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New Federal Safety Regulations for Rentals

On June 1, a new federal law went into effect regulating the safety of rental cars. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Safe Rental Car Act requires all rental cars to be compliant with current safety standards and to be free of defects and open recalls prior to rental to customers. […]

Takata Airbag Explosion

The horrible story continues as Takata airbags injure and take lives all over the United States of America.  The airbags have been tied to at least 14 deaths and many more serious injuries and is part of the largest automotive recall in history.  Inflators in about 64 million Takata airbags contain a defect that may […]

When a Plane Crashes into a House, Who is Liable?

In most cases, when a plane crash occurs, those killed or seriously injured are the pilots and passengers. In many cases there is an investigation to determine who or what is responsible for the crash, and assign legal and financial responsibility. If, however, a plane crashes and people on the ground are injured, it may […]

Self-Driving Car Implicated in Fatal Crash

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) most car accidents are caused by driver error. New technologies have begun hitting the market that attempt to remove driver error from the driving experience, hoping to reduce the chance of accident. In a recent tragedy in Florida, a man was killed when his driverless Tesla […]

The Automobile is nearly 100 years old

The Automobile is nearly 100 years old and certainly Karl Benz, founder of Mercedes Benz automobiles, the first gas powered cars on the road, would roll over in his grave if he knew how bad a shape the auto industry is in today. The Law Firm of Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath is located […]

Surgical Errors: Can Newer Laws Affect Damage Awards from Older Injuries?

Doctors diagnosed Kimberly Ann Miles with melanoma in 2002 and successfully the tumor and all traces of the cancer in an outpatient procedure in December 2002. Just to be safe, Miles sought a second opinion from surgical oncologist Dr. Daniel Weingrad shortly thereafter. Dr. Weingrad recommended a second surgery, which Miles underwent in January 2003, […]

How Do Florida Courts Determine Strict Liability in Asbestos Cases?

William P. Aubin worked as a supervisor for his father’s construction company. In the course of his work, Aubin was exposed to drywall joint compounds and ceiling texture sprays that contained asbestos manufactured by the Union Carbide Corporation. Aubin eventually developed malignant peritoneal mesothelioma, a fatal, incurable cancer in his abdomen know to develop from […]

Why Do I Need an Appellate Practitioner?

Often, trial counsel find themselves in the predicament of having spent countless hours (and, worse, dollars) during discovery and preparing a case for trial to only find themselves in the situation of having lost their case in either a pre-trial motion (such as a motion for summary judgment) or, at a greater expense, during trial.  […]

Who Can Waive Coverage for an Uninsured Motorist in Florida?

Richard Chase took out an auto insurance policy from the Horace Mann Insurance Company in 2001. He chose reduced uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage (“UM”), which would pay up to $50,000 for an accident with an uninsured motorist. Listed as the sole named insured at the time, Richard included his daughter Allison Chase as a “driver” on […]