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Woman Who Killed Pedestrian In Kirkman Hit-And-Run Could Face Punitive Damages

Posted by on Sep 27, 2013 in Motor vehicle accidents

Woman Who Killed Pedestrian In Kirkman Hit-And-Run Could Face Punitive Damages

I was shocked when I read a story in the Orlando Sentinel about a hit-and-run accident earlier this week at the intersection of Kirkman Road and Conroy Road in Orlando. According to the report, Rose Darlaine Pierre, is suspected of driving up on the shoulder of Kirkman Road and killing a man who may have been trying to cross Conroy Road on foot.  Witnesses told law enforcement that Ms. Pierre’s car was traveling approximately 60 mph when the pedestrian was hit. In what can only be described as a cowardly act, Ms. Pierre fled the scene and apparently drove home.  A security guard in Ms. Pierre’s condominium complex noticed her car with a broken windshield and fresh property damage and responded to a police broadcast. As an Orlando accident attorney who has seen his share of wrongful deaths from automobile accidents, situations like this one where it must be apparent to the driver that she hit a human being at a high rate of speed infuriate me.  I just cannot understand how anybody with any humanity could leave a person alone on the side of the road to die. Under normal circumstances, when a person causes a wrongful death due to negligence, the at-fault person can be held liable for the damages suffered by both the survivors and Estate of the decedent.  However, in a situation like this one where the responsible person has done something particularly outrageous or egregious, the at-fault party here could also face punitive damages.  These are damages designed to punish bad behavior, and discourage future bad behavior, and are in addition to economic and pain-and-suffering damages. Our firm’s thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the pedestrian who was tragically killed in this case. If you have any questions regarding a Florida car crash or wrongful death case, call Winter Park personal injury lawyers KIm Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901.  Or order a FREE copy of my book, Asleep At The Wheel:  13 Mistakes The Insurance Company Desperately Hopes You’ll Make After Your Florida Car Accident, by clicking...

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Victim of Florida Hit-And-Run? Uninsured Motorist Coverage Can Help

Posted by on Jun 3, 2013 in Motor vehicle accidents, Uncategorized

Victim of Florida Hit-And-Run?  Uninsured Motorist Coverage Can Help

If you’ve been involved in a Florida hit-and-run accident, you probably feel victimized by the person who didn’t even stop after causing the accident. You might wonder how you are going to pay for the damages you suffered due to the negligence of the person who left the scene. If you have Uninsured Motorist coverage (or a relative in your household does), you may be in luck. UM can cover damages suffered in hit-and-run accidents. HOWEVER, there are sometimes very strict reporting requirements. Watch this video to learn more: If you have any questions following a Florida hit-and-run accident, Uninsured Motorist insurance, or any other car accident-related issue, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901, or visit their informational website by clicking...

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Motorcycle UM Coverage Just As Important (Or More) Than Automobile UM

Posted by on Mar 12, 2013 in Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle UM Coverage Just As Important (Or More) Than Automobile UM

It almost goes without saying that when we get involved in Florida motorcycle accident cases, the injuries to the rider are almost always life-changing.  More often than we would like, the injuries are life-ending. This is why I was particularly struck by a story that I saw on WESH.com involving a hit-and-run motorcycle crash on Interstate 4 in Lake Mary.  Apparently, Keenan Huff, of Brightwood, Virginia, was riding his motorcycle westbound toward Daytona Beach when he was hit by a Saturn automobile, causing him to be ejected and tragically killed. According to the report, the Saturn stopped momentarily, then fled the scene.  The vehicle was later found by law enforcement abandoned.  The owner is apparently from Seffner, Florida, but authorities do not know for sure who was driving at the time of the accident. Based upon my experience handling hundreds of Florida car accident cases where negligent drivers have fled the scene, I am going to predict that there will be no insurance available for the driver or owner Saturn (whoever they are).  If my prediction is accurate, this means that Mr. Huff’s family’s only hope of receiving any kind of damages for the loss of his life will be through Uninsured Motorist insurance coverage. I am very hopeful that Mr. Huff elected to carry motorcycle Uninsured Motorist coverage on his bike.  If he owned cars as well, it would be interesting to determine whether Virginia automobile insurance policies extend Uninsured Motorist coverage to motorcycles.  Either way, the Huff family would likely benefit from speaking with experienced personal injury attorneys in Florida and/or Virginia. If you have any questions following a Florida car accident involving an uninsured motorist, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at...

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