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Boca Raton Woman Hit a Cyclist While on a “Cocktail” of Drugs : Bicycle Accident Attorneys

An early morning disaster could have been avoided, it seems. A fatal truck on bike accident was caused by complete disregard for responsibility and the safety of others.

A 65-year-old man was taking his daily ride to McDonald’s when he was struck by a Ford F-150 and killed by a young driver impaired by prescription medications. The event was violent to watch, according to witnesses, who reported that the cyclist was tossed over the hood of the truck on impact.

The accident left the bike itself destroyed with a twisted frame and parts strewn about everywhere. The forces involved were enough to damage the front of the truck, break a headlamp, and dent the hood and front grill.

Criminal Charges Filed for Accident

Cyclist Hit By A Woman in Boca RatonAccording to the Sun Sentinel, the woman, 24-year-old Boca Raton resident Bianca Fichtel, has been arrested and is facing serious charges including manslaughter while driving under the influence.

Witnesses say the truck swerved into the bike lane killing George Morreale. Bystanders came to his aid until paramedics arrived on the scene, but efforts were in vain. According to those who knew Morreale, he made that routine ride on his blue Schwinn bike to have breakfast almost every morning.

Another woman said she was almost struck when the Ford quickly swerved back out of the bike lane and sped away from the accident scene. She then followed the truck as it eventually circled back.

Fichtel originally claimed that Morreale had steered his bike in front of the truck. However, several witnesses to the incident refuted these claims as lies. A passenger in the truck was not able to corroborate Fichtel’s version of events as he says he was texting at the time and just assumed the vehicle hit a curb.

The “Cocktail” of Drugs

Investigators quickly noticed numerous pill bottles littering the cab of the Ford. Being caught red handed, Fichtel rattled off a laundry list of prescription medications she had taken before the crash. Her confession came only minutes after being confronted by police. Soon after, Fichtel demanded the assistance of a lawyer before answering any more questions.

Reports filed by investigators described her as both unsteady on her feet, and according to police, impaired. A toxicology report concluded that at least nine different medications were present in Fichtel’s system at the time. Some of the pills were very strong according to experts including Clonazepam and Oxycodone.

When asked why they returned to the scene, Fichtel’s passenger answered that she was “pretty sure she didn’t hit a curb.” At present, Fichtel has been arrested and arranged and is being held on $25,000 bail.

Personal Injury and Bicycle Accident  Attorneys In Florida

Our firm offers unparalleled expertise to Florida residents when it comes to dealing with car crashes and personal injury and their aftermath, please contact Fetterman and Associates and our team of experienced personal injury attorneys immediately at 561-880-4610 for a free legal consultation.

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Vehicle Accident Victims: Know Your Rights

Were you recently involved in a car accident? Vehicle accidents happen every day. In fact, traveling by car or truck is still one of the most dangerous forms of travel and results in the most casualties and fatalities. However, if you or someone you know has been recently involved in a vehicle accident, you may be entitled to a settlement for your pain, suffering, and potential financial burden. The Law Team of Fetterman & Associates has over forty years of experience fighting for the rights of vehicle accident victims in the state of Florida.

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No one ever plans on being in a vehicle accident. Most accidents happen in a flash and are unexpected. However, it is unfortunate that every day Florida residents and guests are involved in accidents that result in pain and suffering, injuries, and even death. Anyone who has been involved in an accident before knows the extreme cost and inconvenience that can come along with it. Whether it is sustaining minor injuries, medical bills, lost wages, or even the inconvenience of being without a vehicle are all reasons why victims should contact the Law Team of Fetterman & Associates today to learn your rights and for legal representation and defense.

Rights of Accident Victims

The Law Team of Fetterman & Associates wants to help vehicle accident victims learn their rights, and work alongside them to help reach a fair settlement with the offender that to help victims get their lives back on track and seek the support and assistance needed to do so. Our law team is proud to be able to help so many Florida residents on a daily basis seek proper settlements and compensation for emotional and financial damage, pain, and suffering that they have endured. We specialize in providing legal representation and defense for residents hurt or impacted in any way in any number of incidents, including:

  • Car Accidents
  • Truck Accidents
  • Burn Injuries
  • Wrongful Death
  • And More

If you have been involved in a severe vehicle accident, and due to intense or severe injuries, can no longer work, the Law Team of Fetterman & Associates will also assist clients with receiving fair social security benefits. However, dealing with Social Security benefits for these types of accidents can be challenging and stressful, particularly if a victim is already under stress due to a recent accident. Our law team can help apply for and acquire Social Security benefits on behalf of our clients so they don’t have to. This is just one way our law team goes above and beyond to help clients who are suffering from a recent accident.

Working with our firm isn’t like working with another law firm. Our professional legal team takes the time and puts in the effort for each one of our clients, because we realize that no two situations are the same. Each individual has his or her own case and situation, and each individual is impacted by an accident uniquely.

Contact Accident Attorney Today

If you have recently been in an accident, and would like to know your rights and how you might be entitled to a settlement involving compensation, contact our law office today for a free, no-obligation consultation. We will review your situation and case, go over the outcome and details of the accident, and discuss legal options and potential settlement compensation with you. We believe in working with clients in these tough situations so they make informed decisions, particularly those whose lives have been impacted severely from a recent accident.

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Car Accidents and Black Box Data Evidence

In Florida, if you are in a car accident and the other person is at fault, there are various forms of evidence that may be used in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. One type, which is also allowed in Pennsylvania, Illinois, New Jersey, and Massachusetts, is data from the vehicle’s black box. Black boxes may be found on many late model cars, as well as on commercial vehicles.

Black Box Evidence in Car CrashesThis data can help prove that the person who is at fault was speeding and driving in a hazardous manner.

Florida is a No-Fault State

In Florida, with most car accidents, the injuries and damages that are the result of such mishaps are usually covered by each person’s personal injury protection (PIP) and property damage liability (PDL) insurance policies. In the state, each driver must be insured for a minimum of $10,000 in PIP and $10,000 in PDL.

If it is a strict no-fault accident, in other words one in which each person’s injuries and damages are considered to be minimal and non-permanent, then the expenses associate with the car accident are paid by each person’s insurer. However, there are times when one can file a personal injury lawsuit claiming negligence. If this is the case, then the plaintiff may sue the defendant for damages that far exceed the minimum allowed by the state under no-fault.

When You May Sue

If you have been the victim of another driver’s negligence in the State of Florida, then you may file suit in civil court if there is:

  • Permanent injury.
  • Permanent or significant scaring.
  • Disfigurement.

Such lawsuits must be filed within four years of the occurrence of the accident. If you have had a loved one who has been killed in a car accident due to another driver’s negligence, then you may sue the driver for wrong death. Reach out to a skilled West Palm Beach car accident lawyer for legal advice.

Black Box Evidence in Car Crashes

The black box in a motor vehicle records various forms of data, including that related to speed. When crash recreation investigators are in need of such information, they can get an accurate measurement from the black box that can be very useful. When combined with other information that they can garner from the accident scene, the data recovered from a black box can be compelling.

As an example, it’s one thing for a witness to say that the accused was driving at 100 MPH, but when the data from a car’s black box confirms that the speed topped specifically at 108 MPH, then you’ve got a very strong case if you’re alleging that speed was a factor.

Find Out: What You Need To Know If You Are got into a Car Accident

Contact to an experienced Personal Injury Attorney

If you have been in a car accident and believe that you may have grounds for a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit or if you have questions concerning such suits, contact the Law Team of Fetterman & Associates at 561-845-2510 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Because the laws in Florida are fairly vague, determining whether or not you have grounds for a case can be tricky.

For this reason, it’s best to consult with a personal injury attorney who has experience and success in settling car accident cases out of court and in winning such cases when they do go to trial.


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A Local Twelve-year-old Takes on Texting While Driving

Distracting driving is nothing new. For years Florida residents have suffered serious personal injury in auto accidents caused by drivers not paying attention to the road. One innovative and driven Palm Beach County seventh-grader is making headlines while trying to do something about the distracted driving problem.

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According to the Sun-Sentinel, Mia Evans from Boca Raton is on patrol and looking to curb texting behind the wheel. Her campaign is a simple one. Every morning, when her mother is driving her to school, Mia keeps her eyes peeled for the indicators of texting while driving.

Mia says she spots the tell-tale signs several times every day on the ride to school. She sees drivers looking down at their laps or their steering wheels, as their cars swerve, slow down at the improper times, and pass other cars at unsafe distances.

Once an offender is spotted, the next phase of Mia’s driver safety campaign takes effect. The precocious and community-minded Mia has printed hundreds of posters shaped like stop signs, and she uses them to remind inattentive motorists there are other people on the road. These signs read “Caught Ya! Stop Texting & Driving,” and, apparently, they work. Most people put away their phones after getting busted.

Mia got the idea to combat texting while driving after seeing how upset the problem made her mother. Dedicated to spreading her project outside of her region, Mia has made the signs available to purchase for $5 on her Facebook page so people nationwide who are worried about distracted driving can take advantage of Mia’s strategy. Signs have been sent all over the country, including Texas, Oklahoma, New York, and California. Mia is donating all proceeds from her safety campaign to local charities that shuttle elderly and disabled residents to religious services that they could not drive to without help.

Distracted Driving in Florida – Not a New Problem

For years, the National Transportation Safety Board decried the use of cellphones behind the wheel, even going so far to call the trend an “epidemic” and the “New DUI.” In 2010, NSTB statistics put the number of distracted driving related fatalities at 3,092. This prompted a recommendation that all states ban the use of cell phones by drivers. Additionally, the NSTB urged strict enforcement and awareness campaigns (perhaps like Mia’s) to reduce car accidents caused by distracted driving.

The Florida Legislature Took Action

Last year, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a texting while driving ban into law. However, some say that the ban does not go far enough to stop reckless behavior on Florida’s roads. The nature of the ban makes texting while driving a secondary offense. This means that officers cannot pull over drivers for texting behind the wheel alone. First, officers must observe a different offense, like speeding, before they have lawful authority to pull over distracted drivers and issue a citation.

Also Read: Distracted Driving: Growing Epidemic On Roadways

Hurt By A Distracted Driver? Talk to a Professional

If you have been injured in a collision by a distracted driver contact Fetterman and Associates at (561) 880-4610 for a free case evaluation.


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Vehicle Rollovers in Palm Beach County Send Several to Area Hospitals

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Vehicle Rollovers

Two separate car accidents in Palm Beach County around the middle of the month both involved vehicle rollovers, and both were serious enough to send some of the vehicle occupants to the hospital.

In a single car accident southbound on the Florida Turnpike in Boynton Beach, a car struck a wall and rolled over, landing on its side in the road. The driver of the vehicle was taken to Bethesda Hospital West and treated for minor injuries.

In Lake Worth, two vehicles were involved in an automobile accident which left one vehicle up against a tree while the other car rolled over. Occupants in the rollover vehicle had to be cut out of their car with the Jaws of Life by Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. Two of the accident victims were transported to JFK Medical Center in West Palm Beach.

Bigger Vehicle Design Increases Likelihood of Rollovers

In case you haven’t noticed, cars, vans, SUVs and pickup trucks have been getting bigger and bigger over the past several years. Despite increased attention to vehicle safety in design and manufacture, bigger cars tend also to be taller and more top-heavy, with a higher center of gravity. These factors make the vehicle more likely to roll over when struck in a collision with another car, or even in a single-vehicle accident. Although technology such as Electronic Stability Control and computerized traction control has been around for decades and could cut crashes and fatalities in half, these technologies have still not been universally adopted by automakers, even though the addition to a vehicle’s price tag may be only about $100.

Vans, trucks, SUVs and other vehicles with a higher likelihood of rollover should at least be built with sturdy, reinforced roofs, yet this is one of the areas of the automobile that is typically not considered for durability in a rollover accident, which happens relatively infrequently compared to other accidents. A rollover combined with a roof crush often results in a fatality or permanent injury such as traumatic brain injury or spinal cord paralysis.

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Risk Maps May Help Reduce Florida Auto Accidents and Traffic Deaths

Today at Fetterman & Associates we want you aware about the road safety in Florida and even in United States. Road safety is critical to reducing accidents, but how do we know which roads are safe to travel and which roads should be avoided? How do state and federal highway authorities know where to allocate scarce resources to the highest priority areas? The United States Road Assessment Program (usRAP), an ambitious program of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, may provide the answers to both questions.

Reduce Florida Auto Accidents

For the average driver, usRAP creates Risk Maps so that travelers can see at a glance which roads have statistically higher crash rates, helping them to plan their trips and perhaps choose an alternate, safer route. usRAP also creates Star Rating Maps that rank roads based on engineering features. The Star Rating Maps can provide valuable guidance to transportation agencies considering road improvements. These maps can help correct road defects and road hazards and can be useful to Florida DOT as well as the Federal Highway Administration, an agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation that supports state and local governments in the design, construction, and maintenance of the nation’s highway system. usRAP has mapped the highway systems in about eight states to date. One of the first risk maps created was one for the State of Florida. Created in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation, the Florida Risk Map provides some very interesting and helpful information. For instance, from 2001 to 2005 there were over 12,000 crashes that resulted in death or serious injury on Florida’s rural state highway system roads, a system more than 6,000 miles long but that in terms of annual vehicle miles of travel exceeds 25 billion. The maps provide a visual picture of the roads most likely to have a fatal or serious injury crash, as well as specific causes for crashes, including alcohol or drug use and lane departure crashes.

Until the Roads are Perfectly Safe, You may still Need the Law Team

We all want to travel safely on the roads, and it is great than an organization such as the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is taking the initiative to help reduce auto accidents and fatalities. Unfortunately, risk maps and public safety campaigns can only go so far in helping people choose safer routes and discouraging inattentive, distracted driving, or downright recklessness on the roads. If you are injured in an automobile, truck or motorcycle accident on southern Florida roads or highways, contact Fetterman & Associates – The Law Team – for a free evaluation of your case.

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