A fatal accident on State Road 528 near Orlando in early April happened because a driver was going almost 40 miles per hour over the posted speed limit, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Shortly before the accident, a state trooper had clocked a 24-year-old driver going 92 MPH in a 55 MPH zone. The trooper then witnessed the driver quickly change lanes and crash into a truck, which then hit another vehicle. The driver of the truck went on to strike a utility pole, and he died of his injuries at the scene.
The speeding driver, who also suffered minor injuries, was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide.
Reckless driving is incredibly dangerous
If the trooper’s account is accurate, it appears that the driver who was going too fast on the highway was engaged in reckless driving. Not only did he fail to travel at a reasonable speed, but the fact that he was weaving in and out of traffic also indicate a disregard for the safety of others on the road. These actions claimed the life of another person.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that more than 10,000 people die in speed-related accidents across the country each year. These crashes account for more than 30 percent of all crash fatalities.
If you or someone close to you has been injured in an accident and you believe negligence or recklessness was to blame, you may have legal options. Contact a knowledgeable Bradenton car accident lawyer with Shapiro, Goldman, Babbonni & Walsh for more information.