May 28, 2013
A driver has been reprimanded for causing an accident back in January that ended up killing 4 people. According to The Miami Herald, the driver has been sentenced by a Broward judge to complete more than 100 hours of community service, pay close to $5,000 and give up his driver’s license.
The 37-year-old driver was unfortunately only handed a citation for reckless driving after that January 2nd accident. According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), there were 4 people, including 2 teens, who were killed in the crash.
Our Boca Raton car accident lawyers understand that since this collision was deemed an “accident,” the at-fault driver will not have to face any criminal charges. The family’s vehicle was hit in the southbound lanes of I-95 and was thrown off the highway, where it slammed through a chain-linked fence and drove into a lake. The driver of the at-fault vehicle is no stranger to traffic citations. He already had three others before this accident, including one citation for driving at night without his headlights on.
“It’s not going to bring my daughter back,” said one of the victim’s father. “But I thank God he’s not going to be driving anymore.”
The truth of the matter is that everyone needs to “care” when they’re driving. Careless driving is inexcusable and it’s dangerous. These are rarely mere “accidents.”
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety (DHSMV), there were close to 235,500 motor vehicle accidents recorded by officials in the state of Florida in 2010. In these accidents, there were more than 338,110 drivers involved. When you break that down, that means that there were close to 650 motor vehicle accident each and every day on our roadways.
There were more than 2,440 people who were killed in these accidents and another 195,100 who were injured. And how many were actually “accidents?”
We already know that close to 800 deaths involved alcohol-related crashes, and those are no accidents. We know close to 100 were drug-related accidents and those are no “accidents.”
And remember, Florida is one of the only states that does not have a ban on drivers for texting and using the cell phone in the driver’s seat. These kinds of distracted driving crashes are no accident either.
So what’s it going to take to get drivers to keep their attention on the road? In light of the summer travel season, we’re asking you to recommit to devoting your full attention to the road and the task of driving. No one goes out looking for an accident, and we need to all actively do our part to reduce the risk of traffic collisions. It’s a job that takes help from everyone.
If you or someone in your family has been injured in a traffic accident, contact the Hollander Law Firm at 888-751-7770 for a free and confidential consultation. There is no fee unless we win.