The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FDHSMV) acknowledged it has received 13 notices of intent to sue over the deadly I-75 pileup in Gainesville on January 29 that claimed the lives of 11 people and left 20 others injured.
The notices have come in the wake of a recently released Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) report that was critical of the Highway Patrol’s handling of the closing and then re-opening of the highway prior to the deadly crashes.
The Gainesville Sun reported that an attorney for a 29-year-old woman severely injured in the dangerous roadway car crash informed FDHSMV in a letter, “The decision to reopen I-75 was clearly negligent, as these catastrophic accidents took place in such a short time after the decision was made.”
Judgments against governmental agencies are capped at $200,000 in Florida, unless the State Legislature passes a bill allowing a higher amount to be rewarded. According to a report in Ocala.com, several attorneys tried to reach settlements with the state, but were rebuffed from the governor’s office on down.
Some plaintiff’s attorneys have filed suits against trucking companies and individual truck drivers, contending that trucks that had stopped in the middle of the road triggered the horrific pileup.
In response to the FDLE report – which criticized troopers’ actions the morning of the crash – the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) issued a statement that defended its actions, saying that no amount of planning or policy changes could have changed the outcome of the deadly chain-reaction crash. FHP claimed that “driver behavior” was to blame for the early morning pileup.
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