Car Accident Takes the Life of a Tampa Woman

A Tampa woman died in car accident on Interstate 75  just south of State Road 50.  The St. Petersburg Times reported that an accident occurred in Brooksville on a Saturday night when the car the woman was  passenger in left the road and rolled several times on Interstate 75.  The woman that died at the scene was 19 year-old Tessa Byers.  She was ejected from the car as it rolled during the car accident. The driver of the car involved in the car accident was driving a Dodge Caliber north on I-75 when the car veered off the road.  At the time of the car accident, the car veered onto a grass shoulder and overturned several times. The driver sustained serious injuries as a result of the car accident and was treated at Pasco Regional Hospital.

Sadly, Tessa Byers was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the car accident. Could a seat belt have saved her? No one can say with certainty. Nevertheless, this tragedy is a great example of the importance of wearing a seat belt.  Not only can lives be saved, but one can also minimize allegations of comparative negligence in Florida by simply wearing a seat belt.  Should a lawsuit occur, Florida law allows a jury to apportion fault to an injured party by their own failure to wear their seat belt.  So buckle up and be safe!


The attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes, P.A. have represented families after Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas and Hillsborough County accidents since 1955. If you or a loved one sustain injuries in an automobile accident, contact the attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes, P.A. to learn more about protecting your rights and seeking compensation for your injuries.  Remember, insurance companies have attorneys looking out for their best interest-so should you!

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