Drivers do not always consider the safety of their passengers. This is underscored by a fatal accident in Walton County on a recent Friday afternoon. The Florida Highway Patrol reported that a Fort Walton Beach man caused a deadly crash on Highway 90.
Florida Highway Patrol reported that the 46-year-old Fort Walton man was eastbound on Highway 90. However, he was driving on the wrong side of the road. It put his sedan directly in the way of a tractor-trailer heading west on Highway 90. The 60-year-old trucker’s attempts to avoid a collision failed. The front bumpers of the car and the big rig collided.
The size difference between passenger vehicles and tractor-trailers is so significant that car occupants typically suffer critical or fatal injuries when the two vehicles collide. Sadly, that is what happened in the accident. The Fort Walton man had two passengers. They were a 46-year-old man and a 38-year-old man; both lost their lives in this crash.
Reportedly, the sedan driver was taken to a hospital for treatment of critical injuries. The injuries suffered by the driver of the big rig were minor.
Whenever lives are lost or people are injured in car accidents as the result of another person’s negligence, victims could hold that party accountable. It also applies when the injured or deceased victims were passengers in the vehicle of the negligent driver. The surviving family members of the two deceased passengers can seek damages for financial and emotional damages by filing wrongful death claims against the driver in a Florida civil court.