The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a Bronson, Florida pile-up critically injuring an Archer, FL teenager. According to the Levy County Journal, a 1999 Saturn driven by a Bronson man was stopped attempting to turn left at an intersection. A 2004 Ford pick-up truck driven by a 51-year-old Archer man rear-ended the Saturn causing severe damage to the back of the car leaving a back seat passenger with life threatening injuries.
After the pick-up smashed into the Saturn, a 26-year-old Archer woman driving a 2004 Honda traveling behind the Ford slammed into the rear of the pick-up truck.
The driver and front seat passenger of the Saturn allegedly suffered minor injuries. The other drivers according to the report did not sustain injuries. The teen was taken to Shands Hospital in Gainesville with grave injuries.
FHP from the Gainesville and Cross City Districts are continuing their investigation of the crash.
In 2007 the Florida Department of Transportation reported that vehicle accidents caused approximately 212,000 injuries resulting in 3,221 deaths. Car crashes are the most common form of automobile accidents in Florida and one of the top sources of personal injuries in the country. A car accident can be upsetting to the injured and their family, causing not only relentless physical and emotional damage, but financial difficulty also.
Depending on the seriousness of the injury, the National Safety Council reported that the standard cost of motor vehicle accident injury ranges from $24,400 to $62,500. These numbers include medical bills, lost wages from being out of work, loss of prospective salaries, and costs to repair or replace your vehicle. Many times insurance companies will want to arrange small financial settlements that will not cover past, present and future needs from the sustained injuries. If the teen in this story were to die from injuries from the accident this would be called wrongful death and his family could file a claim to compensate for medical bills, funeral and burial expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and loss of the teen’s company and companionship. After FHP concludes their investigation it will be known if one or all parties can be held liable for the teen’s injuries.
If you or someone you love has been critically injured in an automobile accident in the state of Florida, contact the Florida Personal Injury Attorneys at the Law Offices of Whittel & Melton, LLC online or call 1-866-608-5LAW (5529).