Many of Florida’s roadways rely on double yellow lines to separate opposing lanes of travel. Motorists are required to remain on their side of the road unless in a passing zone. When vehicles veer or drift across that centerline, motor vehicle accidents often result, and some of them are deadly.
The Florida Highway Patrol says this happened in an accident on Highway 41 that happened near County Road 322 that took place on a recent Sunday. A southbound vehicle drifted into the opposing lane of travel for an as yet unknown reason. The driver of the northbound vehicle in its way was unable to avoid a head-on collision.
A 21-year-old woman who was a passenger in one of the two vehicles died from the injuries she suffered in the impact. The 25-year-old man driving the vehicle she was in remained in critical condition at an area hospital at last report. The driver whose vehicle veered into the northbound lane also suffered serious injuries, but no further information regarding his condition was available at the time of the report.
While one family grieves for the loss of its loved one, another hopes for the recovery of their family member. In the meantime, those involved are more than likely incurring significant financial losses often seen in motor vehicle accidents. The family of the deceased passenger and the northbound driver may exercise their rights under Florida law to file civil claims against the southbound driver. Successfully proving that negligence led to the critical and fatal injuries suffered could result in an award of monetary damages to help with the financial impact of this tragedy.
Source: firstcoastnews.com, “One dead and one in critical condition following Levy County crash“, Jan. 21, 2018