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Saddle Creek Truck Accident Rockridge Road May 2018

Saddle Creek Truck Accident Rockridge Road May 2018

News Events

A silver Nissan Altima was struck by a semi-truck from Saddle Creek Corporation at the intersection of US98 and Rockridge Road in Lakeland, Florida on May 17, 2018 at approximately 2:45 p.m.  The Ledger reported that the Nissan Altima driver had a green light at the time of the...

Marriage After Accident Upheld In Wrongful Death Claim

Marriage After Accident Upheld In Wrongful Death Claim

Car Accidents

In the case of Dominos Pizza, LLC v. Wiederhold, 5D16-2794 (Fla. 5th DCA 2018), an injured person got married after becoming injured but before his death.  After his death, his surviving spouse sued the driver (and Dominos Pizza for vicarious liability) for causing the accident and...

Comparative Fault of Wrongful Death Survivor in Florida

Comparative Fault of Wrongful Death Survivor in Florida

Personal Injury

What happens when one of the survivors in a wrongful death case bears some degree of fault and there was a settlement? The answer to this question can be found in Hess v. Hess, 758 So. 2d 1203 (Fla. 4th DCA 2000) in that the probate judge should determine comparative fault among the...

Applicability Of Rescue Doctrine To Accident With State Trooper

Applicability Of Rescue Doctrine To Accident With State Trooper

Wrongful Death

State Trooper William Trampass Bishop died when he was hit by a car on I-75 while responding to a traffic accident on June 17, 2017 near mile marker 403 in High Springs, Florida.  Bishop was a 30-year veteran of the HIghway Patrol.  He was outside of his patrol vehicle responding...

Out Of Control Car Kills Pedestrian On Sidewalk At Beacon Road

Out Of Control Car Kills Pedestrian On Sidewalk At Beacon Road

Wrongful Death

Steven Higgins died on April 17, 2017 after being struck as a pedestrian on the sidewalk of Beacon Road in Lakeland, Florida.  The accident happened at approximately 4:44 p.m. when a 2001 Nissan Sentra driven by Steven Statterfield lost control of his vehicle and struck a street...

23-Year-Old Passenger Dies In North Lakeland Accident

23-Year-Old Passenger Dies In North Lakeland Accident

Wrongful Death

Rachel Nicole Tew, 23-years-old, died on March 27, 2017 after an accident on Deeson Road in Lakeland, Florida.  Tew was a passenger in a 1999 Ford F-250 pickup truck driven by Haley Carnley.  The accident happened at approximately 9:15 pm. as Carnley attempted to stop for another...

Motorcyclist Killed In Head On Collision On CR630 In Ft. Meade

Motorcyclist Killed In Head On Collision On CR630 In Ft. Meade

Motorcycle Accidents

Philip Brown was riding a motorcycle on CR630 when he was struck head on by a pickup truck that was attempting to pass a truck.  Brown was 40 years old and died at the scene of the accident. The accident happened at approximately 6:00 a.m. when Jarrod Lee was westbound on CR630 and...

Lakeland Hooters Restaurant Sued For Serving Too Much Alcohol

Lakeland Hooters Restaurant Sued For Serving Too Much Alcohol

Wrongful Death

Hooters Company Logo Jessica McCausland filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of her stepmother, Betty Monroe, suing the Hooters restaurant on US98 in North Lakeland.  David Joseph McCausland died in a car accident on November 6, 2015 when a Corvette driven by Timothy Alan Lundy...

Pedestrian Hit Crossing Massachusetts Ave. in Lakeland

Pedestrian Hit Crossing Massachusetts Ave. in Lakeland

Wrongful Death

Terry Joe Young died of injuries sustained in a pedestrian accident on Massachusetts Avenue in Lakeland, Florida on January 31, 2017.  The accident happened at approximately 6:07 a.m. when Young was hit by Margaret Bowman going southbound on Massachusetts Ave.  Bowman was driving a...

Crossover Accident on CR557 in Lake Alfred

Crossover Accident on CR557 in Lake Alfred

Wrongful Death

A crossover car accident in Lake Alfred, Florida on January 23, 2017 at approximately 1:15 a.m. took the life of Joseph Senatus.  Senatus was 49 years old and died after another driver, Mario Alejandro Rodriguez, crossed over the center line of CR557 striking Senatus’s car....

Lakeland Driver Causes Wrong Way DUI Accident On I-4

Lakeland Driver Causes Wrong Way DUI Accident On I-4

Wrongful Death

Travis Coats was intoxicated and driving the wrong way on I-4 in Polk County on January 14, 2017 when he caused a fatal crash.  Coats has been charged with DUI manslaughter, DUI with property damage, and DUI and driving in the wrong direction.  The accident caused the death of...

Pedestrian Hit While Crossing Lakeland Hills Boulevard

Pedestrian Hit While Crossing Lakeland Hills Boulevard

Wrongful Death

John Robert Lynn was hit as a pedestrian while crossing the street at the 2100 block of Lakeland Hills Boulevard on January 12, 2017.  Mr. Lynn died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident.  He was 63 years old.  The accident happened at approximately 6:15 p.m. when...

Walgreens Sued for Forcing Customer to Clean Bathroom

Walgreens Sued for Forcing Customer to Clean Bathroom

Personal Injury

A lawsuit against Walgreens alleges that a customer, Fernando Elizarraras, was forced by store employees to clean a soiled bathroom after using it at an store in Orlando, Florida.  The original lawsuit (Case Number 2016-CA-009159, filed in the Ninth Judicial Circuit for Orange...

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