Off-road collisions are one of the primary causes of single-vehicle crashes in the United States. According to the NHTSA, in 95% of cases, off-road collisions can be attributed to the behavior of the driver in the moments before the crash. Only just over 1% of crashes can be attributed to environmental conditions. Driver performance errors accounted for the greatest number of off-road crashes at 27.7%. Common driver performance errors attributed to off-road crashes were overcorrection and poor directional control. Another reason for many off-road crashes was non-performance issues such as drowsy driving and distracted driving.
Click Orlando reports that, sadly, a four-year-old girl was killed in a crash in Ormond Beach.
The incident occurred last Tuesday on North Beach Street just south of the entrance to Tomoka State Park. When they arrived on the scene, police officers found that a six-passenger van that had been traveling north on North Beach Street had veered off-road. It struck an oak tree on the west side of the roadway.
At the time of the crash, there were two adults and two children in the car. The adults were taken to a hospital with minor injuries. One of the children, a four-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The second child was taken by air to a hospital for their injuries.
The circumstances leading up to the crash were not immediately clear and the investigation is still ongoing.
Chalik and Chalik Law Firm would like to extend its sincerest condolences to the family for their loss.