Interstate 75 has earned a reputation as one of the most dangerous highways in the State of Florida. This week, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles acknowledged that it has more than 13 lawsuits outstanding. Most of the lawsuits stem from a series of deadly crashes that occurred in January, which killed 11 people and sent 18 more to the hospital. At the time of the accidents, I-75 had just been reopened to traffic and was covered with smoke and fog after a wildfire has spread through the area.
The Department of Highway Safety has admitted that they expect to see at least a dozen more lawsuits after a Florida Department of Law Enforcement report determined that the Florida Highway Patrol “made mistakes in reopening the highway about 30 minutes before the crashes began.” While the report found that no one acted criminally, the report did conclude that the lieutenant who ordered the highway to be reopened had no formal training for the task. However, the lieutenant’s decision was supported by other government agencies, including the Department of Transportation and the Florida Forest Service. The Department of Highway Safety, which oversees highway patrol, will respond to the report and conduct its own investigation into the crash.
Numerous families have filed lawsuits on behalf of their deceased loved ones, including four families from Kennesaw, Georgia, whose loved ones were travelling with their church, and the estate of Vontavia Robinson of Williston, Florida. Additionally, a lawsuit filed on behalf of Bernard and Margie Dewitt claims that the accident caused Margie to suffer a brain injury and she has been comatose since January.
Fla. facing impending lawsuits over I-75 crashes, www.miamiherald.com August 07, 2012.
The January crashes on I-75 were some of the most horrific crashes in Florida history. With thick smoke and heavy fog, cars and tractor-trailers crashed into and drove over one another. The Fort Lauderdale wrongful death lawyers at the Friedland Law Group understand how difficult it is to lose a loved one due to another person’s senseless acts. If you have lost your loved one or if you have been involved in an automobile accident, call the Broward auto accident attorneys at the Friedland Law Group today. The Coral Gables personal injury attorneys have devoted over twenty years to helping victims and their families recover compensation for their injuries. Don’t hesitate; call (305) 661-2008 today for your free consultation.
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