Motorcycle Accidents- Riding the Risks

Motorcycles do not come without risk. Riding them can be very dangerous, and they are not for everyone. However, motorcycles are well-equipped to handle any threat on the road, and it’s easy to stay safe if you follow certain procedures while riding them.
Firstly, knowing basic motorcycle safety and owning the basic required gear is necessary for staying safe on the road. New riders, make sure you take the introductory courses you need to get your license, and be well educated on all aspects of motorcycles the rules of the road. Buy colorful and easy-to-see safety gear, as it will help cars see you, while keeping you comfortable and protected.
You should also know the maneuvers necessary in the most common situations:
Coming into a corner too fast: Use visual references to judge the angle of the road, and only ride as fast as you can see. If you do go too fast, try to be smooth on the controls and ride it out.
Cars changing lanes or turning suddenly: Stay out of their blinds spots, and watch for signals of where they plan to go. Watch for gaps in traffic and be wary of signs that a car may make a sudden turn.
If a car approaches or hits you from behind: The most common car accident is that of a “Fender bender”, which can be fatal to motorcycles. Use other cars as your crumple zone if you are hit from the back- go between a line of cars to cushion your impact. At night, when its not as easy to see, be particularly cautious to everything around you.
If a car suddenly opens its door: Never ride between traffic and a line of parked cars. It’s too risky to have to worry about pedestrians and opening car doors. If you have to go in this area, slow down as much as possible.
These situations can be dangerous to riders, but if you stay cautious and wary at all times and follow the correct procedures, it should be smooth sailing from here on out.





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Why Hire a Car Accident Attorney?

The majority of personal injury claims in the U.S. stem from motor vehicle accidents. Accidents that result in minor vehicle damage can be managed through direct contact with an insurance company. However, car accidents that involve physical harm or significant devastation to the motor vehicle requires the legal representation of an attorney; specifically one that specializes in vehicular accidents. A car accident attorney will help you get compensation to cover any and all losses acquired from the accident.

The best time to hire a car accident attorney is sooner rather than later. This will help to avoid any costly mistakes due to immediate medical bills and lost wages. It’s recommended that an attorney be contacted within one to two weeks after the accident. Never come to a settlement with the insurance company before approaching an attorney.

Finding a qualified car accident lawyer is as simple as using an online directory. Referrals from family and friends is another safe way to find a certified lawyer. When looking for a car accident lawyer, it’s best to focus on the lawyer’s skill level, experience, and fee structure. It’s equally important that you background check and inquire references before making a final decision on a lawyer.

Most car accident lawyers will be accepted on a “no win-no pay” basis. This means that you only have to pay the lawyer’s fees if he or she wins the case. This involves the lawyer getting a percentage of the personal injury award, usually around 40 percent of the total award. It’s important to note that you may still be responsible for certain out-of-pocket expenses associated with your case. Because of this it is wise to prepare a list of questions when meeting with a lawyer. Suggested questions would be:
• How are your fees structured?
• What out-of-pocket expenses am I responsible for?
• What is a typical settlement range for accident cases similar to mine?





Posted in Car Accidents, General Advice & Tips

Fire My Lawyer?

As specialists in Orlando car accident cases, we have people call or email, asking “Can I fire my car accident lawyer?” These individuals have been unable to speak to their lawyer, or have no idea what is happening with their car accident case. Others finally learn that after months, their lawyer has done very little on their case. They are disappointed, frustrated and upset.

We have been contacted by some car accident victims who have been neglected for a year or more by their lawyer. This is absolutely wrong and you should know that everyone who hires a Florida lawyer has the right to discharge their lawyer. If a lawyer does not treat clients with respect, does not take client telephone calls, or pawns clients off to a paralegal or case manager, that client should find a different lawyer. Remember, in every profession, including law, there are individuals who are dishonest, incompetent and uncaring.

We feel blessed that many Floridians have been helped by the Florida car accident book, Seeking Justice: An Insider’s Guide for the Injured. When I wrote this book, I hoped it would help people involved in a car accident protect themselves from bad lawyers. I also wanted to provide a solid method for injured people to find the right lawyer. From the reviews we have received, my book has done just that. For anyone injured in a Florida car accident, a Free copy of this book can be a great place to start.

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Settle Your Orlando Car Accident Quickly!

Have You Been Injured in a Car Accident Recently?

If you have been in an Orlando car accident you need a lawyer who has already achieved multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts. You do NOT need a slick lawyer making empty promises. You do not deserve to be treated like a “number.” As Orlando car accident lawyers, countless individuals have contacted us and complained about lawyers who would never return their calls, lawyers who would not try their case and lawyers who wanted to settle their car accident case for a fraction of what it was worth. Sadly, these people trusted lawyer ads and failed to properly check their lawyer’s background. Any lawyer can promise to “settle car accident cases quickly” or be “aggressive” or have “experience.” But what does that really mean?

What Our Clients Get With Florida Trial MD

Our clients discover that our law firm offers (1) a Medical Doctor/Lawyer, (2) a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer; and, (3) a Critical Care Nurse. Our expertise in medicine and law provides a huge advantage when taking on the insurance companies. Our clients also learn that by limiting the number of cases we handle we are always prepared to go to trial. Insurance companies know which lawyers try cases and which do not. By gaining the balance of law and medicine, you’re on the fast track to gaining important car accident information that is going to empower you to get the justice you deserve.

In addition to Dr. Ward helping many Orlando auto accident clients understand both the medical and legal issues involved in their case; we also involve our staff nurse, Cindy Nixon, RN. As a critical care, registered nurse, Cindy manages the medical information, stays in close contact with our clients and assists with any health care questions along the way. Our clients find Cindy to be an invaluable resource.

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Uncovering Justice – Car Accident Information

How FL Trial MD Makes a Difference

We work to uncover the truth in our Orlando car accident cases and expose dangerous choices by those drivers who injury or kill innocent people. For more information on how to find an expert attorney after an Orlando car accident, you may order your free copy of my book, Seeking Justice: An Insider’s Guide for the Injured. It provides a wealth of information about the important issues involved in car accident cases; and, how to steer clear of those lawyers who should not be handling your important case.

For those of you who didn’t realize it, texting while driving is not allowed in all fifty states. While Orlando drivers can text and drive anywhere in Florida, most folks would understand the risks involved. As Orlando car accident lawyers, we carefully consider the use of cell phones and texting in all our car accident cases. Many jurors would consider it careless for drivers to allow themselves to be distracted by reading or sending a text message. It makes sense, texting and driving is dangerous, indeed any task which takes your attention away from the road while driving is potentially dangerous.

The Real Trouble

According to the Insurance Information Institute, motor related accidents are the leading cause of death amongst 15-20 year olds. It has been found that drivers under the age of 25 have a section of the brain which is still developing when it comes to measuring risk taking. Therefore recognizing potential hazards and acting accordingly is sometimes not physically possible, which is why graduated licensing is recommended for young drivers. Now, if you factor in the added distractions of texting, friends in the car and so on and so forth, your average teenager is at much greater risk than an adult for being directly responsible for an accident. California bans drivers under 18 from using cell phones, which is a sensible move. It doesn’t matter how good of a driver you think you are or how good you think you are at multi-tasking, driving with the cell or texting while driving puts you at a greater risk of having an accident.

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Orlando Auto Accident Doctor & Car Accident Clinic

If you need to see a doctor after an Orlando auto accident, but you do not have insurance, where should you go? If you have insurance, but you do not have an orthopedic doctor, or a pain management doctor, who should you see? Should you go to a chiropractor for your neck or back pain? As Orlando car accident lawyers, we interact with the best medical doctors in the Orlando area; and, we can provide critical guidance when it counts. Call or email us immediately after your car accident for free, important information.

Choosing well-qualified, caring doctors quickly is important for your health and for your car accident claims. The sad truth is many doctors refuse to see car accident victims, especially those without insurance. Many doctors also work for auto insurance companies, making thousands of dollars examining car accident victims and “discounting” the injuries suffered. If you innocently choose one of these “insurance or defense” doctors, you will have little opportunity to receive full and fair compensation for your injury. As a medical doctor and lawyer, Dr. Walter Ward knows which doctors genuinely care to help car accident victims. Do not run the risk of going to the wrong place for your medical care.

You should also know that those “car accident & injury clinics” like the TV lawyer advertisers need lots of “clients” to pay for all that advertising. Do you want to go where the focus is on profit or patient care? You should NOT be treated like a number by your doctor or your lawyer. You deserve the best medical care and the best legal representation. While we can not represent everyone that asks us, our goal is to make a huge difference for those who we do represent. Our results, including a $30 million verdict here in Orlando, demonstrate that hiring the right lawyer, right from the start, may help you reach your goal to win the highest award you deserve.

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Orlando Auto Accident Attorney Tackles Back & Neck Injury Claims

Why do Orlando auto accidents often cause back and neck injury? What should Orlando auto accident attorneys do to understand the causes of continuing back and neck pain? As my partner, a medical doctor and attorney, Walter Ward, MD/JD, has taught both medical and legal professionals, ligament and muscle injury cause persistent pain and restricted motion.

At first glance many attorneys may dismiss Orlando auto accidents which do not involve a herniated disc or spinal cord involvement. To this group of attorneys, the lack of “objective” evidence makes the auto accident case too difficult to deal with. Unfortunately, the innocent driver or passenger suffering from neck or back injury needs an Orlando auto accident attorney who understands the very real nature of the pain and its cause.

In addition to Dr. Ward helping many Orlando auto accident clients understand both the medical and legal issues involved in their case; we also involve our staff nurse, Cindy Nixon, RN. As a critical care, registered nurse, Cindy manages the medical information, stays in close contact with our clients and assists with any health care questions along the way. Our clients find Cindy to be an invaluable resource.

Too many innocent people suffer an injury in Orlando and unknowingly settle for so much less. Yet, our clients have explained that people who are injured are not aware that there are law firms with an attorney who is also a medical doctor, a registered nurse on staff and a board certified civil trial lawyer. It is for that reason I wrote the book, Seeking Justice: An Insider’s Guide for the Injured. It helps protect innocent, decent people from falling into the hands of lawyers who have no business handling an important injury case. We continue to make a Free copy of this book available to anyone injured in Florida.

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Orlando Car Accident Lawyer Recognized for Auto Accident Information

The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization has recognized the Orlando Car Accident Lawyer Blog as an excellent source for auto accident information –especially when it comes to choosing a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer. Of course, everyone involved in an Orlando car accident wants to hire the BEST auto accident attorney, the most ethical and one recognized by The Florida Bar as a SPECIALIST.

As Orlando car accident attorneys, we are flattered by this Florida Bar recognition. Of course, with (1) a Medical Doctor/Lawyer, (2) a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer; and, (3) a Critical Care Nurse our expertise in medicine and law provides a huge advantage when taking on the insurance companies.

We have achieved one of the largest verdicts in the United States. As we have shared with other lawyers, our secret is limiting the number of cases we handle so that we are always prepared to go to trial. Insurance companies know which lawyers try cases and which do not.

As our clients understand, a legal claim is a difficult, stressful situation. By communicating regularly with our clients we keep them up-to-date on both the medical and legal aspects of their Orlando car accident case. Well-informed clients suffer less anxiety during the legal process and can better assist us.

If you need assistance after an Orlando car accident, do what many have already done: Order a free copy of the Florida Car Accident Book, Seeking Justice: An Insider’s Guide for the Injured. If someone has been involved in an accident, it is a great place to start.

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Medical Care Following Car Accidents

The Insurance Journal has reported that 25% of automobile accidents resulted in bodily injury claims in 2003. In a 2004 study from Trends In Auto Injury Claims it found continued increases in personal injury claims. Yet, records indicate that many people involved in automobile accidents, are embarrassed to seek medical attention because of what they’ve determine to be bumps and bruises, and they didn’t seem serious enough or because the onset of the symptoms did not immediately occur.

Doctors advise that as soon as possible, after an accident, an initial evaluation at a local Emergency Room is positively recommended. The reason for that is: X-rays can be performed which will generally rule out broken bones or factures. In addition, muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatory medications can immediately be prescribed so as to address muscle strains and/or pulls.

If the onset of a serious injury is delayed, the failure to have a medical complaint recorded will affect your physical recovery. Back and neck injuries (like a herniated disc) are not always immediately determinable. They are often initially diagnosed as “Soft Tissue” injuries before an MRI or a CT Scan reveals a disc injury. Normal x-ray film – – cannot diagnose a disc injury.

While everyone wants to believe that there is no need to seek medical attention following a car accident, where the injury seems minor, the safest approach is to have a doctor perform a proper evaluation. Generally, that will provide the peace of mind you deserve. From a legal standpoint, the visit to your doctor or emergency department will document your complaints in the event, you do develop long-term difficulties.

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Car Accidents Caused by Text Messaging

Text messaging by drivers is legal even though research has found that it increases the chance of accidents. As Orlando car accident lawyers, we encounter this kind of negligence frequently. When people engage in multitasking, they lose the ability to monitor themselves while they are driving, according to a researcher at the University of Utah at Salt Lake City who has studied cell phone and motorist safety for seven years.

Texting and Driving Statistics

In a recent study of 19- to 24-year-olds in driving simulators, motorists who text message while driving are six times more likely to be distracted and have an accident. When a driver texts, driving patterns change. For example, the response time to brake is 23 percent slower — 1.077 seconds when texting and driving compared with 0.881 seconds when unencumbered. It’s imperative that drivers follow the necessary safety laws.

How bad is texting and driving?

The National Safety Council finds that text messaging is among the worst things a driver can do. Of course, any time you take your hands, eyes or brain off the wheel it’s not good idea. However, with text messaging, you take all three off the wheel. In fact, the study found that drivers who are talking on a cell phone or texting while driving don’t process the visual environment. They may not recognize whether they are seeing a red traffic light or the onset of a brake light.

Investigators of a recent accident in which five teenagers were killed said the phone owned by the 17-year-old driver was used to make a call and send and receive text messages in the three minutes before the crash. It isn’t known whether the driver, Bailey Goodman, or a passenger was text messaging.

Only Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Washington, D.C., have prohibited motorists from driving and talking on hand-held cell phones. California and Washington will ban cell phone use starting Jan 1. Also, AAA says 14 states restrict the use of cell phones by drivers younger than 18.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident because of another’s negligence, it’s important to take action. It’s time to settle your car accident case quickly. FL Trial MD’s highest priority is to fight for your justice.

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