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What You Should Do within 10 Minutes of Having a Car Accident

By Marianne Howanitz, P.A. |

Oh no, this can’t be happening, you think to yourself in the instant you realize you’ve been in a car accident.  What you do next can make all the difference in the world. Call 911 When involved in an accident, CALL 911 so the police will be dispatched even if you consider the accident… Read More »

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It’s not always good to be #1 – Why you need Uninsured/Underinsured Car Insurance

By Marianne Howanitz, P.A. |

While Florida holds the number one spot at such great things as being the warmest state in the country and home of the number one vacation resort in the world (Disney World), it also holds the unfortunate record for the largest percentage of uninsured drivers.  26.7% of Florida drivers have no auto liability insurance…. Read More »

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What is this PIP you speak of?

By Marianne Howanitz, P.A. |

In Florida, every car owner must carry $10,000 in Personal Injury Protection (PIP) and $10,000 in property damage liability insurance (which pays for property damage you may damage in an accident).  However, in order to get the full benefit of the insurance you pay for, it’s important to know what PIP is and how… Read More »

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Sleep Issues Common Among Commercial Truckers: Truck Driver Fatigue

By Marianne Howanitz, P.A. |

If you’re a long-haul trucker or you drive commercially for any reason, you have probably battled fatigue while behind the wheel. It’s just part the job, and everyone has their own ways of fighting it. Some drivers load up on the caffeine, while others turn up the music, open the windows, or even resort… Read More »

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Poor Driving Behavior on the Rise in the United States

By Marianne Howanitz, P.A. |

It is estimated that one road accident occurs every 24 seconds in the United States due to distracted driving. The National Safety Council reports that around 1.6 million crashes annually are due to the use of mobile phones in general, while another 1 million occur because of texting behind the wheel. Amidst greater clamor… Read More »

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What is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

By Marianne Howanitz, P.A. |

Civil Wrongful Death Lawsuits Can Be Filed In Florida By The Family Members Of An Individual Who Died As The Result Of Someone Else’s Negligence. It Is Mandatory That The Death Occurred As A Result Of Someone Else’s Fault. In A Wrongful Death Lawsuit, Florida Law Mandates That A Cause Of Action Must Be… Read More »

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Roundabout Roulette

By Marianne Howanitz, P.A. |

How do you feel about driving roundabouts? I know there was a lot of initial opposition to the new roundabouts on Fort King here in Ocala a while ago, but after a bit a research on the subject, I found out a few things that I didn’t know about them and thought you might… Read More »

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What Everybody Should Know About Commercial Truck Accidents

By Marianne Howanitz, P.A. |

Did you know that one person is injured or killed in a truck accident every 16 minutes? The United States Department of Transportation estimates that over 500,000 truck accidents occur every year. More than 75% of truck driving accidents are due to the driver of the passenger vehicle. Did you know that typically the… Read More »

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Using BIG BROTHER to help your accident claim!

By Marianne Howanitz, P.A. |

Every car accident claim needs a strong foundation of evidence to establish fault for the crash and show the extent of the damages you or your loved one suffered. Even though you may be the innocent victim of someone else’s negligence, when it comes to your day in court, YOU have the burden of… Read More »

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PTSD and Vehicle Collisions

By Marianne Howanitz, P.A. |

June is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month. Most people don’t associate PTSD with vehicle collisions, but it is something that I see all the time. Todd Buckley, PhD, on the website U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs, says that researchers are looking more closely at motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) as a common cause of… Read More »

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