At a time when the National Safety Council estimates that about one-quarter of all auto accidents involve cellphones or texting – about 2 million accidents a year – many companies whose drivers engage in cell phone usage share one thing in common: they are paying big bucks in court. Miami, Orlando, and various other areas in Florida have seen a drastic increase in accidents involving cell phone use.
Distracted-driving lawsuits now are part of the legal landscape and attorneys are not hesitating to go after companies who do not properly educate or enforce rules banning phone use behind the wheel. Juries have been very direct in their verdict, making the statement that using a phone while operating a vehicle is negligent behavior and unfairly puts others at risk.
For example, a driver in a company car didn’t react when traffic slowed, rear-ending a Honda in a chain-reaction crash that killed a 32-year-old woman. The family of the woman was awarded $21.6 million by a Florida jury for her wrongful death.
The Shaked Law Firm is one of Florida’s premier personal injury law firms, representing people involved in various types of accidents, including those on the road. Clients from across the state are represented by experienced attorneys whom have been been recognized for various awards including Top 100 Trial Lawyers 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, as well as a 2012 Top 40 under 40.
Deputies have charged a Palm Coast woman with DUI after she slammed into a patrol car. The patrol car was performing a traffic stop when Colleen Comfort, 45, is said to have crashed into it from behind.
The Florida Highway Patrol report that Comfort left the scene because she thought she hit a mailbox. Another officer followed her and pulled her over. A breathalyzer test administered shortly after the accident put Comfort’s alcohol content at .252. The legal limit in Florida is .08.
Fortunately, the deputy who’s car was hit avoided injury.
DUI accidents are very serious and often lead to critical injuries of death. These accidents, caused by ones disregard for road safety, have changed the lives of many families and friends. The Shaked Law Firm represents DUI accident victims and their families because we know the importance of keeping Florida’s roads safe and clear of irresponsible drivers. If you or a loved one have been involved in a DUI car or truck accident, call the Shaked Law Firm (305)937-0191
A Florida man has pleaded guilty to accusations that he killed four people in a DUI crash.
Demetrius Jordan faces up to life in prison at his July 20 sentencing for four counts of DUI manslaughter and one count of driving under the influence with serious bodily injury.
Florida officials say Jordan had been under the influence of marijuana and alcohol in August 2010, before running a red light at an estimated 80 mph. Once in the intersection, he rammed into a car, killing Elroy McConnell II and his three sons, Elroy III, Nathan and Kelly.
Tests showed Jordan’s blood-alcohol level was 0.154 percent. Florida law considers a driver impaired at 0.08.
DUI accidents are very serious and often lead to critical injuries of death. These accidents, caused by ones disregard for road safety, have changed the lives of many families and friends. The Shaked Law Firm represents DUI accident victims and their families because we know the importance of keeping Florida’s roads safe and clear of irresponsible drivers. If you or a loved one have been involved in a DUI car or truck accident, call the Shaked Law Firm (305)937-0191.
Rafael A. Rugama, of Coral Springs, was killed in a crash when he lost control of his vehicle on Florida’s Turnpike said the Florida Highway Patrol. The car overturned and came to rest at Waste Management’s Monarch Hill landfill. Rugama, who wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The cause of the car accident has not yet been determined, however, the incident was first reported when a Waste Management employee saw the car in a marshy canal on the western border of the landfill and called authorities.
When Florida authorities arrived on the scene, they found the car overturned and the victim’s body in the canal about 20 ft from the wreckage.
A Florida woman has accepted a plea agreement that will send her to prison for 10 years after she crashed her car while driving drunk with her four children, fatally injuring her 14-year-old daughter.
Melissa Shonvette Johnson was taken into custody after pleading no contest to aggravated manslaughter of a child, a first-degree felony.
Aside from the 10 year jail sentence, the woman will serve four years’ probation and will never be able to have a drivers license.
The Florida Highway Patrol announced that Daquasha Johnson was killed in the rollover crash after being ejected from the vehicle. Johnson’s three other children, ages 10, 11 and 16 at the time, suffered minor injuries.
Troopers said Johnson’s blood-alcohol level was recorded at 0.24 — three times the legal limit for driving — and that she had used cocaine before the accident.
A jury awarded $1.7 million to a retired Ventura County firefighter for injuries caused in an accident that put him in a coma for three weeks and left him hospitalized for two months. He was hit on January 11, 2011 by a 17-year-old driver who was found liable for negligence after running a red light.
Cooke was driving on a provisional license with a 17-year-old classmate and allegedly told the California Highway Patrol he wasn’t paying full attention and didn’t realize the arrow was red until after entering the intersection.
Cooke was represented by James Hart, a lawyer with Nationwide Insurance Co.
Miami Car Crash leaves two injured
Miami Dade Fire Rescue officials have announced two injuries stemming fro a car accident on Countyline Road in Northwest Miami Dade county.
The cause of the crash has yet to be determined however the damage, including one vehicle with severe damage and its roof off, and a bus with front end damage, gives officials a clue as to what may have occurred.
Both victims were taken to nearby hospitals with injuries from the crash.
The Shaked Law Firm is home to Miami’s best car accident injury attorneys. We know the ins and outs of car crashes as we represent motorists from across the state of Florida. If you have been involved in a car, truck, or motorcycle accident, call us at (305) 937-0191.
according to ntsb.gov:
The National Transportation Safety Board has launched a Go- Team to investigate the collision and derailment of two Norfolk Southern freight trains at Graniteville, South Carolina.
The collision occurred on January 6, at about 2:40 AM EST. Initial reports indicate that an unknown quantity of chlorine and/or sodium hydroxide was released and that there was at least one fatality.
Jim Southworth is the Investigator-in-Charge of the NTSB team of 12. NTSB Member Debbie Hersman will accompany the team and serve as principal spokesperson for the on-scene investigation.
Keith Holloway will be the NTSB public affairs officer with the team. Once on scene, he can be reached at (202) 557-1350.
according to ntsb.gov:
The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a media briefing today at 12 noon on Monday’s crash of a Chalk’s Ocean Airways passenger seaplane in Miami, Florida. NTSB Acting Chairman Mark V. Rosenker will conduct the briefing.
The briefing will be held at the Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel at 1633 N. Bayshore Drive, Miami, Florida in the Fisher Island room.
A man police have identified as the gunman in a mass shooting in Hialeah is the half-brother of former Major League baseball player Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez.
Gerardo Regalado was behind the murderous rampage at a Hialeah restaurant late Sunday that left four women dead and three others wounded in the city’s worst mass murder in its history, police said.
Regalado, 38, of Coral Gables, apparently committed suicide blocks from the mass killing.
Among those Regalado allegedly gunned down at Yoyito’s Cafe was his girlfriend, Liazan Molina, 24, Hialeah police said.
El Nuevo Herald has confirmed Regalado is the half-brother of the former New York Yankee pitcher. The two had the same mother.
Regalado has been mentioned by Hernandez in stories about Hernandez’s life in Cuba before he came to the United States to begin a career in 1998 with the Yankees.
Hernandez could not be reached for comment Monday.
Police have also released the names of Regalado’s other victims.
The dead: Molina, of Coral Gables; Maysel Figueroa, 32, of Hialeah; Lavina M. Fonseca, 47, of Hialeah; and Zaida Castillo, 56, of Hialeah.
The injured: Mayra Delacaridad, 55, of Hialeah Gardens; Ivet Coronado Fernandez, 36, of Miami; and Yasmine Dominguez, age and hometown unavailable.
Some of the victims worked at the eatery.
Regalado’s romantic problems with Molina may have led to the mass killings. His Facebook page features happy photographs of the couple, one posted as recently as noon the day of the shooting.
Molina’s profile describes her as married. Regalado’s profile picture shows him embracing Molina on a beachside picnic table, and Molina’s profile contains a photo of the two hugging, with a pink heart-shaped border emblazoned with the words “ Love You Honey!” “It’s a great tragedy,” said Humerto Hurta, a regular at Yoyito’s at 495 E. 49th St., a family-owned eatery which is famous for its arroz con pollo a la chorrera, described by some food critics as the best in Miami-Dade.
Monday morning, the shopping plaza where the restaurant sits remained locked down. A handwritten sign — “Closed. Cerrado.” — hung on the Yoyito’s front door.
Felix Fuentes, 42, showed up to try to get information on medical insurance for Coronado, his sister.
She remains in a coma at Jackson Memorial Hospital, shot twice — once in the chest and once on the side.
Fuentes said Coronado came from Havana four months ago to live with her mother in Hialeah. She has been working at the restaurant for a few months after getting the job through a friend.
Family members from Cuba were calling on his cellphone to check on how she was doing. She has already had two operations. Doctors say she may lose her arm, her brother said.
Coronado’s car was still in the parking lot.
Here’s how police say the deadly evening unfolded:
The shooting spree began with an argument between Regalado and Molina in the parking lot.
Regalado drew a .45-caliber pistol, shot Molina and then entered the restaurant “like a wild man, with a gun in hand, and began shooting indiscriminately,” said Eduardo Rodriguez, who works at the restaurant and said the details were given to him by others who were dining at the time.
Evidence suggests Regalado specifically targeted women, as there were at least two men in the restaurant, but neither was shot.
The three injured were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center in critical condition.
Regalado was found a few blocks away — at 350 E. 45th St. — of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot from the same weapon he used to take four lives, police said.
He was found in a vehicle believed to have been taken from one of the victims.