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Car Hits and Kills 90-Year-Old Woman in South Carolina June 2, 2016

On Friday at approximately 3:42pm, police responded to a Pembroke Pines crash that claimed the life of a 90-year-old woman. This accident took place at 1800 North University Drive.

The driver, 43-year-old Kristal Millingen, was going southbound on University Drive in her 1998 Mitsubishi Mirage. 90-year-old Iliana Rosario was crossing this street outside of a designated crosswalk, per the police.

Police state that Rosario was struck after walking into the path of the oncoming vehicle.  The victim was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital, and as a result of her injuries, she died at the hospital. Information about the extent of her injuries is not known at this time.

It has not been stated whether or not the driver sustained any injuries as a result of this accident. It is also not stated whether or not she was taken to the hospital to be checked out.

No information about the driver’s condition or state of mind after the accident has been released to the public. The police appear to want to ensure a full investigation is completed before releasing any further information on this case.

How speeding is affecting this case is still unknown for a many reasons. First of all it is unknown what speed the driver was traveling at or if there were any contributing factors on the driver’s end. All that is known at this time is that the victim was not crossing in a marked crosswalk when the tragedy occurred. So there are still a lot of uncertainty about this case.

The investigation is currently ongoing to ensure that investigators have all of the necessary facts. Investigators may address the public after gathering all of the facts and determining all of the factors that may or may have not resulted in the death of Rosario.

Pedestrians being struck by drivers when not using crosswalks is not uncommon. Both drivers and pedestrians have a responsibility to make sure that they are utilizing the rules of the road to aid in preventing this type of accident from occurring. Make sure to obey all traffic laws and signals and always do the speed limit. This helps to prevent accidents and keep the roads safer for everyone on them.

“The matters of liability can be very complex and sophisticated, depending on the situation,” says Attorney Joe and Martin, a managing partner at a top personal injury law firm headquartered in South Carolina. “Your heart definitely goes out to the victims who are dealing with both a financial and an emotional burden of a loved one while coping with their own consequences associated with this tragedy.”

Due to the investigation still being conducted, police are reaching out to the community for information. Anyone who witnessed the accident or may have more information should call the Pembroke Pines Police Department to share this information.

This was an unfortunate accident and one that can happen to anyone. Drivers must be careful to be alert when driving and pay attention to all of their surroundings. Pedestrians must adhere to crosswalks and walking signals to ensure they are walking in streets when it is as safe as possible.

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Distracted and Dangerous December 7, 2015

HEY YOU!!! PAY ATTENTION!!!! “People who texted while driving had reaction times that were 37.4% slower than when not distracted. Compare this to people drinking and driving who have reaction times 12.5% slower than when sober.” This is the surprising statistics found on the All State Website.

In the United States, more than 9 people are killed and more than 1,153 people are injured in accidents that involve a distracted driver.  There are three types of distraction: Visual: Looking away from the road; Manual: taking your hands from the wheel; and Cognitive: letting your mind wander from the task of driving. Each of these distractions are dangerous alone. Texting combines all three types of distractions which makes it a vastly more dangerous activity.

Before the Distracted Driving laws were put into effect in Orlando, Personal Injury claims due to Cell phone usage was increasing along with that of the Nation. While texting remains one of the biggest culprits of accidents in the U.S. it is far from the only one that is important enough to guard against.

Distracted driving is defined by the CDC as, “Distracted driving is driving while doing another activity that takes your attention away from driving.” This was a painful lesson for the 22-year-old hit-and-run driver who crashed into a 17-year-old bicyclist killing him instantly. The driver was trying to pick up an electronic cigarette that had fallen and in those seconds he took his eyes off the road, he ended someone’s life, and changed his own life and that of the bicyclist’s loved ones forever.  To protect the lives of our citizens and guard against personal injuries, Orlando drivers are urged to be mindful while driving.

Being attentive and avoiding driving distractions could save your life and that of someone else. Look at this list of other potentially dangerous activities and ask yourself if you have been a distracted driver. *statistic taken by allstate.com

  • Eating while driving: People who are eating and driving have 44% slower reaction times.
  • Drinking non-alcoholic beverages while driving: People who are drinking non-alcoholic beverages while driving have 22% slower reactions times.
  • Passenger Interactions: 47% of women and 71% of men report being distracted directly by the people in their cars.
  • Pets: Tens of thousands of accidents are believed to be caused by unrestrained pets.

If you answered yes to any of the above distractions, please rethink your driving habits. In 2012, more than 421,000 people were injured in motor vehicle accidents caused by a drivers that were distracted; a 9% increase from 2011. If you answered no, you are still at risk unfortunately. In Orlando, personal injuries are inflicted upon careful drivers by distracted drivers every day. If you, or someone you know is the victim of a distracted driver, you are urged to contact the guys at Irsmedic.com to find out how they can help protect your rights, recover fair compensation for your injuries and lost wages, and fight for loss of life compensation for immediate family members.   

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