Monthly Archives: September 2010

Dangers of Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road – Fatal Accident on State Road 50 in Christmas, Florida

A driver who was going the wrong way on East State Road 50 into oncoming traffic caused a fatal collision. The driver who driving into oncoming traffic was identified as Catherine Peterson. age 50, of Winter Springs, Florida. Florida state troopers say they are still unsure why Peterson was driving in the wrong lane. According to investigators, Peterson’s Hyundai SUV crashed into a Honda Prelude. The driver of the Prelude was identified was Calvin Williams, 33, of Christmas, Florida. Troopers said the collision spun the Prelude and lifted its rear into the air. The Prelude came down on top of … Continue reading

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Destin Man Faces Criminal Charges for Hit and Run Bicycle Accident on Mid-Bay Bridge (Florida)

Douglas Wayne Rutledge, a 30-year-old man of Destin, Florida, has been formally charged after he allegedly hit a bicyclist on the Mid-Bay Bridge. Rutledge has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident with injuries and failing to drive in a single lane. According to a Florida Highway Patrol media release, Rutledge apparently dropped a lit cigarette while driving and as he bent down to pick the cigarette up he drifted into the paved shoulder of the bridge causing the passenger-side window of his vehicle to strike a 71-year-old cyclist, Berthold W. Schliesing. The collision caused Schliesing to be … Continue reading

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Trenton Motorcycle Accident – Biker ( Robert J. Carrier) Died From Accident with Pick Up Truck Making U Turn

Robert J. Carrier, a 59-year-old man of Trenton, Florida was killed after his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck that had made a U-turn in front of Carrier’s motorcycle. The driver of the pickup was identified as Jackie R. Barron, 60, also of Trenton, Florida. According a news report posted in the Gainesville Sun, Barron made a U-turn in front of Carrier. Carrier tried to avoid the pickup by steering right, but Carrier was too close and the left front of his motorcycle struck the right front on the pickup. The collision caused Carrier to be thrown from his motorcycle … Continue reading

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Dangers of Distracted Driving = Texting While Driving Can Be Deadly

The dangers of texting while driving has been compared the dangers of driving while intoxicated. Although many States are currently enacting legislation that reduces or prohibits cell phone use while driving, Florida has no such prohibition. Bills that would have prohibited from cell phone use while driving in Florida died in committees during the Legislature’s annual session earlier this year. Here are some statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that show how dangerous–and deadly–cell phone use while driving, or other forms of distracted driving, can be: – In 2008, 20% of all accidents were the result of motorists … Continue reading

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Special Hazards Driving Statutes Means that Drivers Should Slow Down As Needed for Weather, Children and other Circumstances

In Florida and other Statutes, merely obeying the posted speed limits is not enough. There are circumstances on the roadways that take place every day that require drivers to slow down, and, yes, driver under the speed limit. Section 316.185, Florida Statutes addresses this issue by stating that “the posted speed limits shall not relieve the driver from the duty to decrease speed when approaching and crossing an intersection, when approaching and going around a curve, when approaching a hill crest, when traveling upon any narrow or winding roadway, or when special hazards exist or may exist with respect to … Continue reading

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Power Line Electrocution Ends Life of Good Samaritan (David Katterhenry)

A Good Samaritan from Jacksonville, Florida was tragically killed by electric shock after he touched power lines that had been downed by a motorist the Good Samaritan was trying to help. The motorist was a 19-year-old woman. The accident occurred during the morning when the woman swerved to miss a deer causing her to strike a power pole, splitting the pole in half. The power pole was carrying more than 14,400 volts of electricity. The Good Samaritan, identified as David Katterhenry, 52, stopped to help the motorist and was electrocuted as he approached the vehicle. Katterhenry’s girlfriend was a passenger … Continue reading

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Cell – Mobile Phones – Driver Distraction – Why Are Drivers Distracted While Using a Cell Phone or Mobile Phone?

Researchers find answers as to why cell phones are so distracting – Americans are addicted to their cell phones. Researchers says about 8 in 10 people who own cell phones talk on them while driving, results that are disastrous to driving conditions. In fact, about one-third of traffic accidents per year (about 1.6 million) are attributed to people talking on their cell phones. According to one study, drivers who are talking on their cell phones are more likely to swerve in and out of lanes and miss an exit. Researchers also say that hands-free cell phones really do not make … Continue reading

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Dangerous Dogs Shot by Officers Serving an Arrest Warrant in Orange County, Florida

According to officials, an Orange County (Florida) deputy was attacked by two pit bulls while trying to serve a warrant. According to a report, because the deputy was in fear of his safety he shot the pit bulls – killing one and “seriously” injuring the other. Officials say the deputy was attacked when an Orange County gang unit was sent to a home in Bithlo, Florida to serve a felony warrant. The deputy who was attacked sustained minor personal injuries to his lower legs. Deputies later arrested the man sought in their investigation. If you would like to read more … Continue reading

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Four People Hospitalized Following Crash on Interstate 4 in Osceola County, Florida

A three-car collision that shut down westbound Interstate 4 in Osceola County, Florida sent four people, including an infant, to the hospital. According to Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) troopers, Carolyn Alecia, 21-year-old, was driving with her infant on westbound I-4 when a tire on her Ford van separated, which caused Alecia to loose control of the car. After losing control, the van crashed into a Nissan driven by 30-year-old Fabiola Munoz. According to investigators, after the collision between the van and the Nissan, a Toyota, whose driver has not yet been identified, crashed into the van, which caught fire. Munoz … Continue reading

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Florida’s Child Restraint and Safety Laws are Lenient According to NTSB

Written By: Lenorae C. Atter Attorney at Law Florida ranks as the worst and most lenient for child safety laws according to the National Transportation Safety Board. The NTSB report recently released finds that Florida’s laws are not stringent enough on providing for children to be in a safety regulated seat. According to the NTSB, since 1996, children eight (8) years old and younger should be protected by state child restraint laws. Florida’s law only requires that a child, three (3) years or younger is required to be a child restraint seat, children ages four (4) to five (5) must … Continue reading

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