On July 15, 2017, a 22-year-old woman sat in the passenger seat of her father’s Mustang convertible, as they drove back from a night of celebrating her return. According to documents, the Mustang was speeding 71-mph in a 45-mph speed limit on North Kepler Road when FHP Trooper Andrew Nunez’s radar detected it. Nunez activated his blue light. The father slowed the Mustang when he drove onto Lake Charles Road. The daughter got out of the vehicle and ran across the lawn as he drew to a halt. Joseph drove his Dodge Charger off Lake Charles Road, over the lawn, into a driveway, and back across more grass while she fled. Then the woman slid and was run over by the patrol car. She was seriously hurt and passed away nine days later. The wrongful death case was brought in circuit court in 2019 by the victim’s grandparent against the FHP and the two troopers who had since departed the department. The case was then transferred to federal court in Orlando. The FHP has agreed to pay a $500,000 settlement for her death five years later. Also, when a person escaping on foot from a trooper, the state agreed to amend its pursuit rules at least until 2024. The department has also agreed to mention the 22-year-old woman’s identity during trooper training. A new section of the pursuit policy will teach troopers to be cautious while using their cars to chase fleeing people and to avoid putting themselves in a circumstance where the vehicle may strike the pedestrian.
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Car accidents can result in significant injuries, and the amount of no-fault coverage required by Florida may be insufficient to cover your injuries. You may be able to get compensation for your medical costs, property damage, and pain and suffering if you file a personal injury claim. Are you still dealing with the financial impact of your accident? As a result, any damage, stress, or financial crisis caused by an accident must be addressed seriously and handled by skilled legal counsel.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident in Miami, a Miami car accident attorney can advise you and give the legal support you need to get compensation for your medical damages and expenses. If you can prove the defendant is at fault, you may be able to get compensation for your injuries.
The Law Office of Ruth E. Johnson has over 21 years of professional experience with all sorts of personal injury cases. We can ensure that you are completely reimbursed for any medical costs, pain and suffering, and other damages you may have suffered since we have a strong knowledge of the applicable laws. If you or someone you care about has been injured in an accident, please call us right away for a free consultation. We help clients all around Florida, such as those in the following cities:
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