News - Car Accidents

23 Year Old Falls Out Of Moving Car Window, Hit By Another Car

New drivers typically make mistakes that veteran drivers would not make. Driving experience only comes with practice and let’s be honest, we’ve all taken risks as new drivers. Some of the most common driving mistakes include those made, not necessarily limited to inexperienced drivers, by younger drivers who commit them more often. Speeding, following too closely,… read more

Tramatic Crash Leaves 19 Year Old With Severe Brain Injury

Florida has laws in place governing what a person should do after an accident. A person should always make sure that everyone is okay and call for emergency services if needed. In most cases where there is just property damage, leaving the scene of an accident without at least exchanging information is a misdemeanor. If… read more

Deputy Hits Teen With Car, Family Calls For Firing

According to Bureau of Justice statistics, police chases kill an average of 355 people per year. A third of those who are killed during police chases are innocent bystanders. Police are victims of deaths during chases as well – about 3 die per year. Many of these chases are instigated by non-violent crimes or traffic… read more

Student Dies In Accident After Taking Parent’s Car

Click Orlando reports on a Deltona high school student who was killed in a 3-vehicle accident outside the school. The accident happened at about 6:50 a.m. in front of Pine Ridge High School. Volusia County Sheriff Deputies say that 15-year-old Joshua Durner was driving a 2006 Hyundai Elantra eastbound on Howland Boulevard. He then attempted… read more

10 Year Sentence In Fatal DUI Crash

Like 43 other states and the District of Columbia, Florida has what are known as “dram shop laws” in place. When someone is injured or killed in a DUI collision, normally, a lawsuit would be filed against the driver who drove drunk and caused the accident. However, states with dram shop laws allow for the… read more

Stolen SUV Crashes Into Police Car

Florida law requires that any driver involved in an accident involving property damage, injuries, or death stop at the scene. If possible, they should render aid and contact the appropriate authorities by dialing 911. Florida law changed in 2014 when the Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act went into effect. This law now provides for a… read more

Rollover Hit-And-Run Leaves Teen Injured

Rollover crashes account for a small percentage of overall auto accidents but cause a high number of fatalities. As many as 35% of rollover crashes result in a fatality. In many cases, the fatalities that result from rollover crashes are usually due to drivers and passengers in the crash failing to wear safety belts. The… read more

Safety Agencies Investigate Tesla Crash

Tesla, Inc., a company founded by Elon Musk which manufactures electric cars, has come under fire recently. Advocacy groups are concerned that misleading marketing may lead owners to believe that the company’s autopilot system can serve in place of a driver being in control of the vehicle. The autopilot system can adjust speed, keep the… read more

Man Charged Over A Year Later For Fatal Florida Crash

Florida is a “no-fault” insurance state as it pertains to auto insurance liability. What this means is that every driver in Florida is required to carry a minimum of $10,000 in Personal Injury Protection (PIP) that they must turn to in case of personal injury in an accident. There are exceptions to this law; such… read more

Tesla Autopilot Drives Off Road, Car Bursts Into Flames

Tesla cars are electric, safe, and their “autopilot” feature is leading more and more buyers to pick up their cars. Tesla’s website even points to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration test that found that the Tesla Model S, Model X, and Model 3 to have the lowest or second-lowest probability of injury of all… read more

Fire-Fighter Killed In Collision While Assisting At Accident Scene

One-third of all accidents that occur in the United States are alcohol-related. When involved in such an accident, there are things to consider. While almost every state has a law in place regarding auto insurance coverage, not everyone is in compliance with those laws. It is also important to consider that while the insurance company… read more

Deputy Pleads Guilty To Traffic Citations, Family To Sue For Damages

Florida is a no-fault state when it comes to auto insurance. Basically, this means that all drivers are required to carry a minimum of $10,000 in personal injury coverage in case of an accident. Unfortunately, this also means that because personal injury litigation is also the most common civil litigation. In order to move forward… read more

Alleged Drunk Driver Tells Others Not To Call Police

Florida law does not require that the police be notified if a traffic accident was minor. However, if the accident involved injuries, fatalities, or serious property damage, the law states that the police must be called to the scene before those involved can leave. If you believe that the other driver is intoxicated or otherwise… read more

Tesla Crashes Into SUV At 128 MPH

Automobiles today come with a wide range of safety features, going far beyond seat belts and airbags. Many vehicles have automatic emergency braking, warnings if you stray from your lane, and backup cameras. While these safety features have undoubtedly kept many an accident from happening, we haven’t quite reached the realm of self-driving cars just… read more

Unfamiliar Roads, Six-Lane U-Turn Blamed For Fatal Accident Of Foreign Family

Unfamiliarity with an area can be a major cause for auto accidents, particularly wrong way crashes. Merging onto an interstate using the off-ramp instead of the on-ramp and going the wrong way on unfamiliar wrong way streets can often be attributed with being unfamiliar with the roads in an area. Other conditions can also contribute… read more

Firefighter Accused Of Crashing Into Five Cars While Drunk

Florida is like many other states when it comes to having an implied consent law. This law basically states that by having a state of Florida driver’s license, you agree, should you be suspected of DUI, to take a chemical test to determine your blood-alcohol level. While you legally have the right to refuse the… read more

Fatal Crash Near Ocala

Tractor trailer drivers are usually some of the best-trained drivers on the roadways. They typically have to undergo both classroom training and then on-the-road training before they become drivers for shipping companies. Despite this fact, the number of fatal tractor-trailer accidents has been on the rise in recent years. Many of the fatalities are other… read more

Elderly Driver Crashes Into Restaurant, Six Injured

There are many reasons a person may lose control of their vehicle. One of the most common reasons is due to overcorrecting. This occurs when a vehicle veers in one direction or begins to skid and the driver turns the wheel in the opposite direction, which causes loss of traction. Road conditions may also be… read more

April Is National Driver Distraction Awareness Month

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and, at the law offices of Chalik & Chalik, we take this month seriously. We have seen the horrors of distracted driving accidents in Fort Lauderdale, and we want all Florida citizens to be as safe on the road as possible. As cars have grown faster and more… read more

Study: Top Fears of Rideshare Passengers in the U.S.

With more than four billion rides completed in 2017 alone, rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft are poised to take over the taxi industry in no time. However, due to the as-of-yet largely unregulated nature of the industry, ridesharing can bring on a unique set of concerns for passengers. Uber and Lyft horror stories… read more