A tragic accident that recently left two teenagers dead is yet another unfortunate reminder of the risk that comes with speeding.
The accident happened in October on U.S. 301 near the intersection with Rainey Trail in Sumter County. A 19-year-old driver was traveling northbound on 301 at a “high rate of speed” when he lost control of his vehicle, according to Villages-News. The car crossed the median and collided with a pickup truck.
The driver and his 18-year-old passenger died in the crash, which occurred just after 7:00 a.m. The pickup driver and a passenger in the truck suffered minor injuries, the Villages-News reports.
All four were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident.
This is not the first time the stretch of road has seen a serious crash.
A motorcyclist suffered a broken leg four years ago when he was reportedly cut off by another driver while trying to make a left turn. A teen driver who reportedly ran a stop sign on Rainey Trail in 2015 caused a crash that left several people with serious injuries.
Compensation for Car Accident Injuries
Anyone who is injured in a car accident in Florida has the right to seek compensation from those responsible, whether it is a negligent driver or a defective vehicle manufacturer.
The money damages regularly available in Florida car accident cases include money for current and future medical bills, as well as property damage, missed wages during your recuperation, and other financial impacts of the accident. In the tragic case that a person is killed in a crash, his or her loved ones can seek similar compensation for wrongful death.
To get that compensation, you generally have to be able to prove negligence. Drivers, for instance, owe others on the road a duty of care to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner. That means complying with traffic laws and avoiding dangerous behavior like speeding and drinking or texting and driving.
A driver that does not live up to this duty is considered liable and legally responsible for any injuries caused as a result.
Speak with a Villages Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car, golf cart, or other accident, you have the right to seek compensation from those responsible for the collision. It is vital that you have an experienced personal injury attorney in your corner.
Tim Babiarz is a Villages injury attorney who has been fighting for people injured in a wide range of accidents for more than two decades. He is a tenacious litigator who is committed to helping people get the full compensation available under the law.
Our office is conveniently located in the Villages. We are also proud to represent clients throughout the area, including in Ocala, Leesburg, Lady Lake, Wildwood, Summerfield, and beyond. Call (352) 205-7559 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with a Villages accident lawyer.