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What is a Letter of Protection in a Personal Injury Case?

What is a Letter of Protection in a Personal Injury Case?

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When you are injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, whether it’s a car accident, slip and fall accident, medical malpractice, or other personal injury, and you don’t have medical insurance or the coverage you do have isn’t sufficient to cover your medical expenses, a Letter of Protection might be a solution for you.

A personal injury case cannot likely be proven if you do not receive medical care. However, if you don’t have money to pay medical bills, then you cannot obtain the medical care you need. Essentially, a Letter of Protection (LOP) is a contract that is agreed upon by you, your attorney, and your doctors. It will allow you to get the medical attention you need from your medical provider, while your attorney agrees to pay the provider from the settlement you receive before you have access to any of the financial reward.

What Are the Stipulations in a Letter of Protection?

While the specific language in letters of protection can vary, they generally state:

That the medical provider will treat your conditions while your case is pending.

That the medical provider will not demand immediate payment of your medical expenses and will not turn your account over to collections, thereby leaving your credit undamaged, as long as the letter of protection is in effect.

That your attorney will pay your medical provider directly from your personal injury settlement as soon as the funds clear the trust account.

Not all doctors or medical providers will choose to enter into such an agreement, but many will.

How Does a Letter of Protection Affect the Settlement Distribution?

To better understand how a LOP affects the settlement process, you first need to know how the settlement process normally works. When a settlement in a personal injury case is reached, the insurance company of the defendant will mail a check to the plaintiff’s attorney, which the attorney then deposits into a trust account. The trust account is an account that is heavily regulated by the Florida Bar, in order to protect clients. The attorney then must wait for the settlement check to clear. Once it’s cleared, the lawyer has to obtain an approval from the client about how the funds are to be disbursed. Then, a check is written to the attorney for costs and fees, and a check is written to the client for the remainder.

When a letter of protection is being used, before the check is written to the client, there will be a check written to the medical provider to cover the client’s medical bills, since they were not paid up front. Keep in mind, a LOP doesn’t mean that the client isn’t responsible for the medical bills. Even when there is no financial recovery in a case, the bills have to be paid – by the client.

Letters of protection can be a useful tool when a client cannot pay his or her medical bills resulting from a personal injury. If you have been injured due to negligence, but have no way to pay your medical bills, discussing a letter of protection with your personal injury lawyer is a great idea – one that may work well for you, allowing you to get the medical attention you need and the compensation you deserve for your damages.

Boca’s personal injury attorney, Joe Osborne, can help you determine the best way to proceed with your case and your medical expenses. Contact him today at (561) 293-2600, to get started on your case. Don’t delay, you have a limited amount of time in which to file your claim.

 

What is Considered Pain and Suffering in a Personal Injury Case?

What is Considered Pain and Suffering in a Personal Injury Case?

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When you suffer an injury due to the negligence of someone else, whether it’s a car accident, slip and fall accident, medical malpractice, or other types of injury, you are entitled to seek compensation for your injuries and property damage (if applicable). That means that if the responsible party is found to be liable for your damages, you can collect for the medical expenses you incurred, your present and future lost wages, your pain, and suffering, and sometimes punitive damages. In this article, we will focus on what pain and suffering damages are and how they are determined in personal injury cases.

What is Pain and Suffering in a Personal Injury Case?

Pain and suffering damages are divided into two categories – physical and mental.

The physical pain and suffering that an individual suffers are based on the actual pain that is experienced due to the accident. It includes the pain and discomfort of the plaintiff that has resulted since the accident and injury have occurred, as well as physical pain that is anticipated in the future.

The mental pain and suffering that are experienced due to the negligence of the defendant can include several things such as mental anguish, emotional distress, anger, fear, insomnia, anxiety, shock, humiliation, and loss of enjoyment in activities previously enjoyed. The mental and emotional aspects of a personal injury can also involve mental health disorders like generalized anxiety disorder, depression, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Generally, the mental pain and suffering that a plaintiff experiences can include any negative psychological or emotional issue that he or undergoes due to the injuries sustained in the accident or as a result of medical malpractice.

Mental pain and suffering, like physical pain and suffering, includes any negative effects since the injury as well as what is anticipated in the future.

How Are Pain and Suffering Damages Calculated?

In Florida, juries are not provided with many guidelines for determining the value of the injured party’s pain and suffering by the court. There is not a list of amounts for specific types of pain and suffering damages that they can refer to. Rather, the judge will typically issue instructions to juries to use their good sense, experience, and backgrounds as they are deciding on a fair and reasonable financial award for the plaintiff’s pain and suffering.

That said, there are some common factors that can influence the jury’s decision on the value of the plaintiff’s pain and suffering. Some of these factors include:

How the plaintiff presented himself or herself as a witness

Whether the plaintiff is believable, or the jury thinks he or she is exaggerating the extent of pain and suffering

Whether the plaintiff is likable

Whether the plaintiff is consistent or inconsistent when giving his or her testimony

What the plaintiff’s doctors testify to regarding the extent of pain and suffering

If the diagnosis and prognosis of the plaintiff make sense to the jury

Whether the plaintiff has a criminal record

Getting What You Are Entitled to for Your Pain and Suffering

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury that was caused by another person’s negligence in Florida, you may be entitled to damages for your injuries – including pain and suffering. Because of the complexities of personal injury cases, it’s important that you seek legal representation from an experienced and successful personal injury attorney to handle your case.

Contact Boca Raton personal injury lawyer Joe Osborne at (561) 296-2600 or complete the online contact form to discuss your case and your best legal options to protect your rights and obtain compensation for your injuries.

What Should You Do After a Car Accident?

What Should Florida Car Accident lawyers – DO’S AND DON’TS ?

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Boca Raton car accident attorney discusses what drivers should and shouldn’t do following a car accident.

Boca car accident lawyer, Joe Osborne, recently shared advice about what drivers should and shouldn’t do when they have been involved in a car accident.recently shared advice about what drivers should and shouldn’t do when they have been involved in a car accident. To Learn  More about Car Accident Check Full Article Here

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Car Accidents with Uber or Lyft Can Be Complicated Says Boca Car Accident Lawyer Joe Osborne

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Whether you are a passenger in an Uber or Lyft car or the other vehicle involved in the accident, things can get very complicated regarding the insurance and claims process, says Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne.

Because the industry of ride-sharing is still fairly new, insurance companies are still working to make sure that their policies involve some type of provision for ride-sharing coverage and options. Additionally, laws and requirements for ride-sharing companies are continually evolving and changing as they are becoming more ubiquitous.

What Exactly is a Rideshare Company?

Rideshare companies, like Uber and Lyft, are also called Transportation Network Companies (TNC). They provide drivers-for-hire sharing services to customers by contracting with freelance drivers who drive their own cars to transport customers. These contracted drivers typically do not go through the same type of training and scrutiny that other for-hire drivers (cab drivers, chauffeurs, etc.) go through, and they are not required to insure or register their cars as commercial vehicles. TNCs provide cab-like services that allow passengers to arrange for rides on short notice with a smartphone application.

The typical way that rideshare companies work involves three elements:

  1. A customer uses a smartphone to request a ride, set a pickup and drop-off location.
  2. The driver uses GPS to navigate and for the app to track and calculate a cost for the route.
  3. The customer uses a social media-like platform to rate the driver for other potential passengers so they know what to expect.

While there are similarities between taxis and rideshare vehicles, they don’t operate the same way. A taxi is nearly always on the road, traveling as much as 70,000 miles a year, whereas rideshare vehicles are on the road considerably less. Some rideshare drivers drive part-time, while others make it a full-time job. The rideshare apps insist that their businesses are just what an app entails – a technological start-up that is simply the middleman between a passenger and a driver, not a commercial vehicle-for-hire entity.

What Happens When There is an Accident Involving Uber or Lyft?

This is where it gets sticky. In the recent past, there have been a few bills that were signed into law that regulate the way that companies like Uber and Lyft are insured. Commercial vehicles must be covered through strict insurance policies that are governed by the state in which they are operated, but until recently, Uber and Lyft were not required to maintain that same requirement because of their modern business structure. However, due to the pressure the companies received about the growing number of accidents across the country, both Uber and Lyft adopted insurance coverage that kicks in once a driver has accepted and picked up a passenger.

It may seem that the problem has been solved. But it hasn’t. What has happened is different states have passed bills and signed legislation that questions the time frames for which rideshare drivers are covered by company insurance and at what times they are not. While laws and insurance policies are in flux, it is in passengers’ and other drivers’ best interest to work with a seasoned and knowledgeable car accident attorney if they are injured in an accident involving an Uber or Lyft vehicle.

If you or a family member were injured in an auto accident involving an Uber or Lyft vehicle in Florida, contact Boca Raton car accident lawyer Joe Osborne at (561) 293-2600 or complete the online contact form. You can discuss your case, how the law may apply and your best legal options to protect your rights and obtain compensation for your injuries.

Other Resources for you:

  1. Learn about The Most Accidents are at Intersections Warns Boca Car Accident Lawyer Joe Osborne
    in our previous blog post
  2. Read our blog post:  The Most Dangerous Highways are in FL Says Boca Car Accident Lawyer Joe Osborne

 

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Boca Personal Injury Lawyer Discusses Johnson & Johnson $417 Million Baby Powder Cancer Award

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The link between baby powder and cancer has been in the news in recent years. In August 2017, a California jury awarded a woman $417 million in a personal injury lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson. The jury’s award includes $70 million in compensatory damages and $347 million in punitive damages. Juries and judges award punitive (punishment) damages in cases where they want to send a message to companies and other defendants about wrongdoing.

Does Baby Powder Cause Cancer?

In the California case, the plaintiff was a 63-year-old woman who said she used baby powder as part of her feminine hygiene routine since she was 11 years old. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007. She also claimed she stopped using the baby powder in 2016 after hearing stories of women who had suffered ovarian cancer in connection with talcum or baby powder. The woman said she would have stopped using baby powder for that purpose if there had been a warning label on the bottle.

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), baby powder is classified as a cosmetic, which means it does not have to undergo the type of FDA review required for pharmaceuticals. As CNN reports, “Some other talc-based powders on the market carry labels that mention possible risk of ovarian cancer after frequent application in the female genital area.”

The International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is part of the World Health Organization, has conducted studies on baby powder and found it to be “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”

5,500 Baby Powder Cancer Claims

The $417 million verdict is not the first of its kind—nor is it the first time Johnson & Johnson has faced a lawsuit related to cancer and baby powder. As Bloomberg reports, there are currently over 5,500 cases on this issue pending against Johnson & Johnson across the country. Bloomberg also reports that the company has lost four previous jury verdicts totaling $300 million.

Court records show that the Cancer Prevention Coalition put Johnson & Johnson on notice as early as 1994 that baby powder poses “a serious risk of ovarian cancer.” Evidence also shows that a Johnson & Johnson medical consultant circulated an internal memo in 1997 stating that “anybody who denies” the link between baby powder and ovarian cancer is “denying the obvious in the face of all evidence to the contrary.”

Boca Personal Injury Lawyer Discusses Cancer Risks in Products

Boca personal injury lawyer Joe Osborne explains, “Manufacturers of products have an obligation to warn consumers of known risks associated with using their products. Chances are, most Americans have used at least one Johnson & Johnson product in their home. No one should have to worry that their personal hygiene products can make them seriously ill.”

Contact a Boca Personal Injury Lawyer Today

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury or illness caused by talcum or baby powder, don’t wait to speak to a lawyer. Contact Boca personal injury lawyer Joe Osborne today at (561) 800-4011

 

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Most Accidents are at Intersections Warns Boca Car Accident Lawyer Joe Osborne

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Intersections are where accidents are most likely to happen, says Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne, and most of them are caused by driver error.

You may fear an accident on the highway because of the speed and possible harm that could happen but statistically you’re most likely to get in an accident at an intersection, whether that’s around the block from your home or across the country while you’re on vacation. If you’re going through an intersection you should be especially alert says Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne.

There were an estimated 2,307,000 vehicle accidents at intersections across the country in 2008, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). They accounted for about 40% of the 5,811,000 crashes that occurred in the United States that year. An estimated 7,421 fatalities occurred at these accidents and in 733,000 crashes one or more vehicle occupants suffered injuries.

There are many potential dangers when two roads join together where pedestrians may try to cross. Actions by other drivers are the dangers you need to be most concerned about. NHTSA looked at intersection accident causes, what they called “critical reasons.” Of the 787,236 accidents in or near intersections in 2008, about 96% had critical reasons attributed to drivers, while vehicle or environment related critical reasons were to blame for less than 3% of accidents.

When a critical reason was a driver error,

  • About 41% of the critical reasons were recognition errors (due to not paying attention, internal and external distractions or not seeing something)
  • About 34% of the accident causes were decision errors by the driver (driving aggressively or too fast), and
  • 10% were performance errors (overcompensation, improper control).

One of those errors can be deciding to run a red light or driving too fast to stop in time to avoid going through the intersection on a red light. The Federal Highway Administration (FHA) states that in 2014,

  • There were a total of 32,675 traffic accident related fatalities with 8,661 of them happening at intersections. An estimated 2,675 of those intersections had traffic lights.
  • There were 710 fatalities caused by a vehicle going through a red light at these intersections, 44 of them were pedestrians or bicyclists.

The FHA suggests that when you approach an intersection you,

  • Reduce speed,
  • Put your right foot over the brake to improve reaction time,
  • Look across and around the intersection ahead of you so can become aware of the surroundings,
  • Know where you want to go and which lane to use,
  • Look left, right and left again to check for oncoming traffic before crossing an intersection,
  • Use turn signals to show others where you’re going, and
  • Leave enough room in front of you so you won’t block the intersection if traffic stops.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident at or near an intersection, contact Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne at (561) 800-4011 or fill out this online contact form. You can discuss your case, how the law may apply and your best legal options to protect your rights and obtain compensation for your injuries.

Third Shift Drivers Are Dangerously Drowsy Says Boca Car Accident Lawyer

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Those driving home after the third shift may be too fatigued and drowsy to safely operate their vehicles says Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne.

Your morning commute is a dangerous time to drive. The biggest reason is the fact there are simply more vehicles on the road, more drivers and a greater chance someone will make a mistake. Another danger is drowsy drivers. In addition to drivers not getting enough sleep the night before there are those who didn’t sleep at all because they worked third shift. Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne warns that many of those homeward bound in the morning should not be behind the wheel.

While most of us sleep others are performing critical functions that keep society going. They work in hospitals, law enforcement, at airports, utilities and road maintenance and construction. While we need this work to be done we don’t need more dangerous drivers on the road.

Sixteen third shift workers were accompanied on a test track by researchers to measure what problems, if any, they had safely driving both after getting some sleep at night and being deprived of sleep when they worked overnight. When necessary the observers intervened to avoid a collision. The study’s report, published last January in the Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences of the United States of America, states,

  • Night shift workers have a high risk of drowsiness related motor vehicle accidents because their sleep is interrupted and restricted,
  • It’s been estimated a drowsy driver was involved in about 21% of fatal accidents and 13% of accidents resulting in severe injury from 2009 to 2013 in the U.S., and
  • Most drivers admit they drove while feeling drowsy and 28% reported falling asleep while driving within the past year.

The research findings include,

  • “We found a high risk of dangerous driving and near-crash events during actual driving by night-shift workers following overnight work, when physiological markers of drowsiness were significantly increased.”
  • These dangers increased as the drive got longer.
  • After a night shift drivers were more likely to drift out of their lane.
  • All of the near crashes (when observers intervened to stop the vehicle) and occasions when drivers had to pull over happened during the night shift drive home. None happened during the post sleep drives.
  • More than a third (37.5%) of those working overnight required an observer to stop or slow down the vehicle to avoid a crash to keep the participants and researchers safe, compared with no interventions for the post-sleep drivers.
  • Seven of the 16 third shift drives were stopped because the driver couldn’t maintain adequate control of the vehicle, compared with none of the drives by those who had slept.
  • “…(P)ostnight-shift drivers were much sleepier, and noticed increasing difficulty keeping their eyes open and maintaining lane position, particularly when driving for more than 15–30 min, which has been related to…lane drifting and severe driving impairment during simulated driving, and increased crash risk…”

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident caused by a drowsy driver or one asleep at the wheel, contact Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne at (561) 800-4011 or fill out this online contact form. You can discuss your case, how the law may apply and your best legal options to protect your rights and obtain compensation for your injuries.

The Most Dangerous Highways are in FL Says Boca Car Accident Lawyer Joe Osborne

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Two Florida highways are the most dangerous in the country according to federal statistics says Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne.

You may drive on at least one of them frequently and according to the Auto Insurance Center, sponsored by a group of insurance companies, they are the most dangerous in the country: I-95 and I-10. I-95’s southern end starts in Miami and ends on the Canadian border in Maine while I-10 starts in Jacksonville and goes all the way to Santa Monica, California. They stretch across the country, says Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne, but locally they can be very dangerous.

The Auto Insurance Center (AIC) looked at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics and found that in 2014 I-10 was the scene of 278 deaths and I-95 was where 204 people died.

  • Florida’s 382-mile stretch of I-95 was the most dangerous road in the country, with the worst rate of fatal accidents, from 2004 to 2008 according to NHTSA reports the Sun Sentinel. Aggressive and distracted drivers along with heavy traffic congestion may have been to blame.
  • One of the problems with I-10 is that there are long stretches without barriers between those going in opposite directions. If a driver loses control of a vehicle and heads toward those coming the other way there’s nothing to prevent it.

Florida is not listed as one of the most dangerous or safest five states when it comes to fatal traffic accidents. Wyoming is listed as the worst with 25.7 traffic deaths per 100,000 population and New Jersey is the best at 6.2.

The AIC also has a number of other facts,

  • Motor vehicle crashes killed 32,675 people in the U.S. in 2014, which averages out to a fatality about every 16 minutes.
  • Driving while impaired by alcohol was a factor in at least 31% of the fatal crashes. The most frequent blood alcohol level was .22%, about 2.5 times higher than the legal limit in most states. Young drivers have the highest risk of being involved in an alcohol related fatality. For those people involved in fatal accidents in 2014, 30% of drivers with blood alcohol content levels of 0.08% or above were 21 to 24 years old.
  • More than 1,900 (or 6%) of traffic deaths involved drug use. When lab tests were done on drivers killed in accidents marijuana was present in 900 fatal vehicle crashes, almost half of the total. Other drugs found included cocaine (a factor in 241 fatalities), amphetamines (224 fatalities) and methamphetamine (212 fatalities).
  • Based on five years’ worth of data the most dangerous days of the year to drive are July 4, January 1, September 18, August 4 and August 27. Traffic accident deaths on those days are about five times the average.
  • The most dangerous time of day to drive is during the afternoon rush hour, between 5:00 and 6:00. Despite this the most dangerous day of the week happens when most of us don’t work, Saturday, with 5,317 deaths, followed by Friday with 4,658.
  • July and August are the most dangerous months each with more than 2,700 deaths. The month with the least fatalities is February with 1,917.

If you or a loved one have been injured or killed in a car accident on Florida’s highway system, contact Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne at (561) 800-4011 or fill out this online contact form. You can discuss your case, how the law may apply and your best legal options to protect your rights and obtain compensation for your injuries.

Opioid Use Causing More Fatal Crashes Says Boca Car Accident Lawyer Joe Osborne

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Many opioid users are too impaired to drive safely and are endangering themselves and others when they’re on the road says Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne.

Use of legal and illegal narcotics and opioid use has risen dramatically. Given this increase in use it should come as no surprise that drivers impaired by opioid use are causing more fatal traffic accidents says Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne.

Gov. Scott declared opioid use a public health emergency in May, reports NBC News.

  • Use of heroin, fentanyl and oxycodone caused the deaths of 3,896 Floridians in 2015, according to Florida Department of Law Enforcement statistics.
  • Palm Beach County morgues were filled to capacity with 525 fatal opioid overdoses last year.
  • Use of heroin combined with fentanyl or carfentanil caused 220 deaths in Miami-Dade County in 2016 and 90% of Broward County’s fatal drug overdoses involved heroin, fentanyl or other opioids.

About 92 million adults in the U.S. used prescription opioids in 2015 according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in August, reports USA Today.

  • Ninety-two million people is about the same as the population of Florida, New York, California and Illinois combined.
  • An estimated 12 million people (or about the same number as 60% of Florida’s population) misused prescription opioids by using them without a prescription, taking them more often than prescribed or for reasons other than what was intended by their physicians.
  • About two million Americans have an opioid use disorder. That’s defined as being unable to control or reduce opioid use, having social problems or being unable to fulfill family, work or school obligations because of opioid use.

For some opioid users it’s not the drug that’s the direct cause of their deaths, it’s the fatal injuries they suffer in vehicle accidents when they drive while impaired. Columbia University researchers reviewed drug testing results for 36,729 drivers in six states who died within an hour of being in a vehicle accident.

The percentage of drivers with prescription opioids found in their systems when they died increased from 1.0% in 1995 to 7.2% in 2015, according to a study published in July in the American Journal of Public Health.

  • The most common opioids were oxycodone, morphine and codeine.
  • Close to 70% of drivers testing positive for prescription opioids also tested positive for other drugs and 30% showed signs they were also drinking alcohol.

No matter what impairs a driver, whether that’s drug or alcohol use or fatigue, that driver is a hazard to him or herself and everyone else on the road. Driving while impaired increases the chances of an accident because drivers aren’t fully aware of what’s going on and their ability to make safe decisions decreases.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident caused by a driver impaired by drug use, contact Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne at (561) 800-4011 or fill out this online contact form. You can discuss your case, how the law may apply and your best legal options to protect your rights and obtain compensation for your injuries.

Merge Onto the Highway With Caution Urges Boca Car Accident Lawyer Joe Osborne

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Merge with care onto a highway to avoid a potentially serious accident says Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne.

It’s one of the most dangerous times on the highway. Someone is coming onto the highway from an on ramp but there are vehicles in the far right lane. Someone has to give or there will be a car accident. Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne says both those on the highway and those getting on it need to follow the laws, be courteous and be safe.

Lane changing and merging collisions were about 4% of all police-reported collisions in 1991 and were about 0.5% of all vehicle accident fatalities that year, according to a study by researchers from the Rutgers Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics show that 19,000 accidents happened when vehicles merged onto highways that year.

A merging vehicle must change lanes on a limited stretch of roadway while traveling close to or at highway speed. The driver must time the merge correctly so it can resolve an unsafe conflict with oncoming vehicles or there will be a collision.

Technically speaking Florida law doesn’t state which vehicle has the right of way though it states when one vehicle needs to yield to another. Those entering a highway from a secondary road need to yield to vehicles in the travel lanes.

Here are some suggestions on safe merging from AARP,

  • Prepare for merging while traveling on the on ramp. As you approach the highway look around you, in front of you (someone may be traveling at a slow speed or stopped in front of you), behind and to your right.
  • Do your best to check your blind spots to make sure you won’t be cutting someone off or colliding into them.
  • Be wary of motorcycles and take extra caution at night and in bad weather.
  • Use your turn signal to remind other drivers you want to get onto the highway.
  • Identify a safe gap that you can merge into.
  • Speed up to match the speeds of the other vehicles.
  • Don’t stop before merging unless it’s absolutely necessary.
  • Yield to highway traffic and move over when it’s safe to do so.
  • If you need to cross several highway lanes do so one at a time while using your turn signal.
  • Be aware of the length of the merge lane which can vary greatly.

Once you’re on the highway try to be courteous to drivers entering the highway by moving over if it’s safe to do so. This will make it easier for the other driver and reduce the risk of a collision with you.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident on the highway, contact Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne at (561) 800-4011 or fill out this online contact form. You can discuss your case, how the law may apply and your best legal options to protect your rights and obtain compensation for your injuries.