Florida, like many states, follows a rear-end rule where a driver is legally negligent for following another vehicle too closely and crashing into it. In these cases, the front vehicle does not necessarily have to prove that the vehicle which crashed into it committed an unsafe act. Following too closely is a common cause of accidents across the country. In 2012, one-third of all accidents reported in the United States were caused by a driver who was following too closely. Statistics show that drivers of sports cars and SUVs may be more inclined to follow too closely than the drivers of other vehicles. Florida has been rated as the third most dangerous state when it came to tailgating.
The Ocala StarBanner reports that two people have been injured in a crash involving four vehicles that shut down both sides of Interstate 75.
The crash occurred on Friday at mile marker 341 near the Belleview exit. One of the drivers involved in the crash received a citation for careless driving.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a Ford F-150 was headed south in the inside lane. A Toyota Camry followed the truck.
The driver of the Ford applied brakes, and the driver of the Camry veered to the middle lane in an attempt to avoid the collision. The Toyota still struck the back of the truck, which caused the Ford to veer into the left emergency lane.
After veering into the emergency lane, the Ford struck the guardrail and overturned in the northbound lanes. The Ford landed on top of a BMW that had been traveling in the northbound lane.
Debris from the guardrail struck the windshield of a tractor-trailer that was also traveling in the northbound lane. He driver of the semi-trailer was not injured.
The driver of the BMW and the truck were taken to Ocala Regional Medical Center with injuries that were not life-threatening.