Car accident in Florida leaves 2 injured, causes gridlock

Two individuals were injured in a two-vehicle collision during the afternoon hours of Oct. 10 in Ocala. The accident caused traffic delays in the area for several hours.

Highway officials said the crash transpired near Southeast 32nd Street when a 53-year-old Ocala woman driving east in a DHL van on the two-lane roadway swerved into the westbound lane where she collided with an oncoming Sherwin Williams box truck. As a result of the crash, the box truck ended up on the north shoulder while the van stopped in the westbound lane.

Responding to 911 calls in connection with the accident, rescue crews arrived at the scene around 3 p.m. Because the vehicles were so severely damaged, 15 medical personnel and firefighters from eight individual units had to work together for over 20 minutes to rescue the two drivers. Both of the injured drivers were transported by ambulance to Ocala Regional Medical Center for treatment. The truck driver was treated for unknown injuries and released; however, the van driver remained hospitalized with severe injuries. Authorities reported that it was unknown whether speed was a factor in the accident.

In many instances, negligent, distracted or speeding drivers cause head-on collisions. A catastrophic, life-threatening injury can result from such serious crashes and may lead to lengthy periods of recuperation and therapy. However, a local lawyer can help with personal injury claims and may be able to assist the family in pursuing compensation for their accident-related losses. For instance, any allegations or charges that were filed against the driver may be used by the lawyer to support a plaintiff’s claim of negligence.

Source: Ocala.com, “Two-vehicle crash injures drivers, stall traffic“, Austin L. Miller, October 10, 2014