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April 18 Accident Causes Major Injuries and Delays

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Apr 20, 2016 12:27:00 PM

An accident early in the morning on April 18th has caused Gainesville residents to collectively groan much more actively about Mondays this week. The unexpected major accident involving several vehicles stopped traffic on I-75 for much of the day, causing many work attendance delays and, more importantly, several injuries.

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Topics: Serious Accidents & Injuries, I-75

Fatal Motorcycle Accident Highlights Importance of Helmets

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Mar 25, 2016 12:08:55 PM

Defensive driving is important not only for automobile drivers, but also for motorcycle riders, as Gainesville drivers learned on Wednesday, March 16.

On the afternoon of March 16th, a man, later to be identified as Eric Michael McManus, 32, was travelling eastbound on his motorcycle on Northeast 23rd Avenue when the driver of a Cadillac, facing North on Second Street, tried to turn left onto 23rd Avenue, directly into McManus’s path.

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Topics: motorcycle, Motorcycle Accidents, News

Gainesville Man Sentenced to 20 Years for DUI and Daughter’s Death

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Mar 18, 2016 3:16:24 PM

DUI’s are never pleasant to experience, but that holds even more true when fatalities are involved. The impacts of a DUI can be very far-reaching and Jeffrey Lee Ertle, 41, learned that the hard way.

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Topics: Car Accidents, News, Drinking and Driving, auto accident, DUI

Gainesville Auto Accident Leaves Five Injured

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Mar 16, 2016 2:03:01 PM

Sometimes it’s easy to take for granted how much of a privilege driving is; other times it’s easy to take for granted how dangerous it can be. A recent automotive accident right in the heart of Gainesville left several hospitalizedincluding one who was ejected from her vehicleproving that even under safe conditions and in safe vehicles, disaster can strike at any time.

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Topics: Personal Injury, Serious Accidents & Injuries, Car, auto accident, Gainesville

Defective Airbags: Are You at Risk?

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Jan 29, 2016 12:46:59 PM

 In early summer of 2015, Patricia Mincey ran through a red light while driving approximately 20 mph in her 2001 Honda Civic. Unfortunately, her car collided with an SUV. As is supposed to happen, her airbag inflated, but in her situation, hers inflated too much. Her lawsuit, intended to cover her medical bills, pain and suffering, as well as punitive damages against Takata and Honda, alleges that this overinflation caused Ms. Mincey to become paralyzed from the waist down.

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Topics: News, Serious Accidents & Injuries, Car, recall, Takata airbags

Automotive Accidents: Assessing The Recent Disaster In Gainesville

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Dec 1, 2015 10:43:07 AM

Getting behind the wheel is always a gamble. Even perfect drivers can get seriously injured in an accident through no fault of your own. A recent crash on I-75 in Gainesville demonstrates just how dangerous driving can be, even under safe conditions.

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Topics: Car Accidents, Truck Accidents, auto accident, I-75

Staying Safe in the State with the Highest Rate of Bicyclist Deaths in the U.S.

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Nov 23, 2015 1:08:49 PM

Every year, our office gets hundreds of calls about bicycle accidents. While do not take every case, it does make us very aware of the dangers when bicyclists share the roadway with cars. It makes us very concerned about bicycle safety.

 

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Topics: Bicycle Accidents

Pool Drowning Accidents

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Mar 31, 2015 10:07:24 AM

Living in Florida, one of the most popular activities in the heat of the summer, is to go swimming. I thought it would be beneficial to post some safety tips for this favorite summer time activity.

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Topics: Pool Safety

D.O.T. Approved Motorcycle Helmets

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Mar 20, 2015 12:00:00 PM

We have many motorcycle riders and enthusiasts in our community. It is a fun, as well as economical, way to get around. I urge all motorcyclists to practice safe and cautious driving, and I especially urge all other motorists on the road to look twice for motorcyclists before changing lanes, turning, backing up, etc. Recently, a helmeted motorcyclist was struck by a pick up truck being driven by a 17 year old attempting a left turn onto County Road 342 in Bell, Florida when his vehicle struck the motorcycle. The impact was so forceful it made the pick up truck rotate clockwise.  Although the motorcyclist was reported to be in critical condition, the fact that he was wearing a helmet saved him from a more serious, or possibly even a fatal injury.

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Topics: Motorcycle Accidents

The Dangers of Leaving Children in Hot Cars

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Mar 16, 2015 12:00:00 PM

HotCarOn average, 38 children die each year from being left in a hot vehicle.  Most of these children were under the age of four years old.  As parents and caregivers lives get busier, the risk of leaving children in hot cars gets higher.  A large percentage of these cases are accidents and although this can happen to anyone, the price of this mistake can lead to the death of a child.

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Topics: Child Neglect