A worker at a construction site in Fort Lauderdale was struck by a beam and fell around 25 feet after the beam collapsed on him, according to emergency response personnel. They say that the man, age and address unknown, was part of a construction crew building a two-story house at 109 S. Gordon Road when he was injured. They told police that the man was pouring concrete for the second floor of the house when the beam he was standing on gave way. The beam reportedly struck the man again as he fell the nearly 25 feet to the ground.
Orange County Sheriff’s deputies report that a man was critically injured recently when he fell around 20 feet while setting up a carnival ride at the Orange County Convention Center. The worker, an employee of Freeman Exposition Services, was reportedly working on the ride at an expo at the Convention center when he fell. Deputies are still trying to determine why the worker fell, but the Sheriff’s Office is working with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on the accident investigation.
According to a study recently published by the Governors Highway Safety Association, Florida ranks third in the country behind Texas and California, respectively, for the number of people killed in motorcycle accidents. Nationally, motorcycle accident fatalities have increased 14 out of the last 15 years (1997 to 2012,) with accident statistics continuing this trend thus far in 2013. Nearly 4,000 motorcyclists were killed in the U.S. from January to September 2012 but the authors of the study expected that number to climb to nearly 5,000 by the end of 2012. At least 287 people died in Florida motorcycle accidents over that same period of time, with 358 killed in Texas and 318 in California.
A 13-year-old boy was struck and killed recently in a hit-and-run pedestrian accident on State Road 436 in east Orange County. Florida Highway Patrol troopers investigating the accident report that the teen was struck while attempting to cross at the intersection of Semoran Boulevard and Old Cheney Highway. Troopers say that the teen was using the crosswalk and had the right of way when he was struck by a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu driven by a 51-year-old Winter Park woman. FHP Spokesperson Sgt. Kim Montes said that the woman was traveling north on Semoran Boulevard when she ran a red light and struck the teen.
As an Orlando personal injury lawyer with nearly 40 years of experience helping injured Floridians, James O. Cunningham has seen his share of slip and fall injury cases and the serious injuries that often result due to negligent business owners’ reluctance or refusal to take corrective action to remove potential hazards. Slip and fall accidents are an especially serious problem in Florida due to our state’s high population of senior citizens and the often debilitating injuries they suffer in slip and fall accidents.
For the first time since 2011, there were tragic deaths at Biketoberfest in Daytona Beach. Six individuals died during the 2013 event which ran from Friday October 18 to Sunday October 20th. Biketoberfest is held annually as a gathering for bikers from across the nation, and includes bike shows, concerts, contests and other festivities.
Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to the familes & friends of the victims involved in these tragic accidents.
Two people riding on a personal watercraft was fatally injured recently when their watercraft collided with a tour boat near the Clearwater Memorial Causeway Bridge. Accident investigators report that the accident occurred about an hour before sunset at 6:10 p.m. when the 51-year-old man operating the watercraft and his 49-year-old female passenger crashed into a double-deck tour boat on a dolphin-sighting cruise. Officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission report that the couple was from out of state and had rented the water scooter.
Florida Highway Patrol troopers report that an Altamonte Springs man was killed recently when his motorcycle was struck by a sport utility vehicle near Orlando. Troopers say that the 33-year-old victim was northbound on Rio Grande Avenue about 2:30 p.m. when a southbound Honda CRV driven by a 62-year-old Orlando woman turned onto 24th Street and struck the left side of the victim’s Suzuki motorcycle. The victim was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead from his injuries. Witnesses report that the rider may have been speeding before the accident occurred and that he and another motorcycle has just passed two other northbound vehicles before the accident occurred.
A New Smyrna boy is hospitalized in critical condition after he was struck by a car while riding his bike in New Smyrna Beach. Accident investigators report that the 11-year-old was riding westbound on Paige Avenue near the intersection with Corbin Park Road when he was struck by a 2002 Honda Civic driven by a 19-year-old New Smyrna Beach woman. They report that the woman was traveling south on Corbin Park Road when she collided with the boy as she traveled through the intersection. Paige Avenue has a stop sign at the intersection but Corbin Park Road does not. At this point in their investigation, Florida Highway Patrol troopers told reporters that they did not yet know whether or not the boy had stopped at the stop sign before entering the intersection.
A St. Cloud Police officer is recovering from injuries he suffered when a suspected drunken driver struck his patrol car and then fled the scene of the accident. Investigators report that the officer’s car was struck around 10:45 p.m. near Old Canoe Creek and Neptune Roads in Osceola County. They say that the injured officer was conducting a normal patrol when his car was struck by a 49-year-old man, address unknown, who also suffered injuries in the hit-and-run accident. He was arrested shortly after the incident and now faces charges of DUI with serious bodily injuring, DUI with property damage and aggravated fleeing and eluding. He in being treated for undisclosed injuries at an area hospital and will be taken to the Osceola County Jail on release from the hospital. The injured officer was treated for minor injuries and released from a local hospital.