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1 Killed, 3 Injured In Clay County Accident


When we drive on the roadways, we expect that everyone will drive properly. While some drivers are alert and driving defensively, we don’t always think about other motorists making unexpected actions, such as turns and lane changes. When this happens, it can catch us off guard, causing a serious crash.

Unfortunately, one person was killed when a vehicle veered across a median. The fatal accident occurred on the evening of August 22 between US Highway 301 and County Road 218 in Clay County, near Lawtey.

A 46-year-old Gainesville man was driving a sedan and headed north on US 301 when he suddenly veered left for unknown reasons, crossing a grassy median. A 55-year-old man from Chiefland was heading south in an SUV at the time. Both vehicles collided head on. They spun around and came to a rest on the right shoulder.

The passenger in the Gainesville man’s vehicle, a 26-year-old woman also from Gainesville, was killed in the crash. The man, as well as the Chiefland driver and 52-year-old female passenger, are all hospitalized in serious condition.

Why Do Drivers Make Sudden Moves? 

You’re driving along when a vehicle in front of you or next to you makes a sudden move. Maybe they stopped suddenly or swerved into your lane and you don’t know why. If you’re lucky, you avoid a crash. If not, you could be involved in a serious accident, resulting in injury or death.

So why would a driver make a sudden move that could make you have to slow down or get out of the way? Here are some possible reasons:

  • Road hazards. If a driver sees a hazard in the road, their first reaction may be to swerve to avoid it. Of course, this can result in a crash if there is a car next to them or coming in the opposite direction. It can be especially hard to avoid road hazards when a vehicle is speeding or the weather is bad.
  • Distracted driving. When a driver isn’t paying attention, they don’t have time to anticipate hazards. They may not know that the vehicle up ahead has stopped or broken down, causing them to slam on the brakes. Distractions can also come in the form of impairment, and alcohol or drug use can cause lapses in judgment and poor reaction times.
  • Medical emergencies. A person who is having a stroke or other medical emergency while driving may make sudden moves, since they may be unconscious or otherwise unable to drive safely. 

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Driver error is the top cause of crashes. When drivers make unexpected maneuvers, accidents can occur, causing serious injuries and even death.

See how the Florida car accident attorneys at Meldon Law can help you with the process. We’ll help you understand your rights as a car crash victim. To schedule a free consultation, contact our office today by filling out the online form or calling (800) 373-8000. We have four offices to serve you: Gainesville, Ocala, Fort Lauderdale, and Lake City.


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