Florida head-on proves deadly for 1, several injured

The driver of a pickup truck was killed when his vehicle collided with a box truck on State Route 123 on Dec. 11, according the Florida Highway Patrol. Three other people involved in the crash suffered injuries, including the driver of the box truck, who was hospitalized in critical condition. Two dogs said to have been in one of the vehicle also died, one at the accident scene and the other at a veterinary clinic.

The accident happened in the late afternoon near Valparaiso on Route 123. According to the FHP, a 2011 Isuzu box truck driven by a 35-year-old man from Panama City was traveling south when he crossed into northbound traffic and collided head-on with a 2010 Ford F-150 pickup. The 75-year-old driver of the pickup truck, a man from Brundidge, Alabama, was killed in the crash. His 69-year-old passenger, a woman from Shalimar, was transported to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries. A 35-year-old male passenger in the box truck also suffered injuries described as minor by the FHP.

The assignment of liability for a head-on collision vehicle crash may provide the grounds upon which those injured in the event may seek reimbursement for the expenses they incurred as a result the accident. The amount of damages could be substantial in instances where the injuries are of a disabling catastrophic nature, requiring long-term medical treatment and rehabilitative therapy.

Damages that might be recoverable in a personal injury claim include the cost of emergency and continuing medical care, rehabilitative therapy and home assistance, if needed. Injuries that permanently diminishes an accident survivor’s quality of life and takes away their ability to engage in activities they enjoyed before the accident may also be compensable.

Source: Panama City News Herald, “Panama City man in critical condition after wreck”, Tom McLaughlin, December 12, 2014