Videos were recently released of an accident involving a car going the wrong way on the Palmetto Expressway in Miami. The accident occurred in late August and resulted in the deaths of five young people.
After getting onto the expressway, the driver of an Infiniti sped past several vehicles going in the opposite direction before colliding directly with another car. The driver’s car then flew over several lanes before smashing into a guardrail.
Speed and alcohol were factors in the crash
All five drivers in the car that was hit were killed. It is estimated that the Infiniti driver was driving approximately 80 mph at the time of the accident. He was also driving while drunk.
The Infiniti driver is facing five counts of vehicular manslaughter — one for each victim — and a charge of DUI manslaughter. His blood alcohol level was measured at 0.152%, which is well over Florida’s legal limit.
Car accidents caused by negligent drivers injure and take the lives of many Florida residents each year. Most car accidents are caused by some form of negligence.
What is negligence?
All drivers have a legal duty to drive safely and reasonably. When a driver does not drive safely and reasonably, and they cause an accident, they are negligent.
If you are injured in a car accident, you might face many problems. You may have serious injuries that cause you to miss work or even lose your job. You may receive medical bills for amounts that you are unable to pay.
Not all car accident injuries are physical. Many victims suffer years of mental and emotional stress, reliving the frightening moments of the accident.
Your options after an accident
Through a personal injury claim, you could receive compensation for both your physical and mental damages after a car accident. Proving negligence in court is a challenge, and the court looks at many different factors.
An experienced personal injury attorney can help you file a claim and fight for compensation.