Florida crash claims 1 life and injures 3

A crash in Tampa caused the death of one man and critically injured three others around 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 10. The driver of the vehicle that allegedly caused the crash died at the scene. The roadway was closed for several hours as police cleared the debris and investigated the accident.

The crash happened at Hillsborough Avenue’s intersection with Double Branch Road. According to a Florida Highway Patrol representative, a 2008 Hyundai and a Ford F-250 that was towing a trailer were both heading east on Hillsborough Avenue when the 18-year-old driver of the Hyundai tried passing the pickup. The car hit the truck’s front end, which caused the Hyundai to collide with a Chrysler after hitting a cement barrier. A jack from the Hyundai was ejected from the vehicle’s trunk and hit an eastbound BMW in the multi-vehicle accident.

The driver of the Ford, a 23-year-old man from Wesley Chapel, and the truck’s two passengers were not injured. The Hyundai driver was thrown from his vehicle and died at the crash site. The occupants of the Chrysler, its driver and two passengers, were transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital.

After a car accident, authorities investigate the event in order to understand why it occurred. Based on an investigation’s findings, an accident victim may decide to file a personal injury lawsuit against the party believed to have been responsible for the crash. If retained by an injured person for such litigation, an attorney would likely review the police report on the accident and witness statements for evidence of the defendant’s negligence. Compensation awarded to plaintiffs of personal injury suits is often tied to economic damages such as medical bills and time missed from work.

Source: The Tampa Tribune , “Dunedin man killed in Hillsborough Ave. crash“, September 10, 2014