On the morning of Friday, October 16th, 2015, six cars were involved in a multi-vehicle crash at the intersection of State Road 434 and State Road 436 in Altamonte Springs. As a result, six people were hospitalized and three of those were found to have sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
An accident just after midnight Tuesday morning has claimed the lives of three young Florida residents. Police say that 27-year-old Laura Hopkins was attempting to turn left off of State Road 436 onto Winter Woods Boulevard when her vehicle was struck by another vehicle driven by 29-year-old Kyle Mowery. Hopkins also had a passenger in her vehicle at the time of the incident, 22-year-old Erica Jusino. The two women were on their way to a friend’s house of the time of the accident.
Florida Highway Patrol Capt. Keith Gaston is using a newly formed database and computer models to track Florida auto accident data and help the law enforcement community identify trends. Capt. Gaston began working on the database nearly ten years ago when he was a graduate student at the University of North Florida. He wanted to develop a way for police to collect and analyze accident information in order to better serve their communities. What began with a single handheld GPS device has now become an innovative program at the University of Florida.
Orlando personal injury attorney James O. Cunningham recently came across a study published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration illustrating how seat belts save lives in auto accidents. According to the study, in more than 50 percent of the fatal auto accidents in this country each year, the victims are not wearing safety belts. The study shows that a properly worn seat belt reduces a front passenger’s risk of being fatally injured by 45 percent and their risk of sustaining a serious injury by 50 percent. People who buckle up in the rear seats of SUVs fare even better in accidents – 73 percent of them reduce their risk of serious injury simply by buckling up.
In a move that Orlando personal injury attorneys and lawyers throughout Central Florida welcome, Kissimmee officials have approved new red light cameras at some of the city’s busiest intersections. Red light cameras have been installed at the intersection of Main Street and Neptune Road since early in 2012, and the city recently installed others at Thacker Avenue and U.S. Highway 192. In June, the city will install more cameras along Highway 192 intersections with Thacker Boulevard, Bass Road and John Young Parkway. Kissimmee spokeswoman Carla Banks said the new sites were chosen due to high traffic volume and persistent problems with drivers disobeying traffic signals.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles compiles auto accident data from across the state and charts trends from these data on an ongoing basis. The most recent accident data on the DHSMV site is from 2009 and shows a drop in the crash rate for Orange County. Orlando personal injury lawyer James O. Cunningham and other Central Florida auto accident lawyers welcomed the news but caution that the accident rate in Orange County is still dangerously high. From a statistical standpoint, Orange County is the fourth-most dangerous county in the state for auto accidents, behind Miami-Dade, Broward and Hillsborough Counties.
Sanford police recently arrested a 22-year-old Sanford man on multiple reckless driving charges after a very high-speed chase through town where the man was caught on radar traveling at 117 miles per hour. After receiving numerous complaints about a man traveling at excessive speeds, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office dispatched a helicopter, which spotted the man running red lights at the intersections of 13th Street and French Avenue and U.S. Highway 17-92 and Lake Mary Boulevard around 2:15 a.m.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating whether or not Jeep Grand Cherokees manufactured between 1993 and 2004 should be recalled due to gas tank ruptures in rear-end accidents. Orlando personal injury lawyer James O. Cunningham is closely following developments in this case as the Jeep that NHTSA is investigating in the case belongs to an Orlando man who died in a recent accident after his Jeep was struck from behind.
NHTSA spokeswoman Karen Aldana recently wrote in an email that “As part of our open defect investigation, N.H.T.S.A. plans to inspect the Jeep Grand Cherokee that was involved in a recent Orlando area crash.”
Five Orlando residents were arrested recently for their roles in an organized insurance fraud ring that staged auto accidents. The Florida Department of Financial Services reports that the suspects solicited people and told them they would receive $1,000 each if they participated in a fake auto accident on July 10, 2010 and filed false medical claims for injuries they supposedly received in the accident. Orlando personal injury attorneys are growing increasingly alarmed about insurance fraud as it has caused insurance premiums in our area to soar and has made it more difficult for them to help clients who have been injured in auto accidents.
An accident involving a school bus and LYNX commuter bus on Thursday, October 27 sent four children and three adults to area hospitals with undisclosed injuries. The accident investigation is still underway, but Orlando Police say that the LYNX bus rear-ended the school bus on Orange Blossom Trail near Plymouth Sorrento Road shortly after 8 a.m. The school bus had stopped to pick up children with its lights flashing and stop sign extended when the crash occurred, and police are still trying to determine how the driver of the LYNX bus failed to stop in time to avoid the accident.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a vehicle accident, call toll-free at 1-888-FLA-Auto (1-888-352-2886).
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