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Monthly Archives: October 2021

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Legal Options In Device Distraction Claims

By Mark H. Wright, PLLC |

As we move further into the smartphone era, a number of states have enacted hands-free laws which prohibit motorists from using their cell phones while they are behind the wheel. But Florida’s cell phone ban generally only applies to talking and texting. A use ban does apply in construction and school zones. Furthermore, localities… Read More »

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Authorities Seek Hit-And-Run Driver In Fatal Tampa Pedestrian Accident

By Mark H. Wright, PLLC |

The Florida Highway Patrol has essentially nothing to work with as it searches for a motorist who struck and killed a 32-year-old woman. All they know is that a vehicle apparently drifted into the bicycle lane on 56th Street, not far from Haney Lane, where the woman was walking. She died at the scene…. Read More »

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Breaking Down Dog Bite Claims In Florida

By Mark H. Wright, PLLC |

In 2019, the average dog bite settlement in the Sunshine State was over $53,000. That’s one of the highest figures in the country. Several factors come into play in this area. Today, doctors better understand the nature and extent of physical and emotional dog bite injuries. The smaller medical treatment facilities which dominate the… Read More »

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Two Dead After Runaway Tesla Strikes Home

By Mark H. Wright, PLLC |

Investigators believe that speed was the primary factor in a deadly crash which killed a 69-year-old Pinellas County woman. Few details about the wreck were available, except that it happened on Manning Road and involved a Tesla which failed to stop at a stop sign at a T intersection. The vehicle barreled into a… Read More »

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Legal Issues In “Drugged Driving” Wrecks

By Mark H. Wright, PLLC |

These incidents increased significantly during the coronavirus pandemic, as drivers increasingly self-medicated with prescription pain pills and antidepressants. A staggering 65 percent of tortfeasors (negligent drivers) had drugs in their system during 2020. Marijuana, which is semi-legal in Florida, is by far the leading substance that impairs motorists. Prescription medications, which are also legal… Read More »

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Crossing The Street In Tampa Bay Is Extremely Dangerous

By Mark H. Wright, PLLC |

The Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metropolitan area is the eighth-worst area in the country for pedestrians, according to a recent report. Overall, the pedestrian death rate recently hit a 30-year high. The death rate has increased 45 percent since 2010, according to Smart Growth America. Structural changes, like lower speed limits, longer red lights, and wider… Read More »

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COVID Business Interruption Insurance Claims: A Closer Look

By Mark H. Wright, PLLC |

Although Florida had one of the shortest coronavirus lockdowns in the country, the effects of this lockdown devastated many restaurants and other small businesses. To try and recoup these losses, many of these business owners filed business interruption insurance claims. Overall, about 80 percent of the resulting court decisions favored insurance companies. However, the… Read More »

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Deadly Fireball Wreck On Veterans Expressway

By Mark H. Wright, PLLC |

A man is dead after he lost control of his pickup truck on the Veterans Expressway in Tampa and collided with a semi-truck. This wreck happened near the Hillsborough Avenue exit. According to investigators, the man, whose name was not released, tumbled across several lanes of traffic, hit a retaining wall, bounced back into… Read More »

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