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Motor vehicle accidents: The grave consequences of drunk driving

Recently, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office released a statement announcing the death of an employee who worked as a bailiff. The woman died as the result of injuries sustained in an accident caused by a drunk driver, leaving her two teenage children without their mother. Motor vehicle accidents like this underline the dangers and grave consequences of drunk driving.

According to a report of the accident from Florida Highway Patrol, the accident was the result of an intoxicated driver on the road in the early hours of the morning. She then crashed her vehicle into a Chevy Tahoe that was carrying four people. The impact of the crash caused the driver of the Tahoe to lose control of the vehicle and turn over. It also crossed several lanes of traffic.

Distracted driving tips

The worst part of any commute is contending with the rest of the drivers around you. You have to keep your wits about you and focus on what you're doing or else you might end up in a car accident you can't afford.

Florida's problems with distracted drivers are well-documented, and the state maintains a campaign to help mitigate the dangers of distracted driving. Their view is that all distracted driving falls into three categories: not watching the road (visual), not holding the wheel (manual) and not thinking about the drive (cognitive). Knowing the classifications doesn't keep you safe on its own, you must take action.

Man arrested for drunk driving in Publix parking lot

Florida officers reported that they were called to an unusual scene. Witnesses observed an individual driving a vehicle in circles in a Publix parking lot and alerted authorities. After arrival, authorities arrested and charged the man with an offense for drunk driving. He has likely secured a skilled attorney to guide him through court hearings.

Allegedly, the 57-year-old family doctor had been forced to leave a restaurant because of intoxication. Upon leaving, he apparently began driving in circles in the parking lot of a grocery store. Officers report that when they approached the man, he was not belligerent but instead overly affectionate to the arresting officer.

Motor vehicle accidents: Man killed in wrong-way crash

Most Florida motorists following the traffic laws and rules of the road, but they can't always avoid the recklessness of other drivers. Unfortunately, negligence and recklessness of one driver can result in serious motor vehicle accidents to unsuspecting travelers. One family is grieving the death of a loved one after a wrong-way driver caused a fatal collision.

A 35-year-old man was traveling eastbound in westbound lanes early on a recent morning. He crashed his pickup truck head-on into another vehicle. The impact of the crash resulted in the pickup flipping on its side, and witnesses reported that the other vehicle appeared to be shredded.

Parking lots: An unexpected danger zone

You may not think that parking lots are particularly dangerous. However, underestimating their danger could be one of the reasons why so many accidents do occur.

Parking lots bring together many factors that can quickly turn a relatively simple situation into an accident. Parking lots are small, confined areas that have lots of cars and people sharing the same space. Since pedestrians do not usually have designated walking lanes, they can easily walk into the path of a car. Here are other common dangers that are present in parking lots:

Distracted driver collides with group of cyclists, killing one

Police say distracted driving and blinding sunlight are to blame for a crash involving a group of 14 bicyclists in Davie, Florida over Thanksgiving weekend. Several riders were injured and one woman, identified as Denise Marsh, 53, died after being transported to the hospital.

Officers at the scene of the accident stated that they did not believe the driver was speeding, or that alcohol or drugs were the cause of the accident. They also stated that the did not believe the woman was texting while driving, a common cause of traffic accidents. The driver reportedly admitted that something in her vehicle distracted her momentarily, but there are no details as to what that distraction was.

Motor vehcile accidents: Man charged after damaging crash

It only takes a moment for an individual's life to change. Moments of texting, fidgeting with the radio, looking away from the road and other distractions can result in serious motor-vehicle accidents. Unfortunately, innocent victims often suffer serious injury and/or death from another driver's negligence. Sadly, both the responsible driver and another driver suffered serious injuries in a recent Florida crash.

The crash occurred early in the morning as one 71-year-old driver was pulling out of a private driveway. The driver pulled into traffic to make a right turn. Unfortunately, the driver did not yield to oncoming traffic and collided with another vehicle.

Florida attorenys help with a high-asset divorce at any age

Many individuals dream of moving to Florida or remaining here during their retirement years. Sadly, many may find their retirement plans altered due to a high-asset divorce after the age of 50. Special attention must be paid to retirement assets, Social Security benefits and insurance policies during a so-called gray divorce in order to protect future living expenses.

A gray divorce involves spouses over the age of 50 and often occurs after a couple has accumulated wealth and significant retirement funds. Many individuals in this age group have pension plans that may have unique rules and require specific court orders to acquire shares. An individual's attorney must file for a Qualified Domestic Relations Order, which must then be submitted to the retirement account administrator. If a former spouse is to be designated as the surviving beneficiary to a former spouse's pension plan, it must be documented in the final divorce decree.

Motor vehcile accidents: Venus Williams settles lawsuit

Venus Williams is known for her skills on the tennis courts and not in the courtroom. Sadly, the tennis athlete is not immune from motor vehicle accidents, and she was involved in a fatal crash in Florida last year. Reportedly, she recently settled a wrongful death lawsuit with the victim's estate.

According to the accident investigation report, Williams was leaving her gated community through an intersection at the time of the crash. Security camera footage captured the accident, and investigators believe she was legally traveling through the intersection on a green light when another vehicle cut her off. By the time Williams was able to remove herself from the intersection, the light was no longer green. Another vehicle driven by a 68-year-old woman with her husband as a passenger was also traveling through the intersection on a green light. The other driver was unaware that Williams remained in the intersection.

Motor vehicle accidents: Child killed in collision

It is always tragic when lives are lost in car crashes. However, when motor vehicle accidents claim the lives of children, many find it harder to accept because the victims are so innocent and still have their entire lives ahead of them. One family in Florida is likely still reeling from a collision that took the life of one of their children and injured two others.

The accident occurred in Lehigh Acres around 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 12. Two vehicles were involved in the crash, which happened at the intersection of two roads. The Florida Highway Patrol reported that a 17-year-old male failed to stop at the intersection and collided with a minivan. The pickup truck he was driving flipped; however, no one in the truck suffered serious injuries.