I-95 Express Lane Accident Lawyers
Miami traffic causes thousands of accidents every year. Despite the fact that express lanes on I-95 have been designed to alleviate traffic congestion, these lanes can actually cause more auto, car and motor vehicle collisions then many realize. Accidents on I-95 express lanes often result from drivers who try and travel from the general purpose lane into the express lane or vice versa. Under these scenarios, auto accidents and collisions in an I-95 express lane crash may be subject to a claim for gross negligence, or reckless conduct and subject wrongdoers for punitive damages. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident in an I-95 express lane, you need experienced lawyers to protect your rights and to be compensated for your injuries. At Gerson & Schwartz, PA our car accident attorneys have extensive experience negotiating and litigating numerous auto, car, and motor vehicle claims. We can help you too.I-95 Express Lane Lawsuits
Express lanes on the I-95 have been the subject of many lawsuits. Some lawsuits are simple direct actions against drivers and vehicle owners. Other lawsuits have even taken aim the state for failing to adequately maintain the lanes, creation of a dangerous or hazardous condition, and that this failure lead to an unsafe condition which caused the car accident (which, in turn, caused the victim’s injuries). This is what happened to one motorcyclist, who lost her leg after a particularly gruesome accident in the I-95 express lanes just south of 103rd Street. A Toyota Corolla plowed through a gap in the pylons separating the regular lanes from express lanes, attempting to quickly jump into the express lanes. Instead it crashed into two motorcycles, which were both destroyed in the accident. Both motorcyclists sued the Florida Department of Transportation, alleging that it failed to properly maintain, repair and replace the divider pylons, which encouraged “lane diving” behavior such as that of the Corolla’s driver.
In a similar lawsuit, a pregnant woman suffered permanent injuries when another driver illegally crossed through the divider pylon in an attempt to quickly make the next exit. The express lane driver crashed into the pregnant driver, Stephanie Blossom, who then crashed into a retaining wall. Both Blossom and her baby survived, but she required several surgeries for leg injuries that will be permanent.
Express lanes have, in fact, become so dangerous and unpopular that one Florida state senator has proposed a ban on express lanes throughout the state. Sen. Frank Artiles claims that “express lanes are unsafe, inefficient, and add an unnecessary burden for all users”. This is supported by reports that the Florida Department of Transportation spends one million dollars every year simply replacing worn divider pylons. Such costs consume all profits from the tolls collected from the express lanes. Instead of being invested in useful community projects, these tolls simply pay to wage a futile battle against repairing the express lanes again and again.I-95 Express Lane Accidents Are Often Caused by Driver Negligence
Importantly for victims, when car accidents on Interstate 95 are the result of driver negligence, the people who are injured are typically entitled to financial compensation under Florida law. There are many types of driver negligence that have the potential to result in a serious accident, including the following:
- Distracted driving
- Following too closely
- Impaired driving
- Improper lane changes
- No headlights when required
- Poor vehicle maintenance
- Driver error
- Driving the wrong way
- Driving while excessively fatigued
If you have been in an accident, do not make the mistake of assuming that it was unavoidable or your fault, as many examples of driver negligence are hard to spot. Always have your case reviewed by an experienced lawyer to make sure you are not missing out on the compensation to which you are entitled under the law.Call Gerson & Schwartz Today to Speak with a Miami Car Accident Lawyer
For over forty-six years, car accident victims across Miami and Fort Lauderdale have trusted the personal injury lawyers at Gerson & Schwartz to protect their legal rights. We fight hard to ensure that accident victims are fully and fairly compensated for their injuries. Call our office today at 305-371-6000 to schedule your free consultation. You can also email any questions about your case to firstname.lastname@example.org. Se Habla Espanol.