Fighting for Florida Car Accident Victims Since 1977

Home Blog Auto Accident

September 29, 2015

A head-on collision Saturday night has left two Pompano Beach residents dead. Two females in their early 20’s were in the southbound lanes of I-95 when their Toyota Matrix collided head-on with a northbound 2006 Jeep Cherokee. Upon impact, both of the vehicles caught fire. Both vehicles were engulfed in flames by the time first responders reached the scene of the accident.

The driver of the Jeep Cherokee was transported to a nearby hospital with injuries, and his identity is currently not known.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation and officials have not said whether alcohol had played a role in the crash. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, wrong way accidents are relatively uncommon. They only account for approximately 3% of all highway accidents nationally every year. The real danger with head-on collisions is that the force of the impact in these types of accidents is quite large. And, because they involve the direct impact of one vehicle into another, instead of a glancing blow, fatalities often occur.

It is very difficult to identify drivers who mistakenly enter the interstate and begin heading the wrong way at night. Most interstate highways have multiple lanes of traffic headed in both directions, and often those lanes are only separated by a median that is approximately 40-50 feet wide. At night it is difficult to see that the headlights from an approaching car may be in the same lane you are traveling in. The high-posted speed limits on highways mean that car will be traveling faster and the reaction time will be significantly shortened for those in danger. Stretches of interstate that involve twists or turns can be even more dangerous, as the line of sight for a driver is significantly diminished.

The best way for drivers to protect themselves from these types of incidents is to always be on the lookout for anything out of the ordinary while driving. The Florida Highway Patrol recommends that drivers stay alert to their surroundings when traveling the highways, especially at night. Animals, pedestrians and other vehicles may suddenly appear in your path and require immediate correct action by the driver. If in doubt, slow down. If you detect an oncoming vehicle in your lane steer to the right shoulder of the road if the path is clear and you can safely do so. Above all, always wear your seat belt.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a wrong way accident, please contact us today at the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. – 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587).

James O. Cunningham

Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.

Connect with James O. Cunningham on Google+

Related Articles:

Free Consultation

If you or someone you love has been injured in a vehicle accident, call toll-free at 1-888-FLA-Auto (1-888-352-2886).

Verdicts & Settlements

  • Rear End Car Accident:
    $3.75 Million Recovery
  • Semi-Truck Accident:
    $1.5 Million Recovery
  • Van Rollover:
    $1.2 Million Wrongful Death Recovery
  • Rear End Bus Accident:
    $775,000.00 Recovery
  • Truck Collides with Cow:
    $500,000.00 Recovery

Our Florida Offices

We have 15 convenient office locations around Central Florida to better serve our auto accident clients.

15 Florida Locations

Orange County:
Orlando, FL

236 South Lucerne Circle East
Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: 407-425-2000

Seminole County:
Lake Mary, FL

1001 Heathrow Park Lane, Suite 4001
Lake Mary, FL 32746
Phone: 407-487-4408

Osceola County:
Kissimmee, FL

17 S. Orlando Ave.
Kissimmee, FL 34741
Phone: 407-966-4408

Volusia County:
Daytona Beach, FL

1301 Beville Rd., Suite 8
Daytona Beach, FL 32119
Phone: 386-243-4994

Volusia County:
DeBary, FL

465 Summerhaven Drive, Suite C
DeBary, FL 32713
Phone: 386-320-3911

Volusia County:
Deland, FL

120 South Woodland Blvd.
Deland, FL 32720
Phone: 386-206-1264

Citrus County:
Inverness, FL

110 North Apopka Ave.
Inverness, FL 34453
Phone: 352-205-4341

Polk County:
Lakeland, FL

1102 S. Florida Ave., Suite 104
Lakeland, FL 33803
Phone: 863-968-7551

Polk County:
Winter Haven, FL

325 Avenue A, N.W.
Winter Haven, FL 33881
Phone: 863-968-7173

Hillsborough County:
Tampa, FL

100 S. Edison St. Suite D
Tampa, FL 33606
Phone: 813-355-9772

Marion-Sumter Counties:
The Villages, FL

3420 U.S. Hwy. 27/441
Fruitland Park, FL 34731
Phone: 352-419-0825

Lake County:
Mt. Dora, FL

602 East 5th Ave.
Mt. Dora, FL 32757
Phone: 352-436-4696

Lake County:
Clermont, FL

900 W. Highway 50
Clermont, FL 34711
Phone: 352-503-4674

Brevard County:
Titusville, FL

506 S. Palm Ave.
Titusville, FL 32780
Phone: 321-222-7300

Brevard County:
Cocoa, FL

96 Willard Street, Suite 206
Cocoa, FL 32922
Phone: 321-757-1373

Client Reviews

  • I was involved in a motor vehicle accident where the other driver ran a red light and my car was a total loss. I was referred to James Cunningham due to the fact that our attorney’s have been very impressed with James Cunningham’s work. This fact turned out to be very true… A Personal Injury Client
  • My car accident case was handled by Mr Cunningham and I was very pleased with how everything was done. He handles his own cases and his staff is top notch. He got me a very nice settlement without going to court. Derek
  • We contacted Jim Cunningham to help guide us through the "maize" of possible outcomes in settling with insurance companies, medical bills, and even police investigation with the accident. David
  • Cunningham worked hard was professional, supportive, diligent and always maintained contact. I am very satisfied with the service that him and his team provided. Mr Cunningham is a lawyer that will work for you. Dezhaun
  • I consulted with several attorneys, but as soon as I met James Cunningham, I knew he was the right attorney for me. He immediately expressed concern for my well-being, and his compassionate, professional manner put me at ease. Diane