Thursday, December 31, 2015

Frequently Asked Questions About Clearwater Slips, Trips, and Falls

Slip & Fall Accident leads to injury lawsuits in Florida
Slip and fall accidents are among the most common way that people hurt themselves in the Clearwater area. While people may believe that slip, trips, and falls are minor incidents that rarely result in serious injury, these kinds of types of accidents are actually responsible for nearly 9 million emergency department visits every year, according to the National Safety Council1 (NSC). Many people who are hurt in slip and fall accidents are entitled to compensation under Florida law.2 As a result, victims should be certain to speak with an attorney as soon as they can. Below are answers to some of the questions that are frequently asked by our clients. For specific information regarding your case, call the Dolman Law Group today at 727-451-6900.

Will I be able to obtain compensation for my losses?
Whether you will be able to recover compensation for your depends on whether you can establish that your accident was caused by someone else’s negligence. Examples of the kinds of negligence on the part of property owners that can cause a serious accident include exposed electrical wiring, inadequate lighting, cracked pavement, accumulations of snow or ice, stairs without handrails, inappropriate flooring materials, liquid spills, and others. Determining whether these or other hazardous conditions that existed on a piece of property can often involve an extremely fact-specific legal analysis, so it is important to have your case reviewed by an attorney.

Should I see a physician even though I feel okay?
Many slip and fall accidents result in injuries that do not require emergency medical treatment. In many cases, people who are hurt after slipping and falling simply put their injury on ice or use other kinds of self-care to manage their injury. While it is very likely that in many of these cases this type of care will be sufficient, from a legal perspective, it is important to see a physician after an accident. Doing so will maximize your chances of recovery and the amount any settlement or award that you may receive.

When you see a physician, he or she will thoroughly examine your injuries and determine their severity. In addition, he or she will prescribe a course of treatment that may involve medication or rehabilitative care, or both.  Finally, an official record that connects your injuries to the slip and fall accident in which you were involved will be created.

Can I afford an attorney?
After a slip and fall accident, you may believe that the business or property owner should be held liable for your losses, but you may not know how to go about seeking compensation. You also may be hesitant to contact an attorney because you are concerned about the cost of legal representation. Fortunately, at the Dolman Law Group, we handle all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This means the following:
·         All consultations and meetings are free.
·         We initially cover the costs of your case including court fees and other litigation expenses.
·         We only receive legal fees and reimbursement for expenses if you are able to obtain financial recovery in your case.
·         Our legal fees will be an agreed-upon percentage of your recovery that comes right out of your settlement or award.
This payment arrangement means that clients do not have to pay anything out of pocket and, therefore, all injured slip and fall victims can afford an attorney.

Contact a Clearwater personal injury law firm today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced lawyer

People who are injured in slip and fall accidents can often recover financial compensation for the losses they incur. The kinds of losses that are often recoverable in cases arising from slips, trips, and falls include medical expenses, lost income, loss of quality of life, and physical and emotional pain and suffering, as well as others. For this reason, it is important for anyone who has been injured in an accident involving a slip and fall to have their case reviewed by an experienced lawyer. To schedule a free consultation with one of our Clearwater personal injury lawyers, call the Dolman Law Group today at 727-451-6900 or send us an email through our online contact form.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765
(727) 451-6900



Thursday, December 10, 2015

Smartwatches Can Lead To Crashes

Smartwatch could lead to car accidents due to distracted driving
According to the official government website for distracted driving,1 this dangerous practice caused an estimated 424,000 injuries and 3,154 in only one year in the United States. One of the most dangerous and most commonly practiced forms of distracted driving is using a smartphone while behind the wheel. In this day and age, many individuals feel the need to be constantly connected to work, social media networks, and others, even while driving. Drivers may engage in many different types of activities using a smartphone including texting, emailing, searching for information on the Internet, browsing social media, looking up directions, and more. All of the activities result in cognitive, visual, and manual distractions and, therefore, using a smartphone is considered to be one of the most dangerous distracted driving activities.

Because of the risks of texting and other uses of a smartphone, Florida has a law2 that bans the following uses of smartphones for all drivers: “manually typing or entering multiple letters, numbers, symbols, or other characters into a wireless communications device or while sending or reading data on such a device for the purpose of nonvoice interpersonal communication, including, but not limited to, communication methods known as texting, e-mailing, and instant messaging.” This means that drivers can potentially receive a traffic citation if law enforcement officers believe they were wrongfully using a smartphone.

Do smartwatches encourage distracted driving?
A relatively new trend in mobile technology is the smartwatch, which looks like a regular wristwatch, but has many of the capabilities of a smartphone. These watches connect to your phone via Bluetooth and allow you to use many of the functions of your phone without actually holding your phone. For example, smartwatch owners can engage in the following activities on their watches:

·         Accept or reject calls
·         Play music
·         Receive social media, news, and other updates from apps
·         Read emails, calendar reminders, and incoming text messages
·         Read GPS directions

Smartwatch manufacturers often tout that these devices are safer than smartphones while driving because they can be “hands-free.” However, in order to read notifications, emails, texts, and other updates, a driver will still have to look away from the road and at their wrist. Some smartwatch users hold their wrist up in front of their faces so they can try to look at both the watch and the road at the same time. This, however, not only still causes a visual distraction (as they are not actually focusing on the road while reading) but also a manual distraction because they must remove their hand from the wheel. Overall, smartwatches can be just as risky as using a handheld smartphone.

However, because they are not necessarily typing into the watch, looking at a smartwatch is not covered under prohibited activities under Florida law. These devices then may be tempting to use instead of smartphones because there is not a risk of receiving a ticket for using a handheld device. This means that more people may be tempted to drive while distracted and, if a driver using a smartwatch causes a distracted driving accident, they should be held liable for any losses sustained by crash victims.

Discuss your legal options with a skilled Clearwater distracted driving lawyer

Any driver who engages in any type of distracted driving and causes injuries in a crash should be held fully accountable for their negligent actions. Victims of distracted drivers face many serious losses, including the costs of medical care, income lost from time off work to recover, physical suffering and pain, emotional issues, and sometimes permanent impairments, disabilities, or disfigurement. These victims do not have to face these losses alone, as the experienced distracted driving attorneys of the Dolman Law Group in Clearwater, FL are here to help.

Our legal team understands what types of investigation and evidence are needed in distracted driving cases and will always strive to maximize the recovery you receive for your losses. We offer free consultations and never collect a fee unless you are able to recover. To start a case evaluation, please call 727-451-6900 or use our online contact form today.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756


Sunday, December 6, 2015

Holiday Travel: Putting Drivers at an Increased Risk of Injury

Holiday Travel & Accidents
With the winter holiday season right around the corner, many of us are planning trips to see friends and family elsewhere in the state or even across the country. According to the Bureau Travel Statistics,1 91 percent of long-distance holiday travel is accomplished using a personal vehicle, like a car, leading to an increase of traffic on the road. In fact, the agency reports that the number of long-distance trips taken in the number of long-distance trips taken during the 6-day Thanksgiving holiday increased by 54 percent.

Whenever there are more people on the roadways, there is an increased risk of involvement in an accident. Fortunately for accident victims, people who are injured in accidents that are caused by the negligence of others are often legally entitled to compensation under Florida law. Consequently, anyone involved in an accident should talk to an experienced lawyer immediately.

Common causes of holiday travel crashes
Accidents that occur during holiday travel can occur for a number of reasons. Some of the most common are detailed below.

·         Poor weather conditions – The winter months often bring adverse weather conditions such as snow, ice, hail, sleet and extreme cold. When people travel by car during the holiday season, they often encounter poor weather along the way. This can be particularly dangerous, particularly when people who are unfamiliar with driving in winter weather are driving in a storm or in snowy or icy conditions.

·         Driver error – Statistics2 consistently indicate that driver error is the most common cause of car accidents. The kinds of errors that have the potential to cause serious accidents during the holiday travel season include speeding, failing to yield, failure to signal lane changes, and not observing traffic signals.

·         Poor vehicle maintenance –Vehicle maintenance plays a significant role in roadway safety, and failure to properly maintain a vehicle may rise to the level of legal negligence. Common examples of the kinds of maintenance issues that could potentially lead to a holiday travel accident include the failure to check brakes, windshield wipers, headlights, or tire pressure prior to a road trip.

·         Drinking and driving – The holiday season often involves parties and other gatherings that involve the consumption of alcohol. For this reason, there are often more drunk drivers on the road during the holidays than there are at other times of year. Drunk drivers can often cause serious accidents that can have leave victims with severe injuries.

What should you do if you are involved in a holiday travel auto accident?
While a car accident around the holidays can be disruptive, confusing, and leave you confused about what to do next. Unfortunately, the things that car accident victims say and do immediately after an  accident can have a direct impact on whether you will be able to recover for your losses. Some of the steps that people involved in car accidents should take include the following:

·         Call 911 and make sure that law enforcement generates a report detailing the way in which the accident occurred.

·         Undergo a thorough medical evaluation to ensure that your injuries are identified, treated, and properly documented.

·         Collect information about the accident, including the names of the other drivers involved in the accident, the weather conditions at the time of the crash, any road hazards that you believe may have contributed to the accident, and contact information for any onlookers that may have witnessed the accident take place.

Contact a Clearwater personal injury law firm today to schedule a free case evaluation

The holidays should be a time for friends and family, not hospitals and rehabilitative care. When people are injured in accidents while travelling from city to city, they are often entitled to substantial compensation. The lawyers of the Dolman Law Group are skilled Clearwater personal injury attorneys who are dedicated to helping people who have been hurt by the negligence of others recover for their losses. To schedule a free case evaluation with one of our lawyers, please call our office today at 727-451-6900. Individuals who are seeking legal representation can also send us an email by utilizing our online contact form available here.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756


Thursday, November 19, 2015

Failure To Diagnose Can Lead To Serious Complications

Failure to diagnose & medical malpractice
If you have certain symptoms, medical professionals should perform the proper tests to accurately diagnose a serious condition. Unfortunately, some doctors fail to diagnose certain conditions which can lead to unnecessary injury to patients that may even be fatal. If your condition is not diagnosed in a timely manner and you suffered complications as a result, any negligent medical professionals may be held liable for medical malpractice.

Heart Attack
Heart attacks most often occur as a result of heart disease and the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) reports that an estimated 735,000 people1 in the United States suffer a heart attack on an annual basis. Many people should be generally aware of some of the most common signs and symptoms of a heart attack, which can include chest pain, shortness of breath, pain in the shoulder, arm, neck, or jaw, light-headedness, nausea, and more. Though these symptoms should be recognizable, they also overlap with symptoms of many other conditions and can often be confused for the following:

·         Acid reflux
·         Angina
·         Panic attack
·         Gallstone
·         Ulcer
·         Rib fracture

If ever you have symptoms of a possible heart attack, your doctor should perform adequate tests to rule out any other conditions before giving you a diagnosis. If your heart attack is not properly treated, you are at serious risk of a subsequent episode that may be life-threatening.

No one wants to hear that they have cancer. However, according to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 1,658,370 individuals2 will receive some type of cancer diagnosis in 2015 in the U.S. For many patients, the earlier their cancer is detected and diagnosed, the better chance they have of successful treatment and a more positive prognosis. Unfortunately, many cases of cancer go undiagnosed until the disease has progressed substantially and treatment options have decreased. This failure to diagnose can happen even in the face of symptoms that should have indicated that something was not right with the patient. In such cases, the patient and perhaps their families may be entitled to compensation for the missed diagnosis. Some of the most commonly missed cancer diagnoses can involve the following:

·         Breast cancer
·         Lymphoma
·         Rectal or colon cancer
·         Melanoma or other skin cancers
·         Lung cancer
·         Prostate cancer
·         Renal/kidney cancer
·         Uterine cancer
·         Cervical cancer
·         Bladder cancer

Aneurysms occur when a weak blood vessel expands, presenting the risk of it bursting and causing potentially life-threatening complications. These vessels burst in either the aorta—the main artery in the body—or in the brain. Both types can cause serious injury or death, even with emergency treatment. There are specific symptoms for aneurysms in the brain and in the aorta and, if a patient presents with such symptoms, medical professionals should perform the proper tests to determine whether an aneurysm exists.

Doctors can identify aneurysms before they burst and can monitor and treat them to avoid serious consequences of a burst blood vessel. However, if an aneurysm is not properly diagnosed, the following may result:

·         Brain damage
·         Paralysis
·         Internal bleeding
·         Coma
·         Death

Discuss your situation with an experienced Clearwater medical malpractice attorney today

If you had a serious condition that was not properly tested and diagnosed and you sustained unnecessary complications or injury as a result, you should call a qualified medical malpractice lawyer to learn about your legal rights and options as soon as possible. Additionally, if you have tragically lost a loved one because a doctor negligently failed to diagnose their serious health condition, your should discuss your rights to file a wrongful death claim against the responsible medical professional.

The highly experienced team of attorneys at the Dolman Law Group in Clearwater, Florida have assisted many injured victims recover in medicalmalpractice cases. We have the knowledge and resources needed to take on this often complex type of case, so please do not delay in contacting our office for a free consultation by calling 727-451-6900 or using our online contact form today.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756


Thursday, November 12, 2015

Tailgating Can Lead To Serious Accidents

Clearwater auto accident lawyer explains aggressive drivers
Aggressive drivers are some of the most dangerous drivers on the road. When these individuals let their impatience behind the wheel manifest into aggressive behaviors, they endanger all motorists around them. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) describes aggressive driving1 as a “serious problem” due to the large number of collisions and injuries that occur as a result.

Aggressive drivers may engage in many dangerous behaviors, including excessive speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, harassing other drivers, and much more. One type of aggressive driving that often leads to serious rear-end collisions is following another car too closely, also known as “tailgating.”

Following too closely is against Florida law
Florida statute2 mandates that a driver should not “follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent.” When determining what distance is reasonable and prudent, the law requires a driver to take into consideration the road conditions, type of road they are on, and the speed of the traffic around them. For example, if you are on a highway with traffic moving at 60 miles per hour, you are expected to leave a significantly more room than if you were on a city street with a speed limit of 35 miles per hour. The law also addresses requirements for large trucks and trucks towing trailers or vehicles to leave at least 300 feet between themselves and any other large truck.

If an individual causes an accident due to tailgating, they may be cited by law enforcement officers for violating traffic laws and may also face liability in civil court for any injuries and losses that occurred.

Why drivers follow too closely
There are many possible reasons why a driver may negligently choose to tailgate another vehicle, including the following:

·         To intimidate a slower driver into increasing their speed;
·         In an attempt to change lanes when there is faster traffic in the other lane;
·         Trying to “draft” another vehicle to preserve gas mileage;
·         Because they overestimate their driving skills.

No matter what the reason behind tailgating may be, it is a highly dangerous practice that leads to severe rear-end collisions.

Common injuries in rear-end collisions
A rear-end collision happens whenever the front of one vehicle (in this case, the tailgater) crashes in to the back of another vehicle. These accidents can result in very serious injuries for motorists, including:

·         Traumatic brain injuries – Many individuals in the front car of a rear-end collision hit their head on the steering wheel, dashboard, windshield, or side window. Though airbags are intended to prevent this type of injury, they do not always adequately do so. In addition, simply the jolt of the crash can cause the brain to shake in the skull and can result in damage.
·         Neck and back injuries – Whiplash and similar injuries are highly common in this type of collision due to the nature of the impact. Victims can suffer serious effects of neck and back injuries and may often have to miss a substantial amount of work.
·         Broken bones – A rear-end collision often causes limbs to crack against the inside of the car, which can result in serious fractures in the bones in the arms and legs. These fractures often require extensive recovery time and even surgery.

Find out how a qualified Clearwater auto accident attorney can help you today
Drivers who follow too closely or engage in other dangerous aggressive driving behaviors put everyone else on the road at risk of serious collisions and life-changing injuries. There is no reason why a driver should violate Florida law and tailgate and any driver who does so should be held fully responsible for any resulting accidents, injuries, and losses. At the Dolman Law Group, our car accident lawyers are dedicated to helping you obtain the maximum amount of compensation from an aggressive driver and we will take every step possible to ensure that your losses are covered. We offer free consultations and never collect a fee unless you are able to recover. Please call our Clearwater, Florida office at 727-451-6900 for assistance today.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Ways To Prove Truck Driver Negligence

Truck Accidents, Florida injury Lawyers & Driver Negligence
The majority of collisions involving large commercial trucks occur due to some type of negligent act or error by the truck driver. In such cases, the driver should be held accountable for their actions and liable for any losses suffered by injured victims. In order for this to occur, the victim must sufficiently demonstrate that the driver acted in a negligent manner.

Negligence can be proven by presenting evidence that is in accordance with the Florida Rules of Evidence.1 There are many types of evidence that can be used to prove driver negligence and the following are only a few examples.

Drug and alcohol tests
Even though driving a commercial vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is extremely dangerous, many truck accidents happen because of impaired driving. In such situations, the truck driver should be immediately tested for drugs or alcohol both for investigation by law enforcement and under regulations set out by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). These tests are important because positive results can serve as concrete evidence that a driver had unlawful substances in their system or a blood alcohol content (BAC) over the legal limit for truck drivers, which is 0.04 percent. Any subsequent conviction for DUI can be used as evidence of negligence, as well.

Logbooks and receipts for deliveries
The FMCSA also requires truck drivers to keep clear records of their drive time, rest breaks, and delivery schedule. These records are to ensure that a driver is in compliance with hours of service regulations and that they are risking fatigued driving or violating speed limits. Though logbooks can be helpful, many drivers who knowingly violate hours of service or drive at an excessive speed may attempt to falsify their record books to conceal the violations. In such cases, the delivery receipts can be analyzed by a professional who can identify any possible violations based on the deliveries made and distance traveled in a certain period of time. Interpreting driver and company records to show negligence can be complicated and the assistance of a professional is imperative when such evidence is at issue.

Technological devices
Commercial trucks have event data recorders, just like airplanes and other large vehicles. These devices record the speed of the truck, whether the brakes were engaged, and other important information regarding the activities of the truck driver. The data on these recorders can indicate if a driver was speeding or failed to brake for stopped traffic due to a distraction or a similar reason and this data can be very helpful as evidence in a truck accident case. If a truck had a camera installed, footage from the camera can serve as critical evidence to identify negligence on the part of the driver though not every truck has a camera at this point in time.

Testimony from experts and witnesses
In addition to physical evidence, testimony can be very important to prove your truck accident claim. Testimony can come from witnesses who saw the accident occur and can attest to the fact that the driver was texting, speeding, or engaged in some other type of negligent behavior. Accident reconstruction and trucking industry experts can also analyze the information regarding the accident can give their expert opinion on what caused the accident. Most cases use a combination of physical and testimonial evidence in order to fully prove your claims so that you can recover for your losses.

Call an experienced Clearwater truck accident attorney for a free consultation
Commercial truck accident cases can be extraordinarily complex, however, the highly skilled injury attorneys at the Dolman Law Group have the resources and knowledge to successfully handle truck cases. We have seen the devastation that a truck accident can cause for victims and are committed to protecting the interests and rights of anyone who has been injured. Truck accident victims are often entitled to a substantial amount of compensation and should never delay in consulting with an experienced lawyer in Clearwater as soon as possible. To learn more about how our qualified legal team can help you, please call 727-451-6900 for a free consultation today.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756


Thursday, October 29, 2015

Liability In a Clearwater Single Car Accident

Single-vehicle car accidents in Clearwater, Florida
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety Motor Vehicles,1 there were 210,887 people injured in traffic crashes during 2013. In many instances, these injured people were able to recover for their injuries by filing a personal injury claim against the driver that caused their accident. People injured in single car accidents may assume that they will not be able to recover, as there is no other driver to sue. Fortunately for victims, this is not the case, and many people hurt in a single car accident are able to recover in certain situations. Two of the common scenarios in which single car accident victims are able to sustain a claim are detailed below. For specific information regarding you case, call the Dolman Law Group to speak with a Clearwater car accident attorney today.

Single car accidents can be caused by vehicle defects
Vehicle defects are one of the most common causes of single car accidents that are not the result of driver error. Importantly, even if driver error was partially to blame for an accident, a vehicle defect may  have contributed to the crash, meaning that victims may be able to obtain partial recovery for their injuries. Some examples of the kinds of vehicle parts that can often cause accident when they are defective include the following:

·         Brakes
·         Headlights
·         Steering mechanisms
·         Accelerator pedals
·         Windshield wipers
·         Tires
·         Cruise control systems
·         Anti-lock braking systems
·         Axles
·         Airbags

While the fact that a defect caused or contributed to an accident may be clear in certain situations, in others, it may take significant investigation to uncover the fact that a defect even existed. For this reason, it is extremely important for anyone involved in a single car accident to discuss their case with an attorney familiar representing people involved in single car accidents. A law firm will have the resources required to fully investigate your case and may enlist the help of expert witnesses or accident reconstruction specialists in order to determine whether you may have a right to recover for your losses.

Single car accident can be caused by road defects
In addition to vehicle defects, road defects also cause a significant number of single vehicle accidents each year. Examples of defects that often result in accidents are detailed below.

·         Potholes – Potholes can cause significant damage to vehicles and may pop a tire, often leading to serious accidents. In addition, motorists who swerve to avoid potholes may hit other objects or lose control of their vehicles due to the sudden change in direction.
·         Improper drainage – When a road does not have effective drainage, it can result in the accumulation of standing water. When vehicles drive through water, it can often cause a loss of control that may easily lead to an accident.
·         Inadequate signage – Properly designed and maintained roadways should have signs which inform drivers of upcoming hazards or conditions of which they should be aware. When there is inadequate signage or if a sign has been removed or is difficult to read, serious accidents can occur as a result.
·         Poorly surfaced roads – A poor road surface can have a negative effect on a driver’s ability to control his or her vehicle. This is especially true in adverse weather conditions such as rain, snow, or ice.

Victims of single vehicle accidents who believe that their crash was the result of a roadway defect that there are often relatively short time limits associated with filing a legal claim for this type of accident. For this reason, it is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible after an accident occurs.

Contact a Clearwater auto accident law firm today to schedule a free consultation with an attorney

People who are injured in single vehicle accidents should always have the facts surrounding their accident reviewed by an experienced attorney, even if they believe the accident was partially their fault. In some cases, the fact that a car or truck becomes difficult or impossible to control or stop in a particular situation is actually an issue with the vehicle itself, rather than with the driver’s ability. In addition, many single car accidents are caused by roadway defects that may the result of negligence2 on the part of the party responsible for its design and maintenance.

The Clearwater car accident lawyers of the Dolman Law Group have been helping people injured in preventable accidents since 2009. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, please call our office today at 727-451-6900 or send us an email through our online contact form.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756


Monday, October 5, 2015

Speed Cameras Gaining Popularity

Speed Cameras & Auto Accidents in Florida

Instead of slamming on your breaks to avoid getting pulled over by the hidden cop on your way to work, there may be a new way for the city to make money off of your violation. Automated speed enforcement is steadily becoming more widespread around the country but remains relatively atypical with only 138 jurisdictions operating such systems as of last month.  Just like red light cameras, the speed cameras will take photos of any violators who break the law. And just like red light cameras, many of these communities who piloted the program are fighting back because the offenses are harmless and can become overzealous. Penalties associated with speeding leads to fines, points on the license or a citation that may go on the driver’s record. The traditional method lets the officer depend the course of action based on wait he or she felt was the best course of action. Now the cameras will decide for them.

Montgomery County, Maryland

The statistics do support positive changes speeding cameras have on the community because of how black and white the violation is. These cameras can effectively deter accidents in school zones and residential communities. One of the communities that have tested the program had some impressive numbers. If all U.S. communities had speed camera programs such as the community the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety studied in Maryland’s Montgomery County, more than 21,000 fatal or debilitating injuries would have been prevented in 2013. Speed cameras were implemented in Montgomery County in 2007. In 2014, the county had 56 fixed cameras, 30 portable cameras and 6 mobile speed vans. In the same year, the authorities looked over the numbers and discovered that the cameras reduced the likelihood of a driver exceeding the speed limit by more than 10 mph by about 59% when compared to similar roads in nearby counties. They also found that the camera program resulted in a 19% decline in which the likelihood of a crash would involve a fatality or a debilitating injury. The after effect of slower speeds will in theory create safer roads as crashes are less likely to happen.

They’ve also introduced speed-camera corridors to make a bigger impact than just the cameras alone. With corridors, speed enforcement is focused on long segments of roads instead of specific locations. This is so that drivers do not become familiar with their exact locations. The cameras are regularly moved to different locations on those roads. Speed camera corridors force drivers to watch their speed for the entire length of a road instead of breaking right when they spot a camera. Researchers found that the corridor approach led to even further safety gains by reducing the likelihood of a crash involving fatal or debilitating injury an additional 30%.

Some Backlash

While these numbers provide reasons for the cameras to stay intact and protect lives, there’s been speculation that the program could conversely do just as much damage at the red light cameras. For instance, in Nassau County on Long Island, where speed cameras were installed in just about two dozen school locations, the cameras were torn down due to equipment problems. Nassau County had to compensate more than $2 million in fines and the local legislature decided to abandon the program [1].

Clearwater hasn’t opened its doors to speeding cameras just yet, but they may be approaching. And while red light cameras are still in effect in many locations, the chances of them being installed are very likely. In any case, there continues to be claims of accidents because of these red light cameras. If you have one, you may be entitled to compensation.

Dolman Law Group

The lawyers at Dolman Law Group like to stay ahead of the game with new technology that can affect the way you drive. Although the reasoning behind both the red light and speed cameras is to protect the citizens, technology always seems to have a repercussion that simultaneously harms the same citizens it’s trying to protect. If you are one of these harmed citizens and have been injured because of a car accident, call the experienced attorneys at Dolman Law Group for a free consultation. Dial (727) 451-6900 today.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, Florida 33765