For many teenagers in Florida, earning their driver’s license for the first time is a right of passage, one of the first major steps towards freedom and independence. However, most learn soon after that the theory is much different than the practical experience. They learn that there is a reason behind every traffic law they have had to learn. Unfortunately, some do not realize this quickly enough, and their negligent actions may result in personal injury or even death.

Florida State Patrol responded to reports of a crash involving two vehicles on the afternoon of Dec 1 at the intersection of Trilby Road and U.S. 98. There was a flashing red light above the Trilby intersection. The vehicle traveling west on Trilby Road reportedly failed to yield at the light to oncoming traffic. As the vehicle crossed into the intersection, it was struck in the passenger’s side by the southbound SUV. 

The westbound vehicle contained the driver and two passengers, the oldest of which was only 18 years old, and the southbound vehicle only contained the driver. Both drivers only suffered minor injuries, but the other two passengers’ injuries were more severe. One of the passengers was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the vehicle during the crash. He was taken to Bayfront Health Dade City but did not survive his injuries. The second passenger, who was not thrown from the vehicle, suffered serious personal injuries and was taken to Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center for treatment.

Victims of accidents like this one that result in personal injury or wrongful death could benefit from speaking with an attorney. Local attorneys may be able to help Florida victims or their families to receive compensation. This compensation may be used to ease financial burdens caused by medical costs, property damages or funeral costs.

Source: tampabay.com, “FHP: Pasco County teen, 17, killed in Dade City crash“, Dec. 1, 2017