In the early morning hours of November 18, 2013, two young drivers collided head-on while driving on the Sawgrass Expressway. Kaitlyn Ferrante and 21-year-old Marisa Catronio were traveling west on the freeway. Kaitlyn was driving and Marisa was in the passenger seat. Another young woman, 20-year-old Kayla Mendoza, was traveling west on the same freeway, but was traveling in the east-bound lanes, going the wrong way. Kayla struck Kaitlyn and Marisa head-on, and Maria was killed on impact.
It is too early to know if alcohol or other substances played a role in Kayla’s decision to drive in the wrong lane on the freeway, especially given that the accident occurred at approximately 1:45 in the morning. Regardless of the underlying circumstances of the accident, this story reveals just how dangerous head on collisions are, as Marisa died on impact. The other two young women are lucky to be alive.
How To Prevent Head On Collisions
Our Miami car accident lawyers understand that there’s no easy way to prevent head on collisions while driving on a regular city, county or neighborhood road. However, inserting barriers on freeways is not nearly as difficult of a task to undertake. Marisa’s family has already stated to reporters that they want something to be done to prevent drivers from crossing over the median on freeways, where any head on collision is likely to result in death. Some highways already have barriers to prevent drivers from crossing over the median into oncoming traffic, and this has proved to be successful in cases where drivers fall asleep at the wheel, especially with truck drivers who often drive for more than ten hours at one time.
Because we don’t have a freeway system in Florida where all medians are barricaded (except for small areas for emergency vehicles to pass through), we must rely on other safety measures to prevent drivers from crossing into oncoming traffic, resulting in head on collisions. Some of these safety measures include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Ensure you are fully rested when driving, especially on freeways;
• Drive when there is daylight, if at all possible;
• Do not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
• Drive the speed limit;
• Avoid talking on your cell phone and texting; and • Ensuring your lights are on at all times, even in the daytime
Have You Been Involved In A Head On Collision?
If you or a family member has been injured or killed in a head on collision accident, you should seek the advice of a South Florida Head On Collision Accident Lawyer as soon as possible. While head on collisions are not always the fault of another driver, you should allow an experienced attorney to evaluate your case. In Marisa’s case, the facts clearly show that the other driver was driving the wrong way on a major freeway, and the head on collision was the other driver’s fault.
Therefore, Marisa’s family will be able to pursue a cause of action against the other driver. However, when the facts are not as clear cut, an attorney can help you determine if you deserve compensation from injuries you or a loved one suffered as a result of a head on collision. For example, if two cars collide because of a massive rain storm with high winds that pushed the cars into one another, it may be much more difficult to prove fault. Our experienced attorneys have dealt with all kinds of head on collision accident cases and will be able to help you with yours.
Contact Our South Florida Head On Collision Attorneys Today To Schedule Your Free Consultation
The law firm of Greenberg Stone and Urbano employs Miami Head On Collision Accident Lawyers who have over 100 years of combined experience in advocating for the rights of their clients. Our skilled attorneys have been named “Superlawyers,” a title associated with being among the best lawyers in America. Our seasoned personal injury attorneys have also earned a rating of “AV” by Martindale Hubbell and have been voted “South Florida’s Top Rated Lawyers” by the Miami Herald. They have also been invited to be members of Primerus, an international society of leading law firms. Call Greenberg Stone and Urbano today to schedule your free consultation. One of our dedicated head on collision lawyers will investigate and evaluate your potential personal injury claim. To learn more about your legal options, you can contact us through our website or call us at either (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400.