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STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS AND AUTO ACCIDENT CASES

What is a “Statute of Limitations” and Why is it Important?

These are laws passed by legislative bodies to set the maximum time after an event within which legal proceedings may be filed. When the time specified in a statute of limitations passes a claim can no longer be filed.

These laws are enacted to give certainty to potential litigants and to make sure claims that are so stale cannot be filed. For example, if you were injured in a car accident 20 years ago, the doctors who treated you may no longer be available, records may have been destroyed and other witnesses may be deceased or gone.

All states have statutes of limitations and they are included in the Federal Statutes. The length of the term varies according to the type of claim.


In Florida, the statute of limitations for a wrongful death claim is two years, for medical malpractice, it is two years, for general negligence claims (like car crashes that do not involve death) the statute is four years. In contract cases, there is a five-year statute.


Florida Statutes section 95.11(3) gives you four years starting from the date of the underlying accident or incident (or car crash) in which to file a civil lawsuit seeking compensation for negligence. If a person is killed in a car accident or other incident, there is a two-year deadline.

What Does It All Mean?

Essentially, it means that if you do not make a claim for damages from a car crash in Florida within two years (for death) or four years (for injuries not resulting in death) then you will have no right to compensation.

It doesn’t matter how bad the injuries are, or how bad the actions of the at-fault party. If requested from an insurance company, they will deny the claim. If the suit is filed, the court will dismiss it. It may sound harsh, but that’s how the law works for car accident cases in Florida. That’s why you should always contact a car accident lawyer that is an expert as soon as possible if you have a claim.

Claims Against the State or Local Governmental bodies have a different time deadline.

In Florida, wrongful death claims must be filed within 2 years and all other claims within 3 years. There is also a notice requirement that must be met before a suit is filed. This is a very complex area of Florida auto accident law.

There are Some Narrow and Specific Exceptions to the Finality of the Statute of Limitations.

Certain situations will “toll’ or pause the running of time for purposes of the statute. These situations can extend time deadlines.

  • If the injured person is a minor, the statute may be extended seven years from the date of the injury.
  • If a person is incapacitated at the time of the incident, the same seven-year period may apply.
  • If the person who caused the injury left the state before the lawsuit could be filed, the time may be extended. The person who caused the incident took steps to conceal himself or changed his or her name or identity to avoid the process, then the deadlines may be extended.

It should also be noted that these deadlines vary greatly from state to state. Many states require auto claims to be filed within two years and some even one year. If the crash occurs in another state, generally that state’s law will apply, even if the injured party lives in Florida.

As you can see there are many complicated legal issues involved with the statute of limitations. Failure to file timely can extinguish even the most worthy case. This is why you need to consult a board-certified Florida personal injury lawyer as soon as possible if you have a claim.

Joe Zarzaur is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney whose firm is dedicated to promoting community safety since 2007. ZARZAUR LAW’S AREAS OF PRACTICE: Serious Personal Injury, Product Defect, Auto Accidents, Cycling Accidents, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Products Liability, Wrongful Death, Community Safety, Boat and Jet Ski Accidents, Slip and Fall Injuries, and more. Licensed in Alabama and Florida.

If you’ve been the victim of an auto accident, it’s important that you don’t make any rash decisions. Instead, follow the car wreck checklist and put yourself in the best possible position to receive the justice you deserve. It is also important to consult with a Board Certified Trial lawyer who has the knowledge and experience to help you. We know accidents can be stressful and want to make the process as easy as possible for you. Call Zarzaur Law, P.A. today at (855) Hire-Joe for a free legal consultation or visit www.zarzaurlaw.com.

Sources:

https://www.flsenate.gov/Laws/Statutes/2012/95.11

https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/what-the-car-accident-statute-limitations-florida.html

https://www.flsenate.gov/Laws/Statutes/2012/95.11

What Zarzaur Law, PA is Doing to Keep All Employees Safe While Returning to Work.

As Zarzaur Law, PA prepares to gradually bring staff back into the office, it is very important to protect everyone and safety is priority one!

Here is what the firm is doing to keep everyone safe during this transition time from teleworking to re-entering the office full time.

ZARZAUR LAW, P.A. + COVID-19

Before Reporting To Building:
Stay home if you are sick (fever, myalgia, cough, shortness of breath), except to get medical care.

Notify management if you become acutely ill (above) or have a sick close contact (co-habitants, significant other).

Commuting To Building:
Do not park in close proximity to others, park in open area while maintaining a safe walk to building entrance.

Do not touch handrails, elevator buttons, parking meters, door handles (besides office building).

Entry to building at Romana Street entrance (upstairs) – OR – Palafox Street entrance (downstairs).

Upon Entering Building (Before Doing Anything Else):
Wash your hands with soap and warm water, at least 20 seconds.
(Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and warm water not available – 30 seconds).

Exterior of all personal items brought into office must be disinfected with antiseptic wipe – coffee cup, water bottle, mobile phone, handbag, purse, wallet.

Wash hands again after disinfecting personal items.

Check temperature (see below).

Body Temperature Checks:
Three times daily: upon entering building at start of shift, mid-shift check (lunch break (full day staff), mid-morning or mid-afternoon (half-day staff), end of shift check upon leaving building. Wash hands (or use hand sanitizer) prior to handling thermometer.

Wipe handle and buttons of thermometer with alcohol swab after use of thermometer.

Document each temperature reading with a Slack message to Joe – temperature with date/time

Wash hands (or use hand sanitizer) after using thermometer.

Movement Within Office:
Maintain six foot separation from others in the office, including hallway and stairwell traffic.

One person at a time in common spaces – hallway, kitchen/coffee, copier/fax/scanner, water cooler, stairwell.

Only use your assigned workspace.

No use of conference rooms without permission.

Diligence on need to leave building at any time besides end of shift.

*** Three times daily = start of shift, mid-shift, end of shift.

Hygiene:
Cough and sneeze – cover mouth with tissue, immediately dispose of tissue.

Immediately wash hands and re-sanitize workspace and electronics.

All paper towels are single use and to be placed in provided receptacles immediately after use.

Workspace:
Surfaces disinfected three times daily. ***

Electronics:
Use only your assigned machine (computer) and office phone.

Sanitize machine (keyboard, mouse, mousepad) and phone (handpiece, earpiece, keypad) three times daily. ***

Personal Items:
Do not allow others to borrow or use pens, mobile phones, keys, coffee cups.

Make your own coffee.

Sanitizing The Office:
Handrails, coffee/water, copier/fax/scanner, sink handles/faucets, and door handles (inside and outside) must be sanitized three times daily ***
> management to decide on rotating assignment vs single owner of this task

Kitchen and coffee counter surfaces to be sanitized thee times daily ***

Conference room tables to be sanitized before and after every use – permission required for use.

Visitors:
Front door guests – utilize doorbell, reception wears mask/gloves when interacting, inform of closed office protocol.

All visitors, vendors, clients must be approved prior to permission into building.

Visitors must follow hand washing protocol upon entry to building.
Disinfect all surfaces and touch points when visitors exit building.

*** Three times daily = start of shift, mid-shift, end of shift.

The Zarzaur Law firm remains fully operational and the staff is working hard on client’s behalf (safely and remotely). Attorneys will still be seeing clients either safely in office or via video conferencing.

Joe Zarzaur, founder of Zarzaur Law, P.A., a Pensacola Personal Injury law firm, has created this blog in an effort to educate the many citizens and visitors of Pensacola, Florida about their legal rights. Joe Zarzaur knows the ins and outs of Florida law, and offers friendly-quality legal help whether you have experienced an auto accident/car wreck, have been a victim of medical malpractice or are in need of a personal injury lawyer. For more information, visit: https://www.zarzaurlaw.com

11 E Romana Street
Pensacola, FL 32502
Telephone: 850-444-9299
Email: info@zarzaurlaw.com

 

“Legal Graffiti” Foo Foo Style – Live Painting Event at Zarzaur Law Building to Take Place Nov. 8-10 in Downtown Pensacola

Zarzaur Law, P.A., a personal injury law firm based in Pensacola, Florida, presents a special event that will be a Foo Foo Fest edition of its well known “Legal Graffiti” event. This three day live painting event will attract locals and visitors that are in the Downtown Pensacola area for the Foo Foo Fest activities happening during the first two weeks in November. Visitors can watch three artists work on large canvases using a variety of paint, including spray paint, just like the traditional “Legal Graffiti” fundraiser events hosted by Zarzaur Law, P.A. during the monthly Gallery Nights.

The artists will paint on a 6ft x 6ft vinyl canvas at the corner of Palafox and Romana Streets right outside of the Zarzaur Law building in Downtown Pensacola. Each of the three artist, Jaime Shevant, Gabe Pellerin and Patrick Quintanilla, who were chosen through a submission process, will create one original piece using a variety of paint mediums and techniques.

3 original works of art to be auctioned off as a fund raiser for Gulf Coast Kid’s House

“Being a part of this event brings me excitement to see where the art scene and Pensacola community as whole will go. Being able to expose the community to artist performing their passion may encourage others to take similar steps.” Said artist Gabe Pellerin.

Zarzaur Law’s “Legal Graffiti” Foo Foo Fest Style will take place Friday Nov. 8 and conclude on Sunday, Nov. 10 in Downtown Pensacola on the closing weekend of Foo Foo Fest. The completed paintings will be auctioned off as a fundraiser for Gulf Coast Kid’s House.

“We are so thankful to be a member of such a thriving downtown community.” Said Joe Zarzaur, Zarzaur Law, P.A.

Check out more of these talented artists’ work on both Facebook and Instagram –
Jaime Shevat – Jaime Shevat Art (FB link and IG handle)@JaimeShevatArt
Patrick Quintanilla (IG handle)@pattysauces
Gabe Pellerin (IG handle) @gabburi.to

Come out and see them painting live Nov 8 – 10 under the Zarzaur Law, P.A. tents and bid on a chance to win one of the paintings!

HOW TO BID ON THE PAINTINGS

Here is all the info on how to bid on the art (before, during and after the paintings are complete):

Simply head here–> https://e.givesmart.com/events/eRO/
OR text LegalGraffiti to 52182 to register.

Once done you will be able to bid online and receive updates, alerts, messages, images, videos of the paintings in progress and bid status.

We are excited to be a friend of the Foo Foo Festival and even more excited to have live public art happening for 3 days (Nov. 8-10) right here at the Zarzaur Law building.

Come watch, enjoy, bid and help raise money for Gulf Coast Kid’s House and possibly win a one-of-a-kind painting!

For more information on the event visit the Facebook event page or call 850-444-9299.

Zarzaur Law, P.A. To Host 2nd Annual FREE Kid’s 
Halloween Event in Downtown Pensacola.

Zalloween Event on Oct. 30 to Include a Kid’s Costume Contest with $100 First Prize.

PENSACOLA, Fla. (Sept. 18, 2019) — Zarzaur Law, P.A., a personal injury law firm based out of Pensacola, Florida, has once again partnered with local downtown businesses to host the 2nd annual “Zalloween” event. “Zalloween” is a FREE, safe and fun filled kid’s Halloween event on Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 4-6p.m., The event will be held at the intersection of Palafox and Romana Streets in Downtown Pensacola. “Zalloween,” hosted by Zarzaur Law, will include candy, games, a fire truck that kids can explore from the Pensacola Fire Department, meet and greet the K-9 unit from KlaasKIDS Search and Rescue, arts and crafts stations with First City Art Center and Blue Morning Gallery, a pumpkin patch, and more! A kid’s costume contest will kick-off at 5p.m. with four age group categories and a $100 first prize for each age group. The first 250 kids in costume will also receive a reflective trick-or-treat bag and a pumpkin strobe light.

SIGN UP FOR THE COSTUME CONTEST HERE!

“Last year was a smashing success, and we hope to have an even bigger crowd this year.” Joe Zarzaur, owner of Zarzaur Law, P.A.

In addition to the fun and games, the KlaasKIDS organization will be on hand to provide fingerprinting for any children (parents or legal guardian must be present). The parents will receive a fingerprint card that they will take home that will have their child’s picture and fingerprint on the card.

Participating businesses include:
Gulf Coast Kid’s House
The Tin Cow
Pen Air Federal Credit Union
Dog House Deli Downtown
First City Art Center
Pensacola Fire Department
Pensacola Police Department
KlaasKIDS Search Center for Missing & Trafficked Children
Blue Morning Gallery
Properly Posh Baby
The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart | Ascension

Event details can be found on Zarzaur Law’s Zalloween event page on Facebook, or call 850-444-9299.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About Zarzaur Law, P.A.
Joe Zarzaur is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney whose firm is dedicated to promoting community safety since 2007. OUR AREAS OF PRACTICE: Serious Personal Injury, Product Defect, Auto Accidents, Cycling Accidents, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Products Liability, Wrongful Death, Boat and Jet Ski Accidents, Slip and Fall Injuries, and more. Licensed in Alabama and Florida. www.zarzaurlaw.com

Ping Pong on Palafox, Hosted by Zarzaur Law, PA – September 14


PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE! NEW EVENT DATE IS SEPT. 14.

Zarzaur Law, P.A., a personal injury law firm based out of Pensacola, Florida, has partnered with the Pensacola Table Tennis Club and City of Pensacola Parks and Recreation Department to host a community ping pong tournament event on Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 10am-5pm* The event will be held on the street at the intersection of Palafox and Romana Streets in Downtown Pensacola. “Ping Pong on Palafox,” hosted by Zarzaur Law, will include a table tennis “ping pong” tournament for all ages and levels, games, refreshments for players, and more! The round robin tournament will kick-off at 10a.m. with kids age groups and adult divisions with cash** prizes for winners. Players can be anywhere from kids, novice recreational weekend players, all the way to competitive club members. The first 50 players to sign up for the tournament will also receive a swag bag. 

Businesses, organizations or groups are encouraged to create teams of four, sign up, bring their tent, coolers and signs and battle for bragging rights and be the tops in team table tennis.

SIGN UP TODAY! >

This event is more than the typical community event and fundraiser for Gulf Coast Kid’s House, it’s downright FUN! Players can compete in a Table Tennis Tournament and play games all while supporting Gulf Coast Kids House. Guests can learn tips and tricks from Table Tennis professionals and watch kids all the way to pros battle each other right in the heart of Downtown Pensacola. 100% of entry fees will go to Gulf Coast Kid’s House.

“In this day and age of kids and their devices, we figured highlighting the games we 40-somethings played as kids would be good for everyone.”  Joe Zarzaur, owner of Zarzaur Law, P.A. 

Entry fees:

Kids – $10

Teens – Novice Adult  – $15

Advanced Adult – $20

Corporate / Business / Group Team (team of four) – $40

Spectators – FREE!

In addition to the fun and games, Snowbiz Shaved Ice food truck, Arepas food truck and the Tin Cow Restaurant will be selling mouth watering meals to hungry players and spectators alike.

Sign up for “Ping Pong on Palafox” here >
or call 850-444-9299 for more info/details.

*Weather Permitting
**VISA® gift cards.

Florida: The Most Dangerous State for Pedestrians

Florida is the deadliest state for pedestrians: A 2017 study found eight of 10 most dangerous cities are located in Florida. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Traffic Safety Facts, “On average, a pedestrian is killed every 1.5 hours in traffic crashes.”

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According to Florida’s integrated report exchange system, for Escambia County in 2018:

83 crashes involving pedestrians
56 crashes involving bicycles
10 pedestrian deaths
One bicycle fatality

As more and more people are choosing to use the oldest and most basic form of transportation—walking, for fitness, sightseeing and more, there’s new evidence that even walking across the street is becoming more dangerous.

A report released by the Governors Highway Safety Association shows that the number of pedestrians killed in traffic jumped 11 percent in 2016, to nearly 6,000. That’s the biggest single-year increase in pedestrian fatalities ever, and the highest number in more than two decades. The National Safety Council reported that traffic deaths overall went up six percent nationwide in 2016. Most would assume that with increased safety of vehicles, as we move towards more semi-autonomous vehicles, that traffic deaths would go down. Unfortunately, the opposite is happening with a spike in fatalities as it relates to pedestrians and cyclists.

Maureen Vogel, spokeswoman for the National Safety Council, says: A stronger economy and lower gas prices have put more cars on the road and have people driving more often, “but that is really only part of the story … so something else is at play here.”

Drivers and pedestrians distracted by cellphones and oblivious to each other, could be the cause of this spike in pedestrian injuries and deaths.

SAFETY TIPS FOR PEDESTRIANS
1. Be safe and seen: make yourself visible to drivers.
2. Be smart and alert: avoid dangerous behavior.
– stay sober
– walk on sidewalks
– don’t assume vehicles will stop
– don’t rely solely on pedestrian signals, be alert to engine sounds and backup lights
3.  Look before you step!
– look both ways
– don’t wear headphones
– cross streets at marked cross walks

SAFETY TIPS FOR DRIVERS
Be Alert and Watch for Pedestrians:
1. Scan the road and the sides of the road ahead for potential pedestrians or bicyclists.
2. Before making a turn, look in all directions for pedestrians crossing or bicyclists coming up the road.
3. Do not drive distracted or after consuming alcohol or other drugs.
4. Do not use your cell phone while driving.
5. Look carefully behind your vehicle for approaching pedestrians, especially small children, before backing-up.
6. For maximum visibility, keep your windshield clean and headlights on.

Be Responsible and Yield to Pedestrians at Crossings:
1. Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, whether marked or unmarked.
2. Yield to pedestrians when making right or left turns at intersections.
3. Do not block or park in crosswalks.
4. Be Patient: Drive the speed limit and avoid aggressive maneuvers
5. Never pass/overtake a vehicle that is stopped for pedestrians.
6. Obey speed limits and come to a complete stop at STOP signs.
7. Use extra caution when driving near children playing along the street or older pedestrians who may not see or hear you.
8. Always be ready to stop for pedestrians.

Joe Zarzaur is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney whose firm is dedicated to promoting community safety since 2007. OUR AREAS OF PRACTICE: Serious Personal Injury, Product Defect, Auto Accidents, Cycling Accidents, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Products Liability, Wrongful Death, Community Safety, Boat and Jet Ski Accidents, Slip and Fall Injuries, and more. Licensed in Alabama and Florida.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured due to the fault of a distracted driver, it is important to consult with a Board Certified Trial Lawyer who has the knowledge and experience to help you. We know accidents can be stressful and want to make the process as easy as possible for you. Call Zarzaur Law, P.A. today at (855) Hire-Joe for a free legal consultation or visit www.zarzaurlaw.com.

Sources:
https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/pedestrian-safety

http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/community/tips_pedestrian.cfmhttps://exchange.aaa.com/safety/pedestrian-safety/tips-pedestrian-safety/#.W5rCsy3MxUN

https://www.pnj.com/story/news/2018/09/10/civiccon-jeff-speck-why-walkable-cities-save-lives-and-florida-streets-kill/1087564002/

https://www.npr.org/2017/03/30/522085503/2016-saw-a-record-increase-in-pedestrian-deaths

https://www.ghsa.orghttps://www.ghsa.org/resources/spotlight-peds17

https://www.nsc.org/home

https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/my-child-was-injured-school-who-liable.html

Back To School and Bus Stop Safety – Do You Know the Golden Rules?

Florida school buses carry precious cargo – our children. Most motorists drive with caution around school buses and at school bus stops and school zones, but accidents do happen and children walking or riding bikes can be unpredictable, so motorists must always be alert.

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School Bus Safety: Are you following the golden rules?

However, statistics from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles indicate the amount of school bus accidents in Florida is on the rise. From 2012 to 2015, there has been a 16 percent increase in school bus-related accidents throughout the state. Just in the year 2015 alone, there were a reported 2,698 school bus accidents in Florida.

Not only are there accidents when on the bus, but also at the bus stop itself. There have been reported injuries and deaths during loading and unloading of school buses. The National School Bus Loading and Unloading Survey is produced annually by the Kansas Department of Education and the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services. The survey does not count onboard fatalities. The eight fatalities during the 2016-17 school year were evenly split between girls and boys. Five of the children killed were six or seven years old. One was nine, one was 11 and one was 16. Three students were killed as they crossed the street to board their buses, which had not yet come to a complete stop but were displaying eight-way yellow lights. Three others were struck and killed by passing motorists who illegally ignored a stopped school bus’ extended stop arm and flashing red lights.

School Transportation News (STN) records indicate that four additional student pedestrians were killed last school year in incidents that involved school buses but not during the loading or unloading process. Three students were hit by a school bus as they were walking on or near roads, and another student was struck by a motorist after the school bus had already dropped him off at a stop and left the area.

“Fatalities—which are caused by a variety of circumstances and errors by passing motorists and school bus driver—continue to take place,” the survey introduction read in part. “This shows the continuing need for forceful, advanced instruction to school bus drivers and students, as well as the need to increase our efforts to thoroughly inform drivers across the country about the requirements of the school bus stop law.”

On average, nearly nine students died while loading or unloading the school bus over the past 10 years.

School Bus Safety Tips for Motorists
• Be alert and watch for children especially near schools, bus stops, school buses and in school parking lots.

• Children on bicycles can be unpredictable and can make sudden changes in direction. Be especially careful when children are present in school zones and residential areas.

• Pay extra attention to lower speed limits in school zones.
Watch for and obey signals from school crossing guards.

• Only drive or park in authorized areas to drop off or pick up children at school.

• Motorists are required to stop when approaching a school bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing and STOP arms extended. (See the different situations in the diagram below)

• All drivers moving in either direction on a two-way street must stop for a school bus displaying a stop signal, and must remain stopped until the road is clear of children AND the school bus stop arm is withdrawn. (see diagram, TWO-LANE)

• On a highway divided by a paved median, all drivers moving in either direction must stop for a school bus displaying a stop signal, and must remain stopped until the road is clear of children AND the school bus stop arm is withdrawn. (see diagram, MULTI-LANE)

• The only time traffic approaching an oncoming school bus does not need to stop, is if there is a raised barrier such as a concrete divider or at least five feet of unpaved space separating the lanes of traffic. (see diagram, DIVIDED HIGHWAY)

• On a highway divided by a raised barrier or an unpaved median at least 5 feet wide, drivers moving in the opposite direction do not have to stop for the bus (painted lines or pavement markings are not considered barriers). However, these motorists should slow down and watch for students loading or unloading from the bus. (see diagram, DIVIDED HIGHWAY)

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Stopped school bus rules and safety tips.

Penalties for passing stopped school bus include:
• Moving violation subject to citation;
• Requirement to complete a basic Driver Improvement Course upon conviction;
• Four points on your driver license; and
• Minimum fine of $165, if you pass on the side where children enter and exit, you will receive a minimum fine of $265.

On July 1, 2017, the Cameron Mayhew Act took effect in Florida, which increases the minimum penalty for drivers who illegally pass a stopped school bus, resulting in the injury or death of another person. Cameron Mayhew was killed by a motorist that failed to stop as he was walking to his stopped school bus in 2016.
Penalties for passing a stopped school bus that causes or results in the serious bodily injury or the death of another person include:
• Serving 120 community service hours in a trauma center or hospital;
• Participating in a victim’s impact panel session, or if such a panel does not exist, attending a DHSMV approved driver improvement course;
• Six points on your driver license;
• Suspension of license for a minimum of one year; and
• $1,500 fine.

Our Children’s Safety Comes First!
With all of the distractions around them, it’s easy to visualize a child stepping off of the bus and not being able to hear or notice oncoming traffic. We are the adults; it is our job to abide by the laws put in place, not be in a hurry, or be distracted.

Joe Zarzaur is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney whose firm is dedicated to promoting community safety since 2007. OUR AREAS OF PRACTICE: Serious Personal Injury, Product Defect, Auto Accidents, Cycling Accidents, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Products Liability, Wrongful Death, Community Safety, Boat and Jet Ski Accidents, Slip and Fall Injuries, and more. Licensed in Alabama and Florida.

If your child has been injured at a school bus stop or on a school bus due to negligence of a motorist, it is important to consult with a Board Certified Trial lawyer who has the knowledge and experience to help you. We know accidents can be stressful and want to make the process as easy as possible for you. Call Zarzaur Law, P.A. today at (855) Hire-Joe for a free legal consultation or visit www.zarzaurlaw.com.

References:

https://www.flhsmv.gov/safety-center/child-safety/school-bus-safety/

http://stnonline.com/news/latest-news/item/9190-school-bus-loading-unloading-zone-fatalities-double

https://www.idrivesafely.com/traffic-school/florida/school-bus-stop-law/

http://www.fldoe.org/schools/healthy-schools/transportation/

http://spacecoastdaily.com/2018/08/back-to-school-traffic-safety-tips-by-florida-department-of-transportation/

https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2017/1622/BillText/__/HTML

How to Find the Best Personal Injury Lawyer

So you, a family member or loved one is the victim of a reckless driver or person. So, what do you do to find the best possible personal injury lawyer for your situation?

First, there is nothing more annoying than the barrage of tacky lawyer advertisements. I can say without question that choosing your lawyer based upon the number of lawyer advertisements that you see is not the way to choose your lawyer for a case. The reason for this is simple. Simply because a lawyer or firm has a good marketing plan does not translate into the equally effective legal services. This does not mean that quality lawyers do not advertise but simply means that it is not enough to select a lawyer based upon the number of advertisement space their firm purchases. Any lawyer that passes the bar exam can advertise for personal injury cases. It is not required that they have any experience with even one prior personal injury case much less a successful trial.

Second, Florida makes it fairly easy to tell which lawyers are most qualified in a particular area of law including civil cases which include personal injury cases. You see Florida offers lawyers the ability to become board certified in various areas of law. This process however is optional and requires substantial time, experience, testing and peer review. Lawyers who are Board Certified in Florida can refer to themselves as “specialists” or “experts” in that particular area of law. Civil trial specialists are those board certified lawyers in Florida who specialize in filing and prosecuting lawsuits through trial. These lawsuits include personal injury and wrongful death cases. So, you may ask why this is important? This is important since this designation separates every lawyer who can call themselves a personal injury lawyer from those that actually handle these cases from start to finish (a jury trial). For example, when someone goes to medical school and graduates with a MD degree they are not quite qualified to call themselves a brain surgeon even though they are, in fact, Doctors.

Third, it currently cost $410.00 to file a lawsuit in Florida. This does not, however, make you an experienced lawyer in Florida. It is how you handle the case after filing and through trial that makes the difference. Ask the lawyer who is handling your case (sometimes not the same person who is on the Billboard) if he/she has any jury verdicts in the last year that are impressive victories for their clients? Ask them details about what role they played in that case. If you do not get good answers to those questions, then move on. Experience counts in this field. It counts because just like anything else in the world, your record counts and matters to all involved. It matters to you as the client since you want the expert who knows his/her field. It matters to the person who causes your injury as they need to know that the lawyer coming after them is known for not giving up and has taken many folks and companies to the bitter end. It matters to the insurance company involved since they work in this field every day and they become familiar with which lawyers tend to always settle their cases. They also know that there are certain lawyers who they have taken to trial and then were hit with verdicts well over their policy limits. If the lawyer you have hired to work on your case has never made an insurance company “sweat” because they underestimated or under-evaluated a claim only to have a jury slam them, then you may not have the right person.

In sum, in selecting a lawyer for your case. Do not rely just on advertisements. Find a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer and then ask that person about the exact track record in the type of case that you have. Ask for specifics, do not assume that a lawyer is qualified simply because they work for someone who is.

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