Four people lost their lives and another was injured after a tragic crash on a highway. Fog may have been a contributing factor in the car accident. Florida authorities closed down the road for 40 miles.
The accident happened on a recent early morning near the Everglades and involved multiple vehicles. Upon a preliminary investigation, authorities say that a tractor-trailer that was headed in the southbound direction lost its trailer when it detached from the vehicle. It is not known what caused the trailer to detach, but multiple vehicles apparently slammed into the trailer. The collision caused the highway to be shut down for hours in both directions.
A number of tractor-trailers were on the side of the road, and at least one automobile sustained a large amount of damage. One of the victims was airlifted to a nearby hospital for treatment of his or her injuries. No other information about this matter was disclosed.
Unfortunately, a car accident can cause serious injuries and even death in some cases. In cases such as this one, in which poor vehicle maintenance may be to blame, victims and the families of deceased victims may choose to file personal injury or wrongful death suits against the person, manufacturer or business whose negligence caused the accident. When such lawsuits are presented in Florida civil courts, along with evidence to support the negligence, courts may award compensation to the victims and the families for their losses, which can include medical expenses, funeral-and-burial costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Source: New York Daily News, “Four dead in Florida highway crash near the Everglades“, Sasha Goldstein, March. 17, 2015