Pursuing a Florida Wrongful Death Claim Against the Department of Transportation
Do you know how many ways car crashes can occur? While you may have heard about head-on collisions, rear-end wrecks and side-impact crashes, you may not realize that the driving force behind these types of collisions is driver negligence. Sadly, negligence on the part of drivers—even unintentional negligence—causes the majority of fatal wrecks that claim the lives of innocent motorists and pedestrians. However, sometimes drivers aren’t at fault for fatal car accidents in South Florida.
Several roadway deaths, in fact, have occurred as a result of defects in the road caused by the Department of Transportation (DOT). If a road hasn’t been designed and engineered properly, there could be hidden dangers that aren’t found until it’s too late and someone dies as a result of an organization’s negligence.
For example, there could be a dangerous curve or roadway condition that causes drivers to lose control of their cars. If the Florida Department of Transportation fails to redesign the road, lay high-friction pavement, or warn drivers of hidden dangers, they could be held liable for any fatal crash that occurs on the dangerous stretch of road.
Cases that typically involve roadway defects are cases that generally go to trial. This is why it is important that families who have lost a loved one in a car crash speak with an accident attorney about their concerns. An investigation, accident reconstruction, witness testimony, and experts may be needed to establish that the fatal crash was caused by a roadway defect.
A Florida wrongful death claim is serious, and it needs to be handled by an experienced attorney in order to provide victims’ families with justice. If you have lost a loved one in a car crash on a South Florida road and you believe the fatal crash was caused by a dangerous condition, you should contact the Law Offices of David Benenfeld to speak with a knowledgeable accident attorney in a free case consultation today at 866-9 HELP NOW or 866-943-5766.