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Car Accidents: The Rear-End Collision Rule

Northwest Florida Daily News reports that a three-car collision on the Mid-Bay Bridge on Monday night sent one driver to a local hospital. The accident happened about 9:30 p.m. when a car driven by 25-year-old male from Niceville failed to stop for slower traffic. He was driving north on the bridge when he struck a Mercedes driven by a 44-year-old male from Niceville, whose car then hit a Toyota driven by 25-year-old male from Niceville. The 25 year-old who caused the collision had minor injuries but was not taken to the hospital. The male driving the Mercedes whose vehicle was sandwiched between the two, was taken to Twin Cities Hospital with serious injuries. The 25 year-old male was charged with careless driving.

Distracted Driving On The Rise

A Honda Civic with six people inside was headed east on Sunday afternoon when the vehicle crossed the center line for an unknown reason and skidded into the oncoming lanes, according to a crash report. A westbound pickup truck hit the car's passenger side, ejecting all six occupants, the crash report said. FHP say the 32-year-old female was a passenger in the Honda Civic. The driver's name is listed as "unknown" and FHP says that person died as a result of the accident. The driver's name will be released pending further investigation.The female driver was taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital in critical condition. She was the only one in the Civic who survived the accident. The other occupants, a 43 year old male and 4 children, ages 7, 6, 15 and 3 lost there lives in the accident. All of the Honda passengers were from Winder, Georgia.

Fatal Car Accidents Are More Common On Rural Roads

Early last Saturday morning, a male was driving his motorcycle south on SR-77 when a second driver merged into the south lane of SR-77 from the central median divide and side swiped the motorcycle. The front of the motorcycle collided with the left side of the vehicle. The driver of the motorcycle fell off his motorcycle and is now in critical condition at Bay Medical Center. Officials say the driver of the motorcycle was wearing a helmet, and at this time charges are pending. Early last Sunday morning, another horrible accident happened on another rural road in Bonifay. According to FHP, the driver and the passenger were heading southbound on CR-173 when they passed another vehicle in a "no passing zone." The driver of the vehicle lost control and entered into a ditch. The vehicle overturned several times and the two occupants were ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead on scene. Officials say neither occupant was wearing a seatbelt, and alcohol may have been a factor. At this time officials are still investigating who was driving the car at the time of the crash.

Multiple Car Accidents For Walton And Bay Counties

The Northwest Daily News reports that in less than three months, a Panama City Beach man has been arrested for his second DUI after rear-ending a family on Scenic Highway 30A. The 27-year-old male from Panama City Beach was driving east on 30A Sunday night when he rear-ended a car in front of the Tom Thumb gas station. The car Romano hit was driven by a family of three, including a three-month old baby. A Walton County Sheriff's deputy was at the Tom Thumb at the time of the crash and was able to respond almost immediately. By the time additional deputies responded, the male was swaying back and forth and slurring his words, according to the news release from the Sheriff's Office. He told deputies he had "three very, very strong drinks," became very agitated with deputies and repeatedly asked why he couldn't leave. Subsequently, he began to insult the deputies and call them names, according to the news release. While talking to the deputies. the male asked a female deputy if she wanted to watch him dance with his "jazz hands." The deputies had him perform a field sobriety test on scene, which he failed. He was then arrested for driving under the influence. As stated above, this is this male's second DUI, the 1st one was in Panama City Beach when the Panama City Beach Police Department officers found him passed out behind the wheel of his Mercedes in the middle of Thomas Drive in Panama City Beach on July 26, 2015.

Failure To Yield: The Cause Of Fatal Car Accidents

Last Friday, there was a tragic accident in Calhoun County which left two people dead and three people injured. The crash occurred around 2 p.m. in Blountstown. According to the FHP report, a 49-year-old female from Cleveland, Tennessee (Kidd), was traveling west on County Road 286, approaching a stop sign at the intersection of State Road 69. At the same time, a 43-year-old female from Gainesville, Georgia, was in another vehicle traveling south on State Road 69, approaching the intersection of County Road 286. Authorities say the Tennessee female failed to stop at the stop sign as she entered the intersection, and got T-boned by Smith's vehicle. The impact of the collision caused the female from Georgia's vehicle to travel southwest, before colliding with a fence post in the southwest corner of the intersection. It continued to travel in southwest as it overturned, before coming to final rest, facing north. The vehicle rotated clockwise as it traveled southwest, coming to final rest in a cotton field, in the southwest corner of the intersection, facing north. The Tennessee female's vehicle left rear collided with a fence and fence post. She was taken to the hospital in serious condition. Her passenger, a 65 year-old female, of Moultrie, Georgia, was pronounced dead on the scene. The driver of the vehicle from Georgia was taken to the hospital in serious condition and one of her passengers was pronounced dead on the scene. The other passenger in her vehicle from of Lowndes, Georgia, was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Our thoughts and prayers with those families dealing with the loss of their loved ones and we wish those injured a speedy recovery. According to Florida Statutes 316.123, at a four-way stop intersection, the driver of the first vehicle to stop at the intersection shall be the first to proceed. If two or more vehicles reach the four-way stop intersection at the same time, the driver of the vehicle on the left shall yield the right-of-way to the vehicle on the right. Also, the driver of a vehicle approaching a yield sign shall, in obedience to such sign, slow down to a speed reasonable for the existing conditions and, if required for safety to stop, shall stop before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection, or, if none, then at the point nearest the intersecting roadway where the driver has a view of approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway. After slowing or stopping, the driver shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle in the intersection or approaching on another highway so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard during the time the driver is moving across or within the intersection. If such a driver is involved in a collision with a pedestrian in a crosswalk or a vehicle in the intersection, after driving past a yield sign without stopping, the collision shall be deemed prima facie evidence of the driver's failure to yield the right-of-way.

Car Accidents: Deadly Consequences Of Running A Red Light

A Panama City woman is dead as the result of a car crash last Thursday afternoon. Investigators with the Florida Highway Patrol say a 38-year-old female from Panama City was killed when the car she was riding in collided with a work truck at the intersection of Alf Coleman Road and Middle Beach Road. A 32-year-old male from Panama City Beach was driving that car. Police tell WJHG-TV and WECP-TV that the car was speeding when it ran a red light and hit a work truck driven by 57-year-old male from Panama City. The force of the crash turned the truck on to its side. The car kept going for another few hundred feet before finally stopping.The driver and passenger of the car, along with the driver and a passenger in the work truck were all sent to the hospital . The passenger of the vehicle died at the hospital. The driver of the vehicle had injuries which were described as serious, while the other two injured in this crash had injuries which were described as minor.

Tragic Car Accidents In Recent News

WJHG Channel 7 out of Panama City reports of some horrible accidents that occurred last weekend in Northwest Florida. A car crash occurred at the intersection of State Road 20 and County Road 275 in Altha which resulted in one woman dying. Last Saturday night, a 25 year old male was traveling south on County Road 275, approaching State Road 20. At the same time, a second car was traveling westbound on State Road 20 approaching the intersection of County Road 275. FHP reports the 25 year old male failed to observe the stop sign and collided with the passenger side of the other male's car. It was the passenger in the car that was impacted who was pronounced dead on the scene. Officials say alcohol was a factor, and at this time charges are pending.

Florida's New Driver's License Test Is Producing Record Failure Rates

WEAR Channel 3 reports that failure rates for Florida's driver's license test are skyrocketing. In January, the state switched to a new 50-question written exam. So far, almost three out of every five people who took the exam through June didn't pass. That's far below the state's typical rate. State officials expected some applicants would have trouble adjusting to a new written test implemented in January but acknowledge it erupted into an unexpected problem when they discovered more than 80 percent of drivers in some counties were unable to pass.

Intentional Tort: When Car Accidents Aren't An "Accident"

A 22-year-old Niceville man was involved in a crash with an Escambia County Sheriff's Office vehicle last week. The man was southbound when he crossed the center line and struck the front of marked patrol car. At the time, the Deputy was conducting a vehicle escort on Scenic Highway. According to investigators, the driver of that vehicle said he intentionally collided head-on with the Deputy in an attempt to commit suicide. The Niceville man's vehicle overturned after the head-on collision and was not wearing a seatbelt which resulted in injuries. The Deputy sustained injuries as well, but he was wearing a seat belt.

Car Accidents Rev Up On The Emerald Coast

According to the Northwest Florida Daily News, there was a 5 car collision on Us. Highway 98 east of Edgewood Drive around 8 a.m. The cause of the accident was failing to stop for traffic conditions which unfortunately happens in this area, especially during the summer months when there are more vehicles on the road. According to the FHP report, A 2002 Dodge pickup driven by 27-year-old male from Milton failed to stop for traffic and rear ended a 2012 Toyota car driven by 57-year-old male from Miramar Beach. The impact forced the Toyota into a 1995 Chevy Tracker that was being towed behind a 2013 Ford RV driven by a 72-year-old male from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The Tracker was forced forward into the RV, the release said.

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