August 6th, 2012 - by DKRPA
A seemingly-innocuous fender bender accident has become a serious wreck and an unfortunate reminder for Florida motorists.
A woman was driving her car down a Florida highway this past weekend in moderate traffic. Cars were stopping and going, accelerating and braking, all very frequently. Amidst this traffic, the woman apparently was not focused on the conditions in front of her as she slammed into the back of a stopped car. The car she hit collided with the vehicle in front of it, causing a pile-up on the freeway.
The woman’s passenger, a 32-year-old man, was not wearing his seatbelt and he suffered serious injuries in the accident. He was taken to a Tallahassee hospital where his condition was not released. The people in the other two vehicles affected in the accident were not hurt.
It may be a simple and obvious reminder, but when you are travelling in a car, van, truck or any vehicle, wear your seatbelt. Not only could it spare you serious harm or even save your life, but if you don’t wear your seatbelt, your insurance company may not insure you for the injuries you suffer.
At that point, you should consult an experienced attorney to address your situation — especially if negligence was involved in the wreck. And it appears this accident may involve a negligent driver. What was the woman doing behind the wheel? Was she texting? Talking on her cell phone? Looking at a map? Changing the radio station? All can be forms of reckless driving, and they can make a driver liable in any car accident.
Source: WTXL, “Wakulla county three-car crash leaves one in serious condition,” Aug. 5, 2012
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