A four-vehicle accident in Sarasota claimed the life of a 20-year-old woman February 11. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the woman was traveling eastbound on University Parkway when a Ford Mustang suddenly crossed the median and started heading across traffic. She then got involved in a chain-reaction collision involving two other passenger vehicles and a semi-truck.
Law enforcement officers were unsure what caused the Mustang’s driver to cross the median in the first place, but the accident was still under investigation. None of the other people involved in the crash experienced significant injuries.
Complexities of multiple-car accidents
Like this recent case, many multivehicle accidents result from some sort of chain reaction. It often starts when one vehicle gets rear-ended, sending it directly into another car. Or, two vehicles may be get into an accident and have to stop on the road, and a third driver then collides when one or both of those cars. Another common scenario occurs when a motorist gets hit and pushed into another lane of traffic, causing a subsequent collision.
Regardless of the exact details, negligence is often a key factor leading to multivehicle accidents. All motorists must obey traffic laws, including posted speed limits, and refrain from using their cell phones or engaging in other distractions when operating their vehicles. And of course, no one should ever get behind the wheel after drinking too much or taking drugs that affect one’s impairment.
For the guidance and advice you need when dealing with the aftermath of a Florida auto accident, speak with an experienced Bradenton personal injury attorney at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh.