According to police, a man lost control of his 2014 Ferrari 458 Spyder and crashed into a Miami Beach home. The driver reportedly lost control while driving on wet roads, and the vehicle traveled across Alton Road, striking a tree and the house’s porch.
The owner of the house, Juan Fernandez, stated that he and his wife were awakened by the sound of the crash. The driver was forced to crawl out of the car but was able to speak to police when they arrived. According to Fernandez, “The Ferrari was right there in front of the house, it was smoking…I didn’t know what to expect, I was in shock myself.” Luckily, no one was seriously injured. The driver was cited; however, police found no signs of impairment.
The accident caused significant damage to the house. According to Fernandez, “It’s a big damage — took out the railings from the front, took out the porch, basically that whole section has to remodeled…I am just glad he is alive.”
Wet Roads and Traffic Accidents
Weather is a leading contributor to traffic accidents. According to the United States Department of Transportation, an estimated 24 percent of all traffic accidents nationwide are weather-related. These weather-related crashes cause an estimated 7,500 deaths and over 673,000 injuries each year.
Because bad weather conditions increase the risks of an accident, drivers are expected to exercise appropriate care when driving during bad weather. This means obeying all traffic laws, specifically speed limits. When a driver travels at an excessive speed or acts in another negligent and unsafe way, the driver can be held liable for any accidents and damages that result from his or her dangerous driving. A city government could also be held responsible if it failed to properly maintain the road where the accident occurred.
Personal Injury and Bad Weather
If you have been injured in a car accident in which bad weather was a factor, the at-fault driver’s insurance company may try to argue that the driver is not responsible, or that the company is only responsible for a small portion of your damages. However, when a driver fails to act in a responsible way during bad weather, the driver is indeed negligent.
The team at Bernstein & Maryanoff helps victims of personal injury in Miami and across Florida. Our firm can handle any type of personal injury case by effectively using negotiation and litigation tactics. Call us today for more information.