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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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See Why A Bar Would Pay $15.5 Million To Settle A DUI Lawsuit

Posted by on May 16, 2013 in Motor vehicle accidents, Recent News

See Why A Bar Would Pay $15.5 Million To Settle A DUI Lawsuit

Most people probably don’t realize it, but bars and restaurants in Florida are generally protected from lawsuits arising from the actions of their drunk patrons. However, there are two primary exceptions: providing alcohol to minors, and providing alcohol to a customer who is obviously drunk. I recently came across the story of a $15.6 million settlement in a DUI/wrongful death case involving a bar in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area called the Hofbrauhaus. A 25-year old customer of the bar left the bar extremely intoxicated and crashed into a family car where a 3-year old was tragically killed, and her mother was catastrophically injured. This video details how much the 25-year old patron had to drink, what the bar did to try to keep him from getting behind the wheel of his car (you guessed it — next-to-nothing), and what the victimized family has been put through as a result of this event. It is rare to get this kind of behind-the-scenes look at a case like this. Even though this accident occurred in Pennsylvania, any bar in Florida would be similarly liable under the circumstances. Also, in Florida, if a case like this one went to trial, the bar could be held liable for punitive damages – which are extra damages intended to punish a defendant for egregious wrongdoing. If you have any questions regarding a Florida wrongful death case involving a DUI contact Winter Park personal injury lawyers Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901 or visit...

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