Driver killed in early morning crash faulted for failure to yield

March 2nd, 2012 - by DKRPA

A 20-year-old man in Miami, Florida crashed his vehicle into a garbage truck last Friday and died because the violent wreck left emergency responders no way to get inside his car. In the early morning hours, the man apparently did not obey the right of way laws at an intersection that both he and the truck were approaching.

The car accident occurred because the stoplights were blinking red and the 20-year-old did not yield at the light. Instead, he went through and struck the garbage truck, the driver of which only sustained minor injuries. The impact was so great that the 20-year-old’s vehicle rolled over and then was crushed underneath the oncoming garbage truck. Ultimately, the two vehicles slid onto the sidewalk and into a guardrail.

It is an unfortunate story with serious consequences for the 20-year-old and his family. However, this fatal car accident highlights the dangers posed by potentially distracted or unfit drivers on the road.

We do not know why the 20-year-old did not yield at the intersection, but there are several possibilities. He could have been texting while driving, an issue that remains very controversial in the state of Florida.

When someone causes harm to another due to a negligent act, that constitutes liability and it could garner the victim compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. The 20-year-old could have been intoxicated – another situation where a reckless decision could cause another person to be seriously injured.

The crash is still under investigation, after which the details of the car accident will provide more context for this tragic incident.

Source: Miami Herald, “Young man dies when car crashes into garbage truck,” Monique Madan, Feb. 24, 2012