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Thanksgiving Travel Tips

54.3 million Americans will travel 50+ miles for Thanksgiving this year according to estimates from AAA. Of those, nearly 49 million will travel by motor vehicle, slowing travel times as much as four-times over in some of the nation’s most congested cities – like Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Orlando – which can make driving very frustrating. Therefore, the very first tip to safe travel on Thanksgiving is: remain calm. Aggressive, erratic driving does not get you to your destination faster. These behaviors do, however, reduce your chances of getting to your destination alive.

Thanksgiving Travel Tips from My Price Lawyers

Drive Like Your Life Depends on It

The best way to drive, always, is like your life and the lives of everyone else on the road depends on your doing it well.

Driving well means:

  • Avoiding all forms of distraction. Cell Phones are no good while driving, but neither are handsfree alternatives. Have a passenger adjust electronics, music, and messages. You focus on driving. Just on driving.
  • Follow all traffic signs and signals. You’ll want to follow the flow of traffic, but not if that means speeding, making unannounced lane changes, or other inconsiderate driving behaviors.
  • Allow a sufficient gap between yourself and the car in front of you. 2-3 car lengths is ideal on the highway. This will give you plenty of time to respond to sudden stops or shifts in traffic flow.
  • Be nice. Drive with courtesy and be forgiving. The calmer you stay, the less awful traffic will seem. Give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination and engage fully with what’s happening: it’s Thanksgiving. There is going to be more traffic. Some of it may be stand-still. This is just a fact. Getting frustrated doesn’t change reality.

Being polite, remaining calm, and paying attention to what you’re doing can help you avoid causing a motor vehicle accident during the Thanksgiving holiday travel week (Wednesday, November 21 – Sunday, November 25). Driving like it matters can also help you – along with everyone else who is riding in your car, truck, or SUV – avoid being the victim of someone else’s accident.

What Happens if I’m Injured?

If you are injured while driving to or from your Thanksgiving celebration, My Price Lawyers can help. We are a referral network of exceptional personal injury attorneys in Tampa, Brandon, Lakeland, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Orlando, Sebring and nearby areas throughout the state of Florida. While attorneys in our network offer legal services at affordable rates, they are neither “cheap” nor “discounted.” Instead, they are committed to helping victims of serious injury get justice and do not want current financial considerations to be an impediment to success.

If you are in need of a personal injury lawyer anywhere along the Gulf Coast, please call My Price Lawyers at 844-716-8476 to schedule a complimentary case review with one of our experienced lawyers today.

Personal Injury Lawyers

My Price Lawyers connects victims of serious injury with experienced and accomplished attorneys in Brandon, Clearwater, Lakeland, Orlando, Sebring, St. Petersburg, Tampa, and all surrounding areas. Our attorneys handle cases involving:

If you live in the Tampa area and are in need of a personal injury attorney, call My Price Lawyers at 800-475-7005 for a complimentary case review.

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.

What Do I Do After a Car Wreck?

Steps to Take After A Car Accident in St. PetersburgImmediately following a car crash, there are steps you can take to protect your rights and begin the process of collecting fair compensation. These steps include:

  • Photo documenting the scene – use your phone or a camera to get pictures from multiple angles
  • Get contact info – get the license number, insurance info, and contact info from all involved drivers. Get the contact info and names of all witnesses
  • Get vehicle info – license plate and VIN numbers from involved vehicles may prove useful
  • Contact police – file a report and cooperate, but never so much as suggest you are to blame
  • Cooperate with emergency personnel – allow EMTs to do their job, allow police to do their job, get the name and badge/ID number of each person you talk to

As soon as you are released from the scene of an accident, make an appointment with your doctor. Traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury may both take days or even months to show symptoms. At that point, it will be too late to take measures to prevent long-term disability.

Severe Injury

If your injury is severe, you will obviously not be able to get out of your car to start snapping pictures and taking names. In these cases, a personal injury attorney should be contacted right away. By contacting a personal injury attorney quickly, your accident can be investigated thoroughly, allowing for a better chance of full compensation. Waiting to take action can make getting full compensation difficult. Calling an attorney immediately is the best way to protect your rights.

Even if you are able to document the scene and gather evidence, it is a good idea to talk to a lawyer. Bring the information you gathered at the scene to your free consultation to learn if your claim qualifies for legal action. Taking a claim to court will almost certainly result in a settlement or verdict that is more in line with your actual damages.

What We Do

My Price Lawyers is a referral network for high-quality, affordable attorneys. We don’t believe you need to sacrifice service and experience for affordability. The personal injury lawyers in our network all handle these cases on a contingency basis. This means if you don’t make a recovery, they don’t get paid. No legal or court fees. No out-of-pocket expenses at all. If you don’t get a settlement, your attorney doesn’t get paid.

You literally have nothing to lose by calling our Lakeland, Florida office for a free case referral to a qualified attorney who is prepared to take your case as far as needed to secure the total compensation you deserve.

If you live in or around Tampa, Florida and are in need of an affordable personal injury attorney, please call My Price Lawyers at 800-475-7005 today. We work with attorneys throughout the Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater areas of Florida.

Infographic: National Baby Safety Month

September is National Baby Safety Month and a great time for parents to consider steps that can help prevent serious or fatal injury to small children. The infographic below provides data on infant and child safety. You can help protect your child from injury by:

  • Choosing age-appropriate toys
  • Reading instructions for use and care
  • Being cautious of warning labels
  • Checking toys and other products daily to ensure they are holding together

It is also a good idea to register new products with the manufacturer. If recalls are issued, you will be notified directly and have more time to react.

Please remember, children should be supervised by a responsible adult who can remain attentive and close at hand. This one step can help prevent a majority of fatal accidents involving children.

If your child is harmed through the negligence of someone else, call 800-475-7005 to be referred to a qualified and affordable personal injury attorney.

My Price Lawyers is a referral service of experienced attorneys serving the Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Lakeland areas of Florida.

Baby Safety Month 2018 Infographic

Florida Simplified Divorce Qualifications

Expedited Divorce in FloridaThe process of divorce is not a fast one. In fact, the average divorce in Florida takes about 10 months – and that’s when no children are involved. Add in decisions about custody and support for children and the length of time can extend to 16 months or more.

As one of the top 10 states for divorce, Florida’s family court system handles multiple cases a day, but with an average of 4.2 divorces per 1,000 marriages, new cases can face long delays before they’re heard, further adding to the amount of time it can take to get divorced in the Sunshine State.

Florida has an expedited divorce process – one that may only take a few months – but certain qualifications have to be met for couples to qualify for this simplified divorce process.

Who Qualifies for a Simplified Divorce in Florida?

To qualify for a simplified divorce in Florida, a couple must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Both spouses agree that the marriage cannot be saved
  • No minor or dependent children are a product of the marriage
  • The wife does not have any minor or dependent children born during the marriage
  • The wife is not currently pregnant
  • Both spouses agree on asset, property, and liability division
  • Neither spouse is seeking alimony
  • Both spouses agree to give up the right to trial and appeal
  • Both spouses are willing to go into the clerk’s office to sign the petition
  • Both spouses are willing to go to the final hearing

If you do not meet all of these qualifications, you cannot file for an expedited divorce in Florida. This means that you may need to hire an attorney to help ensure your best interests are protected during proceedings.

Average Cost of Divorce in Florida

Cost of Divorce in FloridaAn expedited divorce will be significantly less expensive than one involving attorneys. According to Martindale Nolo Research’s 2015 divorce study, the average cost of divorce in Florida is $13,500, with attorney’s fees accounting for approximately $10,700 of the total cost. When a contentious battle over child custody is involved, costs increase to an average of $20,300, with attorney’s fees accounting for an average of $17,100.

Divorce can be exceedingly expensive and may even drive some separating couples deep into debt, but going into a contentious divorce without an attorney is never a good idea. The affordable family law attorneys that are part of the My Price Lawyers network provide quality, experienced, and dedicated representation for people in the Tampa area who are considering or have already filed for divorce. Contact us today for a free case referral.

Call 844-718-0758 to be referred to an affordable divorce attorney in Tampa, Lakeland, St. Petersburg, or surrounding areas of Florida.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over is a national DUI enforcement project that seeks to stop and detain intoxicated drivers from Memorial Day through Labor Day, with the latter seeing the highest number of tickets issued each year. If you are arrested, ticketed, or charged with drunk or intoxicated driving in Florida, you need an experienced DUI defense attorney on your side. My Price Lawyers is here to help.
Call our Lakeland office at 800-475-7005 today to schedule a complimentary case evaluation and learn how we can help. We provide affordable legal options for people living in Tampa, Brandon, Lakeland, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Orlando, Sebring and nearby areas throughout the state of Florida.

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