The Fort Myers personal injury lawyers and staff at Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Attorneys for the Injured wish each of you a safe and enjoyable spring break; please stay safe, don’t drink and drive, and celebrate responsibly.
According to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, 31 categories of statistics are kept for spring break arrest records, including underage drinking, open-container offenses, battery charges and thefts. Accident attorneys in Fort Myers and Cape Coral would like to remind you of one of the deadliest spring break risks — Fort Myers drunk driving accidents.
The Florida Department of Highway and Safety Vehicles would like you to keep in mind that the state of Florida witnessed more drunk driving accidents in the month of March, spring break, than any other month during the last 5 years.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports someone is killed in a drunk driving accident every 45 minutes.
Southwest Florida has the luxury of offering many attractions for spring breakers to check out during their stay: Fort Myers Beach, Downtown Fort Myers, The Mercato in Naples, Seminole Casino of Immokalee and Gulf Coast Town Center.
Tips Southwest Florida spring breakers should keep in mind to avoid drunk driving accidents include:
-Don’t be afraid to hide the keys from someone who has been drinking. If you know they are planning on driving home, do your part to help keep them and other drivers safe.
-Always go out with a plan. Make sure you have a designated driver, someone who drinks nothing at all, when heading out this spring break.
-Find another way home. If needed, call a taxi, take the bus or get a hotel room.
-Know how to spot a drunk driver. Call 911 if you spot a vehicle that is swerving, brakes erratically, drives on the wrong side of the road or is not abiding by posted speed limits.
Drunk driving can not only cause serious injuries to everyone on the road, but can prove to be a costly recovery process.
Other common dangers faced by spring breakers include premise liability accidents. Hotels, clubs, restaurants and other businesses have an obligation to provide a safe and secure environment for customers and invited guests. Wet floors, loose railings, faulty escalators or elevators and other risks can result in a serious or fatal injury. In each case, a personal injury lawyer in Fort Myers should be consulted to help protect your rights and the future financial well-being of you and your family.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a drunk driving accident, contact the Fort Myers Personal Injury Lawyers of Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner. Call for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. 1-800-283-2900.