Florida Highway Patrol Called to the Scene of a Fatal Accident in Madison County, Florida
GREENVILLE, FL – According to an online news report at wctv.tv, the Florida Highway Patrol responded to a tragic fatal accident on Interstate 10 in Madison County, Florida.*
The Florida Highway Patrol indicates that a Mitsubishi Lancer was going west on Interstate 10 where the driver failed to properly negotiate a curve in the roadway. As a result, the driver turned right to exit the median but then overcorrected before his vehicle flipped over and struck a tree.
A passenger in the vehicle, a nineteen-year-old male from Pembroke Pines, Florida, tragically died in the accident. The driver, a 24-year-old male, sustained injuries in the crash.
There are no further details on the accident at this time. The crash remains under investigation by the local police.
In Florida, there are approximately fifteen million drivers who are licensed in the state and about 350,000 traffic accidents that occur each year. There are several common causes of accidents in Florida, the top four of which are as follows:
- Going at an excessive rate of speed. Florida’s speed limits are created to help drivers stay safe when behind the wheel. When a driver speeds, it is harder for them to negotiate road curvatures and turns. Speeding also reduces a driver’s ability to stop in time to avoid a crash.
- Failing to obey traffic signals and signs. If a driver fails to stop at a traffic light or stop sign, he or she greatly increases the chances of a serious accident to occur that could include fatalities.
- Driving while distracted. In Florida, it is illegal to text and drive. While a police officer cannot pull over a driver just for texting while driving, they can issue a citation to the driver if he or she is texting while committing another offense. Other distractions that result in accidents include eating, fiddling with the radio or GPS device, drinking, grooming, and talking on a cellphone.
- Driving while impaired. In Florida, there are two ways in which a driver can be deemed impaired. This is if the driver has a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or more, or is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Drunk driving impairs one’s ability to operate a vehicle in a safe manner and to appropriately react to changing conditions on the roadway.
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