After a Florida car crash involving seven separate vehicles on Highway 98, officials are stating that they are aware that the road is dangerous and that improvements are necessary. Due to the way that traffic in the area operates, the road is often congested, and that can cause rear-end collisions because drivers are not allowing a safe distance between cars. The Florida Highway Patrol believes that this is what caused the seven vehicle fatal accident.
The accident began when a 2006 Hino box truck rear-ended a 2008 Honda Element. The vehicle's two occupants, a 66-year-old man and a 63-year-old woman from Bradenton, were killed during the accident. The accident then set off a chain reaction which damaged five more cars and injured multiple other drivers and passengers. The Hino Box truck was driven by a 47-year-old Pensacola man and owned by an office furniture company.
The Florida Highway Patrol's investigation is still continuing. Reportedly, six people suffered injuries but only five chose to go to the hospital for treatment. The five who were treated were brought to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. The Florida Department of Transportation has stated that they are hoping to take action to make that part of the road safer. A spokesman also urged drivers to be more cautious.
According to reports, the truck driver may have failed to stop as required to avoid an accident. However, the state officials are also saying that they are aware the stretch of road was dangerous and had not taken action to make it safer.The families of those who were killed in the accident may want to pursue wrongful death charges against the truck driver or the state with the help of a personal injury attorney. Those injured may also want to pursue compensation for their medical costs. Additionally, since the truck driver was working at the time of the accident, compensation could also be sought from his company.
Source: NWF daily news, "FHP releases more details on Thursday", Angel McCurdy, June 14, 2013