Plumber from Texas sues Ford and Automation when his Truck with business logo ends up with ISIS

When a Plumber in Texas painted his logo on his new  pick up truck he had no idea his brand would become associated with ISIS.  Mark-1 Plumbing out of Texas City was inundated with threatening phone calls after the image below surfaced in the news.  He filed a lawsuit against the Ford dealer who he sold his used F-250 to. The Plumber, in addition to being the target of numerous threats, was also the subject of a political parody by comedian, Stephen Colbert.  According to  his complaint, Ford represented that it would remove his firm’s logo from the truck. The Plumber has asked for damages of 1 million dollars.

 

An ISIS video last year showed fighters firing from a truck belonging to Mark-1 Plumbing.

Negligence can encompass all sorts of events and is not just limited to rear-enders and slip and falls.  Here, the purchaser of the Plumber’s truck is alleged to have a legal duty to remove the seller’s logo before it was resold and failed to do so.  Some how it ended up in the hands of jihadists.  This makes you wonder about how about how one of America’s most iconic trucks ended up in the hands of ISIS.

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Bicycling in South Florida — How Not to be Hit.

8623576_d31e5c1354South Florida has always been a sketchy place to drive, not to mention ride a bicycle. The link at BicyclesSafeprovides an excellent review of riding strategies to avoid being hit by an inattentive motorist.

One of the ways that a cyclist can provide insurance coverage for himself in the event that he gets in an accident with an uninsured or underinsured automobile is to purchase UnInsured Motorist Coverage (“UM”) with their automobile policy. UM is an optional coverage which the insured must select (and pay an additional premium for) at the time he purchases the insurance policy on the car. Although UM will slightly raise the cost of your policy, this amount will seem very small when compared to the coverage it provides.

With over 50 years of collective service to the South Florida community, the Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyers at The Ben Law Firm have helped thousands of clients to obtain money compensation for their personal injury and wrongful death claims

All of the firm’s partners have received the prestigious “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, which is a recognition by their peers in the legal community that their practice meets the highest professional and ethical standards.

Ubiquitous Red-light cameras come to Fort Lauderdale

800px-Japanese_car_accident-thumb-800x450-thumb-333x187The ubiquitous red-light camera has arrived in Fort Lauderdale. Fort Lauderdale city officials announced that the cameras are being installed in a number of active intersections throughout Fort Lauderdale.

In case you haven’t heard, red-light cameras are installed at various intersections and are intended to photograph cars which run red lights. The photographs show the car’s license plate, but not the driver. Beginning in September, red-light runners in Fort Lauderdale will receive a $158.00 fine. According to Fort Lauderdale authorities the cameras will be in operation 24 hours a day, and warning signs will be posted that the intersection uses photo enforcement.

In addition to raising city revenue through fines,the installation of red-light cameras also serve the purpose of deterring would-be red-light runners because these drivers will no longer be able to count on the absence of any police cars to justify ignoring red-lights.

Opponents of red-light cameras cite privacy concerns and have met with some success in challenging their constitutionality based on technical grounds. They also argue that since the cameras can only photograph the license plate and not the drivers that an injustice may result since someone other than the owner may be driving.

For the years between 2004 and 2009, traffic accidents resulting from red-light runners in Fort Lauderdale resulted in 26 wrongful deaths. These photographs have tremendous evidentiary potential in personal injury and wrongful death cases where it is alleged that one of the drivers ran a red light. Frequently, both sides point to the other as the violator and there are no independent witness to support either side. Of course, attorneys will need to be able to get these photographs and access to them will create a whole new set of legal issues.

The following intersections will have red-light cameras:

N. Federal Highway at N.E. 8th Street

N.E. 15th Ave at E. Sunrise Blvd.

SR 84 at SW 9th Ave.

W. Sunrise Blvd. at N.W. 15th Ave.

W. Commercial Blvd at NW 21st Ave.

S. Fed.l Highway at SR 84

N.W 62nd Street at NW 9th Ave.

W. Commercial Blvd. at N.W. 9th Ave.

N.W. 62nd St. at N.W. 31st Ave.

With over 50 years of collective service to the South Florida community, the Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyers at The Ben Law Firm have helped thousands of clients to obtain money compensation for their personal injury and wrongful death claims.

All of the firm’s partners have received the prestigious “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, which is a recognition by their peers in the legal community that their practice meets the highest professional and ethical standards.

Florida Legislature limits compensation to accident victims

67213692_b3eab4ad4bFlorida’s sovereign immunity law caps payment on negligence claims against the State of Florida and other governmental entities at $100,000 per person and $200,000.00 per claim, if there is more than one person suffering damages. Unfortunately in the most tragic cases, the damages to the injured person or their families far exceeds this amount. It is not uncommon to see jury verdicts against the State of Florida or cities like Fort Lauderdale or Hollywood, for damages in excess of seven figures, particularly where there is the wrongful death of a parent or child or some poor soul is confined to a wheel chair for the rest of their lives as the result of the negligence of a state or governmental worker. In these types of cases, the economic damages alone such as medical bills, can run into the millions of dollars.

Where the circumstances surrounding these cases is particularly tragic and the verdict greatly exceeds the cap, the victim or their family may attempt to seek additional compensation through a claims bill. A claims bill is sponsored by a legislator and presented to the Florida legislature for approval and determination of the additional amount to be paid.

Historically, the Republicans in the Florida legislature have often disapproved claims bills due to a reluctance to compensate accident victims from state or city funds, even though the damages were a result of negligence by a state or governmental employee.

In this time of economic uncertainly, however, Republicans can justify non-payment of claims bills by citing to the short fall of public funding available. House Speaker Larry Cretul last month issued a memo indicating he would be using strict criteria to determine whether a claims bill would be heard in the chamber: the bills must involve local governments in good financial standing and request no more than $500,000 from the state for the victims. This arbitrary cap, regardless of how much in medical bills or damages have been incurred, directly effects those accident victims most seriously damaged.

Given the current climate, only 5 claims bills out of 30 have a chance to be approved. In light of the state’s budgetary circumstances, there may be claims that have or will be filed that cannot possibly be funded this year,” Cretul wrote.

While, not every person who seeks a claims bill from the Florida Legislature can recover, this process should not be used as a political football by the politicians in Tallahassee at the expense of those persons and families who are in the greatest need as a result of governmental negligence. The Florida legislaure should find a way to fairly evaluate these claims bills and to reimburse these victims promptly and fairly.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida — another dangerous intersectional crash injures 8

2643359500_969d3c570f-thumb-333x252-thumb-333x252Another dangerous intersection in Broward County was the scene of a car accident on August 12, 2009, injuring eight people. One infant was thrown from a car, while seven others were injured in a collision between a car and a pickup truck at the Oakland Park intersection of North Andrews Avenue and 56th Street, which is known for an overabundance of accidents.

Two women and four children were riding in a car when it collided with a large sized pickup at North Andrews Avenue and 56th Street in Fort Lauderdale. The impact was so bad that it was necessary for the Oakland Park Fire Rescue to use the Jaws of Life to remove the car’s driver and one of the children. The man driving the pickup and his passenger were treated for minor injuries.

All eight people involved were taken to Broward General Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, where the car’s driver, an infant and a small child were listed in serious to critical condition. The other passengers in the car, an adult female and two other children received minor injuries and were treated at a local hospital.

The intersection was closed for two hours after the crash as investigators processed the scene. “It would be speculative to say what vehicle was going which way or who might be at fault,” a BSO spokesmen said. “That will be determined after a thorough investigation.”

A man living in the neighborhood who heard the collision from his house on 56th Street just east of Andrews Avenue, stated: “It’s a very dangerous intersection. . . . I’ve lived in that neighborhood my whole life, and it’s just consistently gotten worse. People just come flying over that bridge and they run through the light.” The man states that he has heard at least five serious accidents at that intersection just this year. “I hear squealing tire brakes from my house all the time.”

Unfortunately, South Florida is chock full of dangerous intersections, with the intersection at Pines Boulevard and Flamingo Road in Pembroke Pines being one of the most dangerous. The Florida Department of Transportation is the government agency responsible for monitoring these intersections and implementing safety precautions. Given the current financial condition of Florida’s state government and the ever increasing number of motorists, it appears that the number of dangerous intersections in South Florida will continue to rise.

With over 50 years of collective service to the South Florida community, the Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyers at The Ben Law Firm have helped thousands of clients to obtain money compensation for their personal injury and wrongful death claims.

All of the firm’s partners have received the prestigious “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, which is a recognition by their peers in the legal community that their practice meets the highest professional and ethical standards.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida — another dangerous intersectional crash injures 8

2643359500_969d3c570f-thumb-333x252-thumb-333x252Another dangerous intersection in Broward County was the scene of a car accident on August 12, 2009, injuring eight people. One infant was thrown from a car, while seven others were injured in a collision between a car and a pickup truck at the Oakland Park intersection of North Andrews Avenue and 56th Street, which is known for an overabundance of accidents.

Two women and four children were riding in a car when it collided with a large sized pickup at North Andrews Avenue and 56th Street in Fort Lauderdale. The impact was so bad that it was necessary for the Oakland Park Fire Rescue to use the Jaws of Life to remove the car’s driver and one of the children. The man driving the pickup and his passenger were treated for minor injuries.

All eight people involved were taken to Broward General Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, where the car’s driver, an infant and a small child were listed in serious to critical condition. The other passengers in the car, an adult female and two other children received minor injuries and were treated at a local hospital.

The intersection was closed for two hours after the crash as investigators processed the scene. “It would be speculative to say what vehicle was going which way or who might be at fault,” a BSO spokesmen said. “That will be determined after a thorough investigation.”

A man living in the neighborhood who heard the collision from his house on 56th Street just east of Andrews Avenue, stated: “It’s a very dangerous intersection. . . . I’ve lived in that neighborhood my whole life, and it’s just consistently gotten worse. People just come flying over that bridge and they run through the light.” The man states that he has heard at least five serious accidents at that intersection just this year. “I hear squealing tire brakes from my house all the time.”

Unfortunately, South Florida is chock full of dangerous intersections, with the intersection at Pines Boulevard and Flamingo Road in Pembroke Pines being one of the most dangerous. The Florida Department of Transportation is the government agency responsible for monitoring these intersections and implementing safety precautions. Given the current financial condition of Florida’s state government and the ever increasing number of motorists, it appears that the number of dangerous intersections in South Florida will continue to rise.

With over 50 years of collective service to the South Florida community, the Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyers at The Ben Law Firm have helped thousands of clients to obtain money compensation for their personal injury and wrongful death claims.

All of the firm’s partners have received the prestigious “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, which is a recognition by their peers in the legal community that their practice meets the highest professional and ethical standards.