Highway accidents can be particularly devastating as all vehicles are traveling at high speeds. If you have been harmed in a highway accident, you must contact a Miami personal injury attorney immediately. We will get to the bottom of what happened in your case and help you understand your legal rights and options. Accident victims only have a limited time to file claims in Florida courts so it is imperative to get legal help as quickly as possible after the wreck.
A 58-year-old man recently died after being struck by a car on the Florida Turnpike. C.F. had pulled over to the side of the road when his 2010 Ford Escape began to overheat, according to an accident report from the Florida Highway Patrol. As C.F. exited his car, he was hit by a 2017 Jeep Renegade that had drifted into the emergency lane and died on the spot. The accident took place around 8:30 a.m. in Summerfield. The Ford’s passenger and the Jeep’s driver were not injured. Law enforcement said that charges are pending against the driver of the Jeep. So far, there is no known reason for why her car drifted but authorities have confirmed that alcohol did not play a part in the accident.
Common Causes of Highway Accidents in Florida
The highway is usually a quick and convenient way for a person to get from one place to another but it can also be a dangerous place if drivers do not exercise caution behind the wheel. Highway accidents can have a variety of causes, including but not limited to:
- Drunk driving;
- Excessive speeding;
- Adverse weather conditions;
- Unsafe lane changes;
- Distracted driving; and/or
- Poorly marked construction zones.
Liability in Highway Accident Cases
If you were injured or lost a loved one in a highway accident, you may be able to recover compensation through a negligence claim. Negligence is the legal concept that forms the basis for the vast majority of personal injury claims. Negligence is defined as a person’s failure to act in the way in which a reasonably careful person would have under the same or similar circumstances, thereby causing property damage, bodily injury or death to another. All drivers have a duty to exercise care toward other drivers on the road, including the highway. Thus, if a driver causes a highway accident by speeding excessively, that driver would likely be considered negligent and liable for the accident because a reasonably careful person would follow the speed limit, understanding the risk of accident associated with excessive speeding.
Reputable Miami Highway Accident Attorney
Have you or a loved one been injured on the freeway or turnpike? If so, you need to discuss your case with a trusted Miami auto accident lawyer. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we are committed to getting our South Florida clients full and fair compensation in their case. We are here to answer your questions and address your concerns during every step of the legal process. To talk to our team about your accident, please do not wait to call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or reach out to us online.
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