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Police: Speeding on Tamiami Trail a factor in doubly fatal crash

After an injurious or fatal car accident, it is important to identify all of the factors that contributed to the crash. Missing or improper signage, road defects, speeding, distracted driving, impaired driving and other traffic violations can all cause serious crashes that change people's lives forever. Victims or their families have a right to know exactly why an injury or a death occurred.

Speed is believed to have been a factor in a recent fatal accident on Tamiami Trail near Gator Park in South Florida. The road's reputation as a dangerous highway is well known to local residents, and this latest crash was the third fatal accident on the trail in as many months. Police were also investigating whether driver impairment may have been a factor.

According to witnesses, a 25-year-old man was driving at a high rate of speed before his car swerved and collided with a pickup truck. Police said debris from the wreck was spread about 300 yards along the highway. Both the car driver and the 46-year-old man driving the pickup truck were killed.

Additional reflectors and wider emergency lanes were recently added to Tamiami Trail, though a Florida State Trooper said that the road continues to be dangerous. The trooper noted that drivers on the trail often speed and change lanes improperly. Referring to the area where the crash occurred, a friend of the deceased pickup driver said that she and others "have seen a lot of bad stuff on this road."

Our Florida car accident overview has more on the rights of injured motorists and their families.

Source: CBS Miami, "Two Dead After Violent Crash On The Tamiami Trail," July 28, 2014

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