Friday, August 22, 2014

Back To School Safety for Drivers

The school year has officially begun for most of us around America making it the perfect time to remind ourselves how important it is to stay safe when we’re on the road. A lot of us likely drive through school zones or at the very least areas where kids will be walking, so let’s take a minute to catch up on the latest back to school safety tips for motorists.
When sharing the road with school buses, the most basic law states that when a school bus has made a stop to load or unload children, all drivers must hold back from passing the bus to get ahead. Most children who are victims of bus-related accidents are pedestrians ages 4-7 who were hit by the bus or by drivers who attempted to illegally pass a stopped school bus. Because of this, it’s important to be aware of the laws and why they are in place. All 50 states require that traffic in both directions stop on undivided roadways when children are entering or exiting the school bus and of course, always be alert. Staying alert on the road should be your number one priority when it comes to safety. When you are alert you will know when children pedestrians are walking so you can be prepared, especially since children are the least predictable pedestrians and the hardest to see. The same rule applies to children bicyclists. 

If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Naples, Ocala, Orlando, Tampa, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Ft. Myers or any other city in Florida –remember after 911, call 411! 1-800-411-PAIN can put you in touch with an experienced, aggressive network attorney who will fight for your rights and get the maximum compensation you deserve. Don’t forget to follow 411 PAIN on Twitter (@411PAIN) and Facebook and keep up with the conversation at #411PAIN!

Monday, May 19, 2014

DJ Laz & the Tragic Cinco de Mayo Boat Accident in Miami


Lazaro Mendez (DJ Laz) is a rapper and DJ from Miami, Florida. He hosted the DJ Laz Morning Show on Power 96 (96.5 FM) until 2012 when he began hosting the DJ Laz Morning Show on 106.7 FM. In early May, DJ Laz was celebrating Cinco de Mayo on the Key Biscayne sand bar in Miami when a fun day in the sun resulted in a fatal accident. At around 7 p.m. that night, a fishing boat got stuck in the sandbar he and his friends were partying nearby. Instead of waiting until high tide to move the boat, a group of people decided to move the boat by pushing it while DJ Laz steered the boat. 

While the group worked on pushing the boat, Ernesto Hernandez (a man on a nearby boat) ended up jumping in the water to help out. Hernandez was behind the boat and his torso ended up getting caught on the boats propeller which was moving at the time. Hernandez was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital and pronounced dead soon after. The investigation is still pending, but in Florida the law states that boaters are allowed to drink as long as it’s not the person who’s operating the boat. It’s unclear whether or not DJ Laz was steering the boat while under the influence but if he did he could be looking at criminal reckless or negligence charges. 

Boating safety needs to be priority #1 when one goes out for a day in the water. According to the U.S Coast Guard, there are an average of 50 deaths a year in Florida as a result of boating accidents. It’s important to make sure that the person operating the boat is not under the influence –just like in any other transportation vessel.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Naples, Ocala, Orlando, Tampa, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Ft. Myers or any other city in Florida –remember after 911, call 411! 1-800-411-PAIN can put you in touch with an experienced, aggressive network attorney who will fight for your rights and get the maximum compensation you deserve. Don’t forget to follow 411 PAIN on Twitter (@411PAIN) and keep up with the conversation at #411PAIN!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Severe Flooding in Florida panhandle and Alabama


The tornado storms that swept the central and southern United States earlier this month ended up affecting the Florida panhandle as well as Alabama. Severe flooding hit the area after the storm brought fatalities and destruction through the South. People had to resort to seeking shelter on their rooftops to get away from the floods after about 2 feet of rain fell in the span of just one day in Florida and Alabama. Boats had to be used to help those residents who had been stranded after the storm.

As if the destruction wasn’t shocking enough, the Pensacola airport reported that the storm set a record for the rainiest 24 hours the city has seen since 1880. The storm that stemmed the vigorous flooding ended up killing about 38 people in 8 different states. Floods are among the most common hazards in the United States and it’s important to know how to stay safe in the event of a storm. Before a flood, make an emergency/communication plan. Make sure everyone is on the same page. During a flood make sure you’re listening to the radio or television for information. Don’t walk through moving water to avoid an accident. More information on flood safety can be found at http://www.ready.gov/floods 

If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Naples, Ocala, Orlando, Tampa, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Ft. Myers or any other city in Florida –remember after 911, call 411! 1-800-411-PAIN can put you in touch with an experienced, aggressive network attorney who will fight for your rights and get the maximum compensation you deserve. Don’t forget to follow 411 PAIN on Twitter (@411PAIN) and keep up with the conversation at #411PAIN!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Elderly Woman Crashes into Hallmark Store

Elderly Woman Crashes into Hallmark Store

An 80 year old woman, Joanne Youngblood, was given a careless driving ticket after she crashed into a Hallmark store around 9:30 in the morning in Merritt Island, Florida earlier this month. According to law enforcement, Youngblood was parking and pressed on the gas pedal instead of the brakes before hitting another car and eventually crashing into the nearby Hallmark Store. She crashed through the glass window and luckily there were no structural damages, but the driver of the car that Youngblood hit prior to the crash suffered minor injuries and now, Youngblood will have to retake the driver’s exam in order to assess whether or not she is still capable of driving on the road safely.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Naples, Ocala, Orlando, Tampa, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Ft. Myers or any other city in Florida –remember after 911, call 411! 1-800-411-PAIN can put you in touch with an experienced, aggressive network attorney who will fight for your rights and get the maximum compensation you deserve. Don’t forget to follow 411 PAIN on Twitter (@411PAIN) and keep up with the conversation at #411PAIN!