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Florida Law

Traffic laws, enforcement, and leniency vary from state-to-state. It would make sense if certain criminal actions were considered universal. But when it comes to matters of traffic law, often they aren’t. Florida traffic legislation is particularly tricky because Florida has been designated as a no-fault state. What this means for you varies depending on the percentage that an insurance company deems you to be at fault for an accident. This also means that your due compensation can easily be hacked up into fractions of what you deserve. With such high stakes involved, it’s never been more important to become well-versed in Florida law. And with legislation being updated daily, you need a reliable source to help you stay up-to-date. Enter The Ward Law Group Blog. Use this handy resource to remain at the forefront of Florida traffic law and maybe even learn some tips to keep yourself safe behind the wheel in the process. Discover how you can leverage the law to maximize your insurance claim!

What is the “Move Over Law”?

The “Move Over Law” in Florida was created to prevent emergency personnel and workers from becoming injured while performing their job duties. The law requires drivers to safely move over a lane for stopped law enforcement, emergency vehicles, or when there are workers parked on the side of the road. If unable to move over 1 lane, the driver is expected to reduce the speed to 20 mph under the posted speed limit. Public employees

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What is an ‘Emergency Medical Condition’ Under the New Florida PIP Law?

An ‘Emergency Medical Condition’ under the new Florida PIP law that became effective on January 1, 2013 is a medical condition that demonstrates itself by severe acute symptoms including severe pain that in the lack of medical assistance could result in: serious jeopardy to patient health, and or serious impairment to bodily functions, and/or serious dysfunction of any bodily organ or part. What are acute symptoms of sufficient severity? Does it mean a broken back

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One Step Closer To Safer Children In Florida

Earlier this week, the Florida Senate Transportation Committee unanimously passed SB 518, which would require children between the ages of four and seven to be restrained in a booster seat while in a car. This is a big step forward in keeping these children safer during an accident. Now, we all have to hope that the rest of the Florida legislature gets behind and passes this bill into law. Currently, Florida is only one of

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Emergency Medical Conditions Under The New Florida PIP Law

An ‘Emergency Medical Condition’ under the new Florida PIP law that became effective on January 1, 2013 is a medical condition that demonstrates itself by severe acute symptoms including severe pain that in the lack of medical assistance could result in: Serious jeopardy to patient health, and or Serious impairment to bodily functions, and/or Serious dysfunction of any bodily organ or part. What are acute symptoms of sufficient severity?  Does it mean a broken back

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How can we Keep our Children Safe with Seatbelts?

When it comes to safety we always think about our children first, so we need to take into consideration the special safety regulations provided by law to help keep our children safe. If a child is under 4 years old, it is not only necessary, but mandatory by law, to fasten their seat belt or preferably to use a car seat suited for their age, weight, and size. These seats are designed to fit all

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What is the “Move Over” Law?

What is the “Move Over” Law? Picture this scene: You’re driving down the highway on your way to work. It’s a typical weekday morning. Everything is going well. You have your music set on high and the weather is nice and sunny. Suddenly, in your rearview mirror, you notice an ambulance blaring its sirens and barreling down your way. What do you do? Well, common courtesy dictates that you “move over” and make way. But,

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Driving Motorcycles with Children

According to The New Herald, Florida is the State with the most motorcycle accidents (Posted on 04- 25-16). In order to drive with passengers, the motorcycle or moped must be designed by the factory with the regular seat of 2 people. It can be either behind the driver or to the side. The law states that all children under 5 years of age must use the child seat approved federally and certified with crash tests,

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How Should a Seatbelt be Used?

Wearing a seatbelt is not only required by Florida law, but it can also save your life. Around 40,000 people die every year in car accidents, and the main cause of death among people aged 3 to 34 is failure to wear a seatbelt. Safety belts could have prevented deaths in about half of these accidents. In 2008, during the day, 45% of passengers that died in crashes were not wearing their seatbelts. During nights

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Accident without a Driver’s License

When involved in a car accident, it is important to stay calm and ensure the safety of all passengers first. The next step is to call the Police and dial 911 if anyone has been injured. It is also beneficial to obtain insurance information of the other car involved or the characteristics of the car in the event of a “Hit and Run” situation (like the plate, color, model, some feature highlighting the vehicle), and

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