Florida car accidents that occur on interstates and other high-speed roads are especially dangerous, as many drivers fail to realize how speed factors into the likelihood for an accident to occur, as well as the severity of accidents that do occur. Deadly accidents are tragically common on Florida roads, and many could be prevented if all drivers exercise due care when on the road. A recently published local news report discusses an accident that occurred early on New Year’s Eve, which took the life of a young girl and seriously injured several others.
According to the report, the child and her family were traveling in an SUV on Interstate 75 in southwest Florida when their vehicle was struck from behind by another vehicle that was following them closely. After the initial collision, the SUV was crushed into a fuel tanker that was stopped in front of it, resulting in several injuries and the death of the young girl. The news report does not mention if any criminal charges will be filed against anyone involved in the crash, however, the at-fault parties may be criminally and civilly liable for the damages resulting from the crash.
High-speed travel of interstates and highways can be especially dangerous. Two of the most common dangerous and illegal driving behaviors that contribute to highway accidents are traveling with excessive speed and following too closely. Many drivers underestimate the time that it takes to come to a stop when driving at speeds in excess of 60 miles per hour. Factoring in possible distractions as well as reaction time, drivers should leave enough distance between themselves and the next car to allow them to safely stop. Generally, it is reasonable and safe for drivers to leave at least two seconds worth of road between themselves and the next vehicle.
Drivers who follow too closely or speed excessively and cause an accident may face both civil and criminal liability for the harm that resulted from the accident. If a driver causes an accident while violating a traffic law, the law sees them as negligent per se, which can allow an accident victim to pursue a personal injury or wrongful death claim against them more easily. Victims of an accident caused by a negligent driver can expect to be reimbursed for their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, as well as possible compensation for any short or long-term disability that resulted from the accident.
Have You Been Injured by a Negligent Driver?
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a Florida car accident, you may have a claim for damages. Whether you were a driver or a passenger, and regardless of who was at fault for the crash, a substantial settlement may be in order. If you have questions about a possible claim, the experienced Florida personal injury attorneys at Friedman, Rodman & Frank can evaluate your case and help you seek compensation for your loss. The consultation is free, and we don’t get paid anything unless and until you get an award. Our attorneys represent victims of car accidents, as well as other personal injury and negligence claims. Call our office at 877-448-8585 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.