Personal Injury News of the Week- January 13
If there was ever a video to scare you into not driving distracted, this would be it. The driver, 49-year-old Samuel R. Colon of Zephyrhills, survived the accident, but knocked the cab completely off its trailer. This is a reminder to everyone that you cannot predict what other drivers will do, so it is crucial to not be distracted, so you can react in time to your surroundings.
Now this isn’t all gloomy news. Pedestrian deaths in Hillsborough County did show a decrease last year. Roads have improved, more people are educated on road safety but that is not enough. Across the entire Tampa Bay Region though, the picture is a lot less promising. Pedestrians and cyclists safety leaves something to be desired. Read more on the specific figures here.
Last October, Max Holloway, 26, a former star football player at Jefferson High School lost control of his Dodge Charger, veered off the road and crashed into a house. Holloway died from is injuries. His parents have filed a lawsuit against Panini’s Bar and Grill in Lutz as they believe the restaurant is to blame. Holloway was a frequent customer; the lawsuit claims employees knew he was addicted to alcohol, but served him anyway. The suit is based on a state law that says someone who knowingly serves a person “habitually addicted” to alcohol can be liable for injury or damage caused by or resulting from that person’s drunkenness. This is called “Dram Shop” Liability. These cases are very difficult to prove and are usually lengthy, and a battle.
Letters to Hancock Injury Attorneys From Kids Around the County
We are very grateful for these sweet letters from students around Hillsborough County, thanking us for our school supplies donation. Knowing that they are being put to good use is a great feeling. We are so happy to give these supplies so teachers can spend less of their own money with the help of the Hillsborough Education Foundation!
Crashes are still the number one cause of death for teenagers. What could possibly help improve this statistic? With one year’s experience under their belt, teens are given a privilege that prove too much responsibility for many. With the advent of so much new technology not only coming out for cars, but becoming mandatory additions, is promising. While this new technology will certainly improve safety for all drivers, it’s especially important for teens. They will learn how to use this technology to their advantage, and what to do if this technology fails. Read more on the benefits and disadvantages for teens and car technology here.
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Injured in an accident? Call Attorney Mike Hancock with Hancock Injury Attorneys at 813.915.1110 for a free consultation.