While Florida traffic deaths have fallen in recent years, a bloody weekend earlier this month should serve as a reminder to both drivers and pedestrians of the dangers of life on the road.
Ten people were killed in South Florida in a 24-hour span during a recent weekend, the most in one day on the road in Dade and Broward in recent history. From March 17 to March 18, six people were killed in car accidents in Miami-Dade and another four perished in Broward, according to the Miami Herald’s Christina Veiga.
“The deadliest of the crashes left four people dead in a fiery head-on collision on the Gratigny Expressway in Northwest Miami-Dade early Sunday,” Veiga reports. Meanwhile, a pregnant Fort Lauderdale woman died when a car veered off the street on Sunday afternoon and slammed into a Riverside Hotel pool cabana just off Las Olas Blvd. Car accidents also claimed the lives of a woman who was run over by a fellow churchgoer in the parking lot of St. Ambrose Church in Deerfield Beach, a 5-year-old girl struck by a van while riding a Big Wheel in her Ft. Lauderdale neighborhood and a 14-year-old on a skateboard who was struck by a car in Tamarac.
The fatal weekend was topped off with a hit-and-run accident, which killed two people (including one motorist who stopped to help) who were changing a tire on the side of Florida’s Turnpike at 1 a.m. Sunday when a car swerved onto the shoulder and struck them before leaving the scene.
The tragic weekend comes despite a recent downswing in traffic related deaths. In 2010, the State Mileage Death Rate (the number of deaths per 100 million miles traveled) decreased to 1.25, the lowest since Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles began calculating the figure. Overall traffic fatalities dropped by more than 30 percent from 2005 to 2010. Still an average 645 car accidents occurred in the Sunshine State each day in 2010, resulting in 2,444 deaths and more than 195,000 injuries.
Car accidents can have any number of causes, but commonly occur as a result of negligence. All drivers have the duty to drive safely and reasonably on the road. Negligence is the failure to do so. When negligent driving leads to an accident, injured parties may be entitled to compensation. Sometimes both parties in an accident are negligent. Florida law recognizes a comparative negligence theory, which means that the plaintiff can still recover some compensation even if he or she is found to be partially at fault for the accident.
The South Florida car accident attorneys at Anidjar & Levine have the experience and ability necessary to help you brave the legal system after a serious accident. If you or a loved one was involved in an automobile collision, call Anidjar & Levine at 800-747-3733 today. A free consultation with the firm can help you to determine whether or not you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering or permanent disability.
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