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What is the Death on the High Seas Act?

September 18, 2019

What is the Death on the High Seas Act?

  If someone you love has been killed while at sea, or due to an accident that occurred at sea, you need to know the laws that govern whether or not you can secure compensation for your loss. The Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA), applies when “the death of an individual is caused…

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September 8, 2019

What is General Maritime Law?

One of the most confusing aspects of law revolves around the waterways. Most people assume that the laws of the high seas are just like regular laws, but that is not the case. There is a rich history behind the making of maritime law. Unfortunately, few of these laws are actually in the federal or…

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January 14, 2019

Deadly Crash on I-75: Will Sudden Medical Emergency Defense Apply?

Earlier this week, audiences across Florida watched in horror as news channels showed the fiery remains of the vehicles involved in a head-on collision on I-75, near Gainesville, FL. The recent accident involved a semi-tractor trailer suddenly veering sharply left, striking another vehicle, and then both vehicles ending up in oncoming traffic. Colliding with another…

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January 14, 2019

Work-Related Deaths in the US

Fall, slip, fire, exposure to harmful substances, struck by equipment, and caught in, or compressed by an object. These are all categories the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) uses to neatly accomplish the grisly task of tallying and categorizing workplace-related deaths in the U.S. each year. According to the BLS’s annual report, 5,147 workers died on…

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January 7, 2019

Uber’s Autonomous Vehicle Death Case Settlement

This year, Uber has become the first peer-to-peer ride-sharing company to be sued and to have settled for a death involving an autonomous vehicle. Uber’s self-driving vehicle struck and killed Elaine Herzberg, a 49-year old Arizona woman, as she attempted to cross a street with her bicycle. While the autonomous vehicle had the redundant safety…

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August 2, 2016

Children Die in Hot Cars Every Year

It’s a shocking statistic, but every year in America, an average of 38 children die from being left in hot cars. What kind of person, let alone a responsible parent, would leave their child in a hot car long enough to die? A Washington Post article looks at some of those people and the aftermath…

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March 10, 2014

Retired Jacksonville Police Officer Killed In Automobile Accident

A 52-year-old retired Jacksonville police officer is dead after his vehicle slammed into the side of Chevrolet Suburban that was turning at a stop sign intersection. According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the victim was running errands with his 10-year-old daughter when the tragic car accident occurred. His daughter was listed in serious condition…

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June 14, 2013

Two Women Killed At Orlando Bus Stop: Questions Remain

Controversy has erupted in connection with a tragic accident that took the lives of two women as they waited for a bus at a Lynx bus stop in Orlando. The driver of a Hyundai SUV allegedly lost control of her vehicle on Silver Star Road and veered onto the sidewalk. The vehicle struck a bus…

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June 10, 2013

DeLand Officer Fired For Hitting and Killing Fleeing Suspect With Patrol Car

Officials have reported that a Deland police officer who struck and killed a fleeing suspect with his patrol car has been terminated by the DeLand Police Department. The death, which occurred in early May, sparked an uproar in the community after a popular 38-year-old local barber was killed while fleeing police. The DeLand Police Department…

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