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A report released earlier this year by AAA alarmed parents of young teen drivers and passengers; the report stated that distracted driving contributes to almost 60 percent of auto crashes involving teens—a statistic that is close to four times higher than previously thought. - See more at: http://www.walkerlawgroup.net/distracted-driving-and-teen-accidents/#sthash.NEMAJ9Ci.dpuf

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A report released earlier this year by AAA alarmed parents of young teen drivers and passengers; the report stated that distracted driving contributes to almost 60 percent of auto crashes involving teens—a statistic that is close to four times higher than previously thought. - See more at: http://www.walkerlawgroup.net/distracted-driving-and-teen-accidents/#sthash.NEMAJ9Ci.dpuf

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Understanding Comparative Negligence in Auto Accidents http://ow.ly/JAGp6 #personalinjury

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St. Petersburg Pedestrian Dies In Hit-And-Run Accident
Pedestrians, especially ones in densely populated urban areas, are some of the most helpless users of the road. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every 24 hours, 445 people will suffer some type of traffic-related pedestrian injury that will require treatment in an emergency department. Furthermore, every 2 hours, about one pedestrian will die from an accident involving a motor vehicle.
Pedestrian injuries and accidents occur every day throughout the United States. Sometimes these accidents are unavoidable, but most of the time they occur because a driver did not properly operate one’s vehicle. Unfortunately, St. Petersburg and other cities throughout Florida experience a high rate of pedestrian injuries and death.
St. Pete Pedestrian Killed by Car
Last month, a driver struck and killed a pedestrian who was walking near the eastbound curb lane of 22 Avenue North and approaching the intersection of 49th Street in St. Petersburg. The accident had originally been classified as a hit-and-run. St. Petersburg police located the driver several blocks from the accident sites.
The driver apparently failed to notice the pedestrian as she traveled through a marked crosswalk at an intersection. The driver struck the pedestrian on her right side and the collision caused the pedestrian to launch into the windshield. The pedestrian then fell to the pavement. Emergency personnel transported the victim to the hospital, where she underwent surgery. The woman, however, died from injuries suffered in the car accident.
The driver left the accident scene, but stopped her car several blocks away. The driver had her infant child in the car at the time of the accident. Both the driver and her child were not injured in the crash. Police initially classified that crash as a hit-and-run accident. But, police are still investigating the crash to determine what happened. Apparently, there may be “some extenuating issues which may suggest otherwise.” Police have not filed any charges in the accident.
Pedestrian Safety Tips
Certain safety measures can be taken to reduce the risk of being hit by a car. As shown in the example above, however, the risks cannot be completely eliminated. It is impossible to account for the negligent or reckless conduct of other drivers on the road. This does not mean that one should take appropriate safety steps. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends to:
Cross streets at designated crosswalks or intersections;
Increase your visibility at night by using a flashlight and wearing retro-reflective clothing; and
Walk on the sidewalk, but if one is not available, then use the shoulder and face traffic.
Contact a Florida Pedestrian Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian accident, a St. Petersburg pedestrian accident attorney can help you recover damages. The pedestrian accident attorneys at Mike Walker Law have extensive experience helping victims recover compensation for their injuries. Contact us today for a free consultation to find out how our Florida pedestrian accident attorneys can help you.
- See more at: http://www.walkerlawgroup.net/st-petersburg-pedestrian-dies-in-hit-and-run-accident/#sthash.y8dMPbif.dpuf #clearwaterpersonalinjuryattorney  

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Have a safe Holiday! #clearwaterpersonalinjuryattorney  
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Head Injuries and Concussions in Youth Athletes
Over the past several years, the topic of concussions and the long-term effects on athletes has played a dominant role in the National Football League news cycle. The topic reached a fervor pitch when more than 4,500 former NFL players filed a class-action lawsuit against the NFL for its alleged fraudulent handling of concussions. This summer the former players and the NFL reached a preliminary settlement to resolve the lawsuit. A similar lawsuit is also being settled with the NCAA. With the NFL and NCAA concussion lawsuits possibly winding down, another issue involving concussion and athletes may be developing: high school student athletes and concussions.
Recently, in what is believed to be the first of its kind, a former high school football player in Illinois filed a lawsuit against the Illinois High School Association over concussion protocols and management. The lawsuit claims that the IHSA has not properly protected its student athletes because the IHSA guidelines fail to “mandate specific guidelines or rules on managing student-athlete concussions and head injuries” and “fail to mandate the removal of athletes who have appeared to suffer in practice.”
Fortunately, for Florida parents of youth athletes, the state has enacted laws to handle concussions and head injuries in youth athletes.
Florida Law and Young Student Athletes with Suspected Concussions or Head Injuries
In 2012, Florida passed a new law to protect Florida youth athletes who have a suspected concussion or head injury. The law, which became effective July 1, 2012, requires bylaws or policies to be adopted that require “each youth athlete who is suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury in a practice or competition to be immediately removed from the activity.” The athlete may not return to practice or competition until medical clearance is obtained stating that the “youth athlete no longer exhibits signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a concussion or other head injury.” Only certain approved healthcare providers may deliver the necessary medical clearance.
In addition, parents or guardians of an athlete who is participating in athletic competition must sign an informed consent document that explains the nature and risk of concussions and head injuries. This form must be returned before the athlete may participate in any practice, tryout, workout, or athletic competition. Furthermore, the Florida High School Athletic Association must adopt guidelines to educate athletic coaches, officials, administrators, and athletes and their parents about head injuries and concussions.
The goal of the new law is to reduce long-term problems associated with repeat concussions and to prevent further injury before an athlete’s brain has had the opportunity to fully recover.
In addition to the policies and procedures under the new law, the FHSAA has adopted Return to Play Criteria to help manage concussions. These criteria include:
No athlete should return to play or practice on the same day of a suspected concussion. “When in doubt, sit them out!”
An athlete suspected of a having concussion must be evaluated as soon as possible and practical by a healthcare provider.
An athlete must be medically cleared before resuming activity.
After returning to play, an athlete must follow specified protocol based on certain signs and symptoms.
Contact a St. Petersburg, Florida Concussion and Head Trauma Attorney
If your child has suffered a concussion or head trauma, for whatever reason, the St. Petersburg head trauma attorneys at Mike Walker Law can help you and your child. Contact our Clearwater brain injury lawyers today for a free initial consultation and to find out how to get full and fair compensation for head injuries.
- See more at: http://www.walkerlawgroup.net/head-injuries-and-concussions-in-youth-athletes/#sthash.eHbL5SyY.dpuf #clearwaterpersonalinjuryattorney  
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If anyone is wanting to donate new unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots this month, please come by our office and drop off your donation by December 17th! If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us at 727-797-2020!
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