The Florida Highway Patrol is reporting that a major three-car accident this afternoon on I-95 in Brevard County was caused by a driver who was distracted while trying to find a CD to insert in her car stereo. This highlights a campaign we’ve been on for months to reduce accidents due to distracted driving.
Apparently Quiara Miller, and her passenger, Ashley Douthit, were traveling southbound on Interstate 95 in Brevard County when Ms. Miller got distracted, lost control of her car, entered the grassy median, and overcorrected. Ms. Miller’s overcorrection sent her into the northbound lanes of I-95 where she collided with a truck being driven by Patrick McClain, and another vehicle being operated by Virginia Lee. Apparently, Ms. Miller and Ms. Douthit were both taken by emergency services to Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, but only Ms. Douthit’s injuries were considered to be serious. For Ms. Douthit’s sake, we hope that Ms. Miller was operating her car with adequate automobile insurance.
Searching for items in a car while traveling at high speeds down the interstate is obviously distracting, and obviously dangerous. We have previously discussed distracted driving in other posts here, here, and here. There is truly no substitute for an attentive and alert driver.