Early last Saturday morning, a male was driving his motorcycle south on SR-77 when a second driver merged into the south lane of SR-77 from the central median divide and side swiped the motorcycle. The front of the motorcycle collided with the left side of the vehicle. The driver of the motorcycle fell off his motorcycle and is now in critical condition at Bay Medical Center. Officials say the driver of the motorcycle was wearing a helmet, and at this time charges are pending. Early last Sunday morning, another horrible accident happened on another rural road in Bonifay. According to FHP, the driver and the passenger were heading southbound on CR-173 when they passed another vehicle in a "no passing zone." The driver of the vehicle lost control and entered into a ditch. The vehicle overturned several times and the two occupants were ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead on scene. Officials say neither occupant was wearing a seatbelt, and alcohol may have been a factor. At this time officials are still investigating who was driving the car at the time of the crash.
I saw a very interesting appeal that went up to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Geico Auto Insurance has asked the Eleventh Circuit not to make them pay a $29.8 million verdict in a suit over an insured motorist's death in a bad faith suit by the man's widow, saying it hadn't been able to properly appeal the verdict.
I am not sure how this area can better serve our visitors and locals when we have such high traffic volumes. We are in the middle of summer and the roads are packed. The past several weeks were very busy for the area and the amount of car crashes showed how busy the area was.
Insurance lobbyists are always trying to change Florida laws to make their business more profitable, regardless of the harm it may cause. Currently, Florida law forbids car insurers from setting rates in a territory as small as one ZIP code given concerns it could be abused to discriminate against low-income, minority or other customers, but there is a bill which cleared