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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

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

Florida's I-75

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Mar 25, 2014 10:13:00 AM

As we drive up and down I-75 on our daily commutes, we see far too many accidents happening. Unfortunately, many of those accidents are ending in fatalities. In 2010, Florida’s stretch of the national interstate was voted as the 15th deadliest highway in the country. Gainesville and other central Florida drivers have been demanding for modifications to be made to I-75 and sadly, it has taken a countless amount of accident victims to really steer attention towards the issue. The imperative question on the minds of all of Florida’s I-75 drivers is … what is being done to solve the problems with I-75?

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Topics: Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, I-75

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