Florida Consumer Info Blog

Why Are Drunk Drivers More Dangerous on Tampa’s Roads?

Most of us know operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs and alcohol is dangerous. Alcohol-related crashes are often deadly or can lead to permanently disabling injury. Why, exactly, are drunk drivers so dangerous to everyone else? Here’s what you need to know about the dangers they pose, as well as how you… read more

Common Bike Accidents in Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay is a notoriously dangerous area for bicyclists and pedestrians. In 2017, Tampa Bay maintained its status as one of the most deadly metro areas in Southern Florida for vulnerable road users, with more than 100 pedestrian deaths and 22 bicyclist deaths. In 2016, Smart Growth America found the seven most dangerous metropolitan areas… read more

Most Dangerous Stretches of Road in Hillsborough County

Hillsborough County has some of Florida’s busiest roadways, with thousands of commercial trucks, cars, motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians passing through every day. Unfortunately, heavy traffic often translates into a large number of collisions. In 2016, Hillsborough County recorded 27,660 crashes. Some roads in Hillsborough County are more dangerous than others, according to crash data. Being… read more

When Can I Sue My Doctor for Medical Malpractice?

Certain elements must exist for a patient to file a suit against a doctor or hospital. Not every incompetent doctor or undesirable health outcome gives patients grounds for medical malpractice claims. Florida’s medical malpractice laws state how, when, and why a patient can bring an injury claim against a physician. Medical malpractice in Florida has… read more

Airbnb and You: The Ultimate Guide to Liability, Legality and Safety When Using Airbnb

AirBnB in Florida Consumer’s Guide to Legality, Safety, and Liability In the wake of the sharing economy, short-term rental sites such as Airbnb have flourished. They’ve been especially successful in Florida, providing a viable source of supplemental income for homeowners and a competitive alternative to hotels for tourists. But despite the positives, Airbnb largely remains… read more

What Causes the Most Boating Accidents in Tampa Bay?

In 2016, 4,463 boating accidents occurred throughout the United States. Recreational boating accidents took 701 lives, injured 2,902 others, and caused around $49 million in property damages. Tampa Bay is a prime destination for boaters in Florida and around the country. Tampa’s waterways see a surge in boating activity in the spring and summer months… read more

Florida Texting and Driving Laws

In 2016, 3,450 Americans died in accidents involving distracted drivers. Cell phones are arguably the most dangerous forms of driver distraction, yet approximately 481,000 drivers are using mobile devices while driving at any given time during daylight hours. Like most states, Florida has enacted some sort of “cell phone law” restricting the use of electronic… read more

Is Lane Splitting Legal in Florida?

Lane-splitting refers to a motorcycle driving between two lanes of traffic moving in the same direction – “splitting” the lanes. Lane-splitting is a controversial motorcycle maneuver with plenty of confusion surrounding whether or not it’s legal. California, the first state to start taking steps toward legalizing lane-splitting, has brought many to wonder about the legality… read more

Are There Caps for Medical Malpractice Claims in Florida?

Many states impose “caps,” or limits, on the amount of damages a plaintiff can receive for medical malpractice. The purpose of the cap is to prevent lawsuits from impeding a healthcare center’s ability to help patients, as well as to discourage fraudulent medical malpractice claims by limiting how much a plaintiff can win. If you… read more

Do I Need Florida Motorcycle Insurance?

Florida law regarding motorcycle insurance is different from other states and different from laws requiring insurance for drivers of other vehicles. This has led to some confusion for motorcycle riders over whether motorcycle insurance is required at all. In fact, if you operate a motorcycle, Florida law requires you to have some proof of financial… read more