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Every day preventable motor vehicle accidents take lives

Many of the crashes that occur on roads here in Florida and across the country should never have happened. Some drivers fail to follow basic traffic rules, drive impaired or allow distractions to take their attention from the road. These preventable motor vehicle accidents often take the lives of the innocent motorists and passengers who happen to be in the way of these drivers.

Troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol responded to a crash that took place on a recent Monday morning at approximately 11 a.m. Preliminary reports suggest that the 29-year-old driver of a northbound vehicle attempted to pass a vehicle in a no-passing zone. His impatience put him directly into the path of a southbound vehicle driven by a 36-year-old woman who did not have time to avoid the collision that occurred.

The damage to the southbound vehicle was so bad that emergency responders had to extricate her from the wreckage. Both drivers died from the injuries they suffered in the impact. Troopers gathered evidence and spoke to several witnesses. Now, investigators will work to determine the events that led to the crash, the crash itself and its aftermath.

That is more than likely the same information that the family of the southbound driver will need in order to prove the other driver's negligence in a wrongful death claim. The evidence presented to the court will need to establish that the northbound driver's actions led to the death of their loved one. Successfully doing so could lead to an award of damages that could help the family with the unexpected financial losses typically seen in motor vehicle accidents and perhaps provide them with some peace and closure regarding their loss.

Source: gainesville.com, "Two killed in Williston Road crash", Nicole Wiesenthal, Nov. 14, 2016

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