» Lawsuits Against State Likely Following Deadly Florida Auto Accident

Lawsuits Against State Likely Following Deadly Florida Auto Accident

Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 15, 2013 - One of the worst auto accidents in Florida history continues to work its way through the courts.

Following lengthy mediation sessions in late 2012, it appears that the pain and expense of lawsuits stemming from a devastating series of fatal crashes on Interstate 75 in January of that year will be largely avoided. However, legal action against the state of Florida for its controversial role in the incident seems likely to go forward.

“This is a terrible accident – probably one of the worst in state history,” said Tampa personal injury lawyer Robert Joyce. “Many mistakes were made that morning, and victims want to determine whether the state shares in the blame.”

In the early morning hours of January 29, 2012, I-75 near Paynes Prairie, south of Gainesville, was shrouded in a combination of smoke from a nearby brush fire and heavy fog. At about 4 am, a tractor-trailer and two cars arrived at the smoke and came to a complete stop in the northbound travel lanes. Moments later, multiple vehicles began rear-ending them.

In total, 25 vehicles were involved in the collisions, 11 people died, and dozens more were sent to local hospitals with injuries.

Just before midnight that night, two non-fatal crashes – one on nearby US 441 and one on I-75 – had prompted the closure of both of those roads for stretches of several miles. But just before 3:30 am, I-75 was re-opened on the controversial order of a Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) officer.

A lengthy report by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on the FHP's actions in the hours leading up to the crashes contained numerous criticisms, but no disciplinary action has been taken against anyone at FHP. The officer who ordered I-75 reopened has received a promotion and been reassigned.

Attorneys have sent Florida's Division of Risk Management 3 notices of intent to sue the state for its role in the accident. No lawsuits have yet been filed.

To learn more or to contact a Tampa personal injury lawyer at the Joyce & Reyes Law Firm, P.A. visit http://www.joyceandreyespa.com/ or call 1.888.771.1529.

Joyce and Reyes Law Firm, P.A.
307 S Hyde Park Ave,
Tampa, FL 33606
Call: 813.251.2007


View Larger Map

  • Exhibit at Florida Capitol heightens awareness of brain injuries
    During the month of March, an exhibit in the grand rotunda of the Florida State Capitol featured 100 masks created by survivors of traumatic brain injury (TBI). The Brain Injury Association of Florida (BIAF) organized the exhibit, “The Faces of Brain Injury,” to raise awareness and educate the public about the needs of brain injury […]
  • Widow of slain Florida cyclist files wrongful death lawsuit
    A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed by the widow of Walter Reyes, a bicyclist who was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Florida on January 21. Maribel Reyes filed the lawsuit against Alejandro Alvarez, the alleged driver, and Rodrigo Alvarez, his father and the person to whom the vehicle was registered. Miami-Dade police said […]
  • Family files wrongful death lawsuit over Tampa Bay motorcyclist’s death
    The family of Keith Williamson, a motorcyclist who was killed in a crash, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) and the Clearwater Police Department. The crash involved a high-speed chase on the Courtney Campbell Causeway Bridge in the Tampa Bay area. Williamson was riding at the front of a […]

See other news sources publishing this article. BETA | Tags: , , , , , ,



Get headlines from Law Firm Newswire sent right to your inbox.

* indicates required