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Thursday, March 10, 2016
Pinellas County Driver Killed In Single Vehicle Crash
19, 2016, a 43-year-old
resident of St. Petersburg was driving a 2004
Infinity FX35 westbound on 18th Avenue South at approximately 3:35
a.m.The driver was approaching 49th
Street South at a high rate of speed when he crossed over 49th
Street, failing to stop at the stop sign and driving over the sidewalk onto the
grass on the west side of 49th Street, along Tangerine Avenue.The vehicle continued through the grass and
struck a tree causing the vehicle to overturn and causing fatal injuries to the
Clearwater Single Vehicle Accidents
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute provides
that there were 2,228 fatal crashes in the State of Florida in 2013, resulting
in 2,407 deaths.Of those, 1,362
involved single-vehicle accidents.The driver in a single-vehicle accident is
oftentimes at fault based upon any number of factors including:
Talking or texting on a cell phone, drinking, eating, or talking to passengers
may cause a driver to veer off the road or hit an object
•Drowsy driving: Falling
asleep at the wheel can cause a driver to leave the roadway and crash.
speed: A driver who exceeds the allowable speed limit and causes a crash
can be held responsible for the injuries and damages that result.
Poor weather conditions like rain, ice, snow and fog can all contribute to a
When is a Clearwater Driver Not Liable
in a Single-Vehicle Accident?
a single vehicle accident involves only one automobile, there can be instances
where the driver is not liable including:
•Bad road conditions:If a driver loses control of their vehicle and hits a tree due to bad road conditions, the
driver, or their family, may be able to make a claim against the governmental
agency that is responsible for maintaining the road.State
and local government entities are responsible for properly inspecting and maintaining
the roads to keep them safe for motorists. If a driver suddenly hits a pothole,
crack, break in the pavement, uneven pavement, or other hazardous condition,
they can lose control of their vehicle and crash.
•Equipment defect:650 safety
recalls of 17.8 million motor vehicles, pieces of motor
vehicle equipment and child safety seats occurred in 2012, according to the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). A driver in a single vehicle accident may avoid liability where there
was a sudden equipment failure.When
an auto manufacturer sells a defective car part, that part can suddenly malfunction
and cause a driver to lose control of the vehicle. Brakes, tires, axles,
airbags, and steering systems are all examples of defects that can lead to
•Road Construction: Construction zones are everywhere
throughout Florida. Accidents in these areas may have been caused by lack of
warning signs, improperly diverted traffic, poor placement of cones and
barriers, or other problems. When collisions occur in a work zone or
construction area, negligent construction companies may be held accountable.
•Road debris:Debris tends to be a common occurrence
on roadways, where car parts flying off vehicles, or loose cargo makes its way
onto the roadway. Dead road kill animals, trash, and other debris can create a
significant road impediment and one that causes drivers to swerve their cars in
an effort to avoid hitting objects in the road.
who are impaired or distracted may veer into your lane, cross the center line,
or even cut you off, causing you to overcorrect or suddenly brake, which can
lead to a collision. Another type of
interaction with a second driver could be caused by road rage, reckless driving, driving while under the
influence, or through errors in judgment, such as going down the wrong side of
a one-way street.
Contact a Clearwater Single-Vehicle Accident Lawyer
After you have contacted the
police and received any medical assistance that is required, you may want to
consider contacting a single vehicle accident attorney to investigate your
case.At the Dolman Law Group, our
skilled single vehicle accident attorneys investigate your case and protect
your rights under Florida law to make sure you receive all of the compensation
to which you are entitled.Please call our office at 727-451-6900 today.
Dolman Law Group 800 North Belcher Road Clearwater, FL 33765 727-451-6900