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May 19, 2011

Coral Springs Bicycle Accident Lawyer on Accident that Killed Local Man

Last weekend, a Coral Springs man became the victim of a fatal bicycle accident that took place on Sample Road. Coral Springs police are still investigating the accident, which involved bicyclist Michael Fish, and the driver of a 2008 Infiniti, Anthony Pennachio, who has not been charged.

As Coral Springs bicycle injury lawyers, we are very familiar with the dangers that bicyclists face on our Florida roads. Bicyclists face risks of serious personal injuries and, in some cases, death, when riding for leisure or to their workplaces. While there are a number of reasons bicycle accidents occur, they are, in some cases, caused by negligent car drivers or defective bicycle manufacturing.

Unfortunately, bicycle accidents occur way too often in Florida. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics, Florida has been one of the top 3 states for bicycle accident fatalities since 2001, and had the highest number of bicycle accident deaths in the nation in 2007 and 2008. In 2008 alone, there were 4,380 accident injuries involving bicyclists and 118 deaths.

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May 18, 2011

Coral Springs Personal Injury Lawyer Comments on Truck Accident that Injured Baby

A baby boy in Palm Beach County suffered personal injuries and was taken to the hospital after he was run over by his grandfather's pickup truck last Thursday. The 20-month-old toddler suffered a broken pelvis and is in stable condition.

It is a difficult state of affairs when a family member has to face such a tragedy. Thankfully the child survived. Unfortunately, there are far too many instances where children are inadvertently backed over by family members who, for whatever reason, are not aware that young children are in their vicinity. Sometimes the rear view cameras available on more expensive vehicles can prevent these incidents, but there have been cases where the child was even too small to be seen by the rearview camera.

Some similar stories have made headlines this year in Florida, but with more tragic consequences. Earlier in May, another 20-month-old boy was run over in the driveway of the family's home. The baby's father accidentally ran over him, causing injuries that led to the baby's death. In January, a 4-year-old girl died after being run over by her mother.

If the child does not live in the same household as the person who backed over them, even if that person is a relative, the family can collect for the injuries that that child has sustained as a result. These are very sensitive cases, of course, as pursuing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against a family member is not an easy decision.

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May 13, 2011

Coral Springs Auto Accident Attorney Discusses Hit and Run that Killed Pedestrian

Palm Beach County police are investigating a hit and run accident that killed a pedestrian close to Boca Raton on Thursday, May 12, 2011. Guadalupe Corrizales was struck by an Infiniti G35 sedan. The driver has not been charged and his name has not yet been released. According to investigators, the vehicle was speeding.

The above story is another catastrophic case of an irresponsible driver crashing into an innocent victim, and then fleeing the scene. According to a Governors Highway Safety Association report, there were more pedestrian accident fatalities in 2010 than in the previous four years. The report, which contains statistics for accidents nationwide, shows that Florida had the second largest rise in pedestrian deaths in the country.

On many occasions, such as the story cited in this blog, hit and run accidents are responsible for causing pedestrian injuries and deaths. According to a USA Today report, the number of deaths resulting from hit and run accidents has gone up by 20 percent since 2000.

This is precisely what uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage is for. Family members and relatives should be able to collect under the family's underinsured/underinsured motorist coverage for the victim of this horrific accident. Many times persons who flee the scene do so because they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Other times they flee the scene because they're doing something wrong, such as speeding.

Oftentimes these "speeders" have little or no insurance coverage. Don't be caught without adequate insurance coverage.

If you are the victim of a hit and run crash, that is where your uninsured motorist coverage comes into play. Even if you never find the vehicle that fled from the scene of the collision, your uninsured motorist coverage will cover you for damage caused by a car or other motor vehicle that flees the scene. Tip: purchase uninsured motorist coverage at least equal to your bodily injury limits. We also recommend that you purchase stacking coverage if you have multiple vehicles in your household. This will multiply the amount of coverage that you have available to you if you are in one of these "stack" cars at the time of the car crash. If you do have multiple vehicles, you can stack the coverage of all the vehicles in the household for any resident relative, most of whom will be covered in such an incident.

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June 15, 2010

Unregulated Industry: Miami Parasailing Accident Raises Questions about Parasailing Safety

Millions of people visit Florida each year for its theme parks, beaches and water sports. Parasailing is one of the most popular water sports that families partake in when they visit Florida cities such as Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Although parasailing accidents are a rarity in the news, injuries and deaths resulting from parasailing accidents do happen. The website offers consumer information and parasailing accident reports.

On June 7th, 2010, a Chicago father and his 6-year-old daughter were injured in a parasailing accident in Miami. The accident happened when the boat towing the parasail lost power. The boat captain decided to cut the rope so that the father and daughter would avoid a collision with port cranes. After landing in the water, the two were dragged and eventually hit a seawall in the Port of Miami when the wind re-opened the parasail. The father and daughter were taken to the hospital and released the next day.

Luckily, the father and daughter from Chicago survived their parasailing accident. However, fatal parasailing accidents have occurred in Florida. In 2007, a deadly parasailing accident in Pompano Beach claimed the life of a 15-year-old girl and injured her sister when the girls crashed onto the roof of a building. Strong winds caused the parasail to spin until the rope that was attached to the boat snapped, leaving the young women helplessly flying through the air. The National Weather Service had issued a thunderstorm warning shortly before the girls' parasailing trip, but the boat captain proceeded to conduct rides despite such warnings.

Unfortunately, parasailing is currently unregulated by state and federal governments. Parasailing operators are not regulated by either the Coast Guard or the Department of Labor. The National Foundation for Parasail Regulations (NFPR) was started in an effort to establish mandatory operating guidelines. Some of these guidelines include monitoring weather warnings and operating at safe wind speeds. NFPR's goal is to get state and federal authorities to enforce safety guidelines in order to reduce accidents and hopefully avoid deaths resulting from this activity. Furthermore, The Amber May Law, named after the aforementioned young woman who was killed in a Pompano Beach parasailing accident, aims to establish guidelines and standards for the parasailing industry. The proposed law has not yet gone into effect.

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June 9, 2010

Use of Tasers Has Led to Debate, Deaths, and Wrongful Death Lawsuits

Stories involving the use of stun guns and excessive force by police have become increasingly common over the past few years. Some police officers argue that Tasering is safer than restraining a person using batons and physical force. However, given the increasing number of deaths resulting from the use of Taser guns, many people are against employing Tasering as a subdual method. According to the Amnesty International website, over 351 people have died as a result of police Tasers since 2001.

There have been several Tasering incidents in Florida in the past few years. In 2006, a Clearwater man died after being shot multiple times with a Taser gun by police. The struggle involved three officers who managed to handcuff the man before he passed away. Another Florida Tasering incident involved Andrew Meyer, a student at the University of Florida, when he was Tasered by police during a campus conference featuring Senator John Kerry. Meyer was Tasered after refusing to leave the microphone following a heated political question addressed to the Senator. Meyer survived the Tasering, but the 2007 incident ignited a debate regarding excessive force by police.

Many people, including students at UF, did not think the police should have used a Taser gun on the conference attendee. The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida said police should not have resorted to using a Taser on Meyer if there were enough police officers to restrain Meyer without Tasering him. UF police were cleared, however, following an investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement which found that the officers had followed procedure.

In a recent news story from Orange County, California, a settlement of $750,000 was paid to Matthew Fleuret, a former inmate, in a personal injury suit alleging excessive police force. Fleuret was shocked 11 times with a Taser gun after being tackled to the ground by police and kneed in the back of the head. Since the incident, which took place in 2006, a new sheriff has been appointed in Orange County and use-of-force training programs have been updated. It is unknown if the amount of use-of-force incidents have declined since then.

A number of wrongful death lawsuits have been filed against Taser International, the manufacturer of 50,000-volt Taser guns, as these guns have been linked to causing heart attacks and other cardiac problems. Back in 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada, the father of a boy who died after being Tasered sued the Las Vegas Metro Police and Taser International for $20 million. An investigation by the coroner later revealed that Tasers were only partly responsible for the boy's death.

Taser International has issued a training bulleting warning officers to avoid shooting suspects in the chest, and stands by their product as safe. The company is known for winning in court until two years ago, when a San Jose federal jury awarded $6 million to the family of a man who died after being Tasered. The verdict marked the first time the manufacturer was held accountable for death or injury resulting from its products.

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April 2, 2010

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Led to Man's Death on Boat, According to Lawsuit

A family boating trip that resulted in carbon monoxide exposure and the death of an Arizona man has led to a lawsuit. The family of Glen Howeth, who died as a result of a heart attack after he and his family were exposed to carbon monoxide, is suing the companies they believe to be negligent in this tragic incident.

Glen Howeth and his family rented a boat on Lake Powell, Utah in June 2008. According to the wrongful death lawsuit, as the family slept, they were breathing in dangerous carbon monoxide fumes due to a generator located on the boat. Unfortunately, carbon monoxide detectors did not alert the passengers. While the family was sleeping, Howeth woke up because he heard his grandson throwing up in the room they shared. Howeth made an effort to wake up the rest of the family and call for help.

According to the lawsuit, Howeth died of a heart attack as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning. Howell was helping his family and calling for help when he passed away. Howeth's relatives had symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning that included headaches and loss of consciousness, and they were taken to a hospital via helicopter.

One of the companies that Howeth's family is suing for negligence is Aramark Corp, the boat rental company. The companies being sued claim no responsibility in this case. For more information on this story, click here.

Earlier this year a man in Florida died as a result of carbon monoxide exposure on his boat. He was using a generator inside the boat's cabin, which gave off dangerous fumes. Experts warn against using gas-powered equipment, such as generators, indoors because it will lead to carbon monoxide exposure.

Carbon monoxide claims more than 400 lives each year in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Click here for tips on what you can do to help protect your family from carbon monoxide poisoning.

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