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  • 25 Nov 2019

    5 Costly Mistakes Florida Homeowners Make with Insurance Claims

    Posted By Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez

    The average Florida homeowner pays $1,918 in annual home insurance premiums, but only makes a claim every 10 years.1,2 That’s $19,180 in premium over that span. As a policyholder, if your property is damaged, you have the right to file a claim with your insurance company and receive payment for your loss. However, there are
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  • 05 Nov 2019

    Why your property damage may not be covered by your insurance

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    Living in Florida is not for the faint of heart: the summers are hot, the humidity is intense, and the state’s cantankerous climate during the summer storm season causes some of the most dangerous and expensive weather-related damages in the country. In 2017 and 2018, the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation reported that more than
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  • 05 Aug 2019

    Are smarter cars making us dumber drivers?

    Posted By Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez

    The great promise of smart cars is their ability to save lives by replacing human error with intelligent computers. But as cars get smarter and significantly safer, drivers are making dumber decisions.  In a new study conducted by State Farm, drivers who use autonomous technology, such as adaptive cruise control or lane-keeping assistance, are twice
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  • 05 Aug 2019

    JUUL use increases by an alarming 78% for high schoolers and 48% for middle schoolers

    Posted By Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez

    JUULs, or e-cigarettes, have exploded in popularity in recent years — but not among the people for which they were intended. Instead of being used by adults who are trying to stop smoking, teenagers who have never picked up a cigarette are now vaping in record numbers. In a new report published by the Centers
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  • 13 Jun 2019

    Left Turn Accidents Account for 60% of All Intersection Collisions

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    Driver error accounts for 95% of motor vehicle accidents.1 To some degree, a driver’s decision or behavior is almost always to blame in the event of a crash. Whether texting, tailgating, or speeding, driver errors are risky, unsafe, and can even be fatal. Yet, one of the most dangerous decisions a driver has to make
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  • 10 Jun 2019

    Rise in Delivery Trucks on Roads Sees Increase in Accidents in Tampa

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    We all love the ability to order something online and get it delivered the very next day. Amazon’s FREE and insanely fast delivery services have prompted a shift in how we shop for clothing, furniture, appliances, and groceries. Yet, the online revolution is changing something else: transportation. There are more delivery trucks on the road
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  • 06 Jun 2019

    I was injured in a golf cart accident in Tampa. What do I do now?

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    Golf Cart Accidents in Tampa: More Dangerous than Expected While it might not be so surprising that Florida has the most golf courses in the United States. You may be shocked to learn that Florida has the more golf carts on public roadways than any other state. Tampa Bay is a particular hot spot for
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  • 01 Jun 2019

    Florida has the most uninsured drivers. Everyone needs UM. (Uninsured Motorist coverage)

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    According to multiple studies, Florida ranks first in the United States for number of uninsured drivers.1-3 An estimated 5 million Florida drivers either have no insurance or insufficient insurance. This means that if you get into an accident in Florida, there’s about a one in four chance it will be with an uninsured driver. If
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  • 29 May 2019

    Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez establishes annual scholarship for Emergency Responders and their families

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    For those who dedicate their lives to serving their communities, DDJ dedicates a new scholarship to supporting America’s heroes.    Emergency responders are vital to keeping our communities safe. Every day, hundreds of Americans rely on emergency responders to be there during the scariest of times. When an accident happens, emergency responders are the first
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  • 29 May 2019

    I-4 named the most dangerous highway in country. Tampa claims two of it’s most dangerous sections.

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    It’s a popular road you take to drive from Tampa to Orlando, but Interstate 4 has another title: the most dangerous highway in the country.  According to Fatal Accident Reporting System (FARS) data retrieved from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were more than 165 deaths on the 132-mile interstate in the last
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  • 07 May 2019

    Tampa’s electric scooter invasion offers a glimpse of the dangers to come

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    There’s an old urban legend, that in 1895, the first two automobiles arrived in an Ohio town, promptly drove down Main Street, and crashed into each other. The new transportation technology was poorly understood and unregulated and, not surprisingly, resulted in disaster. True or not, that story is analogous to what’s currently happening in Tampa
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  • 18 Apr 2019

    Wake-Up Call: Six Shocking Road Rage Statistics You Didn’t Know

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    Here are six shocking road rage statistics that will probably surprise you. 53% of drivers consider speeding normal Especially at rush hour, over half of all drivers consider driving 10 mph over the speed limit to be perfectly normal. 50% of drivers become aggressors Half of drivers admit to resorting to horn-honking, light-flashing, rude gestures,
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  • 13 Apr 2019

    What happens when you don’t buckle up in the back seat?

    Posted By Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez

    For years, there has been this myth that riding in the back seat is less dangerous than the front. However, the truth is that passengers may be eight times as likely to die in a crash if they’re not wearing their seatbelt in the back seat. In 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, reported
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  • 08 Mar 2019

    DDJ Gives Back to Trinity School for Children

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    Would it surprise you to hear that 9 out of 10 Americans say a teacher had a “significant, positive impact” on their life? Nearly all Americans believe that a good teacher can change the course of a student’s life. There is not enough time in the day to appropriately express the gratitude we have for
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  • 08 Mar 2019

    What’s one of the most dangerous driver errors? You’re not going to be right.

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    We’ve all witnessed it: A driver making a LEFT-HAND turn at an intersection who misjudges the distance and timing of oncoming traffic and just narrowly avoids a collision, often having to emphatically swerve or accelerate. This exact scenario is one of the most common—and dangerous—traffic maneuvers to occur on today’s roadways. According to the US
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  • 07 Jan 2019

    Improper Passing Leading Cause of Two-Lane Road Fatalities

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    Twice as many highway fatalities occur on two-lane roads, according to the latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The report reveals that 75% of two-vehicle, head-on collisions occur on undivided two-lane roads—and head-on collisions are disproportionately deadly. One of the leading causes of head-on collisions is failing to pass properly. Passing Other Vehicles
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  • 07 Jan 2019

    Five Biggest Social Media Mistakes Personal Injury Clients Make!

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    Posted by Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez Today, social media is just a part of everyday life. We wake up and check various channels for the latest news, local updates, and personal content from our friends, family, and work colleagues. Throughout the day, we monitor trending topics and post our own thoughts and photos. At the
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  • 16 Nov 2018

    Office Holiday Parties: 5 Ways to Protect Your Business from Unwanted Liability

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    ‘Tis the season of busy schedules filled with family events and holiday gatherings and fun office holiday parties! Office year-end events are a ‘Tis the season of busy schedules filled with family events and holiday gatherings and fun office holiday parties! Office year-end events are a wonderful way to show your appreciation for your staff’s
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  • 23 Oct 2018

    2nd Annual DDJ Blankets Tampa Bay

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

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  • 18 Sep 2018

    Property Claims: How to make your storm damage insurance claims go as smoothly as possible

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    Hurricane Florence started its slow march across the Southeast Friday, pounding North Carolina with a powerful combination of wind and rain. The dangerous storm, which was downgraded to a tropical storm, will batter the region through early next week. While the storm’s winds will slowly weaken, the devastating effects will continue to be felt. Recovering
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  • 10 Sep 2018

    Pedestrian accidents on the rise in Tampa

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    Last month, a Tampa man was walking on the sidewalk of East Hillsborough Avenue around 11 PM, when he stepped onto the road and was hit by a car. The man died at a local hospital. The crash was not a hit-an-run and everyone involve stayed at the scene and cooperated with police. This tragic pedestrian
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  • 21 Aug 2018

    BACK TO SCHOOL: Is refurbishing a football helmet enough to keep athletes safe?

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    The helmet: the last piece of equipment a football player puts on his body before entering a game and, yet, by far the most important. And at a time when sports-related concussion concerns have been heightened by links to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease found in athletes, military veterans, and others with
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  • 06 Jul 2018

    DDJ Property Claims: Don’t become a victim of denied insurance claims for hurricane damage!

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    The 2018 hurricane season has arrived and is predicted to be more active than usual, with seven hurricanes and three major hurricanes. If we learned anything from last year’s monster storm Irma and the numerous denied insurance damage claims left in her wake, now is the time to prepare. So, what are some things you
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  • 11 Jun 2018

    Traumatic Brain Injuries in Children Linked to ADHD Years Later

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    Traumatic brain injuries send over one million children, adolescents and young adults to the emergency room each year. A recent study suggests traumatic brain injuries in children may be linked to an increased risk for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) years later. In a study reported in JAMA Pediatrics, a research team at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical
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  • 24 May 2018

    How to protect your business and make your premises a safer place for customers

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    If you’re a business owner, you probably already know that if a person slips and falls at your business, you’re a prime target for a lawsuit. And premises liability cases are bad for business. Customer slip-and-fall incidents account for about 10 percent of small business claims at an average price tag of $30,000, according to
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  • 27 Apr 2018

    My Uber Got into a Wreck. Can I Sue?

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    Did you know that if you’re in a car accident while riding in a Lyft or Uber vehicle, you will most likely be unable to sue the mega ride-share companies? Drivers of Lyft and Uber are independent contractors—not employees. This means that the ride-share companies can completely deny any liability for car accidents involving vehicles
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  • 23 Apr 2018

    Distracted driving — an epidemic on the roads.

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    Jennifer Smith doesn’t like the term “accident.” It implies too much chance and too little culpability. A “crash” killed her mother in 2008, she insists, when her car was broadsided by another vehicle while on her way to pick up cat food. The other driver, a 20-year-old college student, ran a red light while talking
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  • 12 Sep 2017

    Tips for Filing a Hurricane Irma Property Claim

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    With much of Florida still underwater, millions of people and businesses without power, and hundreds of thousands of damaged homes, it may seem an odd time for victims of Hurricane Irma to think about legal services. But as first responders help those in need, we at the DDJ Property Claims Division are already working to
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  • 20 Jan 2017

    I Was Injured by a Dangerous Product: Who Is Liable?

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    Many variables can make litigating product liability cases difficult. The most important aspect of a product liability case, and any other personal injury case, for that matter, is determining liability. If you are the plaintiff in a product liability case, the burden falls on you and your legal team to offer support and conclusive evidence
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  • 12 Dec 2016

    Can I File a Lawsuit If the Accident Was Partly My Fault?

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    Determining fault is one of the most difficult aspects of any accident claim. However, it is also the most important. Determining who was at fault for an accident, and to what degree, is rarely straightforward – even in cases that seem “black and white.” For example, let’s say that Driver A was making a left-hand
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  • 08 Dec 2016

    How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    Deadlines for Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Florida In Florida, all personal injury lawsuits must be filed before the statute of limitations expires. The statute of limitations refers to the amount of time you have from the date of your injury to file a claim. If you fail to do so before the clock runs out
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  • 18 Nov 2016

    Bitten By a Dog in Florida? Here’s What You Need to Know

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    About “Strict Liability” in Florida Dog Bite Cases Florida’s dog bite statute, Section 767.04, states that a dog owner is strictly liable for the actions of their pet. More specifically, they are liable for injuries if their dog bites another person who is on public property or lawfully in a private place. So what does “strict
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  • 08 Nov 2016

    Study Ranks Florida Highway as Most Dangerous Interstate in America

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    An analysis of interstate fatalities between 2010 and 2015 by Everquote has revealed that Interstate 4 is the most dangerous road in the country. The study analyzed raw data gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The analysis revealed that there was an average of 1.41 fatalities per mile during the last six
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  • 10 Oct 2016

    Do I Have a Right to Refuse a DUI Test in Florida?

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    Do you have a right to refuse a test for DUI if the officer asks you? The short answer is technically yes, but refusal may not be in your best interests. Here’s why: Florida is an implied consent state, which means that drivers are automatically assumed to give their consent for blood, breath, or urine tests for
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  • 03 Oct 2016

    Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Florida?

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    According to Florida Statutes section 678.18, when one party’s negligent conduct causes the death of another person, the deceased person’s family or estate may bring a wrongful death claim on his or her behalf. The law requires that a personal representative of the decedent’s estate file the claim on the deceased person’s behalf (as named in the
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  • 05 Sep 2016

    Drug Crimes & Penalties in Florida

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    Drug laws in Florida are some of the strictest in the nation. Drug possession, or possession of unlawful chemicals that are used to manufacture drugs, is a criminal offense that requires serious legal representation. If you have been accused of a drug crime in Florida, it is urgent that you get in touch with a Tampa criminal
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  • 30 Aug 2016

    Common Causes of Truck Accidents

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    Truck collisions can be some of the most severe auto accidents on the road. Unfortunately, it is passenger vehicles that bear the brunt of a collision with a tractor-trailer, which can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. These accidents are almost always entirely preventable, and usually arise out of some form of negligence – meaning that
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  • 29 Aug 2016

    The Truth About “Full Coverage” Auto Insurance in Florida

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    What Is “Full Coverage” Auto Insurance? You’ve probably heard the term “full coverage insurance.” You might think it accurately describes what the insurance company will pay in the event of an auto accident, but you would be wrong. Full coverage insurance policies do not exist in Florida. What you were sold by the insurance company
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  • 24 Aug 2016

    5 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    The aftermath of an accident in which you have been injured can be an overwhelming one, and with so much going on, it is understandable that one of the last things on your mind is legal action. In addition to the physical pain of your injury, other things on your mind may include the amount
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  • 15 Aug 2016

    Larceny in Florida: Misdemeanor or Felony?

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    What is Larceny? Larceny is a word used to describe a theft crime. In Florida, there are several different classifications of theft crimes that each have different penalties. It is important to know these distinctions so that you can be aware of what you are facing and how your attorney can defend you against the
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  • 03 Aug 2016

    What Are My Miranda Rights?

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    When police make an arrest, they are required to recite your Miranda Rights. Regardless of whether or not you have ever been arrested, you are likely familiar with these or some slight variation of these words: “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a
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  • 25 Jul 2016

    What Do I Do If I Have a Sinkhole on My Property?

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    Sinkholes are unfortunately not uncommon in Florida, and can cause serious property damage and personal injury. If you have noticed cracks in the foundation, walls, or ceiling of your home, or have found unusual depressions or holes in the ground around your property, it is important to have your property tested to determine if the damage
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  • 11 Jul 2016

    Florida Pedestrian Accident Statistics

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    Walking is a great way to get around, especially in sunny Florida. Sadly, statistics reveal that Florida is the deadliest state for pedestrians, with the most dangerous cities to walk in being Tampa, Orlando, Clearwater, and Jacksonville. Many of these accidents are the result of careless drivers who fail in their duty to operate their
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  • 19 May 2016

    What to Do After a Slip & Fall Accident

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    A slip and fall accident can take a huge physical and financial toll on an injured person. If the fall was caused by another person or business, you can and should exercise your right to pursue compensation for things like medical expenses, lost income, or money to compensate for pain and suffering. In order to
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  • 16 May 2016

    What is Prescription Drug Fraud?

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    Prescription drugs are only legal when an individual has been given a prescription by their physician or other licensed medical professional, and only in the amount designated in the prescription. Distributing and abusing prescription drugs for which you do not have a prescription is a crime in Florida, and is harshly punished with incarceration, fines
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  • 25 Apr 2016

    What Not to Say During a DUI Stop

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    Drinking and driving is dangerous and illegal. Unfortunately, common sense, safety, and DUI laws don’t always intersect. In fact, you can be arrested for drunk driving without actually being drunk behind the wheel. According to Florida Law §316.193, driving under the influence includes the following situations: Driving under the influence of “alcoholic beverages” or a chemical
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  • 04 Apr 2016

    IIHS Reveals Car Headlights May Not Be Effective Enough

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    An alarming report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) revealed that a great number of cars have headlights that do not perform as they should. The IIHS is well known for their crash testing, which checks if car safety features work properly to ensure occupants are protected in the event of a collision. In their
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  • 22 Mar 2016

    What’s the Difference Between Robbery & Burglary?

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    The terms robbery and burglary are often confused by those who have little knowledge of the criminal justice system. While they deal with similar crimes, there are significant differences between the two from a criminal justice point of view. Both robbery and burglary are forms of property crimes, but they have key differences. Robbery involves
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  • 15 Mar 2016

    Nissan Recalls 47,000 Cars Due to Defective Brakes

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    Nissan has issued a recall of almost 47,000 of their electric vehicles (LEAF) due to defective brake system. U.S safety regulators have confirmed the problem is inside the cars’ electronic brake booster.  “During very cold temperatures, the relay inside the electronic brake booster may freeze, requiring the driver to exert more effort to slow the
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  • 23 Feb 2016

    4 Ways to Avoid a Pedestrian Accident While Jogging

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    Jogging is a year-round activity in Florida. With our busy roadways, it is important for pedestrians, as well as drivers, to be mindful of their safety while they are jogging in order to prevent an accident. Consider these safety tips during your jog: Check for vehicles before crossing driveways. If you are running in a busy
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