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RESOURCES

Resources & Helpful Links

Consumer Information, Helpful Links & Legal Resources

At Balkan & Patterson Personal Injury, we believe it is important that the community stay informed on Florida laws and legal issues, as well as safety issues (such as dangerous products). In our resources section, you will find a collection of websites and information regarding personal injury, automotive products and alerts, defective products and recalls, and mass torts / class actions. While we cannot guarantee the accuracy or timeliness of all information, these are sites that we’ve chosen for their quality. If you have any questions at any time about any legal issue, we are happy to hear from you! We have a full network of top attorneys who can assist with any situation.


CONSUMER – GROUPS:
Alliance for Justice
American Bar Association
Consumer Federation of America
Consumer Reports
Florida Bar
Florida State Courts
National Safety Council
Public Citizen
Public Justice
Safe Kids Worldwide
The National Crime Victim Bar Association

CONSUMER – GOVERNMENT:
Federal Registry
Myflorida.com – Legal
Myflorida.com – Emergency Contact Information
US Consumer Safety Commission – Toy Hazard Recalls

AUTOMOTIVE – GROUPS:
AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
American Trucking Association
Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety
Avanti Auto Driving School

Citizens for Reliable and Safety Highways (CRASH)
Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS)
Florida Department of Transportation
Impact and Crashworthiness Laboratory
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
Public Health Advocacy Institute – Motor Vehicle Hazards Archives
National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA)
Parents Against Tired Truckers (PATT)
Safety Forum
Share the Road Safely
SUV Safety Hazards
The Center for Auto Safety

AUTOMOTIVE – GOVERNMENT:
Boost Seat.gov
Bureau of Transportation Statistics
Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles
Department of Transportation (DOT)
DOT – TEA-21 Reauthorization
Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS)
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
FMCSA – Analysis and Information
FMCSA – Safety and Fitness Electronic Records System (SAFER)
FMCSA – Share the Road Safely
Federal Highway Administration
Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services: Florida Lemon Law
Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehichles – Youth Drivers
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
Florida Department of Transportation (Florida D.O.T)
Florida D.O.T. – Office of Motor Carrier Compliance
Florida D.O.T. – Trucking Manual
Florida Highway Patrol
Florida – Uninsured Motorist Statute 627.727
Florida Traffic Crash Facts
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
MyFlorida.com
National Center for Statistics and Analysis
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
Stop Impaired Driving
United States Department of Transportation (U.S. D.O.T)
U.S. D.O.T. – Summary of Large Truck crashes in Florida (1999-2003)

DEFECTIVE PRODUCTS / PRODUCT LIABILITY – CONSUMER:
CBS News Report – 15-Passanger Van Rollover
Kids in Danger
Public Citizen
Public Citizen – 15-Passanger Vans
Public Citizen – Stopping Rollovers

DEFECTIVE PRODUCTS / PRODUCT LIABILITY – GOVERNMENT:
Emergency Care Research Institute (ECRI)
Florida Attorney General’s Office
Florida Department of Agriculture – Division of Consumer Services
Florida Division of Consumer Services
Medical Device Safety Reports (MDSR)
MedWatch
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
NHTSA – 15-Passenger Van Safety for Drivers
NHTSA – 2004 Warning to Users of 15-Passenger Vans
NHTSA – 2005 Safety Advisory on 15-Passenger Vans
NHTSA – June 1998 Quasi Static and Dynamic Roof Crush Testing
NHTSA – Buckle Up America
NHTSA – Buckle Up Florida
NHTSA – File Complaint About Your Child Safety Seat
NHTSA – Form to Register A Child Safety Seat for Notification in the Event of a Recall
NHTSA – List of Recalled Child Safety Seat for Product Defects
NHTSA – Parent’s Guide to Booster Seats
NHTSA – Rearview Mirror Hangtag (in English and En Espanol)
NHTSA – Request for Comments on Roof Crush Standards – October 2001
NHTSA – Tread Separation Report
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
NTSB – 15 Passenger Vans
SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A.
United States Consumer Product Safety Commission
United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

INSURANCE COMPANY BAD FAITH:
ERISA
Insurance Information Institute
Florida Department of Financial Services
Fight Bad Faith Insurance Companies
Patient Advocate Foundation
Patients Rights.org
U.S. Department of Labor

MASS TORTS / CLASS ACTIONS:
United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
Aqua Dots
Mattel Toy Recalls
Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Defibrillator

PROFESSIONAL LEGAL ORGANIZATIONS:
American Association for Justice
American Bar Association
Broward Count Bar Association
Florida Bar Association
Florida Justice Association
Palm Beach County Bar Association
Palm Beach County Justice Association
South Palm Beach County Bar Association

GOVERNMENT – GENERAL:
Congress.org
Florida Legislature
United States House of Representatives
United States Senate
Write Your Representative
Write Your Senator

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