A 44-year-old man sustained serious injuries following a hit and run crash in Spring Hill, Florida. State Troopers say that the man was hit just before 9:00 p.m. last Saturday, and he is currently recovering from his injuries. According to a state trooper, the car was travelling 60 miles per hour at the time of the accident and the man was struck and hit his head on the pavement. The posted speed limit on the street where the accident occurred is 35 miles per hour.
Victim Was Walking Near Street When Hit By a Car
According to the victim’s girlfriend, the two of them were walking in the grass near a road and carrying a flashlight when a dark colored sedan suddenly veered off the road towards them. The girlfriend also had very nice words to say about her boyfriend who is currently recovering: “[He’s] the funniest guy you'll ever meet. When you're around [him], you'll always have a smile on your face.” Another witness to the accident was shaken up by the ordeal. The witness said: “It should have never happened. I have goose bumps. That poor man. It's horrendous.”
Serious Injuries to Skull and Eye Socket After Accident
The injured man is slowly being brought out of a medically induced coma, and he is recovering in the hospital with a fractured skull and shattered eye socket. The seriousness of these injuries can widely vary depending on the circumstances of the injury. For a severe eye socket fracture, it is often necessary to undergo plastic and reconstructive surgery. The injured party may also need to be treated for vision problems. Surgery might also be necessary to remove bone fragments, free trapped eye muscles and eliminate double vision, restore the normal architecture of the eye socket if the injured eye looks sunken in, or repair deformities of the eye rim that affect one’s appearance.
Authorities Are Searching for the Driver Who Committed the Hit and Run
The Florida Highway Patrol is searching for a late model, dark colored car with front-end damage on the right side, including a broken headlight. Anyone with information can contact FHP at 813-631-4020. Once the driver is found, he will likely face criminal charges for his actions, and the victim will likely be able to seek compensation for his injuries. The victim’s injuries include the medical expenses that he has already incurred as well as the future costs he will incur as he continues to recover from this horrible accident. The victim’s girlfriend may also be able to seek damages for the emotional distress she sustained by witnessing the terrible injuries that were inflicted on a loved one.
If you are the victim of a car accident and sustain damage to yourself or to your property, call the experienced attorneys at the Clearwater based Walker Law Group. The Walker LawGroup can help you determine the best course of action as you seek compensation for injuries that you sustained through no fault of your own.
Two years ago, Bree Ann Camacho’s 13-year-old sister was killed by a drunk driver. This week, Bree Ann made an appearance at a Mother’s Against Drunk Driving recognition ceremony where the organization gave out awards to Miami-Dade County police officers, private citizens, public officials, and businesses that have shown a commitment to DUI prevention, enforcement, and conviction. Bree Ann thanked members of law enforcement during a speech that she gave at this MADD event: “I honestly don’t think I could have gotten through a lot of what we’ve gotten through without all of the law enforcement. They’re the ones who brought the evidence up and they worked so hard to show that this man is guilty and besides that, that’s their job, but the support that they have shown us, it’s so amazing.”
In April 2012, Kaely Camacho was killed when a speeding drunk driver slammed into her family’s minivan in Southwest Miami-Dade. The minivan, which was being driven by the girls’ father, was hit so hard that it was torn completely in half. Bree Ann was also in the car, and she was treated for a severe leg injury. Kaely was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital where she later died.
The Drunk Driver
This March, Sandor Guillen was convicted of DUI Manslaughter for the death of Kaely Camacho. His blood-alcohol level was nearly triple the legal limit. Shortly following the accident, he was found walking in a field near the scene of the wreck. His DNA matched the blood that was found on the SUV that crashed into the Camacho family’s minivan. He faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison for this crime. Bree Ann and her family hope that he will receive the maximum sentence “so that this will be an example to anyone who even thinks about drinking and driving, anyone who has ever drove drunk. Because we really need to make a change and it’s not going to be a change until they start getting the full maximum sentence.”
Possible Civil Actions by the Camacho Family
The Camacho family potentially has several options if they choose to seek to recover damages from Mr. Guillen. They could sue him for the wrongful death of Kaely. They also could seek to recover for the hospital bills that were sustained by Bree Ann and her father and for the physical damage to their minivan. Bree Ann and her father may also try to recover for the emotional distress that they sustained by witnessing such a horrible episode.
If you or your family members are the victims of an accident caused by a drunk driver, you should contact the attorneys at Clearwater based Walker Law Group. The personal injury attorneys at Walker Law Group will give you and your family the experienced representation that you need to receive the compensation for your serious injuries to which you are entitled.
Florida is the most dangerous state in the country for pedestrians. From 2003 through 2012, 47,025 people were killed while walking along roads. That is 16 times the number of Americans killed in hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, and earthquakes combined. The top four most dangerous cities in the country for pedestrians are all in Florida, being Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville, and Miami. According to Billy Hattaway, a district secretary in the Florida Department of Transportation, the reason for this is because of when many cities in Florida were constructed: “Most of our large cities grew up after World War II, when there was more focus on moving people with cars.”
Pedestrian Accidents are Getting More and More Common
From 2010 to 2012, pedestrian deaths rose at a faster rate than any other type of traffic death. By 2012, nearly 15 percent of all traffic deaths involved people on foot, compared with only 12.3 percent in the preceding decade. According to Roger Millar, the director of the National Complete Streets Coalition at Smart Growth America, there is a person struck by a car or truck once every eight minutes. Millar says, “A lot of Southern infrastructure came about during the automobile era…The mindset during that period of time was moving cars, fast. That’s what we got.”
Senior Citizens Are at the Greatest Risk
Twenty percent of pedestrians killed are older Americans. According to Nancy LeaMond, the executive vice president for social impact at AARP, this is a problem that could potentially get worse: “Eight million people no longer drive. Too many seniors cannot safely walk… You should not need the speed of a major league baseball player to cross our streets.” Additionally, by the year 2050, twenty states will have more senior citizens than school children. It is important that action is taken to make sure Florida’s streets are safe for our senior citizens.
How Can This Problem Be Fixed?
There are several things that Florida can do to make its sidewalks safer for pedestrians. Some of the ways to better accommodate pedestrians include extending sidewalks, redesigning intersections (for example, no turns on red, traffic roundabouts that will slow the speed of cars, or reducing the number of lanes), adding bike lanes, and reducing the distance between pedestrian crosswalks. Some people are also calling on Congress to pass the Safe Streets Act. That bill would require all federally funded road projects to consider walkers and bikers instead of just drivers. From 2003 to 2012, almost 68 percent of all pedestrian deaths were on roads that were built or maintained with funding from the federal government, so Congress has a big role to play to make our streets safer for our citizens.
Five Florida residents were hospitalized early this week after a car accident caused one of their cars to overturn and crash into a guard rail. The accident occurred on southbound Interstate 75 near Venice, Florida. According to media reports, one car was stopped partly in the right lane and partly on the right shoulder. The other car did not see the stopped car and did not stop in time before crashing into the other vehicle. The moving car rolled over and its driver and passengers were taken to the hospital. Two of the passengers were listed as in serious condition, and the other two only sustained minor injuries.
What Causes Rollovers?
There are several factors that can contribute to a rollover accident. The actions of a driver can lead to a rollover if the driver is drowsy, overcorrects in steering, fails to anticipate slippery conditions, or speeds. Road conditions can also contribute to rollovers if the roads are slippery, or if the road is designed in certain ways such as in a cloverleaf ramp, if the shoulders are lower than the road surface, or if a roadway barrier is present. Additionally, the characteristics of the vehicle can influence whether a rollover occurs, such as the wheelbase, vehicle weight, distance between wheels on the same axle, and center of gravity. Finally, a rollover is more likely to happen if there are too many passengers in the car because the car’s center of gravity may shift, which increases the risks of rollovers.
Safe Driving Trips to Avoid Rollovers
If you are driving an automobile, there are many things you can do to lessen the risk of being involved in a rollover accident. Nearly half of all rollover crashes involve alcohol, so you should never drink and drive. You should also be aware of road conditions, and allow extra time to act when there is rain, snow, ice, or wet leaves that can create slippery conditions. You should also be extra careful on rural roads that can be narrow and poorly maintained. If your wheels drop off the side of the roadway or pavement, you can safely reposition your car by gradually reducing speed and steering back onto the roadway. If you are driving a large vehicle, such as a 15-passenger van, when the vehicle is not full you should have your passengers sit in front of the rear axle. And above all, it is always important for every driver and passenger to always wear his or her safety belts. Safety belt use has an even greater effect on reducing the deadliness of rollover crashes than in other crashes because so many victims of rollover crashes die as a result of being partially or completely thrown from the vehicle.
If you are involved in a car accident that involved a rollover or any other accident that resulted in serious damage to yourself or your property, call the experienced Clearwater based attorneys at Walker Law Group.
A man from Boynton Beach, Florida, is accused of drunk driving after he rear-ended a vehicle on Wednesday night. He told the police that he did not have anything to do with the accident, but a trail of car parts matching his vehicle made it very easy for the police to identify him as the culprit. This man was clearly driving negligently, as after causing the crash he continued driving down the wrong side of the road and even took out a few street signs.
The Florida Law on Hit-and-Run Accidents
In Florida, someone who causes an accident and then leaves the scene of the crash can be subject to both criminal and civil actions. The driver of any vehicle involved in a crash occurring on public or private property that results in injury of any person must immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the crash, or as close thereto as possible, and must remain at the scene of the crash until a police officer arrives and obtains the information necessary to complete an accident report. The driver of any vehicle involved in a crash is also required to stop at the scene of the crash even if there is only damage to a vehicle or other personal property.
Consequences for Leaving the Scene of an Accident
The criminal punishments for leaving the scene of an accident vary greatly depending on the circumstances. If it is a minor crash resulting in only property damage, then the person leaving the scene might only have committed a misdemeanor. But if the crash resulted in the death of a person, anyone who leaves the scene of the accident may be found guilty of a third-degree felony. No matter what, anyone who negligently leaves the scene of an accident could be liable for civil damages to anyone who suffered injuries because of the actions of the driver who caused the hit-and-run.
What To Do If You Are the Victim of a Hit-and-Run
If you are the victim of a hit-and-run accident, you should try to record the license plate number, and get a description of the car, including make, model, color and the approximate year if possible. Then, you should contact the police and report this information as soon as possible, and be ready to also report your location and the direction in which the driver was traveling. After that, you should contact your insurance agent or company, who can get the claims process started and help arrange towing or a rental car if needed.
If you are the victim of a hit-and-run accident and you sustained personal injuries, you should also contact an attorney who can help you recover the costs of any medical care that was necessary. The attorneys at Clearwater based Walker Law Group have the experience to help you make sure that you are fully compensated for the injuries you sustained as a result of a car accident.
A boating crash in Jupiter Inlet killed a man and seriously injured a woman who was diving. The two victims were snorkeling with a group of people who were boating in the inlet. This is the second time this year that divers have been injured by boats in South Florida waters. In January of this year, another man was struck by a boat while he was free-diving near Palm Beach, Florida. That man suffered injuries such as a torn hamstring and a fractured pelvis.
Recovery from a Fractured Pelvis Injury
The treatment a patient receives for a fractured pelvis depends on several factors, including the type of fracture, the stability of the pelvis, and the degree of displacement of the bones. It is often necessary to realign the bones in the pelvic area. In some circumstances, a doctor does this by making an incision so he can directly manipulate the bones, although making an incision is not always necessary. After the bones are properly realigned, a doctor must use what is called a “fixation” to hold the bone in the proper position while it heals. This is often done with metallic devices such as wires, pins, screws, or plates.
Recovery from a Hamstring Injury
According to WebMD, you may be suffering from a hamstring injury if you have any of these symptoms: sudden and severe pain during exercise along with a snapping or popping feeling; pain in the back of the thigh and lower buttock when walking straightening the leg, or bending over; tenderness; or bruising. Treatment for a hamstring injury could require rest that can prevent you from performing your job, you may need to take anti-inflammatory painkillers, and in severe cases where the muscles are torn, you may need the muscles repaired and reattached through surgery.
Boat Drivers Should be Aware of “Diver-Down Flags”
Divers are required to use a “diver-down flag” that alerts nearby boats that there is a diver in the water. According to an article in the Palm Beach Post, when boaters spot a diver-down flag, they are supposed to stay 300 feet away or put the boat in idle. A bill currently sits on the governor’s desk that would make sure these flags are easier to spot. The legislation passed by both the state senate and house during the spring session requires the flags sport the divers-down symbol (a red field with a white diagonal stripe on both sides), defines the minimum size of the flag, and allows divers to display diver-down buoys instead of flags. The buoys display the symbol that is at least one square foot on four sides.
If you have been injured in a boating accident or if you have been struck by a boat while you are diving, contact the personal injury attorneys at Walker Law Group in Clearwater to discuss your case and to discover how you may be able to receive compensation.
Last November, two young women died in a tragic car accident after their car was hit head on by a drunk driver. Even worse, the drunk driver was a 20-year-old woman who was illegally served alcohol at a bar prior to the accident. At the bar, she was served two large fish bowl-sized margaritas while she was out with coworkers. The drunk driver was so careless that she tweeted the message “2 Drunk 2 Care” just minutes before the deadly crash. According to the police, shortly after she sent that message she was driving with a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit.
Establishments Who Illegally Serve Alcohol to Minors Could Face Lawsuits
Under Florida law, it is a second-degree misdemeanor for any person to sell, give, serve, or permit to be served alcoholic beverages to a person under 21 years of age or to permit a person under 21 years of age to consume such beverages on a licensed premises. If you are injured by a drunk driver who was illegally served alcohol at a bar, you may be able to recover damages from the bar because Florida courts recognize “negligence per se.” This ultimately means that a violation of a statute is evidence of negligence, and the violation can be considered, together with other facts and circumstances of the case, to determine whether a lawbreaker should be required to compensate the victim. In this sort of situation, it is likely that the bar would be required to compensate the victims of the drunk driver because the statutes prohibiting the sale of alcohol to underage individuals exist precisely to prevent accidents such as the one caused by the bar’s law-breaking.
The Florida Highway Patrol’s Report on this Accident
According to Florida Highway Patrol’s investigative report, the drunk driver told the bar that she was underage prior to ordering, but she was served a large quantity of alcoholic beverages anyway. One of her coworkers walked her to her car, and the coworker claimed that she appeared “okay” when she entered the car. She then drove a white Hyundai the wrong way on the highway when she slammed into a red car being driven by a 21-year-old woman. There was another 21-year-old woman who was a passenger in the struck car, and both of those women died from the injuries they sustained as a result of the crash. The drunk driver is now facing charges of DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide for the accident. Last month, she pleaded not guilty to these charges.
If you have been injured in a car accident, contact the Walker Law Group. The attorneys at the Walker Law Group in Clearwater have experience representing clients who have been injured in car accidents, and can help you fight to receive the compensation for your injuries to which you are legally entitled.
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