Various news agencies reports that a man is dead after his car crashed because his tire blew out. A 45-year-old male was driving east-bound on Interstate 10 this past weekend when his Ford Ranger failed and he lost control of the vehicle. Investigators report that because of the tire failing, the Ranger headed into the median and overturned several times. The male was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Various news outlets report that an elderly woman is in critical condition after a logging truck hit the ambulance she was a patient in. The accident occurred last week on U.S. Highway 98 near Gulf Arie Dr. in Gulf County. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the truck was driving east on Hwy 98 while the ambulance was headed west, when the logtruck lost control of the vehicle causing it to jackknife and smash into the ambulance. The ambulance had EMS personnel and one patient on board. The patient was taken to Gulf Coast Emergency Medical Center in critical condition.
According to WJHG, Channel 7 out of Panama City, there was an accident last Wednesday morning that left one person that had to be taken to the hospital after police say a truck ran a red light. Panama City Beach Police say a truck driving south on Highway 79 ran a red light and through the intersection at Back Beach Rd. around 6:30 a.m., causing a Dodge Durango to hit the truck. The truck then spun around, pushing it into a road sign and another vehicle that was stopped at the light in a turning lane. Police said they're unsure of how serious the person's injuries are.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 14-year-old girl died from injuries she suffered in a three-vehicle crash last week. The Northwest Florida Daily News reports that the young girl of Youngstown was a passenger in a northbound 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by a 16 year old male from Milton, when he lost control of the vehicle just after 10 p.m. on U.S. 231 just south of Johnny Lane. Mann began driving into the median and then began to overturn into the southbound lanes. Two other vehicles struck the trailblazer as it entered the southbound lanes. Mann and his two passengers were all ejected from the vehicle, but the 14 year old female died from her injuries. FHP says no one in the trailblazer was wearing a seatbelt.
According to a Northwest Florida Daily News article posted in February, a 26-year-old male from Crestview, was traveling northbound on Airport Road in a 2013 Civic around 5:45 p.m., when he entered a slight left-hand curve and a dog ran into his path. He swerved to avoid the dog and thus traveled into the pathway of 38-year-old male from Niceville, who was driving southbound on Airport Road in a 2002 Hyundai. The Hyundai was unable to avoid the collision and the Civic struck the front of the Hyundai. Both vehicles came to a final rest within the area of impact. The driver of the Civic and two of his passengers had serious injuries. A third passenger was listed with minor injuries. The driver of the Hyundai had no injuries. A 2-year-old passenger had minor injuries and a second passenger was transported with critical injuries. Both vehicles were totaled, the release said.
If you are injured in an accident where it was not your fault, you are entitled to recover the reasonable value of your medical bills, for lost wages , and the reasonable value for pain-and-suffering you endured as a result of your injuries. Regardless of what you may read on the Internet, there is no formula for calculating this value. Please note, each case is unique and determining what your case is worth takes experience, thus you should consult with an attorney at Brannon & Brannon.
Recently, the Federal Department of Transportation issued a press release saying it has begun to work and assess whether it is necessary to enact a federal rule to require new trucks to be equipped with crash avoidance systems that automatically brake without driver input. The DOT's comments came in response to a petition filed in February by several pro-regulatory agencies like the Truck Safety Coalition, the Center for Auto Safety, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety and Road Safe America. The recommendation has also been issued by the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board). The DOT's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ( the agency responsible for such a mandate) did not say when it would make a decision to create a rule or not. Nonetheless, the Administration has been studying and will continue to study the systems and its decision will be "made after study of the requested action and the various alternatives in the course of the rulemaking proceeding."
Saturday afternoon, a tragic accident occurred on Highway 231. According to FHP, two 17-year-old males were on the side of Highway 231 changing a tire Saturday afternoon. Subsequently, they pulled back onto the road, allegedly not looking to see if there were any oncoming vehicles and hit a motorcycle which had two people on it. Both people were thrown from the motorcycle. FHP reports that the passenger on the motorcycle died and the driver of the motorcycle is in critical condition at Bay Medical Center. Both people on the motorcycle were wearing helmets.