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Driving on Tax Day could cost you your life

Posted on Thursday, April 12th, 2012 at 8:19 pm    

Filing taxes can be a complicated process plagued by stress and looming deadlines. In the United States, tax day usually falls on April 15. This year, that day is a Sunday, so the IRS has moved the official deadline for filing tax returns to April 17.

For people who hand-file their tax returns, driving on the roads could come at a deadly cost. Traffic fatalities have been historically higher on Tax Day, and for the past 30 years have averaged out to be 226 fatalities on this specific day.

Drivers losing their lives at a higher rate on this day may be caused by an increased amount of traffic on roadways, drivers acting erratically due to stress, and people driving on different routes than normal to reach a post office in their area.

If you have been hurt in a car accident that was caused by a reckless driver, please contact the Fort Lauderdale auto accident lawyers of Winston Law Firm by calling 954-475-9666 today.

Drunk driving may be reason for fatal Ft. Lauderdale accident

Posted on Thursday, April 5th, 2012 at 3:22 pm    

Last month in Florida, a freak car accident brought destruction to a blissfully married couple. A 26-year-old woman and her husband were on a church retreat, and were outside at a pool cabana when a vehicle plowed into the area.

The woman, who was seven months pregnant, was hit by the car and pronounced dead at the scene. Her husband had been in the restroom just feet away, and returned to the area in a state of shock. The vacationing couple were visiting from Massachusetts, and the husband said that it was going to be their last vacation before the baby came.

Police have reason to believe that the woman who crashed into the cabana may have been driving under the influence. A mandatory blood test has been announced in the case. At this time, she has not been charged in the accident.


Florida car accidents kill 10 in one day

Posted on Friday, March 23rd, 2012 at 5:57 pm    

Ten people, and an unborn child, lost their lives in several car accidents throughout South Florida in the span of one day. The accidents happened between Saturday, March 17, and Sunday, March 18.

The car accident that had the most fatalities occurred on the Gratigny Expressway and was caused by a head-on collision. Four people died as a result of the crash. In other parts of South Florida, a 26-year-old pregnant woman was killed in a freak accident while vacationing at a cabana in Fort Lauderdale. A woman lost control of her vehicle and crashed into the poolside cabana, killing the expecting mother and her unborn child.

A 5-year-old girl was struck and killed by a motor vehicle while she was playing in front of her house in a toy car in Broward. A teenager riding a skateboard also passed away as a result of a car accident. A church accident left one dead, and around 1 a.m. on Sunday morning two people on the Florida Turnpike were killed as they were struck by a speeding vehicle, while trying to change a tire on the side of the road.

During this extremely difficult time, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ families and friends.


Man falls 20 feet in Fort Lauderdale crash

Posted on Thursday, March 8th, 2012 at 8:38 pm    

A 23-year-old man survived a 20-foot fall in Fort Lauderdale after his new vehicle flew off of an exit ramp and onto an entrance ramp two stories below. Besides burns from the deployed airbags, the man was not harmed in the crash.

The accident occurred on the I-95 southbound ramp. Safety officials of the state have deemed that exit ramp as one of the most dangerous in the county. There is a sharp 90 degree turn on the loop, and if drivers are not aware of it’s existence, they do not have the time to correct their speed.

The man’s vehicle landed on it’s wheels, but he has no recollection of how he ended up 20 feet below his initial exit. The accident caused two hour delays for other drivers on the road. He was cited for driving too fast.

If you have been injured in a car accident in Fort Lauderdale, please contact the Fort Lauderdale auto accident lawyers of Winston Law Firm by calling 954-475-9666 today.

Thieves crash into AT&T store and steal $10,000 worth of merchandise

Posted on Friday, February 24th, 2012 at 2:19 am    

At  approximately 5:40am on Thursday, a group of thieves crashed a vehicle into an AT&T store and stole $10,000 worth of merchandise.

The store is located at 12599 Biscayne Blvd in North Miami.  According to police, a beige Nissan Maxima crashed into the store, and a black Honda followed after with an additional group of thieves.  The group of thieves stole smart phones and tablets.

The Nissan Maxima, which has extensive rear-end damage, has a license plate number of 113 LEQ, and was reported stolen on Tuesday.  Police are still investigating the incident.

If you have any information, call North Miami Police at 305-891-0294.


Singer Whitney Houston’s funeral on Saturday

Posted on Tuesday, February 14th, 2012 at 9:07 pm    

Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyers of Winston, Clark, & Wigand are saddened to announce the funeral of singer, Whitney Houston, this weekend in New Jersey.

The iconic singer, Whitney Houston, will be buried this Saturday, and the service will be held at her childhood church in New Jersey.  The private service will take place at New Hope Baptist Church, and is only open to invited guests.

Houston’s body was found inside her hotel room at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA on Saturday afternoon just a few hours before she was expected to appear at Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy party.  Police have still not revealed the cause of her death, although many have speculated drugs were involved.  Results will not be released for six to eight weeks.

Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Houston’s family.  For more information, visit CNN.com

Four die in a crash near Everglades City

Posted on Thursday, February 9th, 2012 at 5:58 pm    

James J. Rosini, 66, William J. Rosini, 68, and Patricia C. Rosini, 65, all of Coal Township; and Deborah A. Korbich, 59, of Elysburg died a car crash near Everglades City on Wednesday afternoon.

The group was driving a silver Ford Taurus northbound on State Road 29 when they did not stop at a flashing red light and were hit from the side by a van travelling westbound on U.S. 41 east.  The impact caused the car to hit the guardrail and the van overturned.

According to Ochopee Fire Chief Alan McLaughlin, “We found three people in the car. They were all expired when we checked them in the car…We found one person that was ejected from the car and was down on the canal bank.”

 It is believed that the victims were travelling on vacation and did not know they had to stop for the flashing red light at the intersection.  None of them were wearing seatbelts.
David L. Dahl, 63, and Joanne Dahl, 60, of South Williamsport were driving the van, and were taken to NCH Downtown Naples hospital for injuries.
Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with the victims’ families.

Man drowned in crash in Dade Lake

Posted on Monday, February 6th, 2012 at 9:44 pm    

50-year old Gilberto Duenas passed away on Wednesday after drowning in a canal near Okeechobee Road after his vehicle was sideswiped by another car.

Duenas, his nephew, Dager Duenas Gonzalez, and his nephew’s wife, Ladys, were all driving southbound on Okeechobee Road in their Toyota when investigators believe that their vehicle was sideswiped near the Florida Turnpike Extension.

Gonzalez and his wife survived.  Duenas was rushed to Palmetto General Hospital in Hialeah and was pronounced dead.  According to a firefighter on the rescue team, “The conditions were terrible because it is probably 25-feet deep and the weeds were probably a good 15-feet, so we were obviously tangled in the weeds most of the time.”

Police are still investigating the accident.  Our thoughts and condolences are with the victim’s family.

Florida pile-up kill 11, injure 18

Posted on Friday, February 3rd, 2012 at 6:01 pm    

The visibility on Interstate 75 near Gainesville, Florida was next to zero when car accidents began happening around 3:45 a.m. Sunday morning.

Severe smoke from a nearby brush fire coated the northbound and southbound lanes of the highway. Drivers were unable to determine any objects past the front of their own vehicles. There were 19 separate cars that were involved in collisions on both sides of Interstate 75.

Emergency personnel navigated through the wreckage to aid injured individuals. Eleven people lost their lives in the accidents, and 18 more were taken to hospitals with varying degrees of injuries. An investigation into the accidents is still ongoing, and could possibly turn into a criminal one based on evidence of the brush fire.

If you have been injured in a car accident in Florida, please contact the Fort Lauderdale auto accident attorneys of Winston Law Firm by calling 800-475-4206 today.

6 year old boy killed in Pompano Beach crash

Posted on Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 at 8:14 pm    

Robert Glover Jr., 6, of Pompano Beach, was struck this past Sunday while riding his scooter by a car involved in a two-car accident.

Marcus Permenter, 28, drove his 1980 Oldsmobile Cutlass on Northwest 5th Avenue when he ran a stop sign and hit a Toyota Camry driven by Chiledric Jacques on Northwest 8th Street.  After hitting Jacques and his three passengers, Permenter’s vehicle continued on to hit a fence, a parked minivan, a pickup truck, and six year old Glover.

The boy was transported to Broward General Medical Center and remained in crucial condition on Sunday night.

The accident is still under investigation by the Broward Sheriff’s Office Traffic Homicide Unit.  Our thoughts and condolences are with the victim’s family.