Traffic deaths happen more often than you may think in Florida. Anything from distracted driving to falling asleep behind the wheel can result in an accident, so it's no surprise that they happen daily. The most recent traffic death totals focused on in studies are from 2010, and you can review them to better understand why accidents take place in your state. These numbers have been released so that the second half of this decade can be improved upon and made safer for drivers moving forward.
Four people have been left dead, and a man who had been fleeing from the police was injured after a crash in southern Florida early on April 3. The car accident took place south of Fort Lauderdale on Interstate 95. The deceased victims were all passengers in a single minivan. The Florida Highway Patrol is reporting that the collision was caused when a fleeing suspect got onto Interstate 95 and began heading north in the southbound lane of the interstate. The suspect had been running from police in a sport utility vehicle until he collided with a minivan around Hallendale Beach Boulevard. There were no survivors in the struck minivan.
On March 20, a 21-year-old driver was involved in a head-on collision after he lost control of his vehicle while driving south on Highway 27 in Winter Haven, veered onto the other side of the highway and rammed into an SUV in the oncoming lane of traffic. Another northbound car also hit both vehicles. The reasons for the car accident are still unknown. An adult, unnamed female, a front-seat passenger in the vehicle that caused the accident, died at the scene. The driver sustained injuries and was also transported to a local medical facility. Each of the other vehicles also had two occupants; the SUV contained a 39-year-old woman and her 16-year-old son, and the third vehicle involved contained an 81-year-old man and his 79-year-old wife. All four individuals were transported to medical facilities for treatment. The extent of the injuries of the five people is not known.
A 43-year-old woman succumbed from her injuries on March 10 after a hit-and-run driver drove into her as she crossed the street near her home in Miami. She suffered very serious injuries from the fatal accident, including damage to her head, a fractured skull, a swollen brain and a severely fractured left arm. She remained in a coma after being transported to a medical facility.The car that hit her as she was walking to her car on the evening of the incident reportedly kept going. Neighbors who were interviewed after the event noted that the four-way-stop in the area is rarely heeded, and another neighbor added that it was common for people to drive at excessive speeds. Neither of the neighbors interviewed were present when the accident happened. However, law enforcement personnel hope that someone can offer a tip that leads to the motorist. No information about the vehicle is available, but police suspect it may have sustained front end damage.
Three men were sitting on a bus bench on the morning of Feb. 28 in Hialeah when a red Toyota Camry collided with another vehicle and then careened into the bench. In the aftermath of the fatal accident, a 69-year-old man died after being transported to the hospital, and two other men who were sitting on the bench at the time, a 35-year-old expectant father and a 45-year-old homeless man, were injured. The 35-year-old, who was treated for unspecified injuries at Jackson Memorial Hospital and released later in the day, remarked to a local reporter that the red Camry seemed to be speeding when it struck the other vehicle at the intersection of 16th Avenue and West 42nd Street. Police are still investigating the accident, but a detective noted that the intersection contained a stop sign, which indicates that one of the drivers involved, identified as a 22-year-old and a 29-year-old, was negligent. Both drivers are cooperating in the detectives' investigation.
Motor vehicle accidents can affect more than just motorists. If a driver strikes a pedestrian or other stationary object in a car accident, serious injury or damage can result. Such occurrences can happen at the most unexpected times, as a Miami household was unfortunate enough to discover recently.
A car collision can happen even when everyone involved is being careful. Bad weather, obstructed views or other events can create a situation in which two or more cars are involved in an accident. But far more common causes of motor vehicle accidents are various forms of negligence, such as distracted driving, drunk driving or otherwise failing to obey traffic directives.
Automobile crashes can change peoples' lives forever. Many people drive safely and defensively, but anyone can end up in an accident caused by a reckless driver. Sometimes weather conditions or defective auto parts are to blame. The cause of an incident under these circumstances may be more difficult to identify than in a car or truck accident obviously caused by a single driver.
Pedestrians and cyclists are more likely to sustain severe injuries in auto accidents because those individuals they have little or no protection against the force of vehicles. If victims or their family members wish to seek justice through a civil claim, they have the right to do so.
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