Orlando Personal Injury Blog

Motorcycle Accident Leaves One Dead in Florida

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on October 21, 2016

A 19 year old man dies earlier this week following a motorcycle accident that happened just south of Stuart, Florida. According to the local Sheriff’s department, the man was riding his motorcycle at approximately 100 mph southbound on South Kanner Highway when he hit a car turning left onto South River Drive. The crash occurred in the afternoon.

According to police reports, the motorcycle hit the right of the car, causing it to spin and face south. The motorcyclist was thrown about 150 feet from the motorcycle, which burst into flames upon impact. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the car and the passenger sustained minor injuries and did not require to be taken to a hospital.

The crash kept the westbound lanes of Kanner Highway closed for hours.

The Florida Highway Patrol says its investigation as to the cause of the crash remains ongoing.

Despite how horrible this accident is, it could have been worse. Considering the direct impact of the motorcycle, it is lucky that the driver and passenger in the car were not hurt and did not require hospitalization. However, even if they didn’t require emergency treatment, it could be a mistake for them not to go see a doctor. This is because many automobile accident related injuries do not manifest themselves right away, or sometimes they are so subtle that only a trained medical professional will recognize it.

Let’s say that the two people in this scenario decide not to go to a doctor. Two or three weeks pass and the driver begins to notice an increasing pain in his upper back that was not there prior to the accident. This pain requires medical treatment and some time off work. His doctor also warns that if it doesn’t get better, it may require surgery and could affect his ability to do his job. But when the driver goes to file a claim against the insurance company for the injuries sustained as a result of the accident, his claim is denied as being ‘un-related’.

Although this may sound farfetched, unfortunately situations like this happen all the time. To ensure you are properly compensated for all your injuries, it is essential to always seek immediate medical treatment after a car accident.

To learn more, contact the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A today.

Failure to Stop Leaves One Dead in Dump Truck Accident

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on October 20, 2016

A 45 year old female resident of Naples, Florida was killed this week in a car accident involving a dump truck. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the drum truck was driving in the center lane of Collier Boulevard. As it approached a red light at the intersection of Veronawalk Boulevard, the driver failed to stop. The 45 year old female was driving westbound on Veronawalk and making a left turn on green when the front of the dump truck crashed into the left side of her Hyundai.

Upon impact, the dump truck immediately caught fire and was engulfed in flames, as was recorded by several witnesses. The Hyundai came to a stop between the outside lane and center lane of Collier Boulevard. It too was engulfed in flames. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident and subsequent fires closed the southbound lanes of 951 from Rattlesnake Hammock to Veronawalk Boulevard for hours.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the crash remains under investigation, with charges pending.

Florida law allows for those who are injured in an automobile accident to seek compensation for their loss by filing a personal injury claim. (If the person is killed in an accident, than their right to seek compensation can pass to their surviving heirs via Florida’s wrongful death statute). In order to file a suit, one must start by showing that the party causing the injury was in fact acting negligently or recklessly.

In the case at hand, the dump truck’s failure to stop at a red light is not only a violation of Florida’s traffic laws, but also an act of reckless driving. Furthermore, it was this reckless act that caused the accident and the death of the other driver. Because there is a reckless act that caused the injury/death of another, then, according to Florida law, there are grounds to file a civil personal injury action with the courts.

Personally injury and wrongful death lawsuits are emotionally challenging and legally complex processes. To ensure you get the compensation you deserve, it is best to have an experienced Florida personal injury attorney help you navigate through the legal process. To schedule your free initial consultation, call the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham today, PA.

Have a Safe Labor Day Weekend

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on September 6, 2016

Labor Day weekend is notoriously one of the most dangerous weekends for Florida car accidents. In fact, according to the National Safety Council (NSC), there are typically more car accidents during the Labor Day weekend than any other holidays except Thanksgiving. According to the NSC, over the past five years three has been an average of 375 deadly car accidents per Labor Day weekend – 37% of which are caused, or at least partially caused, by someone driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

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Two Injured in Brevard County I-95 Crash

On Wednesday afternoon, two vehicles were involved in a crash along Interstate 95, near Palm Bay in Brevard County, which resulted in two individuals suffering injuries and the closing of all southbound lanes and every lane but one along the northbound side of the interstate. The Florida Highway Patrol has issued a statement that describes the accident as they understand it so far. According to this statement, the two cars, a 2003 Mazda and a 2008 Dodge, were both progressing northbound on the highway. The Mazda, which was behind the Dodge, drew closer and closer and then, say the state troopers, the Mazda struck the Dodge without slowing down.

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Ormond Beach Tree Trimmer Dead After Fall from Palm Tree

On Friday, July 22nd, around 2:15 in the afternoon, Thurman Hull, a 57-year-old who was employed by the Darryl Hamilton Tree Service, was trimming a tree at 1930 West Granada Boulevard when he fell from the ladder. The tree, which is described in the report from the Ormond Beach Police as being a big palm tree, was located at the back of a shopping plaza.

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Osceola County Hit-and-Run Leaves One Dead

The Florida Highway Patrol has released a statement regarding the hit-and-run accident that occurred along Marigold Avenue and San Remo Road around 9:30pm in Kissimmee on Friday. The statement describes how a pedestrian, who has been identified as the 34-year-old Alexis Perez, from Kissimmee, was crossing the street when he crossed into the path of a Volvo driven by the 31-year-old Jeannie Marie Petrie, also from Kissimmee. Petrie was driving north on Marigold Avenue when Perez appeared before her. Petrie hit Perez with the Volvo and then proceeded to run her over. When emergency vehicles arrived they pronounced Perez dead at the scene.

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51-Year-Old Cyclist Killed in Brevard County Crash

In Brevard County this past Thursday, a 2002 Chevy pickup truck driving south on US-1 across the St. Sebastian River Bridge collided with a bicycle headed north on the same highway. The cyclist, 59-year-old David Smith, a resident of Micco, was riding along US-1 and, according to the report, was on the white line painted on the highway’s border. The collision between the bicycle and the car was almost head-on, with the front right corner of the pickup colliding with the front tire of the bicycle, and caused Smith and his bike to collide with the concrete wall dividing the highway’s southbound shoulder from the city’s sidewalk. The bicycle was ultimately propelled over the wall and onto the sidewalk itself.

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Port Orange Police Officer Injured in High-Speed Chase

During an attempt to stop a vehicle involved in a high-speed chase, Port Orange police officer David Vastell was stuck by the speeding vehicle, sustaining injuries that were non-lethal, but serious nonetheless.

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15-Year-Old Killed in Orange County Hit-and-Run Collision

Early Wednesday morning, around 2:00 a.m., Nathan Francschi, a 15-year-old a resident of Orlando, was walking along Carpenter Road when he was hit and seriously injured by a vehicle. The driver of this vehicle did not call the authorities, and it is believed that they immediately fled the scene after hitting Francschi. The boy’s body was discovered on Carpenter Road, close to East Colonial Drive and Grissom Road, by another driver who was making his way home. This second driver immediately called 911. The emergency services rushed Francschi to Florida Hospital East, but due to the severity of his injuries, he died shortly after arriving at the hospital.

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Two Killed in Tuesday Night Auto Accident in DeLand

On Tuesday evening, around 9:00 p.m. near DeLand in Volusia County, two cars collided at the intersection of East New York Avenue and Jesse Michael Drive. The accident, which occurred east of Interstate 4, involved a four-door 2016 Chevrolet and a four-door 2002 Chrysler. According to a report filed by the Florida Highway Patrol, the cars collided head-on at the intersection after the driver of the Chrysler, the 33-year-old Dustin Hayes from Deltona, veered his vehicle from the westbound lanes into the eastbound lanes. The Chevrolet, driven by the 57-year-old William Hellums from Port Orange, also contained the 31-year-old Rita Michaud.

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Florida Personal Injury Office Locations

Main Office

Orlando Personal Injury Office:
3117 Edgewater Dr
Orlando, FL 32804
Phone: 407-425-2000
Toll Free: 877-FL-INJURY
Fax: 407-843-8274

Seminole County

Lake Mary Office:
1001 Heathrow Park Lane
Suite 4001
Lake Mary, FL 32746
Phone: 407-487-4408

Osceola County

Kissimmee Office:
17 S. Orlando Ave.
Kissimmee, FL 34741
Phone: 407-966-4408

Volusia County

Daytona Beach Office:
1301 Beville Rd., Suite 8
Daytona Beach, FL 32119
Phone: 386-243-4994

DeBary Office:
465 Summerhaven Drive, Suite C
DeBary, FL 32713
Phone: 386-320-3911

Deland Office:
Downtown Executive Center
120 South Woodland Blvd.
Deland, FL 32720
Phone: 386-206-1264

Citrus County

Inverness Office:
110 North Apopka Ave.
Inverness, FL 34453
Phone: 352-205-4341

Polk County

Lakeland Office:
1102 S. Florida Ave., Suite 104
Lakeland, FL 33803
Phone: 863-968-7551

Winter Haven Office:
325 Avenue A, N.W.
Winter Haven, FL 33881
Phone: 863-968-7173

Hillsborough County

Tampa Office:
100 S. Edison St. Suite D
Tampa, FL 33606
Phone: 813-355-9772

Marion-Sumter Counties

The Villages Office:
3420 U.S. Hwy. 27/441
Fruitland Park, FL 34731
Phone: 352-419-0825

Lake County

Mt. Dora Office:
602 East 5th Ave.
Mt. Dora, FL 32757
Phone: 352-436-4696

Clermont Office:
900 W. Highway 50
Clermont, FL 34711
Phone: 352-503-4674

Brevard County

Titusville Office:
506 S. Palm Ave.
Titusville, FL 32780
Phone: 321-222-7300

Cocoa Office:
96 Willard Street
Suite 206,
Cocoa, FL 32922
Phone: 321-757-1373