A Volusia County van rollover accident has claimed the lives of three people and injured several more, according to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP). FHP troopers say the victims were riding in a large passenger van near the Flagler County line when the crash occurred around 7:45 a.m. The victims were Haitian immigrants from West Palm Beach on their way to jobs in New Jersey when the driver lost control of the van. Accident investigators say that the driver lost control of the 1997 Dodge van when a tire separated from one of the wheels. The van rolled violently several times, ejecting the victims and injuring the other occupants.
Data released by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles indicates that 2011 was an especially deadly year for motorists and pedestrians in Flagler County, with at least 24 people losing their lives in accidents on county roadways. The grim number was up slightly from the 23 people killed in 2010 and up sharply from the 16 people killed in accidents in 2009. At least four of those killed in Flagler County accidents were pedestrians, a bleak reminder of Florida’s unenviable reputation as the most dangerous state in the country for pedestrian accidents. Orlando personal injury lawyer James O. Cunningham is concerned about the recent rise in fatal accidents in the area and is particularly concerned that area drivers are not exercising enough care to avoid pedestrian accidents.
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