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Speeding and Distraction Cause String of Fatal Accidents Across Florida

Although there is less traffic on the roads and car accidents have decreased nationwide, the state of Florida still saw a series of fatal car accidents in late April and early May.

In many of them, speed and driver distraction were contributing factors. Additionally, serious single-vehicle accidents are a disturbing trend.

Let’s look at what’s been happening statewide the past few weeks:

April 25, 2020 – Fatal Crash Kills 3

A crash ended in flames and fatalities on I-95 north on the morning of Saturday, April 25. The crash occurred when a sedan traveling southbound careened into an SUV that was disabled across the left and center lanes after a separate accident. Troopers told the Miami Herald that the 35-year-old driver of the sedan was “unable to avoid a collision” with the SUV.

Fortunately, two occupants of the SUV were able to escape the vehicle, which ignited after the crash, but a woman remained inside. The woman and both the driver and the passenger of the sedan died at the scene of the accident. Even the survivors were seriously injured.

Representatives from the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) told reporters the investigation was ongoing.

May 4, 2020 – 2 Florida Teens Die in Rollover Accident

A 17-year-old girl “failed to negotiate a curve for unknown reasons and drove off the road,” on May 4 in southern Citrus County. The FHP report shows the girl and her 18-year-old passenger were ejected from the car when it flipped over near the Withlacoochee State Forest. The young man was declared dead at the scene and the driver succumbed to her injuries at a nearby hospital.

May 6, 2020 – Distracted Driving Causes Death and Serious Injuries

In the early morning of Wednesday, May 6, a young woman at the wheel of a white sedan lost control of her vehicle while driving southbound on I-95. She collided with a lumber truck just north of the Matanzas Woods Parkway intersection. An FHP trooper told that the accident “appear[ed] to be a distraction issue.” The 18-year-old woman later told troopers she was distracted by her phone at the time of the collision.

Both vehicles were traveling in the center lane when the woman swerved towards the outside lane. When she over-corrected, she veered back into the center lane and struck the rear side vehicle of the truck. From there, the 56-year-old truck driver lost control of the lumber truck, which flipped over along the median. The truck driver was ejected through the windshield and died at the scene. The at-fault driver was transported to the hospital with “serious bodily injury.”

May 7, 2020 – Speed Causes Devastating Single-Vehicle Accident

A 55-year old Ocala man was speeding northbound on Southwest 62nd Avenue Road when he lost control of his Prius on Thursday, May 7. Troopers told Ocala Star-Banner that the driver failed to negotiate a left curve and the vehicle overturned on its right side. After leaving the roadway, the Prius barreled through a chain-link fence and collided with an oak tree in someone’s yard.

The residents of the house called 911 and Marion County Fire Rescue officials pronounced the driver dead on the scene. Neighbors told Star-Banner that motorists speed up and down the roadway frequently, sometimes doubling the 35-mph speed limit.

Star-Banner reports that this is the third fatality in the county since Monday, May 4th, 2020.

Our Hearts Go Out to the Victims

At Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC, we want to express our deepest condolences to those affected by these tragic accidents. We see in our practice that speed, distraction, and other negligent behaviors cause serious injuries and deep personal losses far too often.

If you need legal help after a car accident, please do not hesitate to call our firm today. We are available 24/7 at (866) 675-4427 and online – and you can even reach Lauri Goldstein on her cell at (772) 248-0544.

We look forward to helping you through this difficult time.