A catastrophic head-on collision occurred Wednesday, March 17, 2021, on Drew Street in Clearwater, WFLA News reported. The fatal crash occurred at about 12:40 PM, between Highland Avenue and Crest Avenue.
According to the news report, a Toyota Corolla was traveling westbound on Drew Street, when for unknown reasons, the vehicle crossed the center line and collided with a Ford F-150 pickup truck head-on. The 19-year-old driver of the Corolla died at the scene. The 78-year-old driver of the pickup truck was taken to Bayfront Health in St. Petersburg with serious injuries. Further details were not available – the collision remains under investigation by the Tampa Police Department.
Accidents like this one are heartbreaking and devastating, and many head-on collisions are preventable tragedies. Our thoughts go out to all involved during this surely very difficult time.
Head-on/Frontal Impact Collisions Are Deadly
Head-on Collisions – also known as frontal impact collisions, are the most deadly type of collision. This type of collision is often analyzed in introductory Physics crash, used to explain the laws of momentum and energy. In real-life, head-on crashes are often deadly. According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, in 2019, head-on collisions accounted for 57% of car accident occupant deaths. You are much more likely to die in a frontal impact collision than any other type of collision. The faster vehicles are traveling, the more catastrophic the injuries are likely to be, and the higher the likelihood of fatality.
Causes of Head-On Collisions in Florida
Head-on collisions are often attributed to distracted driving, with cell phone use being a top cause of accidents. When drivers take their hands or eyes off the wheel and lose control, the result can be deadly. Because both vehicles are traveling towards each other in a frontal impact collision, it may take just a fraction of a second for a collision to occur. Even the most cautious drivers may be unable to avoid an impact.
Liability For Florida Car Accidents
If you were involved in a Tampa car accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries, including your medical expenses and pain and suffering. In cases of fatal accidents, surviving family members may be able to recover compensation in a wrongful death claim. Victims and their loved ones are well-advised to contact an experienced and knowledgeable attorney as soon as possible.
The Coleman Law Group Offers a Free Consultation
Time is always of the essence following an accident, as evidence and witness recollections of events can disappear in the weeks and months following a crash. At the Coleman Law Group, founder Constance D. Coleman has handled many serious injury and fatal car accident insurance claims.
Call us today at (877) 822-9292 to schedule your free case evaluation. A Tampa car accident lawyer will listen to your story, review the specific facts of your accident, and determine your legal options and rights to seek compensation. If we represent you in a claim, we will not charge any legal fees unless we recover money for you.