Fatal Crashes Highlight Risks for Villagers in Cars

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October 17, 2022 - Auto Accidents

A pair of fatal crashes near the Villages in a three-day span is yet another unfortunate reminder of the serious consequences that can come with being involved in an accident.

A teenage Wildwood resident was killed on Sept. 25 after a high-speed crash in Marion County, according to Villages News. Two days later, a 38-year-old Bushnell woman died after her car collided with a pickup truck in neighboring Sumter County.

The 17-year-old Wildwood driver was traveling at a “high rate of speed” when one of the tires failed on his vehicle, according to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol. The driver reportedly lost control of the car, which veered off of the road. He then overcorrected and slammed the vehicle into a wooden fence, Villages-News reports.

The driver, who reportedly was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision, was ejected from the vehicle. He was transported to Ocala Hospital and later pronounced dead.

A 24-year-old passenger in the car, also not wearing a seatbelt, somehow walked away with only minor injuries.

The second crash occurred as the Bushnell woman was exiting the Circle K/Shell gas station parking lot at the northeast corner of the intersection of County Road 476 and County Road 647 at Nobleton, according to Villages-News.

The woman reportedly turned into the path of the oncoming pickup truck. Her car was overturned when the truck struck the left side of her sedan, police told the news outlet.

The woman passed away from her injuries while being transported to a local hospital, Villages-News reports. The man in the pickup truck - and a passenger - were not injured in the accident.

Injured in a Car Accident? What You Need to Know

More than 3,700 people have died in car crashes across the Sunshine State just this year, according to data compiled by Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Another 250,000 have been injured in collisions statewide.

Anyone who is injured in a car, truck, motorcycle or other traffic accident in Florida has the right to seek compensation from those responsible for the crash. 

The monetary damages typically available in these cases are designed to put the injured person back in the financial position that he or she was in before the accident. That includes money for medical bills, missed wages, and other economic consequences of the collision.

In a tragic situation in which a person dies in a traffic accident, certain family members can seek similar compensation for wrongful death. While no amount of money will replace your loved one, it can help ease some of the monetary stress that often comes with losing a spouse, parent or other family member.

Speak with a Villages Car Accident Attorney 

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in Florida, Villages accident attorney Tim Babiarz can help you understand your rights and explore your options for maximizing compensation.

Tim is a tenacious litigator who has dedicated his career to helping people get the full money damages available under the law.

We are proud to represent clients in the Villages and 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 car accident attorney.

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