Tragic Palm Beach Crash Kills One
BOYTON BEACH, FL- Wpbf.com writes that Interstate 95 was closed this week because of a fatal collision in the southbound lanes. The victim was identified as a 33-year-old man. The collision occurred in the early afternoon and involved four vehicles.*
One of the drivers tried to swerve because of debris on the road and caused the chain-reaction wreck. Reports indicate that a tractor-trailer and a box truck were involved in the incident.
The AAA states that road debris is a common cause of car crashes in the United States. Each year, about 200,000 collisions are caused by roadway debris, and about 500 of those wrecks cause fatalities. Another 39,000 drivers are injured in these incidents as well.
About one out of every three of these incidents occurred because the driver swerved to avoid the objects in the road. Swerving causes some of the most dangerous road debris collisions, and in many cases striking the object is a better move. However, drivers are making a split-second decision, and swerving tends to be a common reflex. Other crashes are caused when the driver strikes debris, or if the debris becomes airborne and collides with another vehicle.
Debris in the road is often the result of cargo that a person failed to properly secure on their vehicle. When cars are traveling at high speeds on interstates and highways, these collisions can quickly turn into deadly chain reaction wrecks. The collisions become more likely when it is dark or during bad weather. In these cases, drivers may not see the object as soon and will have less time to react or to avoid striking the object.
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Sources:https://www.wpbf.com/amp/article/i-95-southbound-shut-down-at-boynton-beach-blvd-due-to-crash/31228039 and https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/08/11/aaa-road-debris-causes-avoidable-crashes-deaths/88563500/