Two road construction workers were injured in our own backyard here in Winter Park last week, when a driver drove through a construction zone and pinned them against a tractor. The driver apparently didn’t even know it had happened: A later report indicates that the driver, Arnold Kleine, has been charged with D.U.I. (driving under the influence of alcohol.) Alcohol may not have been Mr. Kleine’s only driving issue, however. Remarkably, he admitted to local news reporters that he was looking down at this phone when he drove into the construction area. As a Florida car accident lawyer, there are a bunch of interesting legal issues here. First, Mr. Kleine could face punitive damages claims from each construction worker if his intoxication contributed to the crash. Second, both of these workers will likely be covered by Workers’ Compensation insurance from their employers for their initial medical expenses since they appear to have been on-the-job at the time that they were injured. However, receipt of these Workers’ Compensation benefits does not foreclose the workers from pursuing claims against the negligent driver. If they do recover any money from the negligent driver, they will have to pay back their Worker’s Compensation carrier for any benefits paid on their behalf. If you have any questions regarding a Florida distracted driving accident, or an accident involving a drunk driver, or you are an injured worker who has been injured by the negligence of a third-party who not related to your company, please call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen or Robert Hemphill at...Read More »
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