Three Secrets the Driver Who Hit You Might be Hiding
After an accident, drivers often exchange information such as addresses, license plate numbers and insurance information. Sometimes, however, drivers who are potentially at fault may hide crucial information. An experienced Florida vehicle accident attorney knows what questions to ask, and how to demand critical information. In the three cases below, further investigation revealed critical facts.
On January 27, 2015, a 23-year-old Florida woman from Middlesex County was driving along a highway at night when her Saturn was struck by a Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by a South Jersey man. The woman was initially trapped in her car, and was successfully extracted, but unfortunately died at a local hospital. Upon further investigation, it was revealed that the driver who struck and killed the Florida woman was a parolee whose license had been suspended no less than 71 times prior to the crash, for receiving points on his license and for speeding. Knowingly driving with a suspended license can qualify as a crime in Florida.
Some accidents are caused by medical conditions, but that does not necessarily mean they were not avoidable. In Fort Myers, a visitor’s vehicle flipped over and smashed into a taco-selling box truck at a speed of 60 miles per hour. Luckily, the crash did not result in injuries, but property was still damaged. Upon investigation, a security camera revealed that the driver actually fainted just prior to the crash. The 67-year-old woman started experiencing fainting episodes just before her vacation, but continued to drive. The woman had been cleared by her doctor to drive, but if she had not been, that would be a factor in attributing fault. Further investigation could reveal, in a case like this, if the doctor cleared her to drive negligently.
Fatigue and Drowsiness
Especially in accidents involving large tractor-trailers and their high-endurance drivers, fatigue and drowsiness can play a role. Although investigation has not produced such factors for the three-crash semi accident that occurred in St. Johns County, Florida, in late January, causing serious injuries and the closing of northbound I-95, it is likely a common issue for Florida drivers. Research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that over one out of every five fatal crashes was caused by drowsy driving. Reporters have noted that many truck drivers, in particular, are pressured to continue driving through 14-hour days, sometimes back-to-back. Things are unlikely to improve: in December, Congress suspended rules protecting truck drivers, and weeks with 82 hours of driving time are now permitted. In the meantime, if you or someone you know is injured in a crash with a tractor-trailer, an experienced Florida attorney will know how to investigate the number of hours the driver had been on the road, and what the company’s policies are.
When you are in a car accident, it can be overwhelming to try to gather important information by yourself. Fortunately, you do not need to face it alone. Fort Lauderdale accident attorney Scott Newmark will know what questions to ask and what options you have to investigate every potential cause of your accident.