Blog posts of '2021' 'June'

What can you do if you slip on a spill at the grocery store?

Senior citizens in Miami may be proud that they can still do things on their own even if they live alone. Unfortunately, it only takes one accident for this independence to go away. For example, you could slip and fall on a spill at the grocery store. This could lead to broken bones, head injuries and back injuries that require surgery. Some of these injuries may even be permanent. People in such situations may want to learn more about their rights if they slip and fall at the grocery store and or another type of business.

What does Florida law say about slip-and-falls in businesses?

Under Florida law if you slip and fall on a spill on the floor of a business you may want to pursue a lawsuit against the business. If you do so, you need to be able to prove that the business knew or should have known that there was a spill. You will also need to show that the business failed to mop up the spill, place “slippery when wet” sign or otherwise do anything about the spill.

When should a business have known about a spill?

Sometimes a business actually knows a spill took place but do not do anything about it. But how can you show a business should have known about the spill? One way a business should have known about a spill is if, through ordinary care, they should have known that spills happen often and therefore could have been foreseen. Another way a business should have known about a spill is if the spill was on the floor for so long that they should have learned about it.

Learn more about slip-and-fall accidents in Florida

Slip-and-fall injuries can take away your independence in the blink of an eye. It is important to make sure that store owners who fail to clean up spills are held responsible for the mistake. This post only provides general information on this topic. It does not contain legal advice. Those who are interested in learning more about their rights may want to visit our firm’s website.

FLHSMV releases last year’s crash numbers and a new ad campaign

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has released last year’s motor vehicle accident numbers. And, with those numbers, the FLHSMV launched a new program to remind everyone to slow down this summer, the Safe Summer Travel campaign.

The car accident numbers

During the summer months last year (June and July), there were nearly 54,000 crashes. These crashes resulted in 526 deaths and almost 2,500 serious injuries. In addition, in just those months alone, 337 drivers were speeding, an over 13 percent increase from last year. According to the FLHSMV, these increased speeds is likely the reason for the increase in motor vehicle accidents and fatalities.

Safe Summer Travel campaign

As a result of this increase in crashes, fatalities and reckless driving, FLHSMV has launched their Safe Summer Travel campaign. The campaign’s main focus is speeding and aggressive driving. However, it is also focused on pedestrian safety, DUI and crash prevention, among many others. The initiative is especially important during the summer months when the state is flooded with tourists looking to experience our state’s beautiful beaches, theme parks, culture and food. And, of course, Miami, is a hot spot.

What if the summer is not so safe?

Unfortunately, living in a tourist mecca, like Miami, Florida, has its blessings and curses. We get to live in one of the best places in the world, with access to some of the best beaches, night life and food. But, in turn, we also have extremely congested streets with tourists and locals alike. This means, car accidents are just a fact of life. Though, if one is in a car accident, call a Miami, Florida, attorney immediately. The attorney will walk the accident victim and their families through the process of getting their just compensation.