian fatalities and 8,000 pedestrian injuries, this type of accident occurs far too often in the sunshine state. In fact, Florida has one of the highest rates of pedestrian injuries nationwide. However, the city of Gainesville is taking action to help reduce this. The Gainesville Police Department initiated a pedestrian safety program using a tactic it felt would be most effective. ...
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  • Three Separate Arrests Made in Florida PIP Fraud Investigations

    September 25, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    In September, 2013 three people were arrested in similar but unlinked PIP insurance fraud investigations in Miami, as reported by Jeff Atwater, Florida’s Chief Financial Officer. Atwater has played a pivotal role alongside Governor Rick Scott in a campaign to reform PIP laws and stamp out auto insurance fraud. “PIP fraud schemes drive up auto insurance rates for all Floridians, so we ...
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  • Florida PIP Law - Filing a Legitimate Claim and Avoiding Scams

    September 25, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    In Florida, PIP coverage pays out claims of up to $10,000 in medical expenses and lost wages for each person in a vehicle injured in an accident. Regardless of fault, motorists are required to access the first $10,000 in accident-related costs from their own insurance benefits. Recent reform to PIP law has heightened claim requirements in an effort to curb rampant fraud throughout the state. ...
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  • How Florida Drivers Can Protect Themselves From PIP Fraud

    September 25, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    PIP insurance stands for Personal Injury Protection insurance. In Florida, PIP coverage pays out claims of up to $10,000 in medical expenses and lost wages for each person in a vehicle injured in an accident. Regardless of fault, motorists are required to access the first $10,000 in accident-related costs from their own insurance benefits. Unfortunately, fraudsters often exploit these payouts. ...
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  • USF Ramps Up Speed Limit Enforcement

    September 23, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    Drivers on the University of South Florida’s (USF) Tampa campus will soon face stricter enforcement when it comes to speeding. Board trustees recently approved lowering the speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph, and less in certain areas, on all campus property streets. Lt. Chris Daniel, a public information officer for USF campus police, explained to the Tampa Tribune: “The campus is ...
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  • Motorcycle Rider Dies After Collision with Light Pole in Clearwater

    September 23, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    On a Sunday night in late July, 48-year-old Anthony Nicholas Viggiano was riding his motorcycle southbound on Belcher Road near the intersection with Cleveland Street in Clearwater. Viggiano was involved in a motorcycle accident just before midnight. He apparently lost control of his 2006 Honda and then crashed into a roadside sign and light pole. Viggiano was transported by ambulance to Morton ...
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  • Colorado Car Crash Leads to Explosion, Arrest

    September 19, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    On Thursday, September 5th, a suburban mountain neighborhood was rocked by a sudden car explosion. Around 3:40pm, residents of Colorado Springs, Colorado, witnessed a car accident that suddenly exploded into a blazing spectacle. According to official police reports, a local man, Joshua Morgan, of Colorado Springs, was driving along Cheyenne Mountain Boulevard toward the intersection of Colorado ...
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  • Revisions to Florida PIP Law - 2013 Update

    September 18, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    As many motorists continue to endure the ever-increasing auto insurance premiums, the topic of PIP law reform in Florida has gained traction. In 2012, Florida Governor Rick Scott and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater launched an initiative calling for massive reforms to Florida’s no-fault personal injury protection insurance. Colossal insurance fraud schemes, notorious throughout the ...
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  • St. Petersburg Man Injured in Motorcycle Crash

    September 18, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    On Thursday, August 15th, a St. Petersburg man suffered life-threatening injuries after his motorcycle collided with another vehicle. The motorcycle crash occurred when a vehicle pulled into the path of 35-year-old Christopher Sawyer as he was riding along the 7900 Block of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street. According to official police accident reports, Sawyer was riding his 2011 Honda motorcycle ...
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  • Senator Arthenia Joyner Receives the Prestigious Perry Nichols Award

    September 17, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    Vanguard Attorneys is proud to announce that Senator Arthenia Joyner, who serves as of counsel to the Tampa personal injury law firm, is the 2013 recipient of the Florida Justice Association’s Perry Nichols Award. Senator Joyner will be recognized during a ceremony taking place at the Founder’s Luncheon during the Masters of Justice Seminar on September 19th at the Biltmore Coral ...
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  • DUI Charges in Accident with Trooper

    September 16, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    A Tampa woman will face a count of one DUI charge in connection with a car accident in which her vehicle collided with a parked Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) cruiser. The FHP vehicle was stopped when the allegedly intoxicated female driver crashed into it, leaving the trooper inside with minor injuries Official patrol reports indicated 47-year-old Sgt. Brenda Simmons was parked in an unmarked ...
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  • Pasco Deputy Injured in Crash

    September 16, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    On Thursday, September 12th, a car accident left a local deputy seriously injured. During the late morning hours, a senior Pasco County Sheriff’s Deputy, James Gariepy, drove into the path of an oncoming Jeep Cherokee at the intersection of State Road 52 and US Route 41. According to official Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) accident details, 64-year-old Gariepy was on duty in his patrol car in ...
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  • Ohio Man Confesses to DUI in Video

    September 13, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    Matthe Cordle, an Ohio man who posted an online video confession to being the cause of a wrong-way drunk driving accident, appeared in court on Wednesday, September 11th. Although his video indicated that he would plead guilty to his involvement in the fatal crash following an evening of heavy drinking, he pleaded not guilty in order to have a judge chosen at random. He is expected to enter a ...
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  • Teen Fatality in Labor Day Boating Accident

    September 12, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    This past Labor Day, Katie Yule, a 15-year-old student of Keswick Christian School was fatally injured in a boating accident on Lake Seminole in Pinellas County. The accident occurred when Katie, along with a companion, Aubree Franz, 13, of St. Petersburg, were riding on a tube together being towed behind her father’s center console motorboat. As the boat was maneuvering, the tube collided ...
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  • Governor Rick Scott's Proposed Reform to PIP Gains Traction

    September 12, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    Toward the end of 2011, Florida Governor Rick Scott and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater launched an initiative calling for massive reforms to Florida’s no-fault personal injury protection insurance. According to a statement by Governor Scott, the cost of PIP insurance coverage will rise by at least 29% every year if no action is taken, as the cost is passed on directly to the motorists. ...
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  • Medical Product Defects: Transvaginal Mesh & Surgical Mesh

    September 11, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    As of 2013, few recalls of transvaginal mesh products have actually been announced. These products, sometimes referred to as mesh slings, are used to repair pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence in women. In early 2012, the US FDA issued post market surveillance study orders, 522 in all, to all the manufacturers of these surgical mesh products. The study is sometimes viewed ...
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  • Medical Product Defects: Yaz & Yasmin Birth Control

    September 11, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    Yaz and Yasmin birth control pills, which contain drospirenone, were introduced to the market by Bayer in 2006. Following a strong initial marketing campaign, Yaz and Yasmin both earned top spots among the most popular oral contraceptives in the US. However, the trend reversed sharply in 2009 as medical professionals and patients injured by the drugs’ side effects began raising doubts ...
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  • Boating Accident Claims the Life of Former Pasco County Commission Candidate

    September 10, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    On Sunday, September 1st, a fatal boating accident claimed the life of Joshua Griffin, 29 of Land-O-Lakes. Griffin was riding on a boat piloted by his brother, Jeffrey-Jeremiah, 32, along with a friend, Denelle Walicke, 25, when it struck a channel marker shortly before midnight close to the shore of Port Richey. Griffin was ejected from the 22 ft. Boston Whaler at the time of impact, just yards ...
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  • Arrest Made in Fatal Tandem Bike Accident

    September 5, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    Rob Lemon and his girlfriend, Hilary Michalak, were riding their tandem bike early Monday on the Memorial Causeway in Clearwater when a vehicle crashed into them, according to media reports. The impact splintered the bike into pieces and tossed the couple 50 feet apart, the Ledger reported. Meanwhile, the vehicle reportedly kept going. Though both were wearing helmets at the time of the crash, ...
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  • Drinking and Driving - Labor Day & Holiday DUI Awareness

    September 4, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    With the close of yet another Labor Day weekend, DUI enforcement patrols were out in full force and we are once again reminded of the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol. This year, an Arizona task force made national news headlines by reporting nearly 375 arrests for DUI over the long weekend. Unfortunately, these arrests are just further evidence that drunk driving remains a ...
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