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  • Key Terms in a Personal Injury Lawsuit

    January 31, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    Most personal injury lawsuits are filed in order to compensate the victim for the loss he/she sustains due to another’s negligence or fault. Wrongful death lawsuits are designed to compensate surviving family members for the loss of a loved one. Both types of lawsuits are designed to hold negligent and at-fault parties financially responsible for the harm caused to others. There are several ...
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  • Wesley Chapel Motorcyclist Killed

    January 30, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    On Wednesday, January 22nd, a man from Wesley Chapel lost his life after a motorcycle collision with a passenger car near County Line Road early that morning, according to Florida Highway Patrol (FHP). The accident report filed by FHP troopers indicated that Samuel Hemphill of Wesley Chapel, age 54, was headed west on County Line Road approaching Nashville Drive on his Yamaha motorcycle, right ...
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  • Tampa Woman Cited Over Fatal Crash

    January 30, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    On Wednesday, January 22nd, the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) cited a Tampa woman who crashed her car on Interstate 275 back in November. The car accident resulted in the death of a passenger riding in the vehicle along with her. The driver has now been cited for several traffic infractions, according to the FHP. Martha Decimus, age 34, was cited by troopers for careless driving, failure to wear a ...
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  • Understanding Florida Premises Liability

    January 27, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    Florida homeowners, private property owners, and commercial property owners are subject to liability provisions under premises law. All Florida residents share certain common responsibilities for the general safety of any person who enters their property including a home, retail store, or office. Homeowners and landowners are responsible for maintaining the conditions of each square foot of a lot. ...
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  • 2014 Off to a Scary Start for Bicycle Accidents

    January 22, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    2013 closed out on a consistent pace for bicycle accidents after a rider was injured in Pinellas County on December 31st. Though police believed he had been drinking, the bicyclist was seriously injured after being hit by a vehicle on Park Blvd. Now, just a few weeks into 2014, South Florida has had already had its fair share of bicycle accidents. Critical Mass Leader Hit While Riding On Thursday ...
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  • Two Killed in Collision with Semi-Truck in Plant City

    January 22, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    On Monday, January 13th, two people riding in a passenger vehicle were killed following a catastrophic collision with a semi-truck. The accident between the car and a tractor trailer closed down the James L. Redman Parkway for several hours as rescue crews and investigators worked the scene, according to Plant City police. The fatal traffic accident occurred right around 3:45 p.m. A driver and one ...
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  • Motorcyclist Killed in Nokomis Crash

    January 22, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    On New Year’s Day, a motorcyclist lost his life after colliding with an automobile in the town of Nokomis, Florida. According to Florida Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when a car pulled out in front of the motorcycle right around 5:35pm. Troopers reported a man from Venice, 52-year-old David Yarzab, was riding his Harley Davidson southbound on U.S. 41 nearing the Waterfront Too ...
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  • Port Charlotte Man Killed in Industrial Tractor Accident

    January 21, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    On Thursday, January 9th, a man died in the morning hours after an industrial accident in which he was run over by the same tractor he had been operating. According to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, EMS and Fire Department rescue units were dispatched at 9:15 a.m. to the Auto Barn Wholesale Building on Packinghouse Road, near Cattlemen Road and Palmer Boulevard. When the accident was ...
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  • Georgia Brothers Killed in Car Accident Near Disney

    January 15, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    On Sunday, January 5th, a fatal car crash near Disney World claimed the lives of two brothers from Georgia. Last week, troopers opened an investigation in an attempt to determine exactly what could have caused the fatal crash to occur. Mark, 35, and Douglas Gibson, 32, were visiting Orlando on a business trip for their family run business, Heritage Charity Auctions & Award. The siblings were ...
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  • One Teen Dead, Two Injured in Plant City Car Accident

    January 15, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    On Friday, January 10th, a tire blowout resulted in the death of a 19-year-old man and serious injuries to two other teenage passengers. The group was headed east along I-4 near Plant City just around 4am when a tire suddenly blew on their Ford Explorer SUV. The sudden blowout sent the SUV into a skid, causing it to roll over several times along the interstate. The driver, Marcus Anthony Grubb, ...
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  • Kellyanne Hurst to Be Honored During Plant City High School Basketball Game

    January 15, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    The Swope, Rodante Vanguard Award Selection Committee is proud to announce that Plant City High School senior, Kellyanne Hurst has been selected as the “December Student Athlete of the Month.” The mission of The Swope, Rodante Vanguard Award is to celebrate outstanding high school student athletes and coaches throughout Hillsborough County. Members of the committee, Plant City High ...
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  • Troopers May Charge Driver with Learner's Permit After Fatal Accident Near Orlando

    January 14, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    On Saturday, January 11th, a 15-year-old driver with a learner’s permit ran a red light at a busy Oviedo intersection, causing an accident that resulted in one fatality. Now, it could be a few months before troopers decide whether charges will be filed against the driver. Florida Highway Patrol Spokesperson, Sgt. Kim Montes explained to reporters that traffic fatality investigations often ...
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  • Two Pedestrians in Critical Condition after Orlando Crash

    January 14, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    On Thursday, January 9th, an accident in Orlando left two pedestrians hospitalized in critical condition. A man and an 8-year-old girl were both struck by a car as they attempted to cross Semoran Boulevard near Baldwin Park, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The accident took place right around 6:35 p.m. near Century 21 Boulevard, one block south of Baldwin Park Street. Both pedestrians ...
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  • Cyclist Injured in Pinellas Park Accident

    January 7, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    On New Year’s Eve, a local man riding a bicycle was seriously injured after being struck by an automobile on Park Boulevard. The accident occurred in the evening hours just after dusk, according to Pinellas Park Police. The accident report revealed the cyclist had entered an eastbound traffic lane against the flow of traffic. The sun had already set and the man was riding the bike in traffic ...
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  • Shellie Zimmerman Involved in Orlando Car Crash

    January 7, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    On Friday, December 27th, the estranged wife of George Zimmerman, Shellie, was involved in an automobile accident just around 11:30am. Shellie was driving her own automobile when she was struck by another driver while going through an intersection. Neither Shellie nor the other driver sustained any serious injuries. However, Winter Park Police said they detained the other driver for questioning ...
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  • 2014 Safe Driving Resolutions

    January 7, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    2014 is a new year and a time to implement safe driving habits. By committing to these habits, drivers can lower the likelihood of being involved in a car accident. Below are a few simple tips to follow: 1. End distractions and pull over: Distractions are a leading cause of motor vehicle accidents. Texting or talking on cell phones are common distractions to drivers and have been statistically ...
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