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Truck accident leaves 1 dead in Florida

A tragic car crash in Parrish, Florida claimed the life of a 27-year-old woman. The wreck occurred as the woman was driving southbound, and a tractor trailer was traveling west bound. They approached an intersection that had blinking lights. The woman was faced with a flashing red light, while the driver of the truck was faced with a flashing yellow light.

The woman attempted a left turn in front of the truck, but the two vehicles collided. The 27-year-old died at the scene. It is unknown if the 47-year-old truck driver was injured in the crash. The truck's cargo overturned in the crash, spilling sand onto the road.

Injuries from sidewalk slip and falls can be terrible

More than a month ago, we wrote a post that talked about premises liability. Today, we want to get a bit more specific and talk about sidewalk accidents. A story out of Santa Monica has caught our eye, as it exemplifies the dangers of sidewalk accidents and the role that cities and municipalities can play in them.

You may think of sidewalk accidents as simple trip and falls where minor or no injuries occur. But this isn't true. Many sidewalk accidents leave the victim injured, and sometimes the harm is serious. In this Santa Monica case, a woman tripped and fell on a two-inch differential between two slabs of concrete on the sidewalk. The fall left her with a dislocated shoulder that required surgery.

Distracted driving remains a serious problem in Florida

An interesting report was released recently by EverQuote, an online insurance firm, about distracted driving. According to EverQuote, they used the EverDrive motion sensing app to calculate how many people took out their phone while driving in the last 30 days. The app said that 92 percent of drivers had done so. What's worse is that Florida ranked second-worst in the country in these terms, only ahead of Louisiana.

Sadly, this isn't something that surprised the assistant chief of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. He said: "I was driving on the turnpike and there was slow traffic and when the traffic picked up I looked in my rear view mirror and saw a white vehicle coming... I pulled off into a left [lane] and the vehicle barely hit the vehicle in front [of me] and he had a cellphone in his right hand."

10 vehicles in pile-up crash leave 4 seriously injured

An accident on Interstate 95 in Broward County locked up traffic and left four people needing emergency help as they were transported to nearby trauma centers. The accident was a massive pile-up crash that involved 10 vehicles. The wreck occurred around 8 a.m. and the police are investigating the pile-up. Three lanes on the interstate had to be shut down to allow crews to address the crash.

At this time, it is unknown how the crash occurred. Few other details are available, in fact. The extent of the injuries suffered by the four people taken to the trauma centers is unknown. All we can really do in response to this crash is speculate as to the cause, and use this story as a platform to advocate for road safety and legal prudence when considering a car accident.

Exploring the legal area of premises liability

A couple of months ago, we wrote a post about a slip and fall where a woman suffered serious injuries. Slip and falls are harmful incidents that are common in the realm of personal injury and premises liability law. However, today we want to focus on some of the other areas of premises liability that can cause people to needlessly suffer.

One common area of premises liability that comes up often is a lack of proper security at a restaurant or place of residence. More specifically, a restaurant may have excessively aggressive security that harms an individual; they could have lax security that contributes to a person's injuries; or they could not have security at all, which also contributes to a person's injuries.

Many injured in 2-vehicle wreck that involved swerving vehicle

While the following crash didn't occur in Florida, it is an important reminder of how car accidents, even relatively simple ones that involve only two cars, can leave many people injured and throw numerous lives into chaos.

The wreck in question involved two vehicles, and they were traveling in opposite directions. One of the vehicles started drifting into oncoming traffic for an unknown reason. It caused a van that was carrying prison inmates to swerve to avoid it. Unfortunately, a wreck could not be avoided and the two vehicles ended up colliding. The aftermath of the crash can be seen in our source article, which shows the heavily damaged frames of the vehicles. This was a violent accident.

Why whiplash is a serious injury

Car accidents can deal a bevy of different injuries to the victims of the wreck. Anyone can lose their life in an accident. Broken bones are common in car accident. Flesh injuries such as lacerations and abrasions can leave life-long scars. Victims can suffer paralysis, either temporarily or permanently. Lower body injuries can rob someone of their ability to perform actions they once could do easily. Upper body injuries can leave victims with an inability to perform basic daily tasks.

But out of all of these potential injuries, we want to talk about whiplash today.

Woman tears hamstring after slip and fall at Target

A woman who went shopping at a Target location in late 2013 slipped and fell on a slippery surface, leading to a torn hamstring that required significant medical treatment and rehabilitation to recover from. The woman sued Target for the incident, and the jury awarded the woman $2.1 million as a result of the incident -- $1.4 million for past non-economic damages, and $700,000 in future non-economic damages.

The incident may sound conflicting at first, but the jury saw that Target failed to keep their patrons safe. As the woman entered the store, a soda bottle spilled on the ground. Target employees went over to clean the spill up with soapy water. This was done, and they placed warning signs so customers knew about the spill. Sounds like Target did everything properly, right?

Distracted driver rear-ends vehicle making turn

A rear-end accident in Florida encompasses the dangers of distracted driving and how these accidents could easily cause serious injuries to unsuspecting, innocent people.

The wreck in questions involves two vehicles. One was being driven by a 52-year-old man and had one other passenger. The other vehicle was being driven by a 22-year-old woman. The 52-year-old slowed down to make a right turn into a restaurant parking lot. As he did so, the 22-year-old was trying to make a phone call on her cellphone, and she failed to notice the change in traffic ahead of her. She crashed into the back of the 52-year-old's vehicle as a result of her negligent driving behavior. Thankfully, no injuries were suffered in the accident.

Passing vehicle strikes trailer, motorcycle in fatal wreck

A motorcyclist was killed in a bizarre accident in Fort Meade, Florida recently. Two vehicles were traveling westbound on CR 630. One had a trailer, while the other vehicle was simply behind the first vehicle. The second vehicle wanted to past the vehicle with the trailer, so the driver entered the oncoming lane to do so. But as the driver did this, a motorcycle traveling eastbound approached.

The driver of the passing vehicle tried to get back into the westbound lane, but he struck the trailer in his attempt to get back. This forced him back into the eastbound lane and led to a head-on collision with the motorcyclist, who was killed in the crash. The driver and a passenger in the vehicle that tried to make the pass were injured. The people in the vehicle with the trailer were not injured in the crash.

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