3 injured in Pinellas County car accident

Alcohol may have been a factor in an accident that occurred on March 2 in Pinellas County that left three people with serious injuries. According to reports, the crash occurred in St. Petersburg on Central Avenue after a driver allegedly swerved into traffic moving the opposite way. A 26-year-old man from Pinellas Park was apparently driving east on Central Avenue around 10:45 p.m in a Mercury minivan.

Police said that the vehicle swerved into oncoming traffic in the opposite lane and ended up crashing into a Toyota Tacoma. The 59-year-old driver of the Tacoma apparently tried to slow down to avoid the minivan but was unsuccessful. The crash injured the driver of the minivan, as well as the driver of the Tacoma and his 63-year-old female passenger.

All three were taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, and the 26-year-old apparently sustained life-threatening injuries. According to police, the driver of the minivan may have been intoxicated, and officers opened a DUI investigation into the case after noting that the 26-year-old “exhibited numerous indicators of impairment.”

While the investigation is still ongoing, whether or not the driver of the minivan was operating the vehicle under the influence of alcohol may become an important factor in any type of personal injury litigation filed. Drunk driver accidents can leave others with catastrophic injuries in a matter of seconds, and the other two people injured in the crash may be able to file suit to obtain compensation for any medical expenses they incur, as well as lost wages from time off work or pain and suffering.

Source: Tampa Bay Times, “Three injured in St. Petersburg crash, one with life-threatening injuries.” No author given, Mar. 02, 2014

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