Interstate driving in Florida and other states is not without its share of risks. With so much traffic traveling at relatively high speeds in close proximity, the potential for vehicle accidents to occur is pretty high. Even though most interstates have wide medians to help reduce the number of head-on collisions, those types of accidents still happen, and they typically cause catastrophic and/or fatal injuries to accident victims. Such seems to be the case in a recent multi-car accident that claimed the lives of three people.
Around 1 p.m. on May 26, an unidentified vehicle was heading west along I-10. The accident occurred in Madison County near the Monticello rest area. The driver of the westbound vehicle lost control and crossed over the center median. The vehicle then stuck another one heading east. That collision caused two other vehicles heading east to crash. One of the vehicles involved actually caught fire.
As a result of the crashes, two people were killed at the scene. Another victim was taken to a local hospital, but passed away there. The accident caused both directions of I-10 to close while authorities cleaned up the aftermath and investigated the crash.
Legal recourse for victims
The report does not specify why the initial driver lost control of his or her vehicle, leading to the multi-vehicle accident. It was also not stated whether that driver was one of the ones killed in the crash. Regardless, those severely injured as well as the surviving family of those who died in the accident may pursue personal injury and/or wrongful death claims against the driver to pursue recovery of monetary damages. If the driver died in the crash, his or her estate can still be named in any civil suits that arise. Affected parties will want to work closely with an experienced personal injury attorney in Florida for advocacy and support.