Fatal Sarasota Accident Due to Rear-End Collision

On Tuesday morning, February 7th, Sarasota police responded to an accident on University Parkway that left one man dead and another injured. Mark Obrien was driving his Toyota Corolla east, when he failed to slow down for another Corolla driven by Michael Bakken that was stopped in front off him. Obrien rear-ended the vehicle, and […]

Sarasota School Bus Driver Charged in Accident: The Importance of Paying Attention

A Sarasota County School bus driver has been charged with careless driving after being cited as the at-fault driver in an accident on West Hillsborough Blvd. This case is a prime example of the importance of paying attention when you drive, whether you’re behind the wheel of a bus, or your own compact car. The […]

‘Tis The Season: Protect Yourself from Car Theft and Damages This Christmas

Christmas is less than two weeks away, and Polk County shoppers are out in full-force acquiring last-minute Christmas gifts, wrapping needs, and carts full of ingredients for all their Christmas goodies. However, someone else is also out in full-force, with a much less jolly motive. Petty criminals love this time of year, because parking lots […]

In the Blink of An Eye: How a Split Second on The Road Can Change Your Life

Yet another life has been claimed by a Polk County roadway, and several more victims are hospitalized with serious injuries. On Tuesday, August 2nd, Sharon A. Sampson was driving her Infiniti G35 north on Old Lakeland Highway, and for unknown reasons, crossed over the center line into the southbound lane, striking a Dodge Ram pickup […]

Danger at Home: Accidents Can Happen Without Ever Leaving the Driveway

Recently, we were saddened to hear about a small child being tragically killed in nearby Auburndale, FL. The 7-month old little girl was in her own driveway, was buckled into her car seat, and yet, she still ended up being taken in a vehicle-related accident. Her mother placed her car seat carrier down on the […]

The Importance of Defensive Driving: Accident in Lakeland Has Community Reeling

Polk County, FL is a “commuter county.” Hundreds of people travel I-4 each day, heading to their jobs in either Orlando (east) or Tampa (west). Heavy traffic can be counted on, especially in the mornings, and late in the afternoons starting around 4:00 PM, and accidents are not uncommon. Usually, the most you’ll deal with […]

Pack of Papers: 5 Documents You Need to Have in Your Vehicle at ALL Times

Here on the Sessums Law Group blog, we have written about what you should (and shouldn’t) do in the case of an automobile accident. However, something we haven’t yet covered is the documents you should have with you if, or when, you are in a collision. Having your paperwork in order before you ever need it […]

Florida Legislative Session Gearing Up For PIP Reform in 2014

In Florida, the 2014 Legislative Session is gearing up.  The potential for PIP reform is upon us and the PIP statute may be repealed.  Thus, if you are involved in an automobile accident, it is important that you have a competent attorney who can explain last year’s changes to PIP and the potential for future […]

What Are My Policy Limits?

After an auto accident, you may be asked, “What are your policy limits?” To answer this question—you will need to know the different types of policies, and who is covered under each policy type. First, in the State of Florida, the minimum amount of coverage a driver must have to maintain a valid Florida Driver’s […]

Texting and Driving Is Worse Than Drinking and Driving

A study confirms that texting while driving is one of the most dangerous cell phone tasks. Car and Driver Magazine conducted an experiment which showed that the reaction time of a driver attempting to brake is worse while sending and reading text messages than that of a driver impaired by alcohol. According to the article, one […]