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Fatal pedestrian accidents high in Miami-Fort Lauderdale metro area

Posted on Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 at 2:32 pm    

The organization, Transportation for America, researched preventable pedestrian accidents for over one decade to determine where the majority of these accidents unfolded. The results of the study indicated that four different metro areas in the state of Florida were considered to be the most dangerous in the country in regards to these accidents.

These four metro areas include: Tampa-St. Petersburg, Jacksonville, Orlando-Kissimmee, and Miami-Fort Lauderdale. People have been moving to Florida at a fast pace over the last 50 years. This influx in residents has significantly contributed to the number of fatal pedestrian accidents that occur on Florida roadways.

Between 2000 and 2009, there were 5,100 pedestrian deaths in Florida. The roads throughout the metro areas of Florida have gained a great deal of attention due their defects that can cause an increased risk of fatal pedestrian accidents.

Binge drinking common for teens who drink and drive, CDC says

Posted on Thursday, October 4th, 2012 at 9:00 pm    

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), teenagers who are prone to drinking and driving are also more likely to binge drink.

Teens across the country were surveyed in regards to their tendencies to drink alcohol and then operate a motor vehicle. Out of the teenagers who claimed they had gotten behind the wheel of a vehicle after consuming alcohol, 85 percent of them also admitted to binge drinking. This type of drinking refers to consuming five or more alcoholic beverages in a short amount of time on one occasion.

Other statistics that were learned through the study results included the fact that in 2011, one million teenagers drank alcohol and then drove a vehicle in the United States. Car accidents are still viewed as the number one cause of death for teenagers between the ages of 16-19.

 

 

Fort Lauderdale parking garage collapses, injures 2

Posted on Friday, September 7th, 2012 at 5:44 pm    

A parking garage at the Broward County Courthouse that was scheduled to be demolished collapsed without notice on Wednesday, and two people sustained injuries as a result.

The 4-story garage is being demolished in order to make room for a new courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, but it was not meant to be torn down when it came crumbling to the ground on Wednesday. There were no construction workers inside the garage at the time of the collapse, but two people did suffer injuries from the debris that covered the street.

The collapse caused SE 6th street to be shut down while the debris was cleaned up and removed from the streets. A possible investigation into the incident may be conducted by OSHA, but it is unclear at this time if that will take place.

If you have been injured in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your suffering. Please contact the personal injury lawyers of Winston & Wigand, P.A. by calling 954-475-9666 today.

Medical malpractice damage cap removed in Missouri

Posted on Monday, August 6th, 2012 at 1:31 pm    

Last week, members of the Missouri Supreme Court voted to overturn a ruling that placed a cap on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice lawsuits.

The case prompting this ruling involved a birth injury lawsuit in which a third-year medical student was deemed to be responsible for a child’s birth injuries. The medical student did not properly monitor the vitals of a woman who was experiencing pregnancy complications, significantly injury her child as a result. A jury awarded the woman $1.45 million in noneconomic damages, but due to the damage cap that was in place at the time, that amount was drastically declined to $350,000.

The Supreme Court in the state of Missouri determined that these types of damage caps were unconstitutional and violated an individual’s right to a fair trial by jury. The $350,000 damage cap will be lifted in Missouri, and juries will be solely responsible for awarding these damages in malpractice cases in the future.

 

Motorcycle-car accident kills 1

Posted on Wednesday, July 11th, 2012 at 8:51 pm    

On Tuesday night, a motorcycle and a motor vehicle collided on Old Mission Peninsula, resulting in one fatality.

According to the Grand Traverse sheriff’s office, the 30-year-old motorcyclist was traveling south on Center Road when he was struck by a northbound driver who was attempting to make a left-hand turn.

The impact of the crash ejected the motorcyclist from his bike. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the collision but was pronounced dead at the scene. Three individuals were inside the motor vehicle, and none of them sustained any critical injuries in the accident. An investigation into the cause of the motorcycle-vehicle collision is under way.

Our thoughts go out to the motorcyclist’s family and friends during this tragic time.

Bicyclist seriously injured in Ponte Vedra Beach accident

Posted on Friday, July 6th, 2012 at 8:23 pm    

A Ponte Vedra Beach bicycle accident has left a 56-year-old Jacksonville bicyclist in critical condition.

The bicycle accident occurred early this morning on Dolphin Boulevard at S.R. A1A. The truck driver was stopped at the intersection of these two roads, but he decided to turn just as the cyclist was riding through the intersection. The 43-year-old Ponte Vedra man cut across the road, clipping the rear tire of the bicycle.

As a result of the contact, the bicyclist was thrown from his bike, landing on his head. He sustained serious head injuries and was transported by a helicopter to be treated. He remains in critical condition.

If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, please contact the bicycle accident lawyers of Winston & Wigand, P.A., by calling 954-475-9666 today.

Florida paramedic killed in motorcycle accident

Posted on Thursday, June 28th, 2012 at 9:17 pm    

A 22-year-old firefighter and paramedic was killed last Thursday after his motorcycle struck the back wheel of a tractor on Highway 89.

The first responder was heading home after one of his EMS shifts, and was northbound on Highway 89. He was behind a tractor, being driven by a 45-year-old man, when the accident took place. The tractor, which was hauling a mower, was swaying in between the north lane, and the paved side road.

After the motorcycle accident occurred, the young motorcyclist was taken by helicopter to be treated for his life-threatening injuries. Shortly after arriving at the hospital he was pronounced dead. An investigation into the accident is underway, and charges against the tractor driver are pending at this time.

The motorcyclist is survived by his expecting wife, and a 14-month old daughter. Our thoughts are with them during this difficult time.

Teenager found guilty of burning Ft. Lauderdale classmate

Posted on Thursday, June 21st, 2012 at 3:54 pm    

The personal injury lawyers of Winston & Wigand, P.A. have learned that a Fort Lauderdale jury has convicted a teenager of aggravated battery in regards to setting a classmate on fire three years ago.

The teenager was the mastermind behind a plan to douse a classmate in rubbing alcohol and ultimately set him ablaze. He conspired with two other teens, and offered them money to carry out the plan. The victim put out the flames by jumping into a swimming pool, but suffered severe burns to approximately 65 percent of his body.

For the past three years, the burn victim has been going through physical therapy, and his classmate has been behind bars awaiting trial. On Tuesday, the Fort Lauderdale jury convicted the teen of a lesser charge than the initial second-degree murder charge, and he faces a maximum of 15 years behind bars.

Fort Lauderdale car wash damaged by truck accident

Posted on Friday, June 15th, 2012 at 4:27 pm    

A car wash in South Florida is handling the aftermath of a truck accident that took place Tuesday night.

A truck was traveling near 34th Avenue and Broward Boulevard when the driver lost control of the vehicle when attempting to make a U-turn. As a result of this, the truck crashed into the car wash that was located at that intersection.

Damage to the exterior of the Fort Lauderdale car wash was apparent, but no one was hurt in the truck accident. Employees at the car wash cleaned up the mess, and were forced to close for the day.

Please contact the truck accident lawyers of Winston & Wigand, P.A. by calling 954-475-9666 if you or someone you know has been injured in an accident that was caused by a reckless truck driver.

 

Fort Lauderdale hospital receives highest marks in patient safety

Posted on Thursday, June 7th, 2012 at 3:58 pm    

A hospital safety score system was recently put in place by experts from Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and the non-profit hospital safety organization, The Leapfrog Group. These experts formed a panel that rated hospitals throughout the country based on their ability to keep patients safe during their time at a hospital.

Twenty six different measures were taken into consideration when handing out letter grades to the hospitals. Some of these measures included preventable injuries to patients, ability to avoid the spread of infections, and medication errors. All of the data was compiled into one single score. These scores were represented by letter grades ranging from A to F.

Out of the 50 hospitals in South Florida that were reviewed, 25 of them received an ‘A’ letter grade. The Holy Cross and Imperial Point hospital in Fort Lauderdale was one of the hospitals that earned the highest marks in the area. There were some hospitals in South Florida that did receive failing grades, but they were given the opportunity to improve their safety standards before the grades were made official in the fall.

Hospital negligence can result in serious injuries and complications. If you were a victim of medical malpractice, please contact the medical malpractice lawyers of Winston & Wigand, P.A. by calling 954-475-9666 today.