Interstate 75 is one of the largest and most widely used roads in Florida. It’s also one of the most dangerous, leading to a rash of deadly accidents.
Per recent reports, the interstate gets shut down because of devastating accidents every nine days. That makes these deadly wrecks, often attributed to semitrucks, far more common than a lot of people realize.
In retrospect, family members understand the risks their loved ones had to take. By then, though, it’s too late, and all they can do is think fondly of the memories they had together.
“[He] was the light in everybody’s life,” one woman said after a truck went out of control and hit and killed her son. “He was the person that when he walked into a room, the room lit up. Not with just his smile, but with his energy. He was the most giving, loving, person I ever had the privilege of knowing and the honor of calling my son for 25 years.”
The family found that accident site themselves. The young man didn’t come home, they felt nervous, and they went out looking for him. By the time they reached the scene, emergency vehicles had already flooded the road and officials had to tell them that he’d passed away. His body wasn’t even at the scene anymore, as they’d moved it to a morgue.
His mother said that she just fell down on the ground for an indeterminate amount of time, trying to process it.
If you find yourself in a situation like this, make sure you know what legal rights you have. These crashes happen all the time in Florida, and family members must understand how to move forward.