I found this story the other day and thought it was spot on. I remember when I was learning how to drive, I took a course during high school that went an entire nine weeks learning how to drive. I am very glad that I took that course so that when I turned sixteen, I had a little bit of experience in driving, which is more than many actually have.
As a personal injury law firm, we are familiar with the term "TBI" or traumatic brain injury. We have encountered clients with TBIs as a result of a car accident or a fall. Many of our clients are confused as to this diagnosis and we guide them to the necessary health care providers to treat and educate them on this permanent debilitating injury.
Fourth of July is here and too many of us forget that fireworks are dangerous explosive devices. New numbers from the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission show that fireworks deaths rose in 2014, killing nearly a dozen people and sending more than 10,000 to the hospital. Always follow safe practices around fireworks whether you are attending a professional production or using consumer fireworks in your driveway.
It seems there are more and more bus accidents in the news. There have been school bus accidents, passenger van accidents, and commercial bus accidents. These accidents usually involved severe injuries and/or fatalities. Recently, Walton County had a significant vehicle collision occur. The accident injured twenty one people, with one of the passengers suffering serious injuries. The accident happened on Interstate 10 after the 2010 Ford bus crashed just west of U.S. Highway 331. According to FHP, the bus was traveling east when for some unknown reason it veered off the highway and hit two trees. The driver apparently lost control on a slight curve in the road. The bus was carrying 23 passengers ranging from 15 to 18 years old.
According to the Florida Department of Health, drowning is the leading cause of death in Florida among children between ages one and four. Thus, you can imagine my dismay when I read about two children who recently died as a result of drowning in a residential pool. One of the drownings happened in Bay County. WJHG reports 911 dispatchers received a call from a mother in the north end of the county (Southport area) who said she could not find her two-year-old son on Monday morning. Just before help arriving, however, one of the deputies learned that the child had been found in the pool. Family, friends and the deputy performed CPR until paramedics arrived. They then pronounced the child dead at the scene. Sheriff's deputies have not yet released the name of the boy or the family.
Channel 7 WJHG reports that the FHP has released more information pertaining to the fatal traffic crash that happened Sunday afternoon on Back Beach Road. According to the report, around 2:30 p.m a 58 year-old male and his passenger were traveling eastbound on U.S. 98 on their motorcycle. At the same time, 51-year-old female was traveling down the same road, but slowed down to take a right hand turn onto Le Grand Drive. Officials say the motorcycle failed to slow down as the car was turning, and the motorcycle collided with the car. Both the driver and passenger of the motorcycle fell off, and were taken to Bay Medical Center. The passenger died at the hospital. Authorities are investigating if alcohol was a factor and at this time charges are pending. No one on the motorcycle was wearing a helmet.
This sad story has been all over different news agencies this past week. This past Monday in Fort Lauderdale, three children were injured when a waterspout came onshore and lifted the inflatable bounce house they were in, authorities said. The house was swept across a parking lot into a roadway, according to local police. The National Weather Service in Miami reported that one adult was also injured and that one of the three children was seriously hurt.
As a personal injury attorney, I am regularly faced with my client's devastating injuries and damages caused by motor vehicle accidents. One of my greatest fears is that I will become numb, calloused, or unemotional to the plight or unfortunate situations faced by my clients. That question was answered for me on Memorial Day. I was traveling westbound on I-10 with my family returning home from a weekend trip to central Florida. My wife told me that she had not seen any vehicles on I-10 eastbound lanes for several minutes. I began to notice the lack of vehicles on the road too. I quickly assumed that there had been an accident. Several minutes later we approached an accident scene that appeared on its face as a serious crash. We quickly realized that the accident involved several vehicles and that at least two adults had lost their lives in the accident. Later, we discovered that two people were found dead at the scene with two critically injured. According to WKRG Channel 7, the accident occurred in Jackson County, Florida.
The Northwest Florida Daily News reports that Drew Barefield, who was hit by a boat while snorkeling in the Choctawhatchee Bay a little less than a year ago, is the official 2015 Ambassador for Boating Safety Week in Destin. What a great way to turn a tragedy into promoting an important and great cause. The ceremony took place with Miss Destin, Coast Guard members, emergency responders and supporters of the Ronald McDonald House honoring Drew, his parents and his sister Savannah. Drew told the paper that he was feeling pretty good. He felt like he was almost all the way healed. According to the family, the support from the community and the Ronald McDonald House was fantastic. The Ronald McDonald House took care of everything, from food and fresh clothing and towels to getting him in contact with an optometrist when he needed new contacts.Trey and Wendy, Drew's mom, were there from June 28 to Sept. 11. During that time, Drew was at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, fighting for his life after being severely injured by a boat propeller. If you remember, it was a Sunday evening when young Drew was struck by the propeller of a boat headed west at a high rate of speed. Drew's recovery was long. He started out in a wheelchair before graduating to a walker. He lost a lot of weight and has regained 20 pounds. Almost a year after the accident, he looks like any other 13-year-old, nearly healed.
The Northwest Florida Daily News is filled with horrible car accidents that occurred this past week. According to a Florida highway Patrol News Release, a Milton man was charged with careless driving after a four-car pile-up early Monday on U.S. Highway 90 just east of Scenic Highway. A 53 year old man was driving a 1987 Chevrolet Pickup truck west on U.S. Highway 90 when he failed to stop for slowing traffic. His truck rear-ended a 2005 GMC Pickup truck driven by a 27 female of Pace. Her truck rear-ended a 2008 BMW driven by a 52 male of Pace. The BMW rear-ended a 2015 Ford Aero Star driven by a 46 male of Pace, the news release said. The accident occurred at 7:30 a.m. Several people were injured in that accident.