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Retrial Against Two Florida Bars For DUI Crash That Left Woman With A TBI

In the colonial period of the United States, establishments served alcohol by a unit of liquid measurement called the dram. These establishments were called dram shops. Fast forward to the present day and many states have statutes that are referred to as “dram shop laws.” These laws can hold an establishment that serves or sells… read more

Man Seeks Answers After Tesla Kills Girlfriend In Accident

Billionaire innovator Elon Musk brought us PayPal and SpaceX, but he is also the genius behind Tesla Motors. Tesla’s electric vehicles are sporty and environmentally friendly and come with a host of innovative features. One of those features may be causing accidents. Known as the autopilot feature, it is available on many of their models… read more

Hit-And-Run On US 19 Kills Two, Injures One

Florida law required all drivers involved in an accident to stop as soon as safely able and exchange information. Failure to do so can result in serious penalties, including jail time and fines. Failing to stop at an accident that only involved property damage is considered a second-degree misdemeanor. Punishments for this offense can include… read more

Separated Tire Kills Driver, Owner Charged With Vehicular Homicide

If you’ve ever seen the debris of a tractor-trailer tire, sometimes called “road gator” because of its appearance, in the middle of the road, you are not alone. There are many reasons that could cause a truck tire to come apart or fly off the truck. These reasons include under-inflation. When a tire is under-inflated,… read more

Driver Cited In Accident That Caused Deputy Death

In Florida, a person operating a motor vehicle is expected to know the rules of the road, which include knowing when to yield. For example, all vehicles must yield to a pedestrian, as pedestrians always have the right of way. A vehicle that is attempting to make a left-hand turn must yield to traffic traveling… read more

Man Steals Police Vehicle, Crashes When Police Execute PIT Maneuver

The pursuit of a vehicle by law enforcement has the most potential for officer and innocent bystander injury as well as the potential for civil liability. This is especially true when executing the PIT maneuver, which often causes damage to the patrol vehicle and can cause injury and damage to nearby uninvolved motorists. PIT stands… read more

Boater May Face Vessel Homicide Charges After Propeller Death

Just like Florida has vehicular homicide charges, the state also has what they call vessel homicide. In Florida, a vessel is a commercial or non-commercial boat or aircraft. Vessel homicide is causing the death of another person by operating a vessel in a manner that was reckless and likely to result in great bodily harm… read more

Very Few Students Using Helmets With Electric Scooters

The Independent Florida Alligator reports that a study done at the University of Florida shows that only 12% of students who use scooters wear helmets. Megan Johnson, a 22-year-old graduate student studying health administration at the UF said that a study conducted by the UF Neuromedicine Interdisciplinary Clinical and Academic Program revealed that only 12%… read more

Moms Fight To Change Laws After Truck Trailer Accident

Truck underride collisions are some of the most horrific and traumatic type of accidents involving large trucks. Reportedly, underride collisions account for one-quarter of the fatalities in accidents involving trucks. An underride collision occurs when a passenger vehicle collides with a straight truck or the trailer of a tractor-trailer semi-trailer combination and runs under the… read more

Go-Kart Accident Ends In Death At Showtime Speedway

Going go-karting may be a fun way to spend some time during a visit to an amusement park, but for parents who are considering buying their child a personal go-kart should be aware that go-kart injuries are serious. Children who are hospitalized for go-kart injuries require an average stay of about five days. More than… read more

Public Safety Director Killed In Motorcycle Crash

A motorcycle can be an exhilarating mode of transportation, but motorcycle accidents are more common, and often more deadly than other vehicle accidents. Motorcyclists are particularly susceptible to head injuries in accidents, mainly because even if they are wearing a helmet, there is nothing surrounding them to absorb some of the crash impact. Road rash… read more

FedEx Truck Caught In Jackknife Crash

Tractor trailed “jackknifing” incidents often make the news and when other vehicles are involved, can prove to be fatal. The term jackknifing refers to when the cab of a semi-truck and its trailer get out of sync and form an “L” or a “V” shape. The shape resembles a knife whose blade folds into the… read more

Teen Driver Killed In Yield Failure Accident

Florida, like many states, allows teens who are at least 15 years of age to get a learner’s permit license. To get a valid driver’s license, the teen must be 16 years old and have had a learner’s permit for at least a year or reach 18 years of age, whichever comes first. Once they… read more

Red Light Runner Leads To Manhunt By Cops

The Tampa Bay Times reports that a couple who ran a red light and killed a motorcyclist then carjacked another vehicle, leading police on a manhunt.  According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 31-year-old Cody Bearry and his passenger, 23-year-old Breanna Lynn Wright were the suspected occupants in a 2000 Dodge Dakota which allegedly blew through… read more

Truck Smashes Into Church Van, Kills Seven

10 Daily reports that video footage has been obtained showing the moment a tractor-trailed plowed into a church van killing seven people in Gainesville, Florida.  The footage is a key piece of evidence in the investigation being conducted by the NTSB. The agency is attempting to determine the probable cause of the crash. When the… read more

Road Rage Case Leads To Manslaughter Trial For Mexican Soap Opera Actor

CBS Local Miami reports that the trial of a Mexican soap opera actor accused of manslaughter in a road rage incident is set to begin. 32-year-old Pablo Lyle has had a trial date set for an incident of road rage that killed another motorist. The incident took place on March 31, 2019. Lyle was a… read more

What To Know Before Renting An E-Scooter

Across college campuses and in downtown areas nationwide, electric scooter rentals are cropping up. The concept is simple: scan a scooter with your phone, pay $1 to start it, then pay by the minute for the use of the scooter. If a person is just zipping from one class to another or from a downtown… read more

Cyclist Killed In Early Morning Crash In Tampa

The Tampa Bay Times reports that a cyclist was killed in an early morning Tampa Bay crash. The accident occurred Sunday morning in Tampa. 57-year-old Reginald Knight was headed north on 26th Street towards the intersection of Columbus Drive. At about 4:30 a.m., the driver of a Toyota sedan was traveling east on Columbus Drive,… read more

Two Injured On Highway 41 In Rollover Crash

Although head-on crashes account for only about 2% of overall car crashes, they account for well over 10% of all fatalities. This is primarily because the two vehicles are headed straight for one another, usually at high speeds, before the crash. Head-on crashes can result in traumatic brain injuries, spine injuries, catastrophic internal injuries, broken… read more

Most Common Car Accident Types In South Florida

Some types of car accidents are more common than others. While head-on collisions cause the most fatalities, they make up a relatively small percentage of overall accidents. These can involve multiple vehicles, or it can involve a single vehicle hitting a stationary object. The most common type of accident nationwide is rear-end collisions. Another type… read more