Blog posts of '2022' 'February'

Researchers say Florida should improve traffic laws

In Florida and across the United States, there are many factors that are assessed in the context of traffic safety. Of course, driver behavior is one of the first issues that is considered when there is a motor vehicle accident with injuries and loss of life. That, however, often hinges on the state laws for driving safely. For example, if a driver is behaving recklessly or swerving unusually, law enforcement is likely to keep an eye on that driver and initiate a traffic stop. Even with that, there is a limit to what law enforcement can do based on the laws that are in place. This should be considered when taking to the road and especially after there has been a crash.

Suggested improvements

A recent study found Florida to be lacking in various laws that are believed to enhance safety. According to Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, there are 16 optimal laws that states should implement to maximize safety. Among them are rules for younger drivers, laws against distracted driving, requiring motorcyclists to wear helmets and more. In its report, states were labeled with red, yellow and green lights based on how many of these optimal laws they had in place. Florida was given a red light because it only as six of the suggested laws.

Seatbelts were referenced as a major safety concern. Since law enforcement cannot stop and cite a driver if a person in the backseat was not wearing a seatbelt unless a separate violation had been committed, many people do not wear the seatbelt when in the back. In addition to the rules it suggests, the group would like the Sunshine State to put stricter mandates in place for DUIs, distraction and young drivers. Given the costs that accompany an auto accident, these ideas could be beneficial to make the roads safer for everyone.

Justice after an accident

People who are injured or have lost a loved one in an auto accident will undergo dramatic life changes in every way. They may not be able to do the same type of work they did before, could face problems contributing to a family and deal exorbitant medical expenses. Thinking the insurance company will cover for all that was lost is often a mistake. From the outset, it is imperative to be protected. For experienced and caring advice, consulting with those who are experienced in state laws and investigating the circumstances of the crash can be helpful to achieve a positive result.

Understanding the signs of nursing home neglect

Placing a loved one in a nursing home facility is not an easy decision to make. Whether it is a collaborative or unilateral decision, one may be concerned that an elderly loved one may not receive the care they require and deserve at a nursing home facility. Even more so, one should be cautious of nursing home abuse and neglect, as it is possible to overlook the signs of either.

The difference between abuse and neglect

While both nursing home abuse and neglect are concerning situations that could bring great harm and even death to a nursing home resident, the two differ. Abuse is when there is willful infliction of harm. It could be physical, mental, emotional or economical.

In contrast, nursing home neglect occurs when there is the failure to provide the services, care and items necessary to meet the medical, physical, mental and emotional needs of the residents. As such, negligence can be difficult to spot and could be more complex.

Signs of nursing home neglect

Signs of nursing home neglect include falls, medication problems and pressure sores. This indicates that they are not ensuring safety and the prevention of falls, failing to properly handle medications and failing to regularly adjust residents in their bed and wheelchairs.

While nursing home neglect can be difficult to spot, there are certain red flags one should be on the lookout for. This includes poor hygiene, poor living conditions, malnutrition, dehydration, unexplained injuries and psychological symptoms.

If one believes that a loved one has suffered harm due to nursing home neglect, it is possible to take action. A civil suit not only helps hold the negligent party or parties accountable but it also help one recover damages for the losses and harms suffered.