A man lost control of his GMC Sierra when he sneezed. The truck veered off the road and struck two men who were pushing a broken down Dodge Magnum. One of the men, a 56-year-old, was killed instantly. A 28-year-old was pinned in between the vehicles. He is currently in critical condition. A third individual suffered minor injuries. He had been steering the car at the time of the accident. It is not known whether the the 56-year-old and the 28-year-old knew each other or whether the younger man had stopped to help a stranger.
The driver of the GMC told police that he had sneezed and only after he looked up did he see the Dodge. At that point, it was too late. The Dodge did not have any lights or reflective markers. Police have stated that the driver did not appear to be intoxicated or on drugs. They have not determined whether or not to charge the driver in the car accident.
Fatal traffic accidents such as this one place a tremendous burden on the injured parties and the families of people who died. In addition to the pain and suffering of losing a loved one, there are often unpaid medical bills and other expenses that are a direct result of the accident. The injured parties and the families that have lost loved ones may be entitled to compensation. A settlement may help to cover the costs associated with the accident.
Family members who have lost loved ones to car accidents may benefit from the counsel of personal injury attorneys in Florida. Personal injury attorneys may be able to clarify the litigation process and recommend courses of action.
Source: New York Daily News, “Pickup driver sneezes – then to plows into Florida man, killing him instantly,” Lee Moran, April 29, 2013