Fort Lauderdale crashes highlight Florida’s high rate of car accidents
Florida has seen a dramatic 43 percent surge in traffic deaths since 2014, according to a recent National Safety Council (NSC) report. The number is significantly higher than the 9 percent increase in fatal crashes nationwide in the first half of this year. Around 19,100 people died while another 2.2 million suffered injuries, compared to the same period in 2015, said the council.
The NSC attributed the rise in traffic deaths partly to a strong economy and falling gas prices, which means more cars are on the roads. However, a number of other factors can contribute to increased automobile accidents. Car crashes occur on Florida’s roadways due to drunk driving, negligent drivers, rear-end collisions, texting while driving, speeding and many other reasons.
A series of recent car accidents in Fort Lauderdale and surrounding areas highlight the state’s high rate of injuries and fatalities from such crashes. Six people were injured in a two-car crash on August 16. According to police, one driver lost control and hit the wall of a Fort Lauderdale home.
In another crash, a 24-year-old woman was hospitalized in critical condition on August 20. Authorities said she was not wearing her seatbelt when her car struck the left rear corner of another vehicle while driving on Interstate 595 in Fort Lauderdale. The woman was ejected from her car after it overturned several times upon impact. Police are still investigating the cause of the crash.
A third car accident resulted in the death of Fort Lauderdale Police Detective Christopher Sheehan in Coral Springs. Sheehan, 41, was northbound on State Road 7 when his vehicle was rear-ended by 29-year-old Joselyn Lopez’s car. The police officer was declared dead at the scene while Lopez was uninjured. According to authorities, alcohol and speed may have contributed to the fatal crash.
If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident due to the negligence of another driver, or because a vehicle malfunctioned, call the personal injury attorneys at Chalik & Chalik Law Offices.