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.
Regular readers of this blog are very familiar with the sad story of Heather Hurd. Heather was an Orlando resident who was killed when the driver of a tractor-trailer who was texting on his cell phone while driving slammed into her car and eight others on a Florida highway four years ago. Since then, her parents, Orlando personal injury lawyers and many thousands of concerned Floridians have asked lawmakers to pass tough laws against cell phone use while driving with little success. Heather’s parents, Kim and Russell Hurd, who live in Maryland, have taken a proactive stance against drivers who talk and text while driving.
Orlando personal injury lawyer James O. Cunningham is following developments in a recent pedestrian accident that seriously injured two women walking in downtown Orlando. A spokesperson with the Orlando Police Department reports that the two women were walking near the intersection of Colonial Drive and Edgewater Drive shortly after 4 p.m. on October 25 when they were struck by a car. The women were taken to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries, and Orlando Police have launched a full investigation into the accident.
A woman was killed and a teenager critically injured in a bizarre hit-and-run accident in a neighborhood that has been plagued with pedestrian and bicycle accidents for many years. Many details about the fatal pedestrian accident remain unknown while the accident investigation is underway, but police say the 22-year-old woman and 16-year-old boy were lying in the roadway in Altamonte Springs around 9:00 p.m. on October 11 when they were run over by a car or SUV that fled from the scene after the accident.
The construction zone on State Road 417 is a mere 3.8 miles long, but Orlando personal injury attorneys, Florida Highway Patrol officers, area residents and traffic safety advocates are increasingly worried about a recent rash of auto accidents. The construction zone runs from Curry Ford Road and State Road 528, and commuters who drive on this stretch every day are worried about the potential for deadly accidents. FHP troopers have responded to six auto accidents in the zone over a six-week period and claim that unexpected lane closures are a major concern. In one spot, three lanes merge into two without warning, making surprised drivers take evasive action to avoid rear-ending others who have to slam on their brakes.
A Flagler Beach woman is facing charges in connection with a 2010 car accident that gravely injured her grandson. Police say the 43-year-old woman and her grandson were traveling on Old Kings Road in Palm Coast on September 19, 2010 when she lost control of her vehicle. The vehicle collided with a telephone pole, and the collision was so violent that the car was split in two by the impact. The boy suffered critical injuries in the accident and was airlifted to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando, where doctors induced a coma that lasted nearly two weeks to save his life. The driver suffered minor injuries in the crash and, according to the Flagler County Clerk of Court, now faces felony charges of DUI and DUI with serious bodily injury.
A local man who often works as an emcee at clubs and parties is facing charges in Osceola County for reporting a fake robbery to police in order to cover up his involvement with a hit-and-run accident. Sheriff’s deputies report that they were called recently to interview a man at Osceola Regional Medical Center who claimed he had been assaulted and robbed the night before. The man told the deputies that he had been working as an emcee at a party on Kimberlee Lane in Kissimmee the previous evening when he drank too much and passed out.
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.
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