3 dead in multiple crashes in Daytona Beach – You won’t believe why!

Daytona Beach, FL – If you live in Daytona Beach, you probably know that Interstate 95 is one of the most dangerous roads in Florida. However, the scene on I-95 just south of Daytona Beach in the early hours of March 3 seemed like it was taken from an apocalyptic movie. Three people were killed and several others, including children, were injured in four crashes involving 17 cars and trucks. 

Video footage captures horrific scenes – a truck burning, explosions shooting flames skywards, mangled cars. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the carnage was caused by a deadly combination of fog and smoke coming from prescribed burns of vegetation. As you probably know, prescribed burns by private landowners and government agencies take place regularly in Florida. They are meant to eliminate potential fuel for wildfires and promote new plant growth, so they are very important. The question is who ordered such burns on a night with heavy fog and who is going to pay for all the damages.

Who can be held accountable for a car accident?

In most cases, it is one of the drivers involved who will be liable for damages. Florida uses a pure comparative negligence rule, according to which you can recover damages even if you were partly to blame for the accident.

In a monstrous pile up like that on I-95, the victims will need very experienced car accident lawyers in Daytona Beach to get to the bottom of it and see who you can sue.

As several commercial vehicles were also involved, the victims will probably want legal advice from good Florida truck accident lawyers, which are more complex than regular collisions between passenger cars. In some cases, you may be able to file a claim against the trucking company, if your attorneys can prove the crash was caused by a vehicle malfunction or by an inexperienced or overworked driver.

Who can you sue for dangerous road conditions?

If the crash was caused by debris on the road, you may be able to sue the private or public entity responsible for that. For instance, if there was a construction site in the vicinity and the debris came from that place, they can be held accountable for damages.

If the road was poorly maintained and full of potholes, you may have a case against the city, county or the state. However, suing a governmental entity is not easy in Florida. According to the law, the governmental entity must be placed on notice of any personal injury claim. The governmental entity has 6 months to respond to your claim. In most cases, such a claim will be denied, in which case you will have to file a lawsuit and seek compensatory damages.

If you were recently injured in a car or truck accident in the Daytona Beach area, schedule a free consultation with an experienced lawyer at Pappas & Russell PA and let them help you with your claim.

Contact info

Pappas & Russell PA

213 Silver Beach Avenue

Daytona Beach, Florida 32118

Phone: (386) 254-2941


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