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Recently, a state appellate court issued an opinion certifying a question to the state’s high court after a plaintiff appealed a lower’s court decision to grant the defendant’s motion for summary judgment in a Florida car accident. According to the court’s opinion, the plaintiff died after rear-ending the defendant’s Freightliner truck. Evidently, both motorists were driving on a six-lane Florida highway towards an intersection. The plaintiff rear-ended the back of the Freightliner, pushing the truck forward into another vehicle. The plaintiff died because of the injuries he suffered in the accident.

The plaintiff’s estate filed a personal injury lawsuit against the Freightliner driver, alleging that he negligently switched lanes before the accident, ultimately causing the rear-end. The defendant testified that he was traveling in the center of the three lanes, and he felt the pickup truck rear-end him while he was approaching the intersection. The defendant presented video evidence from his dashcam to substantiate his claims. However, the plaintiff’s eyewitness and an expert witness both testified that the defendant quickly changed lanes before the collision.

The defendant argued that under Florida law, motorists who rear-end another car are presumed negligent. Moreover, he claimed that the defendant’s video footage flatly contradicted the plaintiff’s expert and eyewitness testimonies. Ultimately, the trial court granted the defendant’s motion for summary judgment. On appeal, the plaintiff argued that the trial court erred in granting summary judgment because their eyewitness and expert witness created a genuine issue of material fact.

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Dump truck accidents, like any other type of accident, can change your life in an instant. With cargo inside, dump trucks can weigh over 50 tons and can be incredibly dangerous especially when moving at high speeds. If you have been injured in a truck accident, you must contact our seasoned Miami truck accident lawyers right away. We understand the unique challenges these cases bring up, which can be the difference between winning and losing in your case.

Two people died in an Osceola County accident earlier this week after a dump truck jumped a median on US Highway 192 and entered the lane with oncoming traffic. The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) recently released the identities of the two killed in the crash. One of the victims was a 19 year-old woman while the other was a 48-year-old man. Tragically, both were found dead at the scene.

The driver of the empty dump truck was a 50-year old who was driving on the highway around 7:00 a.m. when he approached a road. He failed to slow down while approaching and then cut across a raised median and then drove into traffic headed east. The 48-year-old victim was riding a motorcycle and struck the back of the truck. The truck then crashed into a Honda SUV being driven by the 19-year-old woman. The driver of the dump truck was not injured. The case is still being investigated and charges against the driver are pending.

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Have you or your loved one been injured in a truck accident? If so, you need a trusted Miami truck collision lawyer to evaluate your case and help you determine your legal options. With wide-ranging experience handling personal injury claims for South Florida clients, we know how to help.

A Florida appeals court recently sought clarification from the Florida Supreme Court, asking if there should be a different summary judgment standard when video evidence is involved. Under Florida law, a party is entitled to summary judgment as a matter of law when there is “no genuine issue” pertaining to any “material fact.” A material fact, in this context, is anything that tends to prove or disprove a disputed fact that is relevant to the outcome of the case.

The facts of the case are as follows. On January 17, 2017, a man was driving a freightliner truck on the freeway when he was rear ended by a pickup truck. The collision caused the freightliner to hit another vehicle. The pickup truck driver died as a result of the injuries he sustained in the accident.

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A collision with a truck, tractor-trailer or other large vehicle can have devastating outcomes for everyone involved. If you were involved in a truck accident, you need to consult a trusted Miami truck accident attorney immediately. We understand the difficulties you face following a truck accident, and you can trust that we will do everything in our power to resolve your case as quickly and efficiently as possible.

A Miami man was recently killed when the box truck he was traveling in as a passenger rear-ended a tractor-trailer on I-75 in Marion County. The driver of the box truck was rushed to the hospital and is in stable condition. The accident, which took place in the early afternoon, caused the highway to be shut down for hours. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the semi truck was in the middle lane and had to slow down. However, the box truck failed to slow down and slammed into the back of the semi’s empty trailer, damaging the vehicle’s doors and crushing the front of the box truck.

All drivers on the road have a duty to drive in a safe manner. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. Common causes of truck accidents include:

  • Speeding;
  • Distracted driving;
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
  • Tailgating;
  • Improper lane change;
  • Following too closely;
  • Aggressive driving;
  • Unsecured cargo; and/or
  • Adverse weather conditions.

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If highways and freeways are part of your daily commute, as is the case for many Americans, your chances of getting into a car accident are significant. If you or a loved one was injured in a highway accident, you are probably overwhelmed and may even be unsure of your next steps. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our knowledgeable Miami highway accident attorneys are committed to protecting the rights of South Florida clients by vigorously seeking the compensation they rightfully deserve for their injuries.

A serious accident on I-75 in Marion County sent a driver and passenger to the hospital after a semi truck landed on top of a car in a multi vehicle collision. The 18-wheeler, packed full of produce, had to be cut through to reach the car, which was trapped underneath.  Ultimately, the car door was cut through and the driver and passenger were rushed to the hospital with traumatic injuries. A crane was also brought to the scene so firefighters could search underneath the big rig to make sure no one else was trapped. The collision involved two tractor-trailers and three vehicles. The exact cause of the accident is still unknown.

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Unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents happen every day in Florida and across the United States. Many of these accidents take place because motorists fail to obey the rules of the road. If you’ve sustained an injury or lost a loved one in an auto accident caused by someone else’s negligence, we may be able to help. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our reputable Miami auto accident attorneys are committed to getting South Florida clients the compensation and justice they deserve for their harm.

A Hardee County police officer was rushed to the hospital when a semi-truck sideswiped two police cruisers. The two police vehicles were pulled over looking into another accident when the truck crashed into the drivers’ sides of the cars. The door of one of the police officer’s cars was twisted all the way toward the hood. Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) is now trying to figure out the cause of the accident. It is unclear at this time whether the collision is a violation of Florida’s Move Over Law.

Florida Move Over Laws

Under Florida Statute 316.126, motorists are required to move over for stopped police cars, first responders, sanitation vehicles, utility service vehicles and tow trucks. If you cannot move over because you are on a one-lane highway, for example, you should reduce your speed down to 20 mph less than the posted speed limit. You should slow down to 5 mph when the posted speed limit is 20 mph or less. The Move Over Law was created because many police officers have been struck and killed while pulled over on the side of the road.

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Florida is home to a number of beautiful and world-renowned golf courses. While most people operate golf carts without incident, the reality is that accidents do happen. If you were injured in a golf cart accident, you could potentially recover compensation for your injuries. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our seasoned Miami personal injury attorneys understand that golf cart accidents can be just as serious as car accidents. With years of experience, we know how to help you seek recovery.

An 88-year-old man who drove his 2000 Yamaha golf cart into to the path of a Chevy pickup truck died as a result of his injuries at Ocala Regional Medical Center earlier this month. According to a report by the Florida Highway Patrol, the golf cart was traveling south on a trail adjacent to Cazaras Avenue and was struck when he tried to cross at a trail crossing without yielding. The golf cart driver was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.

Establishing Negligence for Golf Cart Accidents

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Sadly, drowsy driving is the cause of many preventable accidents every year. If you’ve been hurt in an accident caused by drowsy driving, it is essential to contact a reliable Miami car accident attorney without delay. We will work tirelessly to help you make the financial recovery you rightfully deserve for your injuries.

Just last month, Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) troopers said a drowsy driver caused a serious accident at a toll plaza in Winter Haven. Toll both cameras captured the wreck and showed the pickup truck being pushed forward after an SUV crashed into the back of the truck, causing the truck to slam into a camera, light display and two control panels at the toll booth plaza. The victim who was driving the truck broke his leg as a result of the accident and had a seizure that led him to be put in intensive care. Law enforcement highlighted that accidents at tollbooths are rare since the posted speed limits are low. 

Drowsy Driving Accidents in Florida

Drowsy driving, also known as tired driving or fatigued driving, refers to the operation of an automobile while being cognitively impaired due to lack of sleep. Just like drunk driving, drowsy driving can result in impaired judgment and delayed reactions, which can substantially raise the risk of accidents on the road. Unfortunately, drowsy driving accidents injure too many Floridians every year. FHP data shows that there were 4,329 accidents caused by drowsy driving in 2017, which led to 28 deaths. Across the country, data reveals that drowsy driving is responsible for 100,000 collisions.

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Truck accidents are some of the most dangerous accidents on the road. Unfortunately, these accidents routinely impact people in Florida and across the United States. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident involving a tractor-trailer, you might have the right to recover damages for your medical bills and other losses. With extensive experience in Florida personal injury law, our Miami truck accident attorneys have the skill, experience and compassion to handle your case.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), while roadway fatalities decreased 2 percent year-over-year in 2017, that trend was not true for occupants of large trucks. In fact, NHTSA data shows that truck occupant deaths jumped 16 percent from 2016 to 2017 – from 725 to 841 deaths with approximately 40 percent of these occupants not wearing seat belts even though there has been an ongoing effort to educate on the issue. As it stands, there are no precise reasons that were identified for the rise in deaths.

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While all truck accidents are dangerous, fuel and tanker trucks pose an added risk. The force of an accident can cause the flammable liquid that the truck is carrying to catch on fire. In some cases, the force of a crash can lead to an explosion. As such, fuel truck accidents can lead to catastrophic, even deadly harm. If you have been hurt or someone you know has been killed in a fuel truck accident, you need skilled legal counsel. Our Miami truck accident lawyers can help you file a lawsuit against any and all parties responsible for the accident.

Two People Killed in Fuel Truck Accident

Last month, two people were killed in their Chevy Impala in a multi-car crash involving a fuel truck along Florida’s turnpike. The accident was caused by the driver of a Honda Civic who fails to navigate a curve on the northbound entrance ramp of the turnpike and slammed into a Tropic Oil Co. truck, which then crashed into the Impala as well as a Ford van. Passengers of the van and the fuel truck sustained injuries. A hazardous materials team was dispatched to the scene to contain the fuel leaking from the truck and part of the highway had to be shut down for several hours.