It is no secret how dangerous intersections in Florida and other states can be. Even the most alert and cautious drivers are often at risk if nearby motorists are negligent or acting under the influence of alcohol. The latter is suspected as a causal factor in a recent intersection collision that caused personal injury — one of which was fatal — to several travelers.

As is often the case in the aftermath of a motor vehicle accident, investigators are still gathering clues to help them answer the many questions that arose when a car traveling southbound just after 3 a.m. on a Sunday somehow wound up in the northbound lane, hitting another vehicle, head-on. The 56-year-old man who was behind the wheel of the car that veered out of its lane was transported to a nearby hospital after the accident but did not survive his injuries. The other vehicle was being driven by a 50-year-old man who suffered critical injuries in the crash.

The struck vehicle also carried a passenger, age 47, who was listed in serious condition when rescue workers took him to the hospital for emergency care. An officer speaking on behalf of the Florida Highway Patrol said alcohol consumption is suspected as a key factor in the incident. Intersection roadways were closed to traffic for hours as responders worked to clear debris and investigate the scene. 

Personal injury collisions in Florida often lead to criminal charges being filed against drivers who are suspected of acting under the influence of alcohol. Such charges can serve as evidence in civil court litigation when recovering victims seek legal accountability against the person or people deemed to have caused their injuries. Evidence of a criminal justice case helps substantiate a civil justice claim. Anyone considering filing such a claim may first want to discuss his or her situation with an experienced personal injury attorney.