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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...

Lawyers Cannot Imply That Driver Was Not Issued A Citation

Lawyers Cannot Imply That Driver Was Not Issued A Citation

Car Accidents

In the case of Ashley Rierson v. David Deveau, Case Number 3D18-0246 (Fla. 3rd DCA March 20, 2019), Florida’s Third DCA held that it was reversible error for lawyers to imply during closing argument that no traffic citation had been issued. Facts At Issue Rierson...

Tender Of UM Benefits Must Occur Within 60-Day Window After CRN

Tender Of UM Benefits Must Occur Within 60-Day Window After CRN

Car Accidents

In the case of Serenity Harper v. GEICO General Insurance Company, Case Number 2D17-4987 (Fla. 2nd DCA March 1, 2019), Florida’s Second DCA held that the 60-day time (see section 624.155, Fla. Stat.) to cure an insurer violation runs from the date of electronic submission of...

Personal Representative Has Right To Challenge Medicaid Lien

Personal Representative Has Right To Challenge Medicaid Lien

Car Accidents

In the case of Ammar Al Batha v. Agency For Health Care Administration, Case Number 1D17-828 (Fla. 1st DCA January 14, 2019), Florida’s First DCA held that the estate of a Medicaid recipient has standing to challenge Medicaid’s lien rights after the death of the...

Testifying Expert’s Notes Not Allowed In Evidence

Testifying Expert’s Notes Not Allowed In Evidence

Car Accidents

In the case of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company v. Karl H. Wallace, Case Numbers 5D17-813 and 5D17-2852, (Fla. 5th DCA December 21 2018), Florida’s Fifth DCA held that a testifying radiologist’s annotations made to MRI films were not admissible into...

Stacking Of Inferences Is Generally Not Allowed Under Florida Law

Stacking Of Inferences Is Generally Not Allowed Under Florida Law

Car Accidents

In the case of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company v. Denise Lorraine Hanania, Case Number 1D17-2237 (Fla. 1st DCA December 10, 2018), Florida’s First DCA refused to allow State Farm to defend an uninsured motorist claim with ridiculous arguments. In this case, a...

Additur When Jury Finds That Permanent Injury Exists

Additur When Jury Finds That Permanent Injury Exists

Car Accidents

In the case of Ashley Pogue v. Jennifer Garib, Case Number 4D17-2638 (Fla. 4th DCA October 3, 2018), Florida’s Fourth DCA reversed a $20,000 additur for pain and suffering added by the judge after a jury awarded zero dollars in pain and suffering despite finding that the...

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