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Florida Highway Patrol places responsibility for I-75 crashes on the shoulders of drivers

A recent report released by the Florida Highway Patrol examining the causes of multiple collisions on Interstate 75 states that drivers were responsible for these crashes, as they failed to adapt to roadway conditions. The report has stirred up controversy, as the crashes occurred amidst heavy fog and smoke from a nearby brushfire.

The Florida Highway Patrol made a decision to reopen a stretch of the highway after one of the accidents was called into question by many, as another trucking accident occurred some 35 minutes after that stretch of I-75 was reopened. Eighteen fatalities were reported from the incidents, which caused tremendous damages and involved tractor-trailers, cars, and trucks.

Regardless of the Florida Highway Patrol’s claims, in trucking accidents like those that occurred on I-75, there are frequently several different parties at fault for the accident. Rarely are such large, disastrous accidents solely the fault of the drivers—especially if inclement weather played a role.

Florida is a comparative fault state, meaning that in personal injury or wrongful death cases, fault is assessed on a proportional basis. For example, this means that the driver of a truck that flipped over could be partially at fault for overcorrecting, while the authorities could also be partially at fault for reopening a dangerous highway when they were aware of the abysmal driving conditions.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a car crash, it is critical that you contact a personal injury attorney immediately to assess your case. A competent personal injury lawyer can determine if a third party was at fault, even if you are unsure.

At the Law Offices of Stephen K. Miller, we accept personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits on a contingency fee basis, meaning you would owe us neither legal fees nor costs unless we recover money damage for you—thus, there is no up front cost to you for us to handle the case. In addition to personal injury, medical malpractice, and wrongful death cases, our firm also handles lawsuits involving divorce, custody battles, domestic violence injunctions, will and probate matters, and criminal defense cases. Our firm has offices in Gainesville, Ocala, Chiefland, Lake City, Palatka, Jacksonville, Daytona, Palm Coast, St. Augustine, Orlando, Kissimmee, Lake Mary, and Melbourne.

If you or a family member has been seriously injured or died in a trucking accident, interstate crash, highway accident, tire failure crash, rollover or other car accident, contact the Law Offices of Stephen K. Miller for a free phone consultation at (866) 496-8752 or via email at Info@ForYourLaw.com

BY: Monica Perez-McMillen, Attorney at Law

August 22, 2012
 
 
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