Roadsides on South Florida highways are risky for those who leave their cars

0130916850085[1]-thumb-333x221-34494Recently, two young people were killed and another seriously injured when they were standing near the side of the road as a result of a prior automobile accident inPlantation, Florida. Two of the victims had stopped to assist the driver of another car which had been disabled car in an earlier single car collision. A passing car collided with them. Currently, the Plantation police have not stated who was responsible for this horrific accident.

Last year in Miami, five people were struck and killed when they left their cars after a three-car accident along Interstate 95. Police said the driver who hit them was drunk and has since fled. In April, a Fort Lauderdale tractor-trailer driver was killed attempting to cross Interstate 75 after his truck collided another truck. Both of these accidents occurred in the low light of early morning.

In Hallandale, a 15-year-old Miami boy was struck and killed by a passing car as he helped three others push a disabled vehicle off I-95 near Hallandale Beach Boulevard.

Similarly, in Palm Beach County, an 18-year-old woman was struck and killed when she decided to leave her car which was disabled on I-95 near Forest Hill Boulevard to cross the highway about 3 a.m.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, if your car is disabled, particularly on a highway in I-95, you should attempt to stop your car off the highway and as far away as possible from moving traffic. If conditions permit, you can try to find safety behind a guard rail or possibly stand in front of the car to the side. If you must get out of your car,you do not want to stand behind your car where it can be hit by passing traffic and propelled into you.

If your vehicle is disabled on a busy highway, you need to be very careful before you decide to leave your car, taking into consideration the weather, the traffic, and lighting conditions. Particularly in multiple lane highways like I-95 you need to be extremely cautious before attempting to walk across the lanes of traffic. If you must leave your car, try to stay as far away from the side of the road as you reasonably can.

With over 50 years of collective service to the South Florida community, the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 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.

Dissolution pending on Fort Lauderdale Law Firm, Rothstein, Rosenfeldt, and Adler

Clients and investors with the Fort Lauderdale law firm of Rothstein Rosenfeldt and Adler are worried because of allegations that the firm’s major law partner, Scott Rothstein, stole hundreds of millions of dollars from his firm, according to various news publications.

The Miami Herald reports that federal investigators are looking into allegations that Scott Rothstein scammed investors by selling them “fabricated” civil settlements and also that Rothstein stole from his law firm’s financial operations and from their clients’ trust accounts.

Typically, clients with significant personal injury cases will acquire substantial sums of money through either a settlement or trial and these funds are required to be deposited into a law firm’s trust account before being disbursed to the client.

Because the alleged theft by Rothstein has virtually depleted the financial resources of his law firm, Stuart Rosenfeldt, a partner with the firm, has filed a lawsuit requesting a Broward County Circuit Court judge to dissolve the law firm. This legal request for dissolution of the firm should have have the ultimate impact of closing down Rothstein, Rosenfeldt and Adler.

A major concern for the Broward County judge deciding the firm’s request to dissolve itself will be the continued representation of the firm’s clients. In the event Rothstein, Rosenfeld and Adler, is dissolved, the firm’s clients who have ongoing legal matters such as personal injury lawsuits as well as other cases will still require attorneys to represent their interests.

* Since the date this article was authored, the case in Broward County Circuit Court has been transferred to the Federal Bankruptcy Court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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

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.
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