A tragic accident involving four separate cars is yet another unfortunate reminder of the safety hazards that can come with getting behind the wheel of a vehicle.
A 65-year-old Weirsdale man was killed in November when the van he was driving collided head-on with a sport utility vehicle on U.S. 19 in Citrus County, Villages-News reports. The van was launched into the air in the collision, eventually landing in a nearby median.
The SUV, driven by a Georgia man, then collided with a pickup truck. The SUV was overturned and then rammed by a sedan that was not able to stop suddenly, Villages-News said.
The van driver was reportedly pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The SUV driver and a passenger in the vehicle were taken to a local hospital with critical injuries.
Villages-News reports that the other two drivers suffered minor injuries.
The accident comes as fatal car accidents are reportedly on the rise during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Compensation for Car Accidents
Anyone who has been injured in a car accident in Florida has the right to seek compensation from those responsible for the crash, whether it is a negligent driver or a malfunctioning car manufacturer. In the tragic event that a person dies in a crash, his or her loved ones have the right to seek similar compensation for wrongful death.
No amount of money will ever be able to turn back the clock and prevent a collision from happening. The money damages typically involved in these cases is instead meant to ease much of the financial burden that often comes with a car accident.
To be able to get that compensation, you generally have to be able to prove negligence. Car drivers, for example, 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 risky behavior like speeding and texting or drinking and driving. A driver that does not meet this responsibility is likely to be found negligent and responsible for any accidents that happen as a result.
Speak with a Villages Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in Florida, it is vital that you have an experienced personal injury attorney in your corner. An attorney can help you understand your rights and options and build the strongest possible case for money damages.
Tim Babiarz is a Villages accident attorney who has been fighting for people injured in crashes 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 attorney.