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Fort Lauderdale Car Accident Lawyer

Two men died in a fiery crash after their Dodge Challenger slammed into a charter bus carrying nearly three dozen students as it pulled out from Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale late Thursday.

The crash happened close to midnight at the intersection of Northwest 27th Avenue and 11th Court, north of Sunrise Boulevard, police said.

The driver of the car, Cedric C. Camper III, 41, of Fort Lauderdale, “pretty much died on impact,” Officer Keven Dupree, a spokesman for the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, said.

Camper’s passenger, Otis Harvey, 37, of Sunrise, was pronounced dead at Broward Health Medical Center, Dupree said. Kiana Young, 25, was drifting off to sleep when she heard the 11:47 p.m. crash. She and her sister ran outside to witness the blazing, chaotic aftermath of the collision.

“We weren’t sure if it was the bus that was on fire or the car,” she said. “I was telling the [students] to jump out the window because they couldn’t get out of the bus. They were throwing their things out of the bus windows and they were jumping out.”
Otis Harvey
The bus was returning from a four-day Tallahassee field trip and had 38 people on board — 34 students from McArthur, South Broward and Stranahan high schools, three chaperones and the bus driver. “As a precaution, one chaperone and one student were taken to the hospital to be checked out and were subsequently released,” said Nadine Drew, a spokeswoman for the Broward County School District.

“All of the kids were safely taken off of the bus,” Dupree said. “They had just dropped off a group of students at Dillard High School and were traveling to different schools throughout the county to drop students off.”
Crash happened about 11:45 p.m. Thursday in front of Dillard High School
About 3 a.m. Harvey’s frantic father showed up begging for information, Young said.

“Somebody tell me something. My son, is he dead for real?” Young said she heard him ask.

Young rubbed the distraught father’s back and tried to comfort him as more and more tearful relatives showed up. “People were crying. It was a really, really crazy night,” Young said.

On Friday afternoon, Harvey’s sister, Amber Harvey, said: “We’re not doing so good.” She declined to say more.

Harvey’s stepmother, Mattie Ellison, said her stepson was born and raised in Broward County and had a 6-year-old daughter. “He was just a fun-loving guy always with a smile, laughing,” she said. “He was a great dad.”

Camper was also a father. “My dad was a very caring, very giving, very loving man, and that’s all I can really say about him,” Camper’s 21-year-old daughter, Cedejia, said. “He loved all his kids.”

She last saw her father Thursday afternoon at his house. Cedejia Camper broke into tears and had to cut the conversation short when she began to recount her last visit with her father Thursday afternoon at his house.

A preliminary investigation shows the bus appeared to be making a left turn from northbound 27th Avenue onto westbound 11th Court and the car was traveling southbound on 27th Avenue, Dupree said.

“This is all preliminary,” Dupree said. “At this time it’s still an ongoing investigation. We really don’t know what the cause of the accident was. It will take some time for us to get results and lab tests from the Medical Examiner’s Office.”

Moments after the burning car was extinguished “it whooshed up in flames” again,” Young said.

A parent ran back to his car, got a hammer and “busted out the glass of the vehicle and they were dragging the driver’s body out,” Young said. “I wasn’t sure if he was dead or not, but he was lifeless.”

People on scene next turned their attention to the passenger. The rescue effort was hampered, Young said when “his pants got caught on the wheel.”

“We thought the car was going to explode again,” she said.

When police arrived they attempted to revive the driver but he died instantly and was put on a stretcher and placed inside the ambulance, Young said.

“The other guy, they were working on him a long time,” she said. “I don’t know if he was in shock but he was like shaking really, really bad and they took him off in the ambulance.”

Camper and Harvey were familiar faces in the neighborhood, Young said. “I didn’t know them personally, they were just known in the neighborhood.”

The charter bus was from Academy Bus in Miami. Someone who answered the phone there Friday afternoon said: “At this moment we do not have a statement.”

The busload of students had participated in “Rally to the Tally for New Floridians.” About 300 foreign-born high school sophomores and juniors from 23 Broward public schools traveled to the state capital to participate in the program, Drew said.

School officials offered trauma-support and counseling services Friday. “Today, principals and district staff continue to work with the families of students and staff members aboard the charter bus involved in last night’s accident in Fort Lauderdale,” Drew said. “Counselors are available to provide additional support to anyone needing assistance.”

This is the second time in as many days that a crash involving a car and a bus has turned deadly. Early Thursday, a Tamarac man was killed and his passenger hurt when the car they were in slammed into the back of a Broward County Public School bus in Pembroke Pines.

If you are injured in A Fort Lauderdale accident call J Scott Gunn.

Injury Lawyer In Fort Lauderdale

J Scott Gunn  is a premier injury lawyer in Fort Lauderdale Florida. His name says is all. Get your Fort Lauderdale personal injury hired Gunn when you hire this experienced accident and injury attorney.
Fort Lauderdale Car Accident Lawyer
Car Accident Injury Attorney
Back Injuries
Broken Bones
Fractures
Distracted Driver Accidents
Driving While Texting
Drunk Driving Accidents

Fort Lauderdale Car Accident Lawyer To Protect Your Rights Against Insurance Companies

Some of the most common Fort Lauderdale car accident injuries we have recovered compensation for include:

Brain damage/injuries
Neck injuries
Head injuries
Back injuries
Face injuries
Psychological and emotional trauma
Whiplash or  damage to the tissues of the neck and the cervical spinal cord.

Hire Gunn To Help You Claim Compensation For

Medical bills
Hospital costs
Rehabilitation costs
Physical therapy
Lost earnings
Diminished earning capacity
Disabilities
Pain and suffering

Contact your  Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorney J Scott Gunn today. He is  dedicated to defending your  rights and is ready to begin working on your behalf now.

Fort Lauderdale Personal Injury Lawyer, Auto Accident Attorney

Fort Lauderdale  Personal Injury Lawyers For Your Local Accident and Injury Claim

The Injury  Attorneys at J Scott Gunn PA  are a  team of Fort Lauderdale  personal  attorneys  who will  pursue  of your rights.

We offer strong injury  representation for victims of a Fort Lauderdale  auto accident. We are focused on helping you and your family  obtain the full and fair compensation that they and you deserve. You can count on our  auto accident attorney.

.Your Fort Lauderdale Personal Injury Lawyer

Experienced Fort Lauderdale Motor Vehicle Accident Attorney
Mr. Gunn  handles a wide range of motor vehicle accident injuries  including those gotten from

Car accidents,
Truck accidents,
Motorcycle accidents,
Bus accidents,
Pedestrian accidents

Fort Lauderdale Faulty Airbag Injury Lawyer- Defective Seatbelts

Injured When Your Airbag Did Not Deploy?

Faulty Airbag Accident With Injuries In Fort Lauderdale Florida?

Injured When Your Seatbelt Failed In West Palm Beach or Orlando?

Airbags and seatbelts  have  saved countless lives. However, when an airbag or seatbelt   fails  to work correctly serious injury and fatalities can happen. If you have lost a loved one due to a faulty airbag or seatbelt  call J Scott Gunn PA.

Defective airbags can hurt dozens of people. They have caused drivers and passengers t0 have been injured.

Have you or someone you love been injured due to a defective airbag?

Our defective airbag  lawyers can help you fight for your rights. You may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and loss of a loved one.

We have helped people injured by defective airbags due to:

Electrical and wiring issues
Inadequate deployment threshold
Too few or poor sensor placement
Failing to reinstall airbags in a vehicle that had previously deployed airbags, software failure
Failing to use tethers to make sure airbags do not reach too far and slam drivers in the face
Airbag fabric tearing
Airbag fabric catching on surrounding equipment & not deploying fully
Inadequate consumer warnings, or failure to warn of known dangers
Venting & folding defects (mistakes in the number, location, and size of gas vents and patterns used to fold airbags)

Causes Of Seatbelt Failure

Faulty material used for the seatbelt webbing, resulting in tearing
Poor or defective design: mounting the seatbelt anchor to the car ceiling, which could break or bend in the event of a vehicle rollover
Manufacturing and assembly errors and defects
Accidental or inertial unlatching of the buckle: flying objects or body parts (like your elbow) can unlock buckle, or the sheer force of the collision can cause buckle to unlatch
False latch: when a latch plate looks, feels and sounds as though it has been inserted into the buckle, but the lock is not actually secured and a slight amount of force will unlatch the seatbelt
Seatbelts detaching from their anchor points and mount
Retractor error causing too much slack, or spooling out
Lack of or failure of seatbelt pretensioner
Lack of three-point harness, or lap belt only design (typically found in older model vehicles)

J Scott Gunn is a defective  seat belt and air bag injury lawyer.

Florida Pedestrians Hit By A Car Lawyer

Can I Sue For My Injuries If I am A Pedestrian Hit By A Car?

Your legal rights and duties as a pedestrian are in the Florida  Motor Vehicle and Traffic Safety Code.
Chapter 316
STATE UNIFORM TRAFFIC CONTROL
316.130 Pedestrians; traffic regulations.—
(1) A pedestrian shall obey the instructions of any official traffic control device specifically applicable to the pedestrian unless otherwise directed by a police officer.
(2) Pedestrians shall be subject to traffic control signals at intersections as provided in s. 316.075, but at all other places pedestrians shall be accorded the privileges and be subject to the restrictions stated in this chapter.
(3) Where sidewalks are provided, no pedestrian shall, unless required by other circumstances, walk along and upon the portion of a roadway paved for vehicular traffic.
(4) Where sidewalks are not provided, any pedestrian walking along and upon a highway shall, when practicable, walk only on the shoulder on the left side of the roadway in relation to the pedestrian’s direction of travel, facing traffic which may approach from the opposite direction.
(5) No person shall stand in the portion of a roadway paved for vehicular traffic for the purpose of soliciting a ride, employment, or business from the occupant of any vehicle.
(6) No person shall stand on or in proximity to a street or highway for the purpose of soliciting the watching or guarding of any vehicle while parked or about to be parked on a street or highway.
(7)(a) The driver of a vehicle at an intersection that has a traffic control signal in place shall stop before entering the crosswalk and remain stopped to allow a pedestrian, with a permitted signal, to cross a roadway when the pedestrian is in the crosswalk or steps into the crosswalk and is upon the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger.
(b) The driver of a vehicle at any crosswalk where signage so indicates shall stop and remain stopped to allow a pedestrian to cross a roadway when the pedestrian is in the crosswalk or steps into the crosswalk and is upon the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger.
(c) When traffic control signals are not in place or in operation and there is no signage indicating otherwise, the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way, slowing down or stopping if need be to so yield, to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is upon the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger. Any pedestrian crossing a roadway at a point where a pedestrian tunnel or overhead pedestrian crossing has been provided shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.
(8) No pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impossible for the driver to yield.
(9) Whenever any vehicle is stopped at a marked crosswalk or at any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection to permit a pedestrian to cross the roadway, the driver of any other vehicle approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass such stopped vehicle.
(10) Every pedestrian crossing a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.
(11) Between adjacent intersections at which traffic control signals are in operation, pedestrians shall not cross at any place except in a marked crosswalk.
(12) No pedestrian shall, except in a marked crosswalk, cross a roadway at any other place than by a route at right angles to the curb or by the shortest route to the opposite curb.
(13) Pedestrians shall move, whenever practicable, upon the right half of crosswalks.
(14) No pedestrian shall cross a roadway intersection diagonally unless authorized by official traffic control devices, and, when authorized to cross diagonally, pedestrians shall cross only in accordance with the official traffic control devices pertaining to such crossing movements.
(15) Notwithstanding other provisions of this chapter, every driver of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian or any person propelling a human-powered vehicle and give warning when necessary and exercise proper precaution upon observing any child or any obviously confused or incapacitated person.
(16) No pedestrian shall enter or remain upon any bridge or approach thereto beyond the bridge signal, gate, or barrier after a bridge operation signal indication has been given. No pedestrian shall pass through, around, over, or under any crossing gate or barrier at a railroad grade crossing or bridge while such gate or barrier is closed or is being opened or closed.
(17) No pedestrian may jump or dive from a publicly owned bridge. Nothing in this provision requires the state or any political subdivision of the state to post signs notifying the public of this provision. The failure to post a sign may not be construed by any court to create liability on the part of the state or any of its political subdivisions for injuries sustained as a result of jumping or diving from a bridge in violation of this subsection.
(18) No pedestrian shall walk upon a limited access facility or a ramp connecting a limited access facility to any other street or highway; however, this subsection does not apply to maintenance personnel of any governmental subdivision.
(19) A violation of this section is a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable pursuant to chapter 318 as either a pedestrian violation or, if the infraction resulted from the operation of a vehicle, as a moving violation.

We Have Filed Lawsuits For Pedestrian Accidents Caused by  The Vehicle Driver Such As

Failure to yield to a pedestrian
Failing to obey the posted speed limit
Distractions such as cell phone and texting, eating, putting on makeup, and listening to music
Intoxication
Car equipment failure
Poorly maintained roads

We Have Filed Claims For the Following  Injuries:

Brain concussions, brain swelling, hemorrhages, and hematomas
Lacerations, contusions, and abrasions on the hands and face
Spinal cord injuries, Torn and sprained ligaments, fractures to the tibia, fibula and femur (leg bones), ribs, arms, hip and pelvis.
What  Should I  Do If I Am  An Injured Pedestrian

  • Call EMS
    First, get medical attention
  • Second call a police officer to the scene of the accident  to fill out a complete   report
  • Get the names of any witnesses and phone numbers
  • Contact the motorist’s insurance company, report the accident, and file your claim.
  • Speak to a pedestrian injury attorney

 

 

 

 

Ft Lauderdale Motor Vehicle Accidents

Fort Lauderdale Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyer

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  • SUV Accident Lawyers

Car Accident Attorneys in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Driving is so important in South Florida especially Fort Lauderdale that it’s easy to forget how dangerous it can be. According to federal statistics, motor vehicle accidents in Fort Lauderdale are the leading cause of accidental death and the leading cause of death overall for Americans ages 3 to 33. Automobile accidents are also the leading cause of traumatic, permanent brain injuries and other permanent disabilities. And according to safety experts, almost every car accident in Fort Lauderdale is preventable, because most are caused by the mistakes of one or more drivers involved. At J. Scott Gunn, P.A., our Fort Lauderdale auto accident attorneys have over 20 ears experience in seeking justice for clients who were injured by someone else’s bad decisions.

As any Fort Lauderdale car wreck lawyer knows, the law imposes upon all drivers in Florida a legal duty to take reasonable care on the road. That means following the rules of the road; obeying traffic signs and lights; and avoiding driving while intoxicated or otherwise distracted. Unfortunately, these rules are broken every single day – and the resulting car accident injury can change victims’ lives. Survivors of serious automobile accidents in Fort Lauderdale live with debilitating injuries, sometimes leading to permanent disabilities. These injuries change the victims’ own lives, making it harder or impossible to work and do the things they used to enjoy. They also change the lives of family members who watch their loved ones struggle, or, in cases of wrongful death in Fort Lauderdale, family members must learn to live with a sudden loss.

To make matters worse, motor vehicle accidents in Fort Lauderdale can very quickly leave the family struggling to make ends meet. Even for people with health insurance, the cost of hospital bills and related medical care can add up very quickly – up to seven figures in serious cases. When the injured person was a wage-earner, the family loses that income at least for the short term, and sometimes for good. Families frequently come to our Personal Injury attorneys in Fort Lauderdale, Florida after realizing they have no way to pay the bills that keep stacking up. The law allows victims in this situation to pass the costs back to the person who caused them – the at-fault driver – with the help of a Fort Lauderdale accident attorney.

You may believe that the insurance company will help take care of these costs. Unfortunately, auto insurance companies frequently don’t meet their obligations without pressure from an auto accident injury lawyer. Insurers make more money when they do not pay claims, even legitimate ones. When drivers suffer costly injuries, insurance companies will sometimes look for reasons to deny the claim or offer a fraction of what it’s worth. Our Fort Lauderdale personal injury law firm is equipped with attorneys who aggressively defend the rights of car accident injury victims in Fort Lauderdale seeking fair and full compensation – and helping to prevent them from making common mistakes that could hurt their cases.

The law firm of J. Scott Gunn, P.A., focuses its practice on Fort Lauderdale injury law – helping injured people seek justice and financial compensation after an injury that was no fault of their own. This includes victims of accidents involving cars, trucks, semis, motorcycles and more. We have years of experience as Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorneys, so we understand Fort Lauderdale injury law, and we understand the medical and personal struggles that injured people typically face. We take pride in giving our clients personal service, and we offer free case evaluations to potential clients. To set one up, call us toll-free at 1-866-286-4530 or send a message online to our Fort Lauderdale auto accident attorneys.