Tragic Crash Kills One, Injures Child on Interstate 95 in Palm Beach County, Florida (FL)
PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL- Tcpalm.com writes that a 31-year-old man died in a collision in Palm Beach County this week. The victim was reportedly from Stuart.*
The man was traveling northbound in the afternoon on Interstate 95 in an SUV with a 21-year-old woman and a three-year-old child at the time of the wreck. Reports indicate that the victim attempted to change lanes. A driver, identified as a 59-year-old man from Jacksonville, was in a pickup truck in the lane that the victim entered. The two vehicles collided, with the truck striking the SUV’s rear left side. The impact caused the SUV to veer to the west and strike a center median. The SUV then rolled over, ejecting the 31-year-old driver. Responders declared the man dead at the scene. The crash also injured the 21-year-old passenger in the vehicle and severely injured the child. The man driving the truck also sustained injuries. The Florida Highway Patrol is now investigating the tragic collision.
Studies indicate that SUVs are overall safer than sedans. The death rate per mile in SUVs is much lower, although the study may also reflect different driving styles among people who choose to drive SUVs over other types of cars.
While overall SUVs seem to provide improved safety, they are known to roll over more frequently than other types of vehicles. The reason SUVs tend to flip more easily is that they are more top-heavy than sedans. The tendency to roll has led to an elevated number of single-vehicle fatal crashes that involve SUVs. In single-vehicle wrecks, cars only roll about ten percent of the time. The chances of an SUV rolling are between fourteen and 23 percent.
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