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Joseph H. Saunders

Eleventh Takata Airbag Death

  On October 20th the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration confirmed a 50-year-old woman who died after a car wreck last month in California is the 11th U.S. victim of Takata Corp.’s defective air bag inflators.   The victim was […]

Joseph H. Saunders

Two Local Car Accident Fatalities Highlight Need for Safety Belts

Two fatalities in the Sarasota area in the span of 12 hours highlight the need to use safety belts when operating motor vehicles. Both accidents, one in Sarasota and the other in Myakka City,…

Joseph H. Saunders

Southwest Florida Man Charged in DUI Death of 2 Cape Coral Nuns

Michael G. Hickman, 60, has been charged with 2 counts of DUI manslaughter after the September 2009 car crash that left Sister Karinne O’Malley and Sister Ann McFall dead. The Catholic nuns were…

Joseph H. Saunders

Texting While Driving Still Legal in Florida

While driving to work this morning I noticed a middle-aged man next to me in an SUV, smoking a cigarette in one hand, shaving with the other hand and still driving. By the way, he had a cell phone…

Joseph H. Saunders

Man Killed after Being Thrown from Truck in Accident

A 52 year old man has died as a result of his injuries stemming from a weekend auto accident in Sarasota. The driver of the other vehicle involved in the crash, Francis P. Corkin, 80 ran a red light…

Joseph H. Saunders

Allstate Can't Sell New Auto Insurance Policies in Florida

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation has suspended the license of Allstate Insurance Company from selling new auto insurance policies in the state of Florida because of their relationship with rating organizations such as AM Best and Hurricane modeling companies and industry trade groups. This is an unprecedented move in Florida and sends a clear warning to other auto insurance companies…

Joseph H. Saunders

Lakeland Wildfire on I-4 Causes 50 Car Crash

A combination of dense fog and a wildfire from a controlled burn led to a 50 car crash on I-4 near Lakeland, Florida early this morning. There have been 3 reported deaths and a slew of injuries. As I mentioned in my tampabay.injuryboard.com blog, I wonder why the highway was not closed if the weather was so inclement that visibility was zero. For more information on this subject, please refer…

Joseph H. Saunders

Hulk Hogan's Son Charged in Auto Accident

It took a few months but Nick Bollea, 17 year old son of former wrestler Hulk Hogan, has been charged with felony reckless driving causing serious bodily injury. Toxicology reports show that Bollea was drinking during the day of the accident. However, tests showed that the level of alcohol in his blood was half that in which he’d be considered impaired. He will face a charge of underage…

Joseph H. Saunders

Manatee Car Accident Claims Two Lives

Halloween proved fatal for two Manatee residents who crashed through a fence and into a shallow pond during the evening. Witnesses spotted two teenaged girls fleeing the scene. Police are looking for them as this blog post is being written.For more information on this subject, please refer to the section on Car and Motorcycle Accidents.

Joseph H. Saunders

Florida No Fault Insurance Law On Agenda for Legislative Special Session

In a last minute change, PIP has been added to the agenda for this week’s special session of the Florida Legislature. The law had expired October 1, but Governor Charlie Crist has added the item to the agenda. The law, which took effect in 1971, required drivers to purchase insurance to cover his or her own medical costs regardless of who is at fault in the car accident. Opponents of the no…