Sarasota Motor Vehicle Accidents Law Blog

Heintz & Becker Motorcycle Safety Series Part 12: CDC Task Force Recommends Universal Helmet Laws for Motorcycle Riders

Motorcycles account for a mere 3% of the number of registered vehicles, yet they account for 14% of the number of road fatalities. Statistics show that motorcycle deaths are increasing at the same time that auto vehicle deaths are decreasing. Recently, a CDC task force called the "Community Preventive Services Task Force" issued a report stating that universal helmet laws increase helmet use; decrease motorcycle-related fatal and non-fatal injuries; and are substantially more effective than no law or than partial motorcycle helmet laws in saving lives. Based upon these findings, the CDC Task Force issued a recommendation in favor of universal helmet laws.

CRPS/RSD PART 13: The Benefits of Following an Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Nearly one-third of the American population suffers from chronic pain. Many chronic pain sufferers routinely take anti-inflammatory prescriptions and over-the-counter medications which work to inhibit certain enzymes that produce inflammatory agents in our bodies that cause us pain, destroy our joints, and ultimately make us sick. Perhaps we rely on prescription and over-the-counter pills because we live in a "quick-fix" society where there is a pill for everything, or perhaps we have been seduced by TV and magazine commercials for these products, or perhaps we simply don't realize that it may be possible to reduce inflammation by making changes to our diets. The truth is that certain foods can increase inflammation while others have excellent anti-inflammatory properties. Avoiding the wrong foods and eating more of the right foods can lead to less inflammation and less pain, and even lessen our dependence on prescription and over-the-counter medication.

Florida has Joined 5 Other States in "Staying Alive on I-75" Effort as Part of Nationwide "Drive to Save Lives Campaign" Which Aims to Reduce U.S. Traffic Fatalities by 15 Percent in 2014

Highway fatalities claim more than 33,000 lives each year and rank as one of the top 12 causes of death in the United States. For our nation's teenagers, it is the leading cause of death. The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the United States Department of Transportation (DOT), and state police and highway patrol leaders from over 40 states have committed themselves to engage in an ongoing effort to prevent needless traffic deaths on our roadways. These organizations have joined forces to participate in the "Drive to Save Lives Campaign" which aims to decrease highway fatalities by 15 percent in 2014 and to continue to work to reduce fatalities in subsequent years.

Florida has Joined 5 Other States in "Staying Alive on I-75" Effort as Part of Nationwide "Drive to Save Lives Campaign" Which Aims to Reduce U.S. Traffic Fatalities by 15 Percent in 2014

Highway fatalities claim more than 33,000 lives each year and rank as one of the top 12 causes of death in the United States. For our nation's teenagers, it is the leading cause of death. The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the United States Department of Transportation (DOT), and state police and highway patrol leaders from over 40 states have committed themselves to engage in an ongoing effort to prevent needless traffic deaths on our roadways. These organizations have joined forces to participate in the "Drive to Save Lives Campaign" which aims to decrease highway fatalities by 15 percent in 2014 and to continue to work to reduce fatalities in subsequent years.

Manatee County Sees Traffic Accidents Caused by "Simple Split-Second Mistakes" from Both Ends of the Age Spectrum after Recent Accidents Involving Old and Young Drivers

Manatee County has seen more than its share of tragic traffic accidents so far this year. Three high profile cases involved older drivers: 79-year-old Doreen Landstra, who accidently backed into a crowd of people, killing 3 and seriously injuring 4 at the Sugar Creek Country Club; 90-year-old William Mitchell, who failed to yield the right-of-way and struck and killed 18-year-old motorcyclist, Hugo Arrellano, who was a beloved junior at Manatee High School; and 71-year-old Carol Pack, who drove through a stop sign and collided with a motorcycle being driven by Peter D'Agusta, seriously injuring D'Agusta, and his passenger, Brenda C. Spirely. These accidents triggered a flurry of articles and social media discussions about the issues associated with aging and driving, and prompted Manatee High School teacher Charles Kennedy to begin a petition drive for new rules to require annual driver's tests for people over the age of 80.

Heintz & Becker Motorcycle Safety Series Part 11: American Motorcyclist Association Says 2014 Farm Bill is a Victory Against Potentially Damaging E15 Fuel

Using the wrong type of motorcycle fuel can cause costly and dangerous engine damage. Of particular concern is E15 fuel (a gasoline formulation that contains up to 15 percent ethanol by volume), which, according to the American Motorcyclist Association ("AMA"), can damage motorcycle engines and fuel systems and possibly void manufacturers' warranties. On February 7, 2014, President Obama signed the Agricultural Act of 2014, commonly called the "Farm Bill", which contains a provision that will prevent federal grant money from being used to buy equipment for the distribution of E15 fuel in the U.S. The AMA believes that this is a victory for the owners and riders of the estimated 22 million motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles ("ATV's") currently in operation around the U.S.

Construction of New "Sarasota Bay Walk" Bike and Pedestrian Trail Underway During Florida's Bicycle Month

Governor Rick Scott signed an official Proclamation declaring March as "Florida Bicycle Month." So, the timing could not have been better for construction on a new public bike and pedestrian trail that will wind its way through Manatee County's University of South Florida campus and the Powel Crosley Estate. The first phase of the "Sarasota Bay Walk Trail" will include a wide paved areas and an elevated boardwalk for bikes and pedestrians meandering along Sarasota Bay and is expected to be completed sometime in April.

79-Year Old Doreen Landstra's 1-Year Suspension of Drivers' License for Sugar Creek Country Club Tragedy Raises Questions

It was only a short time ago that tragedy struck Bradenton's Sugar Creek Country Club when 79-year-old Doreen Landstra backed into a crowd of people, killing 3 and seriously injuring 4. Landstra appeared in a Manatee County courtroom on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, where she pleaded no contest to a charge of "improper backing" which carries the maximum penalty of a 1 year suspension of her driver's license and a $1,000.00 fine. She will be allowed to reapply for her driver's in a year. Although he says he carries no anger toward Landstra, John Paul, who lost his wife in the accident, called the penalty of a 1-year suspension "unacceptable," saying "she should have stopped driving years ago."

Don't Miss the Hernando De Soto Heritage Festival Seafood Fest Friday - Sunday, April 4-6, 2014

Heintz & Becker is a proud sponsor of the 2014 De Soto Seafood Fest which will be held Friday - Sunday, April 4-6, 2014, at Palmetto's Sutton Park. In addition to offering the best seafood around, the De Soto Heritage Festival Seafood Fest is a celebration our local history and outstanding community. Widely recognized as one of Florida's most outstanding events, this year promises to be better than ever with first rate entertainment headlined by nationally known country music singer Travis Tritt and pop-rapper Vanilla Ice. In addition to the fantastic food and entertainment, there will be displays by area artisans and craft vendors, a children's area and fun activities for the entire family.

Bradenton's Blake Medical Center Hosting Free Health and Safety "Hullabaloo" on Saturday April 5, 2014

Bradenton's Blake Medical Center will be hosting a free Health & Safety Hullabaloo on Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 9:00am - 12:00pm. The event will offer free health information, screenings and activities for adults and children at more than 30 interactive booths covering a variety of topics related to nutrition, fitness, healthy lifestyles and accident prevention. A variety of health and safety professionals will be on hand at the event, including local doctors, nurses, nutritionists, American Red Cross CPR instructors, firefighters, sheriff officers and policemen, EMS personnel, and Bayflight crew members.