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Posted By Salter, Healy, Rivera & Heptner | September 30 2013 | Car Accidents

The Dangers of Cars Being Struck by Commuter Trains

While the Florida high-speed rail project may have been canceled by Gov. Scott in 2011, commuter train service is still expanding in Florida. SunRail is a new commuter train service expected to start operating in the greater Orlando area by the spring of 2014. Tri-Rail has been operating commuter railway service in South Florida since 1989. As commuter…

Posted By Salter, Healy, Rivera & Heptner | September 27 2013 | Car Accidents

Choosing Your Doctor Following a Car Accident

An interesting lawsuit was filed in Florida federal court this summer. The State Farm insurance company sued Gary Kompothecras, the founder of 1-800-ASK-GARY, an accident-referral service. State Farm alleges that the service commits no-fault insurance fraud by referring people injured in a car accident to medical clinics owned by Kompothecras himself. State Farm is seeking a judgment…

Posted By Salter, Healy, Rivera & Heptner | September 25 2013 | Slip and Fall

Another Day, Another Sinkhole In Florida

A vacation resort villa building in Clermont near Disney World was evacuated after a sinkhole caused it to partially collapse. The sinkhole was the latest in a long line of sinkhole incidents this year in Florida. The most tragic one occurred on February 28 when Jeff Bush, a 37-year-old from Seffner, was killed after a large sinkhole opened…

Posted By Salter, Healy, Rivera & Heptner | September 20 2013 | Wrongful Death

Florida’s Supreme Court Resolves Wrongful Death Claim Uncertainty

In 2005, Frank Capone sued the tobacco manufacturer Philip Morris USA Inc. for personal injuries, including lung cancer, which he alleged were caused by their products. Sadly, in 2006, during the course of the proceedings, Mr. Capone died. His widow, Karen, in her capacity as his personal representative then tried to convert the action to…

Posted By Salter, Healy, Rivera & Heptner | September 18 2013 | Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle Headgear Requirements in Florida

Nick O’Leary, former tight end for the Buffalo Bills and grandson of legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus (and a Florida State University football player) was involved in an accident when his motorcycle collided with a Lexus. Despite the horrific nature of the crash, he walked away with only relatively minor injuries. Not everyone is so lucky. Florida’s Department of…

Posted By Salter, Healy, Rivera & Heptner | September 16 2013 | Car Accidents

Who Is at Fault in a Left-Hand-Turn Accident?

In Florida, 714 traffic fatalities recorded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) were intersection-related accidents. These include accidents that occur when a vehicle attempts to make a left turn. What Rules Apply for Making Safe and Legal Left Turns? A left turn is an operation that carries a risk, since the turning vehicle crosses…

Posted By Salter, Healy, Rivera & Heptner | September 13 2013 | Car Accidents

Litigating Injuries Caused by Red-Light Runners in Florida

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics show that Florida saw 2,398 fatalities from motor vehicle accidents in 2011. Some of the most dangerous crashes included right-angle crashes resulting from red-light running. Over the course of the decade, this phenomenon has reached epidemic levels in Florida with 350 fatalities between 2007 and 2011, according to Marc Buoniconti, president…

Posted By Salter, Healy, Rivera & Heptner | September 11 2013 | Bicycle Accidents

Bicycle Trailer or Child’s Seat?

Florida is a great place to ride a bike, and many biking enthusiasts want to take their babies and toddlers along for the ride. Options for carrying and towing children have expanded over the years and now include many enjoyable and safe apparatus choices. Safety is always a concern for parents, so if you are heading out…

Posted By Salter, Healy, Rivera & Heptner | September 4 2013 | Personal Injury

Comparative Negligence of Children

According to Florida law, a person injured in an accident might be held partially responsible for the conditions that caused it. When the accident victim is a child under the age of 6, however, there is no issue of comparative negligence. A young child is assumed to be incapable of contributing to the cause of the…

Posted By Salter, Healy, Rivera & Heptner | September 2 2013 | Car Accidents

Trauma After a Car Accident

A car accident can be a traumatic event. Even when accident victims are not physically injured, they can suffer from symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for weeks, months and even years after the incident. PTSD is often not diagnosed by medical personnel at the scene or in the aftermath, leaving accident victims to suffer from…