July 21, 2008

Disabled Truck Drivers Cause Many Deadly Accidents

According to a recent government report, many truck accidents, especially those resulting in wrongful death, particularly in Florida, are caused by truck drivers with diagnosed disabling medical conditions. Even though many of the drivers receive social security disability payments, for seizures, heart attacks or loss of consciousness, thousands of those same truck drivers also have valid commercial driver's licenses.

One such example is of a Florida bus driver who suffered from lung disease, who admitted he occasionally blacks out. The driver, despite not having a medical certificate, has a valid licenses through 2010. The bus driver apparently has received disability benefits for over fourteen years, as he losses his breath when walking.

Unfortunately, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, who is responsible for overseeing such truck drivers, admitted it has not complied with regulators' proposals, such as determining if truck drivers are medically safe to drive. We can only hope that Congress will act to insure that the necessary regulation of such truck drivers is implemented before someone else is seriously injured or killed.

July 6, 2008

Car Accident In Miramar Leads to Wrongful Death of Baby

In what we consider to be the most tragic, and preventable, type of wrongful death, an early Sunday morning car accident in Miramar, a suburb of Fort Lauderdale, left a less than one year old baby dead. Unbelievably, the baby was in a baby carrier which her mother failed to secure. The single car accident occurred when the mother apparently fell asleep and hit a concrete sign along Miramar Parkway.

Not surprisingly, according to police, alcohol was apparently a factor in the collision.

According to the police spokesman"besides being a law that a child has to be securely fastened inside of a vehicle, it's every parent's responsibility to make sure this sort of tragedy doesn't happen," we could not agree more. Having had the unfortunate opportunity to represent many families whose children have died in similar accidents, we can only hope all parents and caregivers take a firm stance to protect those unable to protect themselves.