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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.

Tow Truck Driver Killed Responding to Semi Truck Wreck

Tow Truck at nightOn an early mid-May morning, a semi truck was driving on the Congress Avenue overpass at the Interstate 92 exchange in Boca Raton. The truck was getting off I-95 southbound when it crossed a median. This caused the truck to hit a wall on the overpass, and the truck was left dangling. The truck driver was not hurt, and a tow truck was called to help clear the scene.

The tow truck came from Emerald Towing. While working on getting the wreckage cleared, the tow truck driver fell from the overpass. He died from his injuries. Florida Highway Patrol was also on the scene, and they did not comment on whether or not the tow truck driver was following safety protocols at the time he fell.

The Florida Highway Patrol say speed may have been a factor in the original semi truck crash. The driver, employed by Jjr Transport and Logistics out of Lehigh Acres, was uninjured. It is unclear whether or not he will face charges.

This section of highway is becoming somewhat problematic for semi truck drivers. A different truck accident happened just a couple weeks before this one occurred. And in August of 2016, a semi truck crashed and was left dangling, similar to what happened recently.

Whether they are single-vehicle or involve other drivers, semi truck accidents are often some of the deadliest on the road. When a passenger vehicle collides with a semi truck, it is often a battle of 80,000 pounds versus 3,000 pounds — and the smaller car rarely wins. Drivers are encouraged to drive cautiously and give trucks plenty of room on the highway.

If you have been injured in a semi truck accident in Pensacola, you have legal rights. Contact the attorneys at Emmanuel, Sheppard & Condon today for a free, no-obligation consultation to learn more about the compensation to which you may be entitled.

Construction Site Fall Kills 1, Injures Another

Construction site workers - aerial - Top ViewA normal day on the job quickly turned tragic in Mid-May. Two construction workers were loading their supplies from their platform into a third story window when they fell. The “platform” was actually a wooden crate, which was hoisted up by a hydraulic lift. The crate tipped and fell off, taking the workers with it. Officials are not sure if the two construction workers were wearing harnesses at the time of the accident.

According to reports, one worker died at the scene. The other sustained life-threatening injuries, and is currently being treated at a local hospital. The incident happened at the Mary Eaves apartment complex near West 16th Street and Myrtle Avenue in Jacksonville around 11:50 a.m.

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is currently conducting an investigation into the incident. According to an OSHA official, compliance officers were already present on site, documenting exactly what happened.

As is so happens, the week this accident occurred was also OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. During this week, employers are encouraged to educate their workers about the dangers of falls, and implement ways to prevent such incidents from occurring. In addition, the Northeast Florida Safety Council held a free event to demonstrate best fall prevention practices.

Only about 12 people came out to the event. None of the participants were from the contracting company that is in charge of the apartment construction site.

Falls consistently top OSHA’s list of most common causes of death on the job. In 2015, 350 workers were killed in falls — over one third of all construction fatalities. In addition, Florida’s workplace fatality rate is the second-highest in the country.

If you have been injured on the job in Pensacola, and workers’ compensation just isn’t covering your bills, you may be able to recover greater damages. Contact the attorneys at Emmanuel, Sheppard & Condon today for a free case evaluation.

Drunk Driver Strikes 8 Navy Pedestrians

glass of liquor next to set of car keysIn late April, a drunk driver was coming down Perdido Key Drive in Pensacola when he struck eight pedestrians with his Infiniti. It was a Saturday night at about 8:15, and the eight pedestrians, all Navy servicemen on liberty, were stationed at Pensacola Naval Air Station. Luckily, none of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries.

However, seven of the eight men hit did suffer some kind of injury, and were transported to local hospitals. One of them was listed in critical condition, five had serious injuries and one had minor injuries. After the incident, it seemed as if the driver was going to flee, so a bystander stepped in to make sure that could not happen.

According to reports, the witness saw the accident happen and ran over to help the victims. However, he noticed the driver seemed like he was going to drive away, so the bystander detained him until law enforcement arrived. The witness said the driver seemed intoxicated and disoriented.

Officers from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office arrived, and then the investigation was taken over by the Florida Highway Patrol. They conducted field sobriety tests on the driver, who allegedly had bloodshot eyes and a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. He failed the sobriety tests and taken into custody. A blood alcohol test administered about five hours later showed the driver had a blood alcohol content of 0.093.

The driver has been charged with driving under the influence causing seriously bodily injury. The incident is still under investigation. A day after the accident, the driver was released on a $40,000 bond.

Accidents involving drunk drivers are often some of the deadliest on Florida’s roads, since an intoxicated generally has very delayed reaction times. If you have been injured in a drunk driving accident in Pensacola, contact our attorneys today for a free, no-obligation consultation.

Motorcycle Accident Discovered Days Later

Trees near the roadFlorida Highway Patrol troopers say that a man crashed his motorcycle in Mid-April and wasn’t discovered for days later due to trees blocking the view of the man and his bike. According to reports, the man was northbound on I-110 and possibly negotiated a curve on the exit ramp improperly. Troopers think that the man hit the shoulder of the road and proceeded into the woods, where his motorcycle came to rest.

It was not immediately known whether or not family members had alerted police to the missing man, but the accident shows just how important it is for someone to know where you are going, especially if you will be traveling alone.

Before you head out in your vehicle, on your motorcycle or even on your boat, make sure that someone you know has an idea of where you are going and when you expect to be back. When a person knows when to expect you or when you will be checking in, they can better alert authorities when necessary should you not show up or they do not hear from you. Unfortunately, in this instance, the man was not located for several days.

It is not known whether any other vehicles were involved in this accident. More details were not released by the highway patrol.

If you are involved in a motorcycle accident in Pensacola or the surrounding area and that accident was the fault of another, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Reach out to our team of experienced personal injury attorneys for assistance in determining whether you may have the elements necessary for a successful lawsuit. Your first consultation will be held at no cost to you.

Look Out for Pedestrians in Pensacola

Blur people are moving across the pedestrian crosswalk in the city roadA pedestrian was hit by a car in Tallahassee on April 19, serving as a reminder that vehicle drivers must be aware of pedestrians and cyclists in roadways. According to the Tallahassee Police, the man was attempting to cross the street around 2:40 p.m. when he was hit by the car.

The man was crossing Capital Circle NE near Wednesday Street when he was hit by a southbound car. The man was taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries that were called serious but not life-threatening. It was unclear whether the man was in a marked crosswalk. Police did not release details of the accident as it remained under investigation.

Vehicle drivers are urged to stay on the lookout for pedestrians, especially at intersections and near marked walkways. Pedestrians have the right of way provided they are following the rules of the road. If a pedestrian is in a crosswalk, vehicles are to yield and allow them to pass. A driver should not proceed through the marked walk until the pedestrian has completely exited it.

If a driver strikes a pedestrian in a marked walk or at an intersection, they may be charged with a crime depending on the unique set of circumstances. This is in addition to potentially causing serious injury to another person.

If you are involved in a pedestrian versus vehicle accident in Pensacola or the surrounding area, reach out to our team of personal injury attorneys. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and more. Call today to schedule an appointment for a free case evaluation and let us assist you.

Tallahassee Man Injured in Motorcycle Crash

Pickup crashes motorcycle on the roadA local man was injured in a motorcycle crash on April 12. According to a report released by Tallahassee police, the crash occurred at Paul Russell Road and Adams Street. The motorcycle was involved in a collision with a vehicle, and the driver of the motorcycle was taken to a local hospital to be treated for injuries sustained in the wreck.

There were few details released after the accident, but the story serves as a reminder that both motorcycle riders and vehicle drivers need to be aware of one another. As the weather steadies itself, more bikes will be out on the road, sharing space with cars and trucks. It is the responsibility of everyone on the road to look out for one another, but it is especially important for drivers to keep their eyes open for motorcycles.

While you are driving, keep your eyes focused on the road. Scan the area around your car often, and keep your radio turned down to a level that allows you to hear what is happening outside of your vehicle. Always turn your head to look in the next lane before you merge instead of relying on your mirrors. If you see a motorcycle driver operating their bike recklessly, move out of the way if possible and phone emergency services.

If you are involved in a motorcycle crash in Pensacola or the surrounding area, reach out to our experienced team of accident attorneys. We will review your accident and help you determine the appropriate next steps. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, property damage and more. Call today to schedule your free consultation and let us assist you as you put your life back together.

DUI Crash in Pensacola Leads to Arrest

flashing lights of the police car into the checkpoint in the cityA woman in Pensacola was arrested earlier in the month after police say that she caused an accident on a city street. The woman stands accused of driving under the influence of illegal drugs. She is also accused of fleeing the scene of the accident.

According to reports, the woman was traveling on New Warrington Road near the intersection of Perdido Street. Police say that the woman, driving a passenger vehicle, moved in front of a motorcyclist, cutting him off. The motorcycle hit the woman’s car as a result, throwing the rider from the bike. The motorcycle driver hit the windshield of the woman’s car and then struck the pavement.

Rather than stopping to check on the wellbeing of the motorcyclist, police say that the woman fled the scene. She was located in a nearby parking lot and brought back to the scene. The motorcycle driver had sustained serious injuries and was transported from the scene in order to receive medical care.

After a brief investigation, the woman was charged with driving under the influence, failure to yield the right of way, leaving the scene of a crash with injury, and failure to report a crash involving injury. A court date for the woman was not released.

If you have been injured in a vehicle versus motorcycle crash, you have the right to compensation for your injuries and property damage. No one should suffer physical or financial injury due to the poor decisions of others. Reach out to our team of experienced attorneys today for a free case evaluation. We will review the details of your accident and advise you of your legal options. Call today.