Five-Vehicle Crash on I-4 Leaves Two Dead, Three Injured

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Polk County, FL (8/1/2020) – Two people died and three others were injured after being involved in a five-vehicle crash on I-4 Friday morning. The accident occurred at 10:03 a.m. in the westbound lanes of the interstate at mile marker 33. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 22-year-old man from Lakeland was driving his sedan west on the interstate when he drifted out of his lane and crashed into a tractor-trailer driven by a 56-year-old man from Ontario, Canada. The impact caused the sedan to run into a cable barrier in the center median and enter the eastbound lanes of the interstate. A 37-year-old man from Orlando driving east then slammed head-on into the sedan. After the impact, a 25-year-old woman from Estero hit the car of the Orlando man, causing it to overturn onto the shoulder of the road. Another tractor-trailer driven by a 57-year-old man from Tampa then hit the sedan of the Lakeland man before crashing into a fence. Police say that the Orlando man and his passenger, a 37-year-old woman from Davenport, died from their injuries. The man from Lakeland suffered serious injuries, while the Estero woman and the Tampa man only received minor injuries. Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the accident. Contact an Experienced Car Accident Lawyer in Florida Our hearts go out to all of those impacted by this tragedy. Car accidents like this one occur far too often in Florida. It’s essential that car accidents be thoroughly investigated so that the cause of the collision can be understood, and the responsible party can be identified and, if warranted, held accountable. Abrahamson & Uiterwyk is committed to advocating for individuals and families impacted by serious accidents, including car accidents. Here on our accident news blog, we report on stories that involve personal injuries because we help our clients recover losses and damages from accidents like this one. If you or a loved one has been impacted by a personal injury accident, we invite you to contact our firm anytime to discuss your case with a qualified car accident attorney. Note: This post utilizes secondary sources independent of Abrahamson & Uiterwyk. The information used from these sources is not independently confirmed by our staff. If anything in this post is incorrect, please contact us and we will correct the inaccurate information or remove the post. If you are a family member of someone impacted by this accident and would like us to remove their name from this story simply click here.  Source: Tampa Bay Reporter

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Crash Involving a Semi-Truck and a Sports Car Leaves One Person Dead

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Tampa, FL (7/29/2020) – A man from Land O’ Lakes was killed Wednesday morning after semi-truck ran into his car at a traffic stop. The crash occurred at 2:20 a.m. on East Hillsborough Avenue, just west of Harney Road. The Florida Highway Patrol says that the 49-year-old man was driving his car west and was stopped at a red light near the NetPark Tampa Bay campus. Then a semi-truck, driven by a 28-year-old man from Texas, failed to stop and slammed into the back of the car. Both of the vehicles eventually came to a rest in the median. The driver of the car died at the scene of the accident, while the truck driver only suffered minor injuries. Troopers are still investigating the cause of the crash. So far, no charges have been filed against the truck driver. Contact an Experienced Car Accident Lawyer in Florida Our hearts go out to all of those impacted by this tragedy. Car accidents like this one occur far too often in Florida. It’s essential that car accidents be thoroughly investigated so that the cause of the collision can be understood, and the responsible party can be identified and, if warranted, held accountable. Abrahamson & Uiterwyk is committed to advocating for individuals and families impacted by serious accidents, including car accidents. Here on our accident news blog, we report on stories that involve personal injuries because we help our clients recover losses and damages from accidents like this one. If you or a loved one has been impacted by a personal injury accident, we invite you to contact our firm anytime to discuss your case with a qualified car accident attorney. Note: This post utilizes secondary sources independent of Abrahamson & Uiterwyk. The information used from these sources is not independently confirmed by our staff. If anything in this post is incorrect, please contact us and we will correct the inaccurate information or remove the post. If you are a family member of someone impacted by this accident and would like us to remove their name from this story simply click here.  Sources: WFLA, Tampa Bay Times

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Pedestrian Hit and Killed in St. Petersburg While Crossing 4th Street

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St. Petersburg, FL (7/22/2020) – A man was killed Tuesday night after being hit by a car while crossing 4th Street. The accident occurred around 9:20 p.m. on 4th Street North just south of 11th Avenue North. According to the St. Petersburg Police Department, 40-year-old Michael J. Still was crossing the road when he was struck by BMW driving south on 4th Street. Still died at the scene of the accident. The driver of the BMW stopped and is cooperating with investigators. So far, police do not suspect impairment as a factor in the crash. All lanes on 4th Street North between 9th Avenue and 11th Avenue North were closed for a few hours while police worked the scene. The crash is still under investigation. Experienced Pedestrian Accident Attorneys in Florida Our hearts go out to all those affected by this tragedy. Pedestrian accidents like this one occur far too often in Florida. Police must investigate fatal pedestrian accidents to understand the cause of the crash. The responsible party can then be identified and, if warranted, held accountable. Abrahamson & Uiterwyk commits to advocating for individuals and families affected by severe and even fatal accidents, including pedestrian accidents. Here on our accident news blog, we report on stories that involve personal injuries because we help our clients recover losses and damages from accidents like this one. If a personal injury accident has affected you or a loved one, we invite you to contact our firm anytime to discuss your case with a qualified personal injury attorney. Note: If you are a family member of someone impacted by this accident and would like us to remove their name from this story, simply click here. Source: CW44

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Wrongful Death Settlements in Florida

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Overview of Wrongful Death Settlements in Florida This article attempts to explain the factors that influence the amount that families of deceased accident victims can recover in a Florida wrongful death settlement. If a loved one has been killed due to someone else’s negligence, you may be able to prevail in a wrongful death lawsuit. If you aren’t sure whether you have a wrongful death claim, you may be questioning whether to see an attorney. The truth is, an experienced wrongful death attorney can always help assess your situation to see what recovery may be possible. If you do have a wrongful death claim, you may wish to better understand wrongful death lawsuit settlements. In this article, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about wrongful death settlements in Florida. Is There an Average Wrongful Death Settlement in Florida? Although you may wish to know what to expect in this uncertain time by examining average wrongful death settlement amounts, the truth is there is no such thing. Wrongful death settlements depend on the facts of the specific case. The circumstances surrounding your loved one’s death may be incredibly different from someone else’s. This makes it extremely challenging to come up with any average wrongful death settlement. It’s therefore incredibly important to discuss your potential wrongful death claim with an experienced attorney as soon as you can Return to top ↑ Example Wrongful Death Settlements That We Have Achieved Although there may not be an average wrongful death settlement, at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk we are honored to have achieved substantial wrongful death settlements and verdicts for our clients over our 30 years in practice. In one case, a jury awarded our clients, the surviving spouse and children of a wrongful death victim, $34,697,465. We’ve also achieved recoveries of $15,310,000 (jury verdict), $11,500,000 (jury verdict), and $11,000,000 (jury verdict) for our clients in wrongful death cases based on product liability claims. Return to top ↑ Case Study: Florida Wrongful Death Settlement $1M Policy Limit / Wrongful Death / Motor Vehicle Accident / Brooksville, Florida On July 20, 2018, our client was northbound on Commercial Way in Brooksville, Florida near the intersection of Kelso Road. The defendant was headed westbound on Kelso Road, but failed to stop for the stop sign at the intersection. As a result, our client’s vehicle T-boned the defendant’s vehicle causing substantial damage to both vehicles. Among other injuries, our client suffered a cardiac contusion which his treating physicians believed led to a massive stroke after the accident. He remained hospitalized for approximately two weeks after the accident before being transferred to inpatient rehabilitation. Unfortunately, due to the serious nature of his injuries, our client passed away shortly thereafter. He was survived by his wife. We did an in depth investigation which helped convince the insurance company that the fault lay with their insured. We presented a comprehensive demand package which also convinced the insurer that our client’s spouse’s death was a direct result of the defendant’s negligence. We also invested considerable time and effort elaborating on the extent and depth of our client’s extreme losses as a result of the death of her spouse. We were able to resolve the case for an amount in excess of 1 million dollars. Unfortunately, our recovery was limited by the amount of insurance available. Based on our efforts, however, we were able to convince them to pay every dollar of available insurance in settlement of the case. Our deepest condolences to our client and their entire family. It was our honor to represent them for this tragic loss. The wrongful death attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have the experience to understand your case fully and get you and your family what you deserve. You can read more on our case results page. Please be advised that any potential recovery depends upon the facts of your specific case and that past results do not guarantee a similar outcome in your case. Return to top ↑ Who Can Bring a Wrongful Death Claim in Florida? The surviving family members of a person killed by another party’s negligence can bring a wrongful death claim in Florida. The person who passed away is called the “decedent” under the law. The family members of the decedent, or deceased, need to be related to them in a specific way or have had a particular dependency relationship with them to recover. Under the Florida Wrongful Death Act, the following surviving family members may bring a wrongful death claim: Spouse Children Parents Blood relatives who were dependent on the person who passed away Adoptive brothers or sisters who were dependent on the person who passed away A child born out of wedlock, if their mother passed away A child born out of wedlock if their father passed away, only if it can be established that the father had taken responsibility for supporting the child Return to top ↑ What Factors Most Impact the Value of a Wrongful Death Settlement? The goal of financial compensation in a wrongful death claim is to shift the losses that the family experiences to the person who caused the death. In other words, in the eyes of the law, the surviving family members should not bear the losses of their loved one’s death. The person who negligently caused the death should be financially responsible. To avoid going to trial, the party that caused the wrongful death may offer a settlement amount. The settlement amount should take into account the same factors that the court would take into account if the case went to trial. If the case settles, the family members of the wrongful death victim agree to drop their lawsuit. It is very difficult, if not impossible, to calculate the value of someone’s lost life. In Florida, there are several factors that may help the surviving family members decide what is fair. Compensation in a wrongful death case may take into account the following: How old your loved one was when they passed...

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Couple from Safety Harbor Critically Injured in Crash With a Tractor-Trailer

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Tampa, FL (7/21/2020) – A man and a woman from Safety Harbor are in critical condition after crashing into a tractor-trailer on Monday morning. The accident happened around 4:50 a.m. on I-275. The Florida Highway Patrol states that a 48-year-old man from Tampa was driving north on the interstate when he attempted to make an improper U-turn, causing the couple from Safety Harbor to crash into the trailer with their van. The victims, both 55 years old, were taken to the hospital with critical injuries. The FHP cited the truck driver for an improper turn. So far, no other charges have been filed. Contact an Experienced Car Accident Lawyer in Florida Our hearts go out to all of those impacted by this tragedy. Car accidents like this one occur far too often in Florida. It’s essential that car accidents be thoroughly investigated so that the cause of the collision can be understood, and the responsible party can be identified and, if warranted, held accountable. Abrahamson & Uiterwyk is committed to advocating for individuals and families impacted by serious accidents, including car accidents. Here on our accident news blog, we report on stories that involve personal injuries because we help our clients recover losses and damages from accidents like this one. If you or a loved one has been impacted by a personal injury accident, we invite you to contact our firm anytime to discuss your case with a qualified car accident attorney. Note: This post utilizes secondary sources independent of Abrahamson & Uiterwyk. The information used from these sources is not independently confirmed by our staff. If anything in this post is incorrect, please contact us and we will correct the inaccurate information or remove the post. If you are a family member of someone impacted by this accident and would like us to remove their name from this story simply click here.  Source: Patch.com

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Motorcyclist from Spring Hill Killed in Crash on US 19

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New Port Richey, FL (7/20/2020) – A man from Spring Hill died Sunday morning after crashing into stopped traffic on US 19. The accident occurred around 10:30 a.m. in the northbound lanes of US 19 just north of Beacon Woods Drive. The Florida Highway Patrol states that the 61-year-old victim, who has not been identified, was heading north US 19 when he rear-ended a stationary pickup truck driven by a 19-year-old New Port Richey resident. The man was ejected from his motorcycle and was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. He died at the scene of the accident. According to troopers, the pickup truck was stopped at a red light at the intersection. It is unclear why the victim failed to stop. Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in Florida Our hearts go out to all those affected by this tragedy. Motorcycle accidents like this one occur far too often in Florida. Police must investigate fatal motorcycle accidents to understand the cause of the crash. The responsible party can then be identified and, if warranted, held accountable. Abrahamson & Uiterwyk commits to advocating for individuals and families affected by severe and even fatal accidents, including motorcycle accidents. Here on our accident news blog, we report on stories that involve personal injuries because we help our clients recover losses and damages from accidents like this one. If a personal injury accident has affected you or a loved one, we invite you to contact our firm anytime to discuss your case with a qualified Florida motorcycle accident attorney. Note: If you are a family member of someone impacted by this accident and would like us to remove their name from this story, simply click here. Sources: Tampa Bay Reporter, Patch.com

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Crash on Seminole Boulevard Leaves One Pedestrian Dead

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Largo, FL (7/15/2020) – A pedestrian died Tuesday night after stepping out in front of a car in Largo. The accident happened around 10:00 p.m. on Seminole Boulevard just south of 124th Avenue. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the 33-year-old man from New Port Richey stepped out into the southbound lanes of Seminole Boulevard and was hit by a car. The 25-year-old man driving the sedan, who has not been identified, was from Clearwater. Police are still trying to figure out why the man stepped out into the road. The crash is still under investigation. Experienced Pedestrian Accident Attorneys in Florida Our hearts go out to all those affected by this tragedy. Pedestrian accidents like this one occur far too often in Florida. Police must investigate fatal pedestrian accidents to understand the cause of the crash. The responsible party can then be identified and, if warranted, held accountable. Abrahamson & Uiterwyk commits to advocating for individuals and families affected by severe and even fatal accidents, including pedestrian accidents. Here on our accident news blog, we report on stories that involve personal injuries because we help our clients recover losses and damages from accidents like this one. If a personal injury accident has affected you or a loved one, we invite you to contact our firm anytime to discuss your case with a qualified personal injury attorney. Note: If you are a family member of someone impacted by this accident and would like us to remove their name from this story, simply click here. Source: Tampa Bay Newspapers

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Tampa Police Investigating a Fatal Hit-and-Run Involving a Motorcyclist

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Tampa, FL (7/14/2020) – Tampa Police are investigating a hit-and-run that left a motorcyclist dead Tuesday night. The crash occurred around 6:00 p.m. on the Selmon Expressway at North 21st Street. The southbound lanes of North 21st Street were closed for several hours while investigators worked the scene. So far, no other information has been provided. To keep up with this developing story, click here. Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in Florida Our hearts go out to all those affected by this tragedy. Motorcycle accidents like this one occur far too often in Florida. Police must investigate fatal motorcycle accidents to understand the cause of the crash. The responsible party can then be identified and, if warranted, held accountable. Abrahamson & Uiterwyk commits to advocating for individuals and families affected by severe and even fatal accidents, including motorcycle accidents. Here on our accident news blog, we report on stories that involve personal injuries because we help our clients recover losses and damages from accidents like this one. If a personal injury accident has affected you or a loved one, we invite you to contact our firm anytime to discuss your case with a qualified Florida motorcycle accident attorney. Note: If you are a family member of someone impacted by this accident and would like us to remove their name from this story, simply click here. Sources: WFLA, IONTB

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Car Accident Injuries – Ankle & Foot Injuries

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Are you experiencing an ankle or foot injury after a car accident? In this post you will learn about the most common causes of these and the next steps you can take. If you are in a car accident, there are many possible injuries that could happen as a result. However, ankle and foot injuries are extremely common because of the mechanics of the car accident itself. If you have been in a car accident and have experienced an injury such as this, it may be worth considering legal help. If the accident was not your fault, you should not have to pay for your injuries. How Common Are Car Accident Ankle and Foot Injuries? Although people tend to focus on head and neck injuries more, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), damages to the feet, knees, and ankles are the second most common class of injuries that happen in car accidents. It is very common for the ankle to be injured when the foot is pressured between the pedals. Fractures in this area will interfere with your mobility and are often accompanied by strains and sprains. These types of injuries occur in a whopping 76% of frontal car crashes, as well as 13% of side-impact car crashes and 8% of rollover car crashes. Don’t Ignore Ankle and Foot Pain After an Accident Your ankle is essentially the union of the tibia and fibula of your lower leg with the talus of your foot. All of these components of your anatomy are held together by ligaments, a type of tissue that helps keep the bones in place and anchor them when you are moving your ankle. Tendons serve to attach bones to muscles and also assist in movement of the foot and ankle. If you happen to experience any pain in this area after a car accident, make sure that you do not ignore it. If you ignore it, this could end up creating lasting negative consequences for your mobility. Car accidents tend to be very tough on the lower extremities, especially for the person who was driving the vehicle. How Injuries Can Occur If you are driving a vehicle, your knees are usually only a couple of inches away from the pedals, steering wheel, and dashboard. In the situation of a car accident, the legs of a driver or passenger could potentially buckle under the dashboard upon collision, which could lead to injuries of the lower leg. Even if the impact is relatively low in terms of speed, a huge amount of force could be exerted. Even a low impact is too much for most people’s ankles and feet. There are 60 different bones in the knees, feet, and ankles that could potentially be injured in a car accident. In the human ankle and foot alone, there are 26 separate bones. Also, it is not only the bones that you have to worry about. There are also all sorts of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissues that could potentially be injured. These tissues are there to provide support, hold the rest of the anatomy together, and give the person the ability to move around and flexibility. As such, if these tissues are injured, the person could be seriously impaired. When a car crash happens, the majority of people will bang their feet on the floor. This is a reflex because they are basically bracing themselves for the impact. However, this reflex ends up making a foot or ankle injury much more likely, to be able to tear or stretch the soft tissues or even fracture the bones. Most Common Ankle and Foot Injuries During an Accident There are certain injuries that are more common than others in the ankles and feet when it comes to car crashes. Perhaps the most common type of injury in the situation is a fracture, which is a broken bone. This typically happens in both head-on and rear-end collisions. Foot fractures are particularly common because of the reflex that most people have to extend their feet when they are bracing for the impending impact of a crash. Additionally, sprains and strains are very common. A sprain basically involves either tearing or stretching of ligaments, and a strain basically entails the tearing or stretching of tendons or muscles. Sprains are more likely to occur when ligaments have been flexed past their normal range, while strains tend to happen when muscles are suddenly stretched and then contracted suddenly. The components of soft tissue around the feet and ankles are vulnerable to these types of injuries in a car collision. Your Injury After an Accident Whether you end up breaking a bone or pulling a tendon in the foot or ankle, this will likely impair you in your day-to-day life for a while after the accident. The feet are an essential part of human anatomy because you need them to move around. If you are unable to move around the same way that you were before your accident, this could result in a variety of financial losses, most commonly having to take time off of work that does not always end up being paid. Because foot and ankle injuries are so common during car accidents, many people end up with a lower ability to function after a car accident. If you have found yourself in the situation, it is important that you make sure that you are not paying any more than you legally need to pay in the situation. If you have experienced any of these types of injuries as a result of a car accident, you will likely have medical bills. If you were not at fault in the accident, you should not have to pay these bills or have to suffer the other losses that will come with the injury. Foot and ankle injuries can significantly impair a person, including causing them to be less mobile for a long period of time and even causing them to lose money because...

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Dunedin Motorcyclist Dies After Truck Turns in Front of Him

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Dunedin, FL (6/23/2020) – A motorcyclist was killed Monday morning when a truck turned in front of him and collided with his motorcycle. The accident happened around 9:45 a.m. at 1750 Main Street in Dunedin. According to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, 38-year-old Josue Vega-Rodriguez was driving his Harley Davidson west on Main Street when an eastbound Ram 2500, driven by 79-year-old Larry Smith, attempted to make a left-hand turn in front of him to enter a parking lot. Vega-Rodriguez survived the initial impact but later died at Northside Hospital. Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the crash. So far, no charges have been filed against Smith, who police say did not appear to be impaired. Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in Florida Our hearts go out to all those affected by this tragedy. Motorcycle accidents like this one occur far too often in Florida. Police must investigate fatal motorcycle accidents to understand the cause of the crash. The responsible party can then be identified and, if warranted, held accountable. Abrahamson & Uiterwyk commits to advocating for individuals and families affected by severe and even fatal accidents, including motorcycle accidents. Here on our accident news blog, we report on stories that involve personal injuries because we help our clients recover losses and damages from accidents like this one. If a personal injury accident has affected you or a loved one, we invite you to contact our firm anytime to discuss your case with a qualified Florida motorcycle accident attorney. Note: If you are a family member of someone impacted by this accident and would like us to remove their name from this story, simply click here. Source: Tampa Bay Times

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