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A woman who was on a first date fell off a motorcycle somehow and was run over several times on I-95 Friday, according to reports.

The 33-year-old was picked up by a man on a motorcycle Thursday night. They were headed to downtown Delray Beach for a night on the town.

The tragic incident, which happened just south of Atlantic Boulevard in Pompano Beach, is being investigated as a traffic homicide, Florida Highway Patrol officials said.

Several drivers accidentally ran over the woman around 1:30 a.m. Friday. Some drivers stopped and stayed, and others kept driving, according to FHP.

Some witnesses said they had seen a man on a motorcycle standing near the woman’s body, and then take off.

A wrongful death suit may arise from an accidental death, like a motorcycle crash or an intentional violent act, such as assault and battery. Sometimes, a death may result in both criminal charges and a wrongful death lawsuit being filed. The lawsuits will be filed separately; a criminal prosecution is intended to punish a wrongdoer and is brought by police and government prosecutors, whereas a wrongful death lawsuit is a civil action filed by surviving family members to obtain monetary compensation.

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A distracted driver hit a cycling group along a South Florida road, killing a 53-year-old woman and injuring six others.

The 33-year-old driver told investigators she was distracted by something in the passenger compartment. She also said the sun was shining directly in her face, contributing to the Sunday morning crash.

Police said there are no signs the woman was impaired or speeding. She was cooperative with investigators, allowing them to download potential crash data from the car as well as contents of her cell phone. She has not been charged, pending the investigation.

Our South Florida Auto Accident Injury Attorneys at Whittel & Melton cannot say this enough: distracted driving is dangerous. In 2016 alone, the most recent year of statistics available, distracted driving claimed 3,450 lives. In 2015, 391,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.

Distracted driving is classified as any activity that takes attention away from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system, etc. You cannot drive safely when something other than driving has your attention. Any non-driving activity you engage in is a potential distraction and only increases your risk of crashing, which could harm passengers, other motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians sharing the road with you.

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The U.S. Coast Guard shut down the voyages of two party boats in Fort Lauderdale and Miami-Dade County this weekend over several safety issues, authorities said.

The Coast Guard ordered a 34-foot Sunset Stripp with 12 people aboard to return to shore Saturday because the boat did not have a valid certificate of inspection and lacked a drug-and-alcohol testing program for its crew.

The Coast Guard also stopped a 32-foot pleasure craft with 11 people aboard Saturday in Haulover Inlet in Miami-Dade County for similar infractions.

The charter boat operators could face tens of thousands of dollars worth of fines, the Coast Guard said.

Good advice before hitting the water is to carefully study Florida’s boating regulations and requirements and adhere to them fully. You can find boating regulations for Florida here. Just like automobile drivers can be ticketed or arrested for irresponsible behavior on the road, boat operators can be fined or imprisoned for negligent and reckless behavior. Even worse, carelessness can lead to serious injuries and death.

Charter boat/party boat accidents are frequently caused by negligent navigation, improper training of the crew, and unsafe equipment. Lacking safety equipment and little or no training in shipboard safety can result in preventable injuries and death.

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Lauderhill police are searching for a man who fled after he ran a stop sign, hit another car and caused it to hit a man sitting on a scooter.

Police believe a gold Buick was traveling southbound on 34th Avenue when it ran the stop sign and hit a white car which veered off the road and hit the man on the scooter. Two parked cars, a pole and a tree were also hit.

The Buick continued south until the driver got out and left it in the 3400 block of Northwest 14th Street, according to police.

Police now have the Buick and the investigation is ongoing.

The man on the scooter was taken to Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale with significant injuries.

Getting hit on a scooter can result in serious injuries, and in the most severe cases, wrongful death. Similar to motorcycles and bicycles, scooters can be hard to spot on the road. Most car vs. scooter crashes are the result of a motorist failing to see a rider. However, this type of negligence is no excuse. If you or someone you care for has been injured or killed in a scooter accident due to another person’s careless or reckless behavior, our South Florida Injury Attorneys at Whittel & Melton can help.

Some of the most common scooter accidents take place due to the following:

  • Distracted driving
  • Speeding
  • Driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
  • Tailgating
  • Turning in front of or into a scooter

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Crews have apparently found cracks in a key part of the pedestrian bridge that collapsed near the campus of Florida International University earlier than previously acknowledged, but it remains unclear whether the fissures caused the structure’s failure.

Documents from Florida International University show the cracks were found in late February. The structure collapsed March 15, killing six people.

Reports indicate that the photos show the cracks in a piece of a support truss on the north end of the span where the collapse began.

Bridge engineers have said that the cracks suggest a problem that should have been addressed before the section that failed was moved into place.

It is not yet clear whether construction crews repaired the cracks before the failure.

The National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating the cause of the collapse.

According to investigators, most bridge collapses happen because of construction faults, not design faults. However, until the National Transportation Safety Board completes their investigation, it’s hard to say what might have gone wrong or speculate on who could potentially be held responsible. There are several different parties involved in the design, testing, and construction of the bridge. It is entirely possible that multiple parties will be held accountable for negligence when all is said and done.

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a construction-related accident, our South Florida Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help you determine what steps to take next. Our goal is to identify who is at fault and hold them responsible for damages.

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A new pedestrian bridge scheduled to open near the campus of Florida International University collapsed today and officials have confirmed multiple fatalities.

At least two people were taken to ambulances while others were being treated by rescue crews, and at least two cars were seen pinned by massive slabs of concrete.

According to NBC 6, the bridge has completely collapsed.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue has treated a total of five patients so far, with one being transported as a trauma alert to Kendall Regional Hospital.

The 174 foot bridge, scheduled to open to the public in early 2019, crossed Southwest 8th Street near 109th Avenue and was built with the purpose of allowing students living across the busy roadway to cross safely.

Bridges are an essential part of life. They help us get to and from where we are travelling to by providing roadways and walkways to motorists and pedestrians. While the possibility of a bridge collapsing is rare, when that does happen, the aftermath can be a devastating reality.

Many accidents involving bridges occur during the construction or repair process. In many cases bridges in the process of being built or repaired cannot handle the stress of the procedures or the weight of the equipment and accidents happen. Workers, motorists, pedestrians and innocent bystanders can be injured or killed due to ignorance and blatant disregard for safety procedures.

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a construction mishap, please let our South Florida Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton help you through this difficult time. We can investigate the events leading up to the accident and determine who is at fault and hold them responsible for damages.

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