One person was killed and another seriously injured in a single-car accident on an Acreage FL road.
The fatal car crash occurred around 5:30 a.m. on 140th Avenue North in The Acreage, an unincorporated community located just north of Royal Palm Beach in Palm Beach County, Florida. According to authorities, the victim was a passenger in a 2013 Ford Mustang that was traveling northbound on the road. As the motor vehicle approached the intersection with 60th Street North, the driver reportedly lost control of the car and skidded off the roadway. The vehicle slowed down after it slammed into a dirt embankment and finally came to a stop on a canal bank. Authorities later described the vehicle’s impact with the five-foot-high embankment as “violent.”
A passenger in the car sustained catastrophic injuries in the auto accident. He was rushed via ambulance to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, where he underwent emergency surgery. Tragically, doctors at the hospital were unable to save him; he was pronounced dead five hours after the accident. The victim was just 24 years of age when he died.
The driver of the Mustang, also a 24-year-old Acreage man, suffered serious injuries in the crash as well. He too was transported to the West Palm Beach medical center, where doctors treated him for his injuries and stabilized his condition.
Meanwhile, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) conducted an investigation into the fatal auto accident and attempted to determine the cause of the crash. According to PBSO officials, neither the driver nor the passenger were wearing seat belts when the accident occurred.
At this time, law enforcement has not issued any traffic citations in connection with the single-vehicle accident. However, it is possible that charges could be pending. That’s because investigators have determined that the driver of the Mustang failed to slow down when he passed through the intersection and drove through a stop sign.
Causes of Single-Car Accidents
The common assumption is that single-car accidents are caused by negligent motorists who suddenly lose control of their vehicles while attempting to make a turn or change lanes. However, many single-vehicle accidents are not the fault of the person operating the car. That’s why it is important for anyone who has been involved in a single-car wreck to seek qualified legal counsel and make sure that any potentially negligent parties are held responsible for causing the accident.
Some of the most common causes of single-car accidents include:
· Dangerous Road Conditions: Poor road conditions can make it difficult for a motorist to maintain control of their car, which can lead to sudden swerving on the roadway. For instance, if a road maintenance crew has left the roadway with potholes or covered in loose gravel, a single-vehicle accident may become more likely.
· Inclement Weather: During the winter, snow and ice on the pavement can make it very hard for drivers to stay in control of their vehicles. That’s why anyone traveling in the wintertime should exercise extreme caution and consider driving at a lower speed than usual.
· Defective Auto Parts: A defective auto part can lead to a sudden tire blowout or airbag deployment and cause a catastrophic car accident. An experienced attorney can help determine whether the auto part manufacturer, distributor, or some other entity was responsible for the crash.
If you lost a loved one in a fatal auto accident in Florida, you need to speak with a qualified personal injury and wrongful death lawyer. The experienced personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Russ E. Robbins, P.A. can help you during this difficult time. Contact us anytime to schedule a free consultation.