When police violate departmental policies, chases can lead to wrongful death cases

Losing a loved one due to wrongful death can be devastating. While wrongful deaths can happen through a number of different circumstances, they can be even more shocking when they occur at the hands of law enforcement. For example, an innocent bystander may be hit by a driver speeding to get away from a police car in a high-speed chase. There are even cases in which the chased suspect ends up being killed in pursuit. The Miami-Dade Police Department is making efforts to reduce the number of car chases by ensuring police officers follow departmental policy. According to statistics from...

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What a repeal of no-fault insurance could mean for Florida drivers

Florida’s no-fault auto insurance system could soon come to an end after over four decades of existence. Proposed legislation has been filed in the House and Senate to eliminate the state requirement for all motorists to purchase at least $10,000 in personal injury protection (PIP). PIP insurance was initially designed to provide individuals injured in car accidents basic medical coverage, regardless of who is to blame for the accident. But Florida motorists pay some of the country’s highest insurance premiums for these otherwise low amounts of coverage. Currently, Florida is one of just 12 that retain a no-fault system. Proponents...

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New bills aim to make texting while driving a primary offense

People who are used to texting while driving could face stricter penalties if two proposed pieces of legislation are passed. Florida lawmakers recently filed two new bills that target drivers who use their cellphones while behind the steering wheel. Florida is among five states that do not classify texting and driving as a primary offense. Right now, texting while driving is a secondary offense in the state. As a result, police officers can only stop a car if they see a driver committing a primary offense — in other words, doing something else that is illegal. However, the proposed bills...

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