Negligent Driving Leads to Fatal Car Crash
Earlier this year, a horrific auto accident occurred in suburban West Palm Beach, Florida. In the incident a single driver, a 24 year-old man from Boynton Beach, FL was killed in the two-car collision. Sadly, the entire incident was caused by the young driver’s carelessness and negligence.
The way the accident occurred was very simple: the young man was driving his 2010 Dodge Challenger at an excessive rate of speed, going southward in a northbound lane. In other words, he was going the wrong way and driving far too fast for the conditions. As might have been expected, another vehicle was using the appropriate lanes and travelling at a proper rate of speed in the northbound direction.
The second driver was in a small Toyota truck, and when he saw the other vehicle approaching and driving in the wrong direction, he took all appropriate action to avoid the other driver. Unfortunately, the left front tire of the speeding car hit the left front tire of the Toyota truck. This caused the speeding car to spin around in a counter clockwise direction and to come into contact with a curb along the dividing median.
The rate of speed and velocity behind the speeding Challenger caused the vehicle to mount the curb and enter the median. Unfortunately, there were mature trees filling this grassy intersection, and the speeding car hit a tree heavily. This forced the vehicle to spin and begin to overturn, but its momentum was halted when it hit yet another tree while in the air.
This stopped the vehicle’s motion altogether, but the damages to the Challenger were catastrophic. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Fortunately, the driver of the Toyota sustained no physical injuries from this incredibly dangerous incident.
What Such Incidents Teach
Although it is impossible to know just why the driver of the Dodge Challenger was travelling against traffic at such a high rate of speed (at the time of this article the entire incident is still under investigation), the outcome of the incident is remarkable. It is not all that common for people involved in such deadly moments to emerge unscathed, as the fast acting driver in the Toyota did.
The NHTSA (National Highway Transportation Safety Administration) tracks fatal accidents and has determined that there are more than 35k deaths due to car crashes annually.
Many of these incidents are wrongful death incidents and legal cases can be built around them. Of course, in the incident above, the young driver was behaving in a reckless manner, and it is unlikely that any wrongful death claim could be made. However, his surviving family would be wise to consult with attorneys in the matter.
Why? There are many reasons for fatal car accidents that include distracted driving, driver fatigue, reckless or drunken driving, weather issues, street or road defects, car defects, and inexperienced drivers. Did any of these apply to the young man killed in the incident? Until the investigation is complete, no one can say. The point is that negligence is a word that will apply to this incident, and anyone injured or harmed in the accident may have some sort of legal case.
Had the other driver (in the Toyota) been injured, it would have actually been a liability issue – even though the other driver perished. Even without physical injury, that other driver may still be able to make claims against the other driver’s estate
Such accidents show us that (though the number of accidents increase as the numbers of deaths go down, meaning cars are safer than ever) no one can get away with negligent or reckless driving without also having some sort of liability. If you are in an auto accident due to someone’s negligence, you need to have your case reviewed by a qualified liability attorney.
InjuryClaimCoach.com. Liability for Car Accident…2015. http://www.injuryclaimcoach.com/car-accident-death.html