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You should be paying better attention during afternoon rush hour.

The News-Press used Metropolitan Planning Organization data to determine the afternoon commute is likely the most dangerous part of your day, and certainly the deadliest time of day on Southwest Florida roads. clock-300x300

The news came as a surprise to some, who guessed the morning drive was deadliest, as motorists fought for space to get to work on time while waking up to the radio and their morning coffee.

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A recent traffic death on Daniels Parkway illustrates the growing danger of rear-end underride accidents in Southwest Florida.

A 31-year-old Fort Myers man was killed when his Volkswagen slammed into the rear of a stopped dump truck at the intersection of Daniels Parkway and Plantation Drive, according to The News-Press. Photos of the accident show the devastating results often typical of this type of motor-vehicle collision. garbage-truck-300x168

Our truck accident lawyers in Fort Myers have seen an increase in these types of collisions as the economy in Lee County has continued to rebound.

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Residents in one Fort Myers neighborhood are blaming lack of a traffic signal for a high rate of intersection accidents.

FOX4 reports residents contend the intersection of Winkler Avenue and Aldermans Walk Boulevard needs a traffic light, but only has a stop sign. intersection accidents

Speeding is also an issue but residents argue a traffic light would help. School children are common in the intersection during peak hours and hundreds more homes are slated to be built in the community. The group started a petition on Change.org, urging the city to take action. The city had yet to respond at the story was reported.

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Authorities are urging motorists to use caution when traveling through road construction zones as the spring tourism season reaches a peak and we approach the summer travel and construction season.

Road construction accidents are a common risk throughout South Florida as these zones are dangerous for both motorists and road-construction crews working to accommodate the areas incredible growth. Typically, as the traffic begins to thin with the end of season, an increasing number of orange construction barrels begin appearing on the roads just in time for summer. construction accidents

Construction Accidents Endanger Road Crews

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Reuters is reporting a number of legal questions are being raised by a fatal Uber accident involving a self-driving vehicle.

It’s believed to be the first death involving autonomous driving technology — something so new the courts have not even begun to deal with it. driverlesscar3-300x237

Personal injury litigation against ride-sharing services is also in its infancy, although lawmakers and the courts have already begun to address cases against these App Taxies.

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We seldom pause to realize one of the most dangerous things around us is water.

But more than a dozen people have drowned in Southwest Florida in recent months. drowning prevention

A recent vigil was held for a mother and her two children after they drowned when their car drove into a retention pond in Immokalee.  The Palm Beach Post reported a fisherman drowned during a Lake O tournament and late last fall in separate instances a 45-year-old woman accidentally drowned at a North Fort Myers marina while a 2-year-old girl was saved from nearly drowning in a retention pond at a Punta Gorda apartment complex.

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We are entering the spring break travel season. Legions of northern college students will be flocking to South Florida for fun in the sun.

Thousands of local students may travel to the East Coast or spend times on Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel Island or at other destinations popular with young people. Beach bars and downtown Fort Myers will be bustling. And teens in large groups will be hitting the already congested roads of Southwest Florida.spring break injuries

In fact six of the nation’s 10 most dangerous spring break destinations are in Florida, according to a recent list compiled by Southern States Insurance.

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A rash of serious and fatal motorcycle accidents in Southwest Florida has authorities and safety advocates urging motorists to make a conscious effort to watch for motorcycles as the peak of riding season gets underway.

For nearly 50 years our injury attorneys have been advocates for the rights of motorcycle riders, both on the road and in the courtroom. For more than a decade, Associates & Bruce L. Scheiner has also been the title sponsor of Cape Coral Bike Nights, the largest family friendly bike event in Southwest Florida.

We are committed to helping injured riders and their families, and to promoting rider safety throughout Southwest Florida.

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Florida Health is promoting the STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths and Injuries) toolkit, which offers fall-prevention resources to health-care providers and patients.

Florida is the epicenter of an epidemic of fall accidents among elderly adults.elderly fall prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports fall accidents are the leading cause of accidental death among older Americans. Each year nearly 3 million elderly residents visit hospital emergency rooms after a fall accident.

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Lee Health Trauma Center and the Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization have launched “Driving Down,” an effort aimed at reducing the number of serious and fatal traffic collisions on Southwest Florida roads.

The risk of Fort Myers injury accidents continues to increase. As our accident attorneys reported earlier this month, Southwest Florida roads are growing deadlier. Last year Lee County reported more than 100 traffic deaths for the second year in a row.hit-and-run

The increasing risk has the local trauma center and county planners working together to do something about it, according to a recent article in the Fort Myers News-Press.