A 47-year-old woman from Lake Panasoffkee recently died in a tragic accident involving four vehicles in Sumter County, the Villages-News reports
The chain of events reportedly started when the woman slowed her car for stopped traffic on Country Road, southbound. A 17-year-old driver behind her entered the northbound lane to pass the woman and struck a pickup truck when she re-entered southbound traffic. The pickup struck a van in front of it, while the Lake Panasoffkee woman’s car rammed into the 17-year-old’s vehicle.
The Lake Panasoffkee woman was transported to a local hospital, where she later died from injuries sustained in the crash. Two of the other drivers and a passenger in another vehicle had minor injuries, according to Villages-News.
It is not clear whether anyone was ticketed for the crash.
Multi-Car Accidents: Here is What You Need to Know
Fatal, multi-vehicle accidents like the Sumter County crash are all too common in Florida and across the country.
Whether it is a pileup on a busy highway or a low-speed fender bender in a crowded parking lot, multi-car crashes can cause serious and even life-threatening injuries.
People who are injured in these crashes have the right to seek compensation from those responsible. That includes money for medical expenses, as well as other financial impacts of the accident. In the tragic event that a person dies in an accident, certain family members can seek similar compensation by suing for wrongful death.
Multi-car collisions often raise complicated questions about who is actually liable for the accident. They require detailed investigation, which includes the gathering of physical evidence, witness testimony, police reports and other material to determine how the crash happened.
Drivers generally owe others on the road a “duty of care” to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner. That means abiding by traffic laws and refraining from dangerous behavior like aggressive driving, drinking and driving, or texting behind the wheel. A driver who does not live up to this responsibility is likely to be found negligent and responsible for any injuries that happen as a result.
In some situations, more than one driver may be to blame. Florida’s comparative negligence system allows a driver who is partly to blame for a crash to obtain at least some compensation for his or her injuries on a proportionate basis.*
Speak with a Villages Auto Crash Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in Florida, Villages auto crash 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.
Our office is conveniently located in the Villages. We are 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 auto crash accident attorney.
*Note that Florida Law was changed in March of 2023, which impacts how injured men and women who are found to be at fault can receive partial compensation. Florida applies a modified comparative negligence standard, which means that an injured party can recover damages if they are at fault, as long their percentage of fault is less than the defendant's.