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Flying Lamborghini lands on Fort Lauderdale duplex roof

Fort Lauderdale, FL – You’ve read that right. A Lamborghini SUV got airborne following a T-bone accident in Fort Lauderdale and landed on the roof of a duplex some 20-30 ft away. It all happened on July 24, at around 3.30 pm in the 1100 block of Northwest 7th Avenue. 

According to surveillance camera footage, the luxury white Lamborghini was going at high speed and the driver ignored a stop sign before heading into the intersection. A black Nissan T-boned the Lamborghini and the force of the collision sent it flying through the air. The Lamborghini fell from the roof before being engulfed by flames. Fortunately, there was no one inside the house at the time. The Lamborghini driver fled the scene after being yanked out of the car by a resident. The driver later contacted the police from the hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and is now fully cooperating with the police. 

What speed is considered reckless driving in Florida?

Speeding is one of the main causes of traffic accidents in Florida. Going over the speed limit can result in demerit points on your driving record, fines, license suspension, or even jail time. 

Reckless driving

Under Florida regulations, reckless driving tickets can be issued for speeding 30 mph or more above the limit. The police officer that stopped you will also be looking at other factors, which combined with excessive speed constitute reckless driving. 

Aggravating factors include:

  • Improper passing (weaving in and out of traffic)
  • Straddling lanes
  • Failing to look out for pedestrians

High-Speed Speeding

When a driver is caught going 50 mph or more over the speed limit in the area, this is called high-speed speeding or ‘grossly excessive’ speed. Here are a few examples:

  • Going 80 mph in a 30 mph residential area
  • Driving at over 100 mph on the highway

Can you go to jail for speeding?

Florida statutes define reckless driving as “any person who drives any vehicle in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property” or using a vehicle to run from any law enforcement officer. A driver caught going at high speed can be charged with a misdemeanor. However, when they injure someone or cause serious property damage, the misdemeanor charge is upgraded to a third-degree felony.

Any kind of felony will get you arrested in Florida and the driver risks up to 5 years in prison, license revocation for 10 years, and up to $5,000 in fines.

Can you get punitive damages for a reckless driving accident?

If you were injured in a crash caused by reckless driving, you should contact a seasoned Fort Lauderdale accident lawyer as soon as possible. Willful and wanton disregard for the safety of others is grounds enough for seeking punitive damages. You will have to sue for that, as you cannot get this type of damages under an insurance settlement.

In Florida, punitive damages are capped at three times the total amount of compensatory damages or $500,000, whichever is greater. 

 

If you were recently injured in a car crash or another type of accident caused by negligence in the Fort Lauderdale area, schedule a free consultation with a lawyer at Madalon Law and see how much your claim may be worth.

Contact info:

Madalon Law

Fort Lauderdale Office

100 N. Federal Hwy #CU5

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301