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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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Was Big Rig Truck Driver Distracted In Fatal Sand Lake Road Crash?

Posted by on Mar 18, 2013 in Motor vehicle accidents

Was Big Rig Truck Driver Distracted In Fatal Sand Lake Road Crash?

Was distracted driving the reason for a four-vehicle crash Saturday night that left one person tragically dead, and six others injured?  The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that a tractor-trailer rig driven by Billie Valerie Dolezal, rear-ended a Jeep, and that this impact caused a chain reaction of collisions with two other vehicles. The crash occurred at the intersection of Sand Lake Road and John Young Parkway in Orlando. The impact was so severe that the tractor and the Jeep both caught fire. The driver of the Jeep, Edgardo Muniz, of Kissimee, was tragically killed. His Jeep was pushed into a Nissan driven by an Orlando man who was injured, and the Nissan was pushed into a Honda, causing injuries to its four occupants. Local Orlando residents know that both Sand Lake Road and John Young Parkway are busy, commercial roads, with businesses on both sides. The intersection in question is very large and controlled by traffic signals, with multiple lanes in all directions, turn lanes, etc.  Anyone approaching such a large intersection should easily realize that there is likely to be other vehicles there – especially a professional truck driver with a special, commercial driver’s license, and presumably, many hours of experience behind the wheel of a truck. Having handled our fair share of Orlando car accident cases, and representing the families of people killed in those accidents and people injured in those accidents, it appears likely that the truck driver was somehow distracted as she approached the intersection. Maybe she was talking on her cell phone, or texting, or maybe referring to her phone for directions. Otherwise, I cannot understand how an experienced truck driver could fail to appreciate an intersection seemingly full of cars, and fail to stop her vehicle in time. If you have any questions following an Orlando truck accident, or wrongful death, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at...

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Spiked Emotions Can Have Disasterous Consequences For Florida Motorists

Posted by on Jan 27, 2013 in Motor vehicle accidents

Spiked Emotions Can Have Disasterous Consequences For Florida Motorists

Our local WFTV.com website recently featured a story that I thought would be worthwhile to share with our readers. This saga began in South Florida and involved a baby, the baby’s mother, and the baby’s father’s girlfriend. Apparently, the father of the child and his girlfriend were taking care of the baby when the mother decided she wanted to see the baby. The mother arranged a meeting with the father’s girlfriend at a neutral location so that the mother could visit with the child. When the girlfriend arrived with the baby, the mother of the baby apparently arrived with some backup in the form of several friends. Once at the neutral location, the two women got into a physical altercation which ended with the mother taking the baby, jumping into a waiting car, and leaving the location at a high rate of speed. Unfortunately, and ultimately tragically, the speeding vehicle crashed into another car as it sped away. The baby and a male in the mother’s group were actually thrown from the vehicle. While the baby survived and was taken to a hospital, the male friend of the mother’s did not. Our hearts certainly go out to the family of the man who died. As Florida automobile crash lawyers, we see this kind of story all too often. In this particular instance, it appears that the commotion involving the fight, the spiriting away of the baby, and speeding away from the scene all contributed  to this crash. While cell phones, and texting, and internet-enable devices get most of the attention when it comes to distracted driving in Florida, it is important to remember that drivers can be distracted by other factors. Sometimes people decide to drive immediately after some kind of emotional experience. It might be a physical fight, a heated argument, or even some difficult problem at work. Regardless, all of these things are still distractions, and can have devastating consequences if experienced while driving a car. By all means, if you have had a particularly emotional time before you are supposed to drive, take a few moments to collect yourself before you start your car and pull away from the curb. Please feel free to share any comments you have about this kind of distracted driving in the Comments section...

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