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October 09, 2006

The State of Florida enacted a new law effective October 1, 2006 making it illegal to have children ride in the beds of pickup trucks on highspeed roads including Interstate 4, the Florida Turnpike, and Florida’s toll roads, such as 408, also known as the East West Expressway. The new law applies to children between the ages of 6 and 18. Children under 6 must be restrained on all roads under Florida law.

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October 07, 2006

A new trucking regulation in Florida requires truck drivers traveling through Florida to spend fewer hours behind the wheel. Before the change, Florida allowed driving for 15 hours after 8 hours of rest. The new rule prohibits truckers from driving more than 12 hours following 10 consecutive hours of rest.
According to the state Motor Carrier Compliance Office, the rule change is intended to reduce the number of traffic accidents involving truck drivers. According to the National Highway Trafffice Safety Administration (NHTSA), Florida had the second highest number of fatal large-vehicle traffic crashes.
While most truckers...

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September 30, 2006

The so-called insurance crises, such as the medical malpractice crisis, have been blamed on continually rising premiums due to runaway jury verdicts and awards to the injured. But the American Medical Association (AMA) surveys of self-employed physicians from 1970 to 2000 indicate that insurance premiums rose until 1986, then declined until 1996, rose thereafter, but were lower in 2000 than in 1986. There is no evidence that links the rise in premiums to an increase in payment of medical malpractice claims.

There is, however, evidence that supports a link between investment results by the insurance companies and the premiums they...

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September 19, 2006

In 1987 a federal law (OBRA) was passed to improve the quality of care in nursing homes and prevent neglect and abuse of residents, particularly frail senior citizens. According to Consumer Reports bad care persists and it’s still difficult to find good nursing homes two decades later.

Choosing a humane, well-run nursing home can be one of the most important decisions you will ever have to make. It can also be a decision that must be made under time contstraints. This is especially true where a hospital says your relative must be out in 24 hours. While the hospital...

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September 19, 2006

Motorcycle fatalities have soared according to the Orlando Sentinel. In the nearly six (6) years since Governor Jeb Bush repealed Florida’s helmet law, fatalities involving motorcyclists have risen from 22 deaths in 1998 and 1999 to 250 deaths in 2004! By comparison, there were 270 deaths of motorcyclists without helmets in the 1990’s when it was a violation of the law to ride motorcycles without a helmet. Deaths of motorcyclists overall in Florida increased 67% from 2000 to 2004, i.e from 259 deaths to 432 deaths.

If you ride a motorcycle, wear your helmet!

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August 29, 2006

According to the Orlando Sentinel there were approximately 200 traffic accident related fatalities in Orange County in 2005. This death rate broke all previous records in Orange County, Florida. In fact, almost 3,500 people died on Florida highways in 2005, setting a new state record for auto accident related deaths in Florida. In all of Central Florida, about 750 people died in auto accidents in Florida.
Few areas of the state escaped this trend, according to the Sentinel. Lake County had approximately 75 highway fatalities, and Polk County had about 150 highway deaths...

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August 04, 2006

The Vioxx litigation continues with two trials in progress. One in California State Court and the other in a Federal Court in Louisiana. Final arguments have been completed in the California Vioxx lawsuit and it is in the hands of the jury. The federal Vioxx case is just getting started.

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