1 Killed In Head-On Crash In Ocala
Car accidents can happen in a number of ways. Many happen when a driver cannot stop in time and takes evasive action. By trying to avoid an accident, they actually cause another crash, and sometimes the outcome is deadly.
Sadly, this was recently the case in Ocala. A driver was trying to avoid a crash and instead hit a vehicle head-on, resulting in a fatal crash. The accident occurred on the afternoon of October 28 near Ocala National Forest.
A Hyundai Elantra was traveling on State Route 40, near Northeast 118th Avenue Road. The vehicle, driven by a 29-year-old woman from Deltona, was heading west. Meanwhile, a 74-year-old man from Port Orange was traveling east on the same road in a Hyundai Kona.
Westbound traffic had slowed down for a vehicle that was turning left. The driver of the Elantra could not slow down in time and swerved to the left. The vehicle hit the Hyundai Kona.
Both drivers, as well as a passenger in the Kona, were taken to HCA Florida Ocala Hospital with serious injuries. The Kona passenger, a 70-year-old woman who was the wife of the driver, later died from her injuries. State Road 40 East was blocked for quite some time in both directions as police investigated.
Inattention in Fatal Crashes
Drivers need to stay focused at all times. Many drivers think they multitask, but they are wrong. Driving is a task that requires your full attention. You need to keep your hands on the wheel, your eyes on the road, and your mind on the task of driving. Even if you are daydreaming or thinking about something else, you are not fully committed to the task of driving.
Distraction and inattention are safety risks — not only for car drivers, but also for anyone else who uses the road, including bicyclists and pedestrians. Studies show that distracted driving tends to cause more severe crashes.
Distractions are often caused by cell phone use, through actions such as calling, texting, sending emails, posting on social media, and surfing the internet. However, there are many other ways in which drivers can be distracted, such as by changing the radio station, dealing with pets, talking to passengers, reading, grooming, and eating. These distractions can lead to serious crashes. Even taking your eyes off the road for several seconds can cause a fatal car accident.
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Head-on crashes often come with severe repercussions. A person can get seriously injured or even killed due to the impact.
Don’t lose out on compensation. Contact the Gainesville car accident attorneys at Meldon Law to get the most money possible for your damages. We have assisted many car accident victims in the area and we can help you as well. Get started by filling out the online form or calling (800) 373-8000 to schedule a consultation. We have four offices to serve you: Gainesville, Ocala, Fort Lauderdale, and Lake City.