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Sleep-Deprived Semi Driver In Tracy Morgan Case Not Alone

Posted by on Jun 18, 2014 in Motor vehicle accidents, Wrongful Death Claims

Sleep-Deprived Semi Driver In Tracy Morgan Case Not Alone

I am sure that I was not the only person to be shocked and saddened to learn that Tracy Morgan — the outrageous comedian known for his work on Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock — was in critical condition after a crash on the New Jersey Turnpike last week.  One of Mr. Morgan’s colleagues who was also in the van was tragically killed. According to an NBC News story, Mr. Morgan was traveling toward New York City in a luxury van when the van was rear-ended on the crowded road by a semi tractor-trailer. on the New Jersey Turnpike.  Further investigation of the crash revealed that the truck driver who hit the Morgan vehicle, Kevin Roper, had not slept in more than 24 hours before the accident. Federal transportation rules limit the number of hours that heavy truck (semi tractor trailers) drivers can operate their rigs.  For example, truckers are only allowed to work 70 hours per week, and can only restart the 70 hours after a 34 hour break once per week. Ironically, on the same day that Mr. Morgan was catastrophically injured and his friend died, the United States Senate was passing a new measure that would de-fund the government’s ability to enforce the limitations on drivers’ hours.  Apparently the trucking industry doesn’t like the rules much, and has been leading an all-out lobbying assault on Congress.  Trucking companies say that these measures are costing more than they are worth in terms of safety. As a Florida personal injury attorneys who regularly handles cases for people injured by heavy trucks, and their loved ones in Wrongful Death actions, I am confident that driver hours rules save lives, and keep catastrophic medical conditions from happening.  Our firm believes that the current rules should remain in place.  What do you think? If you have any questions regarding a Florida truck accident, or suspect that a driver involved in a crash had been behind the wheel without sleep too long, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at...

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How Will Fault Be Divided In State Road 455 Truck Versus Car Crash? | Orlando Accident Attorney

Posted by on Oct 7, 2013 in Motor vehicle accidents

How Will Fault Be Divided In State Road 455 Truck Versus Car Crash? | Orlando Accident Attorney

Various Orlando media outlets have reported that the trailer of a semi truck carrying sand flipped over during a crash and crushed a Subaru being driven by a 36-year old Clermont woman. As an Orlando accident attorney, I thought that this accident might be a good one to use to discuss how comparative fault (also called comparative negligence) is handled in Florida car accident cases. According to the Orlando Sentinel, a young man driving a Honda Civic approached the intersection of State Road 455 and Buckhill Road from the south. At the same time, a tractor-trailer carrying sand was approaching the intersection from the east. Media reports indicate that, while in the process of veering left to try to avoid the Honda, the tractor-trailer actually impacted the Honda, causing the trailer of the semi truck to turn over right on top of a Suburu that was heading west on SR 455. The drivers of both the Subaru and the Honda were seriously injured and airlifted to Orlando Regional Medical Center. video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player It is easy to anticipate that the driver of the semi truck might try to blame the driver of the Honda for pulling past the stop bar, or for otherwise negligently entering the intersection. At the same time, both the driver of the Honda, and the driver of the Subaru will likely try to blame the truck driver for failing to keep his vehicle under control so as to avoid both collisions. In Florida, accident victims cannot collect damages that arise out of their own negligence. They can only collect the percentage of their damage attributable to someone else’s negligence. In this case, if the truck driver is found to be 50% at fault, the Honda driver suffered $100,000 in damages, the Honda driver would only be able to collect $50,000.  If the truck driver were found 25% responsible, then the Honda driver would only collect $25,000.   There are obviously other factors in play in any accident, but this is roughly how it works. It should be obvious that an extremely thorough investigation should be completed in cases where damages have been suffered but where liability might be disputed. If you have any questions involving a Florida car accident, and particularly one involving disputed liability, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901, or order a FREE copy of Kim ‘s 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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