Speed has been determined to be a contributing factor in a chain reaction crash over the weekend that led to eight vehicles being damaged and seven people injured.
According to police, Jonathan Perez Muniz, 24, and Mackemley Junior Joseph, 20, were driving west on Southeast 10th Street. Witnesses say both vehicles, a BMW sedan driven by Muniz and a Lexus sedan driven by Joseph, were speeding as they crossed Southeast Second Avenue. Both vehicles closed in on a third vehicle going about 35 mph. The BMW struck the third vehicle, then hit the Lexus. This caused “a chain reaction that pushed vehicle three off the road and into a pole,” according to Mike Jachles of Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue.
After hitting the third vehicle, both the BMW and Lexus crossed Southeast 10th Street, striking a Hyundai sedan and a Ford Ranger pickup.
The victims in the third vehicle, a 3-year-old boy and his parents, suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale. The drivers of the Hyundai and Ford were not hurt. Police report that Muniz and a passenger were treated at Broward Health North in Deerfield Beach for non-life-threatening injuries. Joseph and a front seat passenger were not injured; however, a 14-year-old female passenger in the backseat of the Lexus was in critical condition and taken to Broward Health Medical Center. Another passenger, a 19-year-old man, was taken to Broward Health North with minor injuries.
The police have noted that based on witness statements and physical evidence, they consider speed to be a factor in the crash. The investigation into the circumstances of the accident is ongoing.
Speed and Personal Injury Suits
Speed limits are imposed to protect drivers on the road. When drivers obey the speed limits, they are typically able to stop quickly enough to avoid crashes and injury. However, when speed limits are disregarded, crashes and injuries are far more likely to occur.
When a crash occurs due to speeding, the injured pedestrian or those in another vehicle have grounds to seek compensation through a personal injury suit. It is estimated that speeding occurs in 33 percent of fatal crashes and is considered the third leading contributing factor in traffic crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 13,000 lives are lost each year due to speeding. Speeding is illegal and usually considered a negligent action, so those who speed may be held responsible for damages when a crash and injuries occur.
If you have been injured in a crash that was caused by a speeding driver, speak with the personal injury attorneys at Bernstein & Maryanoff in Miami today about seeking compensation through a personal injury suit.