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Rear-End Accident on Interstate 4 Claims Two Lives

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on June 22, 2011

A deadly series of collisions on Interstate 4 in Hillsborough County involving a Deltona man has left two people dead and others seriously injured. Florida Highway Patrol officers investigating the accidents say the series of collisions began when a 36-year-old Deltona man who was traveling eastbound on I-4 near Thonotosassa Road failed to notice that a car in front of his truck had slowed. A FHP spokesman said the man was driving a 2006 Ford pickup truck near mile marker 19 when he rear-ended a 2007 Toyota Camry that had slowed for unknown reasons.

Troopers say this collision caused the Camry to rotate and strike a third vehicle, which, in turn, struck yet another vehicle. A fifth vehicle that was trying to avoid the accident struck the third vehicle again, and the series of collisions caused several people to be hospitalized for serious and critical injuries. A couple riding in the Toyota Camry, a 66-year-old man and 56-year-old woman, both from Tampa, were killed in the collisions. The driver of the Camry, a 47-year-old Orlando woman, was hospitalized in serious condition, and another passenger, a 48-year-old Tampa woman, was critically injured in the crashes. Charges are pending against the Deltona man who started the series of collisions.

Rear-end accidents are often deadly for the occupants of the car(s) being struck as illustrated by this series of accidents. FHP investigators did not say how fast the truck was going when it struck the Camry, but given the force of the initial collision and the terrible injuries that the driver and passengers suffered, it is probably safe to assume that the Deltona man was traveling at the posted 65 m.p.h. speed limit. The survivors of this series of collisions face a long and expensive road to recovery and many weeks or months of physical therapy and other types of rehabilitation.

Have you or a close family member been injured in a rear-end collision? If so, you’re already familiar with how grueling and expensive recovering from these accidents can be. The weeks of hospital stays and follow-up care can drive healthcare costs into the hundreds of thousands of dollars for accident victims, and many seek the help of experienced Orlando personal injury lawyer James O. Cunningham. He has helped injured people receive the fair and just compensation they deserve for more than 30 years and has a proven record of success. Call 888-425-2004 or 407-425-2000 today, and schedule a free consultation with an Orlando personal injury attorney who gets results for his clients.

James O. Cunningham

James O. CunninghamSince 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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