Drivers Identified in Fatal West Palm Accident
A two-car crash killed one man and seriously injured another in West Palm Beach on Tuesday. The West Palm police have identified the victim of the accident as Rudolph Dansby, 55, of West Palm Beach. The driver of the other vehicle was identified as 26-year-old Jacob Donovan of Palm Beach Gardens. The accident happened at around 4 a.m. on the 4900 block of Broadway Avenue.
According to police, Mr. Donovan was speeding in a Toyota Camry southbound when he hit Mr. Dansby. Mr. Dansby’s vehicle hit a pole and he was declared dead soon after the accident. Mr. Donovan’s Camry also collided with a pole after hitting Mr. Dansby’s Ford, and his car caught on fire. Mr. Donovan was rushed to the hospital where he is being treated for serious injuries. Charges are currently pending against him for the death of Mr. Donovan.
The accident knocked over a light pole on Broadway Avenue, which ended up knocking out a few traffic lights as well. Before the accident at around 3:30 a.m., police officers attempted a DUI stop on Mr. Donovan’s Camry but he fled. Officers stopped chasing him at Juno Beach because of public safety concerns. The fatal crash with Mr. Dansby occurred soon after.
Florida Car Accidents
In 2012, Florida had a total of 281,340 traffic accidents, and of those incidents, 2,255 involved fatalities. A total of 2,430 people died as a result of car accidents that year. Alcohol also played a significant role in the number of traffic accidents in the state, with 17,258 alcohol-related crashes in 2012. Of those accidents involving alcohol, 805 resulted in fatalities with 877 people dead. Another 7,910 people were injured as a result of alcohol-related traffic accidents in the state that year.
In Palm Beach County, for 2012, there were 12,156 people injured and 131 people killed as a result of car accidents. Over 1,100 accidents in Palm Beach County were alcohol-related, with 510 people injured. In addition, Palm Beach County had 44 deaths that can be directly attributed to a DUI crash.
Compensation for Car Accidents
The injuries that result from a car accident can be severe and in some cases lead to wrongful death. If you have been injured in a car accident, you may have a valid claim for damages. Compensation for damages in a car accident can include:
- Present and future medical bills;
- Lost wages;
- Impaired earning ability;
- Scarring or disfigurement;
- Emotional distress;
- Pain and suffering;
- Loss of consortium;
- Wrongful death;
- Funeral expenses;
…and other costs that are reasonably related to the damages caused by the accident.
Call a West Palm Car Accident Attorney Today
A car accident is a scary experience, and the injuries that result can take months or years to rehabilitate. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a car accident in the West Palm or Palm Beach area, let the car accident attorneys at Gary Roberts & Associates, P.A. help. Call the office at (561)686-1800 or contact us today for a free and confidential consultation of your case.