Hardee County teenager was killed in a Polk County crash over the weekend.

On behalf of Medina Law Firm posted in Mulberry

According to Deputies, Monica Gonzalez of Bowling Green died in a single car accident late on Sunday in Mulberry. The report states that Lezer Mendoza was headed eastbound on State Road 60 just West of County Line Road in a white 1997 Ford Explorer. Mendoza said she saw a dark shadow in the roadway and swerved to avoid it when her SUV slid and rolled over. Monica Gonzalez and another passenger were ejected. Investigators say neither passenger was wearing a seatbelt. The driver was wearing a seatbelt and only suffered minor injuries. The investigation is ongoing but neither speed or impairment appeared to be a factor in the crash.

Florida Statute (Ch. 316-614) requires drivers and their passengers to fasten their safety belts.

You must buckle up every time you get in your vehicle.

* Do it to protect yourself and others.
* Do it to avoid a serious dent in your wallet- a ticket could be costly.

While a majority of Floridians wear safety belts, those who don’t cost the state thousands of dollars in medical costs. Of course, you can’t put a price tag on the valuable lives lost.
Florida has had a safety belt law since 1986, but officers could only ticket unbuckled drivers when they stopped them for other violations. The new law allows officers to stop motorists for not wearing safety belts.

Florida law requires the use of safety belts for all drivers and passengers in all motorized vehicles, except:

* Persons who have a doctor-certified medical condition for which the use of the safety belt may be inappropriate or dangerous.
* Employees of a newspaper home delivery service or solid waste/recyclable collection service working designated routes.
* Persons traveling in the living quarters of a recreational vehicle or a space within a truck body primarily intended for merchandise or property.
* Persons traveling in vehicles that are not required to be equipped with safety belts under federal law.

The Law Office of Omar Medina is located in Tampa and serves clients in Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Polk, Manatee, and Tampa for Personal Injury clients.

We specialize in roll over cases, tire blow out accidents, and product liability cases. Please contact Omar Medina one of the best Personal Injury Lawyer in the Tampa Bay Area for a free consultation.

Pedestrian Accidents in Florida

Clearwater- A 14-year old boy was hit while crossing U. S. 19 in Clearwater on Tuesday afternoon. He manage to cross the southbound lanes and tried to cross the northbound lanes when he was struck. He was not in a crosswalk.

Spring Hill- A-50-year-old man was struck and killed early Sunday morning in Spring Hill. He was standing in the in the outside lane when he was hit and died at the scene.

Florida has one of the highest rates of pedestrian accidents in the Nation. Where you have high traffic density mixed with a large group of pedestrians, bad things are bound to happen. Many pedestrians are hit at night or in poor visibility conditions such as rain or fog. Some pedestrians are struck when they try to run across a darkened highway.

Every accident has issues regarding Comparative Negligence and pedestrian accidents are no exception. The court will balance the issues such as use of the crosswalk, visibility, speed, and other considerations when deciding a case. The jury will be instructed on comparative negligence but all other things being equal, most juries would place a large portion of blame on the vehicle rather than the injured pedestrian.

If you don’t want to be a statistic, wear white at night and follow the rules of the road. Try to walk as far off the pavement as possible and cross only at stop lights. Pedestrian safety is everyone’s job.

The Law Office of Omar Medina is located in Tampa and serves clients in Largo, Clearwater, Seminole, Dunedin, Palm Harbor, Tarpon Spring, Spring Hill, New Port Richey, and Tampa for Personal Injury clients.

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Deadly crash invovling a car and a semi-truck in Orlando

On behalf of Medina Law Firm posted in Orlando

Orlando Police had to shut down the westbound side of SR-50 do to a fatal car accident for seven hours on Monday.
The car was pinned underneath the semi when the accident happened. One person was killed and the other critically injured.
They have not been identified at this point. Police said it is not yet known how this accident happened.

What coverage do you need?

On your auto insurance policy, it is recommended:

* at least $100,000/$300,ooo bodily injury (BI) coverage;

*collision coverage, which includes a rental car;

*Medpay (as much as you can afford, but at least $2,000-$5,000), and most importantly

*UM (uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage) which matches the amount of BI coverage you have sure it is stacked

if you have more than one vehicle on your policy. Having complete coverage is important because a massive amount of drivers in Florida

are either completely uninsured or are effectively uninsured (minimal coverage).

The Law Office of Omar Medina is located in Tampa and serves clients in Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Seminole, Palm Harbor, New Port Richey, Port Richey, Spring Hill, and Lakeland for Personal Injury clients.

We specialize in roll over cases, tire blow out accidents, and product liability cases. Please contact Omar Medina one of the best Personal Injury Attorney in the Tampa Bay Area for a free consultation.

A driver was impaired and caused a car accident that killed three and the fourth was critically injured.

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On behalf of Medina Law Firm posted in Lakeland

The accident happened early Sunday when a Chrysler Sebring was hit by a GMC pick up truck. According to Polk County Sheriff’s office the driver was impaired. A witness stated that they were stopped at a stop sign and the Sebring was also stopped at another stop sign. The witness started to go through the stop sign and was forced off the road and then the Sebring began to go. The 2006 GMC truck was traveling very fast and slammed into the Sebring causing the crash. The driver, Dorothy Operhall of Mulberry, her front seat passenger, Melina Helbig of Rochester, PA, and Leonard Simmons, of Mulberry, were killed in the accident.

Robert Helbig, of Rochester, PA, who was critically injured, was transported to Lakeland Regional Medical Center.

Edward Casey McCoy, 21, of Lakeland was taken to Lakeland Regional with several broken bones. Charges against McCoy are pending a toxicology report and the medical condition of the surviving occupant. The passengers and driver of the Sebring were wearing their seatbelt. McCoy was not wearing his seatbelt.

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A Lecanto woman died on Thursday after she turned in front of a truck.

On behalf of Medina Law Firm posted in Citrus County

The accident happened at the intersection of Kensington Avenue and East Gulf to Lake Highway in Inverness. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Bonnie Mitchell, 67, stopped at Kensington Avenue and was making a left turn onto Gulf to Lake Highway. She turned into the path of an oncoming 2009 Ford F450 causing the accident.

The driver of the truck tried to avoid hitting the Kia Optima driven by Mitchell. He tried braking and swerving but the truck hit the left side of the Kia. The Kia then spun and came to rest on the inside lane of Gulf to Lake Highway. Mitchell was taken to Citrus Memorial Hospital where she died from her injuries.

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