Driver injures several after crashing into Florida Popeyes

The Florida Highway Patrol says that a 26-year-old man ran a red light, collided with another vehicle and drove his Lynx Vanpool SUV into an Orlando-area Popeyes restaurant on Dec. 30. The accident injured several people, including some customers who were inside the restaurant.

The accident occurred at around 2:05 p.m. on West Colonial Drive. The driver reportedly ran a red light and crashed into a Ford Focus that was attempting to turn left from eastbound lanes of traffic. The driver of the Ford reportedly had the right of way. After colliding with the Ford, the driver of the SUV continued off the road and smashed into the Popeyes.

The driver of the SUV was not seriously injured in the accident. However, authorities had to transport the driver of the Ford to Orlando Regional Medical Center for the treatment of serious injuries. Three additional people were injured inside the restaurant. An eight-year-old boy suffered minor injuries in the accident, but two women were seriously injured. The driver was charged with failure to obey a traffic-control device and driving with a suspended license.

Those who are injured in car accidents may benefit from having a better understanding of their rights to seek compensation. When another driver negligently causes an accident, such as the driver in this story, the victims of the accident may be able to recover compensation from that driver or the driver’s insurance company. The victims of this accident may have suffered damages such as medical expenses, missed time at work and property damage. Taking steps to recover this compensation may help the victims pay for these expenses and avoid additional financial hardship.

Source: Orlando Sentinel, “Lynx Vanpool SUV crashes into Popeyes, injures several people“, Amy Pavuk, December 30, 2013

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