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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 Trucking Company Ordered Out Of Service after Series of Violations

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has declared a Florida-based trucking company as an “imminent safety hazard.” The agency has ordered the company out of service.

The company, Ken’s Trucking LLC, based in Grand Ridge has been involved in at least five accidents over the past 12 months alone. The company operates a fleet that consists of 33 trucker trucks-tractors, and 29 truckers. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered the company to immediately stop all commercial motor vehicle operations.

The order came after an investigation that was conducted by the federal agency into Ken’s Trucking operations. That investigation was launched in August. Investigators found that trucks operated by the company were involved in at least five recordable accidents over the last year alone. At least two of those accidents were linked to maintenance problems with the vehicle.

In fact, the owner of the company Ken Branch also seems to have operated as a CDL driver in the company, and he himself was involved in an accident earlier this year that was linked to malfunctioning truck components.

According to the federal agency’s order, the company has a poor maintenance program that does not include regular inspections, repairs and maintenance of its vehicles, increasing the likelihood of accidents and injuries involving its fleet. In fact, many of the company’s violations had the potential to cause serious accidents. The company chalked up a number of violations, including failure to oversee and maintain driver qualification files, allowing drivers who tested positive for drugs, or those with suspended commercial driver’s licenses to operate trucks and failure to monitor drivers to ensure that they complied with the federal Hours Of Service rules, limiting the number of hours that a trucker can drive consecutively.

Orlando Is Riskiest City for Pedestrians in US

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

The city of Orlando in Florida is the most dangerous city for pedestrians in the country. In Orlando, pedestrians have the highest risk of suffering serious or even fatal accidents.

The listing was compiled by Smart Growth America, and was based on a Pedestrian Danger Index for all of the major cities in the country, as well as all the states. Florida was rated the most dangerous state in the country, and Orlando was rated as the riskiest city for pedestrians. In fact, Florida accounted for the top four positions on the list.

Orlando had a pedestrian Danger Index of 244.3. Between 2003 and 2012, the Orlando-Kissimmee metropolitan region saw 583 pedestrian fatalities.

Florida accounted for some of the most dangerous areas in the country for pedestrians. At second place on the list was the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater region, with 874 fatalities over the study period, and a Pedestrian Danger Index of 190.1. In third place was the Jacksonville region, with 359 fatalities during that period of time, and a Pedestrian Danger Index of 182.7. Rounding out Florida's presence on the list was the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach area with a total of 1,539 pedestrian accident fatalities recorded during the study period and a Pedestrian Danger Index of 145.8.

Better pedestrian safety infrastructure could help keep many pedestrians safer in Florida. The state has a severe shortage of safety infrastructure, including adequate number of marked and designated crosswalks, not just in Orlando, but across the state, as the study shows. Florida’s pedestrian safety record is dismal, and things will not get better unless state transportation agencies understand that this state has a serious pedestrian safety problem, and that people in the state are being discouraged from walking purely because of safety concerns.

Orlando Initiative to Make Streets More Pedestrian-Friendly

Monday, June 02, 2014

It is one of the most pedestrian–unfriendly cities in a state that ranks number one in the country for the number of people killed in accidents while walking. Orlando has a massive challenge ahead of it, as it launches an initiative to help reduce the number of accidents involving pedestrians on its streets.

According to NPR, the Semoran Blvd. in Orlando is one example of exactly why the city is so unsafe for pedestrians. There have been at least 28 pedestrian accidents on this stretch of road over the last seven years alone. Six people died in those accidents. Florida already has a terrible reputation as far as pedestrian safety is concerned, and is regarded as the most dangerous state in the country for pedestrians.

However, some city planners in Orlando have been working quietly behind the scenes to understand what changes can be made to the current infrastructure to bring down fatality numbers. According to at least one planner, there are a number of features on Semoran Blvd. that make it very dangerous for pedestrians. For starters, this road has six lanes, and no median. It is also a major traffic artery, and cars travel here at very high speeds of at least 40 mph.

This also happens to be a pedestrian-magnet because there are many commercial and convenience facilities around. Many pedestrians cross the road in the middle of the street across six lanes of traffic to get to the other side.

Apart from making changes to the infrastructure, the initiative in Orlando will include a campaign called Best Foot Forward, which includes regular sting operations, and citations of motorists who endanger pedestrian safety by breaking rules, especially in crosswalks. Schools will also include pedestrian safety as part of their curriculum.

Drugged Driving High among College Students

Thursday, May 01, 2014

College students in Orlando who are driving under the influence are much more likely to be driving under the influence of marijuana than alcohol. According to the results of a new study that was published recently in the Journal JAMA Pediatrics, approximately 44% of college- age students admitted that they drove while they were under the influence of alcohol and marijuana during the previous month. In comparison only 12% of the men admitted that they drove while drunk.

In fact, the study found that college males are approximately 3 times more likely to drive under the influence of marijuana, than to drive under the influence of alcohol. It appears that college students are slowly moving away from the intoxicating effects of alcohol, thanks to the stringent focus on the risks of drunk driving accidents. However, students need to know that driving after using marijuana can also be dangerous. Drugged driving, or specifically driving under the influence of pot is a much underestimated and neglected problem in this country, and many students believe that it's much safer to drive after using pot, than it is to drive after having a few alcoholic beverages.

The study also found that women of college age were much less likely to drive under the influence of marijuana, and only 8% reported that they had driven after using marijuana. However, women do seem to be very likely to ride in a vehicle operated by a person who had used pot. Approximately 35% of the women admitted that they had been a passenger in a car that was being operated by a drunk driver.

Drugged driving involving marijuana use is blamed for approximately 12 percent of all fatal accidents involving motorists in the 16- to- 20 age category.

Chronic Neck Pain Common after Car Accidents

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Motorists in Orlando who have been involved in a car accident, especially a rear-ender accident, may continue to suffer from chronic pain that lasts for weeks and months after the accident. According to the results of a new study, it is fairly common to find consistent pain in persons who have been involved in an accident.

The study was conducted by scientists at the University Of North Carolina School of Medicine, and is believed to be the first large study that specifically evaluates musculoskeletal pain resulting from a car accident.

According to the researchers, every year, approximately 4 million Americans have to visit hospital emergency departments, for treatment after being involved in a motor vehicle accident. More than 90% of these persons are discharged back home after an evaluation. However, the study finds that chronic pain is common among these individuals.

Approximately 6 weeks after being involved in a motor vehicle accident, close to three quarters of the persons involved in an accident reported that they suffered from persistent musculoskeletal pain in one or more areas of the body. More than one-third of the participants reported that they suffered pain in four or more body regions.

What is also disturbing to Orlando car accident lawyers is that out of the 1148 persons enrolled in the study, only 17% had actually contacted a lawyer for litigation approximately 6 weeks after the accident. Among the individuals who were not planning to contact a lawyer or not planning to take action for compensation, 20% suffered from persistent moderate or severe neck pain, 13% had widespread musculoskeletal pain that could be seen in seven or more areas of the body, and 4% suffered from symptoms very similar to those of fibromyalgia.

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