Bevy of lawsuits in wake of fatal I-75 wrecks in January

August 8th, 2012 - by DKRPA

Back in January, the state of Florida was rocked by a colossal traffic pileup caused by a perfect storm of unfortunate conditions. A nearby wildfire caused a thick blanket of smoke near Interstate-75 around Tallahassee, which combined with a bank of fog. Drivers were practically blinded by the dense cloak of smog that coated over I-75.

Unfortunately, that wasn’t the worst of the tragic car accidents. The Florida Highway Patrol apparently failed in their efforts to safely reopen the highway, allowing vehicles back on I-75 even though visual conditions had not improved. The unfortunate risk of their calamitous decision was soon realized as a massive pile-up (caused because no one could see where they were driving) claimed 11 lives and left another 18 people hospitalized.

The decision by the FHP was discovered by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which launched an investigation into the handling of the I-75 pile-up. The findings in this investigation have spurred myriad lawsuits — up to 13, according to some reports — against the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

Details were not released, but the lawsuits likely range from personal injury to wrongful death. Considering the findings of the FDLE investigation, the plaintiffs have a very good case.
The I-75 crash was a terrible tragedy that seemingly could have been prevented, and the victims )or their families) have the right to seek compensation for the pain and suffering they have endured and to earn a small sense of justice for the apparently negligent acts of the FHP.

Source: Associated Press, “Florida Faces 13 Lawsuits Over Foggy I-75 Crashes,” Aug. 7, 2012