Spring Break Injuries: Not Only For Spring Breakers

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When it comes time for college students to enjoy spring break, partying is foremost on their minds. Unfortunately, while they are having fun drinking and otherwise enjoying themselves on the beach, at a bar, or in a hotel, local residents in the area are often victims of injuries at the hands of rowdy students. If you are a local resident of a spring break area who has been injured by partying students, contact the Florida spring break accident attorneys at Wagner McLaughlin for assistance in gaining the compensation you deserve for your injuries. 

Why Do Injuries Occur? 

In most situations, local residents are injured by spring break students who are intoxicated. Thus, when they leave a bar or hotel, they may be riding a scooter down a sidewalk, chasing their friends, or perhaps even turning belligerent toward unsuspecting residents. When this happens, always make sure you contact Tampa accident attorneys as soon as possible to discuss filing a personal injury lawsuit. 

Documenting the Incident 

If you find yourself injured due to the carelessness of a spring break student, make sure you document as much of the incident as possible. If you have a smartphone with you, get it out and make a video recording of any belligerent behavior directed at you, the area where the incident occurred, and any injuries you may have sustained. Along with this, try to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident and your injuries, making sure you get their contact information in case you or your Tampa personal injury attorneys need to speak to them at a later date. 

If you have been injured due to the negligence of a spring breaker, contact the law firm of Wagner McLaughlin to schedule a consultation. Our experienced attorneys will fight hard to help you receive the financial compensation, including for medical bills and lost wages, that you deserve.

spring break auto accident

According to the Center for Disease Control, deaths from traffic accidents in spring break destinations increase ten percent for those under age 25. In addition, drunken-driving fatalities increase 23% during spring break. With additional statistics showing the average male on spring break consumes eighteen alcoholic drinks per day and the average female ten drinks per day, it is no wonder Florida spring break auto fatalities spike. If you have been injured, or perhaps had a loved one killed in one of these accidents, contact the Florida spring break accident attorneys at Wagner McLaughlin for assistance in filing a personal injury lawsuit. [NOTE: spell out numerals less than twenty]

Why Do These Accidents Occur? 

According to the CDC, Florida spring break auto fatalities spike for a number of reasons, including: 

–Increase in number of drunk drivers on the road; 
–Drivers unfamiliar with local area streets; and 
–Influx of people into the area.

According to the Transportation Safety Administration, 65-70 million individuals travel to spring break destinations each year. As a result, there are far more people in an area than usual. Along with this, many drivers are unfamiliar with the local area, which results in numerous accidents. And of course, with so much partying happening well into the night at hotels, bars, and other places, many more drunk drivers are on the road, leading to a spike in injuries and deaths. 

Gaining Compensation 

If you have been injured or had a loved one killed in a Florida spring break auto accident, contact an auto accident lawyer in Tampa as soon as possible. Since these accidents are typically due to the negligence and carelessness of others, you and your family may be entitled to full and fair compensation, to include medical bills, lost wages, and perhaps recovery for pain and suffering. No one should suffer needlessly while a spring breaker who partied too hard walks away unscathed. We encourage you to contact a Tampa personal injury attorney at Wagner McLaughlin to discuss getting the justice you and your family deserve.

accident site

Accident sites can often be chaotic. Unfortunately, many people suffer injuries after an accident because of safety issues that arise at the scene. Drivers and bystanders can and should take actions to prevent additional injuries. Even when these precautions are taken, there may be remedies available to those who suffer injuries. 

How to prevent additional injuries at an accident site:

To prevent additional injuries at an accident site, drivers and bystanders can do several things, including: 

  • Contact law enforcement and medical personnel immediately
  • Move away from any potential hazards (e.g., other traffic, fires, debris, etc.) 
  • Wait for law enforcement before confronting other parties involved in the accident
  • Request witnesses to remain at the scene

In many situations, you should remain in the vehicle, if you are in a safe location and not at risk. If there is a risk of injury from other traffic, vehicle exhaust, fire or other hazards, then you should exit the vehicle. Bystanders should be mindful of the potential hazards and avoid interjecting themselves into harm’s way. Bystanders should also wait at the scene for the arrival of law enforcement, so they can provide information about the accident. 

When should you contact a Tampa Florida personal injury attorney? 

If you sustain injuries at an accident site, consider contacting a Tampa car accident attorney to review what rights you may have. A personal injury attorney in Tampa can explain how you may have a claim for money damages as a result of the injuries you sustained. If the facts of your case give rise to a personal injury claim, then an attorney can assist you in filing the claim and potentially negotiating a settlement to compensate you for your injuries. 

The Tampa Florida personal injury attorneys from Wagner McLaughlin can provide legal advice and representation to help injured persons recover money damages for injuries sustained in an accident when those injuries are caused by the negligence or misconduct of others. If you have been injured at an accident site, contact Wagner McLaughlin to schedule a free phone consultation or an in-office appointment.

aviation accident

While all pilots are required by law to obtain a license before flying on their own, some pilots doing specialized jobs or tasks need further certification. That may come by extra flight hours, increased pilot in command time and cross-country flying experience.

While rare, aviation accidents sometimes do occur involving under-certified pilots. These types of tragedies may cause serious personal injuries or even deaths. They often also result in property damage. Innocent bystanders sometimes sustain significant losses when unqualified pilots assume control of airplanes or drones. 

Aviation Accidents Occur in Diverse Settings 

Most airlines exercise care in hiring and training pilots. However, significant risks may also occur through the activities of cargo planes, crop dusting planes, unmanned aircraft (i.e. drones), and privately owned and operated planes. Pilots in the air (or on the ground) operate all these types of craft. These kinds of aviation accidents can occur on the ground, during take off, in the air, or during landing.

An Aviation Personal Injury Attorney in Tampa 

If you sustain property losses, personal injuries, or other damage as a result of the activities of under-certified pilots, you may benefit by speaking with knowledgeable legal counsel. The firm of Wagner McLaughlin assists injured passengers and other damage victims in obtaining financial compensation for injuries caused by the negligence of under-certified aircraft pilots and/or drone operators. We represent the interests of our clients as experienced Tampa personal injury attorneys

Why Speak with an Injury Claim Attorney in Tampa? 

An unexpected property loss or a personal injury causes distress. Victims may require financial compensation in order to pay medical bills, ongoing disabilities, time lost from work, and a variety of other possible expenses. By speaking about your situation with an experienced, zealous attorney, you may gain better insight into possible legal rights and liabilities stemming from the activities of under-certified pilots. 

Wagner McLaughlin provides diligent, aggressive representation to assist individuals who have sustained aviation-related injuries. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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Four attorneys named to The Best Lawyers in America© directory 

Wagner McLaughlin is proud to announce that four of its attorneys have been named to the 2019 issue of The Best Lawyers in America©. Lawyers are selected based on the recommendations of their legal peers. 

Tampa, Florida February 20th, 2019

Four lawyers at Wagner McLaughlin have been named to The Best Lawyers in America©. Attorneys who are selected for inclusion are chosen based on the recommendations of their peers in the legal community. 

Attorneys are nominated by other lawyers who are familiar with their work. The nominations are made confidentially. Nominees who have received substantial positive reviews from other lawyers are chosen to be listed. 

Every year, Best Lawyers in America© awards a single attorney in a particular practice area and region as the lawyer of the year. This year, John McLaughlin was given this highest ranking in the area of admiralty and maritime law in Tampa. 

Alan Wagner was chosen by his peers to be included in The Best Lawyers in America© for 2019 in the areas of legal malpractice, personal injury, medical malpractice, and professional malpractice. 

Kevin McLaughlin was chosen by his peers for inclusion in The 2019 Best Lawyers in America© in the area of personal injury litigation.

Attorney Michael McLaughlin was also honored by being included in The 2019 Best Lawyers in America© for personal injury litigation.

The attorneys at Wagner McLaughlin have been fighting on behalf of the injured for more than 50 years. With passion and tenacity, its attorneys are dedicated to helping individuals  injured by the negligent acts of others receive just compensation and hold wrongdoers accountable for their actions. 

Wagner McLaughlin 
601 Bayshore Blvd. 
Suite 910 
Tampa, FL 33606 
Direct: (813) 225-4000 
Toll-free: (800) 360-6439 

limosine When you retain the services of a limousine company for purposes of business or pleasure, you have a reasonable expectation of getting from your point of origin to your destination safely and securely. Sadly, safety was apparently ignored near Albany, New York, recently when 20 people perished in a limousine accident. The operator of Prestige Limousine allegedly had a driver behind the wheel who wasn’t licensed to drive that type of vehicle, and state inspectors had determined a month earlier that the same vehicle was unserviceable due to mechanical issues.

Vicarious Liability

There is no question that the cause of the subject crash was the limo driver’s failure to stop at a stop sign. Based on the facts of the case as it presently stands, the personal injury attorneys in Tampa at Wagner McLaughlin regard this tragedy as an example of vicarious liability. Under the legal principle of vicarious liability, an employer is held liable for the negligent act, or negligent failure to act, of its employee. As an experienced Tampa wrongful death attorney at Wagner McLaughlin could also explain, there is a duty incumbent on the limo company to properly maintain the vehicles that it puts on the road. It appears that this duty was breached in the Albany case — and, sadly, in too many other cases as well.

If you were injured in a limousine accident, or if your family member perished in such an accident in Florida, contact an accident attorney Tampa Florida without delay. We’ll arrange for a free consultation and case review with you. Our commitment is to listen to you carefully, answer your questions as best we can, and advise you of your full range of legal options. Our attorneys are experienced and effective Tampa motor vehicle accident attorneys. We work on a contingent-fee basis, which means that no legal fees are due unless and until we obtain a settlement or verdict on your behalf.















golf cart accidentGolf carts are both fun and functional, and the use of them is spreading throughout Florida’s neighborhoods and communities. Under Florida law (Chapter 320, section 320.01, of the Florida Statutes), a golf cart is “a motor vehicle that is designed and manufactured for operation on a golf course for sporting or recreational purposes and that is not capable of exceeding speeds of 20 miles per hour.” Golf carts can weigh well over 500 pounds, and they are often used in retirement communities. Legal issues can arise when people use the carts privately – especially if they don’t take their driving responsibilities as seriously as they do when they drive their own cars on the public roadways.

Negligence Laws Still Apply

As the Tampa golf cart accident attorneys at Wagner McLaughlin can attest, the fact that a golf cart driver isn’t on a public roadway doesn’t free him or her from the law of negligence. Although these vehicles are much smaller than an automobile or SUV, a person can still be severely injured or even die in a golf cart accident. If a driver of a golf cart negligently injures a passenger on it, a person on another golf cart, or a bicyclist or pedestrian, that careless golf cart driver and the golf cart’s owner may be held liable for the victim’s injuries.

Golf Cart Accident Injuries

As with automobiles, Florida law regards golf carts as dangerous instrumentalities. Although some of them might have a roof, they don’t have doors, air bags, or seat belts. People are often ejected from golf carts during accidents. Injuries can include neck and back strains and sprains, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord bruising or tearing, multiple fractures, injuries to vertebrae and spinal nerves and organ damage.

If you or your family members have been injured in a golf cart accident, you’ll want to speak with a golf cart accident attorney Tampa Florida here at Wagner McLaughlin. Do not hesitate to contact us as immediately as possible after being injured in any golf cart accident. We are standing by to offer a free consultation with one of our personal injury lawyers in Tampa.




motorcycle accidentLegal Assistance for the Victims of Motorcycle Crashes in Florida

Florida’s generally good weather and its long stretches of straight pavement make the state popular for motorcyclists, but greater ridership has come at a price. In 2015, Florida experienced the highest number of motorcycle fatalities of any state in the nation. In addition to the 606 deaths that year, more than 9,000 other bikers suffered significant injuries in the state. The victims of such accidents and their families may be eligible for financial compensation, but they could benefit from the help of a Tampa personal injury attorney to ensure that damages are received and are sufficient. This type of assistance can be obtained from the law firm of Wagner McLaughlin. Our lawyers have years of experience handling this type of litigation.

The Key to Riding Safely

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has attributed the increase in fatalities to the repeal in 2000 of Florida’s motorcycle helmet requirement. According to a study conducted by the American Automobile Association, fewer than half of the motorcyclists who ride in Florida wear a helmet. There are some common-sense steps bikers can take on their own to protect themselves when riding, including:

•Wear protective clothing, in addition to a helmet and proper eyewear
•In order to be visible to others, wear bright clothing and make sure
the motorcycle has proper lighting
•Stay outside the “blind” spots of automobile and truck drivers
•Avoid riding between lanes

Seeking Compensation After an Accident

Even the safest riders may not be able to avoid accidents that are caused by inattentive, reckless, or intoxicated drivers, or by hazards that are beyond their control. Those who suffer injuries or who lose family members in crashes will need the services of a motorcycle accident lawyer in Tampa. They can find this help at the law firm of Wagner McLaughlin.

Do not hesitate to call us today for a free consultation.

pedestrian on phoneIn today’s technologically advanced world, we seem to be connected all the time. Some people want to stay connected on the go so much that they even conduct business and surfing on their cell phones while walking. However, as a pedestrian, it’s important to stay aware of your surroundings. According to one statistic, more than 1,500 pedestrians nationwide are estimated to be treated in emergency rooms every year as a result of distraction due to walking while engaged in cell phone conversations — and these types of accidents are thought to be largely underreported.

It’s important for drivers and pedestrians to be on alert in order to prevent auto accidents from occurring. Pedestrians have a duty to conduct themselves reasonably under the circumstances, and if they cause harm to someone else — or bring it on themselves — because they were distracted due to cell-phone usage, they can and should be held responsible for the foreseeable consequences of their actions. It is important for parents of teens to remind their children to pay close attention to stop signs and streetlights while they are walking and talking, so as to protect themselves and others who might be harmed through any inattention or distraction.

If you do happen to be in an auto accident involving a pedestrian, the Tampa personal injury attorneys of Wagner McLaughlin can help. Regardless of whether you’re the driver or the pedestrian, if you are injured in this type of accident, a personal injury lawyer Tampa FL can assist you. An experienced personal injury attorney, such as those at Wagner McLaughlin, can gather and study the evidence in your case to help determine just who is at fault for the accident. If both the driver and pedestrian are at fault, your attorney can discuss with you the evidence and law that assign percentages of fault to the driver and the pedestrian. Once your attorney has analyzed your case, he or she can help you determine the best course of action, including whether to push for an out-of-court settlement or to take your case all the way to a trial.

No matter what, the experienced lawyers at Wagner McLaughlin will fight aggressively for your rights to ensure that you receive the compensation and justice that you are due.


What Causes Semi-Truck Accidents?

semi-truck accidentDriver fatigue is one of the top causes of semi-truck accidents. Once a driver has reached the driving limit of 11 hours out on the road, they are required to be off duty for 10 consecutive hours (or equivalent) before driving the truck again. Truck drivers are required to log their hours. However, drivers may log their information incorrectly. Other causes of accidents include speeding, improperly-maintained trucks, aggressive driving and reckless driving.

Why are Semi-Truck Accidents Dangerous?

If a semi-truck collides with a smaller vehicle, then the results can be catastrophic. The size of these trucks is one of the reasons that it is so dangerous to get in an accident with one. The average semi-truck weighs 80,000 pounds, whereas passenger vehicles typically weigh around 3,000 pounds.

In many cases, the driver of the truck is not injured at all. Truck drivers are more protected because they are much higher off the ground. By contrast, people in cars often sustain serious injuries when they collide with a truck.

Head injuries, back injuries, amputations, burns, broken bones and lacerations are some of the most common semi-truck accident injuries. People may also be injured by the airbag or seatbelt. Even though these devices are designed to save lives, they can cause a serious injury. For example, the airbag can strip the skin from the driver or passenger. Additionally, seatbelts can injure the user’s abdomen and chest.

It is important to get a medical evaluation if you have been involved in a semi-truck accident. If you do not receive a medical evaluation, then serious injuries may go unchecked.

The Importance of Contacting Personal Injury Lawyers in Tampa FL

If you have been hurt in a semi-truck accident, then you may be entitled to compensation. Accident lawyers in Tampa FL can help you get compensated for future and current medical bills, lost wages, pain, suffering and disfigurement. If your loved one has been involved in a fatal accident, then you may be able to get compensation for their death. Contact Wagner McLaughlin today!