November 10, 2022
Car Accident Lawyer
A tragic accident in West Melbourne resulted in the death of a 53-year-old man. The horrific crash occurred on Monday, November 28 at the intersection of West New Haven Avenue and John Rodes Boulevard, just off Interstate 95. According to Floriday Highway Patrol, the victim was driving an SUV and plowed into the back of a pickup truck twice while going through the intersection. The pickup truck’s driver turned to pull over, but the SUV continued straight ahead, crashing into the front of a fireworks store. The impact caused a huge inferno. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Fatal Car Crashes
According to national statistics, a victim is killed every 16 minutes in a vehicle crash. This means that more than 90 people die each day, and 90 families lose a loved one in a fatal car accident.
Many of these tragic crashes have common factors that had they been addressed could have avoided the accidents. Instead, thousands of families are left trying to pick up the pieces – both emotionally and financially – and struggle with the death of their loved one.
At Tuttle Larsen, P.A., each Melbourne car accident lawyer has worked on countless cases, helping families get the financial justice they deserve for the death of their family member. Some of the common factors we see in the wrongful death car crash cases we handle include the following causes.
One-Third of Fatal Car Accidents are Alcohol-Related
According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), there are more than 10,000 victims killed in car accidents that involved a driver who had a blood alcohol content that was more than the legal limit of .08 percent.
Most Fatal Car Crashes Occur Close to the Driver’s Home
Multiple studies show that most fatal crashes occur within a five to 15-mile radius of the driver’s home.
Distracted Driving Responsible for More Than 3,000 Fatalities Each Year
More than 3,000 people who die in crashes each year are killed in accidents caused by distracted drivers. The most common distraction that causes fatal crashes is texting and driving. These numbers continue to increase each year, despite the well-known dangerous risks.
The Deadliest Type of Crash Is a Rollover
Rollovers are the deadliest crash types and are responsible for the deaths of more victims than any other type of crash. Although rollover crashes account for less than 5 percent of crashes each year, they are responsible for 30 percent of the total number of fatalities. The reason for the high number of fatalities is that victims are more likely to be ejected from the vehicle in a rollover crash compared to other types of accidents. There are also a higher number of victims who suffer injuries to the head, which often results in the victim’s death.
Men Responsible for More Fatal Crashes
Multiple studies have provided conclusive evidence that men are responsible for more fatal crashes than women. In one study that was conducted over a two-year period, men were the at-fault drivers in 65 percent of the fatal crashes that occurred during the study period.
Contact a Personal Injury Law Firm
If you have been injured in a crash caused by another driver, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your losses. Contact a skilled Melbourne, FL car accident lawyer from Tuttle Larsen, P.A. for a free consultation.