Monthly Archives: August 2011

Jacksonville Florida Construction Worker Dies as a Result of Head Injuries Suffered at College of Coastal Georgia

A Jacksonville, Florida construction worker tragically died as a result of a construction accident recently. The fatal head injuries occurred after the man fell from a ladder at College of Coastal Georgia’s new Campus Center, confirmed Glynn County Coroner Jimmy Durden. The man was identified as 32-year-old John Thomas Orr, he died a little before noon at Southeast Georgia Health Center’s Brunswick hospital. Orr was working as a subcontractor on the project. It was reported that he was on the ladder to power on a piece of machinery. Witnesses reported hearing a loud “pop” noise, raising the possibility of electrical … Continue reading

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Fleming Island (Clay County Florida) Automobile Accident Results in Personal Injuries

A 27-year-old man of Orange Park, Florida, sustained serious personal injuries in a six-vehicle crash in Fleming Island, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. According to news reports, the man was traveling in the wrong direction on U.S. 17 before the accident occurred. Per the Florida Highway Patrol Press Release, Christopher Luke Paquette was traveling North just before 11 p.m. and stopped to make a left-hand turn into Eagle Harbor Parkway. However, instead of turning, Paquette drove into the southbound lanes on U.S. 17 and proceeded to travel north toward oncoming traffic. Paquette’s truck eventually collided with 3 vehicles. The … Continue reading

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Florida Traffic Laws – What Is the Duty of a Driver to Yield to Public Transit Vehicles?

Florida law establishes duties upon drivers within the state. Among these duties is a Florida driver’s duty to yield the right-of-way in certain circumstances, one of which is when a vehicle crosses the path of any public transit vehicles. Pursuant to Title XXIII – Motor Vehicles, Chapter 316 – State Uniform Traffic Control, Section 316.0815 – Duty to Yield to Public Transit Vehicles, drivers of vehicles must yield the right-of-way to any publicly owned transit bus that is traveling in the same direction when that bus has signaled and attempted to reenter the traffic flow from a specifically designated pullout … Continue reading

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Florida Traffic Laws – What Is the Duty of a Driver Passing a Vehicle in the Opposite Direction?

Florida law establishes various duties upon drivers within the State. Florida’s traffic laws establish rules and regulations that Florida drivers must follow. Among these duties, rules and regulations, Florida drivers may only pass vehicles on certain sides of the roadway and in certain circumstances. For example, pursuant to Title XXIII – Motor Vehicles, Chapter 316 – State Uniform Traffic Control, Section 316.082 – Passing Vehicles Proceeding in Opposite Direction, Florida drivers may only pass vehicles proceeding in opposite directions shall pass each other to the right. When passing a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction upon a roadway that have … Continue reading

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Florida Traffic Laws – What Is the Duty of a Driver Approaching an Animal?

Florida law establishes several duties upon drivers within the state. Among these duties is a Florida driver’s duty to yield the right-of-way in certain circumstances, one of which is when a vehicle is approaching an animal. Pursuant to Title XXIII – Motor Vehicles, Chapter 316 – State Uniform Traffic Control, Section 316.0825 – Vehicle Approaching an Animal, every Florida driver has the duty to use reasonable care when approaching or passing a person who is riding or leading an animal upon a roadway or the shoulder thereof. Also, the driver must not intentionally startle or injure the animal. A violation … Continue reading

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Florida Traffic Laws – What Is the Duty of a Driver Overtaking and Passing a Vehicle?

The driver of any vehicle has certain duties when overtaking and passing another vehicle that is traveling in the same direction as the overtaking vehicle. The following are duties of the driver of an overtaking vehicle: 1. The driver of the overtaking vehicle shall pass to the left of the overtaken vehicle. 2. The driver of the overtaking vehicle shall not return to the right side of the roadway until safely clearing the overtaken vehicle. 3. When overtaking a bicycle or other nonmotorized vehicle, the driver of the overtaking vehicle must pass the bicycle or nonmotorized vehicle at a safe … Continue reading

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Florida Traffic Laws – What Is the Duty of a Driver Who Is Being Passed or Overtaken by Another Driver / Vehicle?

Title XXIII – Motor Vehicles, Chapter 316 – State Uniform Traffic Control, Section 316.083 – Overtaking and Passing a Vehicles, governs the rules, regulations and limitations applicable to vehicles overtaking and passing other vehicles that are proceeding in the same direction. – The driver a vehicle overtaking another vehicle traveling in the same direction shall give an appropriate signal (provided in section 316.156), pass to the left at a safe distance, and not again drive to the right side of the roadway until safely clear and a safe distance from the overtaken vehicle. – The driver of a vehicle overtaking … Continue reading

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Florida Traffic Laws – When Is Overtaking or Passing on the Right Side Permitted?

Florida drivers are permitted to overtake and pass on the right side of another vehicle only under the following conditions: 1. When the vehicle overtaken is making or about to make a left turn; 2. When traveling upon a street or highway with unobstructed pavement not occupied by parked vehicles; 3. When traveling upon a one-way street, or upon any roadway on which traffic is restricted to one direction of movement, where the roadway is free from obstructions. Florida drivers are permitted to overtake and pass other vehicles on the right only in certain conditions. However, the movement of overtaking … Continue reading

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Florida Traffic Laws – What Are the Limitations on Overtaking, Passing, Changing Lanes and Changing Course?

Under Florida law, drivers shall not drive to the left side of the center of the roadway in overtaking and passing another vehicle that is proceeding in the same direction, unless otherwise authorized or such left side is clearly visible and is free of oncoming traffic for a sufficient distance to permit such overtaking. Overtaking and passing another vehicle should be done without interfering with the operation of any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction of any vehicle overtaken. In every instance of overtaking and passing the overtaking vehicle must return to an authorized lane of travel as soon as … Continue reading

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Florida Traffic Laws – What Are the Restrictions or Limitations on Driving to Left of the Center of the Roadway?

Pursuant to Title XXIII – Motor Vehicles, Chapter 316 – State Uniform Traffic Control, Section 316.087 -Further Limitation on Driving to Left of Center of Roadway, drivers are prohibited from driving their vehicles on the left side of any roadway in the following conditions: 1. When the vehicle is approaching or upon the crest of a grade that obstructs the driver’s view so as to create a hazard in the event another vehicle may approach from the opposite direction; 2. When driving upon a curve in the highway where the driver’s view is obstructed and creates a hazard in the … Continue reading

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