A woman was recently killed at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport when she was run over by a charter bus. The tragic accident occurred when an SUV stopped in one of the busy travel lanes of the arrivals section and the woman exited the vehicle to greet an arriving passenger. On her return to the SUV she tripped in the roadway and was struck by the bus traveling in the moving lane to the left. The accident is under investigation and the investigators will try and determine, among other things, why the SUV was stopped in the middle of the airport’s travel lanes.
It is often the case that there are several different parties who can potentially be found responsible for an accident. The recent fatal bus accident is an excellent example of just such a situation. Depending on what the investigation reveals, the following parties could be found to be all or partially at fault for causing the woman’s death:
- The charter bus — The bus driver may have been speeding or driving recklessly, or may or may not have seen the woman in enough time that he could have avoided striking her.
- The airport — The airport could potentially be found liable based on a defect in the roadway which may have caused the woman to trip and fall, or a negligent design of the arrivals roads.
- The SUV— The driver of the SUV could be found to have caused the accident by negligently stopping in the travel lane.
- The woman — The accident victim herself could be found responsible for crossing in the middle of the moving traffic.
Under Florida law each party found partially liable for causing the woman’s death will be responsible only for the amount of the total award equal to their total percentage of fault. Florida is also a comparative negligence state. This means the plaintiff’s family can still recover if she is partially at fault but the award will be reduced by her percentage of fault.
Accidents involving multiple defendants are complicated. To ensure your case receives the care and attention it deserves, consult with a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer. They can help you assess how each party’s negligence may be shown to have contributed to causing the accident.