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Sharing the Road with Sleepy Truckers

Our nation’s roadways are travelled by millions of vehicles each day. Most drivers are responsible, follow the rules of the road, and take necessary precautions not to operate their vehicle if they are physically impaired in some way. There are always a small percentage of drivers who risk driving under circumstances they shouldn’t. This could mean they are under the influence of a substance – whether legal or illegal – or they are just plain tired. The attorneys at Steinger, Iscoe & Greene recognize the hazards associated with driving while sleep deprived and have previously shared about the dangers of drowsy driving – especially as it relates to truck drivers. Sometimes luck wins out and the driver gets to their … Continue reading

Will New Florida Parasailing Law Reduce Accidents?

We wrote recently about a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) report on the dangers of unregulated parasailing operators. In Florida, some of those dangers may be mitigated soon. After all, a new parasailing law was signed last month by Gov. Rick Scott. But will the law, dubbed the White-Miskell Act, really help reduce parasailing accidents? It’s far from a perfect solution. The White-Miskell Act was named after two women who were separately killed in parasailing accidents in Florida. While the law that bears their names is a major step forward for safety, it ironically may not have prevented their deaths even if it had been in effect when they put on the harness. To be clear, the new law, effective … Continue reading

$1.3M Settlement Secured for Accident Victim

In a recent case, our client, a 56 year-old Mexican immigrant, had spent a fun-filled day with his wife and granddaughter at Gatorland in Orlando, FL. The traffic heading home was stop-and-go and our client’s vehicle was violently rear-ended by a tractor-trailer, the driver of which was operating his truck on a suspended license. Our client was rushed to the emergency room complaining of severe back and neck pain. He had undergone several back surgeries prior to this incident which just served to exacerbate the existing damage. As a result of the collision, our client was subject to spinal injections to treat the pain. Once those were found to be unsuccessful, he underwent an anterior cervical micro-discectomy. This procedure is … Continue reading

$1,000 Law School Scholarship for Child Advocates and Abuse Survivors

There is nothing more heart-wrenching than looking into the tear-filled eyes of a child and hearing their voice quake as they recount horrifying episodes of abuse. It does something to you; changes you in some way. It makes you want to take action on the child’s behalf and work to ensure their future is much brighter than their past. You want to be the light at the end of their tunnel. Child advocacy affords you the means by which you can make a difference. Always at the forefront of community action, Palm Beach-based law firm, Steinger, Iscoe & Greene is in the business of representing the rights of the injured. They have extended that commitment to include the most vulnerable … Continue reading

Circus Acrobats’ Plunge May be Due to Faulty Carabiner Clip

It has been almost three months since the accident at a Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus event that sent shockwaves throughout the country. The acrobats had practiced and were, by their own reports, prepared for the unique ‘hair-hanging’ stunt they execute each day without incident. This stunt calls for eight women to hang in chandelier formation from their hair and perform a combination of choreography “…including spinning, hanging from hoops, and rolling down wrapped silks, all while being suspended 35 feet in the air by their hair alone…” Included in the feat is a session where the weight of three girls is held by the hair of one. It was said to be an amazing exhibition – when … Continue reading

Los Angeles Dodgers Partially Responsible for $18M Verdict in Beating of Fan

Baseball fans love the arrival of spring; going to the game, sitting in the stands, cheering on your favorite team, enjoying hot dogs and popcorn and the general camaraderie of others who share your passion. For many, there is no better way to spend a spring afternoon. That was the case for Bryan Stow, Louie Sanchez, and Marvin Norwood; three men whose lives were forever changed after the March 31, 2011 game between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Stow, a San Francisco Giants fan, wore his jersey to show support for his team. It has been reported that throughout the game Stow had several drinks. It was also reported that there was a verbal altercation with … Continue reading

Teens Crash Jet Skis in West Palm Beach

It sounds like something out of an action movie, but a jet ski accident June 28 was all too real—and had tragic consequences. Two teenagers fled authorities on stolen jet skis and ended up crashing into rocks, getting badly injured in the process. The teens had apparently stolen the jet skis earlier in the day, but it was nightfall when the Palm Beach Sherriff’s Office (PBSO) was first tipped off. A PBSO marine unit heard the jet skis in the dark, and went to investigate. Jet skis are prohibited at night, largely because riding at high speeds in the dark is not safe. But when the PBSO officers came upon the teens, the two decided they would rather run than … Continue reading

Navy SEAL Death Raises Training Safety Questions

Accident attorney Michael Steinger says the family deserves answers CORONADO, CA – A Navy SEAL was killed in a parachuting accident during training last week. San Diego accident attorney Michael Steinger says that even in military accidents, victims and their families have rights. Chief Special Warfare Operator Bradley Cavner had been a SEAL commando for nearly 10 years according to San Diego 6 News (retrieved 06.30.2014). He died during a training exercise in El Centro, although the Navy has not offered many details. All military personnel accept a high level of risk, Steinger said, but when a death or injury is caused by an accident rather than enemy fire then they have legal protections like any other accident victim. “I … Continue reading

Preventing Tragic Outcomes – Child Safety Seat Tips

A report out of Imperial, California illustrates the importance of a properly-installed child safety seat and the protection it can provide in the event of an accident. The collision occurred on Highway 111 at approximately 3:30 a.m. when the driver of a motorcycle, 26-year old Hector Cruz, hit the back of an SUV. Unfortunately, the impact resulted in the motorcyclist being thrown from the vehicle while the driver of the SUV lost control of his automobile causing it to overturn. Inside the SUV were Carlos and Karycia Abundis and their 10-month old infant. Carlos Abundis reported no injuries while Karycia Abundis was transported to the hospital with complaints of neck and facial pain. The 10-month old was taken to the … Continue reading

Window Screen Gives Way in San Diego Youngster’s Death

Summer is here and that means open windows to catch cool breezes. But if you are the parent, guardian or babysitter of a small child, those windows can also be a source of tragedy. This became all too clear in San Diego last week for a family whose 11-month-old died. The little girl fell from a third-floor window of her family’s house, and although she was rushed to the hospital, she was pronounced dead on arrival. This isn’t the kind of case we usually see in the news. The child wasn’t doing anything seemingly dangerous and the parents were not guilty of any wrongdoing. It’s an accident in the truest sense of the word—but it was, nonetheless, preventable. When the … Continue reading