According to Florida Today, delayed traffic fatalities and injuries are on the rise. These delayed fatalities present a host of problems for law enforcement, medical professionals and prosecutors because they often do not manifest themselves until after the initial investigation is completed. Due to Florida law, if injuries are not considered life-threatening, police investigations of crime scenes are less exhaustive, including that the driver at fault cannot
A 48-year-old woman has been charged with a number of offenses after swerving into the emergency lane of the highway and fatally striking two teens on Thursday, according to My Fox Atlanta. Earlier this week Antonious Biship, 16, Octavious Sorrels, 17, and another friend were walking on the side of Highway 138 on a trip to buy tea when a car reportedly veered into the emergency lane and hit the teens, dragging them an estimated five hundred feet. Biship w
In a highly debated move, the Atlanta Police Department is entering into agreements with private companies to use their surveillance cameras as a crime fighting tool. According to 11Alive, as a result of the city of Atlanta and the police department signing a MOU (memo of understanding) on the topic, law enforcement has been able to amass a considerable network of surveillance cameras around the city. These cameras have been used to identify crimes while they are being committed, catch per
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has denied a petition to make lap/shoulder belts a requirement in new, large school buses. The NHTSA found that passing a federal law to make these three-point seatbelts mandatory could result in more student deaths. Specifically, the NHTSA found that an additional 10 to 19 student deaths could develop annually if these three-point seatbelts were made mandatory in large school buses. According to Read More
Officials are still investigating the circumstances surrounding a horrific wrong-way crash that left a couple and their unborn baby dead on I-75 early Friday morning. The crash, which happened near W. 138th Street in Hialeah in Miami-Dade county, occurred just before 5 a.m. when a vehicle traveling north in the southbound lanes struck a car containing three adults, including one pregnant woman. It is unknown whether alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash.
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While riding his motorcycle, an Atlanta resident was fatally struck by a suspected drunk driver, according to the Georgia State Patrol. The accident occurred when a 23-year-old allegedly turned into the path of the motorcycle with his Pontiac G6 just before midnight on August 6th, 2011.
Investigators report that the driver had his 16-year-old brother and one other person in the car with him at the time of the accident. According to local news channels, he was arrested and c
In a new development in the ongoing Chinese drywall litigation, a supplier of the defective material has received a court order to disclose the amount of its insurance and assets so that consumers can determine whether joining a class action is worthwhile, according to the Miami Herald. Additionally, the Miami-based company, Banner Supply Co., is reportedly embroiled in litigation against the German manufacturer from which they received the drywall.
A federal class action p
A recent Georgia truck accident was likely the result of mechanical failure, according to reports. Two individuals were injured in the Oconee County crash, which involved a tractor trailer, a concrete truck, and a passenger car.
The accident took place on U.S. 441, and was allegedly the result of the left front tire coming loose from the tractor trailer, which was heading south on the highway. The truck then lost control, sideswiping a concrete truck headed in the opp
Florida’s car insurance laws have been a subject of discussion and debate this year. Much of the discussion has centered on the state’s “no-fault” law, which was up for possible reform by lawmakers. However, no such reform occurred, prompting Governor Rick Scott to speak up and propose another major change; he suggests that personal injury protection (PIP) coverage be lifted as a mandatory requirement for Florida motorists, according to the Insurance Journal.
According to the Atlanta Constitutional Journal, a relatively high profile Georgia brain injury case was filed recently. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit are four inmates at a prison in northwest Georgia, who are seeking damages from the state resulting from injuries inflicted upon them by guards at the correctional facility.
The prisoners who have filed the suit allege that, on August 12, they began to react in protest when through their dormitory window, they witnessed officers mistreati