Community Still Reeling After Fatal Multi-Car Accident Claims Five
The holidays mean there is increased traffic on roads throughout the St. Lucie area. Between holiday shopper and festive party goers, it is important to use caution when traveling busy roads and to be on your best driving behavior. In Fort Pierce, the community is still reeling after a recent multi-vehicle car accident that left five people dead and caused serious personal injuries for other drivers involved. The tragedy emphasizes the need for caution and to give other drivers a wide berth on the roads.
Speeding the Trigger for Fatal Multi-Car Pile Up
Families and friends are no doubt still in shock and mourning for the five victims of a deadly car accident near Fort Pierce over Thanksgiving weekend. According to the TCPalm, the crash occurred at 10:30 p.m. on November 24, 2018, near the intersection of S. 25th Street and West Midway Road. Investigators report that 21-year-old Tanner Ray Dashner of Fort Pierce was driving his 2004 GMC Yukon southbound at a high rate of speed when he crashed into the rear of a 2002 Dodge Dakota. As a result, the Dakota then slammed into a 2003 BMW in the opposing lane before bursting into flames as a result of the impact.
The driver and four passengers in the vehicle, who have not yet been identified by law enforcement, all perished as a result of the fire. The driver of the BMW, 27-year-old Dalton Young and a 30-year-old female passenger, were treated for injuries. Dashner, whose actions initiated the crash, is listed in critical condition at a local hospital. Toxicology reports are pending to determine if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash.
Protecting Yourself on the Roads
When multi-vehicle accidents such as the one above occur, there may be several parties who can be held responsible. The degree to which each person’s actions played a role in the crash determines their liability. In this particular case, the families and the victim can sue the driver who hit them for wrongful death. The driver of the BMW may also be entitled to compensation for injuries through the first driver’s insurance policy, despite the fact that there was never any actual contact between the vehicles.
It is important to note the role reckless driving played in this accident as well. When you see a motorist engaging in dangerous behaviors or swerving on the road, it is important to steer clear. In addition to speeding and driving too fast for conditions, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) warns to be alert for these other common and dangerous types of risky driving:
- Distracted driving, such as using cell phones, texting, or changing GPS;
- Drowsy driving and falling asleep behind the wheel;
- Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or medications.
Let Us Help You Today
At the Law Firm of William E. Raikes, III, we provide the legal guidance you need when car accidents and injuries occur. Request a consultation to discuss how we can help you recover and contact our Fort Pierce car accident attorney today.