WEAR Channel 3 out of Pensacola reports that a Pensacola man is dead and a Pensacola woman in serious condition after their motorcycle crashed into a Corvette. The wreck happened at the corner of Jackson Street and 57th Avenue in Escambia County after 8 p.m. Friday. A 49-year-old male from Pensacola was headed south on Jackson Street driving a Honda Magna with a 57-year-old female as his passenger. Instead of stopping for traffic at the intersection of Jackson and 57th Street, they collided into the rear of a Corvette that was stopped for the traffic. The driver of the Corvette received minor injuries.
The Northwest Florida Daily News reports on a horrible accident that occurred Wednesday morning. According to the FHP report, a 61 year-old male from Mary Esther was traveling north on Lewis Turner Boulevard when a FedEx truck turned left in front of him. The driver of the Fed Ex Truck "failed to yield the right of way", according to the report, and caused the accident by turning in front of the motorcycle. The impact was so significant that the motorcyclist was taken by helicopter to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola following the 8:54 a.m. accident and was listed in critical condition Wednesday afternoon. The report also notes that the Mary Esther man was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision. Charges are pending, according to the Highway Patrol news release. Our thoughts and prayers are with this man. We hope he has a quick recovery. Who has the right-of-way in Florida? Florida law says one must give up the right-of-way in an open intersection (one without traffic control signs or signals) if:
Using social media to connect with friends, relatives and co-workers is considered the norm. Without even thinking, people pick up their phone, open their Facebook account and "check in" at a restaurant or take a picture and post if they are out and about. Is this right or is this wrong? Most people assume the information they are sharing is only being shared with their "friends". Even with the highest privacy settings, those posts and pictures can be accessed by others that are not your friends. If you are in litigation, your information can be accessed and reviewed by "the other side." Consequently, what you thought was an innocent post could have the impact of damaging your case. For example, if you were in a car accident and claim you are in pain all the time, and then post a picture of you laying by the pool, the defense can take that picture and twist it to look like you are not in pain. Consequently, they have painted you to be a liar.
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.
The Northwest Daily News reports that Uber is not making any friends in Okaloosa County. According to County Commissioners, airport staff have reached out to Uber to see if they are interested in becoming a part of the airport ground transportation, but all they have received is silence from Uber. Thus, Okaloosa County Commissioners declined to change the airport's ground transportation ordinance to allow Uber and similar companies special accommodations. The commissioners want a thorough conversation with Uber to fully understand the company's business model and how the county can "regulate it appropriately." In late May, commissioners were interested in incorporating Uber into the county ordinance. Currently, only registered taxicabs can operate and be available for hire transportation at the airport. In addition, authorized operators have to obtain a business tax receipt, holding at least $300,000 in bodily injury and property damage liability insurance and passing a background check and vehicle inspection. One of the commissioners, Carolyn Ketchel, had originally supported Uber drivers being available at the airport but now she has learned Uber drivers are not vetted or insured like taxi drivers. Commissioner Wayne Harris said unregulated Uber operators present "the potential for some type of crime or some type of problem" at the airport. Trey Goodwin was the only Commissioner who voted to change the ordinance, stating that the county could work directly with individual drivers, who are independent contractors, instead of waiting on Uber to respond. Goodwin argued the board to remember that Uber is merely a broker in the transaction. The board agreed to revisit the issue if Uber representatives agree to discuss the issue with county officials in the future.
According to Pew Research, Millennials (ages 18 to 34 in 2015) are projected to number 75.3 million in 2015. That means they will surpass the Baby Boomers (74.9 million) as the nation's largest living generation this year. Research came out several years ago that millennials were not buying cars and they weren't getting their licenses. At the time, the United States was in a recession and the reason this generation wasn't driving was mostly because couldn't afford to. Now, millennials are finally in the market for a car, and they are the second biggest generation buying cars next to Baby Boomers. But they still don't want to drive because they're afraid of other drivers.
A Federal Court has agreed to hear a case where several plaintiffs allege a chain of hospitals, HCA Holdings Inc., overcharged patients' personal insurance protection (PIP) at several HCA-run Florida hospitals by charging up to 65 times what Medicare pays. In the appeal, the plaintiffs challenge a Judge's decision which took away the class action and allowed only one of the plaintiffs to go forward with her claims against a single hospital.
According to Channel 3 WEAR, an Escambia County Sheriff's sergeant was involved in a traffic accident recently in Cantonment. It appeared that the deputy's cruiser and an older model Ford van collided near the Raceway gas station at Highway 29 and Muscogee Road about 7:20 a.m. The deputy was transported by Escambia County to a Pensacola hospital with injuries. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 24-year old male was traveling east on Muscogee Road in a 1996 Ford Windstar van when he made a wide right turn onto Highway 29 and into the path of a marked Escambia County Sheriff's Office 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe . The 24 year old male was charged with DUI and possession of a controlled substance by the Florida Highway Patrol and booked into the Escambia County Jail . Florida could be doing more to deter DUI accidents. MADD created a five-star system for the report that looks at five different areas of measures that can be taken to prevent drunk driving accidents. The categories are as follows:
A 21-year-old Freeport man was critically injured in a car crash in Destin early Friday morning. The rear-end crash happened around 3:15 a.m. near 34884 Emerald Coast Parkway, east of Matthew Boulevard, according to the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office. The Freeport man was driving a Honda Civic. He rear-ended an Infiniti driven by a 41-year-old man from Katy, Texas, the Sheriff's Office said. He was extricated from the car and taken to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center with critical injuries, the Sheriff's Office said. The hospital said Friday afternoon that he remained in critical condition. The other driver was not injured, although some of the passengers in the Infiniti were taken to Destin Emergency Care after the crash.
Various news agencies are reporting on a new NHTSA report that came out recently that said three quarters of the defective air bags they've tested have come from Florida. In fact, up to 70 and 80 percent of ruptured airbags are coming from Florida. The head of the agency said Florida's heat and humidity may be the reason millions of recalled Takata air bags in the state are more dangerous. The Takata company has recalled almost 34 million airbag inflators in the U.S. At least eight people have been killed and another hundred injured when the bags deployed with too much force in a crash. The air bags can blow apart a metal canister and spew shrapnel into drivers and passengers. One death was in Orlando.