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Motorcyclist Injured in Indian Rocks Beach

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Indian Rocks Beach, FL (11/02/2019) –  A man from Seminole received severe injuries after his motorcycle threw him early Saturday morning. The crash happened on the Indian Rocks Beach Causeway Bridge around 3:56 am. Logan G. Collins, 23, drove his 2017 Harley Davidson east on the bridge. Deputies say he hit the median guardrail, and the motorcycle threw him off. He wore a helmet. Collins called 911 and EMTs transported him to the hospital. Police stated that speed and impairment are factors in the crash.  Our hearts go out to all of those impacted by this accident. Motorcycle crashes like this one occur far too often in Florida. It’s essential that motorcycle accidents be thoroughly investigated so that the cause of the collision can be understood, and the responsible party can be identified and, if warranted, held accountable.  Abrahamson & Uiterwyk is committed to advocating for individuals and families impacted by serious and even fatal accidents, including motorcycle accidents. Here on our accident news blog, we report on stories that involve personal injuries because these are the stories we tell on behalf of our clients every day. If you or a loved one has been impacted by a personal injury accident, we invite you to contact our firm anytime to discuss your case with a qualified attorney.  Note: If you are a family member of someone impacted by this accident and would like us to remove their name from this story simply click here . Sources: TBReporter, Tampa Bay Times

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Understanding Spinal Cord Injuries

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Spinal cord injuries can result from a number of different causes. They are frequently the result of auto accidents but can also be the result of a serious fall. If you’ve experienced a spinal cord injury, then it is likely that your life has been completely altered. Chances are you are feeling the effects of your injury both emotionally and physically. Spinal cord injuries can be devastating, but advances in scientific research may mean better treatment for these injuries in the future. Types of Spinal Cord Injuries A spinal cord injury is damage to any part of the spinal cord or the nerves at the end of the spinal canal. Spinal cord injuries often result in changes to a person’s strength, sensation, and other bodily functions below the site of the injury. The severity of the injury is based on its completeness. Complete Injuries—a complete spinal cord injury results in a loss of all feeling and ability to control movement below the site of the injury Incomplete Injuries—with an incomplete spinal cord injury, a person may have some sensory or motor function below the site of the injury. There are varying degrees of incompleteness. Paralysis from a spinal cord injury may be referred to as: Tetraplegia—also known as quadriplegia; it occurs when the hands, arms, trunk, and legs are all affected by the injury Paraplegia—occurs when part of the trunk and the legs are affected by the injury Symptoms of a Spinal Cord Injury It is important to be aware of the symptoms of a spinal cord injury. They include: Loss of movement Loss or altered sensation that includes the ability to feel heat, cold, and touch Loss of bladder or bowel control Spasms Exaggerated reflexes Pain or an intense stinging sensation Difficulty breathing or coughing Back pain or pressure If you experience any of these symptoms after an accident, you may have a spinal cord injury and should seek medical attention immediately. A spinal cord injury may not always be obvious, and it is important that the injury is treated as soon as possible to prevent it from becoming more severe. Contact a Tampa Bay Personal Injury Attorney If you sustained a spinal cord injury as the result of someone’s negligence, you might want to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we have over 30 years of experience helping the injured. Contact us onlineor call us at 800-753-5203 to set up your free, no-obligation consultation today.

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Backover Accidents

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Every year thousands of people are injured in backover accidents. A backover accident can cause severe injuries. A backover accident occurs when a bicyclist or pedestrian is struck by a car that is going in reverse. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 284 people were killed in backover accidents in 2015. Thousands more were injured. SUVs and large pickup trucks are more frequently involved in backover accidents because they have larger blind spots making it difficult for a driver to see anything that is close behind them. As of May 2018, all new vehicles are required to be equipped with backup cameras. However, many vehicles are still on the road without these cameras, and some drivers haven’t yet been conditioned to pay attention to the cameras. Causes of Backover Accidents Whether backing out of a parking space or exiting a driveway, drivers have very limited visibility. Pedestrians or bicyclists that are in a driver’s blind spot are in great danger. Some common causes of backover accidents include: Driver failing to turn around and check behind them before reversing Driver failing to watch the backup camera Broken reverse lights on the vehicle resulting in a pedestrian or bicyclist not knowing that a vehicle is about to back up Pedal confusion—when a driver hits the gas instead of the brake Obstructed side view caused by landscaping and other obstacles Children are frequently the victims of backover accidents because their smaller size makes them more difficult to see when a driver is backing up. Drivers should make sure the area around them is clear before driving in reverse. Preventing Backover Accidents  There are some important steps that people should take that can save lives: Look behind the vehicle before getting in Be sure to back up as slowly and carefully as possible Teach children not to stand or play behind vehicles Make sure children are in full view Be aware of your vehicle’s blind spot Ensure the landscaping around your driveway is adequately trimmed back so that your vision is not obstructed Contact an Experienced Tampa Bay Attorney If you or your child has been injured in a backover accident, you may want an experienced attorney on your side. The attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have been helping injured Floridians for over 30 years. Contact us online or call us at 800-753-5203 to set up your free consultation today.

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Why Experience Matters When Choosing an Attorney

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There are hundreds of personal injury attorneys throughout the Tampa Bay area, so if you’ve been injured in an accident, how do you know which attorney is the right one for you? The most important thing you should look for in a personal injury attorney is their experience in handling accident cases. Evaluating the Case An experienced personal injury attorney has seen hundreds, maybe even thousands, of cases and knows what they’re worth. An attorney with experience can give you a realistic view of what to expect as the case moves forward. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we have helped over 20,000 clients over the past 30 years and have the necessary experience to accurately evaluate a case. Putting Together a Case There are a number of moving parts in a personal injury case, and an experienced attorney will know how to move a claim forward. Sometimes issues of who is liable for an accident can derail a case, but an experienced personal injury attorney will know how to look at the evidence and determine the parties who may be responsible for your injuries. In addition, establishing pain and suffering can be difficult, but an attorney with the right experience will know exactly what is needed to do so. Experience Dealing With the Insurance Company A personal injury attorney with extensive experience knows the right way to negotiate with the insurance company because they do it every day. Insurance companies are not in the business of paying out claims, and they are not on your side. They often have experienced adjusters and attorneys working for them to maximize profits and deny claims. If you have an experienced personal injury attorney on your side, you level the playing field. Your attorney can help put together the best case and help you pursue the compensation you deserve. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, our attorneys have over 30 years of experience working with insurance companies and the knowledge to pursue the compensation you deserve. Going to Trial While most personal injury cases will never see a courtroom, it is essential to have an experienced attorney who can handle a case if it goes to trial. An experienced personal injury attorney will present evidence needed to seek full compensation for your injuries. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we have attorneys with extensive experience in the courtroom. Contact an Experienced Accident Attorney If you’ve been injured in an accident, you should have an experienced accident attorney evaluate your case. The attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have helped over 20,000 clients over the past 30 years. We have the experience you need. Contact us online or call us at 800-753-5203 to set up your free consultation today.

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What to do if Your Child has Been Injured in a Car Accident

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The thought that your child could be involved in a car accident is frightening. You never want to consider the possibility that your child could be injured. However, it happens far too often. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among children in the United States. There are important things you should consider doing if your child has been in a car accident. Seek Medical Help One of the most important things you can do for your child after an accident is to make sure they are examined by a doctor. Sometimes younger children aren’t able to express clearly that they are injured in some way or they may not appear injured at first glance. Let a doctor make the determination about whether your child is injured. Prompt medical treatment is not only good for the health of your child, but it can also help build your case for compensation. Because of their size and immaturity, children can sustain even more serious injuries than an adult would in a car accident. Head injuries are the most common trauma sustained by children in an accident. In some cases, seatbelt or car seat injuries can occur. Children are also more prone to fractures as the result of an accident. Seek Legal Help If your child has been injured, you may want to consider seeking legal help to pursue compensation for any damages they’ve sustained. Your child has the same legal rights that an adult would have in pursuing a car accident claim. Under the law, a parent can pursue a claim on behalf of their child. Parents are also entitled to compensation for the money they have paid for the child’s medical bills.  Even if you were not the driver of the car involved in the accident, your car insurance will still cover your child. In addition, if your child was seriously injured, you may be able to pursue a claim against a negligent driver. It is important to seek legal help as soon as possible after an accident. Younger children may not be able to recall what happened during an accident, so it is important to track down witnesses that can describe what happened. Give the attorney time to investigate the accident. Contact a Florida Accident Attorney If your child has been injured in a car accident, you may want to have an experienced personal injury attorney evaluate your case. The attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have over 30 years of experience helping Floridians injured in car accidents. Contact us online or call us at 800-753-5203 to set up your free, no-obligation consultation today. 

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T-bone Accidents

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Side impact collisions, commonly known as “T-bone accidents” can happen in a number of different situations. T-bone accidents involve the collision of one vehicle into another vehicle in perpendicular form. They are uniquely dangerous and can result in serious injuries.  Common Causes of T-bone Accidents T-bone accidents can be caused by a number of different factors, including: Failure to yield to other vehicles at a stop sign Running through a red light or a stop sign Failure to yield while making a right-hand or left-hand turn Failing to yield to pedestrians and bicyclists Driving distracted Driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol T-bone accidents can also result in secondary collisions. After being hit initially in a T-bone collision, a vehicle can be knocked into another oncoming vehicle. If this happens multiple times, the injuries can be catastrophic. Serious Injuries The possibility of secondary impacts is what make T-bone accidents particularly dangerous. The force of a T-bone collision can cause a vehicle to spin out of control and hit other vehicles and even objects. Once a vehicle is out of control, the occupants face the risk of serious injury. If the force of the collision is strong enough, the vehicle may even roll over completely. Another reason T-bone collisions can result in such serious injuries is because of the close proximity between the impact point and the driver and passenger of the broadsided vehicle. There is much more distance between you and the front and back bumper of the car, but very little distance between you and the door of your car. This translates into much less protection in a T-bone accident than in a head-on or rear-end collision. Although many vehicles have side-impact airbags and crumple zones that are designed to absorb the impact from the side, a fast-moving car or truck that hits the vehicle a foot away from the driver or passenger can cause catastrophic injuries.  Contact an Experienced Car Accident Attorney If you’ve been injured in a T-bone accident, you should consider having your case evaluated by an experienced car accident attorney. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk we have over 30 years of experience handling car accident cases. Contact us online or call us at 800-753-5203 to set up your free, no-obligation consultation today. 

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What to Look for in a Florida Personal Injury Attorney

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When you’ve been injured in an accident, you may decide that the right course of action is to hire a personal injury attorney. There are hundreds of personal injury attorneys in Florida, so how do you know you’re choosing the right one? There are some factors you should look for when deciding which personal injury attorney is right for you. Practice Focused on Personal Injury Many attorneys and firms out there practice in a number of different areas of the law. You may see lawyers who handle personal injury cases as well as criminal defense and family law. It is important to find a firm that only handles injury cases. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we only handle accident cases, so we can focus 100% of our attention on that area of the law. Experience in Personal Injury It is very important to hire a personal injury attorney who has extensive experience in the field. Experienced attorneys know how to deal with insurance companies and the best path to take to help you pursue the compensation you deserve. The attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have over 30 years of experience handling accident claims. They know the steps to take to help injured victims because they do it every day. Client Reviews One of the best ways to determine whether a personal injury attorney is right for you is to check out their client reviews. Former clients can provide the best perspective on how their case was handled and whether they were satisfied with the representation they received. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we are proud to have hundreds of 5-star Google reviews from our clients. No Fees Up Front It is important to find an attorney who will not charge you any fees up front to take your case. Personal injury attorneys should work on a contingency fee basis, meaning they don’t get paid until you get paid. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we have a No Fee Guarantee, meaning you incur no costs or fees unless you win. Proven Results Finding an attorney who has demonstrated that they can be successful is also very important. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we have achieved numerous  multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for our clients which proves that we can get the job done. Contact Us If you’ve been injured in an accident and are looking for the right attorney, we hope you will consider Abrahamson & Uiterwyk. We have the experience and proven results you need. Contact us online or call us at 800-753-5203 to set up your free, no-obligation consultation today. 

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Will My Rates Go Up if I Make a Claim on My Own Insurance?

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When you’ve been involved in a car accident, you want to focus on getting medical care for your injuries and getting your car repaired. The last thing you want to think about is your insurance rate. But many accident victims are concerned about whether making a claim on their own insurance will increase their rates. The answer is: it depends. Florida Law Florida law prohibits insurers from increasing your insurance rates if it is determined that you were not substantially at fault for the accident. In Florida, you are required to have at least $10,000 of personal injury protection (PIP). Your PIP benefits are available to cover some of your medical bills and lost wages. If you make a claim against your PIP coverage, then the insurance company should not raise your rates.  Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage If you make a claim on your uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM) coverage, it will stand to reason that your rates would not increase because the accident was not your fault. Depending on the circumstances, your rates may not increase. However, if you make multiple UM claims over a period of time, the insurance company may use that information as a factor in determining your rates. Another Driver is At-Fault If the other driver is at fault for an accident, then your insurance company should be able to recoup any money they paid you from the other driver’s insurance company. This makes it less likely that you will see a rate increase. However, if you are involved in multiple car accidents, the insurance company could see you as a risk and raise the rates on your insurance. When You are at Fault If it is found that you are at fault for an accident, then it is very likely that your insurance rates will increase. The insurance company will find that you are a risky driver to insure. Some insurance companies offer accident forgiveness in their policies, which means that your first accident may not lead to an increase in your rates, but subsequent accidents could. Every Situation is Different Whether your insurance rates will increase after an accident will depend entirely on the practices of your insurance company and the specific facts of a claim.  Contact a Trusted Car Accident Attorney If you’ve been injured in an accident and you have questions about insurance, you may want to consult with an experienced and trusted personal injury attorney. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we have over 30 years of experience helping Floridians with insurance claims. Contact us online or call us at 800-753-5203 to set up your free consultation today.

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Report Shows Pedestrian Deaths at Highest Level in Decades

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Walking to work, taking your dog for a walk, or just taking a leisurely stroll have all become very risky activities. A report by the Governor’s Highway Safety Administration (GHSA) shows that the rate of pedestrian deaths is the highest it’s been in 28 years. The report found that in 2018, 6,227 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle crashes. This is a 4% increase in 2017 figures and the highest rate since 1990. The GHSA found that there were a number of different factors that may be contributing to the mortality rate. More SUVs and Trucks on the Road According to GHSA, the number of SUVs involved in pedestrian deaths has increased by 50% since 2013. By comparison, the rate of passenger vehicles involved in fatalities only increased by 30%. There are more SUVs and trucks on the road now. The size and weight of these vehicles make it increasingly likely that a pedestrian will die in an accident or suffer severe injuries. Distracted Driving The GHSA also points to increased use of smartphones and other technology that may be leading to more distracted drivers on the road. This is especially dangerous for pedestrians who are not as visible as vehicles are on the road. Impaired Drivers and Pedestrians The study found that in about half of the crashes involving pedestrians, either the driver or the pedestrian was under the influence of alcohol. Driving, and even walking, while impaired by alcohol is extremely dangerous and can lead to risky behavior. Population Growth More people means more pedestrians. In addition, over the last decade, more people have decided to walk places rather than take transportation. A survey cited in the study found a 4% increase in the number of people who walk to work since 2007.   Where Does Florida Stand? Florida is known to be one of the most dangerous states for pedestrians. According to the study, Florida was one of 5 states (including Arizona, California, Georgia, and Texas) that accounted for close to half of the pedestrian fatalities in 2018. Contact an Experienced Pedestrian Accident Attorney If you or someone you love has been injured in a pedestrian accident, you may want an experienced pedestrian accident attorney on your side. The lawyers at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have over 30 years of experience helping injured Floridians. Contact us online or call us at 800-753-5203 to set up your free consultation today.

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May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

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The weather in Florida is beautiful in May, and, for some, it’s the perfect time to go for a motorcycle ride. May is also a great time to remember to stay safe on and around motorcycles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has designated May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. It’s the perfect time to brush up on safety tips for motorists and motorcyclists. Sharing the Road with Motorcycles It’s important for the drivers of larger vehicles to be mindful of sharing the road with motorcycles and motorcycle safety. Motorcyclists are more likely to be seriously injured in an accident with a car or truck. Motorists can do their part to keep motorcyclists safe by: Always Check Mirrors and Blind Spots—Motorcycles can be hard to see, especially when they’re in your blind spot. Check your mirrors,but also be sure to turn around and check your blind spot before changing lanes or turning Give Them the Whole Lane—Motorcycles are entitled to an entire lane on the road. It is extremely dangerous to attempt to share a lane with a motorcycle. Give Them Extra Room—Because motorcycles stop differently from other vehicles, it’s important to leave plenty of stopping distance between you and the motorcycle. Be Aware—The best thing you can do to keep motorcycles safe is to stay alert and keep in mind that you’re sharing the road with motorcycles. Tips for Motorcyclists Motorcyclists can also do their part to stay safe. Operating a motorcycle takes different skills than driving a car, so it is important to take steps to stay safe including: Wear a Helmet—One of the most important things you can do to protect yourself on a motorcycle is to wear the proper helmet. Helmet use saves lives. Wear Protective Gear—Protective clothing and gear can help minimize injuries in case of an accident. Obey Traffic Rules—Motorcyclists aren’t exempt from traffic rules so make sure you are riding under the speed limit, following traffic signals, and don’t break the rules by engaging in dangerous maneuvers like lane-splitting. Ride Defensively—While motorists have an obligation to be aware of motorcycles, don’t assume that you are visible to other vehicles. Always keep your headlights on, try to stay out of a driver’s blind spot, and signal in advance of any change in direction. Contact a Trusted Motorcycle Accident Attorney If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may want to consult with a trusted and experienced motorcycle accident attorney. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we have extensive experience helping Floridians injured in motorcycle accidents, and we’re here to help you. Contact us online or call us at 800-753-5203 to set up your free consultation. 

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