Monthly Archives: October 2010

Ocala Man Facing Criminal Charges for DUI After Fatal Automobile Accident

John E. Medeiros, 58, of Ocala, Florida, faces his second DUI manslaughter charge in two years after the car he was driving fatally struck a motorcyclist. The man riding the motorcycle was identified as Dwayne E. Bradley, 39, of Hawthorne, Florida. Bradley was driving a red 2007 Honda motorcycle as the time of the accident. According to authorities, Medeiros was attempting to turn left onto Northeast 77th Street when the 2000 Cadillac Deville he was driving collided with the motorcycle. The impact of the collision threw Bradley, who was wearing a helmet onto the roadway. Troopers reported that Medeiros continued … Continue reading

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Halloween – Drunk Drivers and Pedestrian Safety in Jacksonville and North Florida

On Halloween, there are an abundance of children in the streets of Jacksonville, Orange Park, and other North Florida cities, trick-or-treating from one house to the next. Halloween also brings out the party-goer and alcohol is often handed out to adults like candy is to children. The Florida Highway Patrol is looking out for both this year and has issued driver and pedestrian safety tips. In addition, the Florida Highway Patrol is also committed to cracking down on drunk drivers. To avoid accidents this Halloween, drivers should be alert and drive more cautiously. If you are traveling in a neighborhood, … Continue reading

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What Are the Sovereign Immunity Caps or Limits for Personal Injuries Caused by a Government Entity and Its Employees?

What are the sovereign immunity caps or limits for personal injuries caused by a government entity and its employees? In the State of Florida as well as other states, there are laws in place that protect government entities. These laws allow a government entity to be sued only under certain circumstances and only up to certain limits. Government entity refers to any city (i.e. City of Jacksonville), county (i.e. Duval County), or state entity (i.e. Florida Department of Corrections). Sovereign immunity laws in Florida limit recovery against a government entity to $100,000 per person and/or $200,000 per accident. What this … Continue reading

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What Florida Statute / Florida Law Applies to Traffic at a Red Light? Importance of Obeying the Law Especially for the Safety of Pedestrians and Children

In Florida, there are a number of laws / statutes in place that apply to traffic regulation and rules of the road. It is important for every driver to obey Florida traffic laws and otherwise operate his or her motor vehicle with due care and caution. Section 316.075, Florida Statutes requires all vehicular traffic to stop and remain stopped at a red light until it changes. While this law is simple and clearly written, drivers violate this Florida statute every day on Florida roads and highways. A traffic control device is in place for a purpose. Following the traffic control … Continue reading

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Four Die in Head-On Collision on North Georgia Highway

On Tuesday, four people died in a head-on car accident on Georgia Highway 140. It was reported that the accident occurred when the driver of a Kia Sportage (a small SUV) went over the center, double line of traffic and struck an oncoming Buick LeSabre. Sadly, Ralph Jimmy, the driver of the Kia, died instantly. There were three people in the Buick LeSabre at the time of the accident. The 81 year-old driver, J.R. Tucker and 82 year-old Margaret Crews were pronounced dead at the accident scene. The 76 year-old passenger, Jean Tucker, died on the way to the hospital. … Continue reading

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Falls – A Leading Cause of Visits to Emergency Rooms Involving Personal Injuries

According to the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention, accidental falls are the number one injury-related reason for emergency rooms visits. The American College of Emergency Physicians suggests the primary way of avoiding these types of falls is prevention. Facts about Unintentional Falls: – 33% of home-injury-deaths are a result of falls; the leading cause. – More than 40% of nonfatal injuries are a result of falls. – Children under 5-years-old and adults over 70-years-old are most at risk. – For children, the most severe falls are associated with baby walkers and play equipment such as trampolines. – … Continue reading

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Florida Department of Children and Families to Investigate Pit Bull Dog Bite Attack Causing Death of Newborn Baby

In Arlington area of Jacksonville, Florida, a newborn baby died after suffering serious personal injuries from a Pit Bull dog bite attack at an Arlington home. Due to the death of this child due to a Pit Bull attack, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Department of Children and Families will be investing the circumstances of this incident. Dogs, whether they are a Pit Bull breed or another breed, can be unpredictable especially around children. Sometimes, a dog (with no prior warning and no prior history) just snaps and attacks a child or attack. This may have been the … Continue reading

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Is There a Florida Law on Passing or Overtaking a Vehicle?

Is there a Florida Law on passing or overtaking a vehicle? The simple answer is Yes. Pursuant to Section 316.083, Florida Statutes, the driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction shall pass to the left thereof at a safe distance, and shall not again drive to the right side of the roadway until safely clear of the overtaken vehicle. The driver of a vehicle overtaking a bicycle or other nonmotorized vehicle must pass the bicycle or other nonmotorized vehicle at a safe distance of not less than 3 feet between the vehicle and the bicycle … Continue reading

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Vilano Beach Florida Automobile Accident Injures Several People

A Sunday accident in Vilano Beach Florida caused multiple injuries. It was reported that Michelle Millero, a 49-year-old woman, made a left hand turn into the path of a 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck carrying a 59-year-old driver Roy Smith, a 13 year old and another passenger. Both passengers were taken to Flagler Hospital with injuries. The driver was not injured at the scene. The driver, Michelle Millero, was taken to Shands with non-life threatening injuries. In a typical automobile accident case involving injuries, the passengers would first get medical treatment through their own car insurance, or the car insurance of … Continue reading

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Jacksonville Florida Bicyclist Hit By School Bus Near Burger King

Bicyclist, Edith Gruhn, died from injuries suffered from being hit by a school bus Friday afternoon. The bus hit the 59-year-old woman as the bus exited the Burger King parking lot on North Main Street in Jacksonville, Florida. At the time of the accident, there were no children on the bus and there were no other witnesses to the accident. Since this incident resulted in the death of the bicyclist, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and / or the Florida Highway Patrol will conduct a full investigation into the cause of the accident. According to the brief news report, it was … Continue reading

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