Last week, an appellate court asked the Florida Supreme Court to review its decision that Allstate and their policyholder who was found responsible in an underlying personal injury action have the right to seek payment from a group of medical care providers who allegedly made the man's auto injuries worse. The Brevard County case involved an accident in which Benjamin Edward Hintz was riding a scooter and was struck by a car driven by Emily Boozer, whose father owned the car and was an Allstate policyholder. That led to a lawsuit in which the Boozers were found liable for nearly $11.2 million, with Allstate paying its policy limit of $1.1 million.
The Northwest Daily News reports on another tragic car accident that occurred on Tuesday afternoon in DeFuniak Springs. According to the news source, just after 2 p.m, a SUV turned in front of a tractor trailer at a busy city intersection, causing a three-car pileup that left two people in critical condition and two more seriously injured. The truck was traveling east on U.S. Highway 90 "carrying a heavy load of feed" to a nearby poultry processing plant when the driver of the SUV turned left from U.S. Highway 331 in front of it. The collision was so significant that it sent the SUV into a third vehicle. Both vehicles ended up on the sidewalk north of the intersection, where a traffic signal ended up being damaged. Two people inside the SUV, including the driver, had to be extricated, the police department release said. A total of four occupants were transported to hospitals in Pensacola. Two, including the woman driving the SUV, required emergency surgery and were listed in critical condition on Tuesday. The other two passengers were listed in serious condition. The driver of the third car was taken from the scene by a family member to Sacred Heart on the Emerald Coast Hospital and later released, according to reports. The truck driver was not hurt. As noted in the news release from the DeFuniak Springs police department, the crash is still being investigated by DeFuniak Springs Police and charges are pending.
Walton County Sheriff's Office will soon launch a new program called 'Text 911' and only a handful of agencies in Florida use this program (reported by News Channel 7 Panama City). 'Text 911' will allow Walton County Sheriff's Office dispatchers help residents in need. For the past (3) three months, Daniel Carroll, the 911 Coordinator with the department, has been working with the state to bring this program to Walton County. "I currently have the four major service providers; T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint and Verizon, and SouthernLinc joining us," said Carroll to the reporters. Sheriff's officials say this is an invaluable asset for victims who are in a situation where they can't call 911, maybe because they need to stay quiet. It is just another tool to help deputies find the person in need.