Earlier this month, on the day after Halloween, one man was killed when he was involved in an accident with another vehicle on the 5000 block of N.W. 32nd Avenue. According to a news report by the local CBS affiliate, the accident occurred in the early morning hours of November 1, just hours after most had finished celebrating the Halloween holiday.
Evidently, a Chevy Camaro was traveling at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control of his vehicle. The Camaro crossed the center line and ended up facing oncoming traffic, where it was struck by a Dodge Charger. The impact from the collision caused the driver of the Camaro to be ejected from the vehicle.
One witness on the scene, still in a Halloween costume, told reporters that he didn’t realize there was a body at first, likely because it had been ejected from the vehicle. The witness attempted to perform CPR, but it was too late. The driver of the Camaro was pronounced dead at the scene once emergency crews arrived. The passengers in the Camaro, as well as the driver of the Charger, were all admitted to the hospital for the treatment of their injuries.
Police have begun an official investigation into the fatal accident, and they told reporters that drugs or alcohol should not be ruled out. Additionally, authorities believe that speed likely also played a role in the accident.
Holiday Weekends and Road Safety
Miami-Dade roads are dangerous enough as it is, let alone on a holiday weekend. Holiday weekends provide additional temptations to drivers who may already have a propensity to disregard the safety of others and are willing to get behind the wheel after too many drinks.
Every holiday weekend, Florida roads see an increase in the number of drunk driving accidents. While Halloween is seen as a “partier’s holiday” by most, it is not the most dangerous holiday to be out on the road. According to a Forbes report, the top three most dangerous holidays for drunk driving are Thanksgiving, Labor Day, and Independence Day. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that about 550 people lose their lives to drunk driving on holidays each year across the country.
Have You Been Injured in a Drunk Driving Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in an auto accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation, regardless of when the accident occurred. Drivers in Florida always have a duty to operate their vehicles in a safe and responsible manner, and this includes doing so while free from the intoxicating effects of drugs or alcohol. With that said, drunk drivers and their insurance companies may still deny claims made against them, and it is best to proceed with the assistance of a skilled South Florida personal injury attorney. To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation, call 800-753-5529. Speaking to an attorney is free, and you will not be billed unless you are able to recover compensation for your injuries.
More Blog Posts:
Teen Killed in Fort Lauderdale Hit-and Run, Cecere Santana Injury Lawyers Blog, published November 4, 2015.
Florida Supreme Court Holds Accident Victim’s Future Medical Payments Through Medicare and Medicaid Not Admissible at Trial, Cecere Santana Injury Lawyers Blog, published October 20, 2015.