Six people were hurt recently when Deputy Hector Escajeda of Escambia County allegedly failed to stop at a stop sign and continued into an intersection where he collided with a pickup truck.
The deputy, who was travelling on Beulah Road, reportedly attempted to cross U.S. 90 (Mobile Highway) without stopping first. The resulting collision left Escajeda with serious injuries, prompting rescuers to airlift him to Sacred Heart Hospital. The driver of the pickup truck and the four passengers inside that vehicle were taken to the same medical facility as the law enforcement officer.
The deputy’s condition was described as critical, while the driver of the pickup was said to be in serious condition. The other victims suffered less-serious injuries. Investigators do not believe that alcohol played a role in the crash.
Failure to obey traffic signals, road signs and other traffic control devices can create dangerous situations for everyone on the road. While accidents are always a possibility, they are kept to a minimum when drivers are able to rely on other drivers to follow the rules of the road. When someone violates these rules, others on the road often have little protection and even less time to react in the face of immediate danger.
When somebody runs a red light or a stop sign, they often enter into an intersection where they meet drivers who are not prepared to suddenly stop or swerve to avoid an accident. As occurred in this case, these situations frequently result in T-bone crashes, where the front of one vehicle slams into the side of another.
If you have been the victim of an accident caused by a negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation under Florida law. To learn more, speak with the experienced Manatee County car accident lawyers at the firm of Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh.