Orlando Personal Injury Law BLOG

“Safe Phone Zones” introduced by the Florida Department of Transportation

In a public-private partnership with GEICO, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) unveiled a new campaign to help curb the problem of distracted driving on Florida’s roadways. Sixty four different “Safe Phone Zones” were designated on various roadways throughout Florida. A map of all of the “Safe Phone Zones” throughout Florida can be found online by clicking here. You will be able to pull off into these zones and make cellular phone calls or respond to text messages in safety – just look for the following sign. Assistant Secretary of FDOT, Brian Blanchard explained, “motorist safety is our top priority and we are committed to reducing distracted driving on our roads.” However, do these signs encourage drivers to put down their phones and pull off to a rest area? Research has suggested that initial bans or initiative to curb cell phone use does reduce auto-accidents and fatalities, but that the…
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Florida Supreme Court Approves Statutory Cap in Plancher v UCFAA

Six years after the tragic passing of University of Central Florida (UCF) football player, Ereck Plancher, the Florida Supreme Court has issued a ruling that dramatically affects the jury verdict amount the Plancher family was awarded in the summer of 2011. The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that the UCF Athletic Association, Inc. (“UCFAA”), a private entity, is entitled to sovereign immunity protection under Florida Statute § 768.28. In 2011, a jury in Orange County, Florida, compensated the Plancher family $10 million in damages for the death of their son, Ereck. UCFAA appealed an earlier ruling by the trial court claiming they should be considered an “instrumentality of the state for sovereign immunity purposes” and with that the statutory cap on damages should apply.  The Fifth District Court of Appeals agreed with UCFAA and held they were entitled to sovereign immunity and the verdict should be reduced accordingly. The Plancher…
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Attorney Nicholas Primrose Addresses Recent Graduates

On Friday, May 22, 2015, the Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law held its commencement ceremony for the Class of 2015. Among the crowd was our attorney, Nicholas Primrose, who attended as part of the Dean’s Party as the President of the Barry Law Alumni Chapter. Ninth Circuit Court Judge Alice L. Blackwell was the commencement speaker. After the graduates had their traditional doctoral hoods placed, Mr. Primrose was honored to speak to the newest Barry Law Alums. His speech stressed the importance of remaining close with your fellow classmates and reminiscing throughout the years about the memories made during law school. He shared memories he has from his time as a law student and certain classes and subjects. He advised the crowd, “Today, you renew your pledge to be proud examples of our alma mater through your generosity, service to the community, and the utmost ethical, respectful,…
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