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Cyclist Killed in Hit-and-Run in Tampa

A cyclist died after being struck by a car Saturday night, February 15, 2019. According to a Florida Highway Patrol officer at the scene, the cyclist was crossing U.S. 19 at Salt Springs Boulevard around 8:40 p.m. when he was hit by a 2004 Saturn Ion which then drove off.

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Multi-Car Vehicle Crash on I-275 Sends one to Hospital

Five vehicles tangled injuring at least one motorist Friday around 2 p.m. February 17, 2019. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the crash involved several vehicles which struck each other on I-275 near the Lois Avenue exit.

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Car Hits Motorcycle Seriously Injuring Rider and Passenger in St. Petersburg

A car broadsided a motorcycle in an intersection injuring both the rider and passenger around 1:50 p.m., Friday, February 9, 2019. According to the St. Petersburg Police Department, a 20-year-old driver of a Lexus pulled out from sitting at a stop sign at N. 19th St. and Haines Rd. and hit a Harley Davidson motorcycle broadside.

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Driver Causes Fiery Crash and Flees in Hillsborough County

The driver of a Chevy SUV swerved to avoid someone another motorist and lost control of his vehicle. The SUV hit a guard rail and flipped over then caught fire. The driver escaped the flames and was taken to Tampa General Hospital.

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Wrong-Way Driver Kills Man on Suncoast Parkway

A man driving a GMC pickup the wrong way on the Suncoast Parkway (S.R. 598) in thick fog and crashed head-on into a vehicle going the correct way. According to a Highland County Sheriff’s officer at the scene, the accident happened early Sunday morning, February 3 near mile marker 38. The driver of the pickup hit a Mini Cooper head on killing its driver.

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Fatal Automobile Accident Wrongful Death Claims in Tampa – Auto Injury Lawyers

Over 30,000 people die each year in automobile accidents across the U.S. with 3,000 of those happening in Florida. When this happens, it’s devastating for the surviving members of the family. Whether the person is a spouse, parent, child or grandparent, if a family member is taken in an auto accident, the loss is traumatic.

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Head-On Collisions in Tampa – Auto Injury Lawyers

Head-on collisions cause extensive property damage and severe injuries. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, when someone is involved in a head-on collision, they are five times more likely to be seriously injured and seven times more likely to be killed than other types of collisions. This is primarily due to the higher impact that happens in a head-on collision because the speed and momentum of both cars contribute to the impact.

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Rear-End Accidents in Tampa FL - Auto Injury Lawyers

Rear-end collisions are by far the most common type of vehicle accidents making up over 30 percent of all accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are an average of 2 million rear-end collisions a year resulting in over 500,000 injuries and 17,000 deaths.

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Tampa Man Killed in Five-Car Pile-up on 301

Five vehicles collided after a GMC Envoy, driven by the man who died, hit a Toyota Sienna that was stopped in traffic and which then was pushed into a Chevy pickup. Once these vehicles came to a rest, a Lincoln SUV stuck the Envoy which was pushed into the Sienna which in turn hit the Chevy pickup for the second time.

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Statute of Limitation for Personal Injuries in Auto Accidents in Tampa Florida

A statute of limitation is a law that limits the time a person has to file a complaint for a lawsuit. In Tampa, and the rest of Florida, if the lawsuit involves a claim for a personal injury, then the plaintiff (the one filing the claim) has four years from the date of the accident to file.

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No Fault Insurance in Tampa Florida

Florida has a “No Fault” personal insurance system meaning that the law that requires each driver to have a $10,000 personal injury protection policy (PIP). This means that when someone in Florida is involved in a car accident, all medical bills and lost wages up to $10,000 must be paid from the injured person’s own PIP which pays 80 percent for medical bills and 60 percent of lost wages.

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Comparative Fault in Tampa Florida

In the 1960, the idea of dividing fault between the parties emerged, and today all but four states in the U.S., assign a percentage of fault in the accident to each party, and then each person pays their own percentage of fault for the plaintiff’s injuries. This is called comparative negligence or comparative fault.

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How To Get a Car Accident Report in Tampa Florida

If you were involved in a crash in the City of Tampa and called police, there will be an accident report on file shortly after the crash. (If for some reason police were not called, be sure to get this report filed within 10 days of the crash occurring, and in the future, always call 911 after a crash.)

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Man Loses Both Legs in Serious Motorcycle Hit-and-Run in Pinellas Park

A Mitsubishi Galant and a motorcycle collided severely injuring the motorcycle rider. The driver of the Gallant fled but was caught by police as he returned to the scene later. The crash happened on westbound Park Boulevard at 40th Street N. around 10:30 pm, Wednesday, January 16.

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Tampa Lyft Car Accident Lawyer

RHINO Lawyers is the powerful, results-driven law firm, that takes Insurance Companies and Bullies “head on!” If you were involved in a Lyft accident, contact us today for a free consultation.

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Tampa Uber Accident Lawyer

Were you seriously injured in a crash involving an Uber? RHINO Lawyers is the powerful, results-driven law firm, that takes Insurance Companies and Bullies “head on!”

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Tampa DUI Car Accident Lawyer

Hit by a drunk driver? RHINO Lawyers is the powerful, results-driven law firm, that takes Insurance Companies and Bullies “head on!”

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Tampa Tractor Trailer Accident Lawyer

Injured in a Truck Accident? RHINO Lawyers is the powerful, results-driven law firm, that takes Insurance Companies and Bullies “head on!”

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Car Accident? Common Questions to Have

You will have a lot of questions and very few answers after being injured in a car accident. The RHINO Lawyers team will help to get you through the unknown and describe the process. Our focus is helping accident victims and families who have suffered serious injuries in car, truck and other motor vehicle accidents. After the collision, many factors come into play. From the exchanging of insurance, police investigation, and the insurance assessment of the vehicle damage, many people don’t know what steps to take. Here are some questions you may have, and how we can help.

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Accidents from Wrong Way Drivers

The last month has been very concerning for Tampa Bay residents. The Gandy and Howard Frankland bridges are staples for residents commuting to and from Tampa and Saint Petersburg. Within the last month, two major accidents involving wrong way, DUI drivers have caused fatal and critical injuries to victims of these crashes.

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Wrong-Way RV Driver Crash Injures Man in Homosassa FL

A man driving and RV the wrong way on Suncoast Boulevard allegedly smashed head-on into a pickup truck seriously inuring the driver. Florida Highway Patrol said that a 60-year-old was under the influence of alcohol and driving his vehicle northbound in the southbound lanes of Suncoast Blvd near West Kingston Drive Sunday morning, November 11, 2018.

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SUV Slams Into Tampa Home, Injures One

A car crash in a residential area of Tampa caused serious damage to one house and sent a passenger to the hospital on November 23, 2018.

According to Spectrum News 9, this collision happened early on Friday on North Highland Avenue. Allegedly, the SUV involved in this crash veered off the road and crashed into a home close to Violet Street.

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Will Connected Vehicles in Tampa Reduce Auto Accidents?

Tampa has been chosen along with New York City and a part of Interstate 80 in Wyoming for purposes of a new pilot program that will allow certain motor vehicles, traffic control devices, signs, crosswalks and pedestrians to talk with each other.

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Were You Injured as a Passenger in a Tampa Auto Accident?

When you're a passenger in a motor vehicle, it's difficult to take evasive action to avoid an accident. Injuries more serious than those suffered by your driver can result. The only good news is that it's highly unlikely that you'll be determined to be even partially at fault for the accident. Questions about your accident and injuries are going to arise though, especially if one or more other vehicles were involved in a crash in the Tampa area.

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Will Police Respond to My Car Accident in Tampa, FL?

Unlike some police departments in some cities, Tampa Police respond to all car accidents. If you were involved in a crash of any type, call 911 and an officer will be dispatched. Depending on your location, a Tampa Police Department (TPD) officer or a Hillsborough County Sheriff will respond.

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Tampa Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

The mild climate in and around Tampa makes it a great place to ride a motorcycle, but busy streets and distracted drivers increase the chances of being in an accident. Rarely is there such a thing as a minor motorcycle accident. Other than perhaps a helmet, nearly all motorcycle riders are exposed and unprotected. There isn't a steel body with a frame surrounding them, and there aren't any crumple zones either. Air bags and seat restraint systems are non-existent.

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What if I'm Injured By Somebody With a Revoked Driver's License in Florida?

26.7% of all drivers in Florida have no auto insurance, but that doesn't always mean you can't be compensated for your injuries. If you were seriously injured in any type of auto accident in the Tampa area, contact us today for a free consultation.

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Tragic Multi-Car Crash Kills Woman in Zephyrhills

A 25-year-old woman died after her car was hit twice in a three-car pile-up on U.S. 301 around 6:25 a.m., Wednesday, January 2, 2019. According to a Florida Highway Trooper at the scene, the deceased was driving a Nissan Altima and slowed to turn into a parking lot when it was hit by a SUV which pushed the Nissan into the path of another car which also struck the Nissan.

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Student hit by Teacher While Crossing Road in Port Richey

A high school student was crossing the street near his high school and was struck by a car driven by a teacher at the same school. The accident happened on Wednesday morning, January 8, 2019, at the intersection of School Road and Madison Street in New Port Richey, Florida, which is near Gulf High School.

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Good Samaritans Save Truck Driver’s Life after Wreck in Polk County

A semi-truck and a dump truck tangled causing the semi-truck driver to be partially ejected. The accident happened around 10:40 am, January 8, 2019. Some mechanics at a nearby shop came out and assisted the driver. Witnesses said a semi-truck pulling a tank trailer was heading west on Eagle Avenue when it went through a red light at U.S. 17 and hit the dump truck traveling north on U.S. 17.

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Crash on I-75 Bridge over Caloosahatchee River

Two cars drove into a stalled semi-truck on I-75 early Wednesday, January 9, 2019. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the driver of the semi got out of his truck which stalled partially on the shoulder and partially in the far-right lane of the freeway, to put flares out to warn others...

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Port Sutton Motorcycle Crash Ends Tragically

A pick-up truck pulled out in front of a motorcycle causing a crash the left the rider of the motorcycle dead. The tragedy happened around 8 am, Thursday, January 3, 2019.

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Teenage Pedestrian Left Injured in Ditch by Hit-and-Run Driver in Lakeland FL

A female pedestrian was hit by a car and thrown into a ditch, and the driver of the car fled leaving her in the mud and water crying for help. This happened after 6 am, Tuesday, January 8, 2019, in Polk County.

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Six-Car Pileup in St. Petersburg Ends Tragically

A woman was killed in a crash that involved six cars. The crash happened on Sunday afternoon, January 27, 2019, on 49th Street. According to the Tampa Bay Times, the woman was a passenger in a taxicab that rear-ended a Chevy Tahoe that was pushed into a Ford Escape. The Escape hit Kia Optima which then hit a Hyundai Santa Fe. The Taxi driver and passenger were both were taken to a local hospital in serious condition. Tragically, the passenger died later at the hospital.

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WHAT DO I DO AFTER AN ACCIDENT?

Driving for most people is a part of daily life. The roadways are filled with cars, and almost everyone needs to get where they're going immediately. With this, accidents in Florida are extremely high. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles shows there were a total of 388,032 car accidents in 2017. These are just the reported accidents, which mean that the number is most likely higher due to the accidents that are not reported.

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Uber Passenger Struck on Tampa Freeway

A 28-year-old man was killed after getting out of an Uber car around 1:45 am on Monday, November 19, 2018 on I-75. According to the Uber driver, the man became agitated on his trip from Brooksville to Brandon and wanted out of the car on southbound I-75 at the I-4 exit.

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When are Electric Scooters coming to Tampa and Will They Cause Injuries?

Tampa is getting ready to welcome e-scooters to its streets as part of its new Shared Motorized Scooter Pilot Program. If all goes according to plan, around 2,000 electric scooters will be introduced into certain areas of Tampa in February 2019.

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What is Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage in Florida?

Driving in Florida can be a constant struggle. With the traffic, distractions, and amount of uninsured people on the roadways, car accidents happen all the time. However, even though a driver may be “at fault” in the accident, that does not mean that they have insurance to cover your injuries.

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I Got Hit by a Drunk Driver, Can I Sue?

You are driving down the road and hear the crunch of metal, airbags deploy, and you are jostled from your seat, with only your seatbelt holding you in place. After the car stops you take a deep breath and start to gather your surroundings. Adrenaline is rushing and your hands start shaking while you try and grab your cell phone. After a moment your breathing starts to get back to normal and you dial 911. You are sore and your body aches, but you are able to get out of the car and see the impact. The driver who hit you gets out of their truck and you start to exchange insurance information. Immediately, you smell the odor of alcohol on their breath and notice their eyes are bloodshot and watery, while they talk to you with slurred speech. The police arrive and they begin the exchange of information. While taking your statement you tell them what happened, and that the other driver may be under the influence of alcohol. The adrenaline in your body subsides after an hour and you realize that you are injured and you seek medical attention. You wonder, what do I do next?

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