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Florida crash leaves seven injured

Seven people were hospitalized with injuries following a traffic accident in Florida. Troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol said the serious car accident occurred just after 6:30 a.m. on Gulf Beach Highway. Police charged one driver for her role in the accident, but no other drivers were cited.

According to the FHP, the accident happened after a 38-year-old driver failed to yield to an oncoming sedan as she attempted to turn her SUV off the highway. The sedan's 33-year-old driver was unable to avoid the SUV or stop in time, causing the two vehicles to slam into each other. FHP sources confirmed that the sedan's driver and her 8-year-old passenger both sustained serious injuries and were rushed to a nearby medical center to receive treatment. The SUV's driver and her four passengers, who range in age from 11 to 18, were taken to the same hospital with minor injuries.

The FHP issued a release following the accident, which stated that the SUV's driver had been charged with failing to yield the right of way. The release also noted that all the victims were wearing safety belts at the time of the crash.

According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles in 2010, approximately 235,461 traffic accidents were recorded in Florida in 2010. Although this represents a 0.13 percent decrease from 2009, thousands of motorists in the state were still affected by serious wrecks.

Over 195,000 injuries and close to 2,500 deaths resulted from traffic accidents in Florida in 2010. In some instances, victims of such accidents may be entitled to cash damages compensating them for medical bills and other expenses incurred by their injuries. Individuals who are interested in learning more should contact a qualified attorney specializing in personal injury lawsuits.

Source: PNJ.com, "Seven injured in Gulf Beach Highway crash, two seriously," Kaycee Lagarde, Dec. 12, 2012

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