Two men were killed in a head-on collision in East Manatee County on the afternoon of Tuesday, September 28.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at approximately 5:13 p.m. on State Road 64 near the intersection of the highway with SW Oak Point Drive. At that time, a 29-year-old man from Sarasota was driving his Honda Civic in the east lane of S.R. 64 toward Oak Point Drive, while a 54-year-old man from Wauchula was driving his Dodge SUV west.
The Sarasota man attempted to negotiate a left curve in the road, but in doing so crossed into the westbound traffic lane, where the front right of the sedan hit the front left of the SUV. Both vehicles spun across the highway after the collision.
Firefighters arrived to the scene to provide emergency assistance, but pronounced both men dead at the scene from their accidents.
Wrong-way accidents can be quite serious
Given the nature of the physics involved with wrong-way accidents and the speed at which they often occur, these types of accidents often have serious, potentially fatal consequences.
In some cases, wrong-way collisions are merely a result of driver error. There is also a sizeable portion of these accidents caused by drivers being under the influence or driving while overly tired.
All drivers are expected to obey the rules of the road and stay on their designated side of the dividing line. A failure to do so could result in one driver (or their estate) being responsible for the losses and damage incurred by the other party.
For more information about the legal options available to you after a head-on collision accident, contact an experienced Bradenton, FL personal injury lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.