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Insurance companies thrive on inexperienced lawyers!  Hire The Ben Law Firm, and we will put the ball back in your court.  We have decades of experience negotiating with Insurance Companies and recovering maximum financial compensation for our clients!

With over 50 years of collective service to the South Florida community, the Fort Lauderdale injury lawyers at The Ben Law Firm have helped thousands of clients to obtain money compensation for their personal injury and wrongful death claims.

All of the firm’s partners have received the prestigious “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, which is a recognition by their peers in the legal community that their practice meets the highest professional and ethical standards.

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Our students should be as safe as possible — time for seat belts and harnesses on all school buses.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)  has pushed for rules requiring all school buses to be equipped with a seat belt and shoulder harnesses similar to what is required to be in our cars.

 

The big objection to this has come from local school boards who cite the additional costs involved in retrofitting current buses with this equiptment.  The projected costs range from $7,000 – $10,000 for each school bus.

These is no objection, however, to the fact that seat belts and harnesses on buses would save lives.  NHTSA estimates that seat belts would save a number of student lives and injuries, but only six states require these.  One of these states is Florida.

This seems to be an easy decision for school boards nationwide. Notwithstanding the costs, every priority should be given to our students to ensure that their transportation to and from school is as safe as possible. From an economic standpoint, the less injuries and deaths, the less our school boards are responsible for damages.  In the final analysis our childrens’ safety comes first — seats belts and harnesses on school buses make sense and should be installed as soon as possible.

With over 50 years of collective service to the South Florida community, the Fort Lauderdale injury lawyers at The Ben Law Firm have helped thousands of clients to obtain money compensation for their personal injury and wrongful death claims.

All of the firm’s partners have received the prestigious “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, which is a recognition by their peers in the legal community that their practice meets the highest professional and ethical standards.

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Debris on roadway kills Florida man on motorcycle

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Lake County authorities are investigating the death of a 67-year-old man who was killed when the wind blew a large sign onto the road which came into contact with the windshield of his motorcycle in Eustis, Florida. Eustis is located in between Ocala and Orlando.

The decedant’s name was not released by the Florida Highway Patrol

According to the Florida Highway Patrol the man died after a commercial sign blew off its support and fell onto the roadway. The sign ended up striking the windshield on the motorcycle causing the driver to lose control. The motorcycle came to its final resting point after striking a wall.

Roadway debris, whether originating from other drivers or property adjoining the roadway is a major concern for motorcyclists as well as cars. This debris is often found in the form of tire retreads, equipment or lawn cuttings falling from the bed of trucks, or dump trucks. Occasionally, the debris can even be from property adjoining the roadway as in this case.

Given the recent budget cuts to state and local government, we can expect to see more of this in the future. The only protectionbikers and drivers have is to be on the lookout for unanticipated objects on the road. From a liability standpoint, if the debris comes from another motorist, uninsured motorist insurance may provide for coverage for your injuries or you may able to make a liability claim against the adjoining landowner if the debris came from his property.

With over 50 years of collective service to the South Florida community, the Hollywood, Florida, personal injury lawyers at The Ben Law Firm have helped thousands of clients to obtain money compensation for their personal injury and wrongful death claims

All of the firm’s partners have received the prestigious “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, which is a recognition by their peers in the legal community that their practice meets the highest professional and ethical standards.

Miami drunk driver guilty in killing man on bicycle

imagesCA9M7WRJ-thumb-333x460-59374Carlos Bertonatti, 32, from Miami, Florida man pled guilty to a drunk driving hit-and-run crash that killed a man on his bicycle in January 2010. He will be sentenced May 2 and is facing between 11 and 35 years.

Bertonatti’s blood-alcohol level was 0.122, well over the legal limit. He pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter, fleeing and eluding and resisting arrest without violence.

Bertonatti struck cyclist from behind on the Bear Cut Bridge after swerving into the eastbound bicycle lane about 8 a.m. He then fled with the victim’s bicycle still wedged under his car, until he reached Key Biscayne, where he was arrested.

This case illustrates the tremendous vulnerability of cyclists in traffic. Even though the cyclist did everything right, the driver who was intoxicated swerved into him. From the cyclists perspective, some times serious accidents are unavoidable.

With over 50 years of collective service to the South Florida community, the Hollywood, Florida, personal injury lawyers at The Ben Law Firm have helped thousands of clients to obtain money compensation for their personal injury and wrongful death claims

All of the firm’s partners have received the prestigious “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, which is a recognition by their peers in the legal community that their practice meets the highest professional and ethical standards.

Miami, Florida, red-light camera captures motorcycle cob struck by car

1-thumb-333x249-55032-thumb-333x249-55033A Miami, Florida, motorist whose car crashed into a Miami police motorcycle officer leading a funeral procession was caught lying when red-light camera footage contradicted his statement that before striking the motorcycle he first swerved to miss another driver, who then fled.

Fortunately, the red-light video was available which revealed no other vehicle involved. Following the crash, the driver of the vehicle, Hector Ramirez, 49, of Miami, stated that in order to avoid a collision with another vehicle he was forced to swerve into the path of the police motorcycle. Ramirez even had the chutzpah to tell the police that the non-existent vehicle was driven by an elderly person in “a sky blue or light gray colored, four-door vehicle.” Based on the false alibi, Miami police even initiated a search for the hit-and-run driver.

Ramirez faces criminal charges for providing false information in a crash report. Ramirez has also been cited for failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.

These ubiquitous red-light cameras are everywhere in South Florida. While many motorists are upset when they receive a ticket in the mail for running a red light, these cameras can provide useful evidence in determining who was at fault for an intersectional collision.

With over 50 years of collective service to the South Florida community, the Hollywood, Florida, personal injury lawyers at The Ben Law Firm have helped thousands of clients to obtain money compensation for their personal injury and wrongful death claims

All of the firm’s partners have received the prestigious “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, which is a recognition by their peers in the legal community that their practice meets the highest professional and ethical standards.

Roadsides on South Florida highways are risky for those who leave their cars

0130916850085[1]-thumb-333x221-34494Recently, two young people were killed and another seriously injured when they were standing near the side of the road as a result of a prior automobile accident inPlantation, Florida. Two of the victims had stopped to assist the driver of another car which had been disabled car in an earlier single car collision. A passing car collided with them. Currently, the Plantation police have not stated who was responsible for this horrific accident.

Last year in Miami, five people were struck and killed when they left their cars after a three-car accident along Interstate 95. Police said the driver who hit them was drunk and has since fled. In April, a Fort Lauderdale tractor-trailer driver was killed attempting to cross Interstate 75 after his truck collided another truck. Both of these accidents occurred in the low light of early morning.

In Hallandale, a 15-year-old Miami boy was struck and killed by a passing car as he helped three others push a disabled vehicle off I-95 near Hallandale Beach Boulevard.

Similarly, in Palm Beach County, an 18-year-old woman was struck and killed when she decided to leave her car which was disabled on I-95 near Forest Hill Boulevard to cross the highway about 3 a.m.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, if your car is disabled, particularly on a highway in I-95, you should attempt to stop your car off the highway and as far away as possible from moving traffic. If conditions permit, you can try to find safety behind a guard rail or possibly stand in front of the car to the side. If you must get out of your car,you do not want to stand behind your car where it can be hit by passing traffic and propelled into you.

If your vehicle is disabled on a busy highway, you need to be very careful before you decide to leave your car, taking into consideration the weather, the traffic, and lighting conditions. Particularly in multiple lane highways like I-95 you need to be extremely cautious before attempting to walk across the lanes of traffic. If you must leave your car, try to stay as far away from the side of the road as you reasonably can.

With over 50 years of collective service to the South Florida community, the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, personal injury lawyers at The Ben Law Firm have helped thousands of clients to obtain money compensation for their personal injury and wrongful death claims

All of the firm’s partners have received the prestigious “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, which is a recognition by their peers in the legal community that their practice meets the highest professional and ethical standards.