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Multi-vehicle accident in Florida kills 1, injures 3

On September 10, a multi-vehicle accident in Tampa claimed the life of an 18-year-old man and left three other individuals severely injured. According to authorities, the accident transpired around 4:30 p.m. at the intersection of Double Branch Road and West Hillsborough Avenue.

Highway officials said that the 18-year-old man was driving a 2008 Hyundai east on Hillsborough Avenue and struck the front of a Ford F250 pickup truck while trying to pass it. As a result of the collision, the Hyundai caromed into the roadway's concrete divider, which in turn propelled the vehicle into the air. The Hyundai then crashed into another vehicle, a 2012 Chrysler operated by a 51-year-old man.

Slip and fall injuries in commercial or residential settings

Under Florida law, in order for a person to recover compensation for injuries sustained in a slip and fall accident, the person must be able to demonstrate negligence on behalf of someone else. Injured parties must prove certain elements in order to make their case. Slip and fall cases are usually governed by premises liability law, which holds, generally, that owners of property may be held accountable for injuries that occur thereon. Cases of this type are often brought against residential or commercial property owners.

The dangerous conditions that might result in a slip and fall injury are numerous. Poor lighting, torn carpeting, wet floors, uneven walkways or narrow staircases with poor railing are all conditions can lead a customer to fall down and become injured. If injury occurs in a residential setting, the owner or landlord may be liable if the dangerous condition was under his or her control, the injury was foreseeable and repairing the dangerous condition would have been reasonable in terms of expense and difficulty.

Florida accident leaves 1 dead, 1 injured

A car accident that occurred in Panama City Beach on Aug. 25 left one person dead and a second person with serious injuries. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the two-vehicle crash happened at the intersection of Sand Oak Boulevard and Front Beach Road at approximately 6:00 a.m.

Authorities reported that a 44-year-old woman was southbound on Sand Oak Boulevard in an Infiniti as a 54-year-old man was traveling west on Front Beach Road in a Nissan Frontier. Witnesses to the accident reported that the Infiniti merely slowed down at the intersection's stop sign the drove into the path of the Nissan, which struck the former vehicle's left side.

Florida head-on collision leaves 2 dead

Local news sources report that a two-vehicle wrong-way crash in Seminole County at around 1:50 a.m. on Aug. 23 left the drivers of both vehicles dead. There were no other passengers present in either vehicle.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the accident occurred on State Road 417 when a 30-year-old man allegedly driving a vehicle the wrong way in the southbound lane collided head-on with a 57-year-old Florida man driving a vehicle in the correct direction in the southbound lane. The road was closed down for several hours while police investigated the accident. A definite cause for the accident was not immediately available, and the accident is still under active investigation.

Man arrested after driving car into Florida restaurant

An elderly couple was injured after a vehicle reportedly crashed into a Lake Wales restaurant, where they were dining. The 95-year-old woman and her 81-year-old husband were celebrating her birthday when the SUV collided with the front wall of the restaurant. The husband and wife were taken to Lakeland Regional Hospital for treatment. The driver sustained non-critical injuries.

The 22-year-old driver allegedly lost control of his vehicle, traveling off the road and through the restaurant's parking lot before the collision occurred. After the crash, the driver fled the scene on foot, but he was apprehended by police shortly after. He was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, driving on a suspended or revoked license and resisting arrest. As the investigation was ongoing at the time of the report, more charges may be filed against him.

Intersection collision kills cyclist, injures child

Police report that a motorcycle accident in Sarasota resulted in the death of a 27-year-old Florida man and the injury of a child. Another driver reportedly crossed into the motorcycle's path at an intersection, authorities said. The 82-year-old driver is charged with failing to yield and executing a left turn in front of oncoming traffic.

The accident happened when the driver heading west approached the intersection of Interstate 75 and Clark Road. According to a representative of the Florida Highway Patrol, the traffic light was green for both parties when the driver turned left in front of the motorcycle at about 2:20 p.m.

Documents show GM warned by rental-car companies

Residents of Florida might be interested to know that there were indications of trouble many years before General Motors began its recent recall of vehicles over faulty ignition switches. Rental-car companies began contacting GM to report problems with autos more than seven years before the automaker finally began its recall.

GM allegedly began receiving reports of air bags failing to deploy when vehicles stalled in 2005. One report to GM came from a California rental-car company in 2006. It involved a Chevrolet Cobalt that crashed on a clear, dry September day, killing the driver. The driver was wearing a seat belt, but the protective air bag did not deploy. According to reports, the claim adjuster wrote GM urging it to inspect the vehicle for defects.

Man killed in motorcycle accident

A motorcycle accident in the evening hours of July 21 has claimed the life of a Florida man. No other people were reported to have been injured in the two-vehicle collision.

According to the authorities of Boca Raton, the wreck occurred as a 23-year-old man was driving his 2008 Yamaha motorcycle south on St. Andrews Boulevard. As he passed the 21000 block, a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee emerged from the Town Place Club Villas, and the motorcycle collided with rear of the Jeep on the driver's side.

Florida man dies in bridge accident

A Florida man was killed when his truck rolled off a bridge after being struck by another vehicle on July 16. Florida Highway Patrol troopers said that charges were pending against the driver of one of the vehicles involved in the car accident. Reports indicated that the man facing charges previously received four speeding citations in three different Florida counties.

The accident occurred on the Buckman Bridge in Jacksonville at about 7:30 a.m. A 22-year-old man was traveling on the bridge and lost control of his Toyota Scion while trying to slow down for traffic ahead of him. His car struck a black 1988 Ford Ranger driven by a 48-year-old Tampa man, and the truck went over the concrete barrier on the edge of the bridge and into the St. Johns River below.

Biker killed in Florida hit-and-run

A 71-year-old man was killed in Sarasota on July 12 when the Honda motorcycle he was riding was hit from behind by a car, also made by Honda. The accident occurred around 10:15 a.m. at the intersection of Bee Ridge and Lockwood Ridge roads. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the motorcycle was dragged approximately 250 feet after being struck.

Investigators with FHP said the motorcycle stopped moving at Murdock Avenue after it detached from the car. The driver of the Honda car fled the scene, continuing west on Bee Ridge Road. Police said the victim was pronounced dead at Sarasota Memorial Hospital and that he was wearing his helmet at the time of the crash. As of July 12, FHP was asking anyone with information about the incident to contact them.

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