Earlier this month, a Florida State Trooper was seriously injured in a Florida car accident when he was struck by a motorist while responding to the scene of an accident on the side of the highway. According to a local news report, the original accident was between two vehicles heading south on the Palmetto Expressway. Evidently, the state trooper was on scene assisting the motorists involved in that collision when another motorist failed to take notice of the accident and crashed into the back of one of the cars.
The force from that collision sent the car spinning around, and it then crashed into the other car that was involved in the original accident. The state trooper, who was standing near both cars, was struck by one of them and was thrown to the side of the road. The trooper was flown to a nearby hospital with serious injuries.
Police told reporters that the driver who caused the subsequent collision had alcohol on his breath and consented to a blood-draw. The results confirmed that the driver was driving under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested on several DUI-related charges.
Florida’s Move Over Law
Under Florida’s “Move Over Law,” motorists who are approaching certain vehicles must change lanes or slow down to a safe speed when passing. The law currently covers law enforcement vehicles, emergency medical vehicles, sanitation vehicles, utility vehicles, tow trucks, and wreckers. The law requires motorists to either change lanes or slow down to a speed 20 miles per hour under the posted speed limit. If the speed limit on the road is less than 25 miles per hour, drivers must slow down to five miles per hour.
If a driver fails to comply with the law’s requirements, it can result in fines and points being added to their driver’s license. In addition, if someone is seriously injured as a result of the driver’s failure to comply with the law, the fact that the driver failed to comply with the law may be used by an accident victim to help prove a civil case of negligence against the at-fault driver in a Florida car accident case. Of course, as is the case in all personal injury cases, the accident victim will still need to establish that their injuries were results of the accident.
Have You Been Injured in a Florida Road-Side Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in any kind of Florida car accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. The dedicated team of South Florida personal injury lawyers at Cecere Santana has extensive experience handling all types of Florida car accident cases, and they know what it takes to be successful on their clients’ behalf. Call 800-753-5529 to schedule a free consultation with a dedicated South Florida personal injury attorney today. Calling is free, and we will not send you a bill for our services unless we can help you get the compensation you deserve.
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Plaintiff’s Slip-and-Fall Accident in Doctor’s Examination Room Deemed Not To Be “Medical Malpractice” Lawsuit, Cecere Santana Injury Lawyers Blog, published November 28, 2017.
Is the Jury’s Verdict Final in a Florida Personal Injury Case?, Cecere Santana Injury Lawyers Blog, published November 9, 2017.