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Examining Fatal Car Accidents in Florida

On January 20, 2014, a violent crash in southwest Miami-Dade killed three people and sent three others to the hospital. The wreck occurred at about 1:45 a.m. in the area of Southwest 144th Street and Krome Avenue. Erik Betancourt, a 19 year old, was driving southbound on Krome Avenue when he collided head on with another vehicle.

Betancourt had three passengers in the car, and the other vehicle had one passenger. Gisele Betancourt, just 15, and the driver and passenger of the other vehicle were killed in the accident. Erik Betancourt and his two other passengers, Julissa Ochoa and Samuel Domifilo, were transported to the hospital with serious injuries.

One month later, Daniela Perez, 14, was killed when Arnaldo Campo Romaguera, 43, lost control of his Chevy Trailblazer. Romaguera was heading west on Julia Tuttle Causeway when he lost control of the SUV carrying seven people. The SUV struck a guardrail, overturned, and landed on its roof in a grassy embankment. Perez was ejected from the vehicle, killing her instantly. She was the only fatality, though the driver and all passengers sustained injuries.

Meanwhile, in close by Tampa, a fiery head on collision left five people dead. In this crash, an SUV was traveling the wrong way on Interstate 275 when it hit a Hyundai Sonata, carrying four fraternity members from the University of South Florida in Tampa. All four Sigma Beta Rho passengers were killed, as was the driver of the SUV.

Approximately 3,000 individuals are killed on Florida roadways each year, and 30,000 perish nationally. In fact, someone is killed every 13 seconds in the U.S. With this in mind, our Miami car accident lawyers have prepared the following list of the top causes of fatal car accidents in Florida. This list is intended to help you understand the potential hazards on the roadways so that you can stay safe while driving.

1. Alcohol use–it is estimated that alcohol plays a factor in nearly a third of fatal crashes in Florida. Though authorities are not certain, it is suspected to have contributed to the Tampa wrong way crash last month. A high blood alcohol content leads to negligent driving, as drunk drivers may fail to observe obstacles, do not react normally, speed, and behave erratically.

2. Distraction–nearly 6,000 fatal car accidents nationally are attributed to distracted driving. Distraction can be anything from texting, talking on the cell phone, eating, tending to children, drinking, and playing with the radio. Texting while driving is particularly dangerous as it diverts the driver’s attention from the wheel for longer than any other distraction. Distracted drivers may fail to yield, drift into other lanes, head the wrong way down roadways, or fail to obey road signs and signals, leading to fatal accidents.

3. Speeding–the risk of a fatal crash doubles for every three miles per hour you travel over 37.3 mph. Drivers who speed have a decreased reaction time, and will require more time to effectively brake, which they don’t often have. Speed contributes to tens of thousands of fatalities on the road annually.

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