A Florida motorist may be cautious and alert behind the wheel, obeying all traffic regulations. However, if another nearby driver is negligent or reckless, the careful driver is still at risk for a collision. For instance, if two cars approach an intersection and one driver proceeds to enter the crossroads on a green light but another driver fails to stop at a red light, it is a recipe for disaster. Personal injury and loss of life occurred after a recent incident like this.
Police say they believe the 23-year-old who caused a fatal accident was fleeing the scene of another crash. The driver reportedly blew straight through a red light, then struck a truck that was being driven by a local high school senior. The truck flipped over and crashed into a power pole, causing the young girl behind the wheel and her passenger to be ejected.
The 18-year-old driver of the truck did not survive her injuries. Her mother said she was planning for her prom and had goals to become a nurse some day. The passenger in the truck suffered injuries but was later released from the hospital.
The driver of the other vehicle was listed in critical condition and local authorities say that criminal charges are pending against him. Two minor passengers in his vehicle were also injured in the collision. If a minor suffers personal injury or death due to driver negligence, Florida law allows a parent or legal guardian to seek legal accountability against the party deemed responsible for the collision. Any separate owner of the vehicle driven by the negligent driver may also face full financial responsibility.