I-75 car crash injures 4, 1 man in serious condition

A 45-year-old Port Charlotte man was driving northbound on Kings Highway early in the morning on Jan. 23 when he made a left turn across the busy road, causing a car accident that sent four people to the hospital. The vehicle collided with a car driven by a 27-year-old Arcadia man.

The accident halted traffic on I-75 during the busy morning rush hour. The Arcadia man was removed from his vehicle by firefighters using the jaws of life, and he was taken to the hospital in serious condition. The other three vehicle occupants were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The law requires that the driver of a vehicle turning left wait to proceed through the intersection until he may do so safely. Oncoming traffic in this situation has the right of way. As a result, the driver who was turning received a citation for failing to yield to the other driver. In court, the fact of the accident can be used as evidence that he committed the violation.

Because of the damage that can result from such an accident, the driver of a motor vehicle is obliged to drive safely to avoid injuring others. A person who harms another in a car accident through his or her carelessness may be liable for damages and may be found to be negligent in accordance with the law. Victims of an accident caused by a negligent driver, like this one in Port Charlotte, may be able to recover expenses for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering with the help of a seasoned car accident lawyer.


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