Deadly Crash Highlights Issues Common in Car Accidents
A recent head on car accident claimed the lives of two young girls from the Fort Pierce area. As friends, family, and the community as a whole mourn their loss, there are some additional traffic safety issues this tragic event raises, which are common factors when crashes and collisions occur.
Fort Pierce Teens Killed in Head On Collision
On February 8, 2018, the TCPalm reported on the tragic circumstances under which two best friends from the Fort Pierce area lost their lives in a deadly collision. The girls were headed east on Okeechobee Road at just before 7:00 p.m. in a Chevrolet Silverado the previous Tuesday when they crashed head on into a recreational vehicle headed west the wrong way. The RV was driven by a 98-year-old driver from Michigan, who was no doubt unfamiliar with the area. While he and his passenger, his 75-year-old companion also from Michigan, were rushed to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute in Fort Pierce, the young girls died at the scene.
In addition to driving the wrong way in the lane, the report states that police have reason to suspect the RV was traveling without headlights on. The RV in general was experiencing electrical problems, which the passenger stated they were on their way to Port Charlotte to have repaired. Okeechobee Road has little in the way of road lights, and police suspect the girls never saw the RV coming at them until it was too late.
Factors That Make Car Accidents More Likely
The Okeechobee Road accident highlights several issues which studies from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicate are commonly involved when car accidents and injuries occur:
- Driver errors: The NHTSA reports that driving errors, such as going the wrong way in traffic, are the critical reason behind 97 percent of all car accidents. In South Florida, local drivers are often at increased risk due to visitors who may not be as familiar with our roads.
- Vehicle maintenance issues: While actions on the part of the driver are a critical issue, vehicle maintenance issues are often a contributing factor. Poorly functioning brakes, improperly inflated tires, or in this case, a lack of headlights can all make accidents more likely to occur.
- Dangerous road conditions: Environmental factors, such as poor road conditions and lack of proper lighting or traffic signs, increase the risk of car accidents and injuries. As is often the case, the TCPalm report claims that Okeechobee Road has been the sight of multiple collisions over the years.
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When car accidents impact you or those you love, the Law Firm of William E. Raikes III is here to help. Reach out and contact our office to request a consultation with our Fort Pierce car accident attorney, who can advise you on your options in seeking compensation.