It is not clear in this story from The Florida Times-Union why a 41-year-old Palm Coast man drifted off a Flagler County road and struck a tree early Saturday, October 1. The man is now in Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach in critical condition following the 12:30 a.m. wreck on County Road 302. The collision happened as he missed a curve in the road near the intersection with State Road 100 and hit a tree, which caused the vehicle to overturn. Fortunately, the motorist was wearing a seat belt and the Florida Highway Patrol had him airlifted to a hospital for treatment for his auto accident injuries. There were no other passengers in the vehicle at the time. The man was driving a Chevy 2500 pickup truck, which is a heavy duty vehicle that can have a high center of gravity.
Let’s pray that this man recovers from his injuries.
Seat Belt Use in Florida
The Florida Department of Transportation reported in June 2010 that the overall seat belt usage in the state was at 87.4 percent and nearly identical among drivers and passengers. However, the rate was lower among males (84.2%) than females (90.7%). Occupants under the age of 60 generally had lower usage rate than that of older occupants.
More people wearing seat belts is partially due to the state’s primary seat belt law that went into effect June 8, 2008. It was named after Dori Slosberg, and Katie Marchetti, two young women who were killed in separate traffic accidents when they were not wearing seat belts.
The car crash lawyers in Jacksonville at Farah & Farah would like to remind everyone to buckle up when driving on Florida’s roads. Not only are you safer, but it is the law.
Source: http://jacksonville.com/news/crime/2011-10-01/story/driver-critical-condition-after-one-car-accident-flagler-county; http://www.dot.state.fl.us/safety/Documents/SB%20Use%20Report%202010%20-%20%20FINAL%208-30-10%20%28new%29.pdf