Archive for April, 2013
At least one U.S. congressman and many safety experts raised questions about whether incomplete disclosure to the Department of Homeland Security may have contributed to the explosion. In a statement, Mississippi Congressman Bennie Thompson said: “It seems this manufacturer was willfully off the grid. This facility was known to have chemicals well above the threshold amount to be regulated under the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Act (CFATS), yet we understand that DHS did not even know the plant existed until it blew up.”
Thompson went on to say: “I strongly believe that if the proper safeguards were in place, as are at thousands of (DHS) CFATS-regulated plants across the country, the loss of life and destruction could have been far less extensive.”
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A shocking and devastating Waco Texas fertilizer plant explosion in the town of West resulted in at least 14 deaths and hundreds of injuries. While an investigation is underway, violations and incomplete disclosure by the West Fertilizer Co. are raising questions about whether the fertilizer plant operators may be liable for injuries, wrongful death and property damage.
The fertilizer plant exploded on April 17 in the small farming community about 20 miles north of Waco, creating a mushroom cloud and flames that filled the sky. Shortly before the blast, firefighters who were battling a blaze at the West Fertilizer Co. began evacuating people from the immediate area.
In addition to the fatalities and injuries, the explosion leveled a four-to-five block area around the plant. Between 50 and 75 homes, a middle school and a nursing home were destroyed. Some nursing home residents were trapped in the rubble.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles recently released preliminary data indicating that 4,841 of the traffic crashes that occurred in 2012 involved a driver using an electronic communication device. Using such a device significantly increases the chances of a car accident occurring and lawmakers in Florida have tried several times to get a law passed that would ban texting and driving. Unfortunately, past efforts have been unsuccessful.
Our West Palm Beach Car Accident lawyer know that Florida is one of a minority of states that doesn’t have a statewide ban on texting and driving, as more than 39 other states within the U.S. have some type of ban in place. Hopefully, however, this will be changing soon. This April, which also happens to be Distracted Driving Month, the bill is moving forward.
Update on Florida’s Distracted Driving Law
A bill on texting and driving is moving through both the Florida House and the Florida Senate. Local 10 recently reported that the House Economics Committee cleared the distracted driving bill- HB 13- by a 16-1 vote. At the same time, the companion bill in the Senate- SB 52- is also moving along.
Having cleared the House Economics Committee, HB 13 is now moving to the floor for debate and for a vote. SB 52 is also going to move towards the full senate for a vote.
The bills would make texting and driving a secondary offense, which means that a driver who is texting cannot get pulled over unless he is also breaking some other primary offense law such as speeding or running a red light. If a texting driver is stopped and ticketed, the driver would be fined $30.00. If a driver offended again and was caught two or more times within a five year period, the texting driver would be fined $60 and would get three points on his or her driver’s license. Finally, if a driver was texting and was involved in a car accident, the driver would get six points on his or her license.
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