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Dual Fatal Crash on U.S. 19 in Pinellas County

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Two women were killed after a driver turned into the path of an oncoming car while attempting a left turn against traffic. The wreck happened when 84-year-old Diane Pires tried to turn left from southbound U.S. 19 to Royal Boulevard. In so doing, she pulled directly into the path of an oncoming Audi, driven… Read More »

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Four People Killed in Three Overnight Bay Area Crashes

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Three separate crashes in a 24-hour period claimed four lives and created some complex legal questions for Tampa car accident attorneys to answer. In the first wreck, Ralph Innamorato was waiting to enter a gas station on Seven Springs Boulevard. He pulled directly into the path of an oncoming motorcycle, ridden by Bradley Casler… Read More »

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Runaway Semi-Truck in Davenport Kills One

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Investigators shut down one of the most heavily-travelled roads in Polk County as they pieced together the details of a multi-vehicle accident. Police state that a truck driver rolled through a stop sign at the intersection of South Boulevard West and Highway 27. An oncoming semi-truck, which was southbound on Highway 27, swerved to… Read More »

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Three-Car Collision Seriously Injures Two People

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

A man ran a red light, causing a chain-reaction crash at the intersection of County Road 54 and Grand Oaks Boulevard. 28-year-old Cooper Gil and 24-year-old Paula Ortiz were both westbound on CR 54. Gil approached the intersection on a red light and Ortiz waited to make a left turn against traffic. 24-year-old Desiree… Read More »

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Tampa Woman in Jail After Alleged DUI Crash

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

50-year-old Helen Mention is behind bars after she allegedly drove drunk and slammed into a guardrail. Her infant grandchild, who was in the vehicle, died three days later. According to police and witnesses, Mention was driving erratically before the final crash. Responders found her semi-conscious and slumped against the driver’s side door. Harlem, her… Read More »

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Obtaining Compensation in Device Distraction Claims

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Generally, distracted drivers kill thousands of victims every year. A significant number of these crashes involve cell phones. To reduce the number of fatalities, Florida lawmakers recently approved a much tougher cell phone ban. But the new law only goes so far. If the victim suffered a serious injury, damages in a device distraction… Read More »

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Fireball Wreck on Interstate 75 in New Tampa

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A truck driver who failed to stop for backed-up traffic triggered a fiery eight-vehicle wreck which killed two people and injured several others. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a semi-truck driver did not slow down for stacked-up traffic near the New Tampa Boulevard exit. That driver tried to avoid a crash by changing… Read More »

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Tampa Intersection Crash Kills 5-Month-Old Girl

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Even though she was safely secured in a carseat, tiny Clara Garcia was not among the survivors of a serious crash in Hillsborough County. According to investigators, a driver on Van Dyke Road ignored a stop sign and t-boned an SUV which had the right-of-way in the intersection. Six other vehicles slammed into the… Read More »

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Negligent Driver Hits and Kills Pedestrian in Tampa

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

A wheelchair-bound man is dead after a speeding car struck him on Dale Mabry Highway near West Waters. Florida Highway Patrol troopers state that a 66-year-old man was crossing Waters Avenue when a 64-year-old woman, who was driving a Prius, struck him in the intersection. The driver had the green light, according to the… Read More »

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Wrong-Way Collision Kills Motorcycle Rider

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Even though 38-year-old Daniel Morgan was operating on the wrong side of the road without a helmet, his survivors may still have legal options, thanks to the unique makeup of Florida laws. This wreck occurred in Pasco County. According to Florida Highway Patrol troopers, Morgan was riding northbound on the southbound side of Moon… Read More »

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The Five Kinds of Driving Impairment

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Most of the vehicle collisions in Tampa are not “accidents.” Instead, driver error causes almost all of these incidents. Many times, the tortfeasor (negligent driver) is impaired in some way. Compensation tends to be rather high in these cases. These tortfeasors generally know they should not get behind the wheel, yet they choose to… Read More »

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Fatal Wrong-Way Crash on Interstate 275

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Police do not know how long a southbound motorist operated her vehicle on the northbound side of I-275 before she struck another car head-on. The wreck happened near mile marker 49 at about 4:30 a.m. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 39-year-old Aryail Gomez was travelling on the wrong side of the freeway when… Read More »

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Dual Fatal Car Crash in Tampa

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Investigators say that alcohol probably caused a rollover collision which killed two people in an accident near Ybor City. The wreck happened near the intersection of North 15th Street and East 21st Avenue. Authorities state that 47-year-old Roberto Diaz was intoxicated when he drove on the wrong side of the road, clipped several parked… Read More »

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Left-Turn Crash Kills New Port Richey Woman

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

A driver turned directly into the path of an oncoming motorist, killing one person and sending two others to area hospitals. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 29-year-old Hana Bandealy was northbound on Nebraska near the 121st Avenue intersection when 47-year-old Aracely Garcia made a left turn directly in front of Bandealy. Malek Gajani,… Read More »

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Tractor-Trailer Driver Involved in Fatal Crash

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

A beloved school bus driver was on her way to her last, first day of school, but she never made it there. According to Plant City police, 38-year-old Franciou Romelus parked his semi-truck in a traffic lane of Airport Road, so he could leave the truck and determine if a nearby business was open…. Read More »

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Nine Vehicle Pile-Up Crash on Interstate 75

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

A negligent dump truck driver triggered a chain-reaction crash on I-75 which killed two people and seriously injured several others. 74-year-old Daniel Ragan, of Spring Hill, failed to slow down or stop as he approached stacked-up traffic on Interstate 75 near the Fowler Avenue exit. The dump truck slammed into a van and overturned… Read More »

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Fireball Crash in St. Petersburg Seriously Injures Five People

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

A chain reaction crash on the Howard Frankland Bridge involved multiple vehicles, including a tractor trailer. The complex wreck began when one driver stopped to help a Cadillac SUV which had run out of gas. A few moments later, an approaching eighteen-wheeler cut off a passenger car in traffic. That vehicle swerved to avoid… Read More »

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Officers Capture Fleeing Hit-and-Run Driver

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

A Florida man is in custody after he jumped into a river to avoid capture in the wake of a car crash. Police say that 43-year-old Jack Knapper rear-ended another vehicle which was stopped at a traffic light. Officers tried to detain Knapper, who immediately fled the scene. A short distance away, he leaped… Read More »

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Fatal Pedestrian Accident in Tampa

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

A woman is dead after she tried to walk across Interstate 75, and investigators believe that speed was to blame for the accident. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a woman was switching between vehicles which were parked on the shoulder. As she stepped into the traffic lane, a Hummer approaching at a high… Read More »

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SUV Crash Critically Injures Tampa Toddler

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

A man who was backing out of his driveway struck a 3-year-old boy who was riding a tricycle. The impact sent the boy to the hospital with serious injuries. The crash occurred in a residential area of Land O’Lakes. According to police and witnesses, the child was riding his tricycle near his home when… Read More »

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