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Driver Dies in Single-Vehicle Hernando County Crash

Posted on May 25, 2011

A single-vehicle crash in Hernando County early Monday morning, May 23, has taken the life of a 31-year-old man. The St. Petersburg Times reports the man was northbound on Bayridge Court when he lost control of his 2001 Chevy pickup truck on a curve around 1:30 a.m. The pickup then drifted onto the southbound shoulder of the road where it hit a garbage can then headed back onto the road before rolling over on its left side. The driver was partially ejected and pronounced dead by first responders. The passenger in his truck was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital.

Our condolences are extended to the friends and family of this man for his sudden passing.

Tampabay.com reports the man who was ejected from the vehicle was not wearing his seat belt while his female passenger, who suffered minor injuries, was belted in.

While a seat belt may have made a difference in the outcome of this crash, more and more Florida drivers are choosing to buckle up. According to the Florida Department of Transportation, the 2009 Click It or Ticket Campaign, along with the state’s primary enforcement seat belt law, had seatbelt use in Florida at its highest use – 85.2 percent. The June 2010 data are just in and show 87.4 percent seat belt usage in Florida. A safety belt remains the simplest and easiest thing a driver and passenger can do to reduce the risk of injury or tragedy in an auto accident.

The Jacksonville car accident lawyers at the Farah & Farah law firm encourages every driver and passenger to wear a seat belt, without exception. Simply put — they save lives.