May 21, 2008

Ft. Lauderdale Train Accident Leaves One Dead

A Coral Springs Man died when his car was unable to clear the railroad crossing on West Atlantic Blvd., in Ft. Lauderdale, and was struck by an Amtrack Train. The train, which was traveling from Miami to New York, was going approximately 80 m.p.h. when it had the accident with a car driven by Shawn Crowell.

According to reports, the crossing gates were down and even though the the train conductor apparently engaged his emergency brake, the train tragically slammed into the car. Per the Sheriff's Office, witnesses said the crossing gates and flashing lights appeared to be working. Crowell apparently had started crossing the tracks, but was apparently unable to move due to heavy vehicle traffic.

We have too often seen these types of deadly accidents, and given the number of railroad crossing in South Florida, we urge everyone to be particularly aware of their vehicle's location in and around railroad crossing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Crowell's family.

May 9, 2008

Florida Leads Nation in Boating Accident Deaths

Not surprisingly, given our location and the number of boaters in Florida, we again lead the nation in the number of boating accident fatalities. Unfortunately, Miami-Dade County has the dubious distinction of leading the State, having had 13 such wrongful deaths last year.

The findings, reported by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, revealed that 77 people suffered wrongful deaths on Florida waters in 2007. Apparently the vast majority of all boating accidents occurred with operators who had no safety training.

Thankfully, the State has finally approved plans to increase mandatory boater education requirements over the next decade. The hope is that this increased training will reduce fatalities by as much as 25 percent; we certainly share the State's hope.

May 6, 2008

Hollywood Car Accident with Tractor Trailer Leaves One Dead

A late night car accident in Hollywood, Florida, between a car and a tractor trailer resulted in the wrongful death of the car's driver. The car was heading south on the Florida Turnpike when it apparently lost control, crashed through a concrete wall and into oncoming traffic.

Dradine Knowles of Lauderhill, a suburb of Ft. Lauderdale, apparently lost control of her car a couple of miles south of Hollywood Boulevard. According the the Florida Highway Patrol, the 2006 Chevy HHR smashed through the concrete barrier wall, which divided north and southbound traffic, and then went into oncoming northbound traffic, when it collided with the truck.

We can only assume was another case of failing to use a seat belt, both the car's driver and passenger were ejected into the street. We again stress to all drivers that the consequences of not using seat belts and child car seats are unfortunately deadly.