A single-car crash along State Road 408 this past Saturday afternoon (March 17th) led to the hospitalization of at least one individual. According to the Orange County Fire Rescue, the crash happened on State Road 408, close to mile marker 5, although not, apparently, near to any intersection. A car, not described in any manner, was driving down the road at some point in the afternoon (no specific time was given in the first report) when the driver either lost control of the vehicle or encountered something within the road itself that they were attempting to avoid. Regardless of the reason, they swerved off of the road itself, through the shoulder, and then drove into the roads’ guardrail.
It is not clear who called 9-1-1. It is possible, of course, that it was the occupant of the car; however, the facts of the case itself do not support this theory. When the first responders arrived at the scene of the crash, they found the individual either unresponsive, unable to move, or both within their vehicle. Members of the Orange County Fire Rescue team that arrived at the crash site carefully removed the driver of the car and transported them to an ambulance. It is not clear if the Jaws of Life were needed or if the rescue team was able to simply open the car’s door, reach in, and carry the injured person out.
The individual was rushed to Orlando Regional Medical Center. The report indicates that the person was admitted as a trauma alert, a fact which tells us that they were badly injured at the time of their admission. At the time of this writing, it is not known just how badly the person was injured or if they are no longer considered to be in critical condition.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Highway Patrol are working together to examine the crash site and determine if they can uncover the reasons behind the accident in the first place. They will likely be looking into numerous potential crash causes, such as whether or not the car’s driver was under the influence of any substances, whether or not the road itself was in a condition that could have led to a crash, and whether or not the driver became distracted by a phone or something else in the moments preceding the crash.
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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