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Four Hospitalized from Three Vehicle Accident

Chris Russo Sep 16, 2010

A car accident in Osceola County, Florida on Interstate-4 sent four people to the hospital including an infant.  Carolyn Alecia, 21, was driving with an infant on westbound I-4 when a tire on her Ford van separated and she lost control of the her vehicle.  Alecia's van then crashed into a Nissan before coming to a stop in the center lane.  The driver of the Nissan was Fabiola Munoz, 30, and was taken to Arnold Palmer hospital with minor injuries.  A third vehicle, driven by an unidentified driver, struck the van and caused a fire.  Alecia was hospitalized with serious injuries.  The infant and the unidentified driver of the Toyota were hospitalized with minor injuries.  The crash remains under investigation.

This accident may have several components.  Of course there is standard common law negligence that may be chargeable to Alecia and the driver of the Toyota.  Alecia may be guilty of failing to properly maintain her vehicle.  The driver of the Toyota may be guilty of failing to maintain control of his vehicle and avoid the collision.  Alecia may have a defense that the tire was defective and may raise a product liability claim.  There will likely be an analysis of comparative fault for Alecia.  Nonetheless, product manufacturers are responsible to design or manufacture their products to prevent or avoid foreseeable misuse of the product.  The driver of the Nissan perhaps has the best case here.  Although that driver's injuries were described as minor in the article, minor only really means not life threatening.  As many injured people can tell you, not threatening does not mean not life altering.  Pain, discomfort, and limitation can be very significant and last for many years if not permanently.  To the person who has to suffer from "minor" injuries for the rest of his or her life, those injuries may not be so minor.  If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident or by a dangerous product, please contact a personal injury or product liability lawyer with Moody Law for a discussion of your rights and the merits of your case.  Each and every case is different and you should seek the advice of legal counsel to resolve any doubts that you have.  A consultation with one of our Central Florida personal injury or product liability lawyers is free.

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