An Orange County, Florida man was arrested after he overdosed and crashed his SUV into nine other vehicles – in four separate crash scenes. All the damaged vehicles were parked at a nearby apartment complex. The Florida Highway Patrol found the 35 year old driver passed out on the ground next to his vehicle.According to the police report, the driver was behind the wheel when he hit the first two parked vehicles. He then continued driving and, while attempting to make a right turn, hit four other vehicles. A woman who was getting something out of her car was knocked down when her car was hit. She was taken to the Orlando Regional Medical Center for minor injuries.
Not yet done, the driver continued driving, hitting yet another two vehicles while trying to turn left. Deciding he had had enough, he finally decided to park the car in a nearby parking space. Unfortunately, that spot was taken by a Toyota Four Runner, in which he also hit. After hitting the Four Runner, the driver got out of the vehicle and immediately collapsed to the ground.
FHP reports finding a dime bag of white power in the driver’s hand at the scene. The driver was taken to a local hospital and treated for an overdose. FHP has charged him with four separate charges of DUI Property Damage and Personal Injury.
In the case at hand, there is no question that the driver was negligent and that his negligent driving caused the accidents. As multiple vehicles were damaged and a person was injured, there is the potential that numerous lawsuits will follow. According to Florida law, one can seek compensation for damages caused by the negligent actions of another – and this includes both injuries to oneself and damage done to one’s property (i.e., one’s vehicle). Thus, in the case at hand, the owners of each of the individual vehicles that were hit can seek compensation for the damage that was done to their cars. Furthermore, the woman who was taken to the hospital can also seek compensation for her medical treatment, along with for any injuries that she may have incurred.
If you have been injured or your property damaged as a result of an Orlando motor vehicle accident, you have the right to seek compensation. To learn more, contact the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. today.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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