Speeding is one of the most common traffic offenses on the streets and highways of every state, including Florida. Any driver caught speeding is lucky to receive just a traffic citation. If the speeding has led to a car accident, then a ticket can quickly turn into a criminal charge, especially if other motorists or bystanders are injured. Consider a recent accident 100 miles north of Tampa.
Impaired driving is a serious offense in Florida. When drunken driving leads to an auto accident that injures or kills other motorists, the state has a strong interest in removing that driver from the road and imposing penalties to prevent reoccurrences of such behavior and to provide victims with some sense of relief and justice. One recent injury car accident in Ocala is about to test that theory.
Known to football fans across the country, including those in Florida, as the tight end who made his mark playing football for the University of Florida and then in the NFL, Aaron Hernandez showed he could take his game to another level by holding his own against more seasoned opponents. As gifted as he was on the field, though, his off-the-field behavior led to criminal charges and now civil suits against him.
In Manatee County, one driver's alleged negligence led to serious injuries for one motorcyclist and his passenger and shows how just a moment's lack of attention can have devastating results. According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, a car driven by a 71-year-old woman ran a stop sign before striking a motorcycle at 61st Street East and U.S. 41 around 3:30 p.m. The 52-year-old motorcyclist and his 50-year-old female passenger sustained serious injuries and were rushed to Bradenton's Blake Medical Center. The driver of the car was not injured in the car accident. But, she was cited for running a stop sign.
A motorcyclist was killed recently in an afternoon accident in Martin County. The accident occurred in the northbound lanes of the Florida Turnpike just south of the exit for Stuart and Palm City.
Inmates requiring medical attention in Tampa should get as much help as possible. Sadly, this isn't the case, claims a recent wrongful death lawsuit filed against the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and a private medical care company.