One woman was fatally injured on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 when a tractor trailer failed to stop on the Peace River Bridge in Sarasota County, causing a nine vehicle chain reaction accident. The tractor trailer driver failed to notice traffic stopping and slammed into the back of a Chevy Equinox fatally injuring Patricia Isenhower of Lebanon, Indiana. Seven other vehicles were involved in the accident and most of the occupants suffered only minor injuries. Continue Reading
The recent tragic death of “60 Minutes” correspondent Bob Simon has brought to light the issue of backseat safety regarding motor vehicle accidents. The reporter was traveling in a Livery cab and was not wearing seatbelt. As a backseat passenger in a cab in New York City, Simon was not legally required to wear a seatbelt. Much attention has been given to the affects of motor vehicle accidents on front seat occupants and the front passenger seat was once referred to as the “death seat.” New technologies, especially front and side curtain airbags, have significantly decreased the risk of injuries to front seat passengers.
Why are Backseat Passengers at Risk?
Many people who buckle up in front are less likely to buckle up in backseats.
Although children are safer in back seats, the same does not always hold true for adults. Women over 55 have an increased risk of head and neck injuries as restrained backseat passengers in motor vehicle accidents.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), only 70% of backseat passengers ages 20 to 54 wear seatbelts compared to 90% of front seat passengers. Many people have been led to believe that the backseat is safer than the front seat.
Crash impacts are usually stronger in the front of a vehicle and while front seat drivers and passengers often sustain serious injuries, unrestrained backseat passengers are actually more likely to sustain traumatic brain injuries. Brain injuries occur to backseat passengers when they hit their heads on the side windows or the seat in front of them.
Backseat passengers who wear seatbelts can risk orthopedic injuries such as fractured ribs or collarbones.
The risk of a fatal injury in a newer vehicle is higher for backseat passengers than it is for drivers. This is mainly due to the fact that new innovative technology has been geared towards drivers and front seat passengers.
Restraints Do Save Lives:
According to the IIHS, backseat passengers who use shoulder belts reduce the risk of a fatal injury by 50%. For backseat passengers in Vans and SUV’s who use shoulder belts, the risk drops by 70%.
The NHTSA believes that all states should require all occupants to wear seatbelts regardless of their seating position. In 2012, the New York Daily News reported that taxicab passengers who didn’t wear seatbelts were frequently showing up in emergency rooms with injuries sustained when they hit the plastic divider separating taxi drivers and passengers.
Sarasota and Bradenton Auto Accident Attorney:
If you have been injured in a Sarasota or Bradenton motor vehicle accident, please contact Michael L. Morgan Law Group, P.A. at (941) 953-4555 to schedule a free consultation. We work on a contingency fee basis, so there is no fee unless we recover on your behalf.
If you have been injured in an automobile accident, you should immediately seek proper medical attention. If your injuries are substantial, you may benefit from the assistance of a qualified personal injury lawyer specializing in car accident cases.
An experienced attorney can obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Although the hiring of a personal injury attorney is not required, often times the assistance of an experienced lawyer is the only way to achieve a fair result in your case.
Once you’ve been in a car accident you may require immediate medical attention. The Morgan Law Group recommends that you seek a qualified provider such as the Emergency Room at any local Hospital. After you have been treated in the ER, and once you are released, you then can make an appointment with your primary care physician if necessary. The Morgan Law Group recommends that you make sure you are treating with a licensed MD at an authorized medical facility.
In recent years insurance fraud has been discovered at various clinics around the State of Florida. Under Florida’s no fault law, a person’s own PIP insurance coverage is designed to pay for his or her own injuries. Even if you are not at fault in the accident, and the other driver had insurance, you are still required to use your own PIP insurance coverage to address your injuries.
A recent investigation by the Florida Department of Financial Services in connection with local Law Enforcement and with the help of The Florida Division of Insurance Fraud has revealed that the “Unity Pain Clinic” in Orlando Florida was illegally treating patients and billing to various insurance companies under the respective policies PIP coverage. The three individuals involved in are, Dr. Domond, Nesly Loute of Naples and Pierre Alex Herisse of Orlando. The three men face felony charges for their involvement in the matter which can carry sentences of up to 30 years. There have been a total of 249 arrests for PIP fraud since July, 2014.
Fifty people were injured on February 24, 2015 when a commuter train bound for Los Angeles crashed into a produce truck that was stuck on the tracks. The driver of the truck left the scene of the accident and was later found disoriented. The crash caused three rail cars to derail and overturn. Just three weeks earlier, there was a fiery train accident outside New York City that left six people fatally injured. Continue Reading
Three measures have been introduced in the Florida legislature that would strengthen the existing anti-texting law. The new measures would make the practice of texting while driving a primary offense as opposed to a secondary offense. The Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety gave Florida the worst possible rating when it came to legislation regarding driver safety. If texting while driving becomes a primary offense, an officer will be able to pull over a texting driver immediately. As the law stands now, texting while driving is a secondary offense which means that an officer can only pull over a texting driver if they have committed a traffic violation other than texting.
Between 2010 and 2011, at least 85 fatal traffic accidents in Florida have been attributed to distracted driving. Since then, many more drivers have obtained cell phones and not all accidents involving cell phone use or texting are proven or reported. Continue Reading
A 76 year old woman has filed a lawsuit against Honda and Takata after she became a quadriplegic following a car accident last year in Northern Florida. The lawsuit was filed against Honda, the vehicle manufacturer and Takata, the manufacturer of the airbag.
The Plaintiff, Patricia Mincey, was involved in a low impact crash at an intersection last year. The suit alleges that her airbag exploded violently and instead of protecting her from injuries (the purpose of airbags), the airbag system actually caused her to sustain injuries that were much more serious than any injuries she would have sustained with no airbag system at all. Just four days after Ms. Mincey was deemed a quadriplegic, Honda recalled the airbag system that was installed in her vehicle. Continue Reading
Truck accidents can have deadly consequences due to their large size and the force of impact. Truck accidents often result in very serious injuries that require long term medical treatment and rehabilitation. Injuries may occur to the brain, head and spinal cord. Other injuries may include severe burns, paralysis, internal bleeding, broken bones, crushed limbs or amputation. In the worst cases, these injuries may lead to permanent disability or even death.
There may not be anything that can bring back your previous quality of life, however, under Florida Law, if you or a loved one are the victim of a truck accident, you may be entitled to significant monetary compensation. If the accident was a result of negligence from: driving while intoxicated, recklessness, excessive speed, fatigue, not following signs or signals, mechanical failures, trucks not maintained properly, defects in design of truck, defects from manufacturer of truck], you may be entitled to compensation. Fatigue is a main factor in many Florida truck accidents. Continue Reading
Michael L. Morgan Law Group, P.A. will help protect the rights of victims of catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain injuries. Traumatic brain injuries can be caused from motor vehicle accidents, serious slip and fall accidents or violent assaults. Approximately 1.7 million people suffer from TBI’s every year. Additionally, about 52,000 people die every year as a result of a traumatic brain injury.
Brain Injury Symptoms:
Victims of traumatic brain injuries can suffer permanent and long term disabilities. Brain injuries can also cause mental, physical and emotional distress. Symptoms of a TBI include:
Loss of consciousness
Loss of vision
Loss of hearing
Six states account for over half of all bicycle accidents in the United States and those states are; California, Florida, Illinois, New York, Michigan and Texas. California and Florida account for the highest number of bicycle accident fatalities of all the states. Between 2010 and 2012, bicycle accident fatalities increased by 16%. During the same time period, motor vehicle accident fatalities only increased by 1%. Adult males make up 74% of bicycle accident fatalities. In 1975, children made up the majority of fatalities from bicycle accidents. Today, many more adults are riding and thus there has been a significant increase in the number of adults who are fatally injured in bicycle accidents.
A Sarasota or Bradenton motor vehicle accident can cause injuries to any part of the body, but certain injuries occur more frequently than others. Many car accident victims sustain head or neck injuries. Closed head injuries are very common during car accidents and they can range from mild concussions to traumatic brain injuries. Neck injuries are also common and they can also range from mild injuries like whiplash to more severe injuries such as disc herniations and cervical radiculopathy. Continue Reading