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Staying Safe in the State with the Highest Rate of Bicyclist Deaths in the U.S.

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Nov 23, 2015 1:08:49 PM

Every year, our office gets hundreds of calls about bicycle accidents. While do not take every case, it does make us very aware of the dangers when bicyclists share the roadway with cars. It makes us very concerned about bicycle safety.

 

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Topics: Bicycle Accidents

Local Bicyclist Struck by Drunk Driver

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Apr 15, 2014 11:44:00 AM

Last Saturday night, around 10:00 p.m. a drunk driver struck and injured a bicyclist who has been identified as Ali Lauren Brody, 21, of Gainesville.   Ali was riding her bicycle on West University Avenue when Kirtley Stephen Davis, 21,  slammed into her.  Davis then fled the scene of the accident and turned onto Southwest 13th Street where he struck a vehicle stopped for a traffic light at Museum Road.  Davis’ blood alcohol level was between .308 and .313 which is almost four times the legal limit in Florida.  Davis was arrested and charged with misdemeanor DUI, DUI with serious bodily injury and failure to stop or remain at a crash involving injury which is a third degree felony in the State of Florida.   

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Topics: Bicycle Accidents, News

Tips for Driving in Florida's Inclement Weather

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Apr 3, 2014 2:59:00 PM

It is always important to be very conscientious when driving in inclement weather. An issue that may ordinarily be small can cause a big disaster. Good driving habits in harsh weather are necessary to avoidaccidents for short or long trips. Whether you're a driver of a motorcycle, big rig or anything in between, reviewing safety information is a good idea for drivers of all ages. Inclement weather should not be taken lightly.

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Topics: Car Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Bicycle Accidents, Truck Accidents

Staying Safe During Spring Break

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Mar 10, 2014 3:56:00 PM

Spring break is a huge time for people, especially students, to head out on vacation for much needed R&R. You and your friends will be heading out to popular destination spots such as Daytona Beach, Florida for parties and beautiful beaches. When you head out on the road, you should keep your safety in mind. Spring break is often associated with risky behavior. Make safe choices during your vacation and follow these helpful tips and guidelines.  

Boating Tips

A day out on a boat can be a lot of fun. However, you need to remember to boat carefully and responsibly.Boating accidents are often caused by negligence and careless operation. While you and your friends are enjoying your Florida spring break, keep in mind these safe boating tips:

  • Never operate a boat while under the influence
  • Obey speeding zones
  • Don't operate a boat recklessly
  • Don't cause large wakes in calm areas
  • Keep a safe distance between boats
  • Keep a look out for people in the water
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Topics: Car Accidents, Bicycle Accidents, Boating Accidents, Drinking and Driving

How to Collect Evidence in an Accident

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Jan 27, 2014 11:11:00 AM

The best means of documenting auto accident damage is adopting the mindset of an investigator hot on the trail of a breaking news story. Gather as much information as you can about the incident. The more evidence you are able to collect, the better off you will be when it comes to trying to get compensation from the insurance company regarding the damage your car sustained.

Document Any Damages Using Pictures

Pictures are worth a thousand words, potentially even a thousand dollars when it comes to gathering evidence from the crash scene. The insurance company claims adjuster is going to do everything he or she can to make your settlement as little as possible. They have numerous ways to do this, such as questioning any evidence that you present in the accident reports. Thanks to a slip & fall attorney in Ocala, FL, you can have someone who is working in your favor to make sure you receive everything you are entitled to and more. Steven A. Bagen Law Firm has offices in Gainesville and Ocala, Florida.

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Topics: Car Accidents, Bicycle Accidents, Boating Accidents

Don’t Let Your Child Ride a Bike Without a Helmet

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Jan 15, 2014 9:27:00 AM

When you first set out to find a bicycle accident attorney Ocala, FL you are going to need to consider a lot of things. For one, you need to know from the beginning that bicycle accidents are the number one reason why children visit the emergency room. With the level of traumatic brain injuries that children incur while riding their bicycles, a helmet can be the difference between a slight amount of injury and something far more serious. Since 443 million people under the age of 21 years old participate in the activity of bicycle riding each year in the US, a large number of serious injuries could be prevented or lessened through the regular use of a helmet.

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Topics: Bicycle Accidents

Bicycle Accident? What Steps to Take Next

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Jan 14, 2014 9:21:00 AM

When a bicycle accident happens, there is a lot to do including, but not limited to, seeking the counsel of a bicycle accident attorney in Gainesville, FL. When an automobile and a bicycle meet at any speed, there is bound to be damage done to the bicyclist. As the slowest and smallest participants in road travel, bicyclists are at a serious disadvantage. Some cyclists have even taken the step of adding to the legal aspects of their cases by installing small video cameras on their bikes, so there is no longer a need for eyewitnesses or for a jury to believe the cyclist's side of the story in court.

Steven A. Bagen Law Firm is a personal injury law firm with offices in Gainesville and Ocala to serve the surrounding North and Central Florida areas.

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Topics: Bicycle Accidents

The Florida Legal System and Bicycle Crashes

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Jan 6, 2014 8:54:00 AM

According to statistics from the National Highway Transportation Association, injuries and fatalities from bicycle crashes are on the upswing after years of years of decreasing rates. This alarming statistic is important to cyclists in our state because Florida is the state with the greatest amount of fatalities stemming from bicycle accidents. Nevertheless, what about bicyclists who survive an accident, but suffer severe or catastrophic injuries as a result? This is where the services of an experienced bicycle accident attorney Gainesville, FL are needed most.

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Topics: Personal Injury, Bicycle Accidents

What Should I do if the Driver Leaves the Scene of an Auto Accident?

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Dec 20, 2013 4:00:00 PM

Car accidents tend to happen far too often, which also means that a hit-and-run is going to be quite common in today’s society. Even though you might assume that this type of accident is between two vehicles, that simply isn’t the case. Many people don’t ever think that they are going to be the victim of a hit-and-run accident, but you just never know what might come your way. In reality, roughly 16 percent of all pedestrian-car crashes wind up being a hit-and-run. To prevent yourself from being the next victim, you need someone working for you who understands your rights and works hard to uphold them, which is where an attorney for personal injury, such as Steven A. Bagen and Associates, in Gainesville and Ocala comes into play.

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Topics: Car Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Bicycle Accidents, hit and run

Do You Really Need Uninsured Motorist Coverage?

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Jan 14, 2013 3:14:00 PM

Having the right auto insurance coverage is essential. Uninsured motorist coverage is vital to ensuring that you are protected in a collision with an uninsured or underinsured driver.

Auto insurance is mandatory in Florida (as in most of the US). However, the state only requires a minimum amount of coverage. The state does not mandate that you carry uninsured motorist coverage. However, it’s very important that you have this type of protection included on your insurance policy. Why is this? What is this type of protection?

What Happens If You’re Injured?

Every day, thousands of people in Florida are injured in automobile accidents. In most cases, the insurance companies pick up the tab here. However, what happens if you’re injured in an auto accident and the person who hit you doesn’t have insurance? What happens if their insurance coverage is not sufficient? In most instances, you’re on the hook for your medical bills, and you won’t see anything for pain and suffering through a personal injury case, regardless of how skilled your lawyer might be.

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Topics: Slip & Fall, Motorcycle Accidents, Bicycle Accidents