There have now been 11 people killed in the unfortunate pattern of wrong-way drivers and head-on collisions in Tampa Bay. Some say that more needs to be done about the construction on our highways; others say that impaired drivers are to blame.
These accidents are usually rare, but they have become more common over the last few months:
September 2014: Jessica Rey Mahn was killed when she drove her car the wrong-way near the State Road 52 exit in Pasco County. She struck a semi-truck head on. Alcohol is suspected in this incident.
August 2014: Edward Jose Duran was killed after he drove his car the wrong way on I-275, just north of downtown Tampa. He struck an ambulance head-on. Troopers suspected Duran had been drinking or taking drugs.
February 2014: 4 University of South Florida students, Jobin Joy Kuriakose, Ankeet Harshad Patel, Imtiyaz Ilias and Dammie Yesudhas were killed when their vehicle collied with a Ford Expedition in a head-on collision on I-275. The driver of the truck was burned beyond recognition and
February 2014: Chase Kaleb Leveille, 25, was killed on I-275 when his car struck a box truck head-on near Bearss Avenue. Toxicology reports showed that Leveille had a blood-alcohol count of 0.21 and was under the influence of marijuana.
According to a spokesperson for the Florida Department of Transportation, Florida plans to increase drunken driving education and enforcement. In Florida, a person is considered legally intoxicated with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08.
Injured in a Head On Collision?
Head on collisions are thankfully rare events. But when these accidents do happen, the result is almost always catastrophic injury or even death. Head on collisions can happen when a driver crosses over into oncoming traffic or goes the wrong way down a one-way street. In many of these accidents, the driver responsible for the accident is intoxicated or impaired in some way.
As in the above accidents, whenever two cars collide in a head on collision, those in the car are likely to suffer severe injuries, even if seat belts and air bags work as intended. The feet, legs and hips may bear the brunt of the impact, causing broken bones, dislocations, and other injuries. If a driver or passenger is thrown from the vehicle, death or severe trauma is almost always the result.
In head on collisions, there is rarely, if ever a question of fault. Try to limit distractions while driving, in the event that a wrong way driver was to ends up in your lane. With that said, a car accident attorney can still be vital to make sure that you recover your full extent of damages. Insurance companies will still try to minimize the amounts of money they will pay in claims. Our personal injury law firm will compile all evidence of your injuries and expenses to maximize your compensation. We have a record of success in both negotiations and in trial.
Hiring a Car Accident Attorney
If you were a victim of a wrong-way driver, don’t speak with the insurance company on your own, call the Hancock Injury Attorneys for your free confidential consultation to discuss your injuries. Call toll free at 813-915-1110. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also reach us by e-mail. If we don’t recovery money for your losses, you don’t pay us. No recovery, no fee promise.
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