Every driver owes others on the road a duty to pay attention and follow existing traffic laws. For instance, when making a left turn across oncoming traffic, it is imperative that the driver makes sure that the intersection is clear and there are no other vehicles that are too close to allow for a safe turn. Many motor vehicle accidents in Florida occur because a driver failed to pay proper attention to other vehicles or to whether there was actually enough time to safely make the turn.
A vehicle driven by an 18-year-old woman was southbound on U.S. Highway 17 recently. As the driver negotiated a left turn off the highway and onto a street, she did so in the path of a motorcycle. The motorcycle rider was unable to avoid colliding with the passenger side of the car.
The 52-year-old man driving the motorcycle and his 54-year-old passenger were both thrown off the bike in the impact. The man suffered fatal injuries in the impact. His passenger survived the crash, but suffered injuries that were considered to be critical. At last report, she was taken to a hospital in Daytona Beach. No further information on her condition was available.
As for the driver and 19-year-old passenger in the car, they both suffered minor injuries and were taken to the hospital for treatment. Troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol do not believe that either driver was impaired. The investigation is ongoing, and at last report, no charges had been filed.
Even if the teenage driver does not face criminal charges in connection with this crash, she could face a wrongful death claim from the deceased motorcycle driver’s family and a personal injury claim from his injured passenger. As would be the case in other motor vehicle accidents, if the court rules that the driver’s actions negligence caused the fatal and critical injuries suffered, then awards of damages could be made. Any monetary restitution received will not erase the damage done that day, but it could help with the financial damages that accompany serious crashes.
Source: news-journalonline.com, “UPDATE: 1 dead, 3 hurt in crash on U.S. 17 in DeLeon Springs“, Matt Bruce, Aug. 7, 2016