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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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Did Orlando High School Have Reason To Know Security Guard Was Molesting Child On School Grounds?

Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Child Sexual Abuse, Uncategorized

A security guard for Evans High School in Orlando didn’t return to work this week – but it’s unclear exactly why, and what can be done about it. Patrick Leonard Collins was arrested last week and charged with lewd and lascivious molestation of a child and possession of child pornography.  Unfortunately, local media reports (here and here, for example) are contradictory in terms of whether Mr. Collins was abusing a male or female student, but it is clear that the child was a student at Evans High School, Mr. Collins performed a security function there, and that at least one of the abusive acts occurred on the actual premises of the school.  Apparently, Mr. Collins also traded nude photographs with the student, thus the charge he received for child pornography. Channel 6’s clickorlando.com website is reporting that, while Mr. Collins was working at Evans High School, he was actually employed by a company called Uniform Security Guard. This bit of information raises an interesting legal issue for a Florida child sexual attorney like me.  While Evans High School officials might be held liable to the student for its failure to monitor and supervise Mr. Collins while he was on school property, any civil claims for money damage brought against the high school or Orange County Schools would likely be subject to the State’s sovereign immunity statutory cap of $200,000.00. However, because Mr. Collins was actually employed by a private company, there is certainly a strong legal argument that the statutory caps would not apply Mr. Collin’s actions.  This could allow the victim to collect more than the State statutory cap – depending upon the victim’s damages. Child sex abuse cases in Florida are always difficult. There is almost always a multitude of legal issues to be addressed and solved before compensation for a child sexual abuse victim can be secured.  The case against Mr. Collins, Orange County Schools, and Uniform Security Guard, seems like no exception. If you have any questions regarding a Florida child sexual abuse case, or how damages might be calculated in a Florida child molestation case, please call Winter Park child sexual abuse attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901, or visit our website at...

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Report: Google Car Insurance Agency on it’s way : Expect Personalized Service?

Posted by on Jan 15, 2015 in Motor vehicle accidents, Uncategorized

Report:  Google Car Insurance Agency on it’s way : Expect Personalized Service?

The New York Times is reporting that Google is inching closer toward opening its own automobile insurance agency.  In my opinion, another behemoth corporation like Google getting into the automobile insurance agency business really represents no improvement in terms of the lives of Florida consumers. Apparently, A Google car insurance agency is on the way. The company’s intent is to create a comparison/search website that will allow consumers to enter information about themselves, their vehicles, and their driving history and behaviors, and then received pricing or quotes from multiple insurance carriers.  As many people know, several insurance companies have their own websites set up to deliver quotes, but Google’s would presumably feature quotes from several companies.  Apparently, several Google employees have already received their insurance agent licenses in California and other states.  No word yet on whether Google has any agents in Florida, but Google is said to be focused at this point on the most populated states. The problem, as I see it, is that, while Google may have insurance agents working behind the scenes on the website, it doesn’t seem like these agents will be providing any kind of professional insurance advice to consumers.  For example, is Google going to have an employee standing by to answer consumer questions regarding the types of coverage that are available and what exactly is covered?  If you have ever tried to contact anyone at customer service at Google, you will understand that it is highly unlikely that an insurance consumer would ever be able to actually speak to a human being within the Google framework. As a Florida personal injury attorney who deals with automobile insurance matters on a daily basis, I am constantly struck by how little most Floridians understand about automobile insurance.  I am also constantly amazed at how under-insured most Floridians are in the event that some kind of unforeseen and devastating accident happens.  I have to wonder what kind of advice — if any — most Floridians are receiving from their insurance agents about available coverages, or what kind of coverage limits to buy.  I cannot imagine how the entry of Google into Florida’s insurance marketplace could possibly help consumers in this area.  Of course, I hope I turn out to be wrong. We regularly help Florida consumers you have questions regarding automobile insurance, and we generally do so at no charge. If you have any questions regarding Florida automobile insurance, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill 407-254-4901.  Don’t forget to ask them for a copy of their FREE Florida automobile insurance buyers’...

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