Honoring Lives Lost: World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims in Florida

Florida, known for its vibrant culture and scenic landscapes, is unfortunately also recognized for some of the most dangerous roads in the country. Every year, countless lives are affected by crashes on the roads, leaving families shattered and communities grieving. As we observe the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, it’s essential to reflect on the impact these tragedies have had on our lives and reaffirm our commitment to road safety.

Changes Effecting Florida Bicyclists Become Law 

There are some big changes effecting Florida bicyclists starting July 1, 2021. On June 29, Governor Ron DeSantis signed SB 950, addressing bicycle and pedestrian safety, into law. I wrote about the initial version of this bill back in March when it was introduced in the Senate, along with its companion bill in the House. The bill was modified as it travelled through committees for its final votes, passing both the Senate and House. Here is what the final version will now mean for Floridians.

New Florida Law on E-Bikes

Beginning July 1, 2020, Florida will join more than 20 other states that have a dedicated law for electric bicycles, or e-bikes. The new law, signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, also addresses some other much needed changes, such as legally classifying recumbent bicycles as bicycles.

When road design can spark confusion and create danger

I was out for a ride the other day and came across a confusing and dangerous section of road that isn’t uncommon here in South Florida. This time it wasn’t because of the drivers. It was due to the road design.

Car safety systems could be making roads more dangerous

What was supposed to make driving safer appears to have the opposite effect. Technologies like adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist could be giving drivers a false sense of security and causing them to reduce their concentration while driving.

Do I really need lights on my bicycle?

So one day after work you purchased a commuter bicycle from the local bike shop and decided to take it for a spin around the neighborhood just as the sun is going down. Or you’ve got a top of the line road bike and decided to take off the reflectors to lighten the bike, figuring the rechargeable USB lights on either end of the bike are all you need. In either instance, you’d be breaking the law in Florida.

This is confidential, right?

Time and time again, my father is always giving me some ‘secret’ information on something and he always prefaces it, in his thick Greek accent, with, “this is attorney client confidentiality.” I gave up years ago trying to explain how it wasn’t, partly because he didn’t care and partly because I wanted to hear this morsel of information. But it comes up often in my daily interactions, either as a result of my practice or in day-to-day life, that questions about confidentiality and privilege regarding attorney-client communications are raised.