The following links and resources are provided by the attorneys at Ellis, Ged & Bodden for the benefit of people seeking information on how to deal with car, truck and motorcycle accidents under Florida law. Resources are also provided for bicycle and pedestrian accidents, nursing home abuse and neglect, defective product injuries, and serious, catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal cord injury and burn injuries.
We hope these resources help you find the information you are looking for. If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence or wrongful conduct of another, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Please contact Ellis, Ged & Bodden in Boca Raton for a free consultation with compassionate and dedicated Florida personal injury lawyers.
Car Accident Resources
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) is in charge of car accident investigations through the Florida Highway Patrol. For safe driving tips regarding seat belts, road conditions and other factors, visit the FLHSMV Safety First page.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides many resources and statistics on vehicle safety and driving safety, including materials and websites to promote awareness about issues such as distracted driving, drunk driving and pedestrian safety.
Distraction.gov is a website of the NHTSA which serves as the official U.S. website on texting while driving and other forms of distracted driving.
Truck Accident Resources
The nation’s commercial vehicle fleet is regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), an arm of the U.S. Department of Transportation. FMCSA regulations dictate maximum hours of service for truckers and safety issues for semi-trucks, including height, width and weight limits for tractor-trailers, and requirements for safety equipment, inspection routines and truck maintenance.
The FMCSA also maintains a database known as Safety and Fitness Electronic Records (SAFER), which includes safety records and accident histories for trucking companies.
Motorcycle Accident Resources
At the website for the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, you can find tips for safe riding as well as access to curriculum and courses on safe motorcycle riding, including training courses for motorcycle riding instructors.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Accident Resources
Yield to Life is a non-profit organization that promotes safe cycling and providing a safe space for cyclists on the road. The website provides safety tips and road rules for both cyclists and motorists.
The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center is funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration to promote safe walking and bicycling for transportation and physical activity. State resources for Florida include bicycle and pedestrian plans, bike laws, and city and county bike maps and trail maps, such as this bike map for Broward County.
Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Resources
Medicare maintains a website called Nursing Home Compare, where you can look up and evaluate nursing homes in the state of Florida according to several quality factors, including nurse staffing ratios and facility inspections. Select up to three nursing homes at a time to compare, using the website’s easy-to-understand five-star quality rating system.
Complaints about nursing home staff and issues related to daily living and quality of care may be brought to the attention of the Florida Long-Term Care Ombudsman. However, if you suspect abuse or neglect, you may want to contact a private attorney who may be able to move more swiftly than a government agency and represent you more vigorously.
Defective Products & Consumer Safety Resources
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) monitors thousands of types of consumer products to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death. The CPSC monitors the safety of children’s toys, baby cribs and child car seats, power tools, household chemicals and countless other products. Visit their website for safety education materials, laws and regulations, or to find out about the latest product safety recalls.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates food and drugs as well as medical devices, cosmetics, tobacco products and more to protect and promote public health. Learn about federal laws and regulations, or sign up to receive the latest recalls, market withdrawals and safety alerts in your email.
For all types of recalls in one place, visit www.Recalls.gov. This site covers consumer products, motor vehicles, boats, food, medicine, cosmetics and environmental products. You can learn about recent recalls, search for recalls, or sign up for e-mail notifications of recalls from CPSC, the FDA, the USDA, or the NHTSA.
Traumatic Brain Injury Resources
The Centers for Disease Control has a page devoted to Traumatic Brain Injury that covers TBI topics from concussions to severe TBI, with information on clinical diagnosis, long-term outcomes, and TBI management.
The Traumatic Brain Injury Information Page at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) can help you understand what constitutes a TBI and provide information on prognosis and treatment, as well as current research and clinical trials.
Spinal Cord Injury Resources
Support and resources for people living with spinal cord injuries and their families can be found at organizations such as Determined to Heal, the Foundation for Spinal Cord Injury Prevention, Care & Cure and the Darrell Gwynn Foundation.
The Mayo Clinic maintains a page on Spinal Cord Injury that defines spinal cord injury and describes symptoms and tests for diagnosis, promising drugs and treatments, typical complications, and information on coping and support.
The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. provides a one-page fact sheet on Living with Spinal Cord Injury that describes the role an occupational therapist plays in treatment and rehabilitation. The fact sheet also provides tips for people living with spinal cord injury and their friends and family.
As they do with TBI, NINDS also maintains a Spinal Cord Injury Information Page that talks about what constitutes a spinal cord injury and provides information on prognosis, treatment, current research and clinical trials.
Burn Injury Resources
The American Burn Association is dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by burn injury by promoting research, education, care, rehabilitation and burn prevention. Resources include publications, newsletters, fact sheets, educational resources and an online store.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has a downloadable booklet on Living with Burn Trauma that provides an excellent overview of the causes and types of burns and how they are treated, with important information for burn victims, family and friends.