Dolman Law Group is an award winning Clearwater car accident and personal injury law firm. Matthew Dolman has been selected as a Florida Super Lawyers in 2013, 2014 and 2015 by his colleagues. Mr. Dolman has been nominated as a top 100 trial attorney and top 40 under 40 by National Trial Lawyers. He is a lifetime member of both the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocacy Forum.
Monday, January 5, 2015
New Year, New Laws in Florida
With the start of a new year, change is inevitable.
On Tuesday, December 30th, 2014, Gov. Rick Scott signed a handful of
bills that were set to make changes to Florida law at the start of the New
Year. Aside from the surprising increase in minimum wage and the sizeable rate cut for worker’s compensation insurance, Florida law has undergone a few intriguing revisions
that have been discussed, delayed, and denied for many years. These are the
laws pertaining to child restraint devices within motor vehicles. The changes took
place on the first day of the year, January 1st, 2015. The
effectiveness of said changes has been questioned by both the general public
and child safety advocates alike, but the change as a whole seems to have gone
Child Safety Seats in Florida
Before these amendments took place (i.e. before
January 1st), Florida was one of the few states that had yet to
polish their outdated child restraint laws for the new era of child safety
seats. The previous law called for any child aged 3 years or younger to be
securely fastened in some form of restraint device. Height was hardly a factor
in the law, if it was any at all. Change-hungry speculators have been regarding
to this meatless Florida law for years as the cause of the annually growing amount
of hospitalized children each year after motor vehicle crashes. According to the NHTSA, these crashes are “the leading cause of death for American kids between 5 and
Most notably in the new child safety seat law
changes is the age in which any child must be strapped in. The previous age
requirement of 3 years or younger has been slightly raised. Now, any child that
is 5 years or younger must be securely fastened in a car or booster seat. (What is the correct child restraint device for my child?)
The law change, though seemingly minor, was a huge victory for the countless groups
and organizations that continue to dedicate their time to securing the safety
of the public. One group who played in a major role in the change is the AAA
Motor Group, who says they’ve been pushing for the change for over 14 years,
and though pleased with the results of their strenuous battle, they want more.
The group continues to stress the impact of height and the role it plays in
child safety; Florida has yet to incorporate height adaptations into the law.
We should all be appreciative of the groups
that continue to fight for our rights, even out of the spotlight. We should
also be thankful for the laws that have been set to protect us, even those few
that are in need of revision. Sadly, not all auto accidents can be avoided, and not
everyone is rejoicing over this small victory. Each and every day of this New
Year, an unsuspecting victim will be injured due to someone else’s negligence
or lack of care. No set amount of law changes could prevent the ever-varying
factor of human error, but there is help.
Here at Dolman Law Group, we strive to assist
our clients in securing the compensation they deserve after they’ve suffered
losses due to the negligent acts of another party. In these rough times, all you
need is a hand, and if the well-being of yourself or a loved one is at stake,
the stress may seem incurable. If you’d like to speak with an experienced
personal injury attorney in Clearwater, we offer a free consultation and case
evaluation, so call us today at 727-451-6900.
Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road Clearwater, FL 33765 (727) 451-6900