Orlando personal injury lawyers would like to alert readers to a recall affecting ice cream sold in nine states, including Florida and several stores in the Orlando area. The recall affects a batch of IGA Brand Vanilla & Chocolate Ice Cream manufactured by Dairy Fresh in 1.75-quart cartons that may contain allergens. The recalled cartons are printed with plant code "3783" and a Sell By date of 08-13-13 and may incorrectly contain Heavenly Hash ice cream, which contains almonds, coconut and soy, which are all potentially harmful to people with allergies to these foods.
According to the most recent data available from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, 2011 was an especially deadly year for Florida boating accidents, with 67 people fatally injured and hundreds more requiring hospitalization. Our state leads the country every year in total number of boating accidents and people injured and killed in these accidents.
A 21-year-old Lakeland man faces several serious charges in connection with a fatal auto accident that killed three people and seriously injured another. Deputies with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office report that the suspect was recently arrested on three counts of vehicular homicide, three counts of driving under the influence causing death and possession of marijuana, along with other charges. Deputies report that the suspect had a blood-alcohol content of 0.234 percent when it was tested after the accident. That is nearly three times Florida’s legal BAC limit of 0.08 percent.
Chrysler recently announced a massive recall involving 469,000 Jeep vehicles worldwide for transmission problems. The recall affects around 295,000 Jeeps sold in the U.S. for problems involving transmissions that can shift from park into neutral. The recall was announced on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) website, which reported that Chrysler is moving swiftly on fixing the issue. The recall affects Jeep Commanders for the 2006 to 2010 model years and Grand Cherokees from the 2005 to 2010 model years.
A grisly trucking accident on State Road 50 in Orlando killed one person and critically injured another after the car they were traveling in slid under and became pinned by a tractor-trailer. Florida Highway Patrol accident investigators have released few details about the accident but acknowledge that the accident occurred on Colonial Drive at Mercy Drive around 6 a.m. on April 29. The accident closed the westbound lanes of SR 50 for several hours while investigators examined the scene and workers cleared debris from the roadway. Orlando police reopened the westbound lanes of SR 50 at 1 p.m.
According to accident investigators, a recent two-car accident in Poinciana killed a 19-year-old man and critically injured three children after a car crossed the center line and collided head-on with another vehicle. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said that a 23-year-old St. Cloud woman was driving a 2002 Dodge Neon east on Cypress Parkway near Laurel Avenue about 10:45 a.m. when she drifted over the center line and collided with an oncoming 2008 Suzuki SX4. The collision caused both drivers to lose control of their vehicles, which came to a rest on the north shoulder of the Parkway.
Japanese automakers Honda, Toyota, Nissan and Mazda recently announced a massive worldwide recall of 3.3 million vehicles due to problems with passenger-side air bags. In some models, air bags on the passenger side of the cabin can deploy with too much force, spraying shards of metal throughout the cabin. The automakers recently announced the recall during a press conference in Tokyo, reporting that it affects around 1.7 million Toyotas, 1.1 million Hondas, 480,000 Nissans and 20,000 Mazdas sold around the world. Approximately 1.4 million models affected by the recall were sold in the U.S.
Florida bicyclists who have long dreamed of being able to ride from the Atlantic coast to the Gulf coast may see their dream become a reality thanks to the Florida Legislature. In a move that delighted Orlando bicycle accident lawyers, Florida lawmakers recently passed a budget that includes $50 million to create a 275-mile "Coast to Coast Connector" bike path. The funds would allow the state to fill gaps between existing trails from Canaveral National Seashore on the east coast to St. Petersburg on the west. Here in Central Florida, the trail would pass through parts of Lake, Orange, Seminole, Volusia and Brevard counties.
Polk County deputies report that a driver involved in an auto accident that killed three people was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. They say that the accident occurred around 2:30 a.m. on April 28 at the intersection of Shepherd Road and Coronet Road in Lakeland. Accident investigators claim that a Chrysler Sebring driven by 56-year-old woman was traveling on Shepherd Road and was attempting to cross Coronet Road after stopping at a stop sign when it was struck by a GMC pickup truck traveling at a high rate of speed. Deputies say that the 21-year-old driver of the truck made no attempt to stop at the stop sign on Coronet Road before he struck the Chrysler.
Motorcycle accident attorneys in Florida are reminding readers to base their purchasing decisions on protective headgear on safety standards, instead of on a helmet’s look. A recent report revealed that around 800,000 novelty motorcycle helmets are sold in the U.S. each year. This headgear typically features stylish colors and designs but does not offer the levels of protection provided by headgear approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which sets safety standards for helmets. There have been several attempts in recent years to limit sales of novelty motorcycle helmets, but decisive action on the issue has been repeatedly delayed.