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It is a well-known fact that people like to visit Florida for vacation. We have sandy beaches, cool ocean waves, and some of the best theme parks in the country. Not so well known is that some people actually leave Florida and vacation elsewhere. They drive north and enjoy some of the things you can’t really find here in Florida like seasons and hills. While it is great to get out of the state and see something different, there are some things you should keep in mind. For instance, let’s say you were visiting Tennessee and got injured in an automobile accident. Do you sue for compensation in Tennessee where you are visiting, or in Florida where your vehicle is licensed? There is the question of whether or not your insurance will cover you since you are so far from home.

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The insurance question is easy to answer. As long as you are in the United States or one of its territories, your insurance should still be valid. When you get insurance coverage for your vehicle, it isn’t limited to your state. Many of the major insurance companies also have offices in all 50 states, so you can still talk to an agent no matter where you are. When it comes to injuries and compensation, however, things get a little more complicated.

It doesn’t really matter where you are from when you get in an automobile accident. What matters is where the accident occurred. For instance, if you are from Florida, yet get in a car accident in the middle of Washington, you will fall under that state’s laws and have to sue there. If you live in Washington and get in an accident in Florida, though, you fall under Florida state law and can hire Rue & Ziffra to handle your case for you.  This is because of what is known as jurisdiction. Most people know the word from films and television shows when a detective “goes outside his jurisdiction”. Mainly jurisdiction is the area where law enforcement and politics have the right to make legal decisions and make judgments. We won’t go too far into the specifics of jurisdiction. The basic definition will be enough to answer the question.

Jurisdiction does have different levels. For instance, some agencies have jurisdiction inside of a city while some have it across the entire state. Since suing for injuries and compensation takes place within a legal court, the location of the accident gets jurisdiction over it. A court in Florida would have no legal right to make a decision if you get in an automobile accident in Washington.

If you are located in the Volusia County area or are visiting the area and get in an automobile accident, contact Port Orange Auto Accident Attorneys Rue & Ziffra to handle your case.


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How to get Compensation

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A serious personal injury resulting from an auto accident can put a tremendous amount of mental, physical, and emotional strain on you and your loved ones. When it comes to auto accidents, Florida is a no-fault state, which means that regardless of whether or not you caused the auto accident, if you have been injured, you will receive compensation for medical expenses through your own insurance company and not the insurance company of the other driver involved. No-fault insurance is designed to ensure that each of the injured parties will receive the proper care and compensation for their medical expenses and any disability derived from the accident. This is without “which driver may or may not be at fault” playing any part in the benefits received in the aftermath.

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If you have been seriously injured in an auto accident, you cannot rely on your no-fault insurance to give you the full compensation that you deserve. When it comes to auto accidents, not only can the damages leave you feeling mentally and physically pained in the aftermath, but the mountain of financial costs you may be faced with can leave you and your loved ones devastated. Don’t suffer through this difficult trial alone.

Rue & Ziffra, Port Orange auto accident attorneys, are here to help you fight for the compensation that you deserve. When you walk through our doors, we will sit down with you to discuss and evaluate your case in order to determine whether or not you have the right to sue the negligent driver. Florida law can be difficult and harrowing to understand, so don’t try to tackle the details on your own. At Rue & Ziffra, we will explain to you in further detail how Florida’s no-fault system works, and determine whether or not you are entitled to further compensation.

At Rue & Ziffra, we have over forty years of combined experience in the auto accident industry. Let us help you by putting our experience to the test in order to fight for your rights. Just because Florida is a no-fault state, doesn’t mean that you are not entitled to further compensation. Let us help you receive the benefits that you deserve. At Rue & Ziffra, we are in your community, and on your side, and available to you 24/7. Give us a call today.



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Interacting with Opponents

The courtroom can sometimes be a battlefield where two parties meet and fire back and forth at each other. Sometimes these things can be settled outside of the courtroom, but there are still two distinct sides to each case. Of course, this doesn’t mean there has to be hostility between the two parties involved. They can still interact with each other or even be friends. While it might be advised to avoid each other, you might still bump into each other at the store. It tends to not be in our nature to just ignore someone who is right in front of us, so small chatter might start up between the two of you. Do you know what you should say or not say? That is important to know when talking not just to the opponent, but to anyone who knows the opponent.

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It is a well-known fact that gossip happens, and it is not limited to the movie cliche’ of a group of women talking over wine or coffee. Men are just as guilty of doing it, maybe even more. All it takes is the right piece of information to reach the wrong ears to cause problems in the courtroom for you and your Daytona Beach Auto Attorney. An even bigger problem is when it happens on a social media network such as Facebook where it can be documented and shown in court. That is for another article, however, right now we talking about communicating either verbally or over messaging.

The best advice we can give you is to not talk about the case when not around your Daytona Beach Accident attorney. This even counts for talking to people you trust like your spouse or your best friend. They wouldn’t sabotage your case intentionally but sometimes words slip out carelessly. When asked about the case, just give people simple answers. Tell them it is going well, or say that it’s stressful, or ongoing, etc. Use words that are vague, and don’t include any form of detail with them. Once the case is over you can be more open about the details, but still don’t go too deep into them. The case is over, but the consequences can go on long after the final verdict. Some people can move on from things quickly, some can hold a grudge for years to come. Don’t provoke the situation and just let it fade away in time.

Before any of that starts though, you need the attorney to represent you. Rather in court or out of court, a Daytona Beach accident attorney can help defend you and get you the compensation you need. Rather from a motorcycle accident or medical malpractice claim, Rue & Ziffra is there for you.

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Tricky Memories

Have you ever walked into a room and forgotten why you went in there? You just kind of end up looking around at random things and hoping something triggers your memory. The reason this happens is that our mind sees doorways as event boundaries. What that means is when the mind walks through the door it separates events. What you were thinking about in the other room is filed away and the mind starts a new series of thoughts. It’s a little hard to believe isn’t it, that our mind can switch that fast and our memory involuntarily goes with it. That is because the entire concept of how memory works is an odd thing. Let’s take a quick look at some facts about our memory and why they are important for you and your Daytona Beach Automobile Accident Attorney.

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Several studies have been conducted regarding how the mind works, including the parts that involve memory. It is important to understand how memory works physically and mentally so that we can combat different diseases like Alzheimer’s. They are also important because they give us ways to improve our memory which has all kinds of benefits. Sometimes these studies turn up interesting results. For instance, did you know that every time you recall a memory, it changes a little bit? Not only does it change, but we don’t realize that something in it has changed. These changes can be minor, like thinking you wore a blue shirt instead of a black one, or a major change like what the weather was like that day.

That last fact is vital to understand and to work around because, in an automobile accident case, accuracy is key to success. An attorney is trained to notice any little abnormally in your story and use it to their advantage. For this reason, physical evidence and fresh memory are extremely important to record.

Of course, the first thing you should do after an accident is to seek out medical attention. Get checked out by a doctor and receive any treatment you need to get on the road to recovery. As soon as you are able to focus and write, however, you need to start going over all of the details. Write down the entire thing from beginning to end. Add in any small details that add to the story. It is important that your story and writing are clear and easy to understand. Don’t worry too much about grammar and spelling right now, you can always rewrite it or type it out on a computer again later. No one is going to fault you for missing a comma when you were laying in a hospital bed with your arm in a cast. The important part here is the narrative. Once it is written and you have checked it for accuracy, make a few copies of it. Give one to the Daytona Beach automobile attorney that is representing you.

If you are not injured in the accident and a medical professional says you are healthy and okay, then you can write the story right there using pen and paper, a smartphone, tablet, laptop, etc. Take photos of everything. Take them of the entire scene, take close ups of every point of damage on any vehicle involved. If you received any bruises or cuts take photos of those as well. If there was any effect on the inside of the vehicle, even if it is just coffee flying onto the dashboard, taking a photo of that as well. You would benefit more from having too many photos than not enough. Feel free to take a selfie even, post it on Facebook and let everyone know that you are okay.

When you take all of this and pair it with official statements you gave (hopefully after consulting with your Daytona Beach automobile accident attorney) you create a strong narrative of how the accident happened. There will be less room for doubt when the story is reviewed in the courtroom. It helps to build a strong case for yourself from the very beginning and makes your attorney’s job a little bit easier. If you have recently been involved in an accident, contact Rue & Ziffra today to get a Daytona Beach Automobile Accident Attorney to represent you. If you have not been in one, it is still a good idea to put our number on your phone just in case. You can reach us at 1-800-526-4711.

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Auto Accident


In the aftermath of an auto accident, many troubles arise: the state of your mental, physical, and emotional health, the medical and legal costs, and the conflicts at work that the accident may cause, such as your ability to competently continue to do your job on a daily basis. When the physical and emotional strain resulting from personal injury or an accident becomes too much, it can cause damage to much more than just your physical well-being.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident as the result of negligence on the part of another, give our offices a call today. At Rue & Ziffra, we are in your community, and on your side. We are here to help those who cannot help themselves. Your circumstances may seem as if they’re leading to a rough road ahead, but it doesn’t have to be faced alone.

We here at Rue & Ziffra have over 30 years of combined legal experience, and we specialize in personal injury and injuries resulting from any type of accident. We take pride in helping those who have been injured as a result of negligence on the part of another. We are here 24/7 to listen to your claims and make sure that you understand every detail of your case, so that we can work together to get you the compensation that you deserve. If someone has breached their duty of due care, and as a result, you or a loved one has been hurt, give our offices a call today.


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