Earlier this month in Deerfield Beach, a wrong-way accident claimed the lives of four people and seriously injured a fifth person. According to one local news report, the accident took place at around 9:30 in the evening in the northbound lanes of U.S. 27, just north of Interstate 75.
Evidently, the accident occurred when a southbound Volvo sedan inexplicably crossed over the center median and into the innermost northbound lane of travel. At the same time, a northbound minivan was traveling north in the same lane, and the two vehicles collided head-on. After the impact, the Volvo sedan spun around and ended up in the median. The minivan rolled onto its side and ended up on the east shoulder of the road.
The driver of the Volvo, as well as three of the four people in the minivan, were all pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The fourth minivan passenger survived the accident and was found roaming the area in a state of shock. He was airlifted to Broward Health North, where he is undergoing tests but is expected to survive. Police have indicated to reporters that the investigation is far from complete.
Head-On Collisions on Florida Roads
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, there are over 6,000 fatal head-on collisions every year across the nation. Of those, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles estimates that approximately 450 fatal head-on collisions occur in the State each year. That figure represents about 7% of all total fatalities in the State of Florida.
Of course there are a number of potential causes for a head-on collision, but some are more prevalent than others. For instance, the following are common causes of Florida head-on collisions:
- Distracted driving, such as talking on a cell phone or texting;
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
- Improper passing or other forms of aggressive driving; and
- Drowsy driving.
In each of these cases, the at-fault driver may be civilly liable to the parties whom he injured as a result of his negligent driving. Proving a case of negligence against another driver is generally done by establishing that the defendant driver’s negligent conduct was the cause of the car accident that injured the plaintiff. Of course, the difficulty of this task varies according to the specific facts giving rise to the accident. To learn more, contact a dedicated South Florida injury attorney with questions.
Have You Been Injured in a Florida Wrong-Way Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in any kind of Florida wrong-way accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for all that you have been put through as a result of the at-fault driver’s negligent conduct. The skilled and compassionate advocates at the South Florida law firm of Cecere Santana have the experience and dedication you need to feel comfortable putting your case in their hands. With over 35 years of collective experience, our attorneys know how to successfully navigate our clients’ cases through the system to obtain the compensation they deserve. Call 800-753-5529 today to set up a free consultation.
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Skateboarder Killed in Miami Hit-and-Run Accident, Cecere Santana Injury Lawyers Blog, published August 12, 2015.
Two Motorcycle Accidents in Palm Beach County Leaves One Man Dead and Another in Serious Condition, Cecere Santana Injury Lawyers Blog, published July 9, 2015.