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

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Miami Heat dancer’s death involved driver who had been drinking

19160888_7a1751dd08-thumb-333x249Miami television news station, Channel 4, reports that the driver of the car that struck a motorcyclist in east Fort Lauderdale which resulted in the death of a Miami Heat dancer stated to police that he had consumed two alcoholic drinks.

Channel 4 was able to access the search warrant filed in Broward County court which stated the driver, Mario Careaga of Fort Lauderdale, advised the police that he had the drinks at the Galeria Mall in Fort Lauderdale. The accident occurred near downtown Fort Lauderdale. So far no criminal charges have been filed against Careaga.

Police records state that Careaga was driving his 2009 Mercedes when he struck Miami Heat dancer, 22, of Plantation, who was riding a motorcycle near downtown Fort Lauderdale. The motorcylist had been heading west in the right lane on East Sunrise Boulevard, near North Federal Highway, in Fort Lauderdale, when Careaga’s car rear-ended the motorcycle, propelling Lopez-Ruiz off it.

This case raises a number of issues from the standpoint of filing criminal charges against the driver. One of the potential issues in any criminally prosecution which might be pursued against the driver of the automobile is whether he was under the influence of alcohol or a narcotic. Usually, two drinks do not contain enough alcohol to impair a driver’s faculties. However, drivers suspected of DUI frequently understate the amount of alcohol consumed in an attempt to minimize their potential criminal exposure.

In situations like this other evidence may come into play, such as a blood alcohol test or a breathalyzer test to determine whether the level of alcohol in the driver’s blood exceeded the legal limit. There may also be a video of the driver performing roadside tests administered by the police or even a video from the bar where he apparently admits to have been drinking. Likewise his tab at the bar may also reveal how many drinks were ordered.

On the other hand, this could simply be the case of a non-impaired driver who simply wasn’t paying attention and may have negligently rear-ended the victim. It will be the responsibility of the Broward County State Attorney’s office to sort all of this out.

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’s Legislature –Texting while Driving–A Profile in Cowardice

images[2]-thumb-333x220-23896Again, because of public outcry, our political “leaders” in Tallahassee were forced to consider a bill to ban texting while driving (“TWD”), but this time they finally did something, albeit reluctantly. After years of lip service about enacting a ban on TWD, but doing nothing because of the strong and corrupting influence of the telecommunications lobby, our politicians finally caved in. The repeated DWT tragedies on Florida’s roads forced the legislature to confront this issue in the most recent session. The Senate finally passed a water downed TWD bill whose most significant benefit is to provide cover for our state politicians.

The bill now has to pass the House and our Governor must sign off on it. This toothless legislation is the best case scenario for the telecommunications industry — so why wouldn’t our Republican friends sign off on it. The Florida legislature had to finally do something to ban TWD, but the penalties offered very little punishment to deter that type of phone usage by drivers.

Under the proposed bill, police would only be able to stop a driver for texting if he was actually in the process committing a different offense like speeding. Accordingly, if a police office observes some distracted driver TWD, but he is not speeding or driving incorrectly, the driver cannot be stopped and can continue to text and drive. Even if the driver is stopped and given a ticket, a first-time violator could only get a $30 fine! A draconian punishment if ever there was one.

While the bill marks a baby step in the right direction, our politicians once again have demonstrated that they are more concerned about the welfare of the lobbyists in Tallahassee than they are about the safety of the citizens of Florida. Virtually every other state has a bill banning TWD with substantially stronger penalties.

TWD, like DUI, presents a demonstrable danger to every one of us who is on the roadway and public opinion regarding this has changed. We can only hope that our political leaders summon the courage to likewise evolve and finally stand up to the telecommunications lobby rather than bowing down to it.

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

Paris Hilton’s kid brother owes $5 Million to Gas Station Employee

images[2]-thumb-333x249-23896A Los Angeles jury has ruled that Barron Hilton (Paris’s little brother) is responsible for almost $ 5 million dollars in damages to a gas station attendant he struck with his car in 2008. Earlier that same day he was arrested for drunk driving.

Fernando Tellez claims he was severely injured and underwent several surgeries and medical procedures after 18-year-old Barron collided him with his Mercedes-Benz as he pulled into a Pacific Coast Highway gas station.

Before his accident with Tellez, Hilton was was arrested for DUI after his blood-alcohol level registered 0.14, well above California’s legal limit. Witnesses also said Barron Hilton was driving the wrong way down the highway for miles just before crashing into Tellez.

In the DUI proceeding, Barron pleaded no contest and received three years’ probation.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the $4.6 million judgment covers pain and suffering, medical expenses and loss of earnings. Additionally, Hilton must also pay $225,000 in punitive damages and almost $71,000 in interest.

Barron was unavailable for comment. According to his Twitter page, the day the jury rendered its verdict, he was vacationing in the Hamptons.

Apparently the jury was unimpressed with Barron’s family background. Instead of showing his concern for the judicial process and the victim of the accident, Barron took off to the Hamptons. Looking at the amount of the verdict and the fact that it involves punitive damages, it appears that the jury was trying to send young Barron a message. I can’t help but wonder if Barron got it.

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