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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

Boating Accidents

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Jan 20, 2014 9:38:00 AM

It's amazing how some of the best drivers on the road turn into some of the most clumsy and irresponsible boat drivers on water. In reality, boats and boating traffic are regulated, boat owners have responsibilities, and being irresponsible with a boat can result in property, injuries, and even death in boating accidents.

Florida is a prime state for boaters, surrounded by water on three sides, and dotted with hundreds of lakes, as well as the Everglades. As a result, boaters with watercraft of all sizes and types will find a location that suits their fancy, enjoying a weekend on the water or making a living out of the waterways or both. However, just like the roadwayss and highways, the waterways have risks that boaters need to constantly be aware of. These include hidden underwater obstacles, above water risks, water currents, the weather, and most importantly, other boaters and water recreation users.

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Topics: Boating Accidents

Should I Seek Medical Attention Even Though I Don't Feel Hurt?

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Dec 23, 2013 11:00:00 AM

Without a doubt, several extensive medical, legal, financial and emotional considerations are involved requiring immediate attention after you have been involved in an auto accident. If you fail to pay attention to any one of these different components after your accident occurs, you might find out later that the mistake could prove to be quite costly in terms of your well-being and recovery for years down the road.

The body isn’t designed to be able to hold up against the impact and force brought on from an auto accident. Regardless of whether it is a slow impact collision or not, you could end up finding yourself struggling with any number of serious injuries. Not all of these injuries are going to be visible at first, which is why it is imperative that you seek the attention of a medical professional right away. 

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Topics: Car Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Boating Accidents, ATV Accidents

Is BUI Something You Should Be Concerned About?

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Jan 28, 2013 3:25:00 PM

BUI, or boating  under the influence, is responsible for a staggering number of arrests, accidents and deaths in Florida every year. It’s a significant crime and you should avoid it.

Hitting the water in your boat with a supply of your preferred beverage for an afternoon of fishing, skiing or swimming is a very popular thing in Florida. And because the state doesn’t outlaw drinking while boating, it’s become very common, as well. However, like driving a car, there are consequences to operating a boat under the influence. What should you know about these consequences?

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Topics: Boating Accidents

What to Watch for When Renting Jet Skis in Florida

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Jan 15, 2013 3:41:00 PM

Renting jet skis is a great way to ensure you have an afternoon of fun on the water. However, there are some potential problems here that can have a dramatic effect on you.

Spending a day on the beach and enjoying Florida’s beautiful waters is always an enjoyable experience. Renting Jet Skis has become a popular pastime on the state’s beaches, as well. They’re fast, compact, require no license to operate and are widely available throughout the state. However, before you decide to rent from any company, there are some things that you’ll need to know.

1. Always research a company’s reputation first. This can be difficult to do, particularly if you’re visiting the state. However, you can inquire with the hotel or resort staff about any company in the area and find out if they’re recommended or not.

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Topics: Personal Injury, Boating Accidents

One Man Dead, Another Injured in Boat Accident

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Mar 27, 2012 1:19:00 PM

A fishing trip turned deadly Tuesday morning when an airboat capsized in the Rodman Reservoir.
The 64-year-old operator of the boat was killed in the accident, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Joy Hill said. His 50-year-old fishing companion received minor injuries.

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Topics: Boating Accidents, News, Serious Accidents & Injuries

Social Media – The Smoking Gun in the Personal Injury Lawsuits

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Jun 21, 2011 11:30:00 AM

Technology has undoubtedly changed the world we live in. If you want to communicate with your friends as to your day or your plans that night, you more often than not use a social networking site as means of getting the word out. However, your social networking of choice could also be your biggest obstruction when you decide to pursue a personal injury claim.

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Topics: Car Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents, Personal Injury, Nursing Home Abuse, Slip & Fall, Medical Malpractice, Motorcycle Accidents, Burn Injuries, Bicycle Accidents, Boating Accidents, Speeding Accidents, Traumatic Brain Injury, Medication Errors, Catastrophic Injuries, Wrongful Death, Truck Accidents, Bus Accidents, Personal Injury Attorney(s), Defective Products, Construction Accidents, News, Spinal Cord Injury, Dog Bites, Serious Accidents & Injuries, Personal Injury Law, Premises Liability

7 Things to Do after an Accident

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Jun 20, 2011 8:31:00 AM

When you’ve been injured in a slip and fall, a car accident, or any type of personal injury incident, you’re probably feeling overwhelmed by the chaos and flurry of emotions.

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Topics: Car Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents, Personal Injury, Nursing Home Abuse, Slip & Fall, Motorcycle Accidents, Burn Injuries, Bicycle Accidents, Boating Accidents, Speeding Accidents, Truck Accidents, Bus Accidents, Personal Injury Attorney(s), Construction Accidents, Spinal Cord Injury, Dog Bites, Serious Accidents & Injuries, Personal Injury Law

When to Call a Personal Injury Attorney

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Jun 1, 2011 10:00:00 AM


When you’ve been seriously injured in an accident, it can be a scary time for you and your family. There are so many questions, not enough answers, and too little time to decide what to do next. One of the first steps to getting your life back is to know when to call in a personal injury attorney to assist you in your case.

You’ve been told by a doctor that you’re seriously injured. If your injury has ultimately led you to the hospital and a medical professional has deemed your injury serious, then it’s time to call a personal injury lawyer. Just because you may be covered by insurance, does not mean you should trust they have your family’s best interest at heart. If you are losing time from work and you can not get the recovery you deserve, then it is time to bring in a qualified personal injury attorney. An attorney will work with your insurance company and the other parties involved to ensure you have less to worry about as you recover from your traumatic injury.

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Topics: Car Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents, Personal Injury, Slip & Fall, Medical Malpractice, Motorcycle Accidents, Burn Injuries, Bicycle Accidents, Boating Accidents, Medication Errors, Catastrophic Injuries, Bus Accidents, Personal Injury Attorney(s), Defective Products, Construction Accidents, Spinal Cord Injury, Dog Bites, Serious Accidents & Injuries, Personal Injury Law, Dangerous Drugs