Serious Injury Crash in Jefferson County Puts One in the Hospital
On May 13, 2012 the Florida Highway Patrol responded to a vehicle crash in Jefferson County. The driver, Vernie Key, of a 2008 Ford F150 was trying to turn left from the southbound lane on Waukeenah Highway. The driver, Domenick Bellavigna, of a 2000 Suzuki MC was traveling north on Waukeenah Highway. As the Ford F150 attempted to turn the vehicle struck the front of the Suzuki MC. Jefferson County EMS assisted on the scene and took Mr. Bellavigna to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital with serious injuries.
Source: Florida Highway Patrol, Jefferson County Crash With Serious Injuries, WCTV.TV (May 13, 2012), http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/Jefferson_County_Crash_With_Serious_Injuries_151309335.html
Vehicle Crash with a Bicyclist Sends Child to Hospital
In Levy County, twelve year old Keanu Becker was riding his bicycle westbound on NE 108 Lane. The driver of the vehicle was driving a 1997 Honda SUV also westbound on the same road. The driver, named Elizabeth Tyler, struck Keanu Becker in the rear with the right front of the SUV. The bicyclist was pushed off the road and was ejected onto the south shoulder of the lane. He was transported by emergency crews to Shands Hospital in Gainesville and is currently listed in critical condition. According to the Florida Highway Patrol press release Ms. Tyler stated that the sun was directly in her eyes at the time of the accident. FHP believes that alcohol is not a factor in the accident.
Source: Florida Highway Patrol, Bicyclist Hit By Car In Critical Condition, WCTV.TV (May 6, 2012), http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/Bicyclist_Hit_By_Car_In_Critical_Condition_150374745.html
Fatal Accident on Bridge to Apalachicola
On May 3, 2012, the driver of a Kia Sedona, Vicki Segree, died in a fatal car accident. According to The Florida Highway Patrol, her vehicle was hit by a Toyota pickup truck on Highway 98 in Eastpoint, Florida. The pickup truck swerved into her lane which struck her vehicle head on. Her car then flipped numerous times. The driver, Chandler Moses, and passenger, Sabrina Hicks, of the truck were taken to the hospital. Troopers are investigating the accident and say that alcohol was not a factor.
Source: Eyewitness News, Woman Killed on Bridge Leading to Apalachicola, WCTV.TV (May 3, 2012), http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/Woman_Killed_on_Bridge_Leading_to_Apalachicola_149995295.html
Semi-Truck Accident in Madison Kills One
Two semi-trucks were involved in a crash in Madison County according to the Florida Highway Patrol. One truck, driven by Edward Schreffler, was traveling in the northbound lane on State Road 53. The other truck, driven by John Geiger, was traveling in the southbound lane on the same road. According to reports, the truck driven by Mr. Schreffler entered the southbound lane and struck the other truck. His vehicle then “jackknifed” and caught fire before it slid to a stop on the west shoulder of the road. Mr. Geiger’s truck overturned onto its passenger side after being struck and slid to a stop across State Road 59. The accident site is between interstate 10 and the Madison-Lafayette county line.
EMS crews responded to the scene and found one driver dead and the other having chest pains. He was treated by EMS personnel. The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the vehicle accident.
Source: Eyewitness News, One Dead After Fiery Semi Truck Accident in Madison County, WCTV.TV (April 20, 2012), http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/One_Dead_After_Firey_Semi_Truck_Accident_in_Madison_County_148234765.html
Mother Sues Hospital for Cutting off Finger
The Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center located in Polk County is being sued by a mother after a nurse accidentally cut off a three month old baby’s pinky finger with a pair of scissors. The mother, Veronica Olguin, brought her baby, Selena, to the hospital in October for a fever. The baby was admitted to the hospital for two days. During the discharge a nurse took scissors to cut the plastic intravenous tube that was attached to the baby’s hand. Instead of cutting the IV tube, the nurse cut off the baby’s pinky finger which fell to the floor.
According to reports the lawsuit says that the nurse then ran out of the room screaming. Doctors attempted to save the finger but were not able to save it. As of the date of this post, the hospital has not yet reached an agreement with the family.
Source: Nicole Howley, Mother Sues Heart of Florida Hospital for Cutting Off Baby’s Finger, Justice News Flash (March 30, 2012), http://www.justicenewsflash.com/2012/03/30/mother-sues-heart-of-florida-hospital-for-cutting-off-babys-finger_2012033011928.html
Afternoon Rollover Accident Occurred on Interstate 10
In the afternoon of March 30, 2012 the Tallahassee Fire Department responded to a vehicle accident at mile marker 199. The accident occurred in the westbound lane of the interstate with a gold car and an SUV. The driver of the SUV said that he swerved to avoid a ladder that had fallen off a vehicle in front of him. The gold car has been reported as the car that overturned in the crash. The driver and passenger of the gold car were taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital by paramedics after being extricated from the car by TFD. There were two dogs inside the vehicle and they were taken by Leon County Animal Control for examination. The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating this vehicle crash.
Source: Eyewitness News, 2 People Cut From Car After I-10 Accident, WCTV.TV (March 30, 2012), http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/TFD_Cuts_Car_to_Resu_145202905.html
Car Accident on Orange Avenue
On Saturday, March 24, 2012, the Tallahassee Fire Department responded to a car accident on Orange Avenue and Paul Russell Rd. Once on the scene the Fire Department put out one vehicle fire. According to reports, Randall Dender was driving in a 1964 Ford when he attempted to pass a vehicle. During his attempted pass he lost control of his vehicle and crossed the median where he struck a 2003 Cadillac. The driver and passenger of the Cadillac both suffered serious injuries. All involved were taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. Randall Dender was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital. The Florida Highway Patrol and LCSO also assisted the Tallahassee Fire Department on the scene.
Source: Fire Department Press Release, Orange Avenue Car Accident Leaves One Dead, WCTV.TV (March 24, 2012), http://www.wctv.tv/news/headlines/3_Car_Accident_Leaves_One_Dead_144109246.html
Vehicle Crash on Capital Circle NW Proves to be Fatal
At about 7:15pm on Friday, March 2, 2012, a vehicle crash occurred at the intersection of Tower Road and Capital Circle NW. The Leon County Sherriff’s Officer responded to the crash and found that a blue Chevrolet Trailblazer and a black Jeep Cherokee had collided. According to reports, Leon County EMS transported Sue Corsale to the hospital where she died from her injuries. Ms. Corsale had served as a math professor at FAMU for 16 years. In addition, reports state that Pamela Duprey and her passenger, Kevin Duprey, suffered minor injuries in the crash.
Source: LCSO; Garin Flowers, Students Mourn Passing of FAMU Math Teacher, WCTV.TV (March 5, 2012), http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/Fatal_Crash_on_Capital_Circle_North_West_141289393.html?%3F%3F%3F%3F%3F%3F%3F%3F%3F%3F%3F%3F%3F
Florida Ban on Texting Bill
As you might be aware, we have been following a bill in the Florida legislative session that would have allowed fines to be assessed to those who were caught texting while driving. Unfortunately, the bill was killed. We see clients everyday who were injured because a driver was not paying attention, so we hope that this bill will be refiled next session. Apparently, we are not the only people that support such a bill:
What To Do If The Insurance Company Contacts You After Your Car Accident
Almost invariably, a person that is injured in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence is contacted by the insurance company of the at-fault party in the days following the accident. When they contact the injured party, the insurer will likely try to convince the injured person to give a statement to the insurance company. Worse, many unscrupulous adjusters will offer the injured person “hush” money to make them go away. Invariably, this offer is far less than the value of the injured person’s claim.
Realize this- the insurance company for the other driver does not have your best interests at heart. They are a business, and they are looking to keep the amount that they ultimately have to pay an injured party as low as possible. Fortunately, you are under no obligation to talk to the other party’s insurance company. Do not give a statement to the other party’s insurance company. All they are trying to do by taking a statement is to lock you into a statement that they can later use against you. More importantly, do not accept a settlement without consulting a lawyer. I have represented many clients who had offers from insurance companies in the days following the accident, and I have not ever seen a situation where a “hush” money offer was the best offer that an injured person ultimately received. Conversely, we recently had an man come into our office who had severe injuries that were likely worth several hundred thousand dollars, but unfortunately, the man had accepted a $700 settlement the day of the accident (before he even knew the severity of his injuries), and thus he could not bring another claim. To avoid a situation like this, give us a call at 222-7777, and we will be happy to discuss your case with you and offer an honest opinion on any offer that an insurance company has made you. If we think the offer that the insurance company has made you is reasonable, we will let you know that, although, as I stated earlier, that is rarely (not ever) the case. If the offer is not reasonable, then we will be happy to set up a free consultation at either our Panama City or Tallahassee offices so that we can discuss your options.
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