Lost trailer causes Pinellas County auto accident

Florida’s number of auto-pedestrian accidents has recently been the subject of several news media stories, but some of the Sunshine State’s intersections also appear to pose an increased risk for car accidents as well.

A two-vehicle accident in Pinellas county left four injured, one seriously, on July 22. According to reports, the auto accident occurred at the intersection of Curlew Road and U.S. 19 — the intersection with the second highest number of crashes in Pinellas County in 2012. According to the Florida Department of Transportation, there were a staggering 79 crashes at the intersection that year. The only intersection to report more crashes — 86 in 2012 — is located one mile north of the site of the accident at the intersection of Tampa Road and U.S. 19.

The July 22 accident was supposedly started by a Ford pickup truck towing a trailer. According to reports, the trailer disconnected from the pickup truck in rush hour traffic, and witnesses reported that the trailer was airborne before it crashed into the side of a minivan. Multiple other vehicles were damaged as they attempted to avoid the trailer. A 35-year-old who was driving a 2009 Toyota Corolla was transported by air to Bayfront Medical Center, while three unidentified others were brought to Mease Countryside Hospital for treatment for minor injuries.

The 37-year-old man who was driving the pickup when the trailer disengaged was cited by police for careless driving. In similar cases, drivers may be able to be held liable in civil court for a victim’s medical expenses or time off of work if the driver does something to cause an object on top of the vehicle or towed behind it to become loose and go into traffic.

Source: WTSP, “UPDATE: 4 hurt in US 19 multi-vehicle crash” Andre Senior, Jul. 23, 2014

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