Multi-car accident kills 1, injures several others

A Florida car accident on Halloween day has injured several people and left one dead. One car crashed into another on busy U.S. 27, causing a chain reaction. Altogether, four vehicles were involved.

The car accident occurred on the afternoon of Oct. 31 in Sebring, Florida, several hours from Miami. A Jaguar was in the left turn lane traveling northbound in an attempt to make a left turn. However, the driver never slowed down. The car hit the curb and entered southbound traffic. The Jaguar hit a Ford Focus, hurling it across three lanes of traffic. The car landed on the driver’s side, pinning the driver against the road.

A car that was traveling behind the Focus hit the Jaguar head-on, pushing it into the adjacent lane. A vehicle in that lane then hit the Jaguar once more, spinning it clockwise. It finally stopped 30 feet away.

The man pinned inside the Ford Focus died before emergency help could arrive. His wife was airlifted to a local hospital in critical condition. She was still on life support later that night. The driver of the Jaguar was injured and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. A passenger in one of the other vehicles was also injured and treated at a local hospital. The drivers of the other cars were not injured.

It is unknown what caused the driver of the Jaguar to not slow down and make the left turn. It could be many factors, such as driver inattention or maybe some sort of operational error. His negligence caused injuries not only to himself, but to others as well. One man has died and one woman is on life support because of his mistake.

The family of the couple will have many economic and non-economic damages to deal with. There are many expenses to consider, including funeral and burial expenses for the man, as well as medical expenses for the woman. There are emotional damages that can be claimed, too. It is important that survivors understand what they are entitled to receive.

Source: 
Highlands Today, “One killed in U.S. 27 accident” Gary Pinnell, Nov. 01, 2013