Everyone knows that distracted driving is a big no-no, but how many people actually think that they will wind up dead because they took a bite out of a burger or switched the radio station while driving? Most people don't consider those actions to be life-threatening. But the truth is, that momentary distraction can indeed be deadly.
You never saw the pickup truck veering into your lane. All you know is that your minivan was hit and now you have to worry about how you are going to help your children recover from their injuries while you are trying to recover from your own injuries. As you get out of your vehicle, you notice that the other driver has a burger in one hand and a phone in the other. Now you wonder if that had anything to do with him coming over into your lane.
Texting, talking on the phone, reading behind the wheel, and even eating are things you've seen other divers in the lane next to you do at one time or another.
Florida law requires that every vehicle with four or more wheels is covered by auto insurance. At the very least, all vehicles must carry $10,000 in personal injury protection and another $10,000 in property damage liability.
A serious single-vehicle crash has claimed the life of one individual and sent four more to local hospitals, according to local law enforcement. Florida Highway Patrol responded to the rollover car accident in the afternoon of May 21. The driver has not been charged with a crime at this time, but authorities have indicated their investigation is still underway.
The woman who famously tweeted "2 Drunk 2 Care" before causing a fatal car crash that sent two young women to the morgue was sentenced to 24 years in prison, according to local sources. The now-22-year-old woman pleaded guilty to two counts of DUI manslaughter in a Florida court in February in connection with the November 2013 car accident that killed two 21-year-old women. The sentence was handed down on May 4.
Florida Highway Patrol has announced that one person was killed and another injured in a serious car crash on Immokalee Road early in the morning of April 25. Florida authorities responded to the car accident that claimed the life of a 60-year-old woman and sent a 28-year-old pedestrian to the hospital. Charges have not been filed in relation to this case as of this writing.
One person has died following a large car crash involving two 18-wheelers, according to local sources. Florida police responded to the major car accident, which occurred on Interstate 75 around 4 a.m. the morning of April 12. The deceased man's name has not been released pending notification of his family, and so far no charges have been filed in connection with the case.
Police are still investigating how a church van full of parishioners ended up in a canal early on March 30. Florida authorities responded to the single-car accident that left eight people tragically dead and another 10 in local hospitals. As the driver is among the deceased, it is unlikely criminal charges will be filed in this case, though legal action may still be taken.
A serious crash has left one woman dead and her husband in critical condition, according to local sources. The four-car accident that killed the 63-year-old retired schoolteacher also seriously injured several other people. The driver of the vehicle believed to have precipitated the accident does not appear to have been charged as of this report, but further details have yet to be communicated by the Florida Highway Patrol.