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Motorcycle hits Jacksonville Office Sheriff’s squad car

Posted on Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 at 8:51 pm    

A motorcycle accident at the intersection of Jammes Road and Wilson Boulevard in Jacksonville, Florida Tuesday, September 24  left one man dead and another injured.

According to police, 56-year-old Ray Bullard’s motorcycle hit Jacksonville sheriff J.T. Kramarsic’s squad car as he headed west on Wilson Boulevard at around 3:15 a.m. with another officer in tow.

Bullard was driving south on Jammes Road when he slammed into the back passenger side of Kramarsic’s vehicle, shattering the back window. Bullard died immediately.

JSO chief Annie Smith said it was not clear whether Kramarsic had his sirens on and which driver had a green light, but initial investigation showed that Kramarsic had his sirens on and slowed down at the intersection.

18-year-old St. Petersburg female arrested for DWI manslaughter

Posted on Friday, September 20th, 2013 at 7:11 pm    

Eighteen-year-old Marissa Hamilton of St. Petersburg was arrested on Wednesday, September 11, at 1:45 p.m., shortly after the State Attorney’s Office filed driving while impaired manslaughter charges against her for allegedly causing the deaths of a Winter Haven couple, 61-year-old John Washabaugh and his wife, 55-year-old Fay, in 2012.

According to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, Hamilton is currently incarcerated at the county jail with a bond at $16,000 for two counts of DWI manslaughter and two counts of DWI causing personal injury to passengers in her vehicle.

The accident, which resulted to the elderly couple dying on the spot, transpired in Parrish on Jan. 8, 2012 at around 8:25 p.m. on State Road 62, three miles east of Saffold Road.

Hamilton incurred life-threatening injuries when her 2005 Toyota Prius ran off the road, re-entered it, and hit the 2008 Harley Davidson the couple was riding.

Four injured in school bus-car collision in Jacksonville

Posted on Saturday, August 31st, 2013 at 6:28 pm    

Four people incurred non-life-threatening injuries after being involved in a two-vehicle accident between a school bus and a car on Tuesday, August 20 at around 7:00 a.m. in Jacksonville’s Arlington area. Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department spokesman Tom Francis said the crash took place at Galveston Avenue and Lamson Street.

According to Duval County schools spokeswoman Marsha Oliver, two students out of 40 were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. The bus was headed towards Terry Parker High School.

District transportation officials said two of the other victims who were hospitalized were riding in a car that ran a red light and collided with the bus.

Police investigators are still investigating the case to acquire further details surrounding the crash and to ascertain other determining factors as to what caused the accident.

Talk with a lawyer from the Law Offices of Donald D. Guthrie if you’ve been harmed in a car accident in Jacksonville and are considering pursuing legal action. Our team can help you explore your options when you call (904) 296-1088.

How other people might be liable for swimming pool accidents

Posted on Friday, August 23rd, 2013 at 9:51 pm    

According to the Centers for Disease Control, drowning is the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury death in the U.S. While some of these incidents of drowning are true accidents, there are far too many that are caused by other people’s negligence. In fact, there are quite a few situations in which a person or other party can be held liable for a swimming pool accident or drowning.

Those who own pools at their homes may be held liable if they fail to make sure that any children using the pool are supervised while swimming. Should a drowning or other swimming-related accident occur when a child is not being supervised, a person may be able to file a claim against the careless homeowner. A person can potentially also file a claim if the pool is not fenced in or screened, preventing kids from accidentally falling in.

If you or a loved one have been the victim of a swimming pool injury victim due to the negligence of other people, our legal team at the Law Offices of Donald D. Guthrie may be able to help. Call us today at (904) 296-1088 to schedule a free consultation.

Company to investigate Six Flags roller coaster death

Posted on Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 at 9:29 pm    

Project manager Tobias Lindnar of the German-based Gerstlauer Amusement Rides will be coming to the United States to look into the cause of death of the woman who rode the roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, a report from The Dallas Morning News showed.

According to Lindnar, their company hasn’t encountered problems with the safety bars they have built for an estimated 50 roller coasters in amusement park rides all over the world in over 30 years.

In a statement released by Six Flags on Saturday, July 20, spokeswoman Sharon Parker confirmed that Rosy Esparza died while riding the 14-story Texas Giant, but did not provide specifics as to how the accident happened.

Arlington Police Sergeant Christopher Cook, in an interview with the Associated Press, said the police believe the cause of death was the fall, and that there was no evidence of foul play involved.

Although the exact cause of this accident is unknown, many other people have been seriously injured due to the negligence of product manufacturers, property owners, and others. If this is the case for you or someone you know in Jacksonville, a lawyer from the Law Offices of Donald D. Guthrie may be able to help you obtain compensation. Call (904) 296-1088 to talk with us today about your legal options.

Florida Supreme Court rules in favor of plaintiff in ‘examination under oath’ case

Posted on Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013 at 4:59 pm    

The Florida Supreme Court ruled on June 27 that Geico could not force plaintiff Merly Nunez to give a statement under oath in exchange for receiving injury benefits.

Justice James E.C. Perry’s ruling said that requiring such a condition impedes on the very purpose of personal injury protection (PIP) laws in the state focusing on resolving claims quickly. However, Chief Justice Ricky Polston and Justice Charles Canady opposed the ruling, saying insurers are allowed to impose examination under oaths according to state law.

The Supreme Court majority, however, said that this only applies to cases tried after the new law took effect on Jan. 1, 2013, therefore automatically exempting Nunez from a mandatory oath-taking as she was injured in a September 2008 car accident and filed a class action lawsuit in 2009 after being denied medical benefits because she failed to attend an examination under oath.

Being involved in a serious accident can have devastating repercussions, and as such, we at the Law Offices of Donald D. Guthrie work to help victims of such accidents in Jacksonville pursue necessary legal action. Contact us at (904) 296-1088 to discuss how we can help you with your case.

Officer killed in car accident

Posted on Tuesday, June 25th, 2013 at 10:03 pm    

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has related the news that an off-duty officer, 43-year-old Tchenter Wilson, who served 15 years with the Jacksonville police force, was killed in a head-on crash with a tractor-trailer. According to Sheriff John Rutherford, the accident happened on North Busch Drive at Malnove Drive in front of Fire Station 37 at around 7:30 p.m. on June 21.

Sergeant Bryan Dylan of the Florida Highway Patrol said Wilson’s sport-utility vehicle was heading south on Busch Drive when a tractor-trailer driven by 50-year-old Timothy P. Thomas, who was heading north on the same road, collided with the tractor-trailer head-on.

Wilson, who suffered life-threatening injuries, was transported to UF Health where he later died.

NASCAR pro dies in race due to car’s mechanical failure

Posted on Sunday, June 16th, 2013 at 7:24 pm    

Two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series winner Jason Leffler was killed during a sprint-car race on Wednesday, June 12.

According to the Associated Press, Leffler crashed at Bridgeport Speedway, a five-eighths mile dirt track in Swedesboro, New Jersey, dying shortly after 9 p.m. Eastern time. The race was immediately suspended after the accident occurred.

The state police who were investigating the accident determined that a mechanical failure on the part of the vehicle led to Leffler losing control of the car.

The celebrated race car driver’s best years came on NASCAR’s Nationwide tour where he placed 1st two times. Thirty-seven-year-old Leffler also competed in the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at the height of his career.

He was survived by his young son, Charlie.

Florida CA upholds injunction on personal injury protection law

Posted on Friday, May 31st, 2013 at 1:49 pm    

The First District Court of Appeal on Friday, May 10 ruled to uphold an injunction to keep Florida from implementing major provisions of a 2012 personal injury protection (PIP) law.

Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis said the law’s $2,500 cap on non-emergency care, 14-day deadline for treatment, and prohibition of payment for services provided by acupuncturists, massage therapists, and chiropractors are illegal. As a result, he put a hold on those provisions of the law in March 2013.

The Florida PIP Defense Fund attorneys filed a motion for the injunction stay to be lifted, which the state’s Office of Insurance Regulation countered.

Florida Governor Rick Scott and chief financial officer Jeff Atwater backed the law and promoted it as a means of lessening instances of auto insurance fraud.

If you have been injured due to the negligence of other parties, our lawyers at the Law Offices of Donald D. Guthrie, may be able to help you obtain justice and compensation for your losses. Call (904) 296-1088 to find out how we may be able to help.

Amendments to Florida’s personal injury law being considered

Posted on Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 at 6:25 pm    

Florida lawmakers are currently considering some changes to the state’s car insurance no-fault law, which some high up Republicans are trying to fight, notably Governor Rick Scott.

The no-fault insurance system covers the insured parties regardless of whose fault the accident was. However, its regulators said the system is prone to fraud, noting that people submit fake claims that are worth up to $10,000 in coverage.

State Senator David Simmons of Altamonte Springs is planning to propose changes to the 2012 law, a move which followed Judge Terry Lewis’s temporary injunction against it, saying that the program is no longer a reasonable alternative to court.

Body therapists, like chiropractors, masseuses, and acupuncturists, sought the injunction, reasoning that the law interferes with their ability to make a living, and that it violates due process and people’s access to courts.

Being injured in a car accident as a result of another person’s negligence may make you eligible to file a personal injury claim. Learn more about taking such action by calling the Law Offices of Donald D. Guthrie at (904) 296-1088.