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Florida attracts many tourists from across the country and even around the world each year. The state offers amusement parks, beaches, golf courses, desirable shopping, and much more. Many people hire professional tours to explore their areas of interest. Some companies offer horse and carriage tours that allow individuals to sightsee and learn about specific parts of towns. While most of these rides take place without incident, the reality is that accidents do happen. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a Florida horse and carriage ride accident, you need to speak to a skilled Miami injury attorney who can help.

In most cases, open carriages do not have seat belts. In the event of an accident with a motor vehicle, there is little protection for the passengers, who could be ejected from the carriage, suffering severe injuries. In other cases, when the carriage overturns due to an accident, passengers inside may be pinned down and suffer crush injuries from the weight on top of them. In addition, passengers who fly out of the carriage could end up being trampled by the horses pulling the carriage.

In Florida, horse and carriage accidents are evaluated according to the same standards as an automobile accident. As a result, horses and carriages must follow traffic laws and operate in a manner that does not endanger others on the road. Fault in horse and carriage accident cases will be determined using the legal theory of negligence. Negligence takes place when a party causes injuries or death by failing to use the level of care that a reasonably prudent party would have used under the same or similar circumstances. For example, if a horse and carriage overturns because the carriage driver fails to make a U-turn properly, the driver will likely be liable, along with the company that operated the horse-drawn carriage. On the other hand, if a horse and carriage accident was caused by a car driver rear-ending the carriage, that car driver will likely be liable for any resulting harm.

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People get injured in all sorts of places, including places of worship. If you or someone close to you has been injured at a church, mosque, synagogue, temple, or other religious place, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our skilled Miami premises liability attorneys can scrutinize the facts of your accident and help you understand your legal rights and options.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration estimates that slip, trip, and fall accidents account for 15 percent of all accidental deaths in the United States, which puts them in second place behind auto accidents. Unfortunately, these accidents can happen at places of worship due to a variety of hazardous conditions on the property, such as uneven surfaces, slick surfaces due to spilled liquids or recent cleaning, trash or debris on the floor, poor lighting that can lead to poor visibility, having no handrail present when it was needed, and loose floorboards, rugs, or mats, especially on stairs.

Places of worship are not immune from lawsuits. Most of these places operate like a business with a hierarchy consisting of officials, employees, and a number of volunteers. As a result, most worship houses carry liability insurance.

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Motorcycle accidents can be extremely dangerous, especially for the motorcycle rider who is particularly susceptible to bodily injury. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident that was not your fault, you may be able to recover compensation to cover your losses. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our skilled Miami motorcycle accident attorneys can help you value your claim and seek the maximum amount of damages in your case.

In Kempton v. McComb, following a jury trial for a collision in which the plaintiff was riding a motorcycle and was struck by a car, the plaintiff appealed based on the jury’s ruling that he was 55 percent negligent and the defendant was 45 percent negligent. The trial court then applied section 768.36 (the drug and alcohol defense) of the Florida Statutes (the “statute”) and barred the plaintiff from recovering any damages. The plaintiff appealed.

The plaintiff argued that the trial court made a mistake in applying the drug and alcohol defense since the jury’s decision did not indicate, as necessitated by the statute, that the plaintiff was more than 50 percent at fault “as a result of the influence of an alcoholic beverage.”

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Rear-end accidents are the most common type of accidents on the road. If you have sustained injuries in a rear-end crash, you may be entitled to compensation from the at-fault party. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our trusted Miami rear-end accident attorneys will analyze the circumstances surrounding your accident and help you determine a fair value for your injuries and harm.

In Restal v. Nocera, an accident took place in Brevard County in which the defendant’s vehicle rear-ended the plaintiff’s car. The plaintiff filed a lawsuit against the defendant alleging permanent bodily injury and various other related damages. During deposition, the plaintiff said she was going to make a U-turn, moved toward the median and slowed down to approximately thirty miles an hour. She claimed that she never used the brakes. She then realized that she couldn’t make a U-turn at which point the defendant struck her car from behind. The defendant told a different story. He stated that the plaintiff slammed on her brakes and was turning towards the center median when he hit her and admitted that he could have prevented the accident if he had left more space between his vehicle and the plaintiff’s vehicle.

The trial court granted summary judgment against the defendant based on his admission as well as the presumption of liability in rear-end accident cases. Thus, the trial was held only on how much the plaintiff was owed. The defendant appealed stating that his testimony was enough to raise an issue about whether the plaintiff’s comparative negligence was a contributing factor in the accident.

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Car accidents can have potentially devastating consequences for everyone involved. If you have suffered harm in a car accident caused by someone else’s wrongdoing, error or carelessness, we can help. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our diligent Miami car accident attorneys will analyze the circumstances surrounding your wreck and help you understand your legal rights and options. With years of experience, you can trust that your case is in good hands.

Apparently, you are more likely to survive a car accident if you are riding in the front, according to a new study published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). In response to this finding, IIHS is encouraging automakers to improve safety for backseat passengers. Currently, there is no national standard or method to evaluate rear passenger safety in front-end collisions. To address this, IIHS is developing a standardized test that will determine how well a motor vehicle protects backseat passengers. The initiative began after IIHS reviewed 117 accidents across the country in which many rear passengers, who were wearing seat belts, suffered more serious injuries or were outright killed– when compared to front seat passengers in front-end accidents. According to the report, it is not necessarily that the back seat has become less safe; it is that the front seat has become more safe with automakers adding a variety of active and passive technologies (i.e., airbags that activate during side impacts and rollovers) to improve passenger safety.

All drivers on the road have an obligation to drive in a safe and prudent manner. To hold a driver accountable for an accident, you must show that the driver was negligent and that his or her negligence led to the accident and resulting harm. To establish negligence, the plaintiff (i.e., the injured party) is required to demonstrate each of the following elements: i) the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty to drive using reasonable care; ii) the defendant violated this duty to use reasonable care behind the wheel; and iii) the defendant’s violation was a direct and proximate cause of the plaintiff’s damages (i.e., bodily harm or property damage).
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Inclement weather should prompt drivers to be even more careful than they normally are behind the wheel. If you’ve been hurt in a car accident caused by adverse weather, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our highly capable Miami car accident attorneys will investigate the merits of your case and provide you with an honest assessment of your claim. You can trust that our team is committed to putting the interests of our clients first.

A new study published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society found that even light rain can greatly increase your risk of being in a deadly car accident. The study examined 125,000 motor vehicle accidents in the Lower 48 states from 2006 to 2011, taking into account how many cars are on the street to determine the risk of a deadly accident. The report found that the more wet the roads are, the more dangerous they become, with rain, snow and ice increasing the risk of fatal wrecks by about 34 percent. In fact, even when it is merely drizzling, the risk of a deadly car accident increases by 27 percent. One of the main takeaways from the study is that while people tend to slow down and drive carefully when it is raining heavily, they under-appreciate the risk of light rain.

Rain is one of the top causes of car accidents. Drivers can skid and lose control of their vehicles on rainy days more so than on days when the road is dry. Driving in the rain also reduces a driver’s visibility, which can be very dangerous. For these reasons, drivers are expected to be extra careful behind the wheel when it is raining. Among other things, this includes driving at a safe speed, turning your headlights on and refraining from following another vehicle too closely.

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Medical malpractice cases are not only emotionally and physically overwhelming, they can also be legally complex and time consuming claims. If you believe that you have been the victim of medical malpractice, you need to consult a seasoned Miami medical malpractice attorney immediately. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we are devoted to resolving our clients’ claims in a fair and efficient manner.

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In National Deaf Academy, LLC v. Townes, a female child was enrolled in the National Deaf Academy (NDA) to get help with behavioral problems. One day, the girl had an outburst. She was asked to stop but she refused and had to be restrained. Several NDA members, including two nurses, performed the restrain, which led to the child suffering a very serious knee injury. Ultimately, the young girl had to go through an amputation above the knee because of the injury. The girl’s family sued NDA for ordinary negligence.

NDA filed a motion for summary judgment stating that the claim was a medical malpractice claim and, therefore, Florida’s statutory pre-suit requirements had not been met. The trial court granted the defendant’s summary judgment and dismissed the lawsuit.

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Tire blowout accidents are sudden and can result in serious, even lifelong injuries. If you have sustained an injury in a motor vehicle caused by a tire blowout or a defective tire, it is vital to speak to a trusted and hard-working Miami car accident attorney who can assist you. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we will work diligently to get you get the compensation you are lawfully owed. We are here to answer your questions and address your concerns throughout the entire legal process.

A 43-year-old man was killed in a single vehicle crash on northbound I-75 last week when his tire blew out causing the vehicle to flip over. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the driver of the car lost control of the vehicle when the tire blew out. The car veered off the road into the shoulder and the driver over-corrected back across the road at which point the vehicle rotated and then overturned. The car came to a final rest blocking northbound lanes of the highway, which had to be shut down for some time. Sadly, the driver suffered deadly injuries at the scene of the accident.

Tire blowouts are one of the top causes of car accidents. These crashes can have a number of causes such as:

  • Drop or increase in air pressure
  • A large cut in the tire;
  • Overloading your automobile
  • Mismatched tires
  • Balding tires

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Texting behind the wheel can lead to serious, even deadly accidents. If you have been hurt in a car accident caused by another driver who was texting while driving, you may be able to obtain compensation for your injuries through a lawsuit. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our highly skilled Miami distracted driving attorneys can help you understand your rights and provide guidance about your next steps.

States that prohibit texting while driving witnessed an average 4 percent reduction in emergency room (ER) visits after auto accidents, which translates to 1,632 traffic-related emergency room visits per year according to a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health. Researchers analyzed emergency department data from 16 states between the years of 2007 and 2014. The states were chosen based on how readily available information was pertaining to auto accident injuries for which ER treatment was needed.

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Given Florida’s weather and proximity to the water, it’s no surprise that boating is a popular activity in the state. While it is undoubtedly fun, there are also many risks and dangers associated with watercraft. If you have been injured in a boating accident, you need to contact a seasoned Miami boat accident lawyer who can help. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we know how to navigate this complex area of law.

A 52-year-old woman was fatally injured in a boating accident on Fort Myers beach earlier this month. At the time of the incident, the boat got caught on a sandbar near a resort. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conversation Commission’s (FWC) information, the pilot put all three of the craft’s motors in gear and tilted them up in an attempt to free the boat and the victim fell into the propellers suffering a deadly injury. Witnesses said that they saw the victim get sucked under the boat before seeing the woman’s body floating in the water. The FWC said earlier that an alcohol-related arrest would take place in the case but it has not happened yet. The accident remains under investigation.

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