The driver of a Ford Mustang has reportedly died after being involved in an accident with a garbage truck that caused a road near Kings Highway in Port Charlotte to be closed off for a period of time.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the Mustang’s driver was speeding down Loveland Boulevard when he hit a large puddle and swerved onto a grass shoulder. His vehicle then started to spin and struck the garbage truck, which was approaching from the opposite direction. The truck driver reportedly attempted to pump his brakes and steer away from the car, but was unable to avoid the collision.
The Mustang’s driver then crashed into some trees. Emergency personnel found him unresponsive at the scene. It was not yet clear if drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.
Florida is known for its rain and wet conditions, and all drivers are encouraged to exercise proper caution during and after rain has hit. Rain can cause slippery conditions on roads and highways, as a film of water can develop on surfaces that can reduce the traction of tires. This means that a vehicle can slip and slide or hydroplane, and cause a driver to lose control.
Another hazard comes in the form of slippery surfaces caused by oil and grease on the asphalt. These substances do not mix with water when it rains, and because they are lighter than water, they move to the surface. As a result, the first couple of hours after a rainstorm can be particularly dangerous.
Motorists who fail to operate safely in wet or rainy conditions may be at fault if they cause an auto accident due to their reckless driving. To learn more about your options if you’ve been injured in a crash, speak with an experienced Jacksonville car accident lawyer.
Attorney Mark Link contributed to this post.