There is a lot of tragedy to report this holiday season with a number of older folks killed on our roadways in cars or on foot. In this case, an 83-year-old Palm Coast man was killed and his wife, age 78, is in critical condition after their car left a St. Augustine road and hit a tree. The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) reports that for an unknown reason the couple’s Kia Soul drifted off U.S. Highway 1 near Shores Boulevard at the St. Augustine Shores neighborhood around 7:18 p.m. The vehicle first crashed into a concrete culvert, then a tree, before it rotated to a stop. The man died at the scene and his wife was taken to Flagler Hospital, then Shands Jacksonville.
The sad thing is that the man was not wearing his seat belt. His wife was wearing hers. There is no word in this story from News4jax.com about why the car may have left the road during the early evening hours. Our sincere condolences go out to the friends and family of this couple for their loss. Let’s all pray that the wife survives her injuries.
Florida Crash Statistics
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that more than half of fatalities from auto crashes in 2009 and 2010 resulted from single-vehicle crashes.
A single-vehicle accident can occur if a person has a medical condition or is distracted, if there is debris on the road or that falls on the road, during adverse weather conditions, or in a collision with an animal. While the assumption is often that the operator made an error or was driving drunk, it is important for an investigation to include all of the possibilities, including a determination of whether the vehicle, or some component of the vehicle, may have been faulty.
A car with a defective auto part, tire, or design may never be uncovered as the cause if the investigator doesn’t look for it. That’s why it’s so important to have an experienced Florida auto accident law firm investigator on the scene to help determine what actually caused a catastrophic crash. A St. Augustine auto accident lawyer at Farah & Farah is available anytime of the night and day at (800) 533-3555.