February 26, 2009

Cruise Ship Excursion in Dominica Ends in Bus Accident

As Florida Attorneys we are always sorry to hear about tourists who are injured in bus and car accidents caused cruise line tour operators in foreign countries. Unfortunately, another preventable accident happened this week, when fourteen passenger traveling on the Celebrity Cruise Lines Summit, were injured, many critically, when the tour bus type vehicle they were in, crashed outside of Roseau, Dominica's capital.

The tour bus driver, working for a Celebrity Cruise Line vendor, claimed the brakes on his vehicle failed, causing the wreck. The injured passengers were flown to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami on two air ambulances.

Incredibly, these types of serious accidents are easily preventable. However, cruise lines are too interested in the profits they make from such excursions, rather than insuring that the companies they do business with are operated properly. Considering most cruise ships are registered under foreign flags, such accidents will continue to happen, until the United States Congress passes laws requiring cruise lines operating from American ports of call to take the necessary safety precautions to protect their paying passengers.

February 20, 2009

Suspended Florida Drivers Cause Too Many Car Accidents

As Florida Attorneys, we are distressed at the alarming number of people who are driving on Florida roads with suspended or revoked drivers licenses. Those same motorists, which in 2008, alone, totaled more than two million, caused almost 20 percent of all car accidents resulting in wrongful deaths, according to a AAA study.

According to a recent investigation, since 2004, more than twenty thousand drivers in Palm Beach County received a second or third ticket for driving with a suspended or revoked license. And, incredibly, a recently enacted law reduced penalties for repeat suspended license offenders. Amazingly, when many of these scofflaws finally go to court to deal with their suspensions, they actually drive there.

The law passed last year, reduced jail time for drivers whose licenses are suspended or revoked because they failed to pay tickets. We can only hope that the Florida Legislature reverses the current law, and provides greater penalties, which can only serve to protect everyone traveling on Florida's roads.

February 13, 2009

Hit and Run Car Accident Leaves Two Dead in Ft. Lauderdale

As Florida Lawyers, working in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, we are saddened when tourists, those coming to our city to enjoy themselves, are wrongfully killed by the carelessness of speeding motorists. Unfortunately, such another tragedy happened today when two British tourists were killed in a hit-and-run car accident outside of the Marriott Hotel in which they were staying.

A white Porsche, which witnesses say was speeding, and which police suspect was racing another car, struck the victims as they were walking along State Road A1A near the beach, on Seabreeze Blvd. Shortly after the collision, police found the Porsche deserted along I-95 in Ft. Lauderdale.

Considering the area in which this collision occurred, is one that is heavily traveled by pedestrians, we can only hope that local law enforcement will take a more proactive response to hopefully prevent such needless tragedies from occurring.