Recently, a state appellate court issued an opinion in a Florida car accident case discussing circumstantial evidence as well as its limits. The case required the court to explain the rule against stacking inferences based on circumstantial evidence.
The Facts of the Case
According to the court’s opinion, the plaintiff was riding as a passenger in a minivan that was being driven by a family member. The minivan was traveling over the Buckman Bridge when, about a mile onto the bridge, the driver of the minivan had to bring the vehicle to a stop because there was a ladder in the road.
Apparently, no one saw how the ladder ended up on the road; however, the plaintiff testified that she saw a motorist who had parked his truck parked on the side of the road and was focused on the ladder as though he was trying to retrieve it. As the minivan was stopped on the bridge, a Coca-Cola service vehicle rear-ended the minivan, injuring the plaintiff. The truck driver was never located.