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Drunk driving still a problem in Florida

If you are like a lot of people in Florida, you look forward to the summer months for all of the celebrations and freedom to be enjoyed at that time of year. However, you are also likely aware that summer holidays and festivities offer yet more opportunities for people to consume alcohol and still make the choice to drive. Drunk drivers continue to plague Florida's roads and highways despite the strict laws and public awareness campaigns.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in each year from 2013 to 2017, alcohol was stated to be a contributing factor in 27% or 28% of all vehicular fatalities statewide. Over that time, the number of lives lost at the hands of drunk drivers rose for three consecutive years between 2013 and 2016 and dropped slightly in 2017 but the 839 deaths that year still exceeded the number of deaths in 2013 by 167.

5 tips for motorists driving in heavy rain

Many people move to Florida from states with real winters because of the warm weather and sunshine. The ability to avoid driving in months of snowy and icy road conditions also is a big perk.

However, for those new to the Sunshine State or those visiting or spending their first full summer here, Florida weather can impact driving safety. In Florida, torrential downpours in the late afternoon, often right around rush hour, are common. Also, because of the humidity and fluctuations in temperature, Florida is prone to fog and low visibility conditions.

Terminating a contract "for convenience"

Your company's business contracts offer a strong sense of security primarily for two reasons: first, they seemingly guarantee that you will have work to do while your contract is in place. The second reason is that should your contractual partner in Gainesville attempt to end your contract early, you may be able to sue for breach of contract. Most of the company representatives that come to see us here at Moody Salzman Lash Locigno Attorneys & Counselors at Law believing that an organization has to have cause for terminating a contract. Yet that may not be true in every case. 

Companies can indeed cite convenience when deciding to end a contractual agreement. Essentially, this means that they view it as no longer being convenient for them to do business with. Some common reasons cited for terminating a contract for convenience may include: 

  • A company deciding it no longer needs the products or services you offer
  • You being unwilling to renegotiate the terms of your current contract
  • A company deciding to produce the products or services you offer in-house
  • A general breakdown in your business relationship

Conagra products recalled

Conagra Brands made the headlines recently, and unfortunately not with good publicity. They have announced a recall for their chicken and rice products, due to a misbranding issue and the failure to declare specific allergens. The recall affected over 2,800 pounds for chicken and rice product.

What was the reason behind the recall?

Reporting a work-related injury or illness

If you are employed in Florida, you know that you have a responsibility to perform your job duties. Your employer, however, also has some responsibilities to you. One of these may be to carry workers' compensation insurance.

According to the Florida Division of Workers' Compensation, state and local agencies, construction companies with even only one employee, and businesses with at least four employees should carry workers' compensation insurance. In addition, farm operations with more than four regular employees or more than 11 seasonal employees should also be insured. This insurance is to provide benefits for people who are hurt on the job by an accident or by an illness related to their work or workplace.

Overnight crash in Florida results in 1 death

Automobile accidents in Florida can occur even under the most favorable conditions. Add in a potentially hazardous factor, like decreased visibility in the dark of night, and the risk of a car wreck can go up. A crash involving three cars occurred early Saturday morning on Interstate 95, sending two vehicle occupants to the hospital in serious condition and claiming the life of a 40-year-old female driver. 

The woman killed in the accident had a passenger in the car with her who required transportation to the hospital due to serious injuries sustained in the crash. Another vehicle struck theirs from behind, and their vehicle collided with a third car shortly thereafter. The vehicle that struck theirs stopped in the left emergency lane after spinning around several times. However, the 21-year-old driver and his passenger sustained only minor injuries not requiring hospitalization. 

What can I not do when collecting debts for my business?

There is nothing more frustrating in business than when you have to collect a debt. Whether your customer simply did not pay a bill or otherwise owes you money, trying to get it can be tough. However, you do have some recourse under Florida law to collect debts. You just have to be sure not to overstep and violate the law yourself with your efforts.

The Florida Statutes explain debt collecting requires being truthful. You cannot pretend to be someone you are not or give the person false information. You also cannot threaten or harass someone when trying to collect a debt.

Why a slip and fall is no laughing matter

At Moody Salzman Lash & Locigno, Attorneys & Counselors at Law, in Florida, we represent many clients who suffered serious injuries as the result of a slip and fall accident. Unfortunately, a slip and fall can lead to catastrophic consequences, despite the humor you may find in old TV shows and movies when the unlucky star takes a huge pratfall, much to the amused consternation of bystanders. Remember, these pratfalls represent the end of a highly choreographed stunt.

Real slip and falls can, and often do, result in serious injuries, such as a traumatic brain injury. The Mayo Clinic explains that a TBI occurs when the force of your head hitting the floor or pavement makes your brain violently swing back and forth within your skull. This, in turn, can cause your brain to malfunction.

Your sleepy commute may be more dangerous than you realize

The Monday morning commute can be rough, especially if you did not get to bed on time the night before. However, you may not have realized that driving while sleepy risks your safety and the safety of others on the road, and can even be as dangerous as driving drunk.

Being tired can make you less attentive, can impair your decision-making ability and can slow your reaction times, some of the same effects that consuming alcohol can cause. Because of these effects, drowsy driving killed almost 800 people in 2017, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

How to avoid boating accidents

Summer is approaching, and many Florida residents like to spend more and more time outside to take advantage of the longer days and beautiful weather. Recreational water sports such as boating, jet skiing, canoeing and kayaking are a favorite pastime, but unfortunately when preventative measures are not taken, personal injury and even death can occur. We here at Moody Salzman want you to know there are many things while boating to ensure your safety and the safety of your passengers. 

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, in 2017 there were 658 deaths and 2,629 injuries as a result of 4,291 recreational boating accidents. They also resulted in a total of approximately $46 million in property damage. 

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