Accident safety tip- Have you ever hit a dog with your car? What should you do if you find yourself in that unfortunate situation? Stop your car and pull over to a safe place. Use your emergency flashers to warn other vehicles. Call 911 and report the incident. If the dog is in the roadway use cones or emergency flashers if you have them to warn motorist. If you decide to approach the dog to check on their injuries do so with extreme caution. Injured animals may lash out biting or scratching. Failure to stop and report the incident places you at risk for charges of cruelty to animals. If you stop and make a reasonable effort to help the animal, keeping your own safety in mind, the legal responsibility will fall on the owner for allowing their animal to roam unrestrained. The dog owner may be responsible for your vehicle repairs depending on the circumstances of the accident and of course this is dependent upon if the owner is located or comes forward. While hitting a domestic animal is a heart-breaking experience knowing what to do may help keep you calm, and level headed in a stressful situation. Share this safety tip with young drivers in your life. Young people may be upset and drive off or they may approach a wounded animal and become injured in the process. Consider purchasing emergency road warning signals. They can be purchased for $20 or less flashers triangles, LED sticks and other varieties are available online or at your local auto parts stores.
Orange Park, Fl- A fatal pedestrian accident was a tragic scene this morning for residents along Capella Road in Orange Park. Around 9 this morning residents along Capella Road between Uranus Lane and Centura Drive went outside their homes and discovered a body in the road. Neighbors have been concerned about speeding in the area. The shock set in as police investigators gathered. The victim apparently hit by a vehicle and left to die alone another deadly hit-and-run accident. According to the Florida Highway Patrol the accident occurred Tuesday morning before 9 a.m. The victim was an adult male. Investigators have not released the victims name.
Top Notch Barnes & Cohen lawyer brings $2.9 Million Jury Verdiict on behalf of a client seriously injured in an Auto Accident. Over the years, we have provided top notch legal services to the citizens of Southeast Georgia. Now we have hired Patrick Sullivan a Georgia Trial Lawyer to manage our Kingsland/St Marys office. We want to welcome Patrick Sullivan, his wife Jessica and his son Patrick Brian Sullivan ll. When you are defending the rights of the injured; experience, dedication, determination and expert legal knowledge make a difference. Patrick Sullivan is a great example of the character and integrity it takes to bring the results our injured clients deserve. We are pleased with the results Patrick has achieved for our clients since he has joined Barnes & Cohen. Patrick Sullivan's first jury trial for Barnes & Cohen, Patrick won $2.9 million on behalf of an Auto Accident victim that had suffered serious injuries. If you are hurt, call Patrick and his staff of experienced paralegals 729- HELP (912-729-4357). At Barnes & Cohen the tradition of excellence continues.
A Jacksonville pedestrian is in critical condition after being struck by a car on Thursday afternoon. The accident occurred on 103rd street at the I-295 exit. A black vehicle was exiting off I-295 when they struck another vehicle that was stopped at a traffic light. The black vehicle did not stop but continued on hitting a pedestrian on the sidewalk. The Florida Highway Patrol was in the area checking for seat belt violations when the accident occurred. They were forced to Taser the driver who was attempting to flee the scene. The pedestrian has life threatening injuries. The driver of the black vehicle was taken to the hospital. The driver of the black vehicle will most likely be facing multiple charges. Another attempted hit-and-run in our area but The Florida Highway Patrol was in the right place at the right time to apprehend this careless driver.
Jirawadi Marie Battenhouse was only 19 years old when she accidentin the Flagler Beach area over the weekend. Jirawadi Battenhouse was heading south on Interstate 95 when she entered the emergency lane. Battenhouse was driving a 1998 Lexus ES 300; her vehicle struck the guardrail and then reentered the southbound lane of I-95 coming to a stop in the center lane just south of Palm Coast Parkway. The driver of a 2015 Acura failed to stop in time and rear ended Battenhouse . The impact sent Jirawadi Battenhouse and her vehicle spinning, she struck the guardrail before stopping. The driver of the Acura, Stephanie Finnell received minor injuries. Jirawadi Battenhouse died from extensive brain damage and a ruptured lung, injuries she sustained in the auto accident. The Florida Highway Patrol are investigating the accident, charges are pending. Jirawadi was a native of Flagler Beach, Florida, a photographer, musician and curator of Art. Please don't drive distracted be aware of vehicles in the emergency lane.
Barnes & Cohen is pleased to announce a $2.9 million jury verdict was awarded in an Auto Accident case in January 2017. Our client was seriously injured in an Auto Accident in Camden County Georgia. The jury award is one of the largest ever recorded in Camden County. The accident was handled by our St Marys Georgia Office. Our lead attorney at that office is Patrick Sullivan. Barnes & Cohen appreciates the trust placed in us by our injured clients. At Barnes & Cohen we care about our injured clients we know that the damages can't heal all of the pain but we are grateful to be a part of helping to restore the lives of injured victims. Our main office is located in Jacksonville, Florida. Our South Georgia Office is located in St Marys, Georgia. Chuck Barnes & Glenn Cohen have extensive experience in the field of Personal Injury defending the rights of the injured for over 35 years. Barnes & Cohen has successfully defended thousands of injured clients. Their recent cases page on their web site includes large jury verdicts and settlements in Slip & Fall accidents, Medical Malpratcice and Auto Accident cases.
A tragic accident that brought devastation to a family at Thanksgiving has given renewed hope for five families through an organ donor program. Megan Twist was only 23 years old when she fell from the back of a moving pick-up truck. Megan Twist was an organ donor, after her tragic death her lungs went to a 49 year-old man, her liver went to help a 64 year-old woman, her left kidney and pancreas were donated to a 39 year-old woman and her right kidney were donated to a 25 year-old woman. The family of Megan Twist has found strength in this tragic situation knowing her organs have saved the lives of others. They hope to one day meet the recipients of Megan's organs. The accident that claimed Megan's life occurred in Brunswick, Georgia while her boyfriend Richard Wiltfang was at the wheel of his pick-up truck. According to the Brunswick police department the accident is still under investigation.
A sad day for Jacksonville after a second teen death on our roadways yesterday both teens were attended high school in the Arlington area. Derek George a 16 year old Atlantic Coast High School student suffered fatal injuries in an auto accident after his car slid off the road and struck a tree. Derek George was leaving school Thursday night after his junior varsity game when he crashed on R.G. Skinner Parkway near Baymeadows Road. Derek George was traveling North on Skinner parkway just after 8 p.m. when his Nissan left the road and hit a tree his two passengers were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Derek George died at the scene. Teammates and friends have created a memorial at the scene leaving flowers, notes and even their own jerseys in memory of Derek George. Earlier in the day on Thursday another teen Denny Grahovic a Sandalwood student died from injuries sustained in an auto accident on Beach Blvd. In the wake of a second teen death in an auto accident in the same area of town the Duval County Public School issued a statement: "The communities of Sandalwood, Atlantic Coast High and all Duval County Public Schools are deeply saddened by the unexpected passing of its two students due to auto accidents. To support the well-being of students and faculty, specially-trained school counselors and social workers will be onsite today at both high schools, and will provide continued support as needed."
Jacksonville's Beach Boulevard was the scene of a major accident yesterday that claimed the life of a teen. When a major road closes on a busy day our heart aches because we know the accident ahead was a serious one. Sadly yesterday the intersection of St Johns Bluff road and Beach Blvd was backed up due to a deadly accident. According the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office an SUV driven by a 39 year old woman ran a red light at high speeds her vehicle went over the concrete median on Beach Blvd. striking a Honda, a tanker truck and a Lexus. The driver of the SUV was hospitalized with serious injuries. The driver of the Honda Denny Grahovic was transported to the hospital where he died later in the day from injuries sustained in the accident. Denny Grahovic was only 18; his passenger a 16 year old female was also seriously injured. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is investigating the cause of this accident speed is one factor that has been identified already.
The dangerous intersection near Nease High School will be getting reduced speed zone signs while they continue to wait for a stoplight. Parents and concerned community members first requested a stoplight in 2011 according to the Florida Department of Transportation records. Sadly, the Nease High School intersection has been the scene of six Auto Accidents in a year the most recent left two teens seriously injured. Three of the six accidents resulted in injuries. The high school is located in front of a very dangerous intersection in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. School officials, parents, students and concerned community members have requested a stoplight be installed to protect students from speeding drivers and to help them navigate busy traffic as they turn onto the highway in front of their high school. Florida Department of Transportation has agreed to place reduced speed zone school signs at the intersection until a stoplight is installed. While the date for the stoplight has been moved up several months the actual installation may not happen for a year. This is no doubt difficult for parents to understand as they worry about their young drivers. Students, parents and school administrators are voicing concern. Two petitions have been started in hopes that the installation of a stoplight will be moved up before more accidents occur at the intersection. Links are below for two of the petitions. Petition from a Nease High School student https://www.change.org/u/624965018 Petition from family and friends of Nease High School - https://www.change.org/u/624952403