Nearly every Florida driver experiences the frustration of being stuck behind someone driving slower than he or she is. The urge to pass can be overwhelming in this circumstance, but most drivers will only do so when it is safe to do so. Sadly, some drivers fail to consider the dangers in taking an unnecessary risk and pass when it is not safe. In the few seconds it takes to make a wrong choice, a serious or deadly car accident could happen.
On a recent Tuesday afternoon, a woman’s decision to take that risk resulted in her death, the critical injury of two children and the serious injury of another driver. Preliminary reports indicate that the 38-year-old woman decided to attempt to pass the slower moving vehicle in front of her at around 4 p.m. that day. In doing so, her vehicle collided head-on with an SUV traveling in the opposite direction.
The woman did not survive the impact. The 6-year-old and 10-year-old boys who suffered severe injuries were passengers in her vehicle. Reports did not indicate her relationship to them. The 38-year-old man driving the SUV was its only occupant. The investigation remains ongoing by traffic homicide investigators with the Florida Highway Patrol.
Even though the deceased woman will obviously not face criminal charges as a result of this car accident, the completion of the investigation could provide useful information to the surviving victims and/or their families. In personal injury claims, the courts require proof of negligence or recklessness on the part of the driver believed responsible for the crash. The official report regarding a crash could provide the evidence needed in order to meet this legal requirement.