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  • 16 Nov 2020

    Shopping online for the holidays? These recalled toys pose safety risk for kids.

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Recalled toys to avoid purchasing this holiday season This year continues to be a roller coaster, and the holiday season will be no different. The coronavirus pandemic has fundamentally changed the retail industry – many stores and malls have temporarily or permanently closed, online sales have soared, and retailers are starting holiday sales earlier than
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  • 12 Nov 2020

    Carbon Monoxide Deaths: Are Keyless Ignitions to Blame?

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Cars with keyless ignitions have a dangerous downside that has killed dozens of people Cars with keyless ignitions have a dangerous downside. Sometimes, drivers don’t realize their cars are still on after parking, which can lead to carbon monoxide filling their garages and homes. According to a New York Times report, dozens of people have died or
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  • 07 Sep 2020

    Food Delivery Services Tied to Rise in Car Crashes in Tampa Bay

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    With COVID-19 putting more food delivery drivers on the road, car accidents are increasing across Tampa Across Tampa Bay, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected most aspects of daily life, including how we get our food. Since shelter-in-place orders were issued in March 2020, business for on-demand food delivery apps, such as Uber Eats, Postmates, Grubhub
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  • 12 Aug 2020

    Back to school and COVID-19: Tips to keep your family safe

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

      How to prepare your family for the reopening of Tampa Bay schools Get ready to pack your back-to-school pencils, binders and … hand sanitizer? For the last six months (and counting), parents have been navigating guidelines and safety measures designed to limit the spread of COVID-19. Now, with Tampa Bay schools preparing to start
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  • 13 Jul 2020

    How you can help local Tampa Bay businesses during COVID-19 and beyond

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Supporting small businesses across Tampa Bay is more important than ever Anyone who has ever met a small business owner knows how much time, effort and passion goes into running a business. The uphill battle that small businesses and their owners face has gotten exponentially more difficult due to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
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  • 16 Jun 2020

    Drownings increase across Tampa Bay during Coronavirus: what the CDC wants you to know heading into the busy summer season

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Swimming safety tips to keep you and your family safe and healthy this summer Summer has arrived, and for many of us who live in Tampa Bay, this means more time at the beach and pool. Yet, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released new swimming safety guidelines to help keep
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  • 15 Jun 2020

    What are the benefits of hiring a board-certified personal injury attorney?

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Few Tampa lawyers can claim board certification. Since 1999, Darrigo and Diaz has striven to provide top-tier legal representation for individuals in Tampa Bay and the surrounding areas. While our enviable record of success and strong relationships with current and former clients speak volumes about our abilities, it’s important to highlight an often-overlooked strength of
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  • 18 May 2020

    Bicycle Boom: Tampa cycling accidents are on the rise

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    You may have noticed something different about Tampa roadways in recent weeks: no traffic. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Tampa Bay traffic has dropped by 30 percent since coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown measures were introduced in mid-March. With fewer cars on the road, you would expect crashes to also be down; however, that’s not necessarily
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  • 13 May 2020

    5 Critical Steps to Take if Injured While Working from Home

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Stay-at-home orders and remote working have become a new reality for many Tampa residents. Darrigo & Diaz have been inundated with calls from concerned workers. Many of you have inquired about whether or not workers’ compensation insurance covers injuries sustained while working at home, and how to go about filing a claim for such an
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  • 05 Apr 2020

    Thinking about cancelling or reducing car insurance during the COVID-19 crisis?

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    The decision to cancel or reduce your car insurance policy for the short-term should not be made lightly. Consider these factors before making the call.
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  • 01 Apr 2020

    Attention Referring Attorneys: How to Move Forward During Coronavirus.

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Now’s the best time to clean out your legal closet and get stalled injury cases moving so you can earn referral fees and thrive during this crisis. If you’re like the rest of us attorneys right now, you’re either in your home office trying to get your bearings, or you’re in your regular office with
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  • 18 Mar 2020

    Darrigo & Diaz Remote Services

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    You can hire us without leaving your home. Call 813-774-3341 Whether you have been injured in an accident, need help with a property damage claim, or simply have questions about your current case, at Darrigo Diaz & Darrigo & Diaz we can get you the legal help you need without you ever having to leave
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  • 13 Mar 2020

    D&D Coronavirus Update

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    The World Health Organization has declared the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a pandemic. While numerous events, social gatherings and meetings are being cancelled throughout Tampa Bay, at Darrigo, Diaz & Darrigo & Diaz, we are fully prepared and technologically equipped to maintain operations without disruption. Contact and meet with us without ever leaving your home At
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  • 11 Mar 2020

    Pros and Cons of Virtual Car Keys

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    The car key is coming to your smartphone. But is it safe? The day is dawning when vehicle owners may never have to look for their car keys again. On March 3, 2020, Apple announced the availability of an automotive virtual key solution that enables iPhones and Apple Watches to unlock, lock and start certain
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  • 09 Feb 2020

    5 Distracted Driving Myths: Do You Believe These?

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Although you may think you know everything you need to know about driving—hands at 10 and 2, eyes on the road, rearview mirror adjusted—there are a few things that you may want to review. In fact, as far as distracted driving is concerned, the National Safety Council (NSC) estimates approximately 50% of licensed drivers in
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  • 21 Jan 2020

    Top 3 Reasons to Install a Dashcam in Your Car

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Using your smartphone as a dashcam can provide valuable evidence to help protect you These days car accidents happen far too frequently. Each year, there are 6 million car accidents in the United States, equating to over $230.6 billion in damages.1 Knowing these statistics, it’s important to protect yourself and those around you. Enter dashcams.
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  • 12 Dec 2019

    Announcing the 2020 Winner of D&D’s Annual Scholarship for Emergency Responders and Their Families

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Darrigo & Diaz Attorneys at Law is pleased to introduce Angie Yvonne Hogan as the 2020 Winner of our Annual Scholarship for Emergency Responders and their Families. Since 1999, D&D has worked tirelessly to protect the rights of Tampa FL community members; those who fall victim to personal injuries in traffic and slip and fall
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  • 25 Nov 2019

    5 Costly Mistakes Florida Homeowners Make with Insurance Claims

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    The average Florida homeowner pays $1,918 in annual home insurance premiums, but only makes a claim every 10 years.1,2 That’s $19,180 in premium over that span. As a policyholder, if your property is damaged, you have the right to file a claim with your insurance company and receive payment for your loss. However, there are
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  • 05 Nov 2019

    Why your property damage may not be covered by your insurance

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Living in Florida is not for the faint of heart: the summers are hot, the humidity is intense, and the state’s cantankerous climate during the summer storm season causes some of the most dangerous and expensive weather-related damages in the country. In 2017 and 2018, the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation reported that more than
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  • 05 Aug 2019

    Are smarter cars making us dumber drivers?

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    The great promise of smart cars is their ability to save lives by replacing human error with intelligent computers. But as cars get smarter and significantly safer, drivers are making dumber decisions.  In a new study conducted by State Farm, drivers who use autonomous technology, such as adaptive cruise control or lane-keeping assistance, are twice
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  • 05 Aug 2019

    JUUL use increases by an alarming 78% for high schoolers and 48% for middle schoolers

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    JUULs, or e-cigarettes, have exploded in popularity in recent years — but not among the people for which they were intended. Instead of being used by adults who are trying to stop smoking, teenagers who have never picked up a cigarette are now vaping in record numbers. In a new report published by the Centers
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  • 13 Jun 2019

    Left Turn Accidents Account for 60% of All Intersection Collisions

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Driver error accounts for 95% of motor vehicle accidents.1 To some degree, a driver’s decision or behavior is almost always to blame in the event of a crash. Whether texting, tailgating, or speeding, driver errors are risky, unsafe, and can even be fatal. Yet, one of the most dangerous decisions a driver has to make
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  • 10 Jun 2019

    Rise in Delivery Trucks on Roads Sees Increase in Accidents in Tampa

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    We all love the ability to order something online and get it delivered the very next day. Amazon’s FREE and insanely fast delivery services have prompted a shift in how we shop for clothing, furniture, appliances, and groceries. Yet, the online revolution is changing something else: transportation. There are more delivery trucks on the road
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  • 06 Jun 2019

    I was injured in a golf cart accident in Tampa. What do I do now?

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Golf Cart Accidents in Tampa: More Dangerous than Expected While it might not be so surprising that Florida has the most golf courses in the United States. You may be shocked to learn that Florida has the more golf carts on public roadways than any other state. Tampa Bay is a particular hot spot for
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  • 01 Jun 2019

    Florida has the most uninsured drivers. Everyone needs UM. (Uninsured Motorist coverage)

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    According to multiple studies, Florida ranks first in the United States for number of uninsured drivers.1-3 An estimated 5 million Florida drivers either have no insurance or insufficient insurance. This means that if you get into an accident in Florida, there’s about a one in four chance it will be with an uninsured driver. If
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  • 29 May 2019

    Darrigo & Diaz establishes annual scholarship for Emergency Responders and their families

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    For those who dedicate their lives to serving their communities, D&D dedicates a new scholarship to supporting America’s heroes.    Emergency responders are vital to keeping our communities safe. Every day, hundreds of Americans rely on emergency responders to be there during the scariest of times. When an accident happens, emergency responders are the first
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  • 29 May 2019

    I-4 named the most dangerous highway in country. Tampa claims two of it’s most dangerous sections.

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    It’s a popular road you take to drive from Tampa to Orlando, but Interstate 4 has another title: the most dangerous highway in the country.  According to Fatal Accident Reporting System (FARS) data retrieved from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were more than 165 deaths on the 132-mile interstate in the last
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  • 07 May 2019

    Tampa’s electric scooter invasion offers a glimpse of the dangers to come

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    There’s an old urban legend, that in 1895, the first two automobiles arrived in an Ohio town, promptly drove down Main Street, and crashed into each other. The new transportation technology was poorly understood and unregulated and, not surprisingly, resulted in disaster. True or not, that story is analogous to what’s currently happening in Tampa
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  • 18 Apr 2019

    Wake-Up Call: Six Shocking Road Rage Statistics You Didn’t Know

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Here are six shocking road rage statistics that will probably surprise you. 53% of drivers consider speeding normal Especially at rush hour, over half of all drivers consider driving 10 mph over the speed limit to be perfectly normal. 50% of drivers become aggressors Half of drivers admit to resorting to horn-honking, light-flashing, rude gestures,
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  • 13 Apr 2019

    What happens when you don’t buckle up in the back seat?

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    For years, there has been this myth that riding in the back seat is less dangerous than the front. However, the truth is that passengers may be eight times as likely to die in a crash if they’re not wearing their seatbelt in the back seat. In 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, reported
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  • 08 Mar 2019

    D&D Gives Back to Trinity School for Children

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Would it surprise you to hear that 9 out of 10 Americans say a teacher had a “significant, positive impact” on their life? Nearly all Americans believe that a good teacher can change the course of a student’s life. There is not enough time in the day to appropriately express the gratitude we have for
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  • 08 Mar 2019

    What’s one of the most dangerous driver errors? You’re not going to be right.

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    We’ve all witnessed it: A driver making a LEFT-HAND turn at an intersection who misjudges the distance and timing of oncoming traffic and just narrowly avoids a collision, often having to emphatically swerve or accelerate. This exact scenario is one of the most common—and dangerous—traffic maneuvers to occur on today’s roadways. According to the US
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  • 07 Jan 2019

    Improper Passing Leading Cause of Two-Lane Road Fatalities

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Twice as many highway fatalities occur on two-lane roads, according to the latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The report reveals that 75% of two-vehicle, head-on collisions occur on undivided two-lane roads—and head-on collisions are disproportionately deadly. One of the leading causes of head-on collisions is failing to pass properly. Passing Other Vehicles
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  • 07 Jan 2019

    Five Biggest Social Media Mistakes Personal Injury Clients Make!

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Posted by Darrigo & Diaz Today, social media is just a part of everyday life. We wake up and check various channels for the latest news, local updates, and personal content from our friends, family, and work colleagues. Throughout the day, we monitor trending topics and post our own thoughts and photos. At the end
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  • 23 Oct 2018

    2nd Annual D&D Blankets Tampa Bay

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

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  • 18 Sep 2018

    Property Claims: How to make your storm damage insurance claims go as smoothly as possible

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Hurricane Florence started its slow march across the Southeast Friday, pounding North Carolina with a powerful combination of wind and rain. The dangerous storm, which was downgraded to a tropical storm, will batter the region through early next week. While the storm’s winds will slowly weaken, the devastating effects will continue to be felt. Recovering
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  • 10 Sep 2018

    Pedestrian accidents on the rise in Tampa

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Last month, a Tampa man was walking on the sidewalk of East Hillsborough Avenue around 11 PM, when he stepped onto the road and was hit by a car. The man died at a local hospital. The crash was not a hit-an-run and everyone involve stayed at the scene and cooperated with police. This tragic pedestrian
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  • 21 Aug 2018

    BACK TO SCHOOL: Is refurbishing a football helmet enough to keep athletes safe?

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    The helmet: the last piece of equipment a football player puts on his body before entering a game and, yet, by far the most important. And at a time when sports-related concussion concerns have been heightened by links to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease found in athletes, military veterans, and others with
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  • 06 Jul 2018

    D&D Property Claims: Don’t become a victim of denied insurance claims for hurricane damage!

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    The 2018 hurricane season has arrived and is predicted to be more active than usual, with seven hurricanes and three major hurricanes. If we learned anything from last year’s monster storm Irma and the numerous denied insurance damage claims left in her wake, now is the time to prepare. So, what are some things you
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  • 11 Jun 2018

    Traumatic Brain Injuries in Children Linked to ADHD Years Later

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Traumatic brain injuries send over one million children, adolescents and young adults to the emergency room each year. A recent study suggests traumatic brain injuries in children may be linked to an increased risk for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) years later. In a study reported in JAMA Pediatrics, a research team at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical
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  • 24 May 2018

    How to protect your business and make your premises a safer place for customers

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    If you’re a business owner, you probably already know that if a person slips and falls at your business, you’re a prime target for a lawsuit. And premises liability cases are bad for business. Customer slip-and-fall incidents account for about 10 percent of small business claims at an average price tag of $30,000, according to
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  • 27 Apr 2018

    My Uber Got into a Wreck. Can I Sue?

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Did you know that if you’re in a car accident while riding in a Lyft or Uber vehicle, you will most likely be unable to sue the mega ride-share companies? Drivers of Lyft and Uber are independent contractors—not employees. This means that the ride-share companies can completely deny any liability for car accidents involving vehicles
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  • 23 Apr 2018

    Distracted driving — an epidemic on the roads.

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Jennifer Smith doesn’t like the term “accident.” It implies too much chance and too little culpability. A “crash” killed her mother in 2008, she insists, when her car was broadsided by another vehicle while on her way to pick up cat food. The other driver, a 20-year-old college student, ran a red light while talking
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  • 12 Sep 2017

    Tips for Filing a Hurricane Irma Property Claim

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    With much of Florida still underwater, millions of people and businesses without power, and hundreds of thousands of damaged homes, it may seem an odd time for victims of Hurricane Irma to think about legal services. But as first responders help those in need, we at the D&D Property Claims Division are already working to
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  • 20 Jan 2017

    I Was Injured by a Dangerous Product: Who Is Liable?

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Many variables can make litigating product liability cases difficult. The most important aspect of a product liability case, and any other personal injury case, for that matter, is determining liability. If you are the plaintiff in a product liability case, the burden falls on you and your legal team to offer support and conclusive evidence
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  • 12 Dec 2016

    Can I File a Lawsuit If the Accident Was Partly My Fault?

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Determining fault is one of the most difficult aspects of any accident claim. However, it is also the most important. Determining who was at fault for an accident, and to what degree, is rarely straightforward – even in cases that seem “black and white.” For example, let’s say that Driver A was making a left-hand
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  • 08 Dec 2016

    How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Deadlines for Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Florida In Florida, all personal injury lawsuits must be filed before the statute of limitations expires. The statute of limitations refers to the amount of time you have from the date of your injury to file a claim. If you fail to do so before the clock runs out
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  • 18 Nov 2016

    Bitten By a Dog in Florida? Here’s What You Need to Know

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    About “Strict Liability” in Florida Dog Bite Cases Florida’s dog bite statute, Section 767.04, states that a dog owner is strictly liable for the actions of their pet. More specifically, they are liable for injuries if their dog bites another person who is on public property or lawfully in a private place. So what does “strict
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  • 08 Nov 2016

    Study Ranks Florida Highway as Most Dangerous Interstate in America

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    An analysis of interstate fatalities between 2010 and 2015 by Everquote has revealed that Interstate 4 is the most dangerous road in the country. The study analyzed raw data gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The analysis revealed that there was an average of 1.41 fatalities per mile during the last six
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  • 03 Oct 2016

    Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Florida?

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    According to Florida Statutes section 678.18, when one party’s negligent conduct causes the death of another person, the deceased person’s family or estate may bring a wrongful death claim on his or her behalf. The law requires that a personal representative of the decedent’s estate file the claim on the deceased person’s behalf (as named in the
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