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What Happened In Water Rapids Ride Accident That Killed Four?

Posted by on Oct 26, 2016 in Theme Park Accidents

What Happened In Water Rapids Ride Accident That Killed Four?

At least one Florida theme park is shutting down its water rapids ride in response to a fatal water rapids ride accident at an Australian theme park that killed four adults. According to Central Florida News 13, Busch Gardens in Tampa has decided to shut down its Congo River Rapids water ride while investigators in Australia try to determine why two people were thrown from the Thunder River Rapids ride at the Dreamworld theme park in Queensland, Australia, and killed, and two others were killed while still within the ride. Thunder River Rapids features large, multi-person rafts that float down a not-so-lazy river. It is not considered particularly dangerous. The ride is considered to be family-friendly and even allows children to ride. There is no word as to whether the other large theme park operators in Florida — Universal Studios and Walt Disney World — plan to shut down their similar rides such as Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges at Islands of Adventure, or Kali River Rapids at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. As we have written previously here, many people do not realize that the rides at the large Florida theme parks are not safety-checked by the State of Florida. Our thoughts are prayers obviously go out to the surviving families of the victims. A theme park is almost the very last place most people would expect to suffer such a staggering loss. We represent people who have been injured, or who have lost loved ones in accidents at Florida’s theme parks, including ride injuries. If you have any questions regarding a potential case or claim, please call me or Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901, or visit...

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Familiar Story With Florida Wrong Way Driver

Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 in Motor vehicle accidents

Familiar Story With Florida Wrong Way Driver

Everyone likes to be proven right.  Unfortunately, Florida wrong-way drivers keep doing it to/or me. Check out this story from Orlando Sentinel.  A man with a Texas driver license was stopped on State Road 408 heading eastbound in the westbound lanes of travel.  Luckily a Florida Highway Patrol Trooper was heading east in the proper lanes, and saw the wrong way driver.  She tried to signal him to pull over or turn around but the wrong way driver ignored her. Eventually the Trooper turned around, caught up to the wrong way driver and pulled him over.  She found him reeking of alcohol and began to question him.  The driver allegedly admitted that he had consumed six beers while watching a football game at a downtown sports bar.  The driver was arrested and charged with driving under the influence.  Fortunately, this time nobody was injured – or killed. As I have written several times before, this story is altogether too common.  In virtually every wrong way accident crash case I have ever handled, the driver has been impaired by alcohol or drugs.    The tragedy is that these cases almost always often feature the very worst injuries or wrongful death because the result of the wrong way drivers’ decision-making is usually a head-on crash. It would be my hope that I am never right about these wrong way crashes again, but I doubt it. If you have been involved in a crash involving a wrong way driver, or driver that was impaired or intoxicated, we would be happy to answer any questions you have by providing you with a free consultation with an experienced attorney. Simply call Winter Park car accident attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at...

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Was The Drunk Driver In Your Accident Illegally Served By A Bar or Restaurant?

Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 in Motor vehicle accidents, Types of Accidents, Uncategorized

Was The Drunk Driver In Your Accident Illegally Served By A Bar or Restaurant?

I saw an interesting article on the insurancejournal.com website about a lawsuit that was recently filed in Wyoming by two women who had been injured in a crash involving a drunk driver.  Unlike a typical car accident case where the claim or lawsuit is brought against the negligent driver, the ladies in the Wyoming case brought their claim against the bar that served the negligent drunk driver.  According to allegations in the injured ladies’ legal Complaint, the negligent drunk driver was underage, and the people who were running the bar where the underage girl was provided the alcohol knew that she was underage. In Florida, cases like this one in Wyoming fall under a category of claims called “dram shop” cases.  Like most states, Florida law generally protects bars and restaurants from liability when one of their patrons leaves a bar or restaurant a little intoxicated and causes injuries to someone else.  However, in Florida, there are exceptions.  Florida Statute Section 768.125 make it unlawful for any person (or business) to sell or furnish alcoholic beverages to a person under 21, or to a person who is habitually addicted to alcohol, and makes the person (or business) liable for any damages caused by the underage drinker or alcoholic. As a lawyer who has handled a number of dram shop cases over the years on behalf of injured people (and the families of those killed by drunk drivers), I can tell you that putting together a viable dram shop case against a bar or restaurant can be challenging.  However, many times it is worth it when the drunk driver has limited or no insurance and there is no other avenue of recovery.  This is particularly true when the damages are catastrophic, or result in a wrongful death claim for families member whose lives have been ruined by a drunk driver. An argument can certainly be made that businesses who profit from providing alcohol to people who should not be in possession of it, and then allow them to get behind the wheel of a car, should be made to pay damages to those who have been injured by their greedy business practices. If you have any questions regarding a crash involving a drunk driver in Florida, or if you believe that the person who hit you had been drinking at a local bar or restaurant shortly before your crash, please call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at...

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