News - Fatal Crash

DUI Manslaughter Charges In Passenger Slaying Case

There are many situations that may lead to a driver or a passenger to being ejected from a vehicle. Of course, the major reason is the failure to wear a safety belt. Another reason people may be ejected is the speed at the time of an accident. High speeds can cause even a restrained passenger… read more

Fatal DUI Charge Dismissed Due To Police Errors

In Florida, DUI manslaughter is a charge that is always a felony. If the driver who was intoxicated knew that a victim was hurt or dying and did not give aid, then it is a first-degree felony. All other DUI manslaughter charges are a second-degree felony. It should also be noted that Florida allows for… read more

Texting Death Inspires Campaign

It is suggested that on any given day, 660,000 people are attempting to use their smartphones while driving. According to the National Safety Council, cell phone use while driving leads to about 1.6 million crashes every year. These crashes lead to approximately 390,000 injuries. Texting while driving is 6 times more likely to lead to… read more

Driver Claims He Hit Deer, But It Was A Person According To Police

Leaving the scene of an accident, also known as hit-and-run is a serious offense, especially when it involves death. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, three of every five road fatalities involved a pedestrian hit by a hit-and-run driver. Hit-and-run involving a fatality could be charged as a felony. The penalties for being convicted of… read more

Street Sweeper Catches Fire After Striking Dump Truck

There are many reasons why a vehicle may ignite during or immediately after a crash. One of the primary reasons is that the fuel tank ruptures and sparks from the crash ignite the fuel, causing the fire. Poor maintenance can also lead to a car fire. Design defects may also lead to a car catching… read more

Tiger Woods Sued For Encouraging Bartender, Indirectly Causing Fatal DUI Accident

Many states have what are called “dram shop laws” which allow someone to sue an establishment for serving a person alcohol who then goes out and gets into an accident. Florida is no exception. Under Florida laws, the victims of an accident or the family members of a victim may sue an establishment for serving… read more

Florida Man Facing Several Charges After Fatal Rear-End Collision

Florida takes drunken driving very seriously. When a drunken driver accidentally kills someone, the Florida legislature decided to add a 4-year mandatory/minimum sentence for DUI manslaughter. In Florida, DUI manslaughter is a 2nd-degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. After conviction, there is also a mandatory lifetime driver license revocation. If others… 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

Fort Lauderdale detective killed by suspected drunk driver

A memorial service was held on August 26 for a police detective who died in a fiery rear-end collision. Loved ones, police officers and South Florida community members paid their respects to the seven-year veteran of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. Christopher Sheehan, 30, was driving a 1995 Jeep Wrangler in Coral Springs, Florida, located… read more

Drunk driving causes one-third of all fatal car crashes

According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2013 a total of 10,076 Americans lost their lives in car accidents where a driver was above the legal blood alcohol limit. In fact, drivers who are legally drunk, meaning their blood alcohol level is 0.08 g/dL or higher, caused one-third… read more