A single vehicle rollover accident early Saturday evening sent two victims to the hospital and one victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Florida Highway Patrol reports that the single vehicle accident occurred just after 7pm Saturday night on I-75. The driver of a late model Ford Explorer appeared to lose control of the vehicle for an unknown reason while traveling southbound on the interstate. The vehicle left the roadway and ended up on the right shoulder where paramedics found the wreck. The deceased was a male passenger in the Explorer. A man and a woman were also transported to area hospitals with life threatening injuries.
The cause of the accident is unknown at this time and the incident remains under investigation. It is also unclear at this point whether all occupants of the vehicle were belted in. No other vehicles were involved.
Single vehicle accidents are one of the most common types of accidents on Florida’s Highways year to date. There are a variety of causes for these accidents including driver distraction, vehicle malfunction, speeding, or driving under the influence to name a few. Although these accidents involve only one vehicle, often multiple lives are affected if there are passengers in the vehicle. Drivers have a duty to their passengers to behave in a responsible manner while operating a vehicle, to abide by the law and to keep themselves and others safe. When drivers neglect to observe their duty, accidents can happen.
As a passenger in a vehicle, you are encouraged to also keep your safety in mind. Always wear your safety belt. Never get into a vehicle when you know that the driver has been drinking.
If you feel that the driver is behaving in a reckless and irresponsible manner, calmly ask him or her to pull over and let you out in a safe place. Phone a friend or family member to come pick you up. Putting your life in someone else’s hands who does not have your best interest at heart is a risk you should not be willing to take.
If you or someone you love has been an injured passenger in an auto accident, please give the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. a call today at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587).
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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