Free TXT Shield app from Kirk-Pinkerton blocks texting while driving

October 22nd, 2014

Everyone knows it’s stupid and dangerous to text while driving, an now, in Florida, it’s even illegal. Unfortunately that doesn’t mean drivers are shutting off their cell phones any more often than they did before the ban, but TXT Shield, a new, free smart phone app from Kirk-Pinkerton, just might change all that.

The data is shocking. Even as the total number of traffic fatalities in America has declined, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found that the number of fatalities caused by “distracted driving” has actually increased.

One big reason? Texting. The Traffic Safety Administration found that texting while driving increases one’s “crash risk” by a factor of 23. Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. Doesn’t sound like much, but if you’re driving at 55 miles per hour, you can drive the length of a football field in 4.6 seconds.

Stats like those led the Florida Legislature to ban texting while driving in 2013, but it’s unclear if the measure is having the impact lawmakers hoped for. In the law’s first year, police only cited 1,800 drivers for violating the rule, way fewer than more mundane citations like the failure to dim one’s lights.

“I was shocked to find out that distracted driving contributes to 1.5 million car accidents a year,” says Kirk-Pinkerton CEO and personal injury attorney Bill Robertson. The firm wanted to help find a solution, and so Kirk-Pinkerton reached out to an independent software developer with a cool idea: How about an app that disables texting while a phone is in motion?

The result is TXT Shield, a new, free Android app that disables texting whenever your phone detects that you are moving at a speed greater than 10 miles per hour. You don’t ever have to turn the app on or off—it will automatically kick in whenever you’re on the road and then shut off when you come to a stop. An iPhone version is in the works, and will also be available for free soon.

TXT Shield is particularly useful for parents of young drivers who want to make sure their kids are keeping their eyes on the road.

“Kids in particular are addicted to their phones, and we want to make sure they don’t endanger themselves or anyone else on the road, just like we do our best to prevent them from drinking and driving,” says Robertson. “This app allows us to do something to prevent texting altogether. At a young age, kids think they’re bulletproof and that nothing bad will ever happen to them. We need to protect them from themselves and protect our families from them as well.”

Worried about missing texts from your boss or your spouse? While the app blocks any incoming text message, it will also automatically send a response alerting the person texting you that you are occupied and will get back to him or her later.

It’s a perfect, simple app that’s making a difference in the fight against distracted driving. TXT Shield is saving lives.

Helping Our Heroes

July 28th, 2014

Kirk Pinkerton is Helping Our Heroes in an effort to bring together local executives with veterans in the Sarasota-Bradenton area who are unable to find work. The Helping Our Heroes effort is spearheaded by Bill Robertson of the Kirk-Pinkerton Law Firm and Host of Let’s Talk Law on WSRQ Radio.

helping heroes

To learn more about the Helping Our Heroes effort, tune in to WSRQ Talk Radio on the last Friday of every month. You can also visit the Helping Our Heroes page on Sarasota Talk Radio’s website for more information about the effort, podcasts, our Veteran of the Month, and local companies that hire veterans.


April 3rd, 2013

Where a good recovery is no accident…

When an accident or personal injury occurs, you may suddenly find yourself facing complicated medical decisions along with mounting medical bills, loss of income and a complete disruption of your life. The personal injury lawyers at Kirk-Pinkerton, P.A. can help you deal with the fallout from such a tragic event and the difficult legal complexities that go along with it. For more information, watch the videos below, or view our areas of expertise.

BP Oil Spill Details>>


William E. Robertson, Personal Injury Lawyer



Hip Devices Continue To Cause Harm

October 3rd, 2011

A recent New York Times article highlighted the fast rate of hip implant failures in the United States.  (

The article notes that “[a]ll orthopedic implants, regardless of their composition, shed debris as they wear. But researchers say they believe that the particles released by some all-metal hips pose a special threat because scavenger cells dispatched by the body to neutralize the debris convert it into biologically active metallic ions. In some patients, a chain reaction begins that can destroy tissue and muscle.” Unfortunately, this failure was not a complete surprise.  “More than a decade ago, some researchers had warned that the hips shed tiny pieces of metallic debris that posed potential health threats to patients. ”

If you have a DePuy or other brand of metal hip implant, please call Bill Robertson today.  Bill’s direct dial phone number is 941.364.2433.


FDA Warning About Vaginal Mesh

September 19th, 2011

On July 13, 2011, the FDA issued a new advisory warning about plastic surgical mesh used during transvaginal surgeries to correct common female gynecological problems.  The surgical mesh is made from porous synthetic material and is permanently implanted to reinforce the weakened vaginal wall to repair pelvic organ prolapse or to support the urethra to treat stress urinary incontinence.  Physicians in the U.S. perform about 75,000 surgeries utilizing these mesh products each year.  From 2008 to 2010, the FDA received more than 1,500 Adverse Event Reports related to complications associated with the plastic mesh.

Some of these serious complications include:

  • Infection
  • Extreme Pelvic Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Dyspareunia
  • Erosion/Protrusion of Mesh through the Vaginal Wall
  • Vaginal Scarring/Deformity
  • Multiple Surgeries to Remove imbedded mesh
  • Urinary Problems

Studies indicate that about 10% of women who have the mesh placed transvaginally experience mesh erosion within 12 months of surgery and that more than half require additional surgeries to remove the mesh.  Mesh erosion can require multiple surgeries to repair and can be debilitating for some women.  In some cases, even multiple surgeries will not resolve the complications.

Thousands of women suffering pelvic organ prolapse are treated with plastic mesh each year, but reports indicate surgery can often be performed safely and effectively without the need for mesh.   The FDA  plans to convene an advisory committee of experts this Fall to determine whether to ban the mesh.

If you or a loved one have suffered a serious complication following mesh-repair surgery for pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence, please contact Bill Robertson for information about your legal rights.

Ruling against in-fill project exposes vulnerability of anti-sprawl efforts in coastal communities under current growth rules

April 14th, 2011

A recent ruling by an Administrative Law Judge on a Manatee County in-fill project raises questions about the viability of anti-sprawl efforts in coastal communities. According to the case summary and news reports, the judge determined that the approval of a Comprehensive Plan Map change by Manatee County was not in compliance with state law because the map change increases residential development density in an area subject to coastal flooding. It is unclear what effect the ruling will have upon efforts by Manatee and Sarasota Counties to curb suburban sprawl into eastward rural lands, where development is often less expensive and easier. The counties have attempted to encourage in-fill and redevelopment projects with a combination of regulations (such as urban service boundaries) and the adoption of incentives (such as the Manatee County “encouragement zones”). The challenge and defeat of this project (led by nearby property owners opposed to the more intense development) adds another element of risk to the cost and predictability challenges policymakers have sought to reduce in an effort to encourage investment in the urban areas of coastal Florida. The timing of the ruling is significant, as Florida’s sprawl-producing growth management regulations cited in the decision are being scrutinized by the Florida Legislature, which has cited such cases as evidence of the need for reform.

Robinson Farms Decision


Florida Justice Association Legislative Updates

April 10th, 2011

The Florida Justice Association has provided video updates of the current legislative session.  Here are links to the five videos which have thus far been posted:

Video One

Video Two

Video Three

Video Four

Video Five

Think Traffic Is Bad Now?

April 6th, 2011

Here’s a video from San Francisco in the early 1900s which makes today’s traffic appear rather tame!


Scott Rudacille – Preeminent Lawyer!

April 6th, 2011

Kirk Pinkerton congratulates Scott Rudacille for being recognized by Martindale Hubbell as a “Preeminent Lawyer.” Scott is the firm’s latest “AV” rated Preeminent Lawyer.   According to Martindale Hubbell, “[a]n AV certification mark is a significant rating accomplishment – a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.”

Scott is Florida Bar Board Certified in City, County & Local Government Law.

For more information about Scott, here’s a link to his webpage.

Foreclosure Mill Shuts Its Doors

March 7th, 2011

According to Associated Press, David Stern’s Plantation-based law practice will end operations March 31, 2011.  “The firm once had more than 1,200 employees and handled tens of thousands of foreclosures each year.”

While one foreclosure mill is closing its doors, many more remain open for business.  Lenders and borrowers involved with foreclosures should opt instead for competent local counsel to protect their interests.  Got a foreclosure question?  Call Brad Hogreve at 941.364.2400.