Truck Accident Archives - Wooten Kimbrough Damaso & Dennis, PA

What Legal Issues Are Associated with Florida Trucking Accidents?

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Michael Damaso / 04-15-2020 / Truck Accident

Truck accident cases are inherently more complex and naturally different than the average car accident case. The legal issues that accompany trucking accidents tend to be more complicated, not only because of the severity of the injuries that result from them, but also because of the layers of liability involved in the trucking industry itself. […]

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Trucking Accident Fatalities Reach Highest Level in Nearly Three Decades

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Michael Damaso / 11-05-2019 / Truck Accident

A trucking accident poses a serious risk of catastrophic injury or death. These accidents can be deadly, due to a number of factors, including the sheer size of the truck, the speed at which it is traveling and the force of impact. The number of lives lost in large truck accidents have reached the highest […]

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“Safe Phone Zones” introduced by the Florida Department of Transportation

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Doug / 06-02-2015 / Auto Accidents

In a public-private partnership with GEICO, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) unveiled a new campaign to help curb the problem of distracted driving on Florida’s roadways. Sixty four different “Safe Phone Zones” were designated on various roadways throughout Florida. A map of all of the “Safe Phone Zones” throughout Florida can be found online […]

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Is Your Teen a Distracted Driver?

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Doug / 03-26-2015 / Auto Accidents

If you have a teen driver in the home and haven’t seen this video from AAA, then stop everything and watch it right now.  Then, go get your teen driver and have them watch it as well. AAA recently released this video along with a report on the latest trends in teen driving and accidents […]

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Crosswalk Crackdown in Orange County

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Doug / 02-25-2015 / Auto Accidents

In the State of Florida drivers are required to stop and remain stopped until pedestrians cross at crosswalks, but unfortunately the failure of drivers to properly yield to pedestrians is responsible for 20% of all pedestrian deaths and injuries in the Orlando area. Of the incidents resulting in injury or death, 35% occur within marked […]

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New Study Deems Florida the Last Place You Want To Get Into an Accident

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Doug / 02-11-2015 / Auto Accidents

Whether you are a tourist on vacation or a Floridian on the way to work, a new study encourages you to remain cautious on the roads. The personal finance website, WalletHub.com, has released the results of a study, which analyzed several risk factors, such as minimum auto insurance coverage requirements and percentage of uninsured drivers, […]

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Living With Amputation

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Doug / 10-07-2014 / Auto Accidents

Nearly 2 million people in the United States live with the loss of a limb. Of those 2 million people approximately 45% represent individuals who lost a limb* due to some sort of trauma, while 54% represent amputations due to vascular diseases, such as diabetes. Traumatic amputations usually are a result of factory, farm or […]

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Affirmative Defenses: Pointing the Finger Back at the Plaintiff

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Doug / 10-01-2014 / Auto Accidents

Immediately following an accident victims are often faced with the need for medical care, expenses incurred as a result of medical care, wage loss, and injuries that can be long lasting or permanent. Regardless of the accident or incident which caused the injuries, often the Plaintiff is stuck with expenses and required to live with […]

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The Reality of the Tracy Morgan Trucking Accident

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Doug / 09-30-2014 / Confidentiality

This past June, the nation was taken over by the news that Tracy Morgan, the hilariously funny comedian from NBC’s 30 ROCK, was involved in a horrific crash on the New Jersey Turnpike in the early morning hours of June 7th. Stories from every single media outlet reported that a Wal-Mart tractor-trailer struck a limo […]

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Back To School Traffic Safety

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Doug / 09-17-2014 / Auto Accidents

All of the schools throughout Central Florida are back in session. Everyday hundreds of thousands of children are waiting for buses, walking on our sidewalks, and crossing streets. Not to mention there is a whole new batch of teenage drivers getting ready to get behind the wheel. The importance of safe driving is heightened during […]

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Texting and Driving Can Cost You

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Doug / 08-19-2014 / Auto Accidents

The dangers of texting and driving are widespread knowledge, yet unfortunately many drivers on the road today continue to text while driving. Aside from the catastrophic injuries that texting and driving can cause, one Florida driver is seeing the side-effects in a $4.3 million judgment. Cacilia Carter from Bunnell, Florida was a passenger in a […]

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Crash Spotlights Dangers in Tired Truck Drivers

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Doug / 06-12-2014 / Attorney

Over the weekend, the country woke to news that famed comedian, star of NBC’s 30 Rock, Tracy Morgan, along with a handful of others, were involved in a deadly multi-vehicle collision on the New Jersey Turnpike. According to authorities, the accident was caused when a Wal-Mart tractor-trailer crashed into a limousine bus carrying Mr. Morgan and […]

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Orlando: Most Dangerous City for Pedestrians

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Doug / 05-20-2014 / Auto Accidents

The National Complete Streets Coalition released its latest report on Tuesday naming Orlando as the most dangerous metro area for pedestrians. Tampa, Jacksonville, and South Florida follow right behind, with Memphis closing out the Top 5. This map shows the number of fatalities due to vehicle/pedestrian accidents within Central Florida from 2003-2012. The Orlando-Kissimmee area […]

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The Defective Tire Investigation: You May Be At Risk!

Doug / 05-15-2014 / Auto Accidents

The first sentence in the ABC News story should send chills to everyone who drives, “because of a badly flawed and archaic government recall system, millions of potentially dangerous recalled tires remain on the roads, on store shelves for sale, or simply unaccounted for.” In fact, the problem is so severe and the potential risk […]

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Deadly Driving Distractions

Doug / 03-28-2014 / Auto Accidents

Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving.  These types of distractions include: texting, using a cell phone or smart phone, talking to passengers, reading (including maps), using a navigation system, watching a video, or adjusting a radio, CD player, MP3 player, etc. (Distraction.gov). However, […]

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GM Recalls 1.8 Million Vehicles

Doug / 03-21-2014 / Auto Accidents

General Motors has issued three new recalls, in addition to its previous recall of 1.6 million small vehicles due to defective ignition switches. The three latest recalls involve: Approximately 303,000 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana from the model years 2009-2014 in order to correct the material on the instrument panel to conform with federal standards […]

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Orange County Expressway Authority Takes Action Against Wrong-Way Driving

Doug / 03-06-2014 / Auto Accidents

The Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority has taken a stance against wrong-way driving and hopes to end the issue on major toll roads.  By investing in a study that will show the frequency of wrong-way driving instances, the authority will use the data collected to devise a plan to prevent its continuance. Haitham Al-Deek, an engineering […]

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Roadtrek Motorhomes Reports Potential Breaks in Their Brake Lines

Doug / 02-06-2014 / Auto Accidents

Roadtrek Motorhomes Inc. (Roadtrek) has recalled certain model year 2013-2014 RSCM Motorhomes manufactured between February 2013 and December 2013 on Mercedes Sprinter van chassis. The manufacturer has acknowledged that during installation of the coolant lines, the front right brake line may have been unseated from the holder, which would allow the line to make contact […]

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Be Safe During Thanksgiving Travel

Doug / 11-27-2013 / Auto Accidents

Today is one of the biggest travel days of the year, and with a huge storm system running down the East Coast, it stands to be one of the more dangerous travel days of the past several years.  Here are some tips to make sure you have a safe trip, if you’re the one traveling […]

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Dangerous Roads In Florida

Doug / 11-11-2013 / Auto Accidents

Two deaths were the result of a wreck on Florida’s Turnpike yesterday.  This is just the latest reminder of just how dangerous it can be to drive in Florida this weekend.  While we do not know what caused the driver of the vehicle to lose control and roll his truck over the median, we do […]

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Are you Training your Teens to be Good Drivers

Doug / 10-23-2013 / Auto Accidents

With seemingly no exception, teens are worse drivers than adults.  The accident and death rates of young people ages 15-24 is 14% higher than that of other drivers.  Teens and young drivers are more likely to misjudge dangerous driving conditions, drive with distractions, and cause accidents than any other sector of drivers. Are you teaching […]

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The Future of Distracted Driving

Doug / 10-16-2013 / Auto Accidents

There has been an increased focus on distracted driving lately.  The is mostly due to the fact that more and more accidents being caused, or likely caused do to distracted driving.  With all the toys and distractions available to us in our vehicles, and in the case of cell phones, in our pockets, this is […]

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Drunk Driving: The Harm Reaches Beyond the Crash Scenes

Doug / 09-16-2013 / Auto Accidents

In the United States, every day, nearly 30 people die in motor vehicle crashes that involve alcohol-impaired drivers. With higher statistics in other countries there are over 51 million deaths annually due to drunk or impaired driving. In 2010, 1/3rd of vehicle crash fatalities were the result of alcohol related crashes. 17% of traffic accidents […]

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Orlando Considering Staying Open Late-Night

Doug / 08-27-2013 / Auto Accidents

In an interesting move, the City of Orlando Board of Commissioners is weighing an option to “change” the late-night crowd in downtown Orlando. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Monday at around 2:00 P.M., the Commissioners will vote on a measure to keep bars open in downtown Orlando until 3:00 A.M. Thursday through Saturday. They are […]

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Deadly Accident Occurs Between Disney Bus and Visitor Vehicle

Doug / 08-17-2013 / Auto Accidents

A tragic accident occurred yesterday on Disney property, leading many to be concerned over the safety of the theme park operations. A female Orlando resident, passed away yesterday when her vehicle collided with a Disney Magical Express bus near the Epcot theme park. It is unclear how the accident occurred, however reports from the Florida Highway Patrol indicate […]

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Feds Promote Back to School School Bus Safety

Doug / 08-15-2013 / Auto Accidents

Statistics show that riding the school bus is the safest way for children to get to school.  School bus safety has again been in the spotlight after the National Transportation Safety Board addressed the question of seat belts on school buses. This latest discussion regarding school bus accidents and seat belts was linked to a […]

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23 Injured in Chinese Bus Crash

Doug / 08-08-2013 / Auto Accidents

23 people were injured when a semi-truck smashed into the back of a bus in Eastern China.  The accident was so severe, the bus flipped and the driver was thrown out the window of the bus, as seen in this video from CNN’s YouTube Channel. This highlights the need for seat belts on buses and […]

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Driver Distractions, Don’t Become A Statistic

Doug / 07-10-2013 / Auto Accidents

According to a 2007 Harvard study, Americans will spend approximately 101 minutes per day behind the wheel.  When you do the math, that means that over 7% of your life is spent driving. Given that percentage, it’s not surprising that many of us get a little blasé about our driving habits and allow distractions to […]

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When Do I Contact My Insurance Company After An Accident?

Doug / 07-08-2013 / Airplane Accidents

If you’ve ever been in an accident, or had damage done to your property because of an accident, you know that you have a lot on your mind.  If someone was harmed, you need to get them treatment, if damage was done then repairs need to be made.  Sometimes things fall through the cracks and […]

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5 Things Not to Say to your Insurance Company

Doug / 06-26-2013 / Auto Accidents

There have been a slew of car accidents blocking the Orlando roadways this morning, and this reminds us that if you’re unfortunate to be in one of those accidents, there are some things you need to avoid saying when you file your insurance claim. First things first, it’s important that you never lie to your […]

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Chrysler Rebuffs US Government and Refuses to Recall Jeeps

Doug / 06-05-2013 / Auto Accidents

It is a rare thing for a manufacturer to tell the US government “No” on a recall request.  It is an even rarer thing when that manufacturer works in the automobile industry.  But that is exactly what Chrysler is doing in regards to their Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Liberty lines. According to the National […]

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Counties, Employers Imposing Distracted Driving Bans

Doug / 09-17-2012 / Auto Accidents

Florida has recently failed to pass legislation to ban drivers from texting behind the wheel, but that won’t stop some counties from taking measures to make their roadways safer. Florida is one of only six states across the nation to not have distracted driving legislation on its books. According to the Orlando Sentinel, employers and […]

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10 Apps That Help Prevent Distracted Driving

Doug / 08-24-2012 / Auto Accidents

On Monday, we discussed the “How is my KID driving?” app created by Cooper City father Mike McManigal to help parents monitor their teens’ driving. However, here are 10 other apps currently available which can also reduce “driving while intexticated”: Drive First — This Sprint app locks the phone when your car is traveling faster […]

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As Florida Lawmakers Dawdle, Concerned Parent Creates App to Monitor Teen Driving

Doug / 08-20-2012 / Auto Accidents

Last week, we noted the comments of Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) Lieutenant Tim Frith to WPTV-TV regarding the increase in traffic fatalities in Broward and Palm Beach counties. “I know for a fact distractions play a large role in traffic crashes,” Frith told WPTV. “We need to attack driver distraction like we did with DUI […]

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Investigation of January Crashes Shows Florida Lacks Specific Road Closure Policies

Doug / 08-17-2012 / Auto Accidents

http://youtu.be/-t2zTQW6yis This video is from an ABC News report this past January after a series of deadly crashes on Interstate 75 in which 11 people were killed and 18 people were hospitalized. On August 2, 2012, the trucking industry magazine Fleet Owner reported that one of the major findings of a state investigation into the […]

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Tired Truck Drivers Are Dangerous Truck Drivers

Doug / 08-03-2012 / Auto Accidents

Traffic on Interstate 4 in Lakeland was a mess for hours on July 18, 2012, when the tanker truck in the image above (clicking on the photo will open video in a new window) crashed and spilled more than 1,100 gallons of fuel onto the roadway. According to the Tampa Bay Tribune, all eastbound lanes […]

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Careless Driving Unacceptable for Trucks Hauling 20 Tons

Doug / 07-30-2012 / Auto Accidents

The video above is from an accident that occurred a few years ago in Missouri. We are posting it not because of why this truck overturned, but to point out that a crane was needed to clear this section of US Route 50 of the 40,000 pounds tons of logs that spilled from the trailer. […]

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Despite Decades of Effort from NTSB, Driver Fatigue Still an Issue

Doug / 07-27-2012 / Auto Accidents

It was just after midnight last month when a semi driver did not stop in a construction zone on Interstate 4, crashing into a Florida Highway Patrol trooper’s cruiser. The 35-year-old truck driver was cited for careless driving, and while troopers did not say how he missed numerous signs, tow truck operator Brian Harris told […]

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Study Shows More Than Half of Employees Ignore Employer’s Cell Phone Policy

Doug / 06-08-2012 / Auto Accidents

“About 98 percent of the time, driving is a very uneventful thing,” David Teater, senior director of Transportation Initiatives at the National Safety Council (NSC), says in the video above. “It’s that 2 percent of the time where a life depends upon making the right decision that it’s critical and we’ve got to be fully […]

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As Weather Improves and Kids Come Out, Motorists Need to Slow Down

Doug / 04-30-2012 / Auto Accidents

The video above is a public service announcement put out by the village of Romeoville, Illinois, in regards to “Keep Kids Alive Drive 25,” a nationwide campaign “put an end to deaths and injuries caused by speeding and distracted driving on our nation’s roads.” We are posting this video today because tomorrow is the sixth […]

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Five Safety Tips for Florida Motorists During Construction Season

Doug / 04-27-2012 / Auto Accidents

On Monday, we began to discuss the 2012 National Work Zone Awareness Week, which runs from April 23-27 this year. The national program now involves virtually every state in country, and the video above is one from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). The video features construction workers each offering what they think is the […]

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Florida Work Zone Safety is ‘Everyone’s Job’

Doug / 04-23-2012 / Auto Accidents

This video is for a Maintenance of Traffic course required by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). A few years ago, FDOT released a series of public service announcements to call attention to safe driving in work zones throughout the Sunshine State. We’re posting this now because today marks the start of the 2012 National […]

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Why Ban Texting and Driving Just on Beaches?

Doug / 04-20-2012 / Auto Accidents

The woman in the segment of NBC’s “Today” show above is now on her way to state court after being run over by a Volusia County Beach Patrol truck while she was sunbathing on the beach last year. As Matt Lauer says at the beginning of the video, “The beach is one of the last […]

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Examining the Specific Offenses That Contribute to Aggressive Driving

Doug / 04-13-2012 / Auto Accidents

The video above is another news segment, this one from WFTS-TV, regarding the campaign by the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) to crack down on aggressive driving that we began discussing on Monday. While aggressive driving behaviors contribute to a majority of all auto accidents, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) notes that aggressive driving is […]

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FHP Will Be More Assertive About Aggressive Driving Citations

Doug / 04-09-2012 / Auto Accidents

This video is a segment from WPTV-TV discussing a crackdown by the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) on aggressive driving during the final three days of February this year. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported on March 8, 2012, that the statewide campaign resulted in 67 citations for aggressive driving, which involves two or more violations at […]

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Fatal Construction Site Accidents in Florida

Doug / 02-17-2012 / Dangerous

Workplace injuries are one of the leading causes of injuries in Florida each year. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workplace injuries declined 10% in 2010. Construction accidents are the most deadly type of workplace accident. Employers are required to maintain federal and state safety standards for their workers. Here are some facts about […]

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School Bus Accident Statistics

Doug / 02-10-2012 / Auto Accidents

When you ride on a bus, you assume that the driver is properly trained and drives cautiously. This is normally the case. The effects of a bus accident can be tragic, however, and can kill or injure many people at once. Bus drivers, like all commercial drivers, are held to a higher safety standard because […]

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What You Need to Know About Commercial Truck Accidents

Doug / 02-01-2012 / Auto Accidents

Truck accidents are responsible for thousands of deaths each year in the United States. The legal issues surrounding a truck accident differ from typical car accidents, so if you or a loved one are involved in one, you will want to consult an attorney who has experience. If you are not at fault in the […]

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What To Do if You Are Involved in a Truck Accident

Doug / 01-18-2012 / Auto Accidents

Fortunately, most drivers will never be involved in a collision involving a bus or a semi-truck. However, it is important to be prepared in the event that you are involved in a truck accident. Safety comes first, obviously. Any and all injuries need to be addressed immediately. It is also important that you protect your […]

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