2 dead in Florida freeway crash

Florida authorities report that a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 39 in Lithia claimed the lives of two individuals on Dec. 13. A third person was also critically injured in the incident.

Police said that the head-on collision occurred about 7 p.m. when a 23-year-old man driving a southbound Ford van suddenly veered over into the opposite lane and into the path of a Chevrolet Impala. The van driver as well as the Impala driver, a 44-year-old Ruskin man, died from the injuries they suffered in the accident. The report did not indicate if the drivers died at the scene or if they were first transported to a local hospital.

Immediately after the first crash, a Honda Civic that was following the Chevy smashed into it. The 64-year-old Honda driver and her two passengers, a 65-year old woman and a 51-year-old man from Bradenton, were only slightly injured. It was unknown if they were hospitalized for their injuries. Although the official police investigation into the accident was not completed, police reported that alcohol could have been a contributing factor.

A serious car crash can quickly leave those involved with life-changing injuries, such as a spinal cord injury, head trauma and loss of limb. Such injuries can easily leave a victim partially disabled or unable to no longer care for themselves without assistance. Besides the physical losses, car accident victims and their families can suffer emotional turmoil and financial burdens stemming from the accident. However, accident victims who believe that the crash was caused by the negligent actions of another driver could possibly recover economic damages through a civil court action. A personal injury lawyer may be able to help determine liability from evidence in police reports and witness accounts. If the liable driver died in the crash, the plaintiff would have to recover from his or her estate.

Source: Brandon Patch, “Names Released in Lithia Fatal Crash“, Sherri Lonon, December 14, 2014