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Improperly secured mattresses cause two car crash on I-75

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

In Manatee County, Saturday, October 6, 2012 a serious accident was caused by two mattresses that were not properly secured.  The accident occurred in the northbound lanes of I-75 near the intersection of I-275 when a pair of mattresses flew off the top of a pick- up truck, directly into the path of oncoming traffic.  One car, in an attempt to avoid the mattresses, swerved and hit two separate guardrails. The other vehicle ended up overturning.  Both drivers were transported to Manatee Memorial Hospital. Thankfully, there were no fatalities.   The driver of the pick-up was charged with carrying an unsecured load.

Increased safety risk

As our interstates are increasingly used for local traffic the risk of accidents caused by unsecured cargo is presenting a greater risk and safety challenge.  It is one thing to be driving on a neighborhood road at thirty miles per hour and respond to something flying into your path of travel, but quite another being on the interstate travelling at least seventy miles per hour.  On the local road, you may have a minor accident or you may avoid the accident all together, however on the interstate you have very little opportunity to avoid the accident and the magnitude of the crash is much greater. Of course, the chance of serious injuries or a fatality is that much higher.

Driver’s responsibility

Therefore, it is crucial that individuals take great efforts to properly secure loads on their vehicles and if possible to avoid taking the interstate on the chance that the cargo will come loose.  In addition, the penalties for unsecured loads should be higher.

What victims should do

If you are a victim of such an accident and are injured as a result, you should first seek medical attention, however your next priority should be to consult with a qualified, local attorney who is board certified in civil trial law.

Laurie S. Zimmerman, Esq.

As a local attorney for over 22 years who has been board certified in civil trial law for over a decade, I have represented many car accident victims in crashes caused by improperly secured cargo.  Please feel free to check out our web site at zimmermanandzimmerman.com or call (941) 364-8503 for a free consultation.

50 Car Crash on I-75 in Sarasota County

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

Friday, October 5, 2012, at approximately 3:00 PM at I-75 and the overpass of University Drive, Sarasota County there was a massive 50 car pile up.  Drivers reported that they were blinded by a sudden downpour of rain that some described as a wall of rain.  As the drivers struggled to see, they heard the terrifying sound of crash after crash.  There were approximately 50 cars and one tanker involved in the crash, which resulted in 32 people being transported by ambulance to local hospitals; another twenty people being treated at the scene by EMS; and two people being airlifted to Bay Front Hospital for serious trauma. Thankfully, so far there are no reported fatalities.  The scene was not cleared for traffic until after 9:00 PM.

What Do I Need to Do?

Saturday morning the people involved in this accident are waking up overwhelmed, asking themselves, “what do I need to do.”  The first priority for anyone injured should be to seek medical attention.  Do not wait. The laws have recently changed in Florida. This may cause you to lose out on insurance coverage if you do not seek medical attention immediately following the accident.  In addition, insurance companies are more likely to question nbso online casino reviews and deny medical bills that are not, in their opinion, close enough in time to the date of the accident.

Hire an Attorney Now

The second priority if you were injured in this accident is to seek local, qualified legal council.  You want an attorney who has lived and practiced law in Sarasota County for many years and who is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law.  It is critical that you talk to a lawyer before you give any statements to an insurance company.  As former in-house counsel for one of the biggest insurance companies in the U.S., I can assure you that insurance companies are interested in protecting their bottom line. They are not concerned with protecting your interests.  Therefore, it is crucial that you retain a qualified attorney as soon as possible who will look out for your interests.

Laurie Zimmerman, Personal Injury Law

As a local attorney in Sarasota County for over 22 years, who has been Board Certified in Civil Trial Law for more then a decade, I would be proud and pleased to assist the victims of this terrible crash.  Please feel free to check out our firm’s website at www.zimmermanandzimmerman.com/or call us at (941) 364-8503

Car Accident in Sarasota, Bradenton or Venice

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

Let’s face it, life is tough enough. But when you’re in a car accident, life gets a lot more difficult. The decisions you make after a crash can have long-lasting effects. Almost immediately you will have to make decisions affecting your legal rights, finances and most importantly…your health and well-being.

Who Can You Trust After a Car Accident?

Few people are prepared make decisions after a car accident without the help of an attorney. Who can you trust? The majority of people won’t feel comfortable putting their future in the hands of lawyers they found through a 1-800 number or on a park bench or bus stop. Meet your lawyer before you choose your lawyer. That’s right, your lawyer, not the lawyer’s assistant, paralegal, or “case manager.” Know the identity of the actual person that will be handling your case. There are so many issues that must be dealt with after your accident, and you need prompt, reliable information from an experienced professional. Issues relating to: civil infractions issued as a result of the crash, rental car matters, hospital bills, contact with insurance company personnel, insurance coverage questions, treatment options and more.

At Zimmerman and Zimmerman you will receive personal service from knowledgeable, experienced and caring attorneys. Give us a call at (941) 364-8503 for a free consultation regarding your personal injury case.

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