According to CBS, an accident on I-95 south on the first day of September resulted in one injury and one fatality. Fire rescue units responded at around 10 a.m. and found a 2004 GMC van had rolled off the road and into trees. The 60-year-old driver and his female companion were both seriously injured and were rushed to a nearby hospital in critical condition. The woman was unfortunately pronounced dead at 12:30 p.m.
The accident happened after the van was rear-ended. Lawyers in West Palm Beach know that rear-end accidents are very common and often cause serious injury. While many people associate rear-end crashes with minor fender-benders that happen at stop-signs and stop lights, these types of crashes can be just as deadly and cause injuries just as grave as any other type of accident on the roads.
Rear-End Accident Dangers
In the United States, a rear-end collision occurs once every eight seconds on average. As the United Transportation Union reports, there are approximately 2.5 million rear-end collisions every year in the United States. Rear-end collisions are estimated to account for between 20 and 30 percent of all of the car accidents that happen in the country, and the crashes can cause serious and lasting injuries including broken bones, spinal cord damage and death.
In the Florida collision reported by CBS, a 2006 Audi A4 struck the van driven by the 60-year-old motorist. This caused the van to veer rightward. The driver lost control of the vehicle when this occurred and the van flipped near the Woolbright exit.
The driver of the Audi was 26-years-old. He and his 24-year-old passenger reportedly suffered only minor injuries. Investigators are currently looking into the cause of the accident.
While the outcome of the investigation remains unknown, many rear-end accidents in the United States occur because one driver is following too closely behind the other. Motorists are generally advised to keep a three- to four-second following distance between them and the vehicle in front of them. For example, when the lead vehicle passes a fixed object such as a stop sign, the vehicle following behind should not pass that same object until between three and four seconds have passed. If the rear vehicle maintains a shorter following distance, it significantly increases the chance of a wreck if the lead driver slows or stops unexpectedly.
Because rear drivers have an obligation to maintain a safe following distance in order to keep the roads safe, they are often found to be at fault when a crash occurs. This means that the rear driver is often considered liable for causing the wreck and is obligated to compensate victims who suffer serious injuries or family members of loved ones who are killed in a serious or deadly motor-vehicle accident.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, contact the lawyers in West Palm Beach at Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., at (800) 608-2965 for a free case consultation.