It has long been the general rule in Florida that no reference be made to the wealth or poverty of a party to a personal injury lawsuit. The idea is to prevent juries from favoring the poor over the wealthy, and rendering verdicts based soley upon one side's ability to pay. In negligence trials, the jury is not permitted to know that the defendant has insurance, or the amount of coverage available. In many trials, the defendant who sits before the jury is represented by an attorney who has been appointed and paid for by their own insurance company. The jury will make their own conclusions about the defendant throughout the trial, which may include incorrect impressions about their ability to pay a large verdict despite instruction from the Judge to the contrary.
Last year, Panama City was the most dangerous city of its size in the state for motorists and pedestrians.
Personal injury protection -- the auto insurance that every Florida driver is required to buy -- is about to undergo a major overhaul that state officials hope will translate into lower premiums for millions of motorists.
A traffic accident closed the Pensacola Bay Bridge going toward Gulf Breeze for an hour on Sunday from about 5:45 p.m.
Emergency crews and the Florida Highway Patrol responded tonight to a four-car crash on rain-slicked U.S. 98 in West Pensacola near the Navy Hospital.
On Friday, April 27, around 4 p.m. there was a two-car accident near the intersection on Hwy. 98 in front of Resort Quest in the westbound lanes.
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