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MIAMI, FL – One was critically injured, and one life was claimed in a crash outside of the Miccosukee Casino & Resort Wednesday. 

The collision occurred at Krome Avenue and Southwest 177th Avenue around 7 a.m., according to NBC Miami

A driver of a gray Honda Sedan was turning from Krome Avenue into the casino and was hit by a white GMC pickup truck. 

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FL – A pedestrian’s life was claimed in a hit-and-run crash in Olympia Heights Saturday. 

The collision occurred on the 9800 block of Bird Road, according to WSVN. The pedestrian was crossing the street when a Dodge Charger hit him or her. 

The driver of the Dodge Charger immediately took off on Southwest 97th Avenue. 

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FL – One was left dead after a crash between a black Toyota sedan and a fuel truck in Medley Monday. 

The sedan collided with the truck in a construction zone on Florida’s Turnpike along Northwest 74th Street, WSVN reported. 

One was also injured. However, his or her current condition is unknown. 

WEST LITTLE RIVER, FL – A man was left dead after he was shot a few times outside Soar Park Wednesday. 

The incident occurred at Northwest 83rd Street and Northwest Miami Court around 9 a.m., Local 10 reported. 

The shot man succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. 

MIAMI, FL – A man experiencing homelessness was killed after he was shot in the Allapattah neighborhood Friday. 

The incident occurred around 6 p.m. at Northwest Seventh Avenue and 36th Street, Local 10 reported. 

The victim was identified as 68-year-old Charles Herman Cole. 

BROWARD COUNTY, FL – A rollover crash claimed the life of a 29-year-old man in Coconut Creek Sunday. 

The collision occurred on the Florida Turnpike. The driver of a Land Rover was traveling at high speed and hit the back of a 2013 white Kia Optima. As a result, both drivers lost control of their cars. 

The driver of the Kia – a 23-year-old woman – was unharmed. 

MIAMI, FL – A woman was left dead after getting struck by a hit-and-run driver in Downtown Miami Sunday. 

The incident occurred around 3 a.m. near Biscayne Boulevard and 22nd Street, NBC Miami reported. 

The woman subsequently died from her injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The firm that reviewed the design of a Miami university bridge that collapsed and killed six people last year was accidentally listed in a Florida state report as qualified for that type of project even when it wasn’t, federal documents show.

The National Transportation Safety Board released nearly 6,300 pages of reports Tuesday examining the role of each contractor in the construction of the pedestrian bridge at Florida International University that collapsed March 15, 2018 onto eight cars.

NTSB says the Florida Department of Transportation listed the company Louis Berger Group, Inc. on a website-generated report as prequalified to evaluate the construction of a complex concrete bridge. FDOT told investigators it was a “technical error” on its website, as the company was not actually allowed to review that project.

In emails between FDOT representatives and an NTSB investigator, the state’s transportation department said firms involved in the project should not have simply relied on the website as proof of Louis Berger’s credentials, and should have done their own due diligence, such as seeing an actual letter of qualification from the state.

The level of qualification for that project required companies to have at least three professional engineers registered with the Florida State Board of Professional Engineers, and a minimum of five years of structural concrete bridge design experience.

FDOT told NTSB that Louis Berger never received the qualification that pedestrian bridge required. The company lost a qualification it had for less complex bridge designs in December 2016 because they lost some of their engineers.

The company that designed the bridge, FIGG Bridge Engineers, Inc. said in a response to NTSB findings that there was no disclosure on the state website saying firms shouldn’t rely on its website.

A report by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration had already revealed that the bridge suffered extensive cracking in the days before the collapse because of a “deficient” structural design. Engineers had knowledge of extensive cracking and failed to order the closure of the busy highway 11 miles (18 kilometers) west of downtown Miami, investigators said.

Will Watts, FDOT’s chief engineer, said in a Sept. 20 letter to NTSB “the road should have been completely closed to all traffic if the contractor was undertaking activities that posed a risk to the public.”

FIGG employees evaluated the cracks and said they didn’t find safety concerns.

A Federal Highway Administration assessment released with the trove of documents on Tuesday found that FIGG “made significant errors,” in its design calculations, leading to cracking that wasn’t properly addressed.

The project was designed to look like a cable-stayed bridge, with steel pipes branching out from a tall mast. But it was never completed. Contractors used a method that avoids disrupting traffic by building bridge spans offsite and then transporting them to the location in a matter of hours.

Engineers began noticing cracks soon after the 174-foot-long (53-meter) span was put in place on March 10, 2018, days before the collapse. A crew was on the bridge working on tightening a diagonal beam the day it collapsed onto traffic.

NTSB will discuss the findings at an Oct. 22 public board meeting that’s intended to determine the probable cause of the collapse.

Bridge inspection, repair, and construction entails a variety of serious hazards for all types of individuals, including engineers, inspectors, construction workers, equipment operators, contractors, and even pedestrians, as this case shows. Accidents that happen involving bridges being built or repaired can usually be blamed on the use of heavy machinery and equipment and safety standards being disregarded or ignored. In some cases, the bridges being built or repaired cannot handle the weight of the equipment being used, which can result in a catastrophic accident. Workers and innocent bystanders can be injured or killed due to the blatant disregard for safety procedures. 

Most construction site accidents should be avoided by having properly trained employees following the proper safety guidelines. Following these standards can mean the difference between life and death. Anyone that is injured because of a bridge collapse can be entitled to financial compensation for those injuries. 

The family members of victims killed in construction accidents or bridge collapses are also entitled to financial relief when an accident happens in the South Florida area. They may be able to recover for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, funeral costs, and any other losses they encounter due to the negligence of a construction site or its employees.

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Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and Key West draw in millions of visitors every year. Some come to shop, take in the bustling nightlife, relax on the beautiful beaches, dine at renowned restaurants, or even take in a Marlins or Dolphins game. South Florida can offer up a little piece of paradise to everyone that chooses to vacation here.

Common South Florida Tourist Injuries

Whether it’s business or pleasure that has taken you to South Florida, you can always face dangers. While no one expects to be injured on vacation, the reality is that it can happen. South Florida tourists may be involved in:

  • Car accidents
  • Hotel assaults
  • Boat accidents
  • Bus accidents
  • Taxi-cab crashes
  • Pedestrian injuries
  • Slip and fall or trip and fall accidents
  • Swimming or water-related injuries
  • Cruise ship accidents

Tourist Attractions in South Florida

Yes, it is true that accidents can really happen anywhere. Some of the most popular tourist attractions in South Florida include the Miami Seaquarium, snorkeling at the first undersea park in the US as they explore John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Jungle Island, Miami Dade College’s Museum of Art and Design, Miami Children’s Museum, Museum of Discovery and Science, the Bonnet House Museum and Gardens, the Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park, NSU Art Museum, the Old Fort Lauderdale Village and Museum, the Pérez Art Museum, the Stonewall National Museum and Archives, the Stranahan House, the Bass, the Kampong, the Wolfsonian, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, Everglades National Park, Bayside Marketplace, Little Havana and Calle Ocho, American Airlines Arena, Zoo Miami, Coral Castle, Key Biscayne and Crandon Park, and many more.

Whether you are a sports fan coming to take in a Miami Marlins baseball game or a Miami Dolphins football game, or are attending a concert, or attending a museum or beaches, suffering a serious injury can land you in the hospital in an unfamiliar place. If your injuries are severe, you will not be able to return home for work or school and you will need immediate legal help to make sure you recover full and fair financial compensation for your suffering.

Call Us If You Are Injured As A Tourist in South Florida

If you, a family member or friend is injured while on vacation, you may not know what to do. You are away from home and unfamiliar with the city and state you are in. In order to file a personal injury claim, you need to secure local legal representation, as your injury lawyer must be admitted in the state of Florida.

Our South Florida Injury Attorneys at Whittel & Melton are happy to serve Florida residents and tourists alike hold any negligent parties responsible for causing your injuries. If you were injured in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, or any other city in Florida, we can help advise you of your legal rights and options to pursue your case. We offer completely free consultations, and will never collect any upfront fees. We work on a strict contingency basis, and only get paid when your case is resolved.

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A woman who was on a first date fell off a motorcycle somehow and was run over several times on I-95 Friday, according to reports.

The 33-year-old was picked up by a man on a motorcycle Thursday night. They were headed to downtown Delray Beach for a night on the town.

The tragic incident, which happened just south of Atlantic Boulevard in Pompano Beach, is being investigated as a traffic homicide, Florida Highway Patrol officials said.

Several drivers accidentally ran over the woman around 1:30 a.m. Friday. Some drivers stopped and stayed, and others kept driving, according to FHP.

Some witnesses said they had seen a man on a motorcycle standing near the woman’s body, and then take off.

A wrongful death suit may arise from an accidental death, like a motorcycle crash or an intentional violent act, such as assault and battery. Sometimes, a death may result in both criminal charges and a wrongful death lawsuit being filed. The lawsuits will be filed separately; a criminal prosecution is intended to punish a wrongdoer and is brought by police and government prosecutors, whereas a wrongful death lawsuit is a civil action filed by surviving family members to obtain monetary compensation.

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