According to the Florida Highway Patrol, two people were injured in a recent traffic accident. A 60-year-old male was driving a 2014 Dodge Ram northbound in the outside lane of U.S. Highway 29 approaching Carolina Drive. A 39-year-old female from Molino was stopped in a 2012 Chevy Malibu directly behind a 52-year-old male from Pensacola, who was driving a 1997 Ford F-150. The driver of the F-150 was stopped behind other traffic facing north in the outside lane of U.S. 29 at the intersection of Carolina Drive. The driver of the 2014 Dodge Ram reportedly suddenly accelerated. The front right of the Ram struck the left rear of the Malibu so significantly that the Malibu left the roadway, traveled northeast through a ditch on the east shoulder of U.S. 29 and into the parking lot of 8124 U.S. 29. The Ram rotated clockwise and overturned, reportedly causing the hood and windshield to strike the F-150’s rear. The Ram’s final resting point was facing east in the outside lane of U.S. 29 at the intersection of Carolina Drive. The Malibu’s final position was facing south in the parking lot of 8124 U.S. 29 north of Carolina Drive. The F-150’s final position was facing northeast on the east shoulder of U.S. 29 north of Carolina Drive. The driver of the Ram and Malibu received injuries; all drivers were wearing seatbelts and alcohol was not a factor, according to the FHP.
This type of accident is considered a “rear-ender”- This is the most common collision type and is nearly always the fault of the car in the rear. When you tailgate, you do not leave enough stopping distance between yourself and the vehicle you immediately follow. A rear-end collision is often the result of following too closely, but it can be prevented by signaling early for all turns, stops, and lane changes. It is also a good idea to frequently check the traffic behind your vehicle, and to change lanes immediately if you’re being tailgated. Always be aware of tailgaters and large vehicles following too closely or gaining rapidly from behind, and take appropriate action to avoid a collision.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact us at Brannon & Brannon for a free consultation at (850)659-2252 or through our website at brannoncanhelp.com.