The Florida Highway Patrol is continuing its investigation of multiple crashes that killed ten people and injured at least 18 on I-75 near Gainesville, FL over the weekend. Drivers encountered an area of extremely low visibility, and a string of collisions occurred. The scene of the disaster stretches one mile long with wreckage everywhere. Fog and smoke from a brushfire at nearby Paynes Prairie made it so difficult for drivers to see that they crashed into the vehicles in front of them one after the other. Witnesses have reported hearing repeated crashes of the vehicles, crying and screaming. One survivor said, “It was happening on both sides of the road, so there was nowhere to go. It blew my mind.” Several passenger cars as well as tractor-trailers were involved in the pileup.
It is possible that the fire that caused such awful driving conditions was set intentionally, and officials have found no natural cause or explanation, such as a lightning strike, for why the fire started. The interstate had been closed for a period of time before the pileup due to the fog and smoke, and then it was reopened, which will be a focus of the investigation.
Terrible auto accidents like this one result in many victims, including the friends and family members of those who were killed. If you have lost a loved one and you have questions about your legal rights, contact Orlando wrongful death attorney James O. Cunningham. He can help you pursue a lawsuit for damages to cover funeral expenses, the deceased’s future earnings, pain and suffering, etc. Call 888-425-2004 or 407-425-2000 to put Mr. Cunningham’s skills and experience to work for you.
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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