A resident of Davie was killed in the early hours of June 11, when his car lost control as he was driving along Interstate 595 and was subsequently hit by a second vehicle.

The accident occurred at about 5 a.m. when Everton Wayne Smith was travelling in the westbound lanes of the interstate, just west of the I-95 interchange in Fort Lauderdale.

According to investigators, Smith’s 2006 Cadillac STS was travelling west and somehow went out of control, striking a concrete barrier wall.  This impact caused Smith’s vehicle to veer back across the highway before hitting the barrier wall located on the north side of the road. 

After the second impact, the Cadillac came off the north-side wall, and was struck in the rear by a Chevrolet Camaro.  Smith was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.  The driver of the Camaro, a North Miami Beach resident, was taken to Broward Health Medical Center for minor injuries.

The collision caused three westbound lanes of I-595 to be closed for several hours on Thursday morning while officials investigated the fatal accident and crews worked to clean debris from the roadway.

It’s impossible to know when a potential defect or malfunction will occur on your vehicle, especially when travelling at high speeds.  It is critical to always employ the proper restraints provided in your vehicle to ensure that, even if a collision occurs due to circumstances that are out of your control, you make every effort to minimize any potential injuries.

When a matter such as this gets brought to our attention, we typically try to employ a team of experts capable of determining whether there may have been a design, or product failure that could have been responsible for the sudden loss of control of the vehicle.

For further information, or discussion on this topic of potential products liability cases (related to tragic vehicular accidents and deaths or any other related products liability matters, feel free to contact the Schulman Law Group at (954) 349-3300 or at info@www.schulaw.com.