An automobile accident involving at least three cars sent the driver of one of the vehicles and several of its passengers to the hospital, according to heraldtribune.com.
Improper Lane Change Causes Accident
A report by the Florida Highway Patrol states that when 19 year-old Fabian Alvarez, a Miami resident, attempted to pass 74 year-old James H. Patton, a resident of Augusta, Georgia, he failed to notice a vehicle driven by Shawnica Ann Erp, a resident of Alva, in the lane next to him. Consequently, Alvarez’s Audi sedan collided with Erp’s Ford Expedition, causing it to veer across the median and eject several passengers before coming to a stop.
While Alvarez, his passenger and Patton were not injured, passengers Bobbie McKenzie, 58, also a resident of Alva, Doug Stagg, 39, and Paige Stagg, 15, both residents of Lebanon, Oregon and Bailey Erp, 5, another Alba resident, were taken to Charlotte Regional Medical Center. Thankfully, the children only suffered minor injuries. There are no reports on the condition of the adults, Bobbie McKenzie and Doug Stagg.
Was “Blind Spot” to Blame?
An investigation into the cause(s) of the accident is currently underway. However, according to the preliminary information received, it would appear that Mr. Alvarez’s Audi sideswiped Ms. Erp’s SUV, making Ms. Erp loose control of the Expedition. It may be that Mr. Alvarez failed to notice the Ford in his blind spot. As drivers know, a blind spot is an area around the vehicle that the driver cannot see while looking forward (like the area immediately in front and below the hood of a truck) or while looking through the rear-view or side mirrors. Blind spots exist in all kinds of vehicles, from cars and trucks to motorboats and aircraft.
Safety dictates that a driver briefly turn his or her head to check for other vehicles that may be present in their own car’s blind spot and not to rely only on their side and rear-view mirrors when changing lanes. Another option is to install side mirrors with a wider field of view. Small wider view mirrors (about one quarter the size of your vehicle’s original side mirrors) that conveniently glue on to your vehicle’s existing side mirrors can be purchased at any auto parts store for just a few dollars. These mirrors’ wider field of view allow drivers to see cars that they would have otherwise missed within their blind spot.
The Car Accident Lawyers of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano Can Help
With more than 70 years of combined experience, the lawyers of Greenberg Stone and Urbano are ready to help people injured in a car accident, a motorcycle accident, a tractor-trailer accident or an accident with any other kind of motor vehicle recover the compensation that may be owed to them for their pain and suffering, past and future medical expenses and disability.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to the negligence of a person operating a motor vehicle, you may be entitled to monetary compensation and should immediately contact a law firm with experience handling car accidents cases. Throughout the years, the lawyers of the Car Accident Law Offices of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano have represented many clients involved in serious motor vehicle accidents.
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