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2013 March Archive

Kissimmee Man Accused of Ignoring School Bus Stop Sign, Hitting Girl

By Farah & Farah on March 26, 2013

The Polk County pedestrian accident attorneys at Farah & Farah have long reminded motorists that it is their responsibility, by law, to stop for school buses when they have their stop signal arms deployed and warning lights flashing.

Unfortunately, the Lakeland Ledger reports that a motorist driving a van allegedly failed to heed those warnings and struck a seven-year-old girl who was crossing the street to board a school bus in Haines City. According to witnesses, the little girl was thrown several feet in the air by the force of the impact and landed on the pavement.

Although the girl suffered a concussion and a broken leg, she is expected to recover. A news release issued by the Polk County Sheriff’s Department stated it was a “miracle” that she survived the pedestrian accident. “We can’t stress it enough,” the release said, “You must obey traffic devices. They are there for a reason — to keep our children safe.”

Although the investigation is ongoing, police charged a 45-year-old Kissammee man with willful and wanton reckless driving, and cited him for ignoring the warning system on the bus.

The Polk County School District has been planning to mount cameras on school bus stop signal arms next month to help catch driver’s who violate school bus stopping laws. Statewide, bus drivers say that other motorists consistently violate the law, but usually get away with it because bus drivers don’t have the time to write down a violator’s automobile license number. The Polk County School District recently conducted a survey of 400 county school bus drivers who witnessed 290 violations of the law in just one day.

If a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident caused by a negligent or reckless motorist, that driver should be held accountable for his or her actions. This holds true especially for drivers who choose to ignore laws designed to protect school children. If you have questions about your legal recourse after a pedestrian accident in Polk County, call Farah & Farah at (800) 533-3555.


Family Speaks Out After FHP Trooper Rear-Ends Car, Pregnant Woman Loses Child

By Farah & Farah on March 20, 2013

The family of a pregnant woman who lost her child and was severely injured in an accident caused by a Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) trooper is speaking out about the incident a month after it happened.

The crash report blamed the trooper for the tragic Lee County car accident after he rear-ended a Jeep on I-75 going at “an excessive rate of speed.” This caused the Jeep to go airborne and flip several times before coming to rest off of the highway.

The woman was a passenger in the Jeep, which was being driven by her husband, and she was six months pregnant at the time of the accident. She suffered crushed and broken bones and is still recuperating in the hospital. She will most likely be restricted to a wheelchair for several months while she recovers and will face more surgeries in the future, as well as months of rehabilitation.

Tragically, the woman also lost her unborn child as a result of the crash.

“The doctors told me they could not do anything for him,” she told Wink News.

According to Wink, the family is currently facing nearly $400,000 in medical bills and the husband is considering filing a lawsuit against FHP. He is still recuperating from injuries he suffered in the crash.

The Lee County automobile accident lawyers at Farah & Farah wish for a full recovery for the woman who tragically lost her unborn child. As you can see, automobile accidents caused by negligent and inattentive drivers can be devastating — physically, psychologically, and financially. If you’ve been injured in a crash that was not your fault, call Charlie Farah at (800) 533-3555, for a free, no-obligation consultation. We can explain your legal options and can outline what we can do to help you and your family. We can also be contacted online.


Florida Law Enforcement to be Involved in ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Campaign during St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

By Farah & Farah on March 13, 2013

Florida Drunk Driving PreventionWith St. Patrick’s Day coming up this weekend, law enforcement officials in Florida and across the nation are gearing up to prevent vehicle operators from getting on the road while impaired. The national campaign, which is sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), seeks to educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving during St. Patrick’s Day festivities and works with law enforcement nationwide to prevent alcohol and drug-related accidents from happening on the the country’s roads and highways.

According to NHTSA statistics, 700 people were killed nationwide in crashes involving a drunk driver during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday from 2006 to 2010. On average, every 51 minutes a person is killed in a drunk-driving crash in the United States.

In Florida, 920 people lost their lives in suspected drunk-driving crashes in 2011 — and some 11,816 suffered injuries. Florida law enforcement agencies will set up sobriety checkpoints and will implement roving operations this weekend to catch drivers who are impaired by drugs or alcohol.

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office’s Safety and Traffic Enforcement Bureau issued a news release in which it reminded drivers not to let friends drive drunk, to plan ahead before they drink, and to call a taxi if they are too impaired to drive.

“If you plan to go to a bar, a restaurant, party, or event where alcohol will be served, select a designated driver ahead of time. Remember, a designated driver is not the least impaired driver,” the release stated.

The automobile accident attorneys at Farah & Farah wish to remind all drivers in Florida to drive responsibly after attending a St. Patrick’s Day event or party. Be smart and be safe. The life you save may not only be your own, but the life of another driver or passenger.


Ambulance in Fort Meyers Crashes into SUV, Unborn Baby Dies

By Farah & Farah on March 4, 2013

Six people were injured and an unborn child was killed after an ambulance reportedly blew through a stop sign at the intersection of Shoemaker Boulevard and Canal Street in Fort Myers and struck an SUV.

According to News-Press.com, witnesses told Fort Meyers police that the ambulance did not have its emergency equipment on when it ran the stop sign. Reportedly, it was transporting a patient to Gulf Coast hospital at the time of the intersection car crash.

Four people in the SUV were transported to Lee Memorial Hospital with varying degrees of injuries. The driver of the SUV — a pregnant woman who lost her child — fared the worst. She suffered incapacitating injuries. Two small children were taken to Lee Memorial with possible injuries and a teenage boy was treated for non-incapacitating injuries.

The ambulance driver and the patient being transported suffered serious injuries and were also taken to the hospital.

Since the unborn child died as a result of the collision, police are now treating the traffic accident as a traffic homicide investigation.

If you have been injured, or if you have lost a loved one, due to the negligence or recklessness of another motorist, the automobile accident wrongful death attorneys at Farah & Farah can take a look at your case and discuss your legal options. We have the resources to thoroughly investigate your accident to determine who was at fault and who should be held liable for damages you may have suffered. For a free, no-obligation consultation, call us at (800) 533-3555, or contact us online today.