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Distracted Driving Can Kill — Even If No Cell Phone Involved | Orlando Accident Attorney

Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Motor vehicle accidents, Recent News

Distracted Driving Can Kill — Even If No Cell Phone Involved | Orlando Accident Attorney

There is so much focus on texting while driving and the other distractions caused by cell phones and mobile devices that we often forget about the most simple distractions. Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Michael Hill, a gentleman killed in a one-car crash in Palm Bay over the weekend. According to clickorlando.com, Mr. Hill was distracted by a conversation he was having with Erin Hill, who was riding as a passenger in his car. Mr. Hill apparently lost control of his vehicle causing it to leave the roadway. Mr. Hill over-corrected, causing the vehicle to flip and crash.  Mr. Hill was tragically killed. As an Orlando accident attorney, I know it is easy to forget that when you are behind the wheel you must stay vigilant at all times. Not only must you leave your mobile devices alone, but you cannot allow yourself to be distracted by a passenger, or by losing yourself in your own thoughts. ANY kind of distraction from the task of driving your vehicle is too dangerous.  Passengers need to remember this, too.  Demanding to much attention from your passenger in conversation can also be dangerous. Apparently, Erin Hill was seriously injured in this crash. Here’s hoping that Michael Hill elected to carry bodily injury liability coverage, as it seems as if Ms. Hill is going to incur some serious medical expenses. If you have any questions regarding an accident caused by distracted driving of any kind, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at...

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See Why A Bar Would Pay $15.5 Million To Settle A DUI Lawsuit

Posted by on May 16, 2013 in Motor vehicle accidents, Recent News

See Why A Bar Would Pay $15.5 Million To Settle A DUI Lawsuit

Most people probably don’t realize it, but bars and restaurants in Florida are generally protected from lawsuits arising from the actions of their drunk patrons. However, there are two primary exceptions: providing alcohol to minors, and providing alcohol to a customer who is obviously drunk. I recently came across the story of a $15.6 million settlement in a DUI/wrongful death case involving a bar in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area called the Hofbrauhaus. A 25-year old customer of the bar left the bar extremely intoxicated and crashed into a family car where a 3-year old was tragically killed, and her mother was catastrophically injured. This video details how much the 25-year old patron had to drink, what the bar did to try to keep him from getting behind the wheel of his car (you guessed it — next-to-nothing), and what the victimized family has been put through as a result of this event. It is rare to get this kind of behind-the-scenes look at a case like this. Even though this accident occurred in Pennsylvania, any bar in Florida would be similarly liable under the circumstances. Also, in Florida, if a case like this one went to trial, the bar could be held liable for punitive damages – which are extra damages intended to punish a defendant for egregious wrongdoing. If you have any questions regarding a Florida wrongful death case involving a DUI contact Winter Park personal injury lawyers Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901 or visit...

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Firing Of High School Teacher/Sex Abuser Too Little, Too Late

Posted by on May 14, 2013 in Child Sexual Abuse

Firing Of High School Teacher/Sex Abuser Too Little, Too Late

Orange County Public Schools has reportedly decided to fire Hugh Broomes, a Jones High School language arts teacher who was recently accused of having sex with a 16-year old high school student.  What makes that case most striking to me as a Florida child sexual abuse lawyer is that it appears that there is evidence that Mr. Broomes had sex with the minor at least 10 times on the campus of the high school!! More on the underlying story here: An institution like Jones High School has a duty to supervise its staff, faculty, and facilities, in order to make sure that situations like this don’t occur.  If the school does not do its job, and somehow lets an adult have sex at least 10 times with a minor on campus, the school could be held liable for negligent supervision, and could be exposed to paying any damages suffered by the minor. It will be interesting to see how this story progresses and to see what the school’s explanation is for how something like this could happen 10 times on a high school campus over the course of about 4 months, reportedly. If you have any questions regarding a Florida child sexual abuse claim, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901 or visit...

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