It’s very likely among your worst nightmares – being suspended over the edge of a cliff, looking several stories down to a hard surface beneath, knowing that you are just inches from a very painful fall. That is exactly what a Florida resident recently suffered after a collision on State Road 472 in an overpass accident.
The car was left with one end hanging over the edge of the overpass, suspended there until rescuers pulled it back onto the roadway. The accident, unfortunately, claimed one life and few further details have been released. All that is known for sure is that two cars met in a head-on collision. The impact was enough to launch one of the cars into the air. It landed on the safety rail along the side of the overpass. A few more seconds of air time and it would have made a hard descent onto the pavement below.
Distracted driving has been touched on by many of the largest media outlets in recent years as the danger of texting and driving has become so widely known. However, this accident should serve as an additional reminder. Though the exact cause of the accident is unknown, the fact that the two cars hit head-on suggests that one or the other had swerved into the wrong lane.
It is always important to have one’s full attention on the road to prevent accidentally veering into oncoming traffic. A split second is all that it takes to wind up in a Tampa auto accident, and, ultimately, in front of a personal injury attorney. As this particularly violent incident has taught us, that collision could result in the loss of life. Overpasses and bridges are areas where head-on crashes are even more likely. With little shoulder to rely on, there is nowhere for a car to go should another vehicle swerve into its lane.