Orlando Personal Injury Lawyer
The investigation continues into a pileup that has killed ten people and injured several others. The crashes occurred on a stretch of I-75 near Gainesville, FL late Saturday, January 28 and early Sunday, the 29th. It has been reported that wreckage was strewn along the road for about a mile, and the highway was closed for hours. One survivor said that the scene looked “like the end of the world.”
Investigations are still underway in connection with two separate but similar accidents on Wednesday, July 13 involving Lynx buses. The bus accidents lead to hospitalization for 15 Orlando-area residents, and several more passengers received treatment for minor injuries at the scene. Police say the first accident occurred near the intersection of North Orange Blossom Trail and Rosamond Drive when a car belonging to a 51-year-old woman rear-ended the bus, which had stopped to unload passengers. Emergency response personnel transported eight people with injuries from this accident to area hospitals. The driver of the car was taken to Florida Hospital in serious condition. A spokesperson with the Florida Highway Patrol said they expect to file careless driving charges against her.
A couple from Melbourne has died from injuries suffered in a plane crash on the afternoon of July 23. Accident investigators say the couple and a 20-year-old passenger were flying in a Cirrus single-engine aircraft owned by the pilot and his wife. The plane went down in an undeveloped region of southwestern Palm Bay known as the “The Compound.” The 65-year-old pilot and his 50-year-old wife were taken to Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne after the 12:30 p.m. crash but died from their injuries some hours later.
Orlando personal injury lawyer James O. Cunningham would like to remind boaters to exercise extra care while on Florida’s waterways and cautions them to avoid drinking alcohol while in control of watercraft. A 41-year-old Deltona man charged with careless operation of a vessel in connection with a boating accident that killed a DeLand woman and her father has entered a no contest plea. The man entered the plea after Volusia County Judge Belle B. Schumann dismissed two similar counts against him. The judge decided to dismiss the two charges due to double jeopardy concerns because all three charges were filed due to one boating accident.
A tragic pedestrian accident has claimed the life of a 21-year-old Orlando man who stepped off a median on Wetherbee Road into the path of car driven by an Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy. The deputy was trying to stop an illegal street race around 3 a.m. early on the morning of July 3. Orlando personal injury lawyer James O. Cunningham has seen tragic accidents like this happen many times over the years, and they all share a common thread – reckless and completely unnecessary and negligent driving. He knows that the sheriff’s deputy is as much of a victim as the unfortunate pedestrian who appeared to be in the wrong place at the wrong time when officers were trying to apprehend drag racers.
A worker at Orlando amusement park Magical Midway was mortally injured while on the job at the park recently. Accident investigators report that the 20-year-old victim was performing maintenance on a ride called the Star Flyer at the attraction at 7001 International Drive on Saturday, July 4. Problems began when the worker got stuck and subsequently lost his grip on the ride. When Orange County Fire and Rescue emergency responders arrived at the scene a few minutes later, they found the man dangling from his safety harness more than 50 feet in the air. Orlando personal injury lawyer James O. Cunningham is concerned about the rash of Orlando area amusement park accidents recently. He would like to remind anyone who works or visits any of the many Orlando area amusement parks to exercise extra care and speak up if you see a potentially dangerous situation.
Two people were killed recently when the cab they were riding in was struck by a dump truck at a high rate of speed. The investigation into the crash is ongoing, but a spokesperson for the Florida Highway Patrol said the accident occurred on Monday, June 6 around 2:00 a.m. Officers say the cab was stopped on State Road 528 near the McCoy Road exit near Orlando International Airport when it was struck from the rear by the dump truck. Police say the impact nearly tore the back end of the cab completely off, killing the 55-year-old passenger riding in the back of the cab and mortally injuring the taxi driver. The 39-year-old driver was rushed to Orlando Regional Medical Center in critical condition, and he died from his injuries two days later.
We have talked many times in this blog about the Orlando area in particular and Florida in general being the most dangerous places in the country for pedestrian accidents. This troubling and unfortunate distinction is well known and has been documented many times by federal and private agencies over the last several years.
A Good Samaritan who witnessed a hit-and-run motorcycle accident in Pembroke Park that critically injured a man is outraged that someone could knowingly strike a rider and then flee the scene to avoid taking responsibility for his actions. John Roxey witnessed the accident, and he, along with another witness, trailed the hit-and-run driver, apprehended him and held him until police arrived. He wanted to make sure the driver was held responsible for his actions and did not get away with leaving the scene of an accident he caused.
One boater is dead, and another is missing after a Florida boating accident near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in St. Petersburg. The investigation into the accident is still ongoing, but officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission say that a six-year-old boy was pulled from the water late Friday, May 27, and that he is in an area hospital receiving treatment for undisclosed injuries. The body of a 44-year-old man was recovered near the scene of the accident, and a 34-year-old man who investigators believe was injured in the accident was also pulled from the water. Orlando personal injury lawyer James O. Cunningham cautions boaters to exercise proper safety precautions as area waterways grow increasingly crowded.