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Florida has finally fallen in line with the overwhelming majority of other states by making texting while driving a primary traffic offense. The law goes into effect July 1, 2019.
The bill was signed by Governor Ron DeSantis on May 17, 2019. Making texting while driving a primary offense means that police can soon make a traffic stop on the reasonable belief that a driver was messaging or emailing on a mobile device. The new law also prohibits the use of a handheld cell phone when operating any motor vehicle at any school crossing, school zone or construction zone.
In a tough weekend for cyclist and pedestrians, a couple of tragedies underscored the dangers of those who travel among the cars on the roads and highways in Tampa.
A man driving the wrong way on a freeway hit a motorcycle rider head on killing the rider. The accident happened on I-75 in Pasco County around 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 19, 2019. According to Florida Highway Patrol, the 84-year-old driver of a 1994 Lincoln Town Car was getting on the onramp to I-75 northbound from I-275, and when he came to the end of the onramp, he inexplicably made a turn to the south and begin driving the wrong way on I-75...
A 33-year-old man was seriously injured when he crashed with a tanker truck in Tampa Thursday evening, June 20, 2019. According to Tampa Police, the accident happened when the scooter rider was traveling northbound in the bike lane on N. 20th Street, and the scooter veered a bit off course and was struck by the tanker traveling in the same direction.
Accident fatalities have dropped slightly in 2017 and 2018 and have steadily been dropping—with a few exceptions—for the last several decades. But unfortunately, they still occur, and when they do, there are sometimes questions raised about liability.
In most accidents, there are two cars and one at-fault driver which makes liability simple to understand. Under Florida law, those injured by the negligence of someone else can recover damages from that person.
A car hit a cyclist in a gas station parking lot killing the cyclist. The accident happened early Sunday, June 16, 2019, when the driver of a passenger car rear-ended a man riding his bicycle. EMS responded to the Racetrac gas station parking lot along South Suncoast Boulevard and rushed him to a local hospital, but unfortunately, he died of his injuries. Police say that the crash is still under investigation and that charges were pending, although they didn’t specify which ones.
A compact SUV traveling eastbound on I-4 near Mango Rd rear-ended a semi-truck Thursday morning, June 6, 2019. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the semi-truck had pulled over earlier because its engine had overheated. When he finished cooling it off, the driver pulled out into the outside lane right in front of the SUV.
The impact caused the driver of the SUV to die at the scene, and the truck driver was not injured. The FHP said that the accident was still under investigation and that it’s too early to tell if any charges will be filed.
A motorcycle rider died Saturday, June 1, 2019, after a 29-year-old driver allegedly turned left directly in front of a motorcycle. The accident happened as the driver of a 2013 Hyundai traveling south on Ft. Harrison Avenue tried to turn onto Belleview Boulevard but turned directly into the path of a 59-year-old man riding a motorcycle.
When someone is seriously injured, they often need to go to an emergency room—known today as a trauma center—for medical assistance. These medical care departments are a vital resource to a community especially when someone has incurred a life-threatening injury from an auto accident.
A box truck crash caused both occupants to be rushed to the Tampa Bay General Hospital in serious condition. The accident happened around 3 a.m. Wednesday, May 22, 2019, in the westbound lanes of I-4 near the 12 milepost.
Two charter buses taking students to Orlando on a field trip collided with each other injuring 34 of the 91 occupants of the buses. The Florida Highway Patrol says the buses were following a truck that was pulling a trailer that had no operating break lights, and when the trailer slowed to turn into a driveway, the driver of the closest bus didn’t notice the turn and slammed on brakes.
When a drunk driver kills a loved one, it’s an especially painful time for those close to the victim. Most surviving members of a DUI fatality want to see justice, and for that they have to rely on the criminal justice system.
A driver allegedly spilled his coffee which caused him to hit another vehicle and then set off a chain-reaction with three other vehicles. According to Police, the accident happened around 10:30 Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in the southbound lanes of I-75 between Fowler Avenue and I-4 in Tampa.
When we think of distracted driving, we think of someone on their phone or texting while driving. While this is trending upward at an alarming rate, there are still “old school” ways to be distracted.
A man took a BMW from a gas station and sped down the street and struck another BMW injuring himself and both occupants of the second BMW. According to a Clearwater police officer at the scene, the man was with a friend at a gas station and had been drinking. He jumped in his friend’s vehicle and sped off before crashing. He then fled the scene on foot and hid in a nearby hotel where he was eventually captured. He is facing multiple charges including grand theft auto, DUI with serious bodily injury and fleeing the scene of a crash with serious injuries. All these are felonies in the state of Florida.
A cyclist riding her bike along Nursery Road was struck by an SUV and later died of her injuries. According to police, she was riding her bicycle south on a bike trail when she road out onto the road and was struck by the SUV.
The accident happened around 8:30, Wednesday, May 8, 2019, when the victim exited the Duke Energy Trial at the intersection of Nursery Road. The driver of the SUV wasn’t injured, and police say the accident is still under investigation.
Large commercial trucks are dangerous and put all motorists and others around them at risk. Most of this risk is because of their size and mass, but they also can cause injury by flying debris. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are almost 500 fatalities and thousands of incidents of damage and injuries each year from debris flying from large trucks.
An SUV and a semi-truck crashed Tuesday morning, April 30, 2019, killing the driver of the SUV. Both vehicles were traveling on U.S. 301, and it’s unknown what caused the crash at this time. When the Florida Highway Patrol arrived on the scene, they found the semi-truck seriously damaged and in a jack-knife position and parts of the SUV was scattered across the scene.
The driver of a vehicle that lost control and crashed into a guardrail was struck and killed today just after 2 a.m., April 29, 2019. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the driver of a Toyota Tacoma went on the outside shoulder of I-75 and over-corrected and veered across all lanes of the freeway and hit the guardrail in the median......
All parents and guardians traveling through Florida are responsible for knowing the state’s most up-to-date child safety seat laws. Like every other state in the nation, FL police take these laws seriously and violators could face serious punishments if they are caught. In addition to fines, you could get points taken off of your license if police catch you driving around the Sunshine State with a child who is improperly secured.
When someone is intentionally injured in an auto collision and is charged with a crime, it brings up a lot of questions regarding the personal injury. Many people wonder if the defendant being in jail or prison will affect their personal injury claim.
What happens when a loved one is killed in an auto accident by a drunk driver or is charged with manslaughter? Does this affect the options of those left behind? Can they still make a claim for wrongful death?
On April 14, 2019, a crash occurred which sadly ended the life of a passenger in a vehicle which was involved in a street race.
A motorcycle and a car collided killing the motorcycle rider and seriously injuring the driver of the car. The accident happened around 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 10,2019, at the intersection of 62nd Ave. N and 25th Street in Pinellas Park.
When in a fender bender, many people wonder if they are allowed to move their cars before the police arrive. In a typical case, two cars hit each other on the freeway causing light damage to both cars, but then instead of pulling over, just sit in the lane to wait for police to arrive. Common sense might tell them to move to avoid getting hit, but many motorists aren’t sure if they are supposed to stay there or are allowed to move their cars. They don’t want to do something illegal if they can help it.
A car struck a motorcycle causing the rider to be ejected from his bike and sustain severe injuries. The accident happened around 3:47, Tuesday, March 3, 2019, on Hillsborough Ave. just east of Webb Road.
On Saturday, March 30, 2019, a car struck a motorcycle throwing the rider and passenger off the bike and onto the pavement. Tragically, the operator of the motorcycle died from his wounds, and the passenger was taken to a nearby hospital where she is recovering.
One person died and two others were seriously injured overnight Saturday and early Sunday morning, March 17, 2019. St. Petersburg Police responded to a call that a 74-year-old man was injured in a crosswalk at 28th Street N near Central Avenue about 8:30 p.m. The man was taken to the hospital in serious condition and police arrested the driver of a Ford F-150 that had fled the scene.
Police are looking for a driver of a blue 2019 Nissan Rogue believed to have been involved in a hit-and-run around 9:45 p.m., Thursday, March 21, 2019. Witnesses say that the Nissan struck a Toyota Sienna Van being used as a taxi to transport a 91-year-old man. The van sustained significant damage, and both the man and the driver of the van were taken to AdventHealth with significant injuries.
A 37-year-old woman was driving the wrong way on I-275 and struck another car seriously injuring its driver. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the wrong-way driver was driving a 2017 Subaru Forester north in the southbound lanes of I-275 near mile marker 26.5 around 3:15 a.m., Friday, March 22, 2019, when she struck a 2013 Buick Verano.
On Wednesday, March 13, 2019, a delivery truck and a sedan collided severely damaging the sedan and trapping the driver inside. The crash happened around 5 a.m. at the intersection of East Hillsborough Avenue and North 30th Street in Tampa.
A man riding a 2005 Kawasaki Ninja died when his bike collided with a Chevy K1500 pickup truck, and a passenger on the bike was seriously injured and taken to a local hospital. The accident happened around 8:30 p.m., Sunday, March 10, 2019 at the intersection of U.S. 301 and Pioneer Museum Road in Dade City North.
A man driving a 2019 Nissan Sentra collided with a 2008 Honda Civic and then hit a 2017 Honda Accord killing the driver of the Nissan. The crash happened in Feather Sound at the intersection of Ulmerton and 34th Street N. around 4 p.m., Sunday, March 10, 2019.
Driving for most people is a part of daily life. The roadways are filled with cars, and almost everyone needs to get where they're going immediately. With this, accidents in Florida are extremely high. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles shows there were a total of 388,032 car accidents in 2017. These are just the reported accidents, which mean that the number is most likely higher due to the accidents that are not reported.[read more]
A person riding a scooter in the far-right lane on I-75 near Fletcher Ave was hit and severely injured early Tuesday, March 4, 2019. The Florida Highway Patrol says that the 32-year-old scooter rider was driving slowly in the outside lane and was rear-ended by a 2011 Toyota Sienna.
A KIA minivan allegedly turned in front of an Audi sedan causing the Audi to flip and roll many times critically injuring its driver. The crash was caught on video which showed the KIA taking a left turn off of U.S. 41 into the path of the Audi which then swerved attempting to avoid a collision, but the KIA clipped the driver’s side rear quarter panel of the Audi causing it to roll over several times.
A car crashed through a home interrupting a man’s breakfast early Friday morning, March 1, 2019.
According to Fox 13, the car entered a bedroom of the house after blowing though a stop sign and leaving the road. According to police, the driver of the car was showing off his car to a friend and failed to stop at a stop sign at 126th Ave North and Wild Acres Way.
The driver of a 2010 Toyota Tundra was driving in the wrong lanes of U.S. 301 when his car struck an oncoming vehicle injuring four. According to a Florida Highway Patrol officer at the scene, the driver of the Tundra was traveling north in the southbound lanes of the highway and that alcohol was a factor in the crash.
The driver of Toyota Yaris allegedly drifted across the centerline and hit a Chevrolet pickup truck head on. The driver of the Toyota died at the scene, and the driver of the pickup was airlifted to Tampa General Hospital in critical condition. Another person, a passenger in the Toyota was taken to a nearby hospital with unspecified injuries.
A cyclist died after being struck by a car Saturday night, February 15, 2019. According to a Florida Highway Patrol officer at the scene, the cyclist was crossing U.S. 19 at Salt Springs Boulevard around 8:40 p.m. when he was hit by a 2004 Saturn Ion which then drove off.
A 28-year-old man was killed after getting out of an Uber car around 1:45 am on Monday, November 19, 2018 on I-75. According to the Uber driver, the man became agitated on his trip from Brooksville to Brandon and wanted out of the car on southbound I-75 at the I-4 exit.
Head-on collisions cause extensive property damage and severe injuries. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, when someone is involved in a head-on collision, they are five times more likely to be seriously injured and seven times more likely to be killed than other types of collisions. This is primarily due to the higher impact that happens in a head-on collision because the speed and momentum of both cars contribute to the impact.
A Ford Fusion crashed through the wall of a business injuring an occupant of the building. The accident happened around 10 a.m., Wednesday, February 27, 2019. According to witnesses at the scene, it appeared that the driver of the Fusion hit her gas instead of the brake and came through the front of the building.
On February 24, 2019, a terrible crash occurred on U.S. 41. Two vehicles collided injuring four people, and two had to be extricated from their cars. According to a Pasco County Fire and Rescue official at the scene, both victims were trapped in their cars for a time until the correct equipment and personnel arrived.
A pickup stopped on the highway in Riverview in the far right lane and was rear-ended by a Buick sedan. A retired firefighter got out to help out, and a Toyota Camry hit both cars and the retired firefighter killing him instantly. One of the cars burst into flames because of the impact with the Camry. The accident happened 4:30 a.m. Sunday, February 24, 2019, on I-75 near the U.S. 301 exit.
A 66-year-old motorcycle rider died when a driver allegedly turned into the path of the motorcycle. Both the car and the motorcycle were traveling on Old Coachman Road when the KIA suddenly took a U-turn right in the path of the motorcycle. The rider was thrown from his Harley Davidson and hit the front windshield of a 2014 KIA. The rider of another motorcycle attempted to swerve to avoid the accident but had to lay the bike down, and it slid and hit the rear of the KIA.
A Toyota Camry allegedly rear-ended a Hyundai Elantra causing the Camry to flip and rollover several times. The accident happened just after 1:15 a.m., Saturday, February 23, 2019. A Florida Highway Patrol officer said that the driver of both cars were injured and the driver of the Camry was in serious condition and taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital.
The FHP also says that the driver of the Camry was possibly intoxicated, and charges are likely. The crash happened on northbound I-275 approaching State Road 60 in Hillsborough County.
The driver of a black Acura weaved in and out of traffic causing a tractor-trailer to jackknife and then turn over spilling hazardous material. The accident happened on northbound I-75 just south of B. Downs Boulevard around noon on Thursday, February 21, 2019.
Five vehicles tangled injuring at least one motorist Friday around 2 p.m. February 17, 2019. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the crash involved several vehicles which struck each other on I-275 near the Lois Avenue exit.
A car broadsided a motorcycle in an intersection injuring both the rider and passenger around 1:50 p.m., Friday, February 9, 2019. According to the St. Petersburg Police Department, a 20-year-old driver of a Lexus pulled out from sitting at a stop sign at N. 19th St. and Haines Rd. and hit a Harley Davidson motorcycle broadside.
The driver of a Chevy SUV swerved to avoid someone another motorist and lost control of his vehicle. The SUV hit a guard rail and flipped over then caught fire. The driver escaped the flames and was taken to Tampa General Hospital.
A man driving a GMC pickup the wrong way on the Suncoast Parkway (S.R. 598) in thick fog and crashed head-on into a vehicle going the correct way. According to a Highland County Sheriff’s officer at the scene, the accident happened early Sunday morning, February 3 near mile marker 38. The driver of the pickup hit a Mini Cooper head on killing its driver.
Over 30,000 people die each year in automobile accidents across the U.S. with 3,000 of those happening in Florida. When this happens, it’s devastating for the surviving members of the family. Whether the person is a spouse, parent, child or grandparent, if a family member is taken in an auto accident, the loss is traumatic.
Rear-end collisions are by far the most common type of vehicle accidents making up over 30 percent of all accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are an average of 2 million rear-end collisions a year resulting in over 500,000 injuries and 17,000 deaths.
Five vehicles collided after a GMC Envoy, driven by the man who died, hit a Toyota Sienna that was stopped in traffic and which then was pushed into a Chevy pickup. Once these vehicles came to a rest, a Lincoln SUV stuck the Envoy which was pushed into the Sienna which in turn hit the Chevy pickup for the second time.
A statute of limitation is a law that limits the time a person has to file a complaint for a lawsuit. In Tampa, and the rest of Florida, if the lawsuit involves a claim for a personal injury, then the plaintiff (the one filing the claim) has four years from the date of the accident to file.
Florida has a “No Fault” personal insurance system meaning that the law that requires each driver to have a $10,000 personal injury protection policy (PIP). This means that when someone in Florida is involved in a car accident, all medical bills and lost wages up to $10,000 must be paid from the injured person’s own PIP which pays 80 percent for medical bills and 60 percent of lost wages.
In the 1960, the idea of dividing fault between the parties emerged, and today all but four states in the U.S., assign a percentage of fault in the accident to each party, and then each person pays their own percentage of fault for the plaintiff’s injuries. This is called comparative negligence or comparative fault.
If you were involved in a crash in the City of Tampa and called police, there will be an accident report on file shortly after the crash. (If for some reason police were not called, be sure to get this report filed within 10 days of the crash occurring, and in the future, always call 911 after a crash.)
A Mitsubishi Galant and a motorcycle collided severely injuring the motorcycle rider. The driver of the Gallant fled but was caught by police as he returned to the scene later. The crash happened on westbound Park Boulevard at 40th Street N. around 10:30 pm, Wednesday, January 16.
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You will have a lot of questions and very few answers after being injured in a car accident. The RHINO Lawyers team will help to get you through the unknown and describe the process. Our focus is helping accident victims and families who have suffered serious injuries in car, truck and other motor vehicle accidents. After the collision, many factors come into play. From the exchanging of insurance, police investigation, and the insurance assessment of the vehicle damage, many people don’t know what steps to take. Here are some questions you may have, and how we can help.[read more]
The last month has been very concerning for Tampa Bay residents. The Gandy and Howard Frankland bridges are staples for residents commuting to and from Tampa and Saint Petersburg. Within the last month, two major accidents involving wrong way, DUI drivers have caused fatal and critical injuries to victims of these crashes.[read more]
A man driving and RV the wrong way on Suncoast Boulevard allegedly smashed head-on into a pickup truck seriously inuring the driver. Florida Highway Patrol said that a 60-year-old was under the influence of alcohol and driving his vehicle northbound in the southbound lanes of Suncoast Blvd near West Kingston Drive Sunday morning, November 11, 2018.
A car crash in a residential area of Tampa caused serious damage to one house and sent a passenger to the hospital on November 23, 2018.
According to Spectrum News 9, this collision happened early on Friday on North Highland Avenue. Allegedly, the SUV involved in this crash veered off the road and crashed into a home close to Violet Street.
Tampa has been chosen along with New York City and a part of Interstate 80 in Wyoming for purposes of a new pilot program that will allow certain motor vehicles, traffic control devices, signs, crosswalks and pedestrians to talk with each other.
When you're a passenger in a motor vehicle, it's difficult to take evasive action to avoid an accident. Injuries more serious than those suffered by your driver can result. The only good news is that it's highly unlikely that you'll be determined to be even partially at fault for the accident. Questions about your accident and injuries are going to arise though, especially if one or more other vehicles were involved in a crash in the Tampa area.
Unlike some police departments in some cities, Tampa Police respond to all car accidents. If you were involved in a crash of any type, call 911 and an officer will be dispatched. Depending on your location, a Tampa Police Department (TPD) officer or a Hillsborough County Sheriff will respond.
The mild climate in and around Tampa makes it a great place to ride a motorcycle, but busy streets and distracted drivers increase the chances of being in an accident. Rarely is there such a thing as a minor motorcycle accident. Other than perhaps a helmet, nearly all motorcycle riders are exposed and unprotected. There isn't a steel body with a frame surrounding them, and there aren't any crumple zones either. Air bags and seat restraint systems are non-existent.
26.7% of all drivers in Florida have no auto insurance, but that doesn't always mean you can't be compensated for your injuries. If you were seriously injured in any type of auto accident in the Tampa area, contact us today for a free consultation.
A 25-year-old woman died after her car was hit twice in a three-car pile-up on U.S. 301 around 6:25 a.m., Wednesday, January 2, 2019. According to a Florida Highway Trooper at the scene, the deceased was driving a Nissan Altima and slowed to turn into a parking lot when it was hit by a SUV which pushed the Nissan into the path of another car which also struck the Nissan.
A high school student was crossing the street near his high school and was struck by a car driven by a teacher at the same school. The accident happened on Wednesday morning, January 8, 2019, at the intersection of School Road and Madison Street in New Port Richey, Florida, which is near Gulf High School.
A semi-truck and a dump truck tangled causing the semi-truck driver to be partially ejected. The accident happened around 10:40 am, January 8, 2019. Some mechanics at a nearby shop came out and assisted the driver. Witnesses said a semi-truck pulling a tank trailer was heading west on Eagle Avenue when it went through a red light at U.S. 17 and hit the dump truck traveling north on U.S. 17.
Two cars drove into a stalled semi-truck on I-75 early Wednesday, January 9, 2019. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the driver of the semi got out of his truck which stalled partially on the shoulder and partially in the far-right lane of the freeway, to put flares out to warn others...
A pick-up truck pulled out in front of a motorcycle causing a crash the left the rider of the motorcycle dead. The tragedy happened around 8 am, Thursday, January 3, 2019.
A female pedestrian was hit by a car and thrown into a ditch, and the driver of the car fled leaving her in the mud and water crying for help. This happened after 6 am, Tuesday, January 8, 2019, in Polk County.
A woman was killed in a crash that involved six cars. The crash happened on Sunday afternoon, January 27, 2019, on 49th Street. According to the Tampa Bay Times, the woman was a passenger in a taxicab that rear-ended a Chevy Tahoe that was pushed into a Ford Escape. The Escape hit Kia Optima which then hit a Hyundai Santa Fe. The Taxi driver and passenger were both were taken to a local hospital in serious condition. Tragically, the passenger died later at the hospital.
Tampa is getting ready to welcome e-scooters to its streets as part of its new Shared Motorized Scooter Pilot Program. If all goes according to plan, around 2,000 electric scooters will be introduced into certain areas of Tampa in February 2019.
Driving in Florida can be a constant struggle. With the traffic, distractions, and amount of uninsured people on the roadways, car accidents happen all the time. However, even though a driver may be “at fault” in the accident, that does not mean that they have insurance to cover your injuries.[read more]
You are driving down the road and hear the crunch of metal, airbags deploy, and you are jostled from your seat, with only your seatbelt holding you in place. After the car stops you take a deep breath and start to gather your surroundings. Adrenaline is rushing and your hands start shaking while you try and grab your cell phone. After a moment your breathing starts to get back to normal and you dial 911. You are sore and your body aches, but you are able to get out of the car and see the impact. The driver who hit you gets out of their truck and you start to exchange insurance information. Immediately, you smell the odor of alcohol on their breath and notice their eyes are bloodshot and watery, while they talk to you with slurred speech. The police arrive and they begin the exchange of information. While taking your statement you tell them what happened, and that the other driver may be under the influence of alcohol. The adrenaline in your body subsides after an hour and you realize that you are injured and you seek medical attention. You wonder, what do I do next?[read more]