National Pedestrian Safety Month The U.S. Department of Transportation marks October as National Pedestrian Safety Month. According to their website, “National Pedestrian Safety Month celebrates the right of everyone to walk or roll safely and reminds drivers of their responsibility to stay alert for pedestrians, cyclists, and other vulnerable road users.” This observance aims to bring awareness to the fact that walking is a part of most people's day. A pedestrian can be your neighbor, co-worker, mother, child, or spouse. A pedestrian can be anyone walking to get from one point to another. Pedestrian Accidents in Florida Walking as a form of transportation has increased steadily through the years. Unfortunately, so has pedestrian accidents. In 2021, Florida saw 9,552 pedestrian crashes, where 1,450 caused severe bodily injury. This is up from 2020, which reached 8107 documented pedestrian crashes. Sadly, there were 847 fatal pedestrian accidents in 2021. That is up from 2020 which saw 712 fatalities. Smart Growth America Study Every year, the Dangerous By Design 2022 report from Smart Growth America highlights the “preventable epidemic of people struck and killed by walking.” It is truly sobering to look at the declining pedestrian safety in the United States. Smart Growth America advocates for people who want to live and work in great neighborhoods. The authors of "Dangerous by Design 2022" say a "transportation paradigm shift" is needed in designing, building and operating streets and roads, and inertia is a primary hurdle. According to the report, “This epidemic continues growing worse because our nation’s streets are dangerous by design, designed primarily to move cars quickly at the expense of keeping everyone safe. The result in 2020 was a significant increase in all traffic fatalities, even with less driving overall due to the pandemic.” The report shows that over 6,500 people were hit and killed while walking in 2020 – a 4.5% increase over 2019. That is 18 pedestrians a day and 125 pedestrians a week. And although 2020 is the last year for which complete federal data is available, early estimates for 2021 place pedestrian deaths at nearly 7,500. If these numbers are correct, that would be a historic increase and a 40-year high. The Top 20 Most Dangerous States for Pedestrians This map highlights the 20 most dangerous metropolitan areas in the United States for people walking between 2016 and 2020, ranked by average yearly deaths per 100,000 people. The report goes on to say “As in previous versions of this report, metro areas within the southern half of the US account for a sizable portion of the top twenty most dangerous metro areas in the nation. The top 20 list includes 15 of that region’s major metro areas, including seven from Florida.” View the full report here: https://smartgrowthamerica.org/dangerous-by-design/#custom-tab-0-dfb73992c4f3855cd9d2b90982a7cc97 How Walkable Is Your Community? National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has created a walkabllity checklist to help you determine how safe your neighborhood is for pedestrians. The first step to the checklist is picking a place to walk. This can be a typical walk to the store, a route to school, or to church. The second step involves the checklist. The checklist document asks that you “read over the checklist before you go,and as you walk, note the locations of things you would like to change. At the end of your walk, give each question a rating. Then add up the numbers to see how you rated your walk overall. After you've rated your walk and identified any problem areas, the next step is to figure out what you can do to improve your community's score. You'll find both immediate answers and long-term solutions under "Improving Your Community's Score..." on the third page.” To download and print the checklist, click here: https://www.nhtsa.gov/sites/nhtsa.gov/files/walkingchecklist.pdf Pedestrian Safety Tips from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration When pedestrians are alert and drivers maintain safe speeds, accidents are prevented and neighborhoods become safer. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has compiled safety tips for both drivers and pedestrians. 8 Safety Tips for Drivers Look out for pedestrians everywhere, at all times. Use extra caution when driving in hard-to-see conditions, such as nighttime or bad weather. Slow down and be prepared to stop when turning or otherwise entering a crosswalk. Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and stop well back from the crosswalk to give other vehicles an opportunity to see the crossing pedestrians so they can stop too. Never pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk. There may be people crossing where you can’t see. Never drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Follow the speed limit, especially around people on the street, in school zones and in neighborhoods where children are present. Be extra cautious when backing up and look for pedestrians. 8 Walking Safety Tips Follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals. Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible. Cross streets at crosswalks or intersections. Look for cars in all directions, including those turning left or right. If a crosswalk or intersection is not available, locate a well-lit area where you have the best view of traffic. Wait for a gap in traffic that allows enough time to cross safely; continue watching for traffic as you cross. Watch for cars entering or exiting driveways, or backing up in parking lots. Avoid alcohol and drugs when walking; they impair your abilities and your judgment. Embrace walking as a healthy form of transportation - get up, get out and get moving. Learn more here: https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/pedestrian-safety South Florida Pedestrian Accident Lawyer If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a pedestrian accident, contact an experienced South Florida personal injury lawyer. Robert Gluck has been assisting victims of pedestrian accidents for nearly 30 years. His firm offers a free consultation to help you get all your questions answered. Click here to set up your free consultation or email him directly at [email protected]
Statute of Limitations for Car Accidents in Florida If you have been injured in an accident in Florida, the following days, months and years can feel overwhelming and confusing. While you are focusing on recovering from injuries sustained in the accident, the last thing on your mind might be filing a personal injury claim. While your health and recovery should be your main priority following an accident that has caused you injuries, you will also want to start to consider the necessary steps you will need to take to get compensated for expenses incurred due to the accident, including medical expenses, lost wages, and property damage. It is important not to wait too long because there is a time limit on how long you have to file a claim or lawsuit. Florida Statute of Limitations Every state has a statute of limitations in place. A "statute of limitations" is a law that places a time limit on how long after a car crash you have to initiate a cause of action such as a claim for personal injury or property damage. According to Florida Statutes section 95.11(3)(a), personal injury claims following the crash must be filed within 4 years of the date of the accident. When it comes to property damage, there is also a 4 year time restriction. It is important to note that there are different statutes of limitations depending on the situation. Statute of limitations may vary between car accident claims, crimes, and different types of personal injuries. For claims regarding wrongful death, the statute of limitations is 2 years. There may also be exceptions for the 4 year statute of limitations when it comes to injury claims, and an extension may be granted if the extent or circumstances of the accident warrant such. Why Limitations? While it may seem unjust or unfair to an injured victim that there is a time limit on filing a claim and seeking justice, there are several common-sense reasons why statutes of limitations are in place. The main reason is to prevent a plaintiff from the ability to take legal action against a defendant for an infinite amount of time. It is also considered unjust to bring a claim against a party for an accident that happened in the distant past. Another reason is that over time, evidence such as medical records and witness testimonies may be lost and eyewitnesses may not be available. Also, over time memories get cloudy and key evidence, such as a car that may have had a malfunction, may be repaired or sold before the case is initiated and an investigation can take place. Steps to Take After a Car Accident Seek medical attention Contact a personal injury attorney Document the scene and collect evidence Request a police report Florida Car Accident Injury Lawyer Florida's statute of limitations law can be complex to understand. If you are unsure of how long you have to file an injury claim, The Law Offices of Robert Gluck can help. While the last thing you may want to do after recovering from an injury is to begin legal proceedings, waiting to do so could be detrimental to your long-term recovery from a financial standpoint. It is in your best interest to contact an experienced Florida injury lawyer immediately after an accident. They are there to help you in all steps of your recovery. Call Robert Gluck today with any questions you have regarding your car accident case in Florida. He can be reached at (877) Gluck-Law.
Safety Tips for Driving With a Baby As September is National Baby Safety Month, we wanted to discuss several safety tips for driving in a car with a baby. Caring for young ones can be a stressful task. Whether it be a parent, caregiver, family member or friend, we want to make sure that whomever is transporting a baby takes all the necessary steps to keep our most fragile passengers safe. Driving with babies and infants can be extra daunting, especially as a first time caregiver. That is why we decided to compile an easy-to-read list of tips and suggestions that can help ease the stress of traveling with a baby. Tip #1: Understand Your Specific Car Seat According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, using child safety seats reduces the risk of death in a car crash by 71 percent for infants. The first step to understanding car seat safety is to understand car seat regulations, including how long a child should remain rear-facing. A rear-facing car seat, as the name suggests, is one where the infant’s face is looking towards the rear of the vehicle. It is usually suggested that a baby should remain facing the rear till at least 2 years of age. Never place a baby in the front seat, especially if there are airbags. Airbags can be dangerous to a fragile baby in the event of an accident. Once you understand local regulations, you will want to choose a car seat that has a high safety rating and one that is federally approved. Make sure your car seat is set up for the age, weight and size appropriate for your baby. Read the car seat manual carefully, as well as your car's manual, to assure you have installed the car seat correctly. You will also want to make sure the car seat you choose fits well inside the make and model of your car. You can request to test the car seat model by installing it in your car before purchase. Be sure to register your car seat to stay up to date on any possible recalls. It is also recommended to not use used car seats or car seats that are older than 6 years. Tip #2: Try to Avoid Physical Engagement with Baby It might be tempting to want to quickly turn around to pick up a dropped toy, touch your baby, soothe a crying baby, or even to just make eye contact, but any type of physical engagement could put you and your baby at risk. It is best to situate your baby with car-safe toys that might possibly hang from the car seat. This could be a good way to keep baby entertained and prevent toys from falling down. However make sure the toy does not pose a choking or strangulation risk, and that it does not get in the way of the harness fitting properly. Tip #3: Avoid Distractions Picture this, you are on the highway and your baby begins screaming and crying. As the caregiver, you know this is a hunger cry. As tempting as it might be to try to get baby a bottle or snack ready, if it causes any sort of distraction to the driver it is unsafe and should be avoided. Instead, pre-plan for your trip with premade bottles and snacks. You can consider playing music and installing a mirror so you can see the baby and help ease your worries. Tip #4: Get Your Baby Accustomed to the Car seat and the Car It is recommended to acclimate your baby to the car seat by placing the baby in the car seat, with the straps secured while inside the home. Offer your baby things they enjoy such as toys, snacks and a bottle. This will help them associate positively to being strapped in the car seat. After this, you can begin placing the baby in the car seat that is installed in the car. Getting baby adjusted to being in the car is helpful for when you start to move around with baby more often. Tip #5: Map out your drive and pre-plan stops You will want to familiarise yourself with your route and know where you can safely pull over and exit onto a safe area to give your child the attention they need if you need to. When a baby begins to scream and cry while the car is moving, it can be a stressful time for the driver. That is why knowing your way beforehand can help prevent accidents on the roadways. Also, keep in mind, that it is not recommended to pull on the side of the road. Tip #6: Prepare baby before getting them in the car To reduce the need to have to stop or pull over, it is recommended to make sure the baby's needs are met beforehand. We suggest feeding or nursing baby, putting them in comfortable clothing and changing diapers. A happy baby makes for a smoother drive, while an upset baby can be distracting and cause an accident. Caring for a baby is a huge responsibility. We hope that this article can help you keep your baby safe while traveling in a car. Unfortunately, other drivers’ behavior is out of our control. If you were in an accident with a negligent driver, we can help. Call Robert Gluck at 877-Gluck-Law (877-458-2552) for a free case evaluation. His team is here to help you every step of the way. _______________________________________________ You May Also Be Interested In: How Does A Personal Injury Trial Work? Florida Hurricane Season Preparedness Guide What Should I Do If I Was Involved In A Boating Accident in Florida?
How Does a Personal Injury Trial Work? Leading Up to a Trial Generally speaking, the majority of personal injury cases will settle with the insurance company before a case will go to trial. Roughly 90% of personal injury claims are settled outside of court. Settlement negotiations are usually carried out between a lawyer and insurance companies. However, a few claims end up going to trial when the insurance company denies a claim or does not offer sufficient compensation for the injuries sustained. So long as the injured victim is within the statute of limitations (time limit to file a lawsuit set by the state), they can file a lawsuit in civil court. Why Do Some Personal Injury Cases Go To Trial? Personal Injury cases typically end up in court as a last resort. Preferably a lawsuit will enter negotiations, and then a financial settlement without ever having to go to court. Settlements are usually preferred over going to trial for many reasons, including: Quicker access to compensation Time-saving Less stress Guaranteed compensation Less risky Key Steps During a Personal Injury Trial Complaint - a legal document called the “complaint ” is typically the first step in any personal injury case. The person filing the lawsuit is referred to as the “plaintiff,” and the party the lawsuit is against is referred to as the “defendant.” The complaint will state the details about your accident and injuries, and alleges that the defendant was liable for the plaintiff’s injuries due to negligence. It should also include the types of damages the injured party is seeking. Answer - Generally speaking, a lawyer will be retained by the defendant's insurance company, and will file answers to any questions presented in the complaint. There are time limits for this, but the defendant can request extensions. Depositions - Depositions are testimonies taken under oath. They are usually carried out at a specific date and time and include questions by the lawyers on both sides to both defendant and plaintiff Witness and Expert Depositions - Any witnesses that may be involved as well as doctor’s statements will be taken. In some instances, experts are brought in for depositions. Discovery - Discovery is the formal exchange of evidence collected by both parties. This can include depositions, copies of specific documents such as insurance policies, medical records, photographs or videos, or anything else that may be used as evidence in the case. During the discovery period, either party may file a motion to delay the case, which should be expected, or they can agree to a settlement. They may even dismiss the case altogether. Typically discovery requests are filed at the same time as the ‘complaint’. Mediation - Usually the last step before trial is mediation. A neutral mediator attempts to negotiate a resolution to the case that is favorable for everyone. Going to Trial - If both parties were unable to agree on a fair settlement, then your case will go to trial. This means that a jury would listen to both sides of the story from the plaintiff and defendant. Both attornies will present the evidence they have gathered. The plaintiff must prove that the defendant breached Florida’s Duty of Care. After the jury has listened to arguments from both parties, they will make a decision as to whether the defendant is liable, or if your case doesn’t have sufficient evidence to back your claims and will be dismissed. If the jury sides with the plaintiff, they will determine the amount of compensation awarded to you. What to Expect During Your Trial After all the steps above have been carried out, the courts will place your case on a trial calendar. Attorneys for both sides will go through the process of selecting a jury. This involves asking a large group of potential jurors questions and then determining if anyone should be disqualified. Reasons for disqualification could be due to conflict of interest or reasons for bias. The judge will then give instruction to the jury, and the trial will begin. The jury’s job is to determine if a defendant caused the plaintiff’s injuries and how much compensation they should receive. The start of trial begins with the plaintiff’s attorney making an opening statement. The defendant's attorney will then follow with their opening statements. The case continues with the plaintiff displaying evidence that supports their side of the story. The defendant will be able to cross-examine any witnesses. The defendant will then have their turn. A typical trial will involve the attorneys from both sides submitting and cross-examining evidence about the case, including witness statements from depositions, expert testimonies, photos of the accident, and video footage. Both sides will give a closing statement, and then the judge will instruct the jury on how to apply the law to the circumstances of the case. The jury will deliberate and once unanimous agreement, they will present their decision to the parties. Timing of a Florida Personal Injury Trial Most personal injury cases that are not too complex are in trial for 2-3 days. More complex cases can take much longer than that. The entire process for a Florida personal injury lawsuit from start to finish can range from a few months to a few years. Personal Injury Settlement Types If your case settles outside of the courtrooms, it is considered an informal settlement. Cases that are decided by a judge and jury are called formal settlements. Informal settlements usually allow the plaintiff to receive compensation quickly, while formal settlements are a more drawn-out process. Florida Personal Injury Lawyer If a case goes to trial, it will be in your best interest to work with an experienced trial lawyer. Robert, for instance, has tried personal injury cases before juries throughout his 33 year career. Call him today for expert legal advice at (877) Gluck-Law. Don’t forget to visit our website www.robertgluck.com.
Ask a Personal Injury Lawyer Near Me: Why You Need A Lawyer for Personal Injury Cases Although you are not legally required to hire a personal injury lawyer for personal injury cases, there are many important reasons why doing so will improve the outcome of your case. We will cover the reasons Why You Need A Lawyer for Personal Injury Cases in this article. If you have been injured due to someone else's negligence, you have legal rights in place to protect you, and a lawyer can help you understand those rights. There are some personal injury cases that are too complicated to pursue on your own, and seeking the help of a lawyer is critical. Cases of severe and permanent injury almost always need a lawyer involved. However, there are some more straightforward claims that can be handled without a lawyer. There are a few reasons why you may not need a lawyer for a personal injury and can handle the case directly with the insurance companies, such as being fully recovered from any injuries sustained. However, most personal injury claims benefit from having an experienced lawyer on your side. Before taking on the job handling your own personal injury case, you may want to consider these things: Types of Injuries - If you have suffered minor injuries such as bruising or soft tissue damage, and you are fully recovered, settling a claim directly with the insurance company can be done without a lawyer. Liability - Has the other party admitted full liability? If so, make sure that it is in writing. If fault is not disputed, the case will likely be straightforward and can be handled on your own. Do you know what you're doing? - You don’t have to be an expert, but you have to understand the process and be prepared to spend a lot of time gathering evidence, talking to insurance companies and negotiating. Getting advice from a personal injury lawyer early on can help you take necessary steps throughout your recovery that can help you maximize your compensation. Why You Need A Lawyer for Personal Injury Cases Suffered Serious Injury - Sadly, common accidents, such as car accidents and slip / trip and fall accidents, often result in serious injuries such as broken bones, traumatic brain injury, neck or back injury, concussions, burns, and animal attacks, amongst other bodily injuries. In some cases, these injuries could leave victims with lifelong complications and struggles. Typical personal injury cases The Law Offices of Robert Gluck handle include the following: Automobile Accidents Trucks Accidents Motorcycle Accidents Bicycle Accidents Slip and Fall Accidents Pedestrian Accident Brain Injury Pool Accidents Burn Injuries Dog Bite Claims Protects You From Insurance Companies - When you try to handle a personal injury claim on your own, instead of having an experienced attorney representing you, you will be speaking directly with the liable party's insurance agents. While it may seem like they have your best interest at heart, their real interests lie in trying to save their company money. When you give them statements, you may be providing information that can harm your claim. A lawyer can protect you from insurance companies. Their experience can better evaluate your specific case so you can get maximum compensation for the injuries you suffered. Liability Disputes - A personal injury lawyer understands the legal requirements particular to your injury and case to prove liability. Your Florida injury attorney will handle all aspects of your case, including investigating your case and identifying those responsible. A lawyer knows what evidence is needed to prove fault. A personal injury lawyer can also help protect you against false injury claims of fault. If you believe the accident was partially or fully your fault, a lawyer will help protect you. Loss of Income - An effect of suffering severe injury, is loss of money and income. Medical bills and other expenses can get very high, very quickly. Severe and permanent injury can lead to missed time at work and the inability to perform one’s job. Accidents can sometimes lead to costly repair and replacement bills. Handles Complications - The more severe the injuries, the more complicated a case can become. Complications that arise during personal injury claims can be when multiple parties share the liability for the accident which caused your injury Your attorney can help you identify those responsible and seek compensation from each of them. Expert Negotiator - A lawyer will start by calculating a fair settlement amount. You want to find a lawyer who is a skilled negotiator. Being awarded the maximum compensation for your injuries should be a top priority. Your lawyer will help you recover money for medical bills, lost wages, expenses paid out of pocket, and other costs related to your injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries that have left you temporarily or permanently disabled and left you suffering and with pain, then you should be more concerned with your recovery and getting well than fighting for your rights to fair compensation. Allow Robert Gluck to fight for you. Robert does not charge for an initial case evaluation. Call him right away at (877) Gluck-Law to get personalized legal advice.
Florida Hurricane Season Preparedness Guide Florida oldtimers know that hurricane season is no laughing matter, and hurricane season preparedness is essential. For all the newcomers, those of us who have lived through a number of powerful and destructive hurricanes can’t stress enough how important it is to prepare for hurricane season. We have compiled a list of tips, tools and resources that we hope can help you when (not ‘if’) a hurricane makes landfall in Florida. Hurricanes are powerful and destructive cyclones. To be categorized as a hurricane, a tropical storm must have sustained winds of 74 miles per hour or more. In 1980, hurricane Allen had a wind speed of 190 miles per hour. Hurricane Katrina and Harvey were two of the most destructive hurricanes on record. In Florida, hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30 every year. While hurricanes are one of the most destructive acts of nature, they can be predicted days in advance, unlike earthquakes, tsunamis and tornadoes. However, we urge you not to wait till the last minute to start preparing for an impending hurricane. If you do, you will soon realize that water, gasoline, non-perishable foods, and other highly important survival materials have quickly sold out. Before we dive into hurricane preparedness, please familiarize yourself with important hurricane terminology provided by www.stateofflorida.com - Tropical Storm Watch: Tropical storm conditions are possible in the area. - Hurricane Watch: Hurricane conditions are possible in the area.Watches are issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical storm force winds. - Tropical Storm Warning: Tropical storm conditions are expected in the area. - Hurricane Warning: Hurricane conditions are expected in the area.Warnings are issued 36 hours in advance of tropical storm force winds. - Eye: Clear, sometimes well-defined center of the storm with calmer conditions. - Eye Wall: Surrounding the eye, contains some of the most severe weather of the storm with the highest wind speed and largest precipitation. - Rain Bands: Bands coming off the cyclone that produce severe weather conditions such as heavy rain, wind and tornadoes. - Storm Surge: An often underestimated and deadly result of ocean water swelling as a result of a landfalling storm, and quickly flooding coastal and sometimes areas further inland. Preparing for a Hurricane: Before Determine Risk: Do not assume just because you are inland, you are not at risk for hurricane damage. Hurricanes can impact areas far inland. It is important to assess your neighborhood and home's vulnerability to storm surges, high winds, flooding and rip currents. Regardless of the strength of the storm, intense paths of destruction can go from coastal areas to as far as a few hundred miles inland. You can search historical hurricane tracks through this link provided by NOAA. Familiarize yourself with potential local hazards that could arise around where you live, and begin preparing a written plan for how to handle them. Find your local or state emergency management agency and connect with them. They can help you stay up-to-date on new storms and help you prepare for an emergency. Do not forget to visit Ready.gov or Listo.gov to find your state’s emergency management contact information. Evacuation Plan: After determining if your home is in a hurricane-prone area, you will then need to determine your hurricane evacuation zone. You must decide where you will go in case of an evacuation. Check with local officials to know what local shelters are in your town. Downloading the FEMA app will give you access to real-time active local shelters in your area during a hurricane. Remember, shelter locations change, so it is important to stay current. The organization Hurricane Strong has provided this “Find Your Evacuation Zone” document for you to download or print. Furthermore, find your county's evacuation zone on this interactive map by clicking here. Next, list several different locations you could potentially evacuate to, such as a friend or family member's house, or a hotel in a different city. Try to choose a few options that are in different directions from each other. It is also wise to understand different routes and alternative options for transportation. If you have pets, it’s important to find out what places accept pets, as local shelters typically only allow service animals. Never leave a pet at home. Prepare in advance a ‘to-go’ bag and emergency kit. It is also wise to have a plan in place should you get separated from your loved ones. For those whose medical needs prevent them from evacuating on their own, the EEAP provides evacuation assistance. Gather Supplies: If you need to evacuate, usually by car, then a full tank of gas is critical. Always fill up beforehand. Other than that, it is important to make sure you have these items available and ready to use: - Water (one gallon per person per day for several days, for drinking and sanitation) - Food (at least a several-day supply of non-perishable food) - Battery-powered radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert - Flashlight - First aid kit - Extra batteries - Whistle (to signal for help) - Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air) - Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place) - Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation) - Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities) - Medications - Waterproof container for important docs and paperwork - Disinfectant - Pet supplies - Manual can opener (for food) - Local maps - Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery Prepare Your Home: The Miami-Dade County website has wonderful resources for hurricane readiness. They have created a list of things to do to properly prepare your home. These things include: - Make sure all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors (important for generator use) are operational. - Protect areas where wind can enter. - Withdraw cash from the bank and get fuel for your vehicle, generator and other gas-powered tools. - Have battery-powered light sources available and ready for use. - Protect electronics with surge protectors and waterproof coverings. - If power is lost, lighting will be poor inside, so keep heavy-traffic areas free of clutter. - Bring in lawn furniture or other outdoor items not tied down that could become airborne. - Repair or replace broken or damaged fences. - Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts and clear any clogged areas or debris. - Inspect the roof for loose tiles, shingles or debris. - Make sure you have homeowners, flood and wind insurance. - Make bed rolls from your existing comforters and blankets. - If you will be evacuating your home for the storm, turn off the power at the main circuit breaker before leaving. Beyond these tips, it’s important to have the trees around your home properly trimmed and pruned, as well as install county-approved shutters. You may also use 5/8-inch plywood. It is important to note that by boarding up windows, your ability to exit your house becomes compromised, so make sure to have a plan for exiting and that everyone in the household is aware of what exits will be available. Preparing for a Hurricane: During One of the most important tips for staying safe during a hurricane in Florida is to understand if you live in a mandatory evacuation zone and to leave immediately if the officials tell you to do so. Stay informed by paying attention to emergency information and alerts. Miami Dade County has also prepared this comprehensive list of what to do if a hurricane is going to impact your area. - Monitor your radio or television for weather updates and instructions from public safety officials. Upon activation of the Miami-Dade County Emergency Operations Center, all key service update information will be posted on www.miamidade.gov. - Stay indoors, preferably in a room with few or no windows. - Take your emergency kit and disaster supplies with you if you move from room to room or if you evacuate to a shelter. - If flooding threatens your home, turn off electricity at the main breaker. - Use flashlights, not candles or kerosene lamps, as your light source. - If you lose power, turn off all major appliances. - Avoid using the phone and do not take a bath or shower during the storm. - Fight the temptation to go outside during the eye of the storm. There's only a brief period of calm before hurricane-force winds return. - Keep children informed about what’s happening and watch for signs of stress. - Keep animals in their carriers or crate. - Get in the tub and pull a mattress over you to protect yourself from debris if your home begins to come apart. - For seaport and airport passenger information, contact your local carrier about closings. - Listen for advisories from local law enforcement agencies regarding roadways and bridges being locked down. When dealing with extreme weather, Ready.org suggests you: - Determine how best to protect yourself from high winds and flooding. - Take refuge in a designated storm shelter or an interior room for high winds. - Go to the highest level of the building if you are trapped by flooding. Do not climb into a closed attic. You may become trapped by rising flood water. - Do not walk, swim or drive through flood waters. Turn Around. Don’t Drown! Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away. Preparing for a Hurricane: After It is important to stay connected with your local officials to get updates and important information, especially before returning to your home in the aftermath of a hurricane. When helping with the cleanup effort, always wear protective gear and facemasks. You may be exposed to dangerous toxins such as mold, and not be aware of them. Always work with someone else around in case of an injury. If it is safe to do so, turn off all electric breakers during cleanup efforts. Never wade through water, as there could be hidden dangers such as pathogens, dangerous debris, toxins, wildlife, holes, or downed electric poles. Photograph all damage and report it to your insurance company. We hope our Florida Hurricane Season Preparedness guide will help you better understand the importance of being well prepared this hurricane season, and help you put into place protocols and plans that can save your life. Stay safe out there! For any questions, you can reach us at (877) Gluck-Law or visit us at robertgluck.com
Originally Posted on PRWeb.com Personal Injury Lawyer Robert Gluck and staff are proud to celebrate the law firm’s anniversary. This year marks the remarkable 25th anniversary milestone of the founding of their Plantation, Florida law office. While The Plantation Law Office of Robert Gluck celebrates its 25th anniversary, attorney Robert Gluck also celebrates over 33 years of practicing law in Florida and serving injury victims and their families. The firm prides itself in offering high-quality legal services. The Law Office of Robert Gluck has an extensive track record of successfully helping injured victims get the compensation they are entitled to. “It has been an honor representing my Plantation-based clients over the past 25 years. Many of them have expressed to me how grateful they are to have found a lawyer close to home that they have come to know and trust. Since opening my Plantation Law Office, I have always prided myself in providing personal attention to my clients and with the help of my loyal and dedicated staff, I am confident that I will continue to do so for at least another 25 years. Thank you to the City of Plantation and all its citizens for supporting my law firm all these years.” About The Firm The firm was founded in 1998 with the belief that a one-on-one relationship with clients allows for the best legal representation available, and to be compensated to the maximum amount allowed by law in Florida. Robert Gluck and his dedicated team provide the best legal services in an efficient, caring and cost-effective manner. They offer a top-notch level of client service not often seen in the larger firms. Robert saw how frustrating it was for clients to establish a relationship with an attorney in a multi-lawyer law firm. Frequently dealing with different attorneys each time they called or visited the firm made it very difficult for many injury victims. This led to his decision to be the only attorney in his office. This eliminates the problem clients were facing of not knowing what is going on with their case. Robert Gluck knows all of his clients and their cases personally. The Law Office of Robert Gluck offers a variety of legal services including: Automobile Accidents Truck Accidents Bus Accidents Motorcycle Accidents Pedestrian Accidents Bicycle Accidents Trip / Slip and Fall Accidents Brain Injuries Spinal Cord Injuries Defective Products Claims Burn Injuries Dog Bite Claims Victims of Violent Crimes Pool Accidents Medical Malpractice Claims Nursing Home Abuse Claims Life Insurance Claim Denial Attorney Insurance Disputes of Any Kind About Robert Gluck Robert’s career started as an Assistant State Attorney, working in the Miami-Dade County State Attorney's Office for Janet Reno. Robert gained extensive experience prosecuting everything from DUI to murder cases. He was tasked with determining responsibility in the DUI / Traffic Homicide Division through the use of traffic crash analysis and accident reconstruction. He gained a great deal of experience in the courtroom while working as an Assistant State Attorney, being involved in over 47 jury trials during that time. From 1991 until 1997 he spent time working as an attorney in two large law firms, handling personal injury claims, through settlement or Jury Trial, as well as handling many other types of cases including criminal defense cases. In 1998, Robert went into private practice and opened his own law office in the Fort Lauderdale / Plantation area. As the firm celebrates its silver anniversary, they are reminded that their success has been built mainly on personal referrals from its past clients. They would like to take the time to thank the hundreds of clients they have helped over the years, and they look forward to helping hundreds more over the next 25 years. For more information about the Plantation Law Office of Robert Gluck, visit their website at www.robertgluck.com.
Boating Accident in Florida Florida Boating Accident Statistics Boating is a very popular pastime in Florida. With its perpetual tropical weather and warm, clear waters, Florida is considered a boater’s paradise. Every year more and more people visit and move to Florida, congesting our waterways and making boating accidents more common. Florida leads the nation with the highest number of recreational vessels, with over 1,013,211 registered vessels in 2021. According to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, there were 751 reportable boating accidents in 2021. Collisions with other vessels or fixed objects were the leading causes of Florida boating accidents. There were 60 reported fatalities in Florida in 2021, with falls overboard being the leading cause of death. 2021 Statistics Summary via Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Reportable Boating Accidents Collison with vessel was the leading type of accident with a total of 250 (33%). Towed watersport activities were involved in 11 accidents, resulting in 1 fatality and 12 injuries. Paddle/Human powered craft (canoes, kayaks, rowboats, paddleboards) were involved in 13 accidents resulting in 10 fatalities. (9 kayaks, 2 canoes, 2 rowboats) May was the month with the highest number of accidents (102). Miami-Dade County reported the highest number of accidents and injuries (95 total accidents with 7 fatalities and 65 injuries). Reportable Boating Fatalities 59 fatal accidents resulting in 60 fatalities. 22% of the fatal accidents resulted from falls overboard (19 accidents). Boaters falling overboard remains the leading category of boating fatality. The leading cause of death in fatal boating accidents was drowning with 33 fatalities (55%). • May was the month with the highest number of fatalities (10). Alcohol or drug-use is reported to have played a role in 23% of boating fatalities. 85% (51) of the victims of fatal boating accidents were males. 72% (47) of the 65 operators involved in fatal accidents were age 36 or older. 81% (55) of all vessels involved in fatal accidents in 2021 were 21 feet in length or less. Reportable Boating Injuries There were 324 accidents that resulted in 469 injured persons. The rate of injury was 47 injuries per 100,000 registered vessels. Reportable Personal Watercraft Accidents Personal watercraft (PWC) accounted for 16% of all registered vessels in Florida. PWC were involved in 26% (195) of reportable boating accidents. Rented PWC represented 56% (153) of PWC involved in accidents. 52% (101) of PWC accidents involved a collision with another vessel. 44% of PWC accidents occurred in Miami-Dade (37), Monroe (31) and Pinellas (18) counties. 17 fatalities resulted from the 195 PWC accidents. 162 people were injured in PWC accidents. 2021 Reportable Boating Accidents Top 10 Counties Miami-Dade - 95 Monroe - 91 Palm Beach - 54 Lee - 51 Pinellas - 40 Broward - 30 Okaloosa - 28 Collier - 28 Brevard - 26 Hillsborough - 20 Immediately Following the Accident If you were involved in a boat accident in Florida, it is required that you stop your boat immediately at the scene of the accident. It's crucial to check that everyone is still on board the vehicle and that all passengers are accounted for. It is not uncommon for passengers to go overboard during a boating accident. It is recommended to safely move your vehicle to an area that allows you to safely check all passengers for injuries or make appropriate rescues. You are required to assist those who have been injured or are in distress, as long as you are able to do so without risking the safety of others or yourself. Once everyone is accounted for and assessed, under Florida law, those involved in the accident must provide their name, address, and boat information, in writing, to any person who was injured and to the owner of any property that was damaged as a result of the accident. When Is a Written Boating Accident Report Required? You are required to file an accident report boating when the following circumstances occur: A vessel or equipment results in death within 24 hours of occurrence An injury occurs requiring more than first aid A disappearance of a person There is damage to a boat or property of $2,000 or more To file a boating accident report, contact either The Division of Law Enforcement, FWC, The county sheriff from where the accident occurred, or the police department in the municipality where the accident occurred. If you are unsure whether your accident warrants a report, it is best to make one, as not doing so in a circumstance when it is required is a criminal offense. The law for reporting boating accidents in Florida is Florida Revised Statutes 327.30 Vessel Safety – Collisions, Accidents, and Casualties. The law requires a driver involved in a collision to take certain steps, including notifying law enforcement after an accident occurs and exchanging information with others who were involved in the accident. Resources We recommend keeping a US Coast Guard Boating Accident Report form on board with you at all times. This way you can quickly document all the important aspects and details of the accident in a timely manner. Boating Accident in Florida If you were involved in a Florida boating accident, you have important rights under Florida law that allow you to obtain recovery for your losses under certain circumstances. These may include compensation for bodily injury, lost wages due to injury, current and future medical expenses, as well as pain and suffering. If you or a loved one was injured in a boating accident, it is in your best interest to immediately contact a Florida personal injury attorney. Under Florida law, you have a maximum of four years from the date of the accident to file a boat accident claim. If you have questions about a boating accident, call Robert Gluck today at (877) Gluck-Law, or email him directly at [email protected]
Motorcycle Passenger Injury Claim Motorcycles are becoming increasingly more popular in Florida every year. It is estimated that over the past 20 years, the number of annual motorcycle fatalities reported in Florida has doubled. Sadly, with increased popularity, comes increased roadway accidents. Motorcycles are used both as a form of recreation as well as a convenient mode of transportation. It’s not uncommon to find someone riding as a passenger on the back of a motorcycle. While riding with the wind in your hair on the endless stretches of highways and roads throughout Florida is certainly invigorating and thrilling, it also can be extremely dangerous to both the driver and any passenger on a motorcycle. Motorcycle Accident Statistics Motorcycles offer no outwardly protection from impact, as cars or trucks would. Because of this, motorcycle accidents often end with severe, permanent injury and even death. Nationally, an estimated 84,000 motorcyclists were injured in 2019, a 2-percent increase from 82,000 motorcyclists injured in 2018 (via NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION) In Florida, 2020 was a very deadly year for motorcyclists, with 600 reported fatalities. Passengers on motorcycles usually suffer the same types of injuries as the driver, if not more, since passengers lack any sort of control of the motorcycle. The long-term impacts of being involved in a motorcycle accident can last anywhere from months to a lifetime. Medical bills and lost wages alone can cause severe strain on anyone's life following a Florida motorcycle accident. Motorcycle accidents are terrible, and we urge anyone riding one to wear a properly fitting helmet certified by DOT at all times. Motorcycle Passenger Laws Helmet Laws - If you are over the age of 21 you are not required to wear a helmet while riding as a passenger on a motorcycle. However, you must have an insurance policy that covers at least $10,000. Footrest Laws -. All motorcycles designed to seat a passenger are required to have footrests installed for their passengers. This helps with balance and stability. Child Passenger Laws - Florida law allows children to ride on motorcycles. In fact, there are no age restrictions for children who ride on motorcycles. Children are required to wear a helmet. Carrying Extra Passenger Laws - there has to be a seat for the passenger or the seat must be meant for two. Another person is prohibited from riding on a motorcycle as a passenger unless the motorcycle is designed for more than one person. Motorcycle Passenger Rights After an Accident If you have been injured as a result of a motorcycle crash while riding as a passenger, you have the right to seek compensation for the injuries you have suffered. Not only that, but you may also seek compensation for damages such as lost wages, pain and suffering, and future medical needs. Hiring a lawyer who specializes in motor-vehicle-related injuries will help you maximize the money damages awarded to you. They will also help walk you through this difficult and stressful time so you can focus on healing and getting your life back to normal. An experienced Florida motorcycle accidents attorney will conduct a thorough investigation of the crash, and gather all the necessary evidence to help prove negligence. Who Is Liable? Since all accidents are different, it is impossible to say for sure who would be liable for an accident you were involved in. Depending on the circumstances of your case, the motorcycle driver or the driver of another vehicle (if there was one) could be held liable. In some circumstances, both could be at fault. Statistically, it is usually another vehicle that does not see the motorcycle that causes the accident. The driver of the other vehicle and motorcycle has a responsibility to operate a motorized vehicle with care and safety to prevent any unnecessary accidents. This is known as ‘duty of reasonable care.’ In other circumstances, a motorcycle accident can be caused by faulty or defective parts. For example, if a motorcycle was unable to stop due to faulty brakes, a claim could be brought against the manufacturer of the motorcycle, or even the mechanic who last serviced the bike. If you or a loved one were injured in a crash as a motorcycle passenger, you do not want to take the risk of going at this alone. A skilled Florida motorcycle accidents attorney will sit down with you and listen to the details of your case. With years of experience, they can provide you with feasible options for how you can proceed with legal action. Robert Gluck will fight for your rights so you can receive the maximum settlement available to you. If you would like to schedule your free case evaluation, call Robert directly. For cases in Broward County, call 954-583-8999, and for Collier County dial 239-403-3728. You can also email Robert at [email protected]
Personal Injury Settlement Check Following an accident that has caused you injuries, the last thing on your mind might be how to legally pursue an injury claim. However, as the expenses and lost wages begin to accumulate, you might be wondering how you can recover some of the additional medical and living expenses you have been forced to pay as a result of someone else’s negligence. Robert Gluck often gets asked the question “ How long does it take to get a personal injury settlement?”. After a long road of recovery, his clients are eager to know when they can start paying off their medical bills, paying for repairs of personal property and begin catching up on other expenses. Because every personal injury claim is different and no two circumstances are ever alike, it is almost impossible to answer this question at the start of any case. These matters take time, and the amount of time it takes from the start of your case to having your check in hand differs greatly from case to case. Personal Injury Claim Process After an accident, it may seem like life will never get back to normal. The thought of filing a personal injury claim seems daunting and scary. However, with a respected and experienced lawyer on your side, it doesn’t have to be. After seeking medical attention, your best course of action is speaking to a lawyer. During your initial consultation, you will explain the circumstances of the accident, and your attorney can begin collecting evidence and start his own investigation. Your attorney will also need to collect important documentation such as medical records, witness testimonies, proof of lost wages, amongst other things. Until your lawyer can adequately calculate your losses, and those injured have fully recovered or can prove what their future or lifelong medical care needs are, your lawyer will be unable to send a demand letter to the insurance company or at-fault party. A demand letter is essentially a written statement in which you describe what your specific demands for compensation are. Once the demand letter is sent, the liable party is alerted that the injured victim is seeking compensation. Settlement negotiations usually commence. Your lawyer should discuss all offers with you and give you advice and recommendations for moving forward. If a fair settlement is not reached, your lawyer will file a lawsuit, and begin the process of litigation. How Long Does it Take To Get a Personal Injury Settlement Check? Before you receive any compensation following an injury, you must agree to the terms of a settlement offer from the at-fault party, usually an insurance company. Your lawyer is a critical part of this process because they will advise you on whether the terms are reasonable, and the offer is acceptable. If your personal injury lawyer is unable to negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company, the next step would be to file an official complaint. The defendant is required to respond to the complaint within a certain time frame. For some of the more straightforward personal injury cases, after you have accepted a settlement offer from the insurance company, it usually takes between 2-6 weeks to receive your settlement check. Once both parties have agreed on a settlement offer, the injured party will have to sign a legal document called a general release which resolves all claims you have against the other party and releases the insurance company from liability from the same accident. Your lawyer will then send the release to whoever is representing the other party involved in the accident, and a check is released. The check is then usually deposited into an escrow account where it is cleared. Once the funds are cleared, your lawyer will pay off expenses such as; - lawyer fees agreed to in your contingency fee agreement - medical expenses - liens on funds - fees paid to witnesses and investigators etc. A check will then be issued to you for the remaining balance. Consult a Florida Personal Injury Lawyer You should never be made to feel rushed into accepting a settlement offer. You should always consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer who will be committed to walking you through this stressful process and assisting you with receiving the maximum amount of compensation. Robert Gluck has been advocating for his clients for 33 years and has a proven track record for helping people regain their lives back. His dedicated staff will work diligently on your case and attempt to expedite your personal injury settlement process to get you a check as soon as possible. Contact Robert Gluck today for a free case evaluation by calling (877) Gluck-Law.