When it comes to traffic violations versus criminal charges, the truth is that it can depend on what offense the driver has committed. For example, going 10 m.p.h. over the speed limit may just be a traffic citation, resulting in a few points on a person’s license. However, driving 30 m.p.h. over the speed limit… Read More
Car accidents are the most common reason for people to see a personal injury attorney. Most people will be in 3-4 accidents in their lifetime. Not all of these will result in an injury, of course, but getting hit is a matter of when, not if.
Accidents are often in the news and we’ve curated some of these stories from around Florida here on this section of our website. All stories link back to the original news source.
If you are in a car accident, the first thing to do is to seek medical attention. For insurance to pay you what you deserve for your injuries, you need to prove that you are injured. If the cost of your car repairs and medical bills is under $10,000, or $20,000 if the crash wasn’t your fault, insurance will likely cover the costs because this is the minimum coverage required by law in Florida.
However, injuries can cost far more than this. That’s when you need the help of a personal injury attorney to fight for your needs. We can negotiate with the insurance companies to get you what you deserve and protect you from sneaky tricks. And should they refuse to budge, we will fight on your behalf in the courtroom.
Thousands of people enter courtrooms every day to fight for their due compensation after an injury accident. The ones with the best chances come with a lawyer on their side like one from the team of Chalik Law. We represent the interests of the unjustly injured.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that a man lost control of his vehicle, killing another person during the resulting crash. At about 8:20 p.m. on Saturday, 31-year-old David Houston was driving south on Little Road at a high rate of speed. Near Crane’s Roost Drive, he lost control of the vehicle. Meanwhile, 72-year-old Phillip Viola… Read More
According to data from the NHTSA, there are around 2,400 children injured after being struck or run over by a car in a driveway each week. Of these, 2 of the children will die from their injuries. Backover accidents account for 42% of all non-traffic related auto fatalities each year. Front-over accidents account for another… Read More
No matter the circumstances, a DUI that involves the death of another person is traumatic for all involved. For the victims and their families, because it is a DUI charge, it can be even more so. When it comes to penalties, they can vary widely when it comes to a DUI manslaughter charge. The minimum… Read More
The Boca Raton Patch reports on the most dangerous intersections in Broward County, Florida. Broward County has beautiful homes, a booming economy, and year-round good weather. Its no wonder that people are flocking to this Florida County in greater numbers, but with that increase in population, comes an increase in traffic. That also brings… Read More
Law Firm News Wire reports that distracted driving is shown to cause more severe accidents. A study conducted by the Risk Institute at Ohio State University found that accidents caused by distracted driving are more severe and cause more serious injuries and more deaths than crashes with other causes. The study proved that distracted driving crashes are… Read More
While some laws are the same regarding DUIs among each state, the penalties can differ. For example, the drinking age in every state is 21. The legal limit in every state is 0.08%. After that, the penalties can vary greatly. For example, Wyoming, the state with the highest DUI death rate, requires a license suspension… Read More
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, a quarter of all Florida car accidents involve a hit-and-run. Unfortunately, fleeing the scene of an accident can result in what would have been a traffic citation escalating into criminal charges. If the accident involved solely property damage and no one was injured,… Read More
My Sun Coast reports that state troopers have located the vehicle involved in a crash that killed a 15-year-old skateboarder. The incident happened last Wednesday morning at about 2:45 a.m. 15-year-old Thomas Jaren Croumbley was attempting to cross Upper Manatee River Road on a skateboard when he was struck by a Toyota Tacoma. Croumbley was… Read More
Tesla vehicles may have state of the art electric batteries and a so-called “autopilot” system, but the cars may be responsible for several recent deaths. The problem is, according to authorities, that people may rely too much on the autopilot system, unaware that the vehicles are not, in fact, self-driving. Tesla warns drivers that they… Read More
In Florida, vehicular homicide, sometimes charged as vehicular manslaughter, is a charge that happens when a person is acting in a manner that they know would put the safety of others at risk and that behavior leads to an accident that claims a life. Most of the time, vehicular homicide charges include allegations that the… Read More
In Florida, a driver is required by law to stop immediately following any accident. Even if the incident results in little to no damage, the driver must stop and exchange information. Failure to do so may result in being charged anywhere from a citation to a felony charge, depending on the circumstances surrounding the incident…. Read More
ABC Local 10 News reports that a woman drove away from a crash to get a massage. 53-year-old Jill Ann Stahon was arrested on charges of leaving the scene of an accident involving injury. The charges stem from an accident that occurred on October 15th. Stahon made a U-turn of Alafaya Trail, then hit a truck in… Read More
In 2018, the NHTSA reported that there were 36,750 fatal motor vehicle crashes across the United States. This is a decrease of 1.0% from the number of fatal accidents in 2017, marking a two consecutive year decrease for drivers, passengers, and motorcyclists. However, the number of crashes involving large trucks, pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers 65… Read More
Florida is like many states in that it requires people involved in an accident to remain at the scene. This holds true in fender benders, serious crashes, crashes involving pedestrians, and crashes involving non-vehicle property. Drivers who decide to drive on will be charged with leaving the scene of an accident, also known as hit-and-run…. Read More
While the Tesla electric automobile may be groundbreaking, it is not without controversy. One of the first controversies to assail the automaker was the so-called “autopilot” feature available on some models. While the manufacturer maintains that drivers should never relinquish control of the vehicle, there is doubt that drivers are aware that the autopilot is… Read More
Not many people can argue the fact that seatbelts save lives. Despite this fact, in 2017, the national seatbelt use rate was 89.6%. This is an 11% increase from 2014, which is a sign that seatbelt use is headed in the right direction. Additionally, in 2017, 2,549 additional lives could have been saved in fatal… Read More
If you are a pedestrian on foot in Florida, your chances of being killed in a deadly accident are higher than anywhere else in the country. According to statistics, nine of twenty of the deadliest U.S. cities for pedestrians are in Florida. Between 2008 and 2017 the overall number of pedestrian deaths in the U.S…. Read More
The Gainesville Sun reports that a woman’s family has been awarded up to $13 million for a fatal 2016 crash in Gainesville. 36-year-old Michelle Anderson was driving south on Southwest Williston Road on November 14, 2016. She was driving from her job at the University of Florida to drop off a permit for a house… Read More
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