Fatal AccidentFort Lauderdale, FL- An early morning accident, in which a church van plunged into a canal, left 8 people dead and 10 people injured Monday morning.
The accident took place just after 12:30 a.m. in Glades County just east of Lake Okeechobee. Ten people in the van survived and were taken to 4 different hospitals in the area, but eight people were killed, including the driver, CNN reported.
The 18 members of Independent Haitian Assembly of God in Fort Pierce were returning home on a rural stretch of road which mostly sees commercial traffic. Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Greg Bueno WPBF that van was heading east on US 27 when the van approached a stop sign at SR 78. Instead of stopping for the sign, the driver blew through it, crossing all lanes of SR 78 then plunging 8 to 10 feet down an embankment into canal, according to CNN.
CNN reports that one of the people in the van managed crawl out of the wreckage and up the embankment to get help from a passing motorist.
Passengers in the van ranged in age from 4-years-old to over 80-years-old. The child is among the survivors.
Lt. Bueno said that it wasn’t foggy at the time of the accident and are still trying to determine the cause. Police noted that the van had a maximum 16-passenger capacity.
Capacity often plays a role in accidents such as these and even a van that is a little over capacity can be involved a devastating accident. Take for instance a 2013 Florida accident involving members of a Broward County church which left one person dead and injured a total of 19 people.
Police said the van involved in the April accident along a stretch of 1-95 was likely caused when a tire on the van blew, sending the vehicle careening into a center median. One person was ejected from the van and was killed; 18 other were injured. The van had maximum capacity of 16, but was carrying between 18 and 20 people along with a large amount of luggage.
Both of these accident demonstrate the perils of ignoring vehicle safety standards. Sometimes the cause of a deadly accident is readily apparent as with this accident, but there are other times when the cause of an accident is not as cut and drive.
A church, just like any organization or motorist has a responsibility to ensure their safety of their passengers is not endangered. Whether or not an accident is caused to by a driver error or safety violation, the victims have the right to seek compensation for the negligent party of parties. Accident victims can contact a Fort Lauderdale accident attorney if they wish to pursue a negligent motorist for their injuries.
The Florida accident attorneys at USAttorneys are there to answer your questions and will help you decided how to pursue your injury claim so you secure a settlement that covers your medical bills and damages for your emotional distress.

0 replies

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.