Two Killed, One Injured in Orlando Car Crash
During the early morning hours of Friday, January 21, just before 3 a.m., a man and women were killed when their vehicle struck a car pulled over on the shoulder of State Road 408 near Interstate 4 in Central Florida. The Orlando Police Department reported the highways were slick because of rain at the time and SR 408 had to be shut down for several hours following the accident, according to a report in The Orlando Sentinel.
The 23-year-old female driver from Merritt Island was behind the wheel of a 2009 Mazda M3 when her vehicle spun out of control and struck a 2005 Nissan Armada that was pulled over to the side of the road after it hit a barrier wall. That driver called 911 and was waiting for police on the right shoulder when the Mazda, traveling about 60 to 70 mph, struck the Nissan, which hit the man. The Mazda driver and her passenger died at the scene. The Nissan driver was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center and is in stable condition. Both Mazda occupants were wearing a seat belt and the newspaper reports the side curtain airbag deployed. The crash is under investigation.
After a heavy downpour, grease on the rain from automobiles, lubricants, and oil make the roadway slick. The first rain in a long time can loosen these substances and cause you to lose control of your vehicle. Rain can also cause a vehicle to hydroplane, especially where water accumulates. Florida is known for a lack of drains that remove water from roadways, which is a factor in many car accidents.
The Florida auto accident attorneys at Farah & Farah encourage everyone to slow down in the rain and adjust your driving to the weather conditions. Our condolences go out to the two young people killed in this tragic car crash.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident in Florida, our lawyers would like to hear your story and find out if there is some way we can help. Call us today at 1-800-533-3555.