When a driver spies a crash ahead of them on the road, it’s best to slow down or pull over. Unfortunately, not every driver has that good sense to do that, and motorists who use caution get caught in unfortunate and unnecessary car accidents.
One such accident occurred near Orlando late last week. A 23-year-old woman apparently merged onto Interstate 4 from Sand Lake Road. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, she cut across all westbound lanes when merging onto the highway and crashed into a 1980 Toyota Corolla driven by a 19-year-old man. The accident caused minor injuries to the other driver, and the woman was cited for changing lanes improperly.
This crash led to another. A woman driving a 1999 Mazda saw the crash and slowed down in time. However, a man driving a 2011 Toyota Camry wasn’t quite so careful and slammed into her vehicle. She and the passenger who was riding with her suffered injuries that were described as serious. They were both taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center for Treatment. The other driver, meanwhile, was ticketed for careless driving.
That accident set off yet another. This time, a 21-year-old driver saw the accidents on the road ahead and slowed down. Mirroring the previous accident, a man driving a 2007 Lincoln behind her failed to slow down in time and slammed into her vehicle. He was cited for careless driving as well. The woman was not seriously injured, luckily.
What started as a careless accident relating to a hasty lane change resulted in two more crashes that could have been avoided.
Source: Orlando Sentinel, “3 faulted in 6-car pileup on I-4,” Desiree Stennett, June 28, 2012