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Bovines cause car accidents that killed Florida man

There are likely many obstacles and hazards that Florida drivers are always on the lookout for while traveling throughout the state. Unfortunately not every scenario can be planned for and avoided if it appears without expectation, which could result in serious car accidents. Recently, several drivers came upon an unexpected hazard in the form of escaped bovines.

According to the report, three drivers were caught unawares when three cows somehow escaped the fenced field where they were previously confined. One motorist, a 51-year-old man from Miami, was traveling in the westbound side of the local road. As he came upon the large animals, he apparently was unable to avoid colliding with one. At about the same time, a 61-year-old man was headed east on the same road. This driver also was unable to take evasive measures to avoid hitting a cow.

As the first motorist struck the animal, the impact purportedly caused him to veer into the opposing travel lane. His vehicle then hit the second driver's car head-on. Shortly thereafter, a tractor-trailer traveling down the same roadway also hit one of the creatures. The driver of the second car was transported to a local medical center with life-threatening injuries. He was later pronounced dead.

The first driver was not seriously injured in the collisions, and there was no information provided by Florida officials concerning the condition of the truck driver. All three bovines died in the car accidents. The surviving family of the deceased victim are likely devastated by the loss of their loved one is such an unusual tragedy. They may seek further information concerning what lead to the wreck and whether the owner of the animals was aware of the possibility that the fencing was inadequate to prevent his cows from posing a serious danger to motorists. If evidence can prove that negligence on the part of another party lead to a fatal accident, then families in Miami and anywhere else in the state may have a case for filing a wrongful death civil suit against the parties deemed responsible in order to seek compensation for documented financial losses.

Source: orlandosentinel.com, "Man dies after multiple vehicles strike cows on SR 40, troopers say", Isabelle D'Antonio, Nov. 11, 2017

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