Call Us Now
877-FL-Injury

West Palm Beach Power Outage May Be To Blame for Fatal Crash

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on January 14, 2016

A power outage that occurred Sunday night in West Palm Beach may have played a central role in a fatal car crash at the intersection of Okeechobee and Military Trail. The power outage, which affected several blocks in the area, may have caused the traffic signal that controls the busy intersection to malfunction. At the time of the accident, the traffic light did not show any signals.

The car accident involved a Chevy Malibu driven by a 60-year-old and a Nissan Maxima. Both vehicles approached the light at nearly the same time and collided in the intersection. After impact, the Malibu continued through the intersection and struck a utility pole. The driver of the Malibu was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. His passenger and all three occupants of the Nissan were also taken to nearby hospitals with serious injuries.

Florida Power and Light confirmed that there was a power outage on Sunday night due to the weather, but also noted that traffic signals in the area should not have been affected. It is unclear at this time if Palm Beach authorities knew that the signal was malfunctioning at the time of the accident. According to the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office, drivers should treat a malfunctioning or dark traffic signals at an intersection as a four-way stop. In this instance, neither vehicle stopped or yielded the right of way.

Sadly, the outcome of Sunday’s night accident was devastating for all parties involved. One family is mourning a loss of a loved one and several others are affected as they provide support for those that are severely injured. This short lapse in judgment by two drivers, paired with a traffic signal that should have been functioning but was not, ultimately caused the loss of a life.

If you or someone you love was injured or killed in an auto accident, please contact us today at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587).

James O. Cunningham

Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.

Connect with James O. Cunningham on Google+

Related Articles:


Florida Personal Injury Office Locations

Main Office

Orlando Personal Injury Office:
3117 Edgewater Dr
Orlando, FL 32804
Phone: 407-425-2000
Toll Free: 877-FL-INJURY
                 (877-354-6587)
Fax: 407-843-8274

Seminole County

Lake Mary Office:
1001 Heathrow Park Lane
Suite 4001
Lake Mary, FL 32746
Phone: 407-487-4408

Osceola County

Kissimmee Office:
17 S. Orlando Ave.
Kissimmee, FL 34741
Phone: 407-966-4408

Volusia County

Daytona Beach Office:
1301 Beville Rd., Suite 8
Daytona Beach, FL 32119
Phone: 386-243-4994

DeBary Office:
465 Summerhaven Drive, Suite C
DeBary, FL 32713
Phone: 386-320-3911

Deland Office:
Downtown Executive Center
120 South Woodland Blvd.
Deland, FL 32720
Phone: 386-206-1264

Citrus County

Inverness Office:
110 North Apopka Ave.
Inverness, FL 34453
Phone: 352-205-4341

Polk County

Lakeland Office:
1102 S. Florida Ave., Suite 104
Lakeland, FL 33803
Phone: 863-968-7551

Winter Haven Office:
325 Avenue A, N.W.
Winter Haven, FL 33881
Phone: 863-968-7173

Hillsborough County

Tampa Office:
100 S. Edison St. Suite D
Tampa, FL 33606
Phone: 813-355-9772

Marion-Sumter Counties

The Villages Office:
3420 U.S. Hwy. 27/441
Fruitland Park, FL 34731
Phone: 352-419-0825

Lake County

Mt. Dora Office:
602 East 5th Ave.
Mt. Dora, FL 32757
Phone: 352-436-4696

Clermont Office:
900 W. Highway 50
Clermont, FL 34711
Phone: 352-503-4674

Brevard County

Titusville Office:
506 S. Palm Ave.
Titusville, FL 32780
Phone: 321-222-7300

Cocoa Office:
96 Willard Street
Suite 206,
Cocoa, FL 32922
Phone: 321-757-1373