The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) reports that two prisoners were injured when the two transport vans they were riding in were struck by an oncoming pickup truck on County Road 225 in Alachua County. It happened as the transport vans were northbound on CR 225 and a pickup, driven by a 60-year-old man from Brooker, was southbound on the same road around 6:50 a.m. The pickup began drifting left of the center and entered the vans’ paths. As the first van driver swerved toward the right, the pickup hit the first van’s driver’s side front then struck the second van’s left side. This all happened just north of Northeast 55 Place near the Alachua County Public Schools building.
There were 18 prisons on the two jail vans being taken to Lake Butler where the state prison is located. Two inmates were taken to North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville and those were the only injuries reported.
We have no idea from this story why the pickup truck driver left his lane.
A study published last year by the National Safety Council (NSC) reports at least 1.6 million car crashes a year, nearly 28%, were caused by a distracted driving talking on a cellphone or texting. The NSC breaks it down even further by estimating about 200,000 of those drivers are texting when they get into an auto accident. Virginia Tech’s Transportation Institute found that texting kept eyes off the road longest – more than 20 times of those not using a phone – or 4.6 seconds over a six-second interval. That means at 55 mph, the driver could travel the length of a football field without ever looking up in those six seconds.
We hope you are never faced with an oncoming vehicle. But if an accident is not your fault, yet you have massive bills and cannot work as a result, Farah & Farah’s auto accident attorneys in Florida are on your side and will advocate for your interests so you can concentrate on getting better. Our number anytime is 1-800-533-3555.