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Alligator Alley Car Accident Kills Former Minister and Daughter

A former minister and her two children were involved in a fatal car accident on Alligator Alley. Unfortunately, the mother and her 3-year-old daughter were killed in the crash. According to Florida Baptist Witness, the former minister of Eustis’ Bay Street Baptist Church was driving near mile marker 88 when it the tragedy occurred.

The third passenger in the vehicle, her 4-year-old, was taken to a Tampa hospital and was last listed in critical condition. Accident reports indicate that the family was heading west on the Alley. Both of the children were riding in their car seats when the accident happened. Just before 9:00 a.m., the mother slammed into another vehicle and was thrown off of the road. The car then went through a set of barricade cables and flipped over before coming to rest in a canal alongside the roadway.

Our Broward auto accident lawyers understand the risks of driving across the state of Florida via Alligator Alley. Not only do we have to worry about staying awake, keeping concentration and staying away from dangerous drivers, but we also have to worry about our vehicle breaking down. Fact is, this is one of the most desolate stretches of road in America and help can be slow in arriving at the scene.

Unfortunately, it took rescuers about 30 minutes to get to the former minister and her family. They had to smash in the windows of her car to get to the kids. None were breathing on their own and were transported to Physicians Regional Hospital. This is where the mother was pronounced dead. Just days later, one daughter was pronounced dead at NCH in North Collier.

“It’s a heartbreaking situation,” said Don Miller with Lake County Baptist Association in Eustis.

Unexpected Causes of an Accident:

-Equipment failure. Brakes, tires and even steering and suspension can act unpredictably. Many times, these conditions were known and the responsibility lies in the hands of automakers and other auto technicians, but they neglected to take action to correct the situation. These accidents are usually unavoidable by the driver and are caused by the neglect of a third party. An attorney can help you to pinpoint this fault.

-Roadway design. Law enforcement officers, local government and civil engineers all contribute to the design and the safety of the roadways. Usually, hazard visibility, roadway surfaces, traffic control devices, behavioral control devices, traffic flow and weather are all considered when a roadway’s design is up for discussion.

-Other drivers. Unfortunately, other drivers can be some of the most threatening hazards. It’s important that all factors are considered when determining fault in an accident. It’s important that you consult with an attorney immediately after a serious or deadly car accent. An attorney will help to provide invaluable assistance when it comes to figuring out the cause of your crash and identifying the parties responsible.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident, contact the South Florida injury lawyers at Freeman & Mallard for a free and confidential review of your case. Call 1-800-561-7777.

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