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3 suffer severe injuries in wrong-way crash

Every Florida driver knows that the double yellow lines create an invisible barrier between the two directions of travel. Unfortunately, without a physical barrier, the potential for a vehicle to stray into the oncoming lane of traffic remains. When this happens, people often suffer severe injuries in the resulting crashes.

This is what happened on a recent Friday afternoon. A 31-year-old man and his two passengers traveled east on a roadway with no idea that they were about to encounter a westbound vehicle in their lane. As the two vehicles approached each other from opposite directions, the eastbound driver attempted to get out of the way, but was unable to avoid colliding with the wrong-way vehicle.

The fact that the crash was not a complete head-on collision may have saved the lives of the three occupants of the eastbound vehicle. Even so, the driver suffered injuries described as serious while one of his passengers suffered critical injuries. The driver of the wrong-way vehicle also suffered critical injuries. Fortunately, the other passenger, a 4-year-old child, escaped injury. Officials are still attempting to ascertain why the westbound vehicle left its lane, and until the investigation is complete, no charges have been announced. 

The injured victims do not have to wait until the official investigation is complete in order to seek restitution in a Florida civil court. Proving that their injuries were the result of the other driver's negligence could lead to an award of monetary damages. Any restitution the victims receive through personal injury claims could help with the financial losses already incurred, along with those each victim may continue to incur, because of this crash.

Source: wjhg.com, "Florida Highway Patrol: Two in critical and one in serious condition after crash in Jackson County", Sept. 23, 2017

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