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Small Car Crash Test Results Show Room For Improvement | Orlando Accident Attorney

Posted by on Aug 21, 2013 in Motor vehicle accidents

Small Car Crash Test Results Show Room For Improvement | Orlando Accident Attorney

InsuranceJournal.com recently published the results of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) recent crash safety testing.  In this round of testing the IIHS created a new crash test where only the front driver’s corner of the vehicle is involved.  This round of testing also only involved small cars. Here is how these small vehicles fared: GOOD 2013 Honda Civic (four-door) 2013 Honda Civic (two-door ACCEPTABLE 2013 Dodge Dart 2013 Ford Focus 2013 Hyundai Elantra 2014 Toyota Scion tC MARGINAL 2013 Chevrolet Sonic 2013 Chevrolet Cruze 2013 Volkswagen Beetle POOR 2013 Kia Soul 2014 Kia Forte 2013 Nissan Sentra Poor performers were noted to have safety cage collapses, driver airbags that moved sideways, and crash dummy occupants hitting dashboard displays during crashes. All of the companies with vehicles tested indicated that they are hard at work on new designs to improve performance on this new insurance industry test.  On the bright side, the small cars tested here generally did better than the small-sized SUV’s tested earlier this year. Based upon the results of this testing, and seeing my fair share of wrecked cars as an Orlando accident attorney, I think I’ll stick with our family’s 8-passenger Toyota Sequoia.  Clearly, if you have the means, driving a mid-sized or larger vehicle is likely to be a safer experience if you are, unfortunately, involved in a car accident. If you have any questions following a Florida car accident, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at...

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How Closely Was Classroom Being Supervised in Mims Elementary Inappropriate Touching?

Posted by on Mar 7, 2013 in Child Sexual Abuse

How Closely Was Classroom Being Supervised in Mims Elementary Inappropriate Touching?

What would you think if you were summoned to your child’s kindergarten class with other parents, and questioned about whether your child had ever mentioned being inappropriately touched? As a father of four children, I think I would be horrified. Apparently, this is the situation that parents in a Mims Elementary kindergarten class faced earlier this week. According to a story posted on  Local 6/Clickorlando.com, an investigation by the Department of Children and Families, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, and Brevard Public Schools at Mims Elementary is under way involving allegations of inappropriate touching. Investigators are not sharing many details at this point, but the story mentions that the regular classroom teacher has been pulled from this kindergarten class. Parents are quoted as saying they are “concerned” about what might have gone on in the classroom. I would bet that “concerned” is an understatement. As a Florida child sexual abuse attorney, I know that the effects of child sexual abuse often last a lifetime. The damage done to a child during these formative years can have major psychological impact for years to come, including being detrimental to adult relationships and healthy sexuality. While the Brevard County Schools were correct to conduct an investigation, the School Board can still face liability depending upon the facts and circumstances of what happened in the classroom. Institutions, like schools, that cater to kids and place them in regular contact with adults, such as teachers, must supervise the contacts between children and adults. Supervision means paying attention to indicators, even if they were subtle, that something inappropriate was happening. In my experience handling cases involving negligent supervision, there are almost always signs that were ignored and shouldn’t have been. It will be interesting to see how this story...

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