Fatal Sarasota Accident Due to Rear-End Collision

On Tuesday morning, February 7th, Sarasota police responded to an accident on University Parkway that left one man dead and another injured. Mark Obrien was driving his Toyota Corolla east, when he failed to slow down for another Corolla driven by Michael Bakken that was stopped in front off him. Obrien rear-ended the vehicle, and […]

Light Up 2017: The Dangers of Walking in The Dark

The New Year…2017 is here, and with it, the hopes that we have lower accident rates, vehicular injuries and deaths, and fewer road-related accidents. Before the end of 2016 though, two accidents happened over the course of 48 hours that claimed the life of one pedestrian and left another seriously injured. The two accidents, while […]

Reckless Driving Takes The Lives of 5 Tennessee Children

On Monday, a terrible tragedy struck the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee. A bus filled with 35 children was on its afternoon route delivering them back to their homes when it crashed, leaving 5 of the children dead, and many more injured. The driver, a 24-year old man who had just received his commercial license in […]

Passengers and Liability: What You Might Not Know

Thanksgiving has passed, and while many families are moving on excitedly to plan for Christmas and the New Year, a group of families in Polk County are grieving after losing their loved ones on Thanksgiving day to a vehicle accident on Highway 17. Eighty-one year old Earl Williams was driving north in his 4-door sedan […]

Liability Doesn’t Disappear: Why Families Deserve Compensation

Recently, Sessums Law Group felt honored to be trusted with the Paul Wooten Jr. case. Mr. Wooten was killed last year while he was stopped at an intersection on his motorcycle. He was hit from behind by a pickup truck that was being driven by John Stone of Mulberry, FL. Mr. Stone was intoxicated and […]

Protecting Our Pedestrians: Hit-and-Run Claims Another Life in Lakeland

This week has seen yet another fatality caused by a hit-and-run accident here in Lakeland. Sadly, in this case, a suspect has yet to be found, and the family of the woman killed has no closure or information. On October 6th at 6:30 AM a Black Ford F-150 (likely a 2004-2008 model) heading toward U.S. […]

Better Late Than Never: Speeding Can Kill

Obeying the speed limit is often looked upon as “prudish” or being overly cautious. While the speed limit signs are clearly marked on every public roadway you will drive on in Polk County, people rarely follow them. However, driving at a safe speed could mean the difference between life and death. On October 4th, a […]

When You Lose Control: How Overcorrection Can Be Deadly

We’ve all been there. You are driving along normally, and whether it’s distracted driving, a strong wind, or a change in the roadway, your car drifts off to one side or the other. If you’re fortunate, it drifts to the side where there is a median or emergency lane to give you some “grace.” If […]

Take It Slow: When Speeding and Wet Roads Take Lives

It’s common knowledge that you shouldn’t speed when roads are wet, yet here in Central Florida, the regular presence of rainy weather and our open roadways can cause us to become calloused to the true danger of driving in inclement weather. Sadly, this led to the death of two local residents in Polk County this […]

Bicycle Safety: Protect Yourself When Biking on Major Roadways

On our Sessums Law Group blog, we have discussed safety tips for motorists regarding motorcycles, pedestrians, semi-trucks, and most of all, other motorists. However, many of these posts have focused on how the driver of the vehicle should practice safety. However, there are also times when the unexpected can happen to you even when you are being […]