Sea Fog Dangers – Legal Requirements for Drivers

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Public Service Announcement – When warm, moist air flows across cool coastal Gulf waters, the result can be dense sea fog that blankets the land near the coast. Fog can be deadly because it reduces visibility and puts a film of condensation on the roads, which increases stopping distance. Under Florida law, when drivers encounter fog they are required to turn on their headlights and reduce their speed as necessary to avoid running into things. Driving with four-way flashers on is illegal. Additionally, the use of high beam headlights actually decreases visibility and is illegal within 500 feet of oncoming…

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Carbon Monoxide Kills – Get a Detector

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This year for Christmas, give your loved ones the gift of safety – a carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide is scentless, colorless, and tasteless, but it’s extremely deadly. Carbon monoxide is created any time you burn a fuel, like gasoline, natural gas, wood, oil, propane, or charcoal. When the carbon monoxide can’t dissipate because the burning is happening inside a house or garage, the result can be deadly. Hundreds of people die and tens of thousands are hospitalized due to accidental carbon monoxide poisoning each year. If you’re exposed to a toxic level of carbon monoxide, you probably won’t realize it…

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Palm Harbor US 19 Fatality

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December 10, 2016 – Jason Miller was killed in in a head-on crash that occurred on US 19. A vehicle driven by Terrell Salerno reportedly crossed the median into the path of Miller’s vehicle. Florida Statute 316.081 states that “a vehicle shall be driven upon the right half of the roadway, except as follows: (a) When overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction under the rules governing such movement; (b) When an obstruction exists making it necessary to drive to the left of the center of the highway; provided any person so doing shall yield the right-of-way to all…

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Margie’s Second ABC Appearance

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Here’s a link to Margie’s appearance on ABC’s The Morning Blend talking about how Swope Law helps women maneuver through the insurance claims process after being injured in an accident. Women and men are very different, both physically and emotionally. Did you know that a woman is twice as likely to suffer a serious emotional injury in an accident than a man? Women are more susceptible to suffering from PTSD after an accident. Women and men also differ in how they heal from physical injuries. Women produce estrogen which can inhibit inflammation and extend the healing process.

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Takata airbag recall significantly expanded

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The Takata airbag recall has been significantly expanded. We encourage you to go to vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin to see if your vehicle is subject to the recall, particularly if you own an Acura, Audi, BMW, Chevy, Chrysler, Sprinter, Dodge/Ram, Fiat, Ford, GMC, Honda, Infiniti, Lexus, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Subaru, Toyota, or Volkswagen. Significant scarring and death can occur from a defective airbag deployment. Be safe out there!

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Margie’s ABC Appearance

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Margie was recently interviewed by the host of the Morning Blend on ABC Tampa Bay. She discusses why she focuses on representing women who have been injured and how women’s injuries are different. Here’s the link: http://www.abcactionnews.com/morning-blend/swope-law

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Insurance Companies Still Fleecing Floridians

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A few years ago, insurance companies convinced some of our Florida legislators to amend the “no fault” (or PIP) insurance regulations to limit an injured person’s medical bills to $2,500 unless a doctor determined that the person suffered from an emergency medical condition in an accident. Everyone who owns a car in Florida must pay for $10,000 in PIP coverage, but with the recent law change only some of us will actually receive the full benefit. The insurance companies promised the legislature that limiting their payment responsibility to $2,500 (even though we still had to pay for $10,000 in coverage)…

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Pinellas Park Motorcycle Fatality

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April 29, 2016 – Mark Riendeau was killed when his motorcycle crashed into a truck driven by Russell Kirchoff at the intersection of 66th Street and 94th Avenue North. Riendeau was reportedly southbound on 66th Street on his motorcycle when Kirchoff attempted to make a left turn from northbound 66th Street onto 94th Avenue. Florida Statute 316.122, titled “Vehicle turning left,” states that “The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left within an intersection or into an alley, private road, or driveway shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction, or vehicles lawfully passing…

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Approaching Crosswalks – To Stop or Not to Stop

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After the accident on April 22, 2016 in which 15 year old Jacob Giner was struck as a pedestrian while in a marked crosswalk on Alternate 19 in Palm Harbor, we received several inquiries about the legal requirements for drivers approaching a crosswalk. Here’s what the law says. Florida Statute 316.130, titled “Pedestrians; traffic regulations,” states that there are two times when a vehicle must stop when a pedestrian is in a marked crosswalk. The first is when the pedestrian steps into the crosswalk on the side of the road on which the vehicle is traveling. The second is when…

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