Florida Man Killed In Head-On Crash
A head-on collision is one of the worst types of car accidents imaginable. These crashes are often fatal due to the high speeds involved.
Sadly, a recent head-on crash in Florida led to fatality. The fatal accident occurred in Lakeport on the morning of January 7.
A man was driving a sedan on northbound State Road 78, near County Road 721. At the same time, a semi truck was heading south on State Road 78. The sedan went into the southbound lane of State Road 78 to pass another vehicle. This caused a head-on crash between the sedan and semi truck.
The sedan came to rest on State Road 78, while the semi truck came to rest in a ditch along County Road 721. The driver of the sedan, a 23-year-old man from Stuart, died at the accident scene. The semi truck driver, a 31-year-old man from Clewiston, suffered minor injuries.
Injuries From Head-on Crashes
Head-on crashes occur when two vehicles coming from opposite directions collide with each other. These accidents are very serious in nature. They tend to result in fatality. Those who survive are often left with disabilities or permanent injuries that are very painful.
A head-on crash can cause a variety of injuries, including the following:
- Traumatic brain injuries. Traumatic brain injuries can occur when there is significant force, such as a car accident at high speeds. In this type of injury, the brain strikes the skull, causing the brain to bruise, swell, and bleed.
- Spinal cord injuries. Spinal cord injuries are common due to the high velocity involved. A spinal cord injury can lead to paralysis, which can be permanent.
- Broken bones. The impact of a head-on collision can cause body parts to hit the steering wheel, windshield, and other areas of the car, causing broken bones.
- Internal injuries. In many cases, head-on crashes cause occupants to be trapped inside their vehicles. This can cause them to suffer internal injuries, which may include bleeding and organ damage.
How to Pass Safely
Follow these tips to pass safely on two-lane roads:
- Make sure it’s legal. You can pass on two-lane highways only if there is a dashed line closest to your lane of travel. Never pass when there are double yellow lines.
- Check for safety. Look for oncoming vehicles. If there is a bend in the road and you cannot see oncoming traffic, wait to pass.
- Look for cars passing you. Look for vehicles next to you. Then use your turn signal and start passing.
- Reenter your lane of traffic. Be sure to fully pass the vehicle and then reenter your lane before hitting any oncoming vehicles.
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Head-on crashes are serious accidents that are often deadly. Those who survive often live with catastrophic injuries for the rest of their lives.
The effects of head-on crashes include costly medical bills and immense pain and suffering.
Get the compensation you need to recover with help from the Florida head-on collisions lawyers at Meldon Law. To schedule a consultation, fill out the online form or call (800) 373-8000. We have three offices to serve you: Gainesville, Ocala, and Fort Lauderdale.