A wrong-way accident on Interstate 75 killed 2 people and critically injured a third person, according to recent reports. The accident happened around 3:25 a.m., and for several hours after the accident, the southbound lanes of I-75 were shutdown.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 26-year-old woman was driving a 2008 Chevy Cobalt westbound in an eastbound lane. Her vehicle collided head-on with a 2006 4-door Mazda driven by a 32-year-old man. Both drivers were killed. The 31-year-old passenger in the 2006 Mazda was transported via helicopter to Lee Memorial Hospital for treatment. Everyone involved in the accident was wearing a seatbelt.
Police say that accidents along the Alligator Alley section of I-75 where the accident happened are rare due to the large median that divides the northbound and southbound lanes. Therefore, investigators are still are unsure how the 26-year-old got into the wrong lane. An investigation is still ongoing and toxicology reports are pending. The 26-year-old woman had a history of driving-related offenses, which included driving with a suspended license and a DUI.
Family members of victims who die in car accidents can shoulder heavy financial burdens such as funeral and burial costs, and lost income from the loved one. A personal injury attorney who has experience in wrongful death cases involving auto accidents may be able to provide legal guidance regarding the options that a family may have. A lawyer can review information such as crash data and police reports and could build a case against the driver at fault if possible. In such a situation, a family may be able to receive financial compensation for their losses.
Source: NBC 2, “Two dead in wrong-way driver crash on Alligator Alley“, Christy Andrews and Laura Roberts, November 07, 2014