Last week I was stopped at a red light next to St. Vincent's Hospital when I began to hear several cars honking their horns. After a few seconds of this, several people stopped their cars in the middle of the road, got out, and started sprinting towards the edge of the crosswalk. A man was violently convulsing on the ground and these people were rushing to render any aid they could. Some were calling 9-1-1, another was trying to figure out whether he should hold the seizing man, and a third gentleman dressed in a medical uniform was running from a hundred yards away to see how he could help. In an emergency such as this, it's doubtful that any of them stopped to wonder what kind of liability they were exposing themselves to; and that's good! Florida's Good Samaritan Act helps alleviate any of the hesitations that they may have had if they did stop to think about their personal liability. This protection is intended to encourage bystanders to help those in need without fear of being sued. The following is the law in a nutshell:
"Once you turn 18 years old, you are legally considered an adult in this country. But what does that actually mean? From the right to cast your vote in the next election to entering into a lease for your first apartment to serving on a jury, you are about to enter a new and exciting world of rights, responsibilities, and obligations. The Florida Bar’s #JustAdulting Legal Survival Guide is key in understanding how the law will impact your daily life."
Being an avid baseball fan, I love statistics and the stories they create and tell. Here are some statistics for you to consider. The Florida Department of Transportation estimates that there are approximately 15.62 million licensed drivers in the State of Florida. Of those 15.6 million licensed drivers, approximately 24% of them are uninsured according to data from the Insurance Research Council. So, would you be prepared if and when one of these 3,748,800 Florida drivers carelessly hits you?