Unfortunately, it seems like every week these days we learn about another violent attack at an apartment complex near the University of Central Florida (UCF.) This week was no exception. According to the OrlandoSentinel.com website, an unidentified man was shot in the back when he was approached by a gunman in the parking lot of the Marquee Apartments located across the street from UCF. Apparently the man robbed the victim, and shot him as he was trying to leave. Unfortunately, the Marquee Apartments have been the scene of several violent crimes in recent times. Our thoughts and prayers obviously go out to the victim of the shooting. Nobody parks their car in a commercial parking lot in a college area and expects to be the victim of violence in apartments near UCF – and nobody should. With all of the reported violent crimes in the area around UCF, one would think that the businesses in that area would be taking a serious look at security and making improvements. All businesses owe their patrons a duty to provide reasonable security under the circumstances. If an area is particularly violent or crime-ridden, security measures will need to be heightened. Many times this will mean that a business needs to employ additional security officers. Sometimes it may mean installing gates, doors, or security cameras. It would be interesting to learn what the Marquee Apartment was doing in terms of security. When the owners see their apartment complex named in multiple stories about violent crime over series of weeks or month, it would seem like they might be taking extraordinary measures to prove to the public that their complex is safe. It clearly seems like they still have some work to do. If you have any questions regarding a violent attack at an apartment complex or any business or commercial enterprise, or if you want to learn about any aspect of a Florida negligent security case, please call Winter Park personal injury/wrongful death attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901 or visit our website at...Read More »
A recent Florida Turnpike crash presented set of facts worthy of a lawsuit exam question. I thought it might be instructive to share some information about this horrific and tragic crash for anyone in Florida involved in a serious car accident. WESH.com reported that the vehicle being driven by Eduardo Moreno was struck from behind on the Turnpike causing the tragic death of one passenger, Soraya Ramirez, and serious injuries to another, Rosa Ramirez. The article described that Mr. Moreno’s vehicle was stopped in the left travel lane of the Turnpike because a vehicle in front of his was making a U-turn. Moreno’s vehicle was then struck in the rear by two other vehicles. From reading the report, it seems as if the vehicle making the U-turn could be held liable (or at least partially liable) for causing this accident. U-turns on the Turnpike are not only illegal, they are also extremely dangerous. Anyone doing this could definitely face exposure for any damages he or she caused. Second, one wonders why Mr. Moreno brought his vehicle to a complete stop in the roadway. Why couldn’t he change lanes to avoid the hazard? Depending upon the answers to these questions, Mr. Moreno could conceivably face liability to Ms. Ramirez and her family. Third, what about the two vehicles that rear–ended Moreno’s car? Why couldn’t they avoid striking the rear of his vehicle? Drivers are required to keep a safe distance between themselves and vehicles in front of them, and to keep a lookout for hazards. Either or both of the rear-ending vehicles could also be held liable for this accident. It will interesting to see how all of this shakes out. Regardless, it will be important for the Ramirez family to consult with an experienced Florida personal injury attorney. If you have any questions regarding a serious Florida auto accident, or wrongful death claim, call Winter Park personal injury lawyers Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901. In addition, you can order a FREE copy of Asleep At The Wheel: 13 Mistakes The Insurance Company Desperately Hopes You Make After Your Florida Car Accident, an essential book for Florida car accident victims, by clicking...Read More »
Who Was Responsible For Security In Orlando Nightclub Parking Lot Where 20-year Old Man Shot and Killed?
A 20-year old man was found by law enforcement lying in a pool of blood, dead from a gunshot wound suffered in a shopping plaza in the Pine Hills area of Orlando last weekend. The parking lot belonged to the Mandarin Plaza, a shopping center that features two nightclubs, the Scorpion and Santa Fe Nightclubs. According to the report, law enforcement is concerned that trouble that began inside one of the clubs spilled out into the parking lot. Importantly, it was also noted that this parking lot was the scene of a shooting just last year. What was not reported in the media story is the fact that over the last several years there have been a significant number of shootings and violent acts in various bars and nightclubs within just one mile of where this murder occurred. We know because our firm has been involved in representing at least two of the shooting victims and their families. It seems beyond belief that the people who operate these bars and nightclubs, and/or the property owners who lease these properties to the club operators, don’t realize how dangerous this area truly is. Businesses, and even landlords, can be held liable if their customers are victimized in ways that are foreseeable to the business operators and owners. In this instance, these business owners and property owners either know, or should know, that invitees get shot, stabbed, and otherwise assaulted in this area regularly. As a result, these businesses have a duty to take reasonable measures to keep the area reasonably safe for patrons. This might entail hiring security guards (or more security guards), enhancing lighting, installing video surveillance (or more, better video surveillance). If steps like these are not taken, and people get killed in these foreseeable attacks, businesses can be held liable for negligent security. It will be interesting to see how this story develops. Did one of the nightclubs in this plaza simply dump a bunch of angry, gun-toting, patrons on the sidewalk and hope that things would be okay? Did the shopping plaza have a visible security presence in the parking lot? The family of the dead 20-year deserves answers to these kinds of questions. If you have any questions regarding a potential Orlando negligent security case, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at...Read More »