Many Florida residents remember the devastating accident in 2008 when fog and smoke covered Interstate 4. More than 70 vehicles crashed because of the road conditions, which resulted in five fatalities and 27 injured. When a very similar car accident happened again earlier this year, people all across the state wondered if more could have been done to prevent these accidents.
What started as a smaller, three-car crash on Interstate 75 just south of Gainesville, Florida, turned into a fatal catastrophe this weekend. At least 10 people were killed in a massive pileup on the Interstate that involved a series of motor vehicle accidents.
People who are on the road do not necessarily think about the risk of getting into an accident. But car accidents likely occur every day in Florida.
When something goes wrong on the road, the results can be devastating. Even if the initial incident involved one vehicle, other cars can be impacted - a single-car accident can lead to secondary accidents.
For many people in Naples, Florida, a recent car accident took the life of a prominent figure in the catering industry. The woman, a chef known for her unique take on cooking and propensity for throwing small, high-end parties, was killed after her car was struck by a pick-up truck at an intersection.
Last month, a multi-car accident occurred resulting in a former Miami Heat basketball player being charged with fleeing the scene of a crash. Initially, two vehicles got into an accident when one rear ended the other, spinning the first car into the median. Shortly after, a sports car driven by the former Miami Heat player, Alonzo Mourning, collided with the two cars in the initial crash.
Florida Highway Patrol is still investigating a car accident that occurred this past Tuesday. The accident involved a police officer and a husband and wife. The police officer had been on his way to another accident that occurred moments before. But a dispute has risen over whether the police officer had been speeding by with his lights and siren on.
When a family is faced with the unexpected loss of a loved one, a lot of emotions can surface: anger, frustration, confusion, and sadness to name a few. They may wonder whether the death could have been prevented or whether someone was at fault for causing the accident.
It is probably frightening driving down the road at 1 a.m. and seeing headlights approaching very rapidly. Like in many car accidents, drivers in this situation often have very little time to react before colliding with the oncoming vehicle.
Friends and family are trying to cope with the sudden death of a young man late last week. The young man had been an arts student at Carnegie Mellon University and was well-liked and well-thought of among friends and colleagues.