Let’s talk about Truck Accidents

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), while truck accidents are common in the United States, Florida is among the nine states with half of the fatal crashes. In many cases, drivers and occupants of smaller vehicles are the most affected, suffering various losses.


Florida continues to have truck accident fatalities in the US year after year. Florida’s semi-truck accident rate is greater than the national average when compared to commercial truck accidents in other states like Texas and California.


In trucking accidents, since trucks are 20-30 times more giant in size than smaller cars, passenger vehicle occupants are usually the most injured or affected. Trucks also have undercarriage clearance, which sometimes smaller vehicles can get trapped underneath.


In addition, the National Highway Traffic Safety reports that most truck collisions in Florida occur in rural areas. These kinds of car accidents are common in South Florida. Interstate 95 receives more than 300,000 cars every day on the state’s Atlantic Coast.


Common Causes of Truck Accidents


  • Fatigue. Driver Fatigue is one of the most prevalent causes of trucking accidents. Truck drivers often drive for long hours resulting in extreme exhaustion and inadvertently falling asleep behind the wheel. This number one cause of truck accidents can be prevented. In Florida, truck drivers must take a 30-minute consecutive break for every eight hours of cumulative drive time. Drivers who do not obey this law are liable for negligence.


  • Lack of Truck Check-up and Maintenance. It is a truck operator’s responsibility to check and maintain their respective trucks in order to address mechanical failures or issues. For instance, the braking system on a large truck requires specific air pressure based on the truck’s load for it to function properly all the time. In that case, operators should never forget to check and ensure all mechanical features of the truck are properly working before driving. This is for the safety of the driver and anyone on the road.


  • Driving Under the Influence. Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is also a cause of trucking accidents. This behavior is an offense in Florida. The state’s law provides that drivers must operate their vehicles with less than .08% blood alcohol concentration (BAC). However, it halves the number for commercial drivers who must operate with less than .04% BAC. Truck drivers fall under the latter category.


  • Over speeding. No matter what type of vehicle, speeding is dangerous and a common cause of Florida truck accidents. A fully-loaded trailer needs 525 feet to stop when traveling at 65 miles per hour. That is roughly the length of two football fields. Under the same condition, a passenger car needs 316 feet to stop. Hence, truckers must give adequate space between vehicles and maintain the posted speed limit.


  • Lack of Proper Training. A driver’s ability to adeptly operate a large truck plays an important role in the safety-ness the driver and anyone on the road. Hours of training and special licensures that contribute to gaining expertise are a must. Also, a truck driver must also fully understand and quickly realize potential roadway hazards. However, it is the trucking company’s responsibility to hire and train appropriately licensed and experienced drivers to represent their company. The fault in a truck accident may potentially fall on the company if the evidence demonstrates a lack of training or proper licensure.



Who to Ask for Help if You were Involved in a Truck Accident


We understand that a truck accident can jeopardize your health and general well-being. Darfoor Law Firm specializes in Personal Injury Claims including trucking accidents. It is our duty to help people have the best representation and fight for the compensation they are entitled to.


You may contact Darfoor Law Firm at +1-833-327-3667 for a free consultation and case evaluation.

5 Ways to Avoid a Slip-and-Fall Accident in a Workplace

Slip and fall accidents happen a lot in workplaces. It is the responsibility for companies, business owners, and employees to take as many precautions as possible to avoid a slip-and-fall catastrophe.


Below are 5 ways to avoid a Slip-and-Fall accident in your own workplace:


  1. Ensure Design Safety Standards


The main aspect that companies should consider to avoid slip and fall accidents is to give a good design of the workplace. Good design not only focuses aesthetically, but also adheres to design standards such as limiting the number of workplace hazards and obeying universal design standards such as proper access, signs, and carefully planned walkways.

Below are a few design strategies that can prevent a workplace from becoming a slip-and-fall accident zone:


  • Ensure entryways are equipped with non-slip mats


  • Maintain sufficient lighting in work areas, pathways, etc.


  • Mark steps, ramps, and other potential hazards with reflective material or colors


  • Follow OSHA standards concerning the railing, coverings, toe boards, etc.






  1. Develop Safe Procedures to Avoid a Slip and Fall Accident


Accidents involving falls can occur anywhere. That covers workplaces including offices, schools, and construction sites. Considering this, it is crucial to create OSHA-compliant procedures in order to foster a safe environment. Examples are:


  • Properly ventilating exhaust fumes, dust particles, and other hazardous airborne contaminants.


  • Check for loose electrical wiring, cords, etc., that create unsafe walking conditions.


  • Continually update and review standard operating procedures to ensure safety compliance.


  1. Maintain Property


Without a groundskeeping/housekeeping team in place, your workplace’s efforts to build a safe environment and processes are vulnerable to failure.


  1. Prepare for Inclement Weather


Snow, rain, and other forms of inclement weather can produce hazardous conditions for any workplace. All employees/staff should be prepared and trained on best practices for worst case scenarios. Moreover, companies should have a safety plan for dealing with snow, rain, etc.




  1. Remind Employees to Avoid Activities that May Lead to a Slip-and-Fall Accident


Companies must provide safety training to employees during onboarding and throughout the entire employment. Engaging in certain activities that may cause accidents such as a slip-and-fall one should be avoided or be done with caution. At the end of the day, the health and the general well-being of the staff is what matters.c

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a slip-and-fall accident, do not hesitate to contact Darfoor Law Firm for a free consultation and case evaluation. Contact us at +1-833-327-3667.


What to do when you’re in a motorcycle accident?

Motorcycle accidents are very dangerous and very common. You may sustain extremely serious injuries if you are struck while riding your motorcycle.

There are a lot of different ways a motorcycle accident can happen, but one of the most common is when another driver doesn’t give the motorcycle rider the right of way, which causes the collision.

A motorcycle rider almost always sustains significant injuries in a collision because other vehicles are so much larger than motorcycles. When compared to larger vehicles, motorcycles are already more difficult to see on the road. Motorcyclists in the area may be easily missed by drivers who don’t pay enough attention to the road and traffic around them. In order to safeguard your legal entitlements to compensation following your accident, it is imperative that you determine whether the other driver acted negligently. Wait until you have spoken with an attorney before speaking with an insurance company. Regarding your accident and your options, you may visit Darfoor Law Firm and get a consultation.

Assuming another party was careless and caused your injuries, the law gives you the option to consider that party monetarily liable for the wounds and misfortunes they caused. You might want to think about filing a personal injury lawsuit to get help paying your daily costs and medical bills.

We, at Darfoor Law firm, understand the burden, the baggage, and the pain you are enduring. Thus, we are here to help you fight for your rights and we’re with you along this journey.

Call Darfoor Law Firm at +1-833-327-3667 and let us guide you on what are the best ways to do when you’re injured and involved in a motorcycle accident.


Insurance lawyer Tressie George III joins Darfoor Law Firm as of-counsel

Insurance lawyer Tressie George III joins Darfoor Law Firm as of-counsel.

Mr. George will be handling residential & commercial insurance claims for the firm. If you think your homeowners insurance claim has improperly denied, please contact us at 754-812-8444 or toll free at 1-833-DARFOOR. If you prefer email, reach us at info@darfoorlaw.com.

Tressie George III is an insurance litigation attorney committed to helping people and businesses throughout Florida with their denied or underpaid residential and commercial property insurance claims.

Prior to joining Darfoor Law Firm as of-counsel, Tressie gained extensive experience as manager of the litigation department of a first party property insurance law firm, where he was responsible for developing the litigation strategies for all his cases, preparing pleadings and motions, and attending hundreds of hearings and depositions.

Tressie also has experience with estate planning law and administration of trusts and estates, including charitable giving, and formation and administration of charitable organizations. He previously served as Associate General Counsel to Palm Beach Atlantic University. While in law school, Tressie served as a certified legal intern at the Gadsden County State Attorney’s Office and tried non-jury and jury trials.

Tressie received his Juris Doctorate from Florida State University College of Law in 2009. He is admitted to practice law in all Florida State courts.

Managing Shareholder Kweku Darfoor featured in FSU Law Alumni Newsletter

Alum Profile: Kweku A. Darfoor (’11)
Kweku Darfoor
Kweku A. Darfoor is the managing shareholder at Darfoor Law Firm in Fort Lauderdale, where he represents plaintiffs in a wide variety of personal injury, consumer protection and wrongful death cases. Prior to founding the firm in 2014, Darfoor had a successful career advising business clients, working in a state government agency, a private law firm, an alternative financing company, a specialty finance/factoring company and a commercial real estate company. He is engaged in numerous professional and community organizations, including the Broward County Bar Association and Urban Philanthropies—a non-profit community development organization serving underserved communities in South Florida. Darfoor also serves on the Florida Atlantic University Alumni Association Board of Directors.
“The practice of personal injury law has instilled in me a burning sense of seeking justice for my clients; something that I wake up excited to attack every day. I turn to my connections and network established while attending FSU College of Law often to speed up the learning curve when I’m faced with issues I’ve yet to encounter.”

Darfoor Law Firm Managing Shareholder Kweku Darfoor Named Top 15 Attorneys Disrupting The Legal Industry To Make It Better by USA Today.

For some attorneys, the call to become a lawyer drives them beyond simply winning. It inspires them to disrupt the legal profession and make it better. Below are the top 15 attorneys disrupting the legal industry right now.

1.    Bob and Brad Simon

Bob Simon, pictured here, works with brother Brad Simon (pictured above) at The Simon Law Group.

Twin brothers Brad and Robert (Bob) Simon, of The Simon Law Group, pride themselves on being disruptive to the legal industry. Their movement started in 2020, through Justice HQ, where, along with co-founder Teresa Diep, they built up an exclusive, membership-based community with a network of resources to help consumer advocate attorneys grow their solo practices while receiving elite mentorship — and all while giving these attorneys their power back and inspiring them to invest in their cases and lives. As the Simons say, “Disrupters unite!”

2.    Arash Homampour

Arash Homampour is a noteworthy lawyer.

Arash Homampour has always been a disrupter, an outlier. He is a first-generation American, and is constantly making waves in the legal world. He routinely takes on cases deemed impossible and wins record-setting verdicts. He connects powerfully as a human rather than just as a lawyer, often fights to make new laws, and strives to make a difference in the practice of law by teaching others.

3. Kelley Flanagan 

Kelley Flanagan is a young lawyer who is working to update data and technology in an antiquated legal industry that has a great need for it. With four other family members, she runs a Chicago-based property tax law firm. Flanagan is a pioneer in the legal world, who also has a level of fame as a reality television star and uses social media to grow her firm’s reach.

4. Pratik Shah 

Pratik H. Shah founded a successful law firm in Southern California and made a pronounced career out of going up against the billion-dollar bullies known as insurance companies. Noticing a definite need in the law-firm work day, Shah launched EsquireTek, groundbreaking software that automates the discovery process in minutes and gives lawyers back what they need most — time.

5. Brett Sachs 

Brett Sachs is a front-runner in today’s California, Nevada and Texas personal injury markets. His approach is based on the client experience while still winning millions of dollars in verdicts. His firm has achieved notable settlements on cases that would look tough to most firms. Even with Sachs’ success and growth, he still maintains the boutique law-firm feel, which he believes his clients deserve.

6. Richard Corey 

Richard Corey gives a strategic and calculated approach to every client matter. He strives to be the most prepared in every case, giving clients a personal approach and using a vetted nationwide network of professionals. Corey treats every case with the same level of intense care and outside-of-the-box thinking.

7. Lem Garcia

Lem Garcia is a disrupter in the legal space who is willing to do whatever it takes to connect with and provide value to the public while expecting nothing in return. Through TikTok and Instagram, Garcia produces fun videos with easy-to-understand information that help people know and exercise their rights.

8. Ali Salimi

Ali Salimi manages a multi-jurisdictional law firm dedicated to helping auto accident victims. Salimi also is focused on raising awareness for car seat safety. Salimi implemented a free car seat replacement program for those who have had a child car seat involved in an accident — a program that has helped many parents immediately get a replacement car seat for their child without any administrative delays from insurance companies. As a parent himself, Salimi knows the importance of peace of mind when it comes to children. He takes that same understanding to help all of his clients as his law firm stands by its motto, “We take care of you.”

9. Jeff Fayngor 

Jeff Fayngor was running a virtual practice before COVID-19 and operates a completely paperless law office. Everyone on his team has a desktop and laptop and can work for clients anywhere. They represent the underserved communities of Los Angeles. While Fayngor’s staff works virtually, he has a brick-and-mortar location he uses to meet clients personally. These are typically individuals who aren’t able to use the internet due to age or socioeconomic limitations.

10. Chaz Roberts 

Chaz Roberts made the decision early in his career to disregard a lot of the conventional ideals of what a law firm and attorney “should” look and behave like. He uses unconventional methods to compete with the top names in the field. Roberts has built a respected personal injury practice on client referrals and is known for the VIP experience he provides.

11. Jack Litwak 

Jack Litwak established his firm in 2019 with the goal of disrupting what is often an archaic and unjust “justice” system by exploring new and innovative ways to challenge criminal charges. He is a passionate advocate against police misconduct and has litigated as many constitutional violations as he’s been able to uncover. Litwak disrupts the system by preparing cases for trial as early as possible and establishing connections with his clients, leading him to obtain numerous dismissals and not guilty verdicts.

12. Kweku Darfoor

Kweku Darfoor moved to the United States with his parents when he was 6 and watched them give up their comfortable lifestyle in exchange for menial, low-paying jobs. That experience cultivated the way he approaches everything, especially work for clients and his community. He has extensive experience in high-profile cases and a passion for justice and equality.

13. Forrest Miller

The Law Office of Forrest R. Miller is utilizing new laws to fight social-economic biases in the courtroom. Miller’s focus is on humanizing defendants and finding the flaws in the system. Miller has been fighting for the rights of the underserved his whole career, striving to keep the system in check, and getting the very best results for clients.

14. Kyle Newman

New York City trial attorney Kyle Newman uses trial tech wizardry to consistently engage juries for his Bronx, New York personal injury and medical malpractice clients. Kyle continues to set the standard for trial technology methods and education for future elite advocates and aspiring trial attorneys of the future.

15. Tim Hennessy

Tim Hennessy is the founder of Hennessy Law Group. His mantra is that being a public defender is a mindset, not simply employment — and this led to the creation of his firm’s client-first approach, which puts people over money. Not just an idealist, but a skilled trial advocate, Hennessy has spent most of 2021 engaged in trial. Some of his most notable results are two high-profile murder trials resulting in a full acquittal and hung jury.

Establish PR received compensation from the lawyers listed in this article.https://www.usatoday.com/story/sponsor-story/establish-pr/2021/06/16/top-15-attorneys-disrupting-legal-industry-make-better/7691078002/Members of the editorial and news staff of the USA TODAY Network were not involved in the creation of this content.

What does the PIP Legislation mean for Florida vehicle owners?

This year Florida legislation passed bills HB 719 and SB 54, known as PIP (personal injury protection) repeal bills. These bills would eliminate that Florida’s current law requiring a mandatory $10,000 in PIP coverage for motorists. It would also set minimum bodily injury coverage at $25,000 for the injury or death of one person and $50,000 for injuries or deaths of two or more people. These bills would also require auto insurers to offer at least $5,000 in what is known as medical payments coverage; however, motorists would not have to buy it. The passing of these bills means that if no court overturns the law, these changes will go into effect on January 1, 2022.

The overall aim of this bill was to attempt to fix Florida’s no-fault system because Florida leads in auto fraud and the highest auto insurance premiums. Another objective was to try to limit the litigation by no longer allowing lawsuits for soft tissue injuries.  However, the bill does come without consequences, such as Floridians opting to go uninsured. There is also concern that the legislation could result in lower-income residents being forced to pay more for insurance. There is also a chance that those who already have more coverage may see decreases in premiums.

Current Trend in Florida PIP (Personal Injury Protection) Law

There is currently a bill in the Florida House, HB 719, that would eliminate no-fault and its requirement that motorists carry personal-injury protection, or PIP, coverage, and mandate bodily injury coverage. If passed, the bill would eliminate the requirement of having 10,000 dollars in PIP coverage and set minimum bodily injury coverage at $25,000 for the injury or death of one person and $50,000 for injuries or deaths of two or more people. The bill would also require auto insurers to provide an offer of at least $5,000 in what is known as medical payments coverage; however, motorists would not have to buy it. However, there is a concern, namely from insurance providers, that this new bill could lead to an increase in lawsuits and an increase in health and automobile insurance.

In February, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed a similar bill, SB54. This bill aims to eliminate PIP, raise required coverage limits on policies, offer lower limits for students and low-income drivers, and more difficult for people to sue insurance companies for bad faith. This bill would also get rid of the current limit a plaintiff can seek for compensation due to pain and suffering under PIP and allow liability for uninsured motorists to include pain and suffering and other injuries.

The most notable difference between SB54 and HB719 is that the Senate bill’s bad faith clause. Under this premise, the plaintiff would have to prove that the insurance provider failed to act in good faith to the plaintiff and failed to settle a claim to pursue a bad-faith lawsuit. This clause aims to ensure that insurance providers are working in the best interest of their clients. However, some are opposed as they think it will hurt small businesses by leaving them open to liability due to excess judgments.

Defective Airbags and Liability

The purpose of an airbag is to decrease injuries and the likelihood of death due to a crash, but when a defective airbag fails to deploy, the severity of a car accident can drastically increase. A faulty airbag is defined as one that fails to inflate completely upon impact, does not deploy on impact, or deploys when there was no impact. There are many possible placements for airbags, such as a head side-impact airbag to shield the head in a side-impact or a seat-mounted curtain airbag to protect passengers in the front and rear seats. This means many different types of injuries can occur. Possible injuries caused by faulty airbags include broken bones, asthma attacks, blindness, hearing loss, or damage to the skull and brain, which can lead to paralysis or death. Another common injury is airbag burn caused by the chemicals that cause the airbags to inflate or the gases that vented after the airbag inflates.

When filling an airbag lawsuit, there is not always a clear-cut answer as to who would be held liable; instead, it would be determined through a series of questions such as Was the defect a result of a flawed design? Did the defect occur while the airbag was being manufactured? Were there insufficient consumer safety warnings? In terms of damages, a lawsuit can include the cost of medical bills, the cost of lost wages, and compensation for pain and suffering. Another possible factor could be punitive damages; it would be separate compensation meant to be used as punishment for extreme negligence.

From 2002 to 2015, over 30 million vehicle recalls were due to defective airbags, specifically those that deploy without cause. Manufacturers who recalled during this period include:

  • Ford
  • BM
  • GM
  • Honda
  • Chrysler
  • Mazda
  • Mitsubishi
  • Nissan
  • Subaru
  • Toyota
  • Ferrari
  • Jaguar/Land Rover

Recovering Damages in Wrongful Death Lawsuits

Wrongful death claims are lawsuits brought against a defendant when death is the direct result of either an intentional act or negligence. This type of claim is brought by the estate of the deceased and or by family or close friends; it is filed against any party or parties that are legally liable. The laws of wrongful death vary in every state; however, in every state, the plaintiff must be able to that the victim would not have died had it not been for the defendant’s actions or negligence.

A wrongful death claim can be brought for many reasons; however, the main three are: when a victim is intentionally killed when a victim dies as a result of medical malpractice, and car accident fatalities involving negligence. In cases where a victim is intentionally killed, it is a civil case, separate from the criminal charges brought against the defendant. In lawsuits involving the death of a patient due to medical malpractice, the defendant is often the practicing physician, but the facility where treatment, as well as any other party, found to be accountable in the death can be sued as well. These cases are often defined by a doctor failing to diagnosis a medical illness or by a level of carelessness during patient care. An example of a car accident that led to death due to negligence would be if the defendant drove under the influence, caused an accident, and someone died as a result.

If the lawsuit is won, the plaintiff may be eligible for compensation for the following:

  • Medical treatment costs that were incurred by the deceased.
  • Deceased’s pre-death “pain and suffering.”
  • Funeral and burial costs.
  • Loss of the deceased’s expected income.
  • Loss of care and guidance by the deceased.