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OCALA, FL – A two-vehicle collision in Ocala Friday evening sent seven people to the hospital, the Ocala News reports.

Ocala Police, Ocala Fire Rescue, and Marion County Fire Rescue all responded to the scene in the area of W Silver Springs Boulevard and NW 30th Avenue just before 6:15 p.m.

Crews arrived to find that a pickup truck had collided with a compact sport utility vehicle. Rescue crews extricated a passenger from the SUV with the use of cutters and spreaders.  That person was taken to an area hospital as a trauma alert.  The driver of the SUV and five people in the pickup truck – two adults and three children – were also taken to a hospital to be evaluated.

A 27-year-old man attending the Steelers game on Sunday died after falling 40 feet from an escalator around 4:30 p.m. after the game ended and crowds of fans were exiting Acrisure Stadium.

According to reports from the Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety, EMS responded to a “fall from height” call around 4:45 p.m. at Acrisure Stadium, minutes after the Steelers lost to the Jets.

They tended to the man at the scene, and transported him to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.

The Steelers released a statement Sunday evening stating that they were aware of the situation and would assist police in any way to further investigate the matter.

Escalators are easily accessible in airports, large buildings, shopping malls, and stadiums and other large venues. While these devices are certainly convenient for the masses, they are also heavy machines that have many moving parts, so things can go awry very quickly.

Florida-Stadium-Personal-Injury-Lawyers-200x300While we do not often hear about escalator incidents in the news and other media outlets, when these accidents do happen, they are usually unexpected and leave victims suffering from serious injuries if they are lucky enough to survive. After such a tragedy, victims and their families may be wondering who is liable. Is the stadium owner or manager responsible for legal damages?

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed because of a dangerous condition or defect at a sports venue in Florida, then our Florida Stadium Injuries Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help protect your rights. Under premises liability laws, you may be entitled to financial compensation for personal injury or wrongful death damages after a slip and fall or trip and fall at a stadium if the venue’s owner or manager failed to live up to their obligations and keep their premises safe to all spectators and visitors.

What Causes an Escalator Accident?

Escalators are comprised of many moving parts, so when they are poorly designed or maintained, things can go wrong in an instant. The most common escalator accidents happen due to:

  • Fingers getting trapped
  • Escalators changing direction – leading to a pileup
  • Limbs getting trapped between steps
  • Missing comb plates
  • Missing foot brushes
  • Overcrowding
  • Gaps in plates or steps
  • Flaws in the escalator design
  • Clothing and limbs getting stuck in machinery
  • Poor lighting
  • Loose or missing screws
  • Emergency shut-off buttons that fail
  • Defective handrails

Slip and Fall or Trip and Fall Incidents at Stadiums

In order to be successful in a Florida stadium injury or wrongful death lawsuit, it must be shown that the property owner or manager was negligent. Whether filing a claim against Tropicana Field, Silver Spurs Arena, Raymond James Stadium, Pensacola Bay Center, Marlins Park Lockhart Stadium, Lakeland Center, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Hard Rock Stadium, Germain Arena, Florida State Fairgrounds Complex and Expo Hall, FIU Stadium, First Data Field, FAU Stadium, EverBank Field, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Donald L. Tucker Civic Center, Doak S. Campbell Stadium, CFE Federal Credit Union Arena, Camping World Stadium, Bright House Networks Stadium, Bragg Memorial Stadium, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, BB&T Center, Amway Center, AmericanAirlines Arena, or Amalie Arena, plaintiffs must be able to prove the following elements:

  • The stadium or sports venue owed you a duty of care
  • The owner or manager of the venue knew about a hazard, or should have known about the hazard, and failed to remedy the situation or failed to warn all visitors of the danger
  • The negligence of the owner or manager contributed to your injuries (or the death of a loved one) in some way
  • Economic damages were suffered as a result of the accident, such as medical bills, lost wages, funeral expensed, and other financial losses

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LAKE COUNTY, FL – One person was killed and another seriously injured in a collision in Okahumpka, Lake County on Sunday morning, the Leesburg-News reported.

The Florida Highway Patrol said a man driving a Mitsubishi Outlander went through a red light on County Road 470 near County Road 33 at about 8:44 a.m.  The Mitsubishi crashed into the side of a semi-truck driven by a 43-year-old Brandon man who had the green light.

A 25-year-old passenger in the Mitsubishi was pronounced dead at the scene, while the 33-year-old driver of the Mitsubishi, a Bradenton man, was seriously injured and flown to Orlando Regional Medical Center.  Crews at the scene cleaned up a spill of diesel fuel resulting from the crash.

MARION COUNTY, FL – The Florida Highway Patrol said a high-speed car crash killed a teenage driver in Marion County.

According to a report by WKMG, a 17-year-old was driving a car at a high rate of speed on SE 58th Avenue Sept. 25 when the accident occurred at about 5:45 p.m.

State troopers said the driver lost control of the car after the left tire sustained a failure.  The car went off the road, and when the driver overcorrected, the vehicle went back across the roadway and onto a grass shoulder before crashing into a wooden fence.

SUMTER COUNTY, FL – A car accident at an intersection in Sumter County Tuesday morning claimed the life of a driver, reports the Villages-News.

The Florida Highway Patrol issued a report on the crash that happened in the area of County Road 476 and County Road 647 just east of Nobleton. According to the FHP, a woman driving a sedan was leaving the parking lot of a Circle K/Shell gas station at about 8:10 a.m. when she entered the path of a pickup truck approaching the exit of the gas station.  The front of the pickup then collided with the car, which overturned as a result of the collision.

The sedan driver, a 38-year-old resident of Bushnell, was taken to an area hospital where she died of her injuries.

NEW PORT RICHEY, FL – A search is underway for a hit-and-run driver who struck a teenager in Pasco County recently.

According to the Tampa Free Press, the victim was a 14-year-old boy who was walking along the shoulder of Fargo Drive Sept. 18 just after 7 p.m.

The Florida Highway Patrol said the driver of an eastbound Ford F-150 pickup truck lost control of the vehicle on Fargo Drive near Overhill Drive, drove off the roadway and hit the teen. The crash left the boy seriously injured.

OCALA, FL – The Florida Highway Patrol said a motorcycle rider was killed in a collision with a car at an intersection in Ocala on Saturday afternoon.

The Ocala Star-Banner reports state troopers responded to the scene at Southeast 31st Street and Southeast 36th Avenue shortly before 3:30 p.m.

According to the FHP, a man was driving his motorcycle west on Southeast 31st Street and went through the intersection as the driver of a Toyota Camry was making a left turn onto Southeast 36th Avenue and the vehicles collided.

OCALA, FL – Ocala police said a teenage boy died after being hit by a Marion County Public School maintenance vehicle last week.

In a Facebook post, the Ocala Police Department said the incident took place Thursday morning on SW 20th Street at about 6:50 a.m.  The investigation determined that the victim, a 13-year-old boy, was riding with his mother on a motorcycle heading east.

When the woman stopped the motorcycle, the boy got off to see a friend on the sidewalk and ran across the westbound lanes of traffic.  At that point he was hit by the maintenance vehicle, which was towing a trailer and a lawn mower.

SILVER SPRINGS, FL – A crash between a sport utility vehicle and a sedan in Silver Springs Thursday left two people dead and and another injured, state troopers said.

The Ocala Star-Banner reports authorities were notified of the incident on State Road 40 East near Northeast 14th Street Road at about 1:30 p.m.

Investigators said a Hyundai Elantra and a Jeep Liberty were going in opposite directions at a curve in the roadway when the Hyundai drifted into the lane of the Jeep, resulting in a collision.  Two women in the Hyundai, ages 63 and 57, died after being transported to HCA Florida Ocala Hospital.  Both were residents of Silver Springs.

SUMTER COUNTY, FL – The Florida Highway Patrol said a motorcycle and a pickup truck were involved in a fatal collision in Sumter County on Tuesday night.

WKMG reports the accident took place in the area of County Road 466 and County Road 223 at about 8:30 p.m.   According to the FHP, the driver of a pickup truck going west on County Road 466 made a left turn and entered the path of a motorcycle, causing the motorcycle to strike the front right side of the pickup.

The motorcycle rider was pronounced dead after being transported to an area hospital.  Troopers said the victim was a 44-year-old man from Wildwood.  The driver of the pickup truck, a 42-year-old Wildwood man, sustained minor injuries.

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