Wrong-way accident kills 3 in Florida

On Dec. 25, a car purportedly traveling west in the eastbound lane of Park Boulevard in Pinellas was involved in a fatal accident, authorities reported. The head-on collision reportedly occurred at the boulevard’s intersection with 131st Street North.

Following the collision, the wrong-way vehicle clipped another vehicle. According to authorities, police suspect that alcohol was a factor contributing to the three-vehicle incident.

There were three occupants in the eastbound car struck by the alleged wrong-way driver. All three of the individuals, who reportedly shared the same surname, died in the crash. One was pronounced dead at the accident scene by officials. The other two occupants of the eastbound vehicle received emergency transport to Bayfront Medical Center, where they eventually passed away due to major injuries suffered in the accident. According to the Florida highway Patrol, the investigation into the accident remains active, and officials are waiting for toxicology test results in before translating their suspicion that impaired driving contributed to the crash into criminal charges.

Accidents involving wrong-way drivers often result in head-on crashes, as demonstrated in the Dec. 25 crash in Pinellas. Authorities say that head-on collisions wreak more desctruction and violence than nearly all other types of car accidents.

In other words, head-on collisions are more likely than other other wrecks to result in significant losses, both economic and non-pecuniary. The victims who suffer these losses in the form of bodily injuries often feel a sense of outrage at the apparent injustice, especially when there is manifest evidence that another party’s wrongdoing caused the accident. Consequently, accident victims may enlist a personal injury lawyer to outline their civil options for seeking justice. Deceased victims’ families may pursue a wrongful death claim in civil court to recoup losses.

Source: 10NEWS, “Now, three dead in Pinellas wrong-way crash”, December 25, 2014