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Mechanical failures can cause fatal motor vehicle accidents

Every Florida driver is responsible for maintaining his or her vehicle. However, not all mechanical failures can be foreseen and can happen at any time. Whether predictable or unpredictable, mechanical issues cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles and cause serious or fatal motor vehicle accidents.

A portion of the southbound lanes of Interstate 95 were shut down for over four hours on a recent Sunday afternoon while troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol investigated and cleaned up a fatal accident involving three vehicles. Traffic was backed up for several miles. Preliminary reports indicate that at approximately 4:35 p.m., the tire on an SUV that was towing a boat separated. The vehicle's 41-year-old driver was not able to maintain control of it.

The SUV slammed into an 18-wheeler. A motorcycle rider was unable to avoid the crash and was ejected from the motorcycle as it fell to its side and slid into the median. The motorcycle then went over the guardrail in the center of the highway and finally came to rest on the northbound side of the median. The rider suffered fatal injuries after being thrown off the vehicle. Reports did not indicate what injuries others involved in the crash suffered, if any.

The family of the victim retains the right to file a wrongful death claim against all of the parties who might have contributed to the death of their loved one. Depending on the circumstances, that might include the tire manufacturer, along with other third parties who might have some liability in the tire's separation. Successfully establishing liability of one or more parties could result in an award of damages similar to those seen in other motor vehicle accidents.

Source: floridatoday.com, "Fort Lauderdale motorcyclist dies in I-95 Brevard accident", J.D. Gallop, July 17, 2016

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