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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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“Selfie” Behind The Wheel: Taking Distracted Driving To New Low

Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in Motor vehicle accidents

“Selfie” Behind The Wheel: Taking Distracted Driving To New Low

Frequent readers of this blog, or followers of our Facebook or Twitter feeds, will surely know that we often post about the dangers of distracted driving (and here, and here).  In the past, we posted about using cell phones, and of course, texting while driving. Yesterday, I read on the insurancejournal.com website about a driving distraction I had not previously thought of, so thought I would share. It seems that a man in Maine recently crashed into a tree and seriously injured several of his passengers while trying to get into a “Selfie” photo being taken by one of his passengers. This kind of idiotic behavior on the part of a driver would probably be hilarious, if it wasn’t so potentially deadly. Make no mistake, a car accident is more than capable of killing someone.  It only takes a moment of distraction to cause an accident.  If you absolutely must take a Selfie while you are in a car – pull over.  Everybody traveling on Florida’s roads – including your passengers – will thank you. If you have any questions following an Orlando car accident, or a Florida crash involving a distracted driver, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901, or visit their website at cullen-hemphill.com. Or, if you want to wait to call,  you can always download a FREE copy of their informative Florida accident guide by visiting...

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Bar Patron Injured In Tampa Car Crash Versus Building Might Be Entitled To More Benefits Than He Realizes

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Motor vehicle accidents

Bar Patron Injured In Tampa Car Crash Versus Building Might Be Entitled To More Benefits Than He Realizes

An unsuspecting Tampa bar patron may be entitled to PIP benefits, bodily injury liability benefits, and even punitive damages after he was injured in an odd accident this week in a Tampa bar.   The OrlandoSentinel.com website reported about the Tampa drunk driving accident.   Apparently a woman named Sully Marie Torre–Medina lost control of her car Tuesday night, causing it to crash into the patio area of the Independent bar in Tampa.  A 34-year-old gentleman named Wesley Kincaid was apparently sitting in the bar’s patio area, was injured in a crushing injury as a result of the crash, and had to be taken to the hospital.   Mr. Kincaid may not realize it, but because he was involved in an accident arising out of the use of a motor vehicle, he may immediately be entitled to insurance benefits to pay his hospital and medical bills.  If Mr. Kincaid owns a car, he would be entitled to Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits under his own automobile insurance coverage.  If he doesn’t own a car, he would be entitled to PIP from Ms. Torre-Medina’s car insurance company.  (Download your FREE copy of our Florida PIP guide, by clicking here.)   Additionally, if Ms. Torre-Medina carried bodily injury coverage on her car (which is optional in Florida – but shouldn’t be), he can make a personal injury claim against her.  Because Ms. Torre-Medina has been accused of DUI, and found to be in possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, Mr. Kincaid may also have a punitive damages claim against her.   We obviously hope that Mr. Kincaid will make a speedy recovery from his injuries.  He seems to have just been at the wrong place at the wrong time.  Nevertheless, we thought his situation was important as an illustration of all the different benefits that might be available in a Florida car accident involving a pedestrian or anyone else who is not inside a vehicle at the time of a crash.   If you have any questions following a Florida car accident of any kind, or about Florida car insurance and how it works, please call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407–254–4901, or visit our website.  You can also download a FREE copy of our popular Florida accident guide by clicking...

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