Last week a 44-year-old male was killed during a Florida automobile accident. According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the accident happened in Gadsden County. The 44-year-old, a semi-truck driver from Mount Vernon, Alabama, was traveling eastbound in his semi when a Honda Civic attempted to pass him.
As the Honda came up alongside the semi, the semi-truck drifted into the inside lane, striking the passing Honda’s right side. This caused the driver of the Honda to lose control of the vehicle. Both the Honda and the semi then swerved into the right shoulder, where the Honda struck a tree and the semi hit several trees before coming to a stop.
The semi-truck driver was pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver of the Honda was transported to a nearby medical facility for treatment to serious injuries.
The FHP says charges are pending and that the investigation continues.
As this Florida motor vehicle accident left one person dead and one seriously injured, there will likely be several lawsuits filed. However, the issue of compensation will come down to who was negligent – or at fault. Based on the facts that we know, the issue of fault could be difficult to decide. For example, if the Honda was passing in a no passing zone, then a jury or judge could determine that this was a negligent act that caused the death of the semi-truck driver. On the other hand, if the semi-truck driver was driving while texting or had driven too many hours and thus was tired, and that this caused him to veer into the passing lane, then he could be found negligent for the accident. Another possibility is that both the driver of the Honda and the semi-truck driver were negligent in some part, thus any compensation awarded would be reduced by the corresponding level of contributory negligence involved.
Confused yet? Clearly, personal injury law suits arising from a Florida car accident can be complicated. Thus, it is highly recommended that you seek the advice of an experienced Florida personal injury attorney. To ensure you get the compensation you deserve, call the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. today and schedule your free initial consultation.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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