A tragic accident in Orange County left 3 children as well as 2 young mom’s dead. A family member said that the 5 victims were all related. The driver of the same vehicle where the fatalities occurred suffered injuries authorities called serious. The driver was also related to the victims.
According to police, the vehicle with the family was attempting a left turn at an intersection. An oncoming vehicle slammed into the car as it was turning, completely destroying half of the car. All but one occupant of the car was thrown from the vehicle.
The driver who hit the vehicle suffered what police called minor injuries.
The Florida Highway Patrol, which is investigating the accident, indicated that this tragedy follows in the wake of another fatal accident only two months ago but at the same intersection. Officers said that they planned to ask for a safety review of the intersection.
Determining fault after an accident at an intersection can be difficult
Especially given the magnitude of the loss in the case, there will no doubt be additional investigation in the upcoming days and weeks.
A thorough investigation is critical when determining responsibility for an accident. For example, in this case, it is true that Florida law requires vehicles turning left to yield to oncoming traffic.
On the other hand, based on the description of the impact, the other motorist had to be traveling at a considerable speed. It may have been that this other driver was traveling to fast or was not paying attention and just did not stop even the family’s car was already in the middle of a turn.
A skilled personal injury attorney can help a grieving family make sure that a thorough investigation is conducted and that the responsible parties are held accountable to pay compensation for the injuries they cause.