Shaquille O’Neal’s Wife Injured in Florida Rear-End Accident
Shaunie O’Neal, the wife of former Orlando Magic and Miami Heat basketball star Shaquille O’Neal, was transported to Dr. P. Phillips Hospital after she was involved in a Florida rear-end crash. Shaunie, Ricardo Santos, the driver of the car she was riding in, and 20-year-old Ashley Johnson all sustained minor injuries. The driver that caused the Florida car accident, 18-year-old David Wasserman, received a ticket for careless driving. While O’Neal, 34, does not appear to be seriously injured, there are many other Florida car accident victims who have not been as fortunate. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, for 2008 there were: • 2,878 Florida traffic deaths—a definite decline from the 3,213 traffic fatalities in 2007. This is the first time since 2000 that less than 3,000 people died on Florida roadways during the year. • 1,727 passenger vehicle occupant deaths • 875 Florida drunk driver deaths • 553 speed-related Florida traffic deaths • 556 Florida motorcycle fatalities • 490 Florida pedestrian deaths The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Executive Director Theodorides-Bustle noted that this is the third year in a row that the number of traffic deaths in the state has gone down. She cited increased vehicle safety, not as many vehicles on the road, the economy, and the implementation of more aggressive safety measures as some of the causes for the decline. Yet, there are still many catastrophic Florida traffic accidents occurring in Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, Palm Beach, and other cities throughout the state that could have been avoided if it weren’t for negligent, inexperienced, or distracted drivers, poor road conditions, and defective autos. Just last night, six people got hurt in a Miami-Dade County SUV rollover accident. Three of the victims, a 10-year-old girl and two adults, sustained injuries critical enough that they had to be airlifted to a hospital. On July 11, a man died in a Royal Palm Beach car crash when a hit-and-run driver that ran a red light struck his van. The man accused of causing the fatal South Florida car crash, Tracy Klinedinst, was later apprehended. Shaq's Wife Banged Up in Car Accident, TMZ, July 22, 2009 Related Web Resources: State Traffic Safety Information for 2008, NHTSA Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles In South Florida, contact our Palm Beach personal injury law firm to request your free case evaluation.