Deputy Alan Ross, of Port St. Lucie, died in a single-car accident on Thursday. According to authorities from the Florida Highway Patrol, Ross was driving his personal car when he drove off of Interstate 95, struck a pole, and stopped at the bottom of an embankment.
Ross was the only person in his vehicle and was on his way to work at the St. Lucie County Jail. The crash happened just before 6:30 p.m. north of the Okeechobee Road Exit. The sheriff’s department issued a statement that read, in part, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ross family and our Sheriff’s Office family during this tragic loss.”
While details of what may have caused the crash have not been released, there are several common causes of single-vehicle accidents to be aware of.
Distracted driving is quickly becoming the number one issue facing drivers and others on the road today. From eating to drinking, from talking to passengers to checking email, people are doing more than just driving in their cars. Keep your eyes on the road and your mind focused on the task at hand.
If you are too tired to drive, don’t. It really is that simple. No amount of turning the radio up or rolling the window down will keep you awake, especially on long, flat stretches of road. When you haven’t been getting enough sleep, driving can be dangerous.
There are some medical conditions that can make driving risky. Conditions such as diabetes and epilepsy, particularly when uncontrolled, can make getting behind the wheel a bad idea. In other cases, acute conditions like heart attack or stroke have caused people to crash their vehicles.
Driving while intoxicated is a top cause of single-vehicle accidents. Driving while impaired increases your chances for crashing your car exponentially. If you have been drinking, find a sober ride home. If you can’t find a