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Fatal Semi Truck Accident in Pensacola

Semi-trailer truck damaged during an accidentOn Wednesday, August 9, 2017, two vehicles were involved in a collision on U.S. 98. The crash occurred just after 12:00 p.m. and involved a passenger vehicle and a semi-truck. The accident, sadly, proved to be fatal for the occupant of the vehicle.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a female driver was operating a 2006 Cadillac GTS. She was traveling behind a semi truck, operated by a male driver. For reasons currently unknown, the woman was traveling at a higher rate of speed than the semi-truck and did not slow down. Due to the speeds of the two vehicles, the woman crashed her vehicle into the back of the semi-truck.

The Cadillac was forced off the road as a result of the initial impact. The vehicle came to rest in the grass. The driver of the semi-truck was able to complete a controlled stop very close to the scene of the accident. Emergency personnel responded to the scene of the accident and discovered that the female driver had passed away. Troopers also noted that the woman was not wearing a seat belt.

If you are involved in any type of truck accident in Pensacola, you have legal rights. You do not have to accept the settlement the insurance company offers you without having it examined by a legal professional. You also have the right to take your case to court, seeking compensation for medical bills, lost wages and more. Call our office today to discuss your case with a member of our team.

Pedestrian Struck by Deputy’s Vehicle in Pensacola

A Pedestrian crosswalk sign in New York City signals it's OK to crossA man from Mobile, Alabama was struck by an Escambia County Sheriff’s deputy recently. The man, according to the state highway patrol, was not in a marked crosswalk at the time of the accident.

According to reports, an Escambia County Sheriff’s deputy was driving on West Fairfield Drive in an easterly direction. The pedestrian attempted to cross the street and the deputy swerved out of the way. The deputy was not able to completely avoid the man, striking him with the passenger side mirror of the cruiser.

The accident occurred on July 25 at around 10:30 p.m. The sheriff’s department has not released any other details of the accident nor has the highway patrol who is conducting the investigation. The highway patrol did say that the pedestrian suffered only minor injuries.

Law enforcement officials urge anyone crossing a street to do so at an intersection with a marked crosswalk. In the event that you do need to cross where no marked walk is present, only do so at an intersection and after looking both ways. If you see an oncoming car, wait to cross.

If you are struck by a vehicle in Pensacola, you have rights. Reach out to our team to schedule a free case evaluation and let us help you determine the type of compensation you are entitled to. We understand the type of financial strain an accident can cause, and we are here to assist you in any way we can. Schedule your free consultation today.

Beware of Dogs: Rabies Alert Issued for Escambia County

Dangerous dog biting a handOfficials have released a rabies advisory for Escambia County. More specifically, an alert has been put in place for the Navy Point and Warrington areas. Residents of the county are urged to protect themselves and their pets from contact with wild and stray animals.

July 13, 2017 was the date of the most recent animal attack. The Florida Department of Health-Escambia released a statement detailing a fox attack on a human. That fox was disposed of and tissue samples were taken. The samples did test positive for the presence of the rabies virus.

In the statement, the FDOH-Escambia advised residents to avoid feeding stray and wild animals, to ensure their pets are vaccinated against the virus and to seek immediate medical care of bitten by an animal.

People are also being urged to not approach stray or wild animals. Pets should be vaccinated and those vaccines should be kept up-to-date. Residents should not feed their pets outdoors, and if pets are unaltered, spaying or neutering is encouraged to prevent pets from roaming. Pets should be kept in a fenced yard or on a leash and supervised at all times.

If a pet is bitten by a wild or stray animal, seek veterinary treatment. If a human is bitten by any animal, they should seek medical assistance as soon as possible. This is true whether the animal is a stray, wild or a family or known pet. Rabies can be fatal, but it is treatable if detected early.

If you have been bitten by a dog in Pensacola, you have legal rights. Call our office to schedule an appointment for a free case evaluation and let us assist you. You may be entitled to compensation for the damages you have incurred.

Motorist Who Crashed Into Home Charged with Attempted Murder

A woman who crashed into a home on Wildflower Lane in Pensacola was charged with attempted murder, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The woman injured three people, including a sheriff’s deputy, in the crash. She has officially been charged with attempted murder, attempted murder on a law enforcement officer, driving under the influence causing property damage, and driving under the influence and causing serious bodily harm.

According to the original police report, the woman was driving a Ford Explorer westbound on the lane. She accelerated toward a home on a cul-de-sac, sideswiped a vehicle on the side of the road and hit a parked car in a driveway. After she hit the parked car, she continued forward, striking the sheriff’s deputy, another bystander and then, finally, the home.

A woman was pinned between the SUV and the home. She had to be extricated from the crash site. The highway patrol did not release a suspected cause of the crash at the time of the accident. Originally, the accident was not attributed to alcohol. The sheriff’s deputy was at the home for a citizen assist call unrelated to the crash.

If you have been involved in a car accident in Pensacola, you have legal rights. Call our office today to schedule an appointment for a free case evaluation. We will review the details of your accident and advise you of your legal options. You may be entitled to damages from the at-fault party, including compensation for medical bills, lost wages and more.

Search for Missing Jet Skier Suspended

Man on Jet Ski having fun in OceanThe search for a missing jet skier has been suspended by the Coast Guard. The Alabama teenager went missing after the jet ski he was riding collided with a boat in Port St. Joe.

A spokesperson with Florida Fish and Wildlife said that the teenager had recently graduated from Bayside Academy. A second teenager was injured in the incident and was hospitalized. The accident occurred last Tuesday when a boat and jet ski collided. A second jet ski was behind the first and the driver witnessed the accident.

There were five people on the boat when the accident happened. Authorities said that the missing teenager’s life jacket was cut off by the propellor of the boat. No one on the boat was injured in the incident and no charges have been filed. Authorities said that their first priority was finding the missing teen.

Officials urge anyone on the water to be aware of others around them. As summer heats up, more people will be taking to the water as a way to cool off and enjoy the day. By staying aware of your surroundings, you are better able to prevent accidents.

If you have been involved in a boating accident in Pensacola, reach out to our team of attorneys for assistance. We will speak to you at no cost and review the details of your collision. We will advise you of your legal options and help you make a plan for securing compensation for your injuries, property damage and more.

 

Video of Trooper-Involved Crash Released

Red light flasher atop of a police carThe Florida Highway Patrol publicly released a video that shows the a collision that left two troopers injured in Pensacola late in May. The troopers were conducting a traffic stop at the time of the crash, and both troopers were treated for injuries and released from the hospital.

The video shows the incident that occurred just after 3 a.m. A trooper witnessed a vehicle being driven by a man. Due to the way the car was traveling, the trooper believed the driver to be intoxicated and initiated a traffic stop. The stop occurred on U.S. 29 close to Murphy Lane.

Once the trooper had the vehicle pulled over, a second trooper and a deputy from Escambia County Sheriff’s Office arrived to assist. As the officers were investigating the original stop, a second vehicle, driven by a 32-year old man failed to yield to the scene. He hit the deputy’s patrol car. The patrol car was pushed into the first trooper’s vehicle with the trooper inside. The cruiser then struck the second trooper who was conducting a search of the suspected DUI vehicle.

The man who struck the patrol car was ultimately charged with felony DUI with serious bodily injuries, reckless driving, felony driving while license suspended, failure to register a vehicle, no proof of insurance and DUI property damage. The original suspect was also hospitalized with injuries resulting from the accident. He was not charged immediately as officers were waiting for results of a blood test taken at the hospital.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in Pensacola, you have rights. Reach out to our team of experienced attorneys for assistance. We are here to help you recover any damages you may be entitled to as a result of your incident.

Crash Victim Credits Safety Equipment with Saving His Life

Man is riding a motorcycle at high speed on a dirt roadA man woke up on the lawn of a person he didn’t know early in May. He discovered that he was severely injured. According to reports, the man had been traveling at about 60 mph through Crestview. He lost control of his motorcycle maneuvering around a curve and crashed into someone’s front lawn.

The man says that he didn’t understand the full weight of the situation until he was on a helicopter bound for the trauma unit at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola. The man suffered several serious injuries: three broken ribs, a burst disc in his back, three fractured discs, more than one compound fracture in his collarbone and a shattered shoulder blade.

The exact reason the man lost control is still unknown, but he assumes he was traveling too fast. Today, he says that he is lucky to be standing and talking. He is crediting his safety gear for saving his life. At the time of his accident, the man was wearing a reinforced jacket, Kevlar riding jeans, steel-toed shoes and a helmet.

According to statistics, 20 percent of motor vehicle fatalities within the state involve motorcycles. Any person over the age of 21 in the state who chooses to ride a motorcycle without a helmet must carry at least $10,000 in medical benefits with their insurance policy.

If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident in Pensacola and another driver was at fault, you may be entitled to compensation for injuries, property damage and more. Call our office today and schedule your appointment for a free case evaluation. You and your family should not have to suffer financially due to someone’s negligence or error.

Infant Victim of Crestview Car Accident

sheet metal damage to carsA six-month-old infant was a victim in a fatal car accident earlier this month. The child survived the accident but later died of her injuries. Following the crash, the infant was flown to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola. Her initial condition was originally listed as “guarded.”

According to police reports, the infant was a passenger in a car being driven by her father. Her mother was also a passenger. The father was driving along State Road 85 when another vehicle turned in front of the family’s car. Reports indicated that the infant was properly restrained in a safety seat.

The child’s mother was an employee of Okaloosa County School District. She was on maternity leave at the time of the accident. A spokesperson for the district called the accident a terrible tragedy and sent thoughts and prayers on behalf of the district.

The driver of the SUV involved in the accident was an elderly woman. She and her two passengers were injured in the wreck and transported to local hospitals. All had been treated and released as of Tuesday.

Police did not immediately say why they believe the accident occurred and no charges had been filed at the time of the report. The infant’s parents were treated for their injuries and released from the hospital.

When a person is involved in an accident in Pensacola, they are entitled to compensation for time off work, medical bills and more. When an accident is due to someone’s negligence or error, victims should not experience financial difficulty. Call our team of experienced personal injury attorneys to discuss your case. We will advise you of your legal options and help you make the decisions that are right for your circumstances.

Video of Trooper-Involved Crash Released

Blue light flasher atop of a police car. City lights on the background.The Florida Highway Patrol publicly released a video that shows the a collision that left two troopers injured in Pensacola late in May. The troopers were conducting a traffic stop at the time of the crash, and both troopers were treated for injuries and released from the hospital.

The video shows the incident that occurred just after 3 a.m. A trooper witnessed a vehicle being driven by a man. Due to the way the car was traveling, the trooper believed the driver to be intoxicated and initiated a traffic stop. The stop occurred on U.S. 29 close to Murphy Lane.

Once the trooper had the vehicle pulled over, a second trooper and a deputy from Escambia County Sheriff’s Office arrived to assist. As the officers were investigating the original stop, a second vehicle, driven by a 32-year old man failed to yield to the scene. He hit the deputy’s patrol car. The patrol car was pushed into the first trooper’s vehicle with the trooper inside. The cruiser then struck the second trooper who was conducting a search of the suspected DUI vehicle.

The man who struck the patrol car was ultimately charged with felony DUI with serious bodily injuries, reckless driving, felony driving while license suspended, failure to register a vehicle, no proof of insurance and DUI property damage. The original suspect was also hospitalized with injuries resulting from the accident. He was not charged immediately as officers were waiting for results of a blood test taken at the hospital.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in Pensacola, you have rights. Reach out to our team of experienced attorneys for assistance. We are here to help you recover any damages you may be entitled to as a result of your incident.

Local Group Outfits Elementary Students with Helmets

bicycle with helmetTragedy struck in Mid-May when a local fourth grader was struck by a car while riding her bike. According to police reports, she was legally riding on the street in the bicycle lane at about 7:20 a.m. The driver of a Ford Edge allegedly did not see her riding, and therefore did not yield right of way. The young girl was flown to Sacred Heart Hospital, but died from her injuries.

Charges in the case are pending. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, incidents such as this are treated as criminal investigations until the point it is proven there was no crime committed. Such investigations can take anywhere between 30 and 60 days.

The girl’s classmates and teachers at Hellen Caro Elementary were devastated by the news, saying she was always someone who wanted to spread happiness. As they finished out the school year, a local safety group decided to take action in an effort to make sure something like this didn’t happen again.

Members of the Escambia-Santa Rosa Traffic Safety Team came to the school to present a gift: bicycle helmets. The team brought enough helmets for the approximately 840 students at the school, and took the time to fit each student with the right helmet. When the team contacted school administrators about fitting each student with a helmet, with was no hesitation in accepting the offer.

One of the girl’s classmates explained that, though he always wore a helmet while riding his bike, he appreciated the Escambia-Santa Rosa Traffic Safety Team’s gift. He said his friends and peers might not wear helmets when they ride because it’s not cool to do so, or they copy adults who don’t wear helmets when they ride.

When a car collides with a bicycle rider, the injuries are often the same as in pedestrian accidents, as there is little protection for either pedestrians or bicyclists. If you have been injured in a bicycle or pedestrian accident in Pensacola, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the attorneys at Emmanuel, Sheppard & Condon today for a free consultation.