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8 Things You Need to Do After an Accident

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Oct 15, 2019 12:08:00 PM

Millions of accidents occur every year. No one expects to get into a car accident, so when an accident happens to you, it is all too easy to forget what you should do in the moments and days afterward⁠—especially if you were seriously injured in the accident.

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Topics: Car Accidents, Serious Accidents & Injuries, hit and run, auto accident, Gainesville

Personal Injury Protection: The Florida Requirement

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Aug 6, 2019 9:15:00 AM

If you have been involved in a car accident, you need to know about PIP insurance. PIP, or Personal Injury Protection, is the generic phrase used in Florida to describe the medical and wage coverage available for the policyholder and others to pay medical bills and lost wages after you have had a car accident.

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Topics: Car Accidents, Personal Injury, auto accident

7 Car Seat and Booster Seat Safety Tips

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

May 3, 2019 12:50:07 PM

It is a tragic fact that road accidents represent the leading cause of preventable injuries and deaths of children in our country. The numbers behind this preventability are sobering: When correctly used, a car seat or booster seat can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71%. One simple yet essential piece of equipment can prolong the lives of children who have just begun to explore the world around us.

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Topics: Car Accidents, Wrongful Death, Car

25 of the Most Dangerous Cars Exposed

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Jan 4, 2019 8:30:00 AM

One very important thing to consider when in the market for a new vehicle is its safety rating. Crash tests are done on most of the vehicles sold in America each year; these tests are what the safety ratings are based upon. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), is a nonprofit research organization that performs several types of crash tests on vehicles.

 

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Topics: Car Accidents, Car

Help After a Fatal Car Accident

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Aug 28, 2018 11:27:01 AM

A car accident can upset your life, and an accident involving a fatality is especially tragic.

Fatal Crash Totals

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Topics: Car Accidents, Wrongful Death, auto accident

Gainesville Man Sentenced to 20 Years for DUI and Daughter’s Death

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Mar 18, 2016 3:16:24 PM

DUI’s are never pleasant to experience, but that holds even more true when fatalities are involved. The impacts of a DUI can be very far-reaching and Jeffrey Lee Ertle, 41, learned that the hard way.

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Topics: Car Accidents, News, Drinking and Driving, auto accident, DUI

Automotive Accidents: Assessing The Recent Disaster In Gainesville

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Dec 1, 2015 10:43:07 AM

Getting behind the wheel is always a gamble. Even perfect drivers can get seriously injured in an accident through no fault of your own. A recent crash on I-75 in Gainesville demonstrates just how dangerous driving can be, even under safe conditions.

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Topics: Car Accidents, Truck Accidents, auto accident, I-75

Accidents Caused by Stopping on the Highway

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Feb 26, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Operating a motor vehicle is a responsibility that cannot be taken lightly. Motor vehicles are a normal part of our everyday life, but when operated in a reckless manner, they can be as dangerous as any weapon. Recently in the news, a Canadian jury in Montreal found a motorist guilty on two counts of criminal negligence causing death. In Canada, this conviction can carry up to a maximum life sentence in jail.

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Topics: Car Accidents

Property Damage and Car Repairs

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Oct 10, 2014 2:50:03 PM

Sometimes, a car accident victim first feels the need to contact an attorney due to frustration in dealing with their property damage claim. Typically, clients call us with a lot of questions and frustration regarding their property damage claim. Handling the property damage claim and damage to the vehicle represents the first time that many accident victims have an opportunity to speak with the insurance adjusters. Disputes arise over the amount of the repairs; whether the body shop plans to use new parts vs. used parts; whether the car should be totaled; whether the car can be replaced with a brand new car; the amount of the property damage check if the vehicle must be totaled; the payment to the bank or other lien holders, etc.

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Topics: Car Accidents, Personal Injury Law, property damage

Avoid Overcorrecting

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

May 13, 2014 4:54:00 PM

Early Saturday morning, a single vehicle accident resulted in the death of a 20 year old woman from Silver Springs Shores.  Kendall Sidle’s vehicle veered off the road and onto the shoulder as she was traveling east on Southeast 110th Road.  After veering off the road for unknown reasons, Kendall overcorrected in an attempt to get back onto the road, and as her tires dug into the ground, her vehicle overturned and ejected her from the vehicle.  Kendall was not wearing her seatbelt.

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Topics: Car Accidents, overcorrecting