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Dump Truck Owner May Have To Pay After SunRail Crash

Posted by on Oct 12, 2015 in Motor vehicle accidents, Recent News, Uncategorized

Dump Truck Owner May Have To Pay After SunRail Crash

In Florida, the owner of a motor vehicle is ultimately responsible for any damages caused by the operation of the vehicle.  One Central Florida dump truck owner could be on the hook for a lot more than he ever bargained for. The Orlandosentinel.com website actually has the video taken directly from the SunRail train (watch it here) that shows a dump truck parked way too close to the train tracks for the train to pass safely by.  The train engineer does the best he can to slow and/or stop the train, but the truck is just too close to the tracks and there is an obvious collision. According to the article, at least seven (7) SunRail passengers were taken to local hospitals with injuries – hopefully minor ones. In the event that any of these passengers have lingering, long-term physical problems, the ones that do likely have viable personal injury claims against the owner of the dump truck, and perhaps the driver who parked the dump truck, too.  The injured passengers could collect money for their medical bills, lost wages, and even pain and suffering. Many SunRail passengers ride the train to avoid the risk of a car crash on Interstate 4, or Central Florida’s other major roads.   They probably never dreamed they would be involved in a SunRail crash. If you have any questions following a Florida motor vehicle accident — even one involving a SunRail train or other non-highway vehicle, call Winter Park personal injury lawyers Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill.  We represent clients from across Florida.  Every consultation is FREE and no-obligation.  Call us at 407-254-4901, or visit our website at cullen-hemphill.com...

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Knee Airbag Injuries On The Rise, Now Receiving Federal Attention

Posted by on Sep 18, 2015 in Motor vehicle accidents, Types of Accidents

Knee Airbag Injuries On The Rise, Now Receiving Federal Attention

Many consumers make their car choices based upon safety considerations – and particularly the existence and prevalence of airbags. Did you know that many newer cars have knee airbags, and that knee airbags may actually be causing injuries to drivers during relatively minor car accidents? According to recent reporting by Todd Ulrich (@TUlrichWFTV) on WFTV.com, knee airbags have been the source of numerous injuries to drivers and passenger, including at least one Central Florida woman. Apparently knee airbags in many cars deploy with such force that they actually cause knee airbag injuries in accidents where there likely would have been no injury at all.  In the case of the Central Florida woman, the hard plastic cover from airbag caused very deep cuts that contributed to her spending eight days in the hospital, and being left with significant scarring. I performed a cursory internet search and found that the company called Takata is a major manufacturer of knee airbags.  Readers of this blog may remember that Takata was involved in an enormous airbag recall last year involving some 28 million vehicles.  It is now clear whether the recall last year was intended to address this knee airbag issue. Even though I handle Florida car accident cases every day, and have been doing so for 22 years, I have to admit that I did not realize that many cars have knee airbags these days.  Unlike other airbags in cars, knee airbags apparently cannot currently be turned off or have their release pressures turned down.  Apparently federal regulators are beginning to become concerned about the dangers presented by knee airbags. If you have been injured by a knee airbag in a Florida car accident, or have questions regarding any accident-related matters in Florida, please call Orlando accident attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901.  If you don’t want to call, you can always download their FREE car accident guide at...

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“Selfie” Behind The Wheel: Taking Distracted Driving To New Low

Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in Motor vehicle accidents

“Selfie” Behind The Wheel: Taking Distracted Driving To New Low

Frequent readers of this blog, or followers of our Facebook or Twitter feeds, will surely know that we often post about the dangers of distracted driving (and here, and here).  In the past, we posted about using cell phones, and of course, texting while driving. Yesterday, I read on the insurancejournal.com website about a driving distraction I had not previously thought of, so thought I would share. It seems that a man in Maine recently crashed into a tree and seriously injured several of his passengers while trying to get into a “Selfie” photo being taken by one of his passengers. This kind of idiotic behavior on the part of a driver would probably be hilarious, if it wasn’t so potentially deadly. Make no mistake, a car accident is more than capable of killing someone.  It only takes a moment of distraction to cause an accident.  If you absolutely must take a Selfie while you are in a car – pull over.  Everybody traveling on Florida’s roads – including your passengers – will thank you. If you have any questions following an Orlando car accident, or a Florida crash involving a distracted driver, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901, or visit their website at cullen-hemphill.com. Or, if you want to wait to call,  you can always download a FREE copy of their informative Florida accident guide by visiting...

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