Because freeways have multiple lanes traveling in one direction, drivers sometimes get confused and end up going the wrong way. This can cause a head-on collision that can result in not only vehicle damage but serious injuries or deaths as well. A recent accident on SR 528 resulted in a fire and serious injuries to one person.
The car accident occurred on Dec. 19 when a 77-year-old woman was driving the wrong way on westbound SR 528. Two vehicles were headed westbound SR 528. The woman hit a vehicle driven by a 42-year-old man. That accident caused the vehicle behind him, driven by a 52-year-old man, to rear-end him. Both of the men’s vehicles caught fire.
The woman kept on going and was finally pulled over by state troopers on SR 117 after she exited an off ramp. She was acting disoriented.
The first man, who was driving a PT Cruiser, had to be removed from his vehicle by emergency crews. He was taken to a local hospital for trauma. It is unknown if the others involved suffered any injuries. Police are still investigating the accident.
The woman should face some sort of charges or penalties for her reckless driving. First of all, she should not have been driving while she was disoriented. She could be charged not only for reckless driving, but for hit-and-run, since she left the accident scene and kept on driving.
Car accident victims and their families have a right to seek compensation for a variety of economic and non-economic claims. Personal injury attorneys can provide valuable advice and guidance for those considering such civil actions.
Source: Space Coast Daily, “Accident Shuts Down SR 528 Westbound Near I-95” No author given, Dec. 19, 2013