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U.S. and Florida Car Crash Statistics

When it comes to car crash statistics, it can be helpful to know the statistics for your area. It can also be helpful to know the accident rates for a town you plan to be visiting. BJE Law, P. A.  advises everyone to practice defensive driving, but extra knowledge is always helpful. Most states have their traffic statistics available on the internet. The simple fact is that some places have fewer crashes, due to a less dense population, better driving education, or easier driving conditions on the road. 

More and more people receive their driver’s licenses every year. With more drivers on the road, one would assume that the number of car crashes would go up as well. Surprisingly, the number of injured people and traffic fatalities have gone down since 2017. The number of crashes has gone up, indicating that advancements in motor vehicle safety are paying off. 

For Florida, crashes have been on the rise. In 2017, however, the number of fatalities went down. The number of accidents is largely due to the rapid rise in population. This coupled with the booming tourism industry has made Florida one of the highest-risk states for motor vehicle accidents. The decrease in fatalities certainly shows safer driving as well as improved safety features in automobiles. However, even the safest vehicles and drivers are not immune to driving accidents. If you end up involved in an accident, make sure you call BJE Law, P. A.. We will fight tirelessly on your behalf to protect your rights.    

BJE Law, P. A. always recommends defensive driving to protect from accidents, as well as using a seatbelt and avoiding cell phones and alcohol while driving. If you are ever involved in an accident, however, contact our offices for legal representation and just compensation.

Four Tips To Teach Your Kids About Defensive Driving

As the parent of a teen driver, it is imperative that you teach your child good driving habits. Defensive driving can go a long way to keep your child safe on the road. Young drivers can be very expensive when it comes to insurance, and if they’re involved in an accident, your insurance premiums could skyrocket. BJE Law P. A. cares about our customers, and avoiding car accidents is good for your health as well as your finances. There are a few tips we recommend teaching your young drivers to keep them safer on the road.

Patience is a virtue and courtesy could save a life. Your teen should know that some drivers are simply rude. People will cut them off and break traffic rules and there isn’t anything they can do about it. They should know that it’s never safe to tailgate or drive aggressively to prove a point. In road rage incidents, everyone loses, and your teen should be taught to avoid this behavior. Taking a deep breath and letting things go are not only valuable life skills but could save your teen’s life on the road.

Your teen should also stay aware of their surroundings at all times. Things happen very quickly on the road and split-second decisions can make all the difference. It is vital that your teen knows to stay aware of everything happening on the road. This includes everything up to twenty feet in front of them as well as everything happening behind them. Teach your teen to check their mirrors and blind spots often. General awareness is very important on the roadway.

You should also make sure to practice emergency stops with your teen. This is especially important if your teen drives an older vehicle without anti-lock brakes. Know your vehicle’s brakes, and practice stopping the correct way. Incidents occur on the roadway that requires quick stops, and the more your teen understands how to stop quickly and safely, the safer they’ll be on the road. 

Finally, it is important to check your habits and those of your teen. Make sure that they do the simple things to help other drivers. Make sure they know to signal, how to merge, not to race yellow lights, and to avoid distractions such as cell phones. These minor details could make all the difference for your teenage driver. 

If your teen is involved in an accident, call BJE Law, P. A. as soon as possible. We will help represent them and ensure they receive fair compensation or a just court case.

Three Things You Need To Know If You’re Arrested For A Drug Crime

Drug crimes can be a very serious matter. Those convicted of drug crimes can often face legal and social issues that last a lifetime. There are many factors that go into an individual being charged with a drug crime, and knowing what to do when you’re arrested can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. 

The three most important things to know if you’re arrested for a drug crime are your rights, the charges associated with the crime committed, and how to properly protect your rights.

If you are arrested for a drug crime, it is important that you know your rights. You don’t have to answer any questions that the police ask you. Once you’ve given the officer your name and address, you may politely inform them that you will not answer any more questions. Police officers are trained to extract information from those accused of a crime, and anything you say will certainly be used against you in court. It is best to not answer any questions rather than to risk misspeaking and incriminating yourself. It is also important to note that the prosecution must be able to prove that the accused had knowledge of the substance, and if you’re being charged with intent to sell, they must prove without a doubt your intent to sell. If they can’t prove these things without a reasonable doubt, your charges should be dropped. 

It is also vitally important to know what crime was committed, and whether or not you committed a crime. If you are in the car with someone in possession of drugs and they don’t claim them, you may be held liable. The best way to keep this from happening is to cooperate with the police to the best of your ability. You should also be aware of the charges against you. There is a difference between possession and possession with intent to sell, and that distinction is important. However, one of the most important factors in your drug crimes case is your legal representation. 

Call BJE Law, P. A. if you’re charged with a drug crime, and we’ll fight tirelessly to protect your rights. We believe that every individual deserves the best representation regardless of the crime for which they were charged. You are worthy of the best legal care, and BJE Law, P.A. can provide that care. Contact us today for more information.

Florida Is A “No Fault” State, But What Does That Mean?

Florida drivers hear the phrase “no-fault state” frequently, but many don’t know exactly what that means. This knowledge is very important to anyone driving in Florida, as it greatly affects the aftermath of a car accident. Florida’s no-fault law means that both parties involved in a car accident depend on their insurance companies to file claims. This is the case regardless of who is at fault in the event of a car accident. This is why all Florida drivers must have personal injury protection insurance, and why reporting the accident to the insurance company is so vitally important to your case. Personal injury protection insurance covers medical expenses and lost wages. It also covers child care for everyone in the vehicle at the time of the accident. 

What this means for Florida drivers is that they can more easily seek medical attention, without having to jump through any unnecessary hoops. This means that Florida drivers don’t have to worry about a lawsuit to cover immediate medical expenses in the event of a car accident. 

Your personal injury protection coverage can also cover any passengers involved in the accident. 

Even though no-fault law protects all Florida drivers, it is still important to make a detailed account of the accident. If your injuries are severe or lead to permanent disability, you may be able to file a claim. You, as well as any passengers involved, are advised to call contact an attorney if you have any severe injuries. Florida drivers are very well protected already, but the no-fault law can’t always cover everything, so call BJE Law, P. A. if you are involved in an accident.

Florida’s no-fault law will only cover so much of your medical expenses, and if your injuries are severe enough, a personal injury claim may be the best option for you. Here at BJE Law, P. A., we care about protecting the rights of those involved in any car accident. Don’t foot the bill for someone else’s poor driving. Call BJE Law P. A. today to make sure your rights are protected.

What To Do Immediately After A Car Crash

Car accidents are unfortunately very common in the United States. People that find themselves involved in an accident can often be very unsure of what to do after the accident. At BJE Law, P. A., we believe that every driver should know what steps to follow immediately following a car accident. If you don’t make the right decisions after an accident, it could end up costing you big time. 

The first step you must take after any accident is to stop your vehicle. You need to get off of the road if possible, and take all possible steps to protect the scene of the accident. Once you know the area is safe, call the police immediately, and do not move your vehicle unless it is in the way of traffic. Once the police arrive, make sure to answer every question as accurately as possible. Avoid guessing if you are unsure. Simply tell the officer that you aren’t sure of the answer. If you think you may be injured, or even if you aren’t sure, make sure you seek medical attention. In many cases, the injuries from car accidents are not noticeable until hours later.

Most people have cell phones equipped with cameras, and BJE Law, P. A. recommends taking pictures of the accident and the surrounding areas. It is also vital that you get the information of all drivers involved, as well as any witnesses. This information can be given to police and to your attorney to better protect your interests. If the police respond and get this information, they will provide a number to get the police report. All details matter to your case. 

You should also report the accident to your insurance company as soon as possible, and cooperate to the best of your ability. Some accident coverage includes medical expenses and can be easier to get with immediate reporting and full cooperation. 

The last step you should take is to call BJE Law, P. A. and seek representation immediately. Our highly experienced team will go to great lengths to protect your rights. Call us today for more information.

Filing For Workers Comp vs. Filing A Personal Injury Lawsuit

It’s never good when a worker gets injured on the job. The injured party may end up with medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitation costs, and many other financial blows in the wake of an already devastating event. Many employers offer compensation for workers injured on the job, regardless of fault. Workers’ compensation, however, doesn’t cover all of the financial setbacks that come with an on-the-job injury. If you are partially at fault for your injury, workers’ compensation may be the best option for you, but if you can prove that another person or persons were responsible for your injury, a personal injury lawsuit is your best option. 

One big difference between workers’ compensation and a personal injury lawsuit is that workers’ compensation only covers economic costs such as pain and suffering. A personal injury case can get compensation for medical bills, lost wages, rehab costs, and other bills, meaning you’ll be much more financially secure than if you chose workers’ compensation alone. With a top-notch legal team like the one at BJE Law, P.A., you’ll be well taken care of for the duration of your lawsuit and recovery period. Call us today for more information regarding your case.

There are many situations that can lead to an injury on the job, but some should receive greater financial compensation than others. Some instances that may lead to a bigger payout include if the injury was due to a defective product, the employer’s (not the employee’s) conduct was obviously going to cause injury or death, your injury involves harmful chemicals or substances, or if the injury was caused by the negligence of a third party. In any of these cases, a personal injury lawsuit can be filed, and you can be compensated for your injury. 

An extremely common workplace injury is slip and fall. While most employers would offer workers compensation in the event of a slip and fall injury, the employer can be held liable if the injury was due to their own negligence. Employers are responsible for providing their employees with a safe working environment, and when they fail to do so, legal action can be a good way to receive compensation. 

Don’t let a negligent employer get away with their negligence. Call BJE Law, P.A. today and we can help hold your employer accountable. 

Can Dash Cam Footage Help My Auto Accident Case?

When it comes to any lawsuit, the party with the most evidence to support their claim has the power. Any evidence showing who was at fault can be helpful in a lawsuit. However, many drivers are uncertain as to whether you can use certain types of evidence in a personal injury lawsuit. BJE Law is here to answer your questions about dashcam footage and its utility in auto accident cases.

Video evidence can be used heavily in favor of either party in an auto accident case, since they generally show what happened before, during, and after an accident. This information can often prove very useful in an auto accident case. Video evidence is much stronger than eyewitness testimony, and could be the difference between a dismissal and a big payout in court.

However, if the primary events of the accident can’t be seen due to the placement of the camera or low-quality footage, the footage is useless. In Florida, your dashcam isn’t legally allowed to record audio either, meaning it may provide less evidence in some cases. 

If you’re really concerned about your security in the event of an accident, there are several things you can do. Mounting more than one dash cam will lower the likelihood of the accident taking place outside the view of a camera. While this is a much larger investment, those that spend a lot of time on the road may benefit from it. Investing in a high-quality camera can also improve the chances of the accident being captured in detail. For those that can afford the extra money spent, dash cams may be very beneficial in the event of an auto accident. 

The best thing you can do in the event of an auto accident is to take note of what was happening before, during, and after the accident, Get all necessary information from the other drivers involved, give all information to the authorities, and contact BJE Law P.A. as soon as possible. Our team of highly qualified legal professionals can work with you to get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today, and let us help you get the compensation you are owed.

Five Most Common Causes of Auto Accidents

Auto accidents happen to many people every day. With the number of vehicles on Tampa’s roads increasing, car accidents are becoming more likely. There are many potential causes of auto accidents, but some causes are more common than others. 

The five most common causes of auto accidents are distracted driving, speeding, drunk driving, water on the road, and not stopping at red lights or stop signs. Preventing auto accidents is very simple in theory, but complicated in practice. Here at BJE Law, P.A., we believe that awareness can prevent many accidents from happening.

Distracted driving includes driving while also performing activities that take your eyes, hands, and/or attention away from the road. Cell phone use while driving is the most common form of distracted driving. Other forms include driving while eating, checking a child’s seat belt in the rearview mirror, changing radio stations, driving while fatigued or extremely emotional, and any other action that takes the drivers to focus off of the road. 

Speeding is often coupled with distracted driving leading to catastrophic results. Speeding, however, is extremely dangerous by itself. When a driver is driving marginally faster than other traffic, it can cause accidents when traffic in front of the speeder has to stop, or other drivers change lanes without seeing the speeder coming. Driving within the speed limit is one of the best ways to prevent auto accidents.

Drunk driving causes a staggering number of fatalities every day in the United States. Alcohol can impair reaction time and motor skills causing terrible accidents. Drunk drivers are putting themselves and everyone on the road at incredible risk, so driving sober is another excellent way to prevent auto accidents. 

Rain and snow can make driving very difficult as well. Water collected on the road can reduce friction between your tires and the road, causing you to hydroplane. Hydroplaning takes most if not all control of the vehicle away from the driver and can be very dangerous. Ice and snow reduce friction even more and can be more dangerous than just water. 

Ice on the road can cause people to not be able to stop at red lights or stop signs as well. However, many people decide not to stop at stop signs anyway, or come to a “rolling stop” without fully ensuring their safety at the intersection. Not stopping can lead to driver side collisions, which are often the most dangerous. Stopping at stop signs and red lights reduces your risk of being in an accident drastically.

If you do find yourself the victim of a car accident, you’re going to need high-quality legal representation. Call BJE Law, P.A. today, and find out more about your case. With a highly qualified team of attorneys, we have the resources you need to get the compensation you deserve. Call us today!  

What To Do If You Were The Victim Of A Drunk Driver

Drunk driving is a very huge problem facing the United States today. 30 people die every day in the United States due to drunk drivers, and in 2014, 20% of deaths amongst children aging from 0-14 were due to drunk driving. With this many people dealing with drunk driving incidents, one would think the law would have the victim in mind, but sadly, this isn’t always true. 

If you find yourself the victim of a drunk driving incident, you’re going to need top-notch legal representation. Look no further than BJE Law, P.A. We have a team of highly qualified and experienced attorneys that can help guide you through the legal process and get the justice you deserve. 

Any auto accident can be rather traumatic, but there are steps you should always take when you find yourself the victim of an accident. Remain calm, and get your vehicle to a safe location if possible. Your first priority in the event of a crash is your safety and the safety of those around you. Once your vehicle is in a safe location, call 911. If you aren’t hurt too badly, exit the vehicle and note the details of the crash such as how many vehicles were involved, weather conditions, visibility, and any details that may help determine who is at fault. If the other driver is intoxicated, use your best judgment and keep yourself safe. Drunk drivers can be very confrontational following a crash and may threaten your safety and the safety of those around you. One the police arrive, let them handle the talking and exchange of legal information. Once you’re home and safe, call BJE Law, P.A., and we can work through your case and get the compensation you deserve. 

Victims of drunk drivers can often suffer serious physical and emotional trauma, severely impacting their ability to work and maintain a social life. BJE Law, P.A. will make sure you’re adequately compensated for all lost wages, medical bills, therapy, and any other expenses that come up due to your accident. Don’t let a careless drunk driver walk away without paying. You deserve to be compensated for your physical and emotional trauma, and BJE Law P.A. can you that compensation. Call us today for more information regarding Florida law surrounding drunk driving.

Injured as a Pedestrian? It’s Time to Lawyer Up

43028822 - despair young female driver after traffic accidentThe dangers of car accidents all well publicized and understood, but the dangers to innocent pedestrians are often forgotten. About 6,000 pedestrians, people walking next to or across a road, are killed by automobiles, and another 110,000 suffer injuries. Though laws in every state are written to protect pedestrians by allowing them to have the right of way when crossing a street, distracted drivers have the potential to crash into people the same way they crash into other cars. Fortunately, our country’s legal system allows pedestrians who are injured in car accidents to seek legal compensation for their suffering. Read More