Late last month, a fatal accident tragically claimed the lives of one young couple and injured six other people. According to one local news source, the accident occurred around 4:40 in the afternoon in Lecanto, Florida, between W. Grover Cleveland Boulevard and C.R. 491.
Evidently, a Suzuki Aerio was traveling eastbound when for an unknown reason it crossed the center line and collided with a Toyota Prius. The Prius struck the passenger side of the Aerio, and both vehicles ended up on the north side of the road.
The driver of the Aerio and her passenger were both pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. There was another three-year-old passenger in the back seat who sustained major injuries but is currently listed in stable condition. The Prius had five occupants in total, all of whom were taken to the hospital for emergency treatment. One day after the accident, a 78-year-old passenger passed away from the injuries she sustained in the accident.
Police are currently conducting an investigation into the cause of the fatal car accident.
Inexplicable Florida Car Accidents
Accidents rarely happen without a cause, and one of the most common cause of Florida car accidents is driver error. In the accident discussed above, there is no indication as to why the driver of the Aerio crossed over the middle line and into oncoming traffic. However, there could be any number of causes, including:
- The driver was distracted, perhaps because she was on the cell phone or texting at the time of the accident;
- The driver could have been engaged in a conversation with her passenger or dealing with the three-year-old child in the back seat;
- The driver may have suffered from some kind of medical emergency;
- The driver may have been drowsy and dozed off while behind the wheel; or
- There could have been an equipment failure that caused her to lose control of the vehicle.
In most of these cases, the driver could have done something to prevent the accident and may potentially be held liable under Florida negligence law.
Can an Accident Victim Still Recover if the Party at Fault Died in the Accident?
Sadly, the driver who seems to be at fault in this accident passed away. However, that does not necessarily mean that anyone else injured in the accident cannot recover for their injuries from the driver’s insurance company. Indeed, this is one of the reasons that Florida law requires drivers carry car insurance.
Have You Been Injured in a Florida Car Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in any kind of Florida car accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for your injuries or losses. While insurance companies provide a means to recovery for many accident victims, they rarely concede liability without a fight. Therefore, it is wise to consult with a dedicated Florida personal injury attorney prior to filing your case. Call 352-387-8700 today to set up a consultation with a dedicated Florida accident attorney. Calling is free, and there is no obligation.
More Blog Posts:
Pick-Up Truck Crashes into Cape Coral Pool Hall, Killing One and Injuring Three Others, Ocala Injury Lawyers Blog, published August 3, 2015.
Florida Hit-and-Run Driver Sentenced to 20 Years in Jail, Ocala Injury Lawyers Blog, published July 14, 2015.