According 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.
Various news agencies reported a large verdict came in against Dollar General in Mobile, Alabama. On September 21, 2016, the Mobile jury found that Dollar General's incompetent inspection policies led to a customer's injuries, and returned a $1,725,000 million verdict against the company. The event occurred at Dollar General Store No. 7853 in Mobile on July 9, 2012, when a customer, who was 60-years-old at the time, slipped and fell in clear liquid laundry detergent that was on the floor in the chemical aisle. She suffered severe leg and shoulder fractures that resulted in eight surgeries, 395 doctor visits, and over $470,000 in medical bills. The 60-year-old female remains permanently disabled. According to al.com, it is believed to be one of the largest personal injury verdicts in the county. In addition, this is the second large injury settlement Dollar General had ruled against them in Alabama in 2016. Back in April, a Dollar General store in Lauderdale County was forced to pay $925,000 to a delivery driver from Kentucky.
According to a recent article in US News & World Report, reading emails and texting are at the top of the list of what's considered distracted driving, but there are a number of things we do while driving that are not safe or smart. Eating, personal grooming, and reaching back to referee an argument between the kids can distract us long enough for something terrible to happen. Despite the increasing availability of safety features like automatic braking, lane departure, and blind spot monitoring, distracted driving is a growing cause in accidents.
It was a deadly Monday, here on Emerald Coast roadways, several weeks ago. There was a popular teacher at Mosley High School who recently retired that was killed in last Monday morning in a car wreck. The incident happened at about 8:15 a.m. on County 389 just east of the intersection with Delaware Avenue. The 63-year-old-male from Lynn Haven was traveling west on his bicycle on County 389 as was the driver of a truck, a 50-year-old male of Fountain. The retired school teacher attempted to make a left hand turn, crossing County 389, onto Delaware Avenue and was subsequently struck by the semi-truck. He was transported to Bay Medical Sacred Heart Hospital and later died from his injuries. The crash remains under investigation.
Many drivers in this country forgo sleep, an often ignored and treacherous behavior that results in nearly 83.6 million of them being sleep-deprived while behind the wheel every day, an estimated 5,000 lives lost in drowsy driving related crashes last year. The estimated cost of drowsy crashes, including insurance, medical expenses and lost productivity totaled $109 billion last year, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association's report "Wake Up Call! Understanding Drowsy Driving and What States Can Do About It." The 73-page report was funded by State Farm insurance. The report, which comes as U.S. motor vehicle deaths were up 7.7 percent nationwide in 2015, found that the extent of the problem is not fully known.
In Ochoa v. Koppel, __ So. 3d __, 2016 WL 2941099 (Fla. 2d DCA 2016), Florida's Second District Court of Appeal addressed whether filing a motion seeking to enlarge time to accept a proposal for settlement in a car accident claim would stop the 30-day period for accepting the proposal until the court decides the motion. In the underlying case, Ochoa had filed a proposal for settlement and one day prior to the 30-day period to accept the proposal expired, Koppel filed a motion seeking to lengthen the time in which to respond to the proposal. The hearing on the motion did not occur until two months later and after the hearing, (before the trial court rendered a decision on the motion) Koppel accepted Ochoa's proposal for settlement. Ochoa asked the court to dismiss the acceptance as untimely. The trial court agreed with Koppel, finding that "her filing of a motion to enlarge time under rule 1.090 tolled the thirty-day period in which she was authorized to accept the proposal," and it granted her motion to enforce settlement. Ochoa appealed, arguing that the filing of a rule 1.090 motion to enlarge the time to accept a proposal for settlement does not toll the 30-day period for accepting the proposal until the court decides the motion. The appellate court agreed, reversed, and certified conflict with Goldy v. Corbett Cranes Services, Inc., 692 So. 2d 225 (Fla. 5th DCA 1997).
Channel 3, WEAR, reports that five people, including two children, were injured in a Highway 29 two-vehicle crash this past weekend. According to Florida Highway Patrol, a 21-year-old male was stopped in his Chevrolet Silverado facing east on Neal Road at the intersection of U.S. Highway 29. A second vehicle, driven by a 26-year-old female, was driving a Ford F150, going northbound on U.S. Highway 29 approaching Neal Road. The Silverado entered the intersection, which lead the front of the F150 truck to strike the right side of the Silverado causing it to overturn. The driver of the Silverado and his passenger, a 19-year-old female were taken to a Pensacola hospital for minor injuries. The 21-year-old-male was charged with violating the right of way at a stop intersection. The 26-year-old, along with her two children passengers, were also taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
We've blogged on this before. Using cellphones behind the wheel makes many people distracted and dangerous drivers. Moreover, distracted driving is defined as occurring anytime something diverts your attention from the road ahead, and according to a report on distracted driving from the National Safety Council (NSC), cellphones are one of the top causes of distracted driving today.