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  • Another Wrong-Way Interstate Crash Kills One

    February 27, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    Another motorist was killed in a wrong-way crash on I-275 early on Friday, February 21st. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Chase Kaleb Leveille, age 25, was driving a red Honda Civic sedan north in the center lane of southbound I-275 close to Bearss Avenue right around 2:35 a.m. An Enterprise rental truck was travelling southbound in the center lane of I-275 at the same time. Investigators ...
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  • Driver Kills Two Pedestrians at Sugar Creek Country Club in Bradenton

    February 27, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    On February 2nd, two people lost their lives and several more were injured after a woman backed her car into a group of pedestrians in a parking lot of a Florida clubhouse. According to Lt. Gregory Bueno with the Florida Highway Patrol, the accident took place that Sunday in Bradenton. Bueno explained that a woman backed her car up in a parking lot at the Sugar Creek Country Club community, where ...
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  • Florida Supreme Court Reinstates Personal Injury Award in Bizarre Premises Liability Case

    February 25, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    In October of 2013, the Florida Supreme Court issued a decision in Friedrich v. Fetterman & Associates, PA, reinstating the jury’s verdict for a plaintiff injured while visiting a law office and sitting in a chair to speak with an attorney about an unrelated personal injury claim. Robert Friedrich, the plaintiff in the recent case, was injured in a 2010 automobile accident. Following the ...
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  • Auto Accident Rates Improving for Older Drivers

    February 25, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    About fifteen years ago, traffic safety researchers expressed concern that traffic accidents were likely to increase as the nation’s aging population inflated the number of older drivers on US roads. Now, new data indicates those projections have been proven wrong. According to an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) study released on February 17th, drivers ages 70 and older are ...
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  • Two Dead in Largo Motorcycle Trike Crash

    February 25, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    On Thursday February 20th, two people riding a three-wheeled motorcycle (trike) died in a traffic accident late at night after their motorcycle crashed into the median as they entered U.S. 19 near 150th Avenue N, according to Largo police. The motorcycle driver, Gilles Michaud, and his passenger, Mona Dube, both of New Brunswick, Canada, were traveling north on the frontage Road. The driver ...
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  • Drowsy Driver Statistics

    February 25, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    Many drivers are aware of the dangers of driving under the influence (DUI), but drowsy driving remains an equally dangerous issue threatening the safety of all motorists on our nation’s roads. Drowsy driving is the leading cause of all fatal commercial truck accidents, but it is also a prominent concern among everyday motorists. Driver fatigue can impair a driver’s abilities and ...
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  • Orlando Pedestrian Hit by Semi-Truck

    February 21, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    On Tuesday, January 14th, a pedestrian walking along Orlando’s Orange Blossom Trail lost his life after being struck by a tractor trailer. The victim’s name was not released, but he was identified only as a 33-year-old resident of Orlando, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The deadly accident took place just around 10:22pm near the North Park Commerce Center near Clarcona Ocoee ...
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  • Female Teen Drivers more Distracted than Males

    February 21, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    More than one in three teens die as a result of a motor vehicle accident, making this the leading cause of death for young people in the US. Traffic safety experts cite inexperience behind the wheel, immaturity and a lack of parental involvement as the primary factors behind fatal auto accidents involving teenage drivers. Sadly, smartphone capabilities have added to distracted driving, a rising ...
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  • SUV Rollover Accident Statistics

    February 21, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    In the US, nearly 28,000 rollover accidents are recorded every year, with at least 600 of those rollover accidents occurring in Florida. Out of those 600, approximately 450 rollovers result in serious injury while more than 50 result in one or more fatalities. This means that nearly one person is killed each week. While commercial truck rollovers tend to make news reports as high-profile ...
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  • Wave Runner, and Jet Ski Safety Tips

    February 20, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    Personal watercrafts (PWC) are a common pass time for residents in the greater Tampa Bay area and other popular tourist destinations throughout Florida. PWCs are defined as jet-propulsion boats designed to carry between 1 and 4 riders. The term PWC includes all types and brands of Jet-Skis, Wave Runners, and Sea Doos. Warm weather states like Florida allow residents and tourists to enjoy the use ...
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  • Traffic Safety Debate Continues Over Red-light Cameras

    February 19, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    Florida lawmakers plan on pushing forward a measure aimed at repealing the state’s red-light traffic camera law utilizing information gathered from a study in connection with the Legislature’s non-partisan policy office to support the overall effort. In general, supporters of the repeal effort claim that the lights provide no measurable reduction of auto accidents, pedestrian ...
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  • Leading Causes of Boat Accidents in Florida

    February 16, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    Although Floridians enjoy boating throughout the year, safety remains a prevalent concern for this popular pastime. In an effort to decrease the amount of boat accidents that occur, the state of Florida, along with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, offers safety training and other programs to keep boating safe for everyone. However, many accidents still occur and it is important to know common causes ...
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  • Potential Dangers and Side Effects of Testosterone Producing Drugs

    February 14, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    A recent study reinforces the previous notion that testosterone drugs are linked to an increased risk of a heart attack. The study draws even greater focus to existing concerns about men being prescribed testosterone drugs simply to treat a common part of aging, placing them at elevated risks of dangerous side effects from testosterone therapy. New York Times Notes Significant Risks of ...
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  • Multiple Motorcyclists Injured in Miami Crash

    February 13, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    On Thursday, February 6th, Miami-area rescue crews responded to a violent multiple vehicle accident scene involving three motorcycles. The traffic accident took place at SW 100 Street and Krome Avenue in Southwest Miami-Dade County during the afternoon hours. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said a total of six motorcyclists had been taken by ambulance to area hospitals. Investigators explained ...
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  • Five Killed in Wrong-Way Traffic Accident on I-275

    February 13, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    Just after 2:00am during the early morning hours of Sunday, February 8th, a fiery car accident caused by wrong-way driver resulted in the traffic deaths of four University of South Florida (USF) fraternity brothers on Interstate 275 in Tampa. The collision also claimed the life of the wrong-way driver who crashed into the students on a crest of roadway. The tragic I-275 crash closed the highway ...
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  • Driver and Student Injured in Orlando School Bus Accident

    February 12, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    On Wednesday, February 5th, a school-bus driver and one student suffered minor injuries as their bus crashed into a backhoe from behind in east Orange County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The school bus was from Timber Creek High School. It had been traveling northbound on Alafaya Trail close to 1:40pm when it rear-ended the backhoe. The construction vehicle was making a left turn into ...
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  • Tampa Driver Found Guilty 3 Years after Striking and Killing USF Bicyclist

    February 12, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    A Tampa area driver that killed a bicyclist in an accident nearly three years ago has been found guilty. The vehicle the man was driving had been exceeding 90mph when he struck and killed a cyclist close to the University of South Florida’s Riverfront Park. On Monday, February 3rd, a jury convicted Lenoy Angel Rivera, age 21, of vehicular homicide. Rivera is scheduled to be sentenced on ...
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  • Recent Advances Yield a Smarter, Safer Seat Belt

    February 12, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    A seat belt is an automotive safety device designed to secure the occupants of an automobile and prevent any harmful movement that could result during a collision or a sudden stop. A seat belt functions to: Reduce the likelihood of death or serious injury in a motor vehicle accident by reducing the force of secondary impacts with interior strike hazards. Keep occupants positioned correctly for ...
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  • Miami Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Hit-and-Run Case

    February 12, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    On Thursday, February 6th, a Miami man responsible for causing three fatalities in a violent hit and run accident in 2011 has been sentenced to 20 years in jail. Earlier in January, Cedric Williams, age 52, pleaded guilty to the offense as jurors deliberated and made an apology to the families of the victims. In addition to his prison sentence, Williams will serve 10 years’ probation upon ...
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  • 6-year-old Cyclist Struck and Killed by Semi Truck near Orlando

    February 11, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    On Wednesday, February 5th, a 6-year-old boy passed away after being struck by a tractor trailer as he rode his bicycle to school in Orange County. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Jaden Vasquez Vallejo, of Orlando, was riding to Meadow Woods Elementary School when the semi truck, an 18-wheeler flatbed truck hauling a load of construction lumber hit the 6-year-old on Landstar Boulevard ...
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  • Orlando Area Man Electrocuted after Car Crash

    February 7, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    On Saturday, February 1st, a 21-year-old resident of Winter Garden lost his life after a freak accident in which he was electrocuted after crashing his Hummer SUV into a utility power pole, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Jamal Ashim was travelling westbound on Cook Road in Lake County close to 1 pm on Saturday afternoon. Ashim unexpectedly lost control of his 2003 Hummer and swerved off ...
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  • Two Injured in Tampa Motorcycle Crash

    February 7, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    On Monday, February 1st, two Tampa residents were injured in the late afternoon hours when a motorcycle collided with a minivan, according to information provided by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. Mohammad Saed, age 17, was riding a Kawasaki Vulcan motorcycle heading westbound on Fletcher Avenue approaching 19th Street just around 4:20pm. At the same time, Victor Chadee, age 69, ...
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  • Teacher, Students Injured in Crash with Semi-Truck

    February 7, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    On the morning of Tuesday, January 28th, a grade school teacher and two Blake High School students were injured in a traffic accident as a tractor trailer collided with their automobile on Van Dyke Road. Merritt Tilson, age 40, is a music teacher at Lake Magdalene Elementary School. Tilson was travelling southbound right around 6:28 am onto Van Dyke Road from a private driveway just across from ...
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  • Man Dies in Wesley Chapel Motorcycle Crash

    February 4, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    On Wednesday, January 30th, a 20-year-old man from Lutz lost his life after an early morning motorcycle crash on State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel. Darren Richard Derby was travelling west on a Suzuki GSX-R600 in the outside lane of S.R. 54 close to Oakley Boulevard at 7:05 am, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. At the same moment, Kayla Lancaster, age 22, of Wesley Chapel, was heading ...
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  • Tampa Man Killed in I-75 Car Fire

    February 4, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    On Tuesday, January 29th, a man from Brandon lost his life in a car accident that resulted in a vehicle fire. Interstate 75 was closed for several hours near Martin Luther King Boulevard following a multi-car accident also involving a tractor trailer, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Hillsborough County Fire Rescue responded to the crash on I-75. As emergency responders arrived at the ...
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