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Your Uber Could Have No Driver

By Craig D. Earnhart, P.A. |

According to the Insurance Journal, Florida’s Senate has recently passed a bill that could open the door for rideshare companies like Lyft and Uber to use driverless vehicles. The bill passed the Senate unanimously on May 1, without any debate. In April, the Florida House had also passed the bill unanimously as well. According… Read More »

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Can You Be Sued if You Lend Your Car to Someone and They Crash It?

By Craig D. Earnhart, P.A. |

Many people freely lend their car to people they know. Maybe their sibling needs to go to a dental appointment, or their neighbor needs a vehicle while his is in the shop. No harm, no foul, right? Actually, under Florida law, owners are opening themselves up to legal liability if the person who borrows… Read More »

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Tiger Woods Sued Under Florida’s Dram Shop Law

By Craig D. Earnhart, P.A. |

Golfer Tiger Woods recently made the news for winning his first major championship in over a decade at The Masters. Now he is in the news for something far less respectable—contributing to the drunk driving death of a former employee. According to the Daily Beast, Woods and his girlfriend are being sued by the… Read More »

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Car Accidents and Joint Injuries

By Craig D. Earnhart, P.A. |

Healthy joints are critical for mobility and most of the tasks of daily living. With damaged joints, it is much harder to dress, cook, walk, reach for the remote, or even hug loved ones. Unfortunately, traumatic events like car accidents can lead to a host of joint problems, which can keep many people out… Read More »

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Should You Buy More Insurance?

By Craig D. Earnhart, P.A. |

To register a motor vehicle in Florida, motorists need to buy personal injury protection insurance, called PIP. These are no-fault benefits that will cover your injuries regardless of who caused a crash. Currently, the minimum PIP coverage is $10,000, which will pay for 80% of your medical bills and a smaller portion of your… Read More »

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Florida’s Dram Shop Law

By Craig D. Earnhart, P.A. |

Put simply, a dram shop law imposes legal liability on any establishment when it serves alcohol to a person that is visibly intoxicated. These laws force bars, taverns, and restaurants to internalize the costs of damage when one of their intoxicated patrons goes out and injures someone. Many dram shop laws also impose penalties… Read More »

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How to Keep Your Teen Safe Behind the Wheel of a Car

By Craig D. Earnhart, P.A. |

It’s tough being a new driver. Not only is your teen inexperienced, but he or she might face social pressure to take unnecessary risks behind the wheel. Unfortunately, teens cause serious damage on Florida’s roads. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), over 2,400 teens aged 16-19 were killed in car accidents in… Read More »

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Make Work Zone Safety a Priority

By Craig D. Earnhart, P.A. |

This April, we celebrate work zone awareness week, which is a time to reflect on how dangerous road construction zones are. In 2017 alone, almost 800 people were killed in a work zone crash. The victims included drivers, cyclists, pedestrians, and 132 highway workers, according to the Construction Equipment Guide website. With weather around… Read More »

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Suing More than One Defendant

By Craig D. Earnhart, P.A. |

Many car accidents involve only two vehicles, but others can involve several. In this situation, it might be hard to identify who is to blame, or it might be the fact that several drivers are to blame. As a result, you might need to sue more than one person. But is this difficult? At… Read More »

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Defective Brakes and Car Accidents

By Craig D. Earnhart, P.A. |

Many accidents are caused by negligent or aggressive drivers. However, some accidents also stem from defective parts of the automobile. These defects either existed when the car was sold to you, or they arise when a mechanic makes an error or otherwise fails to fix your car properly. Nothing is more terrifying than stepping… Read More »

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