Licensed drivers in Florida and beyond typically understand that being cautious and alert at the wheel helps improve travel safety. There are certain stretches of roadway that might be more dangerous than others. In fact, intersections, in particular, are known for being areas that are high-risk for collision. Sadly, a fatal motor vehicle accident recently occurred that involved several vehicles, two of which were stopped at traffic lights.
Police say a van had likely been traveling at a high rate of speed moments before the collision occurred. The driver attempted a left turn at a crossroad. Taking a turn too fast can have disastrous results. In this case, the driver lost control of steering and crashed into two vehicles that were stopped at a red light.
The driver of the van did not survive the collision. There were several passengers in the vehicle at the time. Three people were listed in critical condition when rescuers transported them to an area hospital for emergency treatment. Traffic lanes were closed following the crash so that clean-up crews could clear the area of debris.
When a person deemed responsible for a fatal motor vehicle accident in Florida does not survive the incident, a personal injury claim may be filed against his or her estate if someone who survived the collision suffered injury. If such a claim is filed, the plaintiff is tasked with presenting evidence in court to show that the decedent was negligent behind the wheel and that this was a direct cause of the damages that occurred. An experienced personal injury attorney can help determine the maximum compensation for damages that might be available in a particular case.