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Tragic Traffic Accident Kills Driver on the Florida Turnpike in Martin County, Florida


May 17, 2020

MARTIN COUNTY, FL- Wptv.com writes that a driver was killed in a collision on the Florida Turnpike this week in the early morning. Reports indicate that the victim, identified as a 27-year-old man from New Port Richie, was operating a large truck at the time of the wreck.*

The semi appears to have collided with the rear of a dump truck, causing the tractor-trailer to overturn close to Kanner Highway. The 58-year-old driver operating the dump truck was severely injured in the collision. 

The tragic accident led to the closure of the Turnpike’s southbound lanes for several hours. 

Many rear-end crashes are potentially preventable with modern technology. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), driver-assisted technology can work not only to keep the person or people in a vehicle safe but can keep others, including people in other cars and pedestrians, safer as well. Some of these features work by alerting drivers in the event of a crash while others will actually perform on their own to prevent a crash that appears imminent. 

Emergency braking technology, in which a car will brake if a crash is about to occur, is recommended by the NHTSA. In fact, this technology is considered one of the next and most significant advances in automobile safety technology. By braking in an emergency, cars with automatic emergency braking capabilities will be likely able to reduce the number of rear-end crashes and to save lives. Rear-end collisions are common and account for about 33.4 percent of all wrecks that are reported to the police. 

Currently, this technology is optional on many new cars, meaning they are available at an additional cost to the purchaser.  

Accident News is a safety and education initiative from Montlick & Associates, designed to help people better understand and thereby avoid common accident causes.  To learn more about our injury prevention programs, including iridesafe.com - click here. We hope you are never in an accident, but if you or family member are injured, call Montlick & Associates 24/7 for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or use our live chat at Montlick.com.

Sources:

https://www.wptv.com/news/region-martin-county/all-southbound-lanes-of-floridas-turnpike-reopen-in-martin-county-after-fatal-wreck

https://www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/driver-assistance-technologies

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