Port Charlotte Accident Attorney: Investigation into Florida Police Crashes Underway

by Carmen Dellutri on March 30, 2012

Port Charlotte injury attorneyThe task force created to study the growing number of Florida patrol-car crashes is up and running. The three-member panel will meet for the first time in Tampa on April 6, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

"It's an important subject, an important matter to the public," said task-force member Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight. "We obviously need to address it."

As we previously discussed on this blog, an investigation by the newspaper revealed that Florida police officers are involved in 7,400 patrol-car crashes that injure 2,400 people, kill 20 and result in $25 million in damage. In twenty –five percent of those crashes, an officer was at least partially to blame but was seldom ticketed or charged, according to the Sentinel.

The panel plans to look at driver training, agency policies, and how to address officers who may be bad drivers, according to Capt. Mark Brown, spokesman for the Florida Highway Patrol. Although many agencies do have retraining programs, there is no requirement in Florida.

As Port Charlotte accident attorneys, we support the efforts of the task force and hope it leads to fewer accidents involving police officers.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Port Charlotte car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Port Charlotte injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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