National Teen Driver Safety Week

Teen Driver Learning to Drive SafelyIt’s National Teen Driver Safety Week. Do you know how to keep your teen safe on the road? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has tips and resources for parents and educators to begin the conversation about safe driving with teens. Visit their site, linked above, for additional information.

Remember, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens aged 15 to 18, but most car accidents involving teens are a result of inexperience, not bad behavior.* In fact, crash risk drops by more than two-thirds after the first 1,000 to 1,500 miles of independent driving.

Clearly, your teen needs to drive alone, but alone is key: teens are much more likely to be involved in an accident if they have friends in the car.

Teens Injured in Accidents

Teenage passengers are more likely to be injured in a car being driven by a peer. Some of this has to do with general distraction. Novice drivers are more likely to take eyes and attention off of the road, increasing crash risks.

To help combat the risks posed to teens by teens, the state of Florida has implemented a graduated drivers license (GDL) as follows:

 

  • Learner’s License – to obtain a learner’s license, a child must be at least 15 years old and must always be accompanied by a licensed driver who is over 21 years old. Teens between 15 and 17 must hold this license for a minimum of 12 months during which time they must complete 50 hours of supervised driving, 10 of which has to be at night. These drivers may not operate a vehicle after 10 p.m.
  • Driver License – at 16, a teen may obtain a driver’s license so long as a learner’s license has been held for at least 12 months. Drivers under the age of 17 may not operate a vehicle between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. unless driving to or from work or accompanied by a driver who is 21 or older. At 17, restrictions are reduced to between the hours of 1 a.m. and 5 a.m.

 

These restrictions can help reduce accidents by keeping teens off of the road at dangerous times, but they do little to deal with distraction, speeding, and other behaviors that can result in car accidents.

If your child is injured in a car that was driven by another teen, you may be entitled to seek compensation beyond insurance offerings. This is where an attorney will be useful. In order to determine where fault should lie – and despite common perception, it is not always with the teen driver – an investigation will need to take place. This enables your attorney to build an effective case for more significant compensation. Medical expenses, lifestyle changes, and emotional and physical suffering deserve fair compensation. My Price Lawyers can help you find the best attorney for the job.

As a referral network of personal injury attorneys, My Price Lawyers works with some of the most respected and trusted attorneys in the Lakeland area. If you are in need of a lawyer, for an accident involving a teen driver or for any other reason, please call 844-718-0758 to be put in touch with an experienced attorney with offices close to you. My Price Lawyers works with attorneys in Tampa, Brandon, Lakeland, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Orlando, Sebring and nearby areas throughout the state of Florida.

*https://www.teendriversource.org/teen-crash-risks-prevention

Criminal Defense Attorneys

Have you been arrested or charged with a crime in Tampa, Orlando, or a nearby area of Florida? You need an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side to protect your rights and best interests.

My Price Lawyers is a referral network of affordable criminal defense lawyers serving Lakeland, Brandon, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and surrounding communities. Please call us at 800-475-7005 for a free referral to an affordable criminal defense lawyer today.

Infographic: What is Catastrophic Injury?

Catastrophic injuries are those that will result in long-term, perhaps even lifelong medical expenses. They may come with an inability to support yourself or your family. They may necessitate home modifications, prevent you from enjoying time with friends and family, and leave you in chronic pain. Catastrophic injury has the potential to impact every area of your life forever.

Because these types of injury have far-reaching consequences, it is best to discuss your options with a qualified attorney before accepting an offer from insurance. If you live in Lakeland, Sebring, Tampa, Orlando, Clearwater, or surrounding areas of Florida and are in need of a catastrophic injury attorney, call My Price Lawyers at 800-475-7005 to learn how we can help.

An Infographic Exploring Catastrophic Injury from My Price Lawyer in Florida

Is Traumatic Brain Injury Permanent?

Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys in TampaWhile the human brain does have the ability to heal itself to an extent, traumatic brain injury (TBI) often results in at least some permanent loss of function. The area damaged and the rate at which treatment is performed can have a profound impact on the extent of this loss of function, but it is unlikely that a full recovery will be possible.

Following TBI, emergency services are often required. This may include surgery, stabilization, and even induced coma. Once damage has been staunched, the initial recovery phase may take months, though rehabilitation and continuing treatment may be needed for a lifetime.

As with any catastrophic injury, you will likely want to speak with an attorney before accepting an offer from insurance. Cases that go to a jury trial or are settled with the help of a lawyer tend to result in more adequate compensation.

Who is Involved in TBI Recovery

Your TBI recovery team may consist of doctors and nurse practitioners along with:

  • Psychologists and psychiatrists
  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Speech and language therapists
  • Neurologists
  • Social workers

Each of these professionals will require payment – sometimes individually, sometimes through a group service – that can, over the course of several years, become overwhelming. If your brain injury is the result of someone else’s negligence, you deserve compensation that covers these long-term expenses to help ensure you are provided the most effective treatment available as you walk the long path to your best recovery.

Insurance companies may offer a settlement for immediate medical expenses, they may even provide some compensation for lost wages and pain and suffering. However, insurance companies are for-profit corporations with shareholders to keep happy, and this often takes precedence over taking care of policyholders.

Your best bet? Talk to a personal injury attorney to learn what your case is really worth and take the action needed to secure the full compensation you deserve.

Affordable Legal Representation

My Price Lawyers offers affordable personal injury representation. In fact, the brain injury attorneys in our network do not get paid unless you secure an award, making your call and consultation entirely risk-free.

Our attorneys hold themselves to the highest standards of client representation, working to protect victims of serious injury from predatory insurance companies and unscrupulous defense attorneys.

If you have been injured and are in need or representation, we encourage you to call our Lakeland, Florida office to be put in touch with a qualified personal injury lawyer in your area.

My Price Lawyers is a referral network of attentive and experienced attorneys serving the Tampa, Brandon, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Orlando, Sebring, and all nearby areas of Florida. Call 800-475-7005 to schedule your complimentary consultation with a Florida brain injury lawyer today.