Two minors, aged 11 and 15, were killed in a one-vehicle accident in Manatee County. The accident occurred on State Road 62 near County Road 39 around 6:30 p.m. The SUV, driven by a 43-year-old Winter Haven man, lost control on a wet roadway, veered off the road, and collided with a concrete power pole. The driver and a third passenger, a 34-year-old Mulberry woman, sustained serious injuries and were transported to HCA Florida Blake Hospital in Bradenton.
Liability in single vehicle accidents
Single-vehicle accidents can have profound legal and financial implications. A single-vehicle accident involves only one vehicle, meaning there is no collision with another car. These accidents can range from sliding off the road due to weather conditions to hitting a stationary object, such as a power pole. Despite the absence of a second vehicle, liability in single-vehicle accidents is not always straightforward.
Here are key factors in determining liability:
- Driver negligence: The driver's behavior plays a pivotal role. Were they speeding? Were they distracted? Were they drowsy, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol? Negligent actions can shift responsibility to the driver.
- Weather conditions: Adverse weather, such as rain or ice, can impact road conditions and contribute to accidents. While weather can be a factor, drivers are expected to adjust their driving accordingly to maintain control.
- Roadway hazards: Poorly maintained roads, lack of proper signage or debris on the road can create hazards that lead to accidents. If these factors were not properly addressed by relevant authorities, liability might extend beyond the driver.
- Vehicle malfunction: Mechanical failures or defects in the vehicle can result in accidents. In such cases, liability could potentially fall on the manufacturer, mechanic or other parties responsible for maintenance.
If you're unsure about liability or facing challenges with insurance claims, consult an experienced Manatee County, FL personal injury attorney at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, Murphy & Walsh right away.