Orlando Injury Law Blog

STOP for School Buses

Wednesday, February 04, 2015
The current law in Florida requires drivers traveling in both directions to stop for a school bus that has its stop sign out.  On roads with a raised median, barrier or other open space, traffic heading in the opposite direction does not have to stop.  The fine currently is $265.00 and suspension of your driver's license.   After several recent severe injuries and fatalities to children, a new bill is up for Senate vote called "Gabby's Law" which would make it a crime to pass a stopped school bus, punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a fine up to $500.00.  A second conviction would bring the jail time up to six months and the fine up to $1,000.00.  Gabby was killed by a car shortly after getting off her school bus in DeBary in 2010.  She was 12.

Airbag Explosion of Metal Shrapnel Suspected of Causing Death

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Metal shrapnel from a faulty airbag, which exploded after an automobile accident, is thought to have caused the death of an Orlando woman.  Her family is pursuing legal action against the car manufacturer and maker of the airbags.  If you suspect you or a loved one has been injured by a faulty airbag, you should contact a Board Certified Civil Trial lawyer to discuss your rights and time limitations to file a claim.  In any event, call the manufacturer of your vehicle to be sure the airbags in your car have not been recalled for the safety of you and your family.  Due to the high humidity levels found in Florida, the problem with the airbags appears to be worse.

Florida Fatal Accidents on the Decline

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Preliminary data from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles indicate a decline in the number of fatal accidents occurring in the state this year compared to last year. So far this year, there have been 2,202 fatal accidents across the state. Last year, there were 2,313 fatal accidents during the same period.

According to the data from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, some Florida counties are seeing an increase in the number of fatal accidents. For instance, in St Johns County, there were 29 fatal accidents in 2013, which was an increase of 12% from 2012. Duvall County also has one more fatal accident this year, an increase of 17% from the same time in 2012. There have been declines in fatal accidents in Nassau, Putnam and Clay Counties.

However, those are preliminary statistics, and until the official number of fatalities caused during the Christmas and New Year holidays come in, it is hard to say for sure that 2013 will have a higher fatality toll, compared to last year. Already, there have been several fatal accidents caused in these counties, with multiple fatalities in these accidents.

Typically, the week before Christmas is the most dangerous period of the year for highway safety with a lot of accidents, many of them fatal ones. Besides, the New Year's Eve is also a deadly holiday for Florida motorists, with higher rates of alcohol-heavy driving, and therefore more numbers of drunk driving accidents.

Further, the number of motorists not just in Florida, but across the country is likely to be heavy this year. According to estimates, approximately 5 million motorists will be travelling at least 50 miles away from home during these holidays. Higher volumes of traffic typically translate into a higher accident rate.

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