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Did Placement Of Bus Stop Cause Osceola Pedestrian Versus Car Accident?

Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 in Motor vehicle accidents

Did Placement Of Bus Stop Cause Osceola Pedestrian Versus Car Accident?

A 12-year old boy was seriously injured in Osceola County a few days ago when he was struck by a car while crossing busy Partin Settlement Road on the way to his bus stop.  Apparently the boy was crossing the road to catch his school bus at his bus stop on Partin Settlement Road when a car behind the slowing bus tried to pass it, and collided with him.  According to the Orlando Sentinel, young Caleb Burgos is still in critical condition in the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. The story of Caleb’s accident would likely be interesting and instructive enough to blog about on its own.  After all, the offending driver apparently attempted to use as his excuse the fact that the bus’ stop bar had not fully deployed when he tried to pass the bus — never mind that the bus was almost fully stopped and had it flashing lights and flaps turned on. School buses have flashing lights and flaps for a reason — to alert all drivers on the road that the bus is about to stop, and that they need to be on the lookout for kids in the area. However, the story got more interesting to me, as a Florida personal injury attorney, when I saw a piece on the WESH.com website a day or so later indicating the Osceola County School Board had ordered that the location of Caleb’s bus stop be changed following his accident. Apparently parents had been complaining for some time about the location of the bus stop, and about safety concerns they had.  It wasn’t until a child was critically injured that the School Board did anything about it. Typically, decisions by school boards about things like bus stop locations are protected from liability by Florida law.  However, in a situation like this one, where the location of the bus stop almost amounts to an admission that it was poorly selected in the first place, I wonder if Osceola County Schools could also be held liable for Caleb’s injuries.  After all, Partin Settlement Road didn’t just get busy yesterday.  We are going to keep our fingers crossed for Caleb and his family. Cases against government entities are always tricky.  Not only are damaged capped by law, but cases against any governmental entity feature specific deadlines and notice requirements that do not exist in non-government cases. If you have any questions regarding a personal injury case involving a governmental entity, or any kind of pedestrian versus car accident, please call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407–254–4901.  Consultations and always FREE and without...

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Video May Be Key To Proving Damages In Bus Accident

Posted by on Dec 2, 2013 in Motor vehicle accidents

Video May Be Key To Proving Damages In Bus Accident

I recently saw a news article on the ClickOrlando.com website regarding a Lynx bus accident that I thought might be useful to share with readers. According to the article, apparently a Lynx (Central Florida Transit Authority) bus was stopped at a bus stop either picking up or letting off passengers at or near the intersection of Semoran Boulevard and Aloma Avenue.  As the bus sat stopped, it was hit by an SUV.  Apparently, at least seven people were injured and were either treated at the scene or taken by ambulance to local hospitals. Indications are that the driver of the SUV has been charged with careless driving, therefore the driver (and owner – if the driver is not the owner) could be liable to pay money damages to all seven injured people. video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player As an Orlando accident attorney, I have handled several accident claims involving people injured on or around Lynx buses.  Many people may not realize that Lynx buses now come equipped with at least six different cameras that are recording everything that is going on inside, outside, and around the bus while the bus is in operation. The people injured in this particular accident with this SUV might be well-served by requesting from Lynx a copy of the bus video in order to demonstrate the mechanism of their injuries.  It is commonplace for insurance companies — like the insurance company of the SUV, here — to question the mechanism and extent of any injuries reported by claimants.  It is more difficult for an insurance company to dispute the legitimacy of an injury if they can see it on video. If you have any questions regarding a Florida motor vehicle accident, or an accident involving a bus or sport utility vehicle, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901, or visit their website at...

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Bus Or Taxi Accident? Common Carriers Owe Highest Duty Of Care In Florida

Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 in Motor vehicle accidents

Bus Or Taxi Accident?  Common Carriers Owe Highest Duty Of Care In Florida

I was reading an article on the Insurance Journal website about a significant Kentucky bus accident, that I thought might be instructive to anyone in Florida who has been involved in a bus, taxi, or similar accident. In the Kentucky accident, 30 high school students and 4 adult passengers were seriously injured when the charter bus they were traveling in on Interstate 64 careened across three lanes of traffic and crashed into a concrete median. Investigators think the bus may have been poorly maintained, or had a mechanical issue. The bus driver has also been blamed. Some of the children on the bus were seriously injured. One young lady suffered a broken back, a concussion, and a shattered elbow. Other children are suffering from similar orthopaedic and closed head injuries. Because my practice is limited to handling significant Florida motor vehicle crash cases, I don’t know what the law is in Kentucky.  But in Florida, “common carriers” like bus companies, taxi cab companies, and similar operators owe passengers the highest degree of care for their safety. This special duty presumably applies to both the operation of vehicles, as well as their maintenance and repair. In other words, the reasonable man standard does not apply to common carriers. If you have been involved in an accident involving a common carrier, it is important for you to understand your legal rights. For more information, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at...

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