Auto Accidents: February 2009 Archives

February 20, 2009

Palm Beach County Family Injured in Rollover Accident on Florida's Turnpike

A Wellington, Florida woman and her family suffered minor injuries after their SUV crashed and rolled over on the Florida Turnpike Thursday evening. The family was taken to Delray Medical Center and West Boca Medical Center for treatment.  According to reports, the auto accident allegedly occurred when an unknown vehicle tried to cut in behind the SUV and clipped the truck's rear bumper.  At the time of the automobile accident, the family members were wearing their seat belts and the driver was talking on her cell phone.

According to Florida's Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, 10,255 injury accidents and 826 fatal accidents resulted in overturned vehicles in 2006.  79 out of the 110 children ages 01 to 17 years old killed in automobile accidents in 2006 were not using safety equipment.  Safety belts and other vehicle safety equipment does save lives.  Of the 214,083 accidents reported as involving drivers and passengers wearing only safety belts, 146,798 of the occupants reported no injuries at all and 42,035 occupants reported only possible injuries.

Not only do seat belts help save lives and prevent injuries in car crashes, they are also required to be worn by law.  Florida statute requires that the operator of a motor vehicle, all passengers under the age of 18, and all front seat passengers wear seat belts or child restraints.  Furthermore, if you are involved in an auto accident due to the negligence of another, the failure to use a seat belt can be argued by the defense to be comparative negligence on your part and used to reduce the amount of compensation awarded.  It is always important to take steps to protect yourself and passengers in your motor vehicle.

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February 13, 2009

Pedestrians Killed in Fort Lauderdale Hit and Run Car Accident

Two more Broward County deaths are attributable to an early morning Ft. Lauderdale hit and run.  According to reports, a white Porsche and an unidentified light colored vehicle were drag-racing down Seabreeze Boulevard when the two pedestrians were struck.  The two white males were found dead in the southbound lanes.  The white Porsche suspected in the deaths was found abandoned on the northbound on-ramp from Interstate 595 onto I-95, while the other vehicle has not yet been found.  No suspects have been apprehended thus far.

Tragically, pedestrian deaths and injuries are not an uncommon occurrence in Florida.  In 2006, 546 pedestrians were killed and 7,754 were injured in traffic accidents according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.  In Miami-Dade County alone, there were 90 pedestrian deaths attributable to traffic crashes followed by 50 deaths in Broward County and 39 deaths in Palm Beach County.

The loss of a loved one is always a traumatic and devastating event.  When a loved one is lost due to the reckless or negligent driving of another, people often turn to the legal system for justice and compensation.  Many times, a wrongful death lawsuit can be filed by a relative on behalf of their loved one in order to obtain compensation for funeral expenses, lost wages, loss of companionship, pain and suffering, and other compensable injuries.  Although nothing can fully compensate for the death of someone close to us, knowing the negligent driver does not get off with impunity and is held to account for their actions often contributes to the healing process.


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February 9, 2009

Homestead Man Accused of Killing 3 Children in Drunk Driving Accident Denied Bail

Miami-Dade County: The horrific January 25th auto accident in South Miami Dade undoubtedly changed the Serrano family forever after an alleged drunk driver crashed into the rear of the family's minivan causing fatal injuries to all three Serrano children.  Now, the man accused of driving his vehicle with a blood alcohol level that was three times the legal limit and charged with three counts of DUI manslaughter, Gabriel Delrisco, has been denied bail by a Miami-Dade judge.  Delrisco had a previous drunk driving conviction in 2001 and some 26 traffic citations in eight years, but had a valid driver's license at the time of the fatal auto accident.

In Florida, there were 890 alcohol-impaired auto accident fatalities in 2007 according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  Alcohol-impaired motor vehicle accidents represented 27.7 percent of all Florida vehicle deaths in 2007.  In 2006, there were 16,319 alcohol-related automobile accident injuries in Florida.  There were 1,684 alcohol-related accidents in Broward County, 1,792 in Miami-Dade County, and 1,265 in Palm Beach County in 2006 according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

According to the Miami-Herald, the personal injury attorney for the Serrano family is looking for others whom were potentially negligent in supplying Delrisco with alcohol.  Under certain circumstances, Florida law allows for establishments to be held liable for negligently serving alcohol to their patrons.

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February 3, 2009

Another Florida Resident Critically Injured in Rollover Accident Following Tire Blowout

Dannielle Montesano was rushed to North Broward Medical Center in Deerfield Beach yesterday after her 1999 Ford Explorer flipped on the Florida Turnpike and threw her from the automobile.  According to the Broward Edition of the Miami Herald, Montesano's vehicle experienced a rear tire explosion while she was not wearing her seat belt.  Montesano's two children and her sister were also in the vehicle during the automobile accident, but were not thrown from the SUV and suffered non-life-threatening injuries.  They were taken to Broward General Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale.

In 2007, Florida traffic accidents were responsible for 3,221 fatalities and 212,149 injuries according to the Traffic Crash Statistics Report 2007 compiled by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.  Of these, 1,972 deaths occurred in seat belt equipped vehicles.  Sixty one percent (61%) of the people killed in seat belt equipped vehicles (or 1,201 people) were not wearing their seat belts.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that tire related problems such as flat tires or blowouts account for an estimated 414 fatalities and 10,275 non-fatal injuries annually.  Furthermore, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) utilizing statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation indicates that 10,182 occupants of "passenger vehicles" died in rollover crashes in 2007.  According to IIHS, death results more often in single-vehicle sport utility vehicle (or SUV) rollover accidents than in cars or pickups.  In 2007, forty seven percent (47%) of deaths involving SUV occupants were from single-vehicle rollover accidents.

One simple step to decrease the likelihood of experiencing tire failure is to keep your tires properly inflated, according to the NHTSA.  Tire pressure should be checked regularly and maintained within the guidelines of your vehicle's cold tire pressure placard (often located on the driver's side door frame) and your vehicle's owner's manual.

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