December 27, 2007

Car Accident in Deerfield Beach Leaves One Dead

A family trip ended tragically when a head-on car accident in Deerfield Beach resulted in the wrongful death of one driver and spinal cord injuries to two others.

The accident, which happened at the 300 block of S.E. 10th Street, in northern Broward County, occurred when the driver of one of the cars veered into oncoming traffic. The injured driver and passenger, who were returning from Disney World, were taken to North Broward Medical Center.

In our practice we too often see such catastrophic injuries from preventable car accidents. With New Years Eve almost upon us, we again caution everyone to be overly careful. And, while this tragedy does not appear to have been the result of intoxication, with the biggest night for drunk driving almost upon us, we plead for everyone to use a designated driver, so we may all have a healthy and happy new year.

December 12, 2007

Broward County Pedestrian Dies in Truck Accident

In a wake up call for pedestrians throughout the State of Florida, a man from Davie, a suburb of Ft. Lauderdale, died after being involved in a truck accident this past weekend. The pedestrian was attempting to cross West Stirling Road when he was hit by an SUV.

According to the Davie Police Department, who investigated the evening truck accident, the pedestrian, who was wearing dark colored clothing, was not walking within the marked cross-walk. The pedestrian was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, and later pronounced dead.

In our practice we see these types of deadly results too often. Unfortunately, many pedestrians wrongfully believe that drivers will automatically yield to them, regardless of where they are crossing the road. We urge all pedestrians and bike riders to be mindful of vehicle traffic, and further urge them to obey all traffic control devices and use marked cross-walks, which are purposefully intended to warn drivers of people possibly crossing a roadway.

December 10, 2007

Two Dead in Separate Miami Car Accidents

In continuing with our last entry about local alcohol related accidents, two South Florida residents, one from Miami and the other from Sunrise, died in separate car accidents when each of them were struck by cars driven by apparent drunk drivers.

The first victim was a tow truck driver who was attempting to help some motorists, who themselves had an accident. Despite placing warning cones on the roadway, essentially closing off two lanes of the Palmetto Expressway, a driver ignored the cones, drove through them, striking and killed the defenseless tow truck driver. The motorist violated Florida's "move over" law which was implemented to try and prevent police, rescue and tow truck drivers from being injured or killed while helping others on the side of the road.

The second accident occurred on the Gratigny Expressway when a motorist drove the wrong way, against westbound traffic, striking another vehicle head-on, killing the other driver.

We again remind everyone that during this festive time of the year, to use a designated driver to help prevent senseless tragedies such as these.

December 4, 2007

Motorbike Accident Leaves Two Dead in Ft. Lauderdale

In the unfortunate start of what appears to be another deadly holiday season for accidents on Florida roadways, two Broward County residents, one from Davie and the other from Miramar, died this week when they fell off of a motor scooter, landed on US1 and were run over by other cars.

The motor scooter's driver and passenger apparently were not wearing helmets. Usually it is tourists, and not residents, who fail to realize the dangers associated with operating a scooter, which are the same as riding a motorcycle, and consequently fail to use helmets.

Not surprisingly, since the mandatory helmet law was repealed in 1999, there has been an alarming increase in motorcyle accident related deaths. In fact, according to State statistics, the number of motorcycle fatalities have risen every year since the requirement to wear a helmet ended. As a personal injury firm dedicated to helping Florida families, we hope the current Governor will push the legislature to re-institute the mandatory helmet law.