DAVIE, FL – The Sun-sentinel reported a fatal accident that occurred in the early hours of Wednesday, April 18, 2018. The collision occurred when the driver’s 2012 Hyundai veered off Interstate 75 and smashed into a highway sign pole.*
Derrick M. Floyd, a 39-year-old man from Miami, was identified as the driver of the vehicle. Lt. Alvaro Feola reported that Floyd died at the scene of the accident. The accident occurred just before 4 a.m. and left Floyd’s Hyundai wrapped around the highway sign pole.
As a result of the fatal collision, Davie Fire Rescue closed some of I-75’s southbound lanes so as to carry out police investigations. The highway was reopened by later Wednesday morning. Investigators have yet to report the cause of the crash.
Automobile accidents caused 2,971 fatalities in Florida in 2017 and 250,828 injuries. The total number of reported car crashes was 396,001. The risk of being involved in a car accident varies based on when and where a person is driving. While about 75% of driving is done during the day, around 50% of traffic fatalities occur at night. This means your risk of being involved in a car accident increases during the night.
There are several factors that pose risks for individuals driving at night. This includes lower visibility, driver fatigue and a greater likelihood of people driving under the influence. Drivers who are under the influence tend to be on the road at night, especially between 12 a.m. and 3 a.m. It is important for drivers to stay alert at all times, but it is even more important at night when you are more likely to be sharing the road with high-risk drivers and might have limited visibility.