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Joseph H. Saunders

Florida No Fault Auto Insurance Law Expires

The Florida no fault auto insurance law expired yesterday after the Florida Legislature did not renew the law this year. As of yesterday, Florida no fault personal injury protection insurance is not required anymore. This insurance required that persons injured in auto accidents make a claim against their own auto insurance for the first $10,000 of medical bills or wages even if a careless…

Joseph H. Saunders

I-75 Crash Claims Two Lives

An overnight crash in Sarasota near the Bee Ridge Road exit on Interstate 75 has claimed the lives of two adults. I-75 northbound was closed for hours as a result of the 12 car accident which included a tractor trailer truck. The truck was driving northbound at approximately 12:30am and had its cruise control on and set at 70 m.p.h. when the crash occurred. According to the tractor trailer…

Joseph H. Saunders

Cooper Tire Under Fire

It’s bad enough the company has been accused of manufacturing defective tires that have led to serious injury and fatalities. It’s quite another when that same company uses deceptive practices to hide such information to protect itself from a lawsuit. According to an article published in the St. Petersburg TimesAt least 21 lawsuits involving 12 deaths have been filed against Cooper Tire in…

Joseph H. Saunders

Summertime and Auto Accidents

Summertime is usually a period when families go on vacation, kids are out of school, and adults re-charge their worn batteries. Yet, it can also be a time when accidents happen. As more people take to the streets and highways, be careful for kids playing in nearby yards and parks. As the rains fall in the afternoon, be wary of slippery roads while operating your vehicle. Keep the summer a…

Joseph H. Saunders

ESC Key to Avoiding Auto Accident Fatalities

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 1/3 of all fatal car crashes could be avoided and rollovers could be reduced by 80% if more cars were equipped with electric stability control. ESC brakes individual wheels automatically to keep the vehicle under control.When a driver makes a sudden emergency maneuver or, for example, enters a curve too fast, the vehicle may spin out of…

Joseph H. Saunders

If You Want to Go Without a Helmet, Pay More Insurance

Today’s St. Petersburg Times featured a provocative editorial concerning the repeal of the motorcycle helmet law by Gov. Jeb Bush in 2000. Since that repeal, motorcycle deaths in Florida have soared. The paper’s editorial points out that if people choose to act foolishly, they should pay more in insurance so that the average taxpayer isn’t saddled with the consequences of such foolishness. …

Joseph H. Saunders

Don’t Rely on Your Insurance Company to Protect You in the Event of an Auto Accident

If you’ve been involved in an auto accident, you know the sad truth. Your auto insurance company doesn’t always act "like a good neighbor". The truth is that the auto insurance company is often too busy trying to deny your claim or minimize the amount of money they pay you to actually assist you with your claim. Just this past legislative session, the insurance lobby spent countless millions…

Joseph H. Saunders

Car Crashes Can Cause Permanent Brain Injury

Auto accidents can cause injuries to all parts of the body. Yet, the most significant injury usually results when the brain is traumatized as a result of the car crash impact. Symptoms of such head injuries include loss of vision, loss of cognitive ability, hearing loss, alteration of smell and taste, and endocrine/glandular dysfunction. Especially in cases of moderate and severe brain…

Joseph H. Saunders

After an Auto Accident Get a Lawyer

There is a disturbing trend that affects millions of Americans who’ve been injured in an auto accident. Their own insurance companies are pushing them to resolve their claims without speaking with an attorney. In most instances, this is an injustice to the auto accident victim. The whole purpose of auto insurance is to protect the injured in the event of an accident. That’s why we pay those…

Joseph H. Saunders

Slow Down and Save Lives on I-75

Speeding is a factor in 31 percent of all fatal crashes nationwide, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. At 70 mph, a driver is traveling at 102 feet per second. At 80 mph, the rate increases to 117 feet per second. Given that the average reaction time is about three seconds, that means a car going 70 mph will travel about 305 feet — the length of a football field…