Safe driving requires attention and diligence. The absence of either of those can lead to catastrophe. Many motor vehicle accidents begin with seemingly innocent lapses of judgment. It’s likely this contributed to a recent crash that ultimately involved five vehicles, three injuries and two deaths.
Preliminary reports from the Florida Highway Patrol indicate that a vehicle failed to maintain its lane and crashed into the tractor-trailer traveling next to it. The impact threw that vehicle into the cable barrier between the two directions of travel, but did not stop it. Instead, it continued into the opposing lanes of travel where it slammed nearly head on with a third vehicle. Another passenger vehicle and a tractor-trailer also became part of the incident.
By the time all the vehicles came to a stop, one person was dead, two were severely injured and two others suffered minor injuries. Sadly, the passenger in the vehicle in which the driver died also died at the hospital. The other person seriously injured was the driving the vehicle that began the accident. Troopers had to close both directions of travel on Interstate 4 for hours.
The family of the deceased victim and his seriously injured passenger will undoubtedly incur a substantial amount of financial losses and other damages in connection with this crash. As would be the case in other motor vehicle accidents, they may exercise the right to file wrongful death or personal injury claims, as applicable, in a Florida civil court. Any damage awards received through a successfully litigated claim could help get the lives of the victims and their families back on track.