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Whether walking, driving, or even being parked alongside the road, car accident injuries can occur at any time, at any place, and to anyone. That’s why they are called “accidents.” If you find yourself in a situation where you have been involved in a pedestrian accident, a tractor-trailer accident, car accident injuries, or any other type of accident situation that is someone else’s fault, consider calling a personal injury attorney. We have seen a lot over the years, and we have the experience and knowledge to help you maneuver through the court system, if necessary. We want to ensure you know your rights, and that you have the mechanisms of law that are available to you to help you recover from such a traumatic event.


St. Petersburg police reported Monday, March 20, that a Pinellas County high school student was hit by a car while she was crossing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. North Street on foot. Alina Marie Perez, 17, was struck by a red Buick Rendezvous. She received serious injuries less than a mile from Northeast High School where she was a sophomore. Sadly, Perez died from the injuries sustained during that accident. Police are looking for witnesses in this case as it is believed someone riding a scooter or motorcycle may have seen what happened.

The Florida State Highway Patrol reported that a 56-year-old man received serious injuries when struck by a hit-and-run driver in St. Petersburg on Wednesday, March 22. The injured man, Robert Klimczak, was walking west of 28th Street North, on the shoulder of 44th Avenue North, when hit by a vehicle traveling west. The vehicle then left the scene of the accident. Klimczak was listed in serious condition at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg when transported there for treatment.


A motorcyclist traveling at a high rate of speed suffered life-threatening injuries when thrown 90 feet on Tuesday, March 21, after colliding with a passenger car. The driver of the 2012 Nissan made a left turn onto 33rd Avenue North in front of the motorcyclist. The Saint Petersburg Police felt that due to the high rate of speed at which the motorcyclist was traveling, he couldn’t stop; hence the 90 feet in the air. This accident occurred on Tyrone Blvd. and the severely injured man was transported to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg for treatment. Sadly, the 21-year-old motorcyclist, David Lee Jeffrey, succumbed to his injuries and passed away.


On March 19, a deadly crash involving three vehicles occurred in Alachua County. According to the Florida State Highway Patrol, a disabled tractor-trailer sitting on the side of the road was rear-ended when a passenger vehicle carrying four persons veered off the road and struck it. The third vehicle became involved when struck by flying debris from the crash. The driver of the third vehicle, 52-year-old St. Pete resident Thon Dexter Rice, did not report receiving any injuries. The driver of the parked tractor-trailer rig, 55-year-old Alton Lucius Gravely, was unhurt. The four persons in the passenger vehicle had not been identified yet at the time of this article.

Under the Recent Verdicts tab on our website, you can see just a sampling of some of the recent cases we have tried, including automobile collisions. We handle a variety of cases and, today, more than ever before, it is crucial that you find a personal injury attorney who has experience in handling similar cases all the way to trial, and one who stays on top of the continuously evolving field of personal injury law.

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Bad Tires are a Lawsuit Waiting to Happen

tire-1541420As a personal injury attorney, I cannot begin to count the number of times defendants have tried to claim that they didn’t realize their vehicles were not properly maintained. The fact of the matter is that there are millions of people in this country who are not properly maintaining their vehicles, and they believe that, by putting off the necessary upgrades and repairs, including replacing bad tires, they are saving themselves money.

Unfortunately, the dollars saved are rarely enough to cover the cost of the legal proceedings, let alone the actual settlement in lawsuits, after an accident is caused as a result of poor vehicle maintenance.

Bad tires are one of the biggest offenders. At more than $100 per tire, it is costly to replace tires these days, but not nearly as costly as it is to pay for the damage and injuries sustained in an accident.

Tire Blowouts Cause Accidents. Riding on bald or underinflated tires leaves a person exposed to this kind of devastating experience. When a tire blows out at highway speeds, it is very easy to lose control of the vehicle. The remnants of the tire can cause the vehicle to swerve and cause serious crashes. At these speeds, the damage can be excessive, and people can lose their lives. We’ve seen this happen in the St. Petersburg area and all around Florida. It is very hard for the owner of the vehicle to come to grips with the fact that he or she caused a death because the tires were not properly maintained.

Flat Tires Leave You Exposed. Even if you manage to get to the side of the road with a flat tire, when you are dealing with such circumstances on the side of the highway, you are very exposed. Other vehicles are flying by at high speeds and you face serious injury, if not death, should you be hit while inspecting the damage. Assuming you take all precautions to warn others, switching the liability for the crash to them for your injuries, it is better if you (or your survivors) never need to call me to make that claim.

In a current claim I am handling, a dually truck left the highway and caused a fatality. When I took my engineer to Orlando to inspect the remains of the truck and get the information off the black box, we quickly found out that all 6 tires were nearly bald – well below the amount of tread that anyone would consider safe. It is very possible that the bald tires contributed to the death. Remember, it is important to have an attorney who knows how to secure that information right away after a collision before the evidence is destroyed.

Bald Tires Do Not Provide Adequate Traction. Particularly when roads are wet or otherwise slick, bald tires are a major hazard. It is much easier to lose control of the vehicle when driving on bald tires. The results of a high speed accident on slick roads are very likely going to be devastating for all parties involved. The cost of repairs and medical attention will be equally devastating to everyone in our community. Even if the person who caused the collision is carrying a proper insurance policy, it is likely that they will see a spike in insurance rates as a result of the accident, which means that they will be paying for the accident for at least a year with each of the higher premium payments.

It really is important to recognize the dangers in which others are placed when people drive a poorly maintained vehicle. It is not just the state of the tires, but also all other components of the car, truck, van, or bike that should be regularly inspected and repaired, as necessary. The expense will be much less than they will spend on the lawsuit should they be found at fault in a serious accident.

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Boy Saved From Poorly Timed Left Turn

sign-no-left-turn-1473790It was all the result of a poorly timed left turn, right here in Saint Petersburg, Florida but when the 51-year-old mom, Cheryl Murdock, cut across the lane of oncoming traffic, it was too late to correct her action. The impact of the vehicle slamming into the passenger side of her Jeep was enough to push it into the nearby ditch. During the crash, Murdock was ejected and thrown from the vehicle. Her body crashed to the ground not far from where the vehicle stopped. She suffered serious, life-threatening injuries, according to the St. Petersburg Tribune. But, the nightmare wasn’t over yet.

After the mother was thrown, the vehicle came to an abrupt halt in the ditch, and within mere moments suddenly bursting into flames. Within the Jeep, still buckled and unconscious, was her 12-year-old son, Evan, who had been riding with her than day.

Fortunately, there were also witnesses of the crash, and two men were quick to take action. They were able to enter the burning car long enough to unclasp the seatbelt and pull the boy to safety. Reports indicate that both mother and son will be facing a long period of recovery, if they pull through after this horrific accident involving a poorly time left turn.

The worst part about this crash is that it is easy to understand how a driver would make the mistake and misjudge when it was safe to take the left turn. It happens very frequently, and the person turning left is almost always found at fault. This case will most likely be decided the same way.

In St. Petersburg, the driver who intends to turn left –whether at an intersection, driveway, or a side street – is to yield right-of-way to oncoming traffic. This was what the mother failed to do and the result of a life-threatening incident that has left both she and her son in a fight for their lives.

Accidents do happen, but there are actions that can be taken to help prevent them and one of those actions is to simply provide a larger cushion of safety when taking left turns. It can be difficult to gauge the speed at which an approaching car is traveling. The reason that you will never find yourself in this position, is that you know what happens if you misjudge, so you provide yourself more than what you think is just enough time to sneak through. You know that people who are found at fault in such an accident are required to cover the medical and repair costs of other parties involved in the crash.

Left hand turns have cost many drivers a great deal financially and personally. Injuries can take a person away from work and other daily responsibilities, which certainly are a different type of loss, but important nonetheless. This woman and her son were rushed to a hospital where both were reported to be in serious condition. We wish them the very best and hope they recover fully. The recovery, however, will undoubtedly be long and arduous, leaving much to overcome even after being released from medical care.

If you are injured in an accident because another driver turned left prematurely, and into your lane, you should speak to a personal injury attorney.

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Florida Lawsuit Centers on Loss of Child

maternal-care-1622549The loss of a child is never easy. It is heart-wrenching, devastating news for anyone, even those who didn’t personally know the child; for the parents, it is a life altering loss. While time can heal, even though some may not think that’s possible, things will never be the same. The story of this Florida lawsuit follows.

A Combination of Two Types of Cases

That is the truth that one Florida mom is contending with every day since she lost her four-year-old daughter last year. The little girl lost her life in what some would call a fluke accident. The Florida lawsuit that has resulted is not really a car accident case, nor is it a classic premises liability case. The unusual circumstances of the accident have led to it being considered a combination of the two.

It was a normal weekday. The four-year-old had been dropped off at daycare as usual. The center focused on childcare and early learning, which likely made the mom feel good, knowing that her child would be enriched by the experience.

Unfortunately, the building was located in a relatively high speed zone. With a posted speed limit of 45, it is not unusual for cars to be traveling at five or ten miles per hour faster than that. At such speeds, an accident can be fatal. Most drivers realize that, but for a mom who had left her daughter safe and sound at preschool, there wasn’t any thought about potential crashes.

Not all that far from our beloved St. Petersburg, in Orange County, one vehicle was travelling at those speeds when it smashed into the back end of another. The impact sent the second car barreling through the adjacent parking lot and into a building – the building where the child was playing. That car hit the building with such force that it broke through and slid into the daycare area. The-four-year old was right in the path of the destruction.

Providing a Safe Environment

According to Florida State Law, property owners in Saint Petersburg, Orange County, and all other areas of the state, must be diligent about providing a safe environment for all visitors in order to avoid a Florida lawsuit. Whether visiting for the sake of friendship or for the sake of business, a person should be able to expect to avoid potentially life-threatening hazards. To be clear, the law says that the property owner must correct or warn others of known hazards (including those that should be known by reasonable care). These are generally considered obstacles or hazards that would not be immediately obvious to the visitor.

The mother of the child is suing both the driver of the first car for negligence and the owner of the daycare for premises liability, in a Florida lawsuit. She has hired a personal injury attorney to represent her case, and the argument has already been made that the owner of the property should have known that this was a potential hazard as a result of the fact that this was not the first time a car has slammed through the side of the building. Winning this case will not bring her daughter back, but it could help with some of the expenses related to the loss, and it may also prevent the same sort of tragedy from happening again to someone else’s child.

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