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Woman allegedly responsible for 1st crash dies in the 2nd crash

Understandably, a car accident is often terrifying for the occupants of the vehicles. Sometimes, drivers and passengers alike may actually be in more danger in the moments after a crash. Traffic behind the wrecked vehicles may fail to stop, which could cause the survivable first accident to become deadly.

The Florida Highway Patrol recently responded to an accident on State Road 417. When they arrived, they found three wrecked vehicles. The driver of one vehicle was outside her vehicle -- deceased. The driver of another vehicle suffered serious injuries, along with the passenger in another vehicle whose driver only suffered minor injuries.

Preliminary reports indicate that this was not actually one accident, but two crashes that occurred within minutes of each other. The deceased driver, a 49-year-old woman, somehow ended up driving north in the southbound lanes of the highway. Her vehicle collided head-on with the vehicle occupied by the driver and passenger. That vehicle flipped on impact.

The woman who was driving the wrong way got out of her vehicle in the moments after the collision. The third vehicle came upon the wreckage and hit the back of that woman's car. That car, in turn, struck the woman and caused her death. The investigation is ongoing.

The surviving passenger may file a personal injury claim against the estate of the deceased woman due to the wrong way crash. Determining who was at fault for the fatal injuries in the second crash could be more problematic. The estate of the deceased victim may benefit from the assistance of a Florida attorney experienced in handling wrongful death claims to assess the viability of a civil claim for monetary damages against the driver of the third car.

Source: clickorlando.com, "Troopers: 1 killed, 3 injured in 3-vehicle crash on SR 417", Tracy Richardson, July 11, 2015

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