Everybody who uses the interstate has likely driven past a car accident. But the scene must have been downright surreal Jan. 5 as motorists inched past an accident on I-75 near Gainesville, which involved 32 live bulls.
The bulls were being transported in a semi truck, which is routine, when the truck blew a tire and evidently lost control, skidding off the road. The truck came to a halt by slamming into a tree.
Despite – or perhaps because of – how closely packed the bulls were, they apparently managed to survive the accident unharmed. But all did not end well: three of the bulls escaped from the truck trailer and fled, leading state troopers on a wild bull chase.
The troopers tracked down the fleeing bulls, managing to capture one without hurting it. Another, however, became aggressive and had to be shot for the troopers’ own safety. A tranquilizer gun arrived at the scene in time to take the final bull more quietly, and it was successfully sedated with a blow from a dart.
Troopers then called in professionals for the rest of the cleanup, assembling an unusual posse of veterinarians and real-life cowboys to build a cattle chute from the wrecked truck to a new transport vehicle and successfully getting the cattle on the road again.
The whole scene managed to slow traffic, and completely block one entrance ramp, for hours.
The driver, Travis Carr, didn’t fare as well. He was hospitalized with serious injuries. A colleague, Bryan Martin, was riding with him and suffered no injuries. The two had brought the cattle all the way from Texas and were en route to Indiantown, Fla., when the tire blew.
Accidents like this are thankfully rare, but it’s a good reminder to give semis a wide margin on the highway. When a semi tire pops it can be explosive, and may cause the truck to swerve. It’s best to pass semis quickly and avoid driving alongside them for long stretches.
It’s also important to keep alert at all times. In this accident, thankfully no other vehicles were involved and no one else was hurt – but had the semi swiped another car, things could have been much worse.
If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident in South Florida, the personal injury lawyers at Steinger, Iscoe & Greene may be able to help.
In 2011, Florida’s intoxicated drivers caused more than 20,000 accidents resulting in nearly 1,000 fatalities. About 30,000 people a year are convicted in the state for DUI, with 2,274 cases in Miami alone, reports the Huffington Post.
The root cause of drunken driving accidents is the driver, not the alcohol. Since driving while intoxicated is often a symptom of alcoholism, diagnosing and treating alcohol abuse will directly lower the number of DWI drivers on our roads.
We all have an obligation to intervene when we see a friend, coworker, or family member abusing alcohol or drugs, but it is Florida’s doctors and nurses who can best identify patients who are at risk for alcohol abuse.
The American Medical Association and the American Society of Addiction Medicine support the routine screening for alcohol misuse by primary care doctors and brief counseling interventions for those who screen positive.
Men who drink in excess of 14 drinks a week and women who consume in excess of 7 drinks a week are at high risk for alcohol abuse, according to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
With more focus on screening potential alcohol abusers, we can prevent and eliminate alcohol related traffic accidents and fatalities in Florida.
According to a Miami lawsuit, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Red Lobster, and other restaurants operated by Darden Restaurants violated federal labor laws by underpaying thousands of servers, reports the Miami Herald.
The lawsuit seeks potentially tens of millions of dollars in back pay and other compensation for past and current employees who worked from August 2009 to the present.
“Darden has a companywide pattern and practice of paying its employees below minimum wage and less than what the law requires,” the lead lawyer said. “We’re seeking not only to correct the wrongs that have occurred at Darden, but hopefully this will stimulate change across the country.”
There are similar lawsuits around the country, but the one filed in Florida is the first seeking to represent all Darden workers at its four major brands: Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Long Horn Steakhouse, and The Capital Grille.
Filed under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the lawsuit claims against Darden include:
• Servers showed up for shifts as scheduled but were not allowed to clock in until customers began arriving.
• Employees who worked beyond 40 hours a week were not paid 1.5 times their regular pay as required.
The Orlando-based company’s website said it has more than 2,000 restaurants in North America that employ about 180,000 people.
About 12,000 bicycles have been recalled, according to Local 10 News. After receiving reports that the bikes’ faulty front forks caused riders to fall, Specialized Bicycle Components, which equipped the forks on several bike models, said that riders should immediately stop riding the bikes.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commissioner, there have been four reports of riders suffering facial fractures, head and shoulder injuries, and cuts and bruises. These injuries have led to a nationwide recall.
Manufactured in China by Kinesis, the forks are primarily found on Specialized’s Globe bike model, but riders should double-check their forks just to make sure. The brand name “Specialized” is on the lower frame tube, and the model name is on various locations on the bicycle frame.
Sold in various colors, including gun, silver, black, khaki, navy, bone, blue, charcoal, burgundy and gold, the recalled models include the following: Globe Elite, Globe Sport, Globe Sport Disc, Globe Centrum Comp, Globe Centrum Elite, Globe City 6, Globe Vienna 3, Globe Vienna 3 Disc, Globe Vienna 4, Globe Vienna Deluxe 3, Globe Vienna Deluxe 4, Globe Vienna Deluxe 5 and Globe Vienna Deluxe 6 bicycles.
Riders can take the defective bicycles to any authorized Specialized retailer for a no-cost installation of a free replacement fork.
So far this year, eight motorists have crashed into post office buildings in Florida, according to NBC News.
The top causes for the accidents are that drivers step on the gas pedal instead of the brakes or that they accelerate when they believe that the vehicle is in reverse.
In June 2011, an 89-year-old woman drove her 2002 Subaru Outback all the way through a post office building in Oldsmar, the Tampa Bay Times reported. She told police that she had no memory of the accident. Damage to the building was $250,000.
So far in 2012, in Indian Rocks Beach, Wimauma, Goldenrod, Lakeland, and Punta Gorda, five out of the eight accidents that have happened involved drivers mistakenly stepping on the gas instead of the brakes.
To avoid further such accidents, postal officials have released a set of precautions.
Avoid distracted driving, check to see whether your foot is on the gas pedal or the brake pedal, and check to see if the vehicle is in park, reverse, or drive are some of the other precautions that the post office officials offer to drivers.
These precautions are good advice for all of us to follow as we drive on busier streets with more distracted drivers.
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This year Steinger, Iscoe & Greene was ranked 76 in the top 100 law firms. Last year in the same survey, we were unranked.
If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident, the personal injury lawyers at Steinger, Iscoe & Greene may be able to help.
The summer months are known as the “100 deadliest days” for drivers, but the roads are no less dangerous as autumn approaches, reports a 24-7 Press Release.
The roads may even become more dangerous during certain times of the day and on particular days of the week in the fall.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that most accidents occur between 3 and 6 p.m., during “rush hour” traffic. Many more cars are on the road at this time of the day.
Also, afternoon drivers are usually mentally distracted. They may be thinking about picking up their kids from day care or school and taking them to extracurricular activities. Or they may have had a bad day at the office.
Workplace stress also contributes to aggressive driving, or even to “road rage,” which increases the likelihood of an afternoon accident.
Out of all of the days of the week, Saturday is the most dangerous, according to NHTSA. Just like with rush hour traffic, there are more cars on the road. And the greatest number of young drivers is on the road on that day. Drivers between 16 and 24 are more likely to use cell phones while driving, to drive at higher speeds, and less likely to use seat belts.
A 17 year old senior’s hair was ripped out in wood shop class by a drill press machine on Wednesday afternoon at Deltona High School in Orlando, Florida, reports the New York Daily News.
The Florida shop teacher is under investigation for not enforcing safety rules in class and for lack of supervision. The girl’s mother, who is also a teacher in the district, said that her daughter’s teacher should not have let her daughter operate the machine when her hair was down.
The teen admits that she should have tied her long brown hair back in a ponytail. Her hair remained tangled in the machine until a classmate tugged it free.
Discussions continue about implementing new safety procedures in the classroom. The mother said that she met with both the teacher and the school’s principal on Thursday.
The girl was taken to Florida Hospital Fish Memorial and given pain medication.
Following a crash that injured two people, a 39-year-old man was arrested Wednesday for DUI, reports Ocala.com. He also has two prior DUI convictions.
A witness told the police that a red truck was slowing down to turn right when a truck struck it from behind. The Florida Highway Patrol trooper noted in his report that he thought that the driver of the white truck was impaired.
The driver claimed that he had been distracted by answering his cell phone when he hit the back of the red truck. But he failed a field sobriety exercise, was arrested, and taken to the Marion County Jail. Blood tests registered .142 and .132. Florida’s legal limit is .08.
Injured in the crash were a woman and a 3-year-old boy. The child was flown to Shands at the University of Florida in Gainesville and is listed in stable condition as of Thursday afternoon.
The man now faces “DUI serious bodily injuries and DUI personal injury” charges. He had DUI convictions in 1999 and again in 2000. Other driving infractions and convictions that he had from 1991 through 2011 include the following: “fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, reckless driving, careless driving, and driving while license is suspended or revoked.”
This morning in San Carlos Park, a 14-year old-boy from Fort Myers was hit by an SUV, reports Wink News Now.
The boy is being treated at Health Park for a leg injury.
The accident happened just after 6 a.m. at the corner of Constitution Circle and Adams Circle. The Florida Highway Patrol says that the boy crossed in front of an oncoming vehicle, which swerved to miss him, but the boy was struck by the front end of the SUV.
A witness who lives on the corner where the accident took place said that he heard a loud thud. By the time that he came out of his house, emergency personnel had already arrived on the scene.
Another witness says that the driver of the SUV told him that he was only traveling at about 20 mph when he hit the teen.
There is a high school bus stop a couple of blocks from where the accident occurred.
The 28-year-old driver has been cited for driving without a license and for failure to yield the right of way.
Now that schools are back in session, pedestrians and drivers need to be especially alert in the mornings around or near bus stops and school zones.