When injuries manifest themselves in the weeks that follow a car accident, it can present extra problems for investigators, prosecutors, and victims. FloridaToday.com reports delayed injuries after car crashes have been especially widespread in 2011.
This year has yielded 49 fatal wrecks in Brevard County alone. Thirty-three of these deaths required investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol, and of these investigations 10 victims died after the Florida auto accident. For comparison’s sake, only seven delayed fatalities were reported last year.
These “delayed fatalities” cause a host of problems for all involved, beginning with the investigation launched immediately after the accident. When injuries are not considered severe from the get-go, police are not required to do any serious investigative work. In fact, police are forbidden to require an at-fault driver to take a toxicology test if injuries are not serious.
In addition, “double jeopardy” rules can prevent a driver who has already been ticketed from receiving criminal charges if a victim dies following a car accident.
For more information, FloridaToday cites several cases in which delayed fatalities caused numerous problems for Florida drivers and law enforcers.
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