A single car crash occurred Thursday, May 21 on Florida's Turnpike in Martin County. A 2002 Mitsubishi Montero driven by Evonne Lynette Felix, 47, of Apopka overturned at mile marker 132 after the woman lost control of the vehicle for an unknown reason. 3 of the 4 passengers in the SUV were ejected when the vehicle overturned and Aida Santiago Torrens, 72, of Orlando was pronounced dead at the scene.
The northbound lanes of the Turnpike were closed until 4:15 pm, as officials investigated the scene. Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Mark Wysocky said that the driver and remaining passengers were taken to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute. Felix suffered minor injuries in the crash. Passengers Delores Torres, 70 of the Virgin Islands and Marisol Torres, 47, of Puerto Rico are listed in critical condition. Eleuterio Torres, 72, of the Virgin Islands is listed in serious condition.
Felix and Eleuterio Torres were the only ones wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.
Miami Rollover Accident Statistics
Vehicles roll over in less than 3% of all crashes, and deaths can be prevented with electronic stability control and strong roofs. According to a national daytime observational survey of motorists, safety belt use was 8% among front seat occupants in 2013.
Unrestrained vehicle occupants are more likely than restrained occupants to be fatally injured in a crash, so belt use is much lower among fatally injured occupants. Although rare, rollover crashes are deadly: they account for more than a third of passenger vehicle occupant deaths. In 2013, 21,268 passenger vehicle occupants died in crashes of all kinds. Of those, 7,067 died in crashes where their vehicle rolled over.
Rollovers are much more common for SUVs and pickups than for cars. In 2013, 50% of SUV occupants killed in crashes were in vehicles that rolled over. In comparison, 45% of deaths in pickups and 24% of deaths in cars were in rollovers.
Types and Causes of Rollover Accidents in Miami
Contributing circumstances in these crashes include:
- excessive speed
- improper loading
- vehicle design
- defective tires
- negligent driver
- road conditions
What Documents Do I Need for a Rollover Claim in Miami?
If you or a loved one sustained severe personal injuries due to a rollover crash, you should contact our office as soon as possible. We require our clients to bring along all necessary documents including:
- contact details of the other driver and possible witnesses
- copy of the police report filed
- copy of your medical records
- documents attesting any previous repairs of the vehicle
- documents attesting the costs of damages sustained by the vehicle
- documents attesting when and from where you purchased the vehicle
- pictures from the scene of the accident
- your medical bills related to the crash
There is no need to worry in case you do not own all these documents: we can obtain most of them with your written agreement.
How Can Miami Lawyer Sean M. Cleary Help?
Proving liability in a rollover accident is usually a complicated process, especially if design or manufacturing defects are involved. For quality legal representation in rollover accident cases, contact Miami rollover accident attorney Sean M. Cleary at 305.416.9805.