Two teenagers were seriously injured when a van carrying six teens ran a stop sign and crashed into a car carrying two teens in Levy County on Feb. 17.
Three of the passengers from the 2000 Plymouth van were wearing seatbelts and suffered minor injuries, according to The Florida Highway Patrol. Two passengers in the van were allegedly not wearing seatbelts and suffered serious bodily injuries. All five of the passengers as well as the driver were taken to Shands at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
The other car involved in the collision was a 1999 Acura sedan. According to FHP, the driver and the passenger of the vehicle were taken to North Florida Regional Medical Center and suffered relatively minor injuries.
A trooper at the scene said that when the van ran through the stop sign, the right side of the van was hit by the front of the sedan. The van then spun off the road and the back of the van hit a corner fence post.
It is believed that the impact from the crash flung one of the passengers in the van not wearing a seatbelt through the back window of the van.
The driver of the van was cited for running a stop sign and driving with a passenger under the age of 18 not wearing a seatbelt, according to the Gainesville Sun.
Auto accidents are the most common cause of personal injury claims throughout the U.S. They are also the leading cause of death for all ages between 3 through 34, according to a 2006 analysis. In any investigation into cases like this, claims could be made by not only the driver and the passengers of the sedan allegedly not at fault, but also by all of the passengers in the at-fault vehicle. This accident may involve multiple insurance policies and an experienced insurance lawyer will be needed to enforce all of the rights of the injured against those policies.
If you or someone you love has been hurt in a motor vehicle accident in Levy County or any other area in Florida, call the Florida Auto Accident Attorneys at the Law Offices of Whittel & Melton, LLC online or call 1-866-608-5LAW (5529).