Two Kissimmee, Florida natives were seriously injured in an automobile crash on the Florida turnpike leading into the long July 4th holiday weekend. According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the accident happened when the 56-year-old male driver lost control of his 2009 Toyota Corolla near the Okahumpka Service Plaza. This caused him to swerve off the road and hit a tree located along the highway’s shoulder.
Both the driver and his 47-year-old passenger were seriously injured and taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center for treatment. According to the accident report, both had been wearing their seat belts at the time of the incident. Alcohol is not considered a factor.
Long holiday weekends typically see increased auto accidents in Florida, and this Independence Day was no exception. According to FHP statistics, on July 4, 2016, eight people were killed in 897 crashes, and on July 4, 2015, 14 died in more than 900 crashes.
Shortly before this crash, the FHP reported a fatal accident on State Road 19 near the Ocala National Forest that happened when the 53-year-old driver over-corrected and overturned his vehicle. Speaking at a news conference, one FHP trooper encouraged drivers to use good judgment during the holiday period “so the celebration does not turn into a tragedy”.
Of course that being said, sometimes no matter how careful you are, accidents happen. If you or a loved one were injured in a Fourth of July Orlando auto accident, you could have the legal right be compensated for your injuries. To ensure you get the compensation you deserve, the first thing you should do is see a medical professional. Even if your injuries seem minor – or even if you don’t think you were injured at all – if you were in an automobile accident of any kind always see a doctor immediately. Many common automobile accident related injuries, such as whiplash, do not manifest for weeks after the accident. By seeing a doctor, you create an official medical record that can, if necessary, be used as evidence in court.
To learn more, contact the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. today.
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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