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Rear-End Collision Injures 2 In A Three-Car Collision

Thumbnail image for Rear-End Collision.jpgAccording to the Florida Highway Patrol, two people were injured in a recent traffic accident. A 60-year-old male was driving a 2014 Dodge Ram northbound in the outside lane of U.S. Highway 29 approaching Carolina Drive. A 39-year-old female from Molino was stopped in a 2012 Chevy Malibu directly behind a 52-year-old male from Pensacola, who was driving a 1997 Ford F-150. The driver of the F-150 was stopped behind other traffic facing north in the outside lane of U.S. 29 at the intersection of Carolina Drive. The driver of the 2014 Dodge Ram reportedly suddenly accelerated. The front right of the Ram struck the left rear of the Malibu so significantly that the Malibu left the roadway, traveled northeast through a ditch on the east shoulder of U.S. 29 and into the parking lot of 8124 U.S. 29. The Ram rotated clockwise and overturned, reportedly causing the hood and windshield to strike the F-150's rear. The Ram's final resting point was facing east in the outside lane of U.S. 29 at the intersection of Carolina Drive. The Malibu's final position was facing south in the parking lot of 8124 U.S. 29 north of Carolina Drive. The F-150's final position was facing northeast on the east shoulder of U.S. 29 north of Carolina Drive. The driver of the Ram and Malibu received injuries; all drivers were wearing seatbelts and alcohol was not a factor, according to the FHP.

Accidents Involving Off-Highway Vehicles Claim 493 Lives In 2016

2e2ae721c64cbd49ce66de387a8228fe.jpgOff-highway vehicles (OHVs) are made up of three main types of vehicles: All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles (ROVs), and Utility Task Vehicles (UTVs). All of these vehicles carry risks of serious injury and death when not used properly or with the appropriate safety equipment and all of these vehicles could be made safer with a few common sense design changes.

Florida Supreme Court: Attorney-Client Privilege

The Florida Supreme Court is set to consider how far defendants in personal injury suits can pry into possible referral relationships between doctors and attorneys, a move that defense attorneys say is necessary to peel back inflated costs for medical care in these cases. They agreed to hear the appeal after Worley made a valid argument that there was a conflict regarding whether a plaintiff must provide the production of information protected by attorney-client privilege.

Family Filed A Lawsuit Against Amazon Over Hoverboard House Fire

Amazon-Hoveboard-110216-lt (1).jpgOn November 3, 2015, Megan Fox purchased what she thought was a FITBURO® F1 with an "original Samsung advanced battery" from a company called "W-Deals" through Amazon's website. The hoverboard remained in a closet until Christmas, when it was given to her 14-year-old son. Subsequently, on January 9, 2016, the hoverboard's lithium ion battery overheated and started a fire that destroyed the$1 million home in Nashville, Tennessee and injured three family members.

Accidents: Make Sure Your Lawyer Preserves The Evidence

Evidence-Article-201407221432.jpgInsurance giant GEICO is being scrutinized after an East St Louis trucking company recently filed a lawsuit against the firm. According to a report in the Madison-St Clair Record, Beelman Truck Company filed the complaint alleging that GEICO had breached its duty to retain and preserve a vehicle that was to be used as part of it's defense in an underlying car accident lawsuit with claimant, Vera Rees.

Dog Bites Again, Should The State Euthanize?

Gavel-Legal-System.jpgPanama City Police and Bay County Animal Control are investigating another alleged dog bite on a child perpetrated by Marley the dog, which had been at the center of a dispute that received national attention. An animal bite report from the Florida Department of Health states 12-year-old Troy Banks told investigators he was bit Sunday afternoon as the adults in the house on High Avenue, including the dog's owner and his mother, were sleeping. The report states the boy suffered "moderate punctures on his arm, a bunch of scratches on his leg and more surface punctures." The case was reported by the boy's father, Peter Banks, who had dropped his son off at the home to be with his mother. The incident occurred at 2 p.m. Sunday, reports state, and when Banks went to pick up Troy that night, he noticed the puncture marks on his arm. He then took his son to the hospital. The boy told officers he was sitting on the couch and petting Marley's head Sunday when the dog bit his left wrist and scratched his legs.

Personal Injury Attorney's Fees, How Do They Work?

Thumbnail image for fighting-over-attorney-fees.jpgA complicated dispute over attorneys' fees that includes claims and cross-claims of fraud, breach of contract and taking a case from another firm has delayed a lawsuit settlement on behalf of an up-and-coming gymnast who suffered permanent brain injuries in a 2014 tumbling accident. In at least three hearings, Judge Jim Meyer could have been asked to approve a lawsuit settlement between Pat and Cynthia Hyland, the parents of Blake Hyland, and the owners of the Waco gym where he was hurt, but the hearing was postponed for unspecified reasons. Just like in Texas, Florida lawsuit settlements involving minors must be approved by the court.

When Does Advertising Turn Into Jury Tainting?

trial_by_jury_usher-300x257.jpgFor many lawyers, the process of "picking the jury" is the most stressful, but the most important, part of a trial. Ensuring that your client has an unbiased jury is difficult, even for the most experienced litigator. It is not surprising that many lawyers find it difficult to lead a discussion on a variety of different topics with 20 to 40 strangers and, at the same time, analyze their strengths and weaknesses as potential jurors. As attorneys, we often wonder if someone is holding back or not telling us the entire truth. This is understandable, because many potential jurors can find our questions intrusive or related to personal topics. I can assure you that there is always a reason for the question being asked. In short, attorneys are trying to determine if you would be fair, even in light of each individual's personal bias.

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