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Airboat crash results in fatal personal injury

There are a wide variety of activities for both locals and tourists to participate in down in Florida. However, many people may forget to consider that some of these things can be dangerous. It is possible for a person to suffer a severe personal injury while participating in one of these activities. 

An accident like this occurred on the afternoon of Nov. 11 when an airboat carrying four passengers crashed. Witnesses reported that the airboat was traveling quickly and seemed to get caught in its own wake, which caused the boat to flip. Several nearby boaters attempted to help the crash victims out of the water. Two of the passengers, including the boat's operator, were rescued, but the remaining two died as a result of the accident.

Fatal personal injury results from crash

Florida roadways are always full of travelers. Some are locals going about their daily commutes, some are tourists and others are truck drivers just passing through. With so many vehicles on the road, there is a chance that drivers may be involved in a car accident that results in personal injury

Authorities responded to a crash involving a car and a semi-truck in Clay County on U.S. 301 at County Road 218 last Tuesday evening. Both the truck and the car had been traveling southbound on U.S. 301. The truck driver, whose truck had been stopped in the left turn lane, failed to yield to oncoming traffic when he exited the turn lane.

Drunk driving suspected in car crash

Many people have had personal experience, or know someone who has, with a drunk individual. Florida residents, in particular, have become accustomed to seeing vacation-goers occasionally overindulge in alcohol. There are many people who take proper precautions when they plan to drink large amounts of alcohol by making sure that there is a sober driver present or by calling a rideshare service. However, there are others who forget to take these precautions or who do not believe they are as impaired as they are. Unfortunately, in many of these cases, the result is a car crash caused by drunk driving.

A crash involving two vehicles occurred on Interstate 275 southbound on Oct. 31. It was reported to be early in the morning, around 3:30 AM, when one car hit the rear of another. There were three people involved in the crash: the two drivers and one passenger. 

When emergency room errors cause additional health emergencies

When a Florida resident or tourist visits an emergency room, he or she likely assumes that the care received will meet acceptable quality standards. While most emergency rooms do treat patients well and offer accurate diagnoses and treatment plans, there are times that mistakes are made. Emergency room errors can lead to additional health problems and serious effects for victims.

If you visited an emergency room and received an incorrect diagnosis or suffered because of an error committed by a health care professional, you have rights. You may be able to seek rightful compensation through a medical malpractice claim, yet you do not have to walk through the complex legal claims process alone.

Florida car accident victim suffers fatal personal injury

There may be several different reasons a car accident can occur. Many crashes are the result of a negligent driver, whether due to texting and driving, being under the influence or even being sleepy while driving. Victims of these types of accidents may consider consulting a personal injury attorney to discover the legal recourse potentially available to them. A Florida woman was killed in a recent crash with a driver who appears to have been negligent.

Authorities said that the accident involved two vehicles. For reasons that are still unclear, one driver was traveling north in the southbound lane. In doing so, his vehicle struck the victim's car. 

Florida Highway Patrol trooper injured in drunk driving accident

Driving while under the influence of alcohol is never acceptable. Not only is doing so against the law, it can also lead to car accidents that result in serious injury. A man was recently arrested for drunk driving after his alleged involvement in a crash with a Florida Highway Patrol trooper.

The trooper was reportedly in a closed lane within a construction zone on State Road 408 at the time of the accident. He was parked there with his cruiser's lights on to alert other motorists of the site. Officials stated that the car of the driver believed to be responsible entered the construction zone and plowed through multiple traffic cones before rear-ending the trooper's vehicle.

Personal injury claims may help those injured in car accidents

Car accidents can happen unexpectedly, especially when drivers fail to observe their surroundings. This can result in a serious personal injury or even a fatality. Two teenagers were killed and another two injured in a recent Florida crash.

According to Miami-Dade Police, the victims' car was struck by a pickup truck. The impact pushed the car into the median. It then struck a fire hydrant and a tree, which resulted in one of the passengers being ejected.

Car accidents may cause severe personal injury

Motor vehicle accidents often result in injuries for those involved. When a pedestrian is involved, the personal injury can be severe or even fatal. A Florida pedestrian's surviving family may be considering its options after the man was recently killed in a collision between two vehicles.

According to police, the victim was sitting under a tree near the intersection where the crash took place. A car traveling east whose driver was attempting to cross the intersection was reportedly struck by another car traveling north along the road. The impact caused the eastbound car to change direction, which resulted in that vehicle striking the man sitting under the tree.

When is a hotel responsible for your injuries?

Many of the visitors who come to the Panama City area stay in hotels while they enjoy the beach and other tourist attractions. While most stays in a hotel are free from incident, there are occasions in which a hotel guest may experience an injury because of circumstances beyond his or her control.

If you were hurt in a Florida hotel, it could be beneficial for you to better understand more about premises liability and how that could impact your right to claim compensation through a civil claim. It is possible that the hotel is financially liable for your injuries, but you would be wise to take quick action to protect your rights.

Hands-free devices are not danger-free devices

Distracted driving is a problem not just in Florida, but everywhere across the country. Because almost every driver has a cell phone, many people look for safer ways to use their phones while behind the wheel. Contrary to what many people think, there really is no safe way to use a phone while driving, even with a hands-free device. 

Sometimes, people are lulled into a false sense of security when using a hands-free device. Just because a driver is looking out the window and has both hands on the wheel does not mean that his or her mind is on the task at hand. Cognitive distraction is dangerous and preventable.

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