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Multiple UM Settlements Result In Setoff Against Jury Verdict

Multiple UM Settlements Result In Setoff Against Jury Verdict

Car Accidents

In the case of Liberty Mutual v. Jeffrey H. Wolfson, Case Numbers 4D18-3652 and 4D19-118 (Fla. 4th DCA June 24, 2020), Florida’s Fourth DCA held that there is a setoff for settlements when a plaintiff is covered by more than one UM policy. What Happened In The...

Policy Providing Bodily Injury Must Also Provide UM

Policy Providing Bodily Injury Must Also Provide UM

Car Accidents

In the case of Owners Insurance Company v. Allstate Fire and Casualty Insurance Company and James M. Horne, Jr., Case Number 2D18-2309 (Fla. June 19, 2020), Florida’s Second DCA held that a policy providing an insured with bodily injury coverage must also provide uninsured...

Applying Owner Liability Caps In Florida

Applying Owner Liability Caps In Florida

Car Accidents

In the case of Brian Walker, as personal representative of the Estate of Sophie C. Walker v. GEICO Inemnity Company, Case Number 4D18-3706 (Fla. 4th DCA March 25, 2020), Florida’s Fourth DCA held that an at-fault driver with coverage under four policies had more than the...

Rear End Presumption For Sudden Stops At An Intersection

Rear End Presumption For Sudden Stops At An Intersection

Car Accidents

In the case of Lynn Fonger v. James Nall, Case Number 5D17-2927 (Fla. 5th DCA November 15, 2019), Florida’s Fifth DCA held that the sudden stop of an unidentified vehicle at an intersection does not rebut the rear-end presumption of negligence in Florida. Therefore, the...

Nationwide Gets Stuck Paying On Proposal For Settlement

Nationwide Gets Stuck Paying On Proposal For Settlement

Car Accidents

In the case of Sandra Davis v. Jessica Muro consolidated with Nationwide v. Jessica Muro, Case Numbers 4D18-907 and 4D18-2824 (Fla. 4th DCA November 13, 2019), Florida’s Fourth DCA held that an insurance company losing on a proposal for settlement is required to cover attorney...

Mobile Gym Is Not Considered An Uninsured Vehicle

Mobile Gym Is Not Considered An Uninsured Vehicle

Car Accidents

In the case of Natalie S. Deutsch v. GEICO General Insurance Company, Case Number 4D18-2714 (Fla. 4th DCA October 30, 2019), Florida’s Fourth DCA held that a mobile gym operated out of the back of a truck was not considered an uninsured vehicle for purposes of UM...

Pure Opinion Testimony On Liability Not Allowed Under Daubert

Pure Opinion Testimony On Liability Not Allowed Under Daubert

Car Accidents

In the case of Mastec North America, Inc. and Robert W. Dumas v. Kathleen Morakis, as guardian of Manual Perez Garcia, Case Number 4D18-1321 (Fla. 4th DCA October 2, 2019), Florida’s Fourth DCA held that an accident reconstruction expert’s opinion that an impaired...

Florida Enforces New Handheld Device Law Starting October 2019

Florida Enforces New Handheld Device Law Starting October 2019

Car Accidents

Florida’s new law banning the use of cell phones in school zones and construction zones goes into effect October 1, 2019. Section 316.306, Fla. Stat. sets out new ways for law enforcement to enforce the “Florida Ban on Texting While Driving Law” found in section...

Passenger Denied UM Coverage While Occupying A Rental Vehicle

Passenger Denied UM Coverage While Occupying A Rental Vehicle

Car Accidents

In the case of Progressive American Insurance Company v. Nancy N. Pawelczyk, Case Number 2D18-1651 (Fla. 2d DCA May 15, 2019), Florida’s Second DCA held that a passenger in a rental vehicle was not insured for UM benefits because a temporary substitute auto was not considered...

Florida’s Accident Report Privilege Is Not A True Privilege

Florida’s Accident Report Privilege Is Not A True Privilege

Car Accidents

In the case of Steven Paul Anderson v. Mary Mitchell, Case Number 2D18-2864 (Fla. 2d DCA April 5, 2019), Florida’s Second DCA held that Florida’s so-called “accident report privilege” is not a true privilege to prevent disclosure but is instead just a bar on...

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