Woman Killed In Solo-Vehicle Crash
A lot of times, drivers and passengers are killed by the actions of those in other vehicles. However, there are many situations in which serious or even fatal accidents are caused by just one vehicle.
A recent solo-vehicle crash in Florida killed one person and injured four others. The fatal accident occurred on the evening of September 10 in Dunnellon.
A vehicle was heading south on Southwest 180th Street when it crossed the intersection at County Road 484 for unknown reasons. The vehicle ended up on the private driveway of Cannon Farms, a sunflower field located in Dunnellon. The car then hit the gate to the driveway before hitting several fence posts and trees,
The driver, a 27-year-old woman from Homosassa, died at the accident scene. There were four passengers inside the vehicle, all women ages 18, 19, 22, and 25. They all suffered serious injuries. Nobody inside the vehicle was wearing a seatbelt.
Causes of Solo-Vehicle Accidents
When you think of car crashes, you may imagine multiple vehicles involved. However, more than 50% of auto accidents involve just one vehicle. In many cases, the vehicle hits a stationary object, such as guardrails, poles, or parked cars. Solo-vehicle crashes can be caused by other factors as well, such as the following:
- Excessive speed increases the risk of a rollover accident. In fact, 85% of rollover crashes involve a single vehicle. In poor weather conditions, going too fast makes it easier to hydroplane and lose control.
- Distracted driving. A driver who is distracted is not focusing on the road. Cell phone use, eating, grooming, reading, talking to passengers, and adjusting the radio station are all things that can cause a person to go off the road.
- While drunk driving makes you a hazard to everyone on the road and often involves innocent victims, sometimes only the drunk drivers are involved in the accident. They are much more likely to swerve and lose control.
- Drowsy driving is another serious issue for motorists. In fact, being overly tired is almost the same as being intoxicated. A driver who is not fully awake and alert has a higher chance of driving off the road or hitting an object.
- Mechanical failure. A tire blowout or vehicle defect can cause you to lose control and crash. While you may collide with another vehicle, it’s possible you may crash into a stationary object. In some cases, the manufacturer may be held liable.
Contact Us Today
There does not need to be other vehicles on the road for a serious accident to occur. Many people are seriously injured or killed in solo-vehicle crashes.
Contact the Florida car accident attorneys at Meldon Law for help with your car crash case. We’ll work hard to get you the compensation you deserve. Schedule a free consultation by calling(800) 373-8000 or filling out the online form. We have four offices to serve you: Gainesville, Ocala, Fort Lauderdale, and Lake City.