The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) wants to know what caused a woman to drive into a flagger in Manatee Thursday morning, September 22, even though the man at the work site was holding a sign and wearing an orange safety vest.
The collision happened in a construction zone at 60th Street West and 42nd Avenue West around 8 a.m. The 23-year-old female driver from Bradenton was eastbound on 42nd Street in her 1998 Honda Accord when she failed to stop or even slow down for the flagger and hit him in the legs. The force of the collision landed the man on the roof of her car and into the windshield. He was seriously injured and taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg.
The woman has been cited for failing to yield to a flag person at a construction site. According to the trooper on the scene, she did not even apply the brake because there were no skid marks on the road, reported the Bradenton Herald, quoting the FHP report.
Let’s all pray that the man survives his injuries.
Drivers and Crash Rates in Florida
The latest statistics from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles finds that drivers age 15 to 19 had the highest rate per 10,000 drivers of crash involvement in 2010 (363.97), but drivers in the 20 to 24 age range had the highest rate of fatal crashes at 3.05. There were 388 drivers in the latter age range who were involved in fatal crashes in Florida in 2010.
The truth is that you can be any age and involved in an auto accident in Florida. It may not be your fault. You may just be in the wrong place at the wrong time. An experienced Florida auto accident attorney will always offer you a complimentary consultation to determine if there are some avenues to seek compensation for your injuries and property damage.