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Thank Swedish Engineer for Fewer Auto Accident Injuries

Auto accident injuries and deaths have begun to rise again recently because of increased distracted driving. (Texting while driving causes a lot of Florida car accidents.) But car crashes would hurt even more people if it weren't for the invention of Swedish car crash engineer Nils Bohlin.  In 1962, the Volvo automobile engineer developed a way to make car accidents less harmful to drivers and passengers. Bohlin, who had been an aircraft safety engineer for Saab, was familiar with the type of soft-tissue injuries common to car accident victims. He knew from working on pilot ejection seats that the pelvis and chest area...

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Self-Driving Cars Debut in The Villages

Florida's largest retirement community is about to become a proving ground for the biggest trial run of self-driving cars to date. Silicon Valley startup Voyage, which hopes to become a national self-driving taxi business, will begin providing a driverless (sort of) taxi service in The Villages in coming weeks. The Villages, an over-55 community north of Orlando, is one of the biggest retirement enclaves in the country. Some of its more than 125,000 residents will soon be able to say "Look. No hands!" as they travel the community's 750 miles of roads. The tech company chose The Villages partly because its active residents...

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Car Accident Injuries

They weren't thinking of car accident injuries when they start making automobiles. The main thing was to get from Orlando to Kissimmee as quickly as possible. (This was way before I-4 in Central Florida.) It took a really long time for the whole passenger safety thing to catch on (with the help of personal injury lawyers). Up until relatively recently, it wasn't really fashionable to use seat belts. They weren't even offered as options in a new car until the mid-1950's and weren't standard equipment until 1966. Through the 1970's, people looked at you kind of funny if you drove...

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Orlando Personal Injury Lawyers on Florida Car Accident Laws

Seeing as how there are more than 1,000 car accidents every day in Florida, it would be wise for drivers to know Florida car accident laws. So, what should you do if you get in a car accident while driving along on say, I-4 in Orlando? (I-4 in Orange County is the most dangerous stretch of the most dangerous highway in America.) Of course, if it is a bad car crash and there are injuries, legalities are something you can work out with a good car accident attorney later.   What Steps to Take After a Car Accident But if you are involved in a less...

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The Right to Sue Nursing Homes

Florida healthcare executives and their corporate lobbyists are fighting hard against a proposal to protect the rights of nursing home residents. Brecht Heuchan, a lawyer and political consultant who is a member of Florida's Constitution Revision Commission, wants to add a "nursing home residents bill of rights" to the state constitution. The amendment would go before the voters in November if commissioners approve the measure. Heuchan wrote in a recent column that the bill of rights would provide basic protections for Florida seniors in long-term care. "Residents of long-term care facilities would have the right to be treated courteously, fairly, and with dignity. They would have the...

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Nursing Home Injuries on the Rise

Even as the government eases penalties for nursing home abuse and neglect, nursing home injuries are on the rise. The Trump administration has been gradually introducing new enforcement guidelines in recent months. The new regulations effectively reduce or eliminate fines on long-term care facilities for safety violations that result in nursing home injuries and even deaths. The industry's lobbying group, American Health Care Association, has been working to ease enforcement rules for years. Nursing home and assisted living facility owners say that too much regulation prevents caregivers from doing their jobs. Patient safety advocates warn that the new regulations will mean even more...

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Florida Car Accident Lawyers Busy

It's been a dangerous month on Florida roads, which means car accident lawyers are busy helping injured accident victims recover their losses. There are more than 1,000 car accidents every day in Florida. Every year, auto accidents kill nearly 3,000 people. Car crash injuries exceed 165,000 a year. There were 30,000 car accidents in Orange County alone last year. People turn to Florida car accident lawyers for help recovering losses. These generally include medical bills and missed days at work.   Recent Florida Transportation Accidents Recent incidents include pedestrian fatalities, truck accidents, train crashes, and motorcycle accidents. In Polk County, a two-car collision critically injured a driver. Police say speeding may have caused...

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Plane, Train and Automobile Accidents

The recent series of  Amtrak train accidents, derailments and crashes has focused attention on the nation's aging transportation infrastructure. Highways, tunnels, bridges and railroads need a lot of maintenance to prevent transportation accidents, injuries and deaths. But governments have not been paying attention to the problem. The advocacy group Infrastructure Report Card gave America a "D+" for its efforts. In addition to the Amtrak derailment that took several lives near Seattle, a recent Orlando area SunRail train accident claimed the life of a truck driver who was trying to get his semi off the tracks. Despite safety awareness campaigns by the Florida Trucking Association, truck...

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VA Hospital Negligence

Veteran's Administration hospitals hire doctors who have a record of malpractice, disciplinary actions, and unsafe patient care. A recent story in USA Today reports cases of  VA hospital doctors with suspended licenses, sexual misconduct, and criminal histories. The VA hospital negligence report focused on the case of a neurosurgeon, John Henry Schneider. He had worked at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Iowa City, Iowa, despite being sued for medical malpractice more than a dozen times. The malpractice lawsuits and settlements for claims took place in two states. The surgeon made medical mistakes that injured, paralyzed and killed patients. According to the...

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It’s Safe Toys and Gifts Time

The Orlando personal injury attorneys at Martinez Manglardi want to remind you that this is Safe Toy and Gift Month. Holiday shoppers can generally feel confident that the toys and gifts they give won't hurt the recipients. They can take this pretty much for granted because America's trial lawyers do their best to keep consumers safe. Our civil litigation system works to protect consumers by holding manufacturers accountable for damage and injury caused by dangerous products. But personal injury lawyers help recover losses after a consumer has been hurt by a defective product. As consumers, people still have to be vigilant...

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