PLANT CITY —
The main issue personal injury attorneys run into dealing with multiple car pileups like this one is, as you can imagine; insurance coverage. I represent people all the time who are one of many that are injured in such crashes and the outcome is all too familiar. The person who caused the crash rarely has enough insurance to go around.
In this case, the story unfolded around 3pm on Friday afternoon on Interstate-4 eastbound in Plant City near mile marker 19.
The crash left two people dead, three in serious condition and another in critical condition. Five cars were involved in this serious and fatal pile up.
News outlets report that the accident happened when the driver of a 2006 Ford pick-up truck collided with the rear of a 2007 Toyota Camry. After that it was no holds barred when a chain reaction of events started involving several other cars which sounds like a “Final Destination” movie scene.
The driver of the truck, Joshua Russo, 36, and an unidentified passenger, suffered serious injuries and were taken to the hospital according to Florida Highway Patrol officials.
Shantel Lawton, 47, was the driver of the Camry and suffered serious injuries. Two other passengers, Windelon Seymore, 66, and Brenda Evans Richard, 56, died. Amanda Evans Coleman, 47, a third passenger, suffered critical injuries.
One other driver involved in the accident also had minor injuries.
Officials finally decided to reopen eastbound interstate lanes to traffic on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
When this type of collision occurs, we attorneys typically get the same question; how does the insurance play out?
When you look at your automobile insurance policy, your Bodily Injury coverage typically gives two numbers, for instance; 50,000/100,000 or maybe 10,000/20,000. The first number is how much each person you injure can recover. The second represents the total insurance for each crash. When you negligently hurt numerous people, they are left fighting over the second number. The rest has to come from their own underinsured motorist (UM) coverage, your homeowners umbrella policy, or your personal assets.
In a case like this involving numerous wrongful death claims. Many millions of dollars could be changing hands. I certainly hope the injured folks have UM coverage to help out.
In the mean time, lets hold the victims and their families in our thoughts and prayers.
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