A recent auto accident involving an SUV and a Lamborghini, resulting in the death of the SUV driver, has prompted calls for the Florida Department of Transportation to evaluate the safety of the intersection at which the crash occurred.
The accident happened when an 82-year-old Uber driver in his SUV was heading west on First Street to cross Federal Highway. The yellow Lamborghini crashed directly into the vehicle, and the SUV driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Lamborghini had reportedly spent the afternoon eating and drinking in the downtown area — and several witnesses said they saw him speeding through town beforehand.
The intersection does not have a streetlight, and locals say it's very unsafe in the evening hours. Within two days after the fatal accident happened, the city of Delray Beach issued a formal request to the Florida Department of Transportation to come in, evaluate the intersection and make improvements. Later, a representative from FDOT said the agency will indeed conduct a study at the site.
Municipalities can be responsible for accidents
Although the behavior of the Lamborghini driver will certainly be analyzed in this case, especially if he had been drinking and speeding, it is also important to note that there are some situations in which municipalities may be partially or fully liable for car accidents. A lack of street lighting, for instance, decreases visibility and makes the roadway less safe for both drivers and pedestrians.
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