In the state of Florida and throughout the United States, motor vehicle accidents sometimes result in severe injury or death to drivers and/or passengers. When a personal injuryor fatality has been caused due to the apparent fault of another motorist, an injured victim — or surviving family member of a deceased victim — may choose to file a legal claim in a civil court against the person deemed negligent in the accident. A recent case involved a tragedy that took place on the Florida Turnpike at approximately 3:30 a.m. on a recent Sunday morning.
The accident occurred near an exit on the highway. Reports indicate that a 23-year-old man was driving a vehicle in a northbound direction of the southbound lane of traffic. Another motorist, a 19-year-old male who was heading in the appropriate direction in the southbound lane, is said to have maneuvered his vehicle to try to avoid a collision.
Sadly, the young man’s evasive actions proved unsuccessful. Both drivers were killed in the tragic crash. A highway patrol spokesman said that officers are unsure as to how the wrong-way vehicle gained access to that lane of traffic. The officer also stated that the head-on collision involved excessive speed as a factor.
It was mentioned that highway road reflectors shine clear to drivers when they are traveling in the proper direction, but are red if a vehicle is headed the wrong way. Florida motorists who take note of this information might be able to avoid a wrong-way crash in the future. Those who have been involved in any type of vehicular accident and have suffered personal injury are able to pursue legal action by contacting an attorney in the area. In cases where a victim has succumbed to his or her injuries, an immediate family member may act on his or her behalf in court. When the person deemed negligent in an accident suffers a fatal injury, a claim may be filed against his or her estate.
Source: miamiherald.com, “2 killed in wrong-way turnpike crash in South Miami-Dade“, Carli Teprof, July 20, 2015