The driver of a car traveling southbound on U.S. 19 lost control of her vehicle and crossed into a northbound lane, striking and overturning another car on Oct. 22. The driver lost control after she attempted to merge to the left through lane, realized that another vehicle was in that lane and swerved to avoid a collision.
Police say that after swerving to avoid the collision, the vehicle traveled through the median and into the northbound lanes into the path of another vehicle. That other vehicle overturned multiple times, causing severe injuries to that driver’s hand. Officials transported the driver to a local hospital for treatment of the injuries.
The driver and all four passengers, all between the ages of 10 and 17, in the southbound car suffered no injuries from the accident. Police issued a citation to this driver for the accident.
Anybody injured in a car accident may be able to file a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver. The injured parties could receive compensation that would cover hospital expenses and vehicle repairs; the compensation can even cover pain, suffering and loss of income or future earning potential with some severe injuries.
An attorney can help the injured party file the claim, and a completed accident report from the police could help with it. Filing the proper paperwork and keeping proper documentation can make the claim more successful, and witness testimony can help in some situations. It is important for all parties to remember that any criminal charges related to the accident do not affect civil claims and do not imply liability of the charged party.
Source: 10 News, “One hurt in two-car crash in Pinellas Park”, October 22, 2014