Typically, when police officers discuss the need to drive cautiously on Florida’s interstates it is due to increased traffic driving at high speeds. But when it comes to Sarasota’s law enforcement community, the need to proceed with caution begins before even entering the highway.
For the past few months there has been a large increase in the number of accidents on several major ramps to I-75 in Sarasota. While on-ramps are typically not considered an accident prone location, the mix of increased hazards have led to on-ramps now becoming an area of caution. The causes of these accidents range all the way from distracted driving, including the large increase due to the ever popular Pokemon Go game that has caused some strange injuries to those not paying attention, to aggressive driving with those drivers who are fueled by anger, frustration, and knowing their time is more valuable than anyone else on the road.
The increase in accidents have led local law enforcement agencies to encourage more defensive driving practices and increase awareness of the need to drive cautiously, even before you enter the interstate. While many see these crashes as simple fender benders that are doubtful to cause injuries, the National Center for Biotechnology Information’s study on responses to car-to-car low speed crash tests have shown there is no minimum threshold of speed for injuries to occur to those in the vehicle.
We will all benefit if we follow the directions of our local law enforcement agencies to drive defensively and with caution when driving on any road, especially the local interstates. If you or your loved ones have been involved in any type of motor vehicle collision, please contact our office today and speak to one of our attorneys about what benefits you may be entitled to. Please call our office at (941) 365-7575 or visit our Contact Us page.
In Polk County, Florida, eight men have been arrested as the result of an undercover sting operation designed to expose workers’ compensation fraud. These men were caught trying to perform plumbing and electrical work for which they did not have the proper licensure, and running job sites for which they had no workers’ compensation insurance coverage. (In Florida employers are typically required to have Workers’ compensation coverage absent certain exclusions under the law).
Multiple agencies led by the Florida Department of Financial Services’ (DFS) Division of Insurance Fraud (DIF), worked the three-day sting operation to expose and serve justice to those men attempting to circumvent the law. Other agencies involved in the undercover endeavor include: the Lakeland Police Department, State Attorney’s Office, DFS’ Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Compliance, and the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. These arrests help protect not only unassuming consumers, but also licensed professionals who go through the proper steps to provide skilled services to those consumers.
Laws requiring business owners or contractors to carry workers’ compensation insurance are there to protect the workers and the consumers alike. When businesses fail to carry required workers’ compensation insurance, they are able to submit lower bids for jobs because they are not paying costly insurance premiums. The lower bids secure them the job, while their unprotected workers, should they become injured on the job, will end up having to turn to programs such as Social Security disability and welfare/unemployment programs, at the expense of the taxpayer.
The frequency with which these attempts to avoid paying workers’ compensation insurance premiums occur is unsettling and concerning. Most of the time, when the phrase, “Workers’ Compensation Fraud” is uttered, an injured worker faking an injury to receive undeserved benefits comes to mind. However, it is apparent that the majority of fraud committed within the workers’ compensation system is on the employer’s behalf, rather than the injured employee. If you, or your loved one, has suffered a work-related injury, call the experienced attorneys at Lancaster & Eure for your free consultation (941) 365-7575, or feel free to contact us online.