A recent three-car auto accident on US-17 in Volusia County killed one man and sent another to a local hospital with serious injuries. The Florida Highway Patrol’s (FHP) investigation into the accident is still ongoing, but troopers expect to press charges against at least one of the drivers involved in the crash. Troopers say that a 33-year-old Pierson man was driving his 1995 Toyota Camry northbound on US-17 when he slowed to make a left turn. He was followed by a 41-year-old man, also from Pierson, who was driving a 2003 GMC. Troopers say that the driver of the GMC failed to slow down or stop his vehicle as the Camry slowed to make his turn and collided with the Camry.
When the front right side of the GMC collided with the rear of the Camry, the impact caused the GMC to drift into the southbound lanes, where it struck the driver’s side door of a Ford F-350 pickup truck driven by a 35-year-old man. The impact fatally injured the driver of the pickup and seriously injured the driver of the GMC. It is not known whether the driver of the Camry was injured in the crash. The accidents shut down US-17 in both directions for several hours while debris was removed from the roadway and troopers conducted their investigation.
Many accidents like this are caused by drivers who are:
- Distracted by talking or texting on their cell phones
- Under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
- Driving too fast for conditions
- Following too closely (tailgating)
- Driving while drowsy
- Taking their eyes off the road due to another kind of distraction
Although FHP troopers have not yet filed charges against the driver of the GMC, it is likely that they will find that he was negligent and his negligence led to this multi-car accident.
If you have been injured in an accident caused by a negligent driver, it is a very good idea to speak with an experienced Orlando auto accident lawyer such as James O. Cunningham as soon as possible after the accident. He can protect your rights, look out for your interests, negotiate with insurance companies and help you receive the fair and just compensation you deserve. Call him today at 800-425-2004 to get an aggressive and experienced Orlando personal injury attorney on your side!
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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