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New Research Compares Tired Driving To Drunk Driving In Fatal Crashes

Posted by on Jul 27, 2014 in Motor vehicle accidents, Wrongful Death Claims

New Research Compares Tired Driving To Drunk Driving In Fatal Crashes

Two new research studies suggest that tired driving is responsible for as many fatal accidents — car crashes involving deaths — as drunk driving.  Reduced reaction time — the time it takes a driver to recognize danger and take physical steps to avoid it — seems to be the culprit. Unfortunately, today’s hectic lifestyles and work schedules mean more and more people operate without sufficient sleep. New research indicates a growing number of drivers admit to actually falling asleep behind the wheels of their cars. This is obviously a disturbing trend that needs to be reversed. Drivers who drive drunk and caused accidents are subject to punitive damages in Florida. It is an interesting question as to whether a driver proven to be driving in a fatigued condition could also be held liable for punitive damages. If you have any questions regarding a Florida car accident, and especially one where tired driving has been suspected, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901, or download a FREE copy of Kim’s Florida car accident book, Asleep At The Wheel, by clicking...

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911 Audio After Fatal Orlando Crash Offers Inside Look At Accident Scene

Posted by on May 31, 2013 in Motor vehicle accidents

911 Audio After Fatal Orlando Crash Offers Inside Look At Accident Scene

I came across this post on the Orlando Sentinel website.  Somehow the Sentinel secured the 911 call following a major head-on crash that occurred a couple of weeks ago on Lake Picket Road, near the University of Central Florida, in Orlando. It is not often that civilians get this kind of behind-the-scenes perspective of a the accident scene following a significant motor vehicle crash — this one, unfortunately, featuring a real tragedy. As an Orlando automobile accident attorney, the first thing that struck me was the level of calm displayed by both of the participants on the 911 call. I was amazed that the eyewitness was able to maintain her composure so thoroughly throughout her description of the destruction and injured people at the scene. Personally, I think that my pulse would have been racing so fast that I would have been sounded seriously out-of-breath! I was additionally very impressed by the 911 operator. She did a great job of keeping the witness on-point and gathering all of the information that she needed to convey to the First Responders who were on their way. She has obviously been well-trained to do an extremely difficult job. Our hearts go out to the male victim in the accident, who tragically passed away at the accident scene.  From the information we have about the crash, it seems that it was entirely avoidable, and may have involved intoxication on the part of the at-fault driver. Perhaps the audio will put to rest any concerns his family might have had about whether he suffered or struggled after the crash. If you have any questions regarding an Orlando automobile accident, or wrongful death claim, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Robert Hemphill and Kim Cullen at...

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Teen Fatal Accident Data Shows Encouraging Signs

Posted by on Apr 10, 2013 in Motor vehicle accidents

Teen Fatal Accident Data Shows Encouraging Signs

A new study jointly conducted by State Farm Insurance and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia provides encouraging news about teen passenger behaviors.  Nevertheless, more needs to be done to decrease the number of teenage wrongful deaths associated with Florida car crashes. Check out this video for more details: If you have any questions regarding a Florida car accident involving teenage drivers or passengers, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at...

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