Florida Highway Patrol troopers report that a recent multi-car accident on Chaffee Road just south of Normandy Boulevard that killed a 57-year-old Jacksonville and injured two others may have been caused by a medical condition affecting one of the drivers. Troopers say that the victim was driving her Nissan Versa northbound on Chaffee Road when it was struck head-on by a Toyota Highlander sport utility vehicle that had crossed the centerline. Accident investigators say that the Highlander had already sideswiped a Ford 500 sedan before it crossed the centerline, and it also collided with a Nissan Maxima after colliding with the victim’s Versa.
The victim was rushed to Shands Jacksonville after the accident but was pronounced dead on arrival from undisclosed injuries. The driver of the Ford 500 and a passenger in the victim’s car were treated for minor injuries and released. A nine-year-old passenger in the Ford was not injured. Early indications suggested that the driver of the Highlander may have been experiencing some type of medical problem immediately prior to the accident, but troopers are waiting for test results as part of their investigation.
As you know, some medical conditions come without warning, and there is nothing that the person suffering the condition can do. However, many Floridians suffer from chronic conditions or take medication that can cause them to suddenly lose consciousness. These conditions and pharmaceuticals prevent them from operating motor vehicles, but some people continue to drive anyway and imperil themselves and everyone else on or near the road. If troopers determine that the driver of the Highlander was negligent and should not have been driving, the driver can be held liable for damages.
Have you or someone in your immediate family been injured in an accident caused by a negligent driver? If so, you may be entitled to seek damages against the driver and his or her insurance company. If you have questions about the law, your rights and your legal options and would like to speak with an experienced Orlando personal injury lawyer, call 800-425-2004 today to schedule a free consultation with James O. Cunningham. He has been helping injured people since 1977 and personally handles each aspect of a client’s case.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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