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Florida woman killed in head-on collision

On Oct. 14, a 19-year-old Ponte Vedra woman was killed when her Nissan Altima crossed over the median into the southbound lanes of U.S. 1 North nearby Hidden Road shortly before 2 p.m. The Altima rolled over, and it was then struck by a Toyota Prius driven by an 81-year-old St. Augustine man.

The Prius hit the top of the Altima, and the woman was ejected from her vehicle. Police say she was not wearing her seat belt. She was declared dead at the crash scene by authorities. The man was taken to UF Health Jacksonville for treatment of serious injuries.

Man dies in Florida crash with tractor-trailer

At around 3:29 a.m. on Oct. 10, a southbound car on Grand Boulevard struck the left rear of a tractor-trailer that was pulling left out of a parking lot to head north. According to Florida Highway Patrol, the 23-year-old driver of the car was not wearing his seat belt, and he died at the scene.

The accident happened on the 3300 block of Grand Boulevard, just south of Elkhorn Boulevard. Troopers did not say who was at fault in the accident. The 51-year-old driver of the tractor-trailer had only minor injuries. Charges are currently pending, according to reports.

3 seriously injured in Florida head-on collision

An accident on State Road 85 injured three people in Okaloosa County on Oct. 2. The head-on collision occurred at about 11 a.m. near the entrance to the Northwest Florida Regional Airport. A man, who is the coach of the Northwest Florida State College women's basketball team, and his wife were involved in the crash.

The wreck occurred north of General Bond Boulevard when a 53-year-old driver entered the north lanes after crossing the median and three southbound lanes. The driver's 2014 Nissan Versa hit a 2010 Ford Fusion head-on, which contained the couple. The coach and the Nissan driver both needed to be extracted from their vehicles by emergency crews, and they were taken to hospitals by helicopter.

Man killed on highway by flying tire

An unusual accident on a Florida freeway left one man dead after a tire came off of a truck, bounced across the highway and crashed through the windshield of his vehicle. The fatal accident occurred at about 5 p.m. on Sept. 19.

According to news reports, the 27-year-old man from Ponte Vedra Beach was driving a Mitsubishi Lancer on I-95 northbound through St. Johns County with a 23-year-old man as his passenger. As they approached a point approximately 30 miles south of Jacksonville, they passed a 43-year-old trucker from Daytona Beach. For reasons that have not yet been reported, a wheel came loose from the southbound truck, bounced over the median and went through the window of the Mitsubishi.

Multiple-vehicle accident in Florida leaves 1 dead

On Sept. 13, a Brevard County accident involving 11 vehicles, including three semi-trucks, left one person dead and multiple people injured, authorities said. Reportedly, two of the vehicles involved in the wreck caught fire.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the accident occurred on northbound Interstate 95 at about 6:40 p.m., when the driver of a tractor-trailer lost control of the vehicle in a construction zone and hit an impact attenuator. Consequently, the tractor-trailer obstructed all northbound traffic. However, the driver of a second tractor-trailer purportedly failed to see that traffic had come to a stop and crashed into a series of vehicles, including another tractor-trailer. Altogether, eight passenger vehicles became involved in the pileup, authorities reported.

Multi-vehicle accident in Florida kills 1, injures 3

On September 10, a multi-vehicle accident in Tampa claimed the life of an 18-year-old man and left three other individuals severely injured. According to authorities, the accident transpired around 4:30 p.m. at the intersection of Double Branch Road and West Hillsborough Avenue.

Highway officials said that the 18-year-old man was driving a 2008 Hyundai east on Hillsborough Avenue and struck the front of a Ford F250 pickup truck while trying to pass it. As a result of the collision, the Hyundai caromed into the roadway's concrete divider, which in turn propelled the vehicle into the air. The Hyundai then crashed into another vehicle, a 2012 Chrysler operated by a 51-year-old man.

Slip and fall injuries in commercial or residential settings

Under Florida law, in order for a person to recover compensation for injuries sustained in a slip and fall accident, the person must be able to demonstrate negligence on behalf of someone else. Injured parties must prove certain elements in order to make their case. Slip and fall cases are usually governed by premises liability law, which holds, generally, that owners of property may be held accountable for injuries that occur thereon. Cases of this type are often brought against residential or commercial property owners.

The dangerous conditions that might result in a slip and fall injury are numerous. Poor lighting, torn carpeting, wet floors, uneven walkways or narrow staircases with poor railing are all conditions can lead a customer to fall down and become injured. If injury occurs in a residential setting, the owner or landlord may be liable if the dangerous condition was under his or her control, the injury was foreseeable and repairing the dangerous condition would have been reasonable in terms of expense and difficulty.

Florida accident leaves 1 dead, 1 injured

A car accident that occurred in Panama City Beach on Aug. 25 left one person dead and a second person with serious injuries. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the two-vehicle crash happened at the intersection of Sand Oak Boulevard and Front Beach Road at approximately 6:00 a.m.

Authorities reported that a 44-year-old woman was southbound on Sand Oak Boulevard in an Infiniti as a 54-year-old man was traveling west on Front Beach Road in a Nissan Frontier. Witnesses to the accident reported that the Infiniti merely slowed down at the intersection's stop sign the drove into the path of the Nissan, which struck the former vehicle's left side.

Florida head-on collision leaves 2 dead

Local news sources report that a two-vehicle wrong-way crash in Seminole County at around 1:50 a.m. on Aug. 23 left the drivers of both vehicles dead. There were no other passengers present in either vehicle.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the accident occurred on State Road 417 when a 30-year-old man allegedly driving a vehicle the wrong way in the southbound lane collided head-on with a 57-year-old Florida man driving a vehicle in the correct direction in the southbound lane. The road was closed down for several hours while police investigated the accident. A definite cause for the accident was not immediately available, and the accident is still under active investigation.

Man arrested after driving car into Florida restaurant

An elderly couple was injured after a vehicle reportedly crashed into a Lake Wales restaurant, where they were dining. The 95-year-old woman and her 81-year-old husband were celebrating her birthday when the SUV collided with the front wall of the restaurant. The husband and wife were taken to Lakeland Regional Hospital for treatment. The driver sustained non-critical injuries.

The 22-year-old driver allegedly lost control of his vehicle, traveling off the road and through the restaurant's parking lot before the collision occurred. After the crash, the driver fled the scene on foot, but he was apprehended by police shortly after. He was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, driving on a suspended or revoked license and resisting arrest. As the investigation was ongoing at the time of the report, more charges may be filed against him.

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