A Florida Central News article reports that officials with the Florida Highway Patrol are investigating a recent five-vehicle accident in Lakeland that claimed the lives of three people. FHP officials say that the accident occurred around 4 pm on U.S. Highway 98 just south of Rockridge Road when a Chevrolet pickup truck crashed head-on with a motorcycle. They say the pickup was driven by a 65-year-old woman who veered into the path of a motorcycle operated by a 55-year-old man.
The pickup’s driver was killed in the accident, as was the motorcycle’s passenger-a woman whose identity and age was not released by the FHP when the article was published. The 55-year-old motorcycle rider suffered critical injuries in the accident and was flown to Tampa General Hospital in a helicopter. The 51-year old driver of a Ford pickup truck behind the motorcycle also died in the accident. FHP officials say that he swerved to avoid the initial accident, but crashed into the left front of the oncoming Chevy pickup. The force of the collision caused the Ford pickup to land on its roof.
The 27-year-old passenger in the Ford pickup suffered serious injuries and was taken to an undisclosed hospital for treatment. His condition was unavailable when the article was published. Accident investigators do not yet know what caused the Chevy pickup to veer into the oncoming lane of traffic. The drivers of the other two vehicles involved in the Florida car accident sustained no injuries in the crash and investigators said that all of the people in the vehicles were wearing safety belts at the time of the accident. The accident closed U.S. 98 in both directions for several hours while emergency response personnel investigated the accident scene and cleared debris.
Auto accident victims and their families face physical and financial hardship while they recover from their injuries. In addition to the steep costs of medical care and rehabilitation, they also must contend with loss of function and income, life-changing injuries and terrible loss. Orlando car accident lawyer James O. Cunningham has been helping accident victims for well over thirty years. When people are injured and least able to deal with big insurance companies, he looks out for their interests and protects their rights. If you received injuries in a Central Florida car accident or lost a loved one as a result of an accident, call the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham today to schedule a free consultation.
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.
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