Three Children, Two Adults Injured in Clearwater Car Accident
Westbound Gulf to Bay Boulevard was closed Tuesday afternoon while officers investigated a crash that injured five people.
The two-car accident happened around 12:30 p.m. near the intersection of Gulf to Bay Boulevard and Lake Avenue. According to reports, a woman was driving east on Gulf to Bay and attempted to turn left onto Lake Avenue. The second car was traveling west on Gulf to Bay when the car accident occurred.
The four passengers in the woman’s car were injured, including a 2-year-old boy who was ejected from the vehicle and an 8-year-old boy. Both of these children were taken to Bayfront Medical Center by helicopter with serious injuries. Also in the car was a 6-year-old boy and a 60-year-old woman, both of whom were taken by ambulance to Bayfront Medical Center with injuries described as not life-threatening. The driver of the second car, a 22-year-old man, was taken by ambulance to Morton Plant Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
Investigators are trying to determine if speed was a factor in the crash, and also who had right of way at the time.
This automobile accident should remind us that Florida law requires children under 5 years of age to be properly restrained no matter where they are seated in the vehicle. Children age 3 and younger must be secured in a federally approved child safety seat. Children ages 4 – 5 must be secured by a federally approved child restraint seat or safety belt. If a safety belt does not fit the child correctly, a booster seat should be used to correctly position the lap and shoulder belts once they outgrow forward facing child safety seats (generally at about 40 pounds and 4 years old). Children from approximately 40-80 pounds and under 4’9″ in height should ride in a booster seat.
If you or someone you know is injured in a Florida car accident, motorcycle accident, bicycle accident or other personal injury matter, you should contact an attorney for answers to your legal questions. The personal injury attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes have been helping clients in the Tampa Bay Area since 1955.