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The Truth About Truck Accidents

Ormond Beach Truck Accident Attorney

There’s no such thing as a good accident. Even on the big screen, they might seem impressive and all the more eloquent when a major character steps out of the wreckage mostly unharmed. If there is one thing Hollywood seems to believe it’s that car wrecks are not nearly as dangerous as they seem and typically involve the half mile high explosion. While, they may dazzle us on the big screen but in real life, accidents are not exciting and definitely not so easy to walk away from most times. If you have ever seen a “Fast and the Furious” film, especially the latest entries, you should know they completely bend the laws of car physics and physics in general, along with pushing way past the limits of what the human body can endure.

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While Vin Diesel can fly across an interstate and smash into a windshield without any real harm, it takes far less of an accident to cause injury to a normal person. This is especially true when a delivery truck or semi is involved. The effects of an Ormond Beach Truck Accident, even a small one, can be devastating. With so much power and weight behind them, there is little in this world that can stop a semi. This makes it literally impossible for a semi-truck to quickly come to a complete stop.  Traveling at 40 miles per hour, from the time the driver perceives the danger, it would take approximately 169 feet for the truck to come to a complete stop.  Depending on the speed and the cargo, it could take even longer. It can take a minor accident and make it into multiple car pileups.

When you are driving near a semi it is a good idea to take a few precautionary steps.

  • Keep an eye on them and try to avoid driving near them in severe weather. The wind can cause them to move more than usual, making it difficult for them to stay in one lane.
  • If you see traffic that is stopping on an interstate, make sure any semi behind you has enough space to come to a stop. Try not get in front of a semi that is coming to a stop.
  • Remember that trucks have limited range of sight, even with their mirrors. If you have a smaller sized vehicle it’s possible you are out of their line of sight.
  • Trucks make wide right turns. Give them plenty of room if you are either beside them or on the road they are turning onto.
  • Be considerate when in lane merge areas. If a semi is in a merge lane beside you, when safely possible, change lanes so they can enter the highway.  
  • Trucks take longer to get to full speed. Don’t honk your horn because you want them to go faster, it’s hard moving quickly when you have 80,000lbs to pull.

We can not really stress enough how important truck safety is for both the truck driver and those around them. We have to work together to make the roads safer for everyone. Besides, these truck drivers are the ones that deliver everything we use across the country. We owe it to them to make their job a little easier. Also, we will be pretty upset if our Amazon order gets delayed because you caused an accident. It can be a very dangerous situation to find yourself in. So take it from an Ormond Beach Truck Accident Attorney from Rue & Ziffra and give truck drivers the space they need to drive safely.     


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Dealing with Personal Injuries

Ormond Beach Personal Injury Attorney

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Personal injuries don’t heal quickly and usually require some time taken off from work. Depending on the work you perform, that time off could be a week or two. It could also be a couple of months before you return to work, if at all. Some serious injuries might take you out of the job market entirely, or at least out of an industry. It is difficult to say what will happen. Sometimes the same injury can have very different effects on people. For example, someone working in an office might be out of work for a week before they can return because their job is not physically demanding. Someone working in a kitchen, however, will be out for longer because you can’t move around a kitchen in a leg cast. Not only does it hurt productivity, but you may also have legal aspects to worry about.

People also heal differently, taking into account varying aspects of their age, lifestyle, and overall health. For instance, a younger person tends to heal faster than an older person. A healthy, active person may be able to get back up more quickly compared to a person with a more sedentary lifestyle. These aspects may also factor into the chances of you getting injured and how severely. Anyone can get severely injured of course, but that doesn’t mean everyone has the same chance of it happening. Interestingly enough, someone who is active and healthy can also be at greater risk of injury. They are more active and get out more, meaning they have greater chances for injury to occur. It can be complicated trying to figure out what to do after being injured.  

As we said before, injuries affect everyone differently. If you are one of the people that will miss months of work or need to change industries you are going to need a little help. Either with a way to replace the lost income, training to enter a new industry or both. If you are an entry level employee, then you likely won’t need training for another industry. If you have years of experience in an industry and earn a substantial income because of those years, then you may need training for another career with similar income potential. But, if you are not working now, where is the money for that training going to come from? The person or company that caused the injury may be liable for these forms of compensation. Either through their insurance or out of pocket. Some people or companies might try to find a way out of doing this, or their insurance company might try to as well. You need to make sure you take the right steps to prevent yourself from losing compensation that you are due.

Remember one very important point, do not agree to anything you don’t feel comfortable with or fully understand. You should also make sure you have evidence or documentation to back up any claims you make.  Pictures are a good example of evidence.  If you don’t know what to do after a car accident or injury, contact an attorney at Rue & Ziffra. They can help give you guidance and the steps on what to do next. Above all else, make sure you seek medical attention.  Your health and well being are the most important aspect.  Before speaking with an insurance company or giving any form of statement, speak with an attorney.  It is also a good idea to have the phone number handy. Even if you never have to use it, you will always know an Ormond Beach Personal Injury Attorney is just a few screen taps away at 386-788-7700.


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Proper Protection

Ormond Beach Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

If you ride a motorcycle, or you are a fellow driver operating a vehicle alongside a biker, it is important to stay abreast of motorcycle safety tips, so you can stay alerted and aware of your surroundings. If you are the owner and operator of a motorcycle, it’s best to suit up with the proper gear before heading out on the open road. And yes, that includes wearing the proper headgear: a helmet. No matter how many years of riding you have under your belt, accidents can happen, anytime, anywhere. In fact, some of the most seasoned riders become comfortable in their skills, too comfortable to take caution on the road.

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When you choose a helmet to wear, make sure that it meets the Department of Transportation standards, that it is safe and helps to keep your vision clear while on the road.  Keeping your vision clear, while maintaining the proper eye protection is very important. You want to protect your face and eyes from flying debris and insects, as blurred vision can seriously impair your judgment, and put you as well as any surrounding drivers in jeopardy. Suiting up with the proper riding gear is a necessity for your safety, as well as the safety of your fellow drivers.

It’s important to maintain the proper protection when operating a motorcycle, both physically and mentally. Many people see riding a motorcycle as a therapeutic journey, as it gives them a sense of empowerment, helps to ease their mind and take control. However, you want to clear your mind of any stressors before you hit the open road. Hitting traffic or a crowded freeway with a clouded mind can lead to many unforeseen dangers. It can raise your blood pressure and put you at risk for mental distractions, and even road rage.

When you come through our doors, you will be met with a team of highly qualified Ormond Beach motorcycle accident attorneys. They will use forty years of combined experience to get you the compensation you deserve. At Rue & Ziffra, we are in your community, and on your side, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, give us a call today.


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The Wonders of Bicycle Riding

Ormond Beach Bicycle Accident Attorney

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Everyone imagines their own perfect day. When you live in Ormond Beach that perfect day will typically involve a trip to the beach. Why not make it a real adventure and bicycle there instead of taking a car? Spend the entire day being active and outside instead of stuck in traffic waiting for the light to turn and hoping you make it before it goes back to red. Not to mention it is great for your health both physically and mentally. You build up the leg muscles and get plenty of fresh air and sunlight. On top of all that, you also get to see things you never see when you are in a car. You fly down the road at 40 mph, eyes forward as you navigate the other cars around you. When you are on a bicycle though you have time to take in the scenery. Really get a chance to appreciate the beauty that Ormond Beach has to offer.

Don’t get too caught up in it all though. You have dangers to look out for as well. While bicycles are a ton of fun and a great way to stay fit they also come with their own risks. Being so small and light they don’t offer much protection in the case of an accident. In any form of an accident, you can be easily thrown, especially one that includes a motorist vehicle. The same can be true if you just hit a big enough bump or hole. Though typically those don’t tend to give you more than a few scrapes and bruises. It is the vehicle-related accidents that we are more worried about, and you should be too!

Some roads in the Ormond Beach and Daytona Beach area can be especially dangerous for bicyclists and even vehicles in general. Seabreeze is known for being an area high in accidents and collisions. You can’t avoid every dangerous road, or you will never get where you are going. The best you can do is be attentive and be safe while bicycling down to the beach, and the best way to be safe is to remember the laws of the road. Mainly knowing what side of the road to ride on, and where you can be easily seen day or night. Remember, just like driving a motorized vehicle, you should not be on your phone. Especially don’t use your phone or device with headphones as audible cues can be fundamental to your safety. You will hear a vehicle coming up behind you before you will see one. Even if you have mirrors on your bicycle, the sound of a running motor can reach you first.

Vibrant colors are always useful on a bike as well. Ever see a group of bicycle riders with bright blues, greens, pinks and so on? Did you notice them rather easily didn’t you? That is the main point of the colors, to make them stick out to motorists. Wearing darker colors or your typical camouflage makes you a lot harder to spot and more likely to get accidentally hit by a motorist. In fact, not making yourself visible might get the motorist off the hook. There is a documented case where a bicycle rider was struck by a vehicle at night, and the ruling was that since the bicycle rider wasn’t easily visible to the lady who hit him, it was not her fault.

So stay protected, stay visible, and stay ready. If you follow all these steps and still find yourself involved in an accident contact the Law Offices of Rue & Ziffra. We can defend you, and make sure you get the compensation you are rightfully due.


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Getting What you are Owed

Ormond Beach Automobile Accident Attorney

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There are a few ways to ruin the perfect date. They can talk about themselves too much, or talk about their ex or give you a creepy amount of personal information. The restaurant can have a hand with bad service or bad food, or maybe you just have bad luck. Maybe the date gets ruined before the date even begins with an automobile accident. Is there anything worse than spending all that time picking out an outfit, fixing up your makeup, making sure your eyebrows are on point, just to never make it to the restaurant because someone wasn’t paying attention and ran into the side of your car? Your car, your night, your date, and maybe your health is at least temporary ruined. The date can be rescheduled but the car and health part has to be dealt with immediately and may have some lasting effects.

Depending on the type of injury you sustain from the automobile accident you may not be taking any romantic walks on the beach or going back to work right away. Injuries need time to heal and at first, may require you to take some time away from work. Which can be good, because the first couple of days are usually the most painful and can be a little awkward for you. It takes time to get used to living with an arm or leg cast. The medication you have to take can also have side effects that prevent you from working. Most prescriptions for pain will make you drowsy and will recommend not operating heavy equipment or motorized vehicles. Without the ability to drive around how will you get to work, and how will you focus once you get there?

This causes another problem because prescriptions might cost you money that you’re not making right now. Even if you have health insurance it may cover only part of the prescription cost. You also need a way to pay for bills, food, utilities, and all the other common expenses. You don’t have a way to pay those bills though because someone else was careless behind the wheel. Luckily that is not something you have to worry about. Part of the compensation you are owed when in an accident is compensation for lost income from injuries. This compensation includes Lost Income and Lost Compensation. What is the difference between the two?

  • Lost Income: This includes wages and salary that you have lost because of the injury.
  • Lost Compensation: Did you use any sick days or vacation days to cover your absence from work because of your injury? You are owed the value of those days as well. Any kind of bonus you will miss out on can also be included.

It is also important to get an attorney to help you through this time. Some insurance companies might try to offer you less compensation than you are rightfully owed. The driver who hit you can also try to claim you are at fault for the accident. Even if they don’t have any evidence for this claim they can still try and fight you on it. This can prolong the situation and if you are not well defended they might even win. Crazier things have happened in the courtroom. That’s why you can’t just hire any attorney, you need one with a proven track record like an Ormond Beach Automobile Accident Attorney at Rue & Ziffra. They have the skills and experience to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.

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