Jose Tellez-Plata is dead following a car crash in Ocala, FL in January. The 30-year-old resident of Ocala was killed instantly when his station wagon hit a Dodge pickup truck driven by David and Robin Huffman on County Road 225A. The pickup truck in turn hit a classic 1967 Stingray convertible. There is no word on whether the occupant of that vehicle sustained injuries.
The Huffmans were in serious but stable condition following the accident after being treated at Ocala Regional Medical Center for treatment. CR 225A is a narrow two lane highway in Marion County.
According to the latest report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), rural roads are the deadliest in America. While roughly 80 percent of the U.S. population lives in urban areas, fatalities in rural areas account for more than half of all roadway fatalities. While our two lane highways here in Florida tend to be flatter than those in other parts of the country, they can be very curvy and poorly lit.
There is no dividing line between opposing traffic lanes. Drivers use the left lane to pass slower moving vehicles. Fatigued drivers can easily drift into the path of oncoming traffic. Most rural roads do not have any roadway lighting. These conditions alone can explain why head on collisions are more common on rural roads. Drive well within the speed limit on rural roads. Exercise extreme caution when passing. Remain alert for animals on the roadway and ensure that you leave yourself enough room to brake in case of an emergency.
If you have been injured in a car accident on a two lane road, you may be entitled to sue for damages, especially if you were not the driver at fault in the accident. It is important to speak to a well-qualified attorney who focuses on car accidents as soon as possible following the incident to find out what your rights are and how you can protect them.