A multi-vehicle accident on Friday involved as many as 47 vehicles, and a number of accident victims experienced injuries. There were multiple crashes in the southbound lanes of Interstate 75 near the Manatee/Sarasota county line. The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office said that there was a great deal of mangled wreckage strewn along the highway due to the pileup. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, there were at least 52 people who were taken to area hospitals, and three victims were airlifted from the scene of the accident. Fortunately, there were no reported fatalities. The accident occurred after 3 p.m. during a rain storm, and it is very possible that the weather was a contributing factor.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FDHSMV) has issued a distracted driving report from data they collected in 2008, and the statistics are equal parts surprising and disturbing. Despite public awareness campaigns and numerous studies linking distracted driving and sharply elevated accident rates, many drivers continue to engage in a variety of risky distracted driving behaviors while behind the wheel.
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).
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