Late last month, two Bradenton residents were killed after a three-vehicle crash near County Road 675. According to a local news report, a Chevrolet was heading west on 675 approaching an intersection as two cars traveling east were also approaching. Apparently, the Chevrolet driver tried to make a left in front of one of the other cars without yielding. The Chevrolet hit the other car, and they both began to rotate. In the midst of all of this, another car tried to avoid the collision, but that car was also struck.
The Chevrolet driver suffered severe injuries and was taken to Blake Medical Center. The car that was cut off was carrying three passengers in addition to the driver. The driver and one 18-year-old passenger were killed. The other two passengers suffered serious injuries and were taken to Blake Medical Center. The driver of the third car, which was only hit on the side, suffered minor injuries and did not need to go to the hospital. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, an investigation is still ongoing, and charges are currently pending.
Contributory Negligence in Florida
In order to bring a claim for negligence in Florida, a plaintiff must establish certain elements in order for the case to be heard by a judge or jury. The plaintiff must show that the defendant owed the plaintiff a standard duty of care, that he or she breached that duty, that the breach was the actual and proximate cause of their injuries, and that actual damages resulted.