As we reported on our Florida Injury Lawyer Blog, the recent strand of fatal accidents should serve as a reminder of the risks we face on our roadways as we enter the holiday season. Winter, tourist season and the holidays bring increased traffic to our roadways and serious risks for accidents. Drivers are urged to be cautious throughout the remainder of the year.
A rash of serious and fatal car accidents in Fort Myers was reported over the weekend. This is a second warning to motorists to be super cautious and careful on our roadways.
Fort Myers Police Department officials report that a small passenger vehicle was speeding on McGregor heading north when the driver left the roadway. That’s when the vehicle struck two trees and finally stopped as the vehicle hit a third. A 26- and a 29-year-old man died in the accident.
Another accident happened in Cape Coral when a vehicle left the roadway, hit a power pole and flipped on Kismet Parkway. Cape Coral Police Department says that both speed and alcohol/drugs were factors in this accident. Both the driver and the passenger were pinned in the vehicle until Cape firefighters and Lee County EMS responded.
Another accident in Fort Myers sent a motorcycle driver and a car driver to Lee Memorial Hospital. The accident happened on Cleveland Avenue. It happened when the passenger vehicle crossed over the northbound lanes and tried to make a left-hand turn. It hit the motorcyclist who was heading north.
Another accident in Lehigh Acres killed an Immokalee man. The accident happened near Wildcat Drive on State Road 82. This accident happened when a vehicle was trying to pass another.
Another accident happened on the same day in the southbound lanes of Interstate 75 right at the Daniels Parkway exit when a semi-truck toppled over. The accident injured two men.
This accident happened when a semi-truck used by Publix rear ended another vehicle right by mile marker 131, according to reports. The small vehicle was a Ford Escort that was driven by a 35-year-old man from Marco Island, according to Naples News. After impact, the Escort spun around and struck the side of the semi and was then thrown into the center barrier. The truck driver was a 48-year-old man from North Port.
The Florida Highway Patrol reports that the truck swerved back and forth after the collision and then flipped on its side. The truck blocked two of the three southbound lanes. The driver was stuck in the truck for nearly an hour. He was rescued and taken to Lee Memorial Hospital. The Escort driver was also trapped and was transported to Lee Memorial after being rescued.
The accident closed the Interstate’s southbound traffic for about four hours. The Florida Highway Patrol is still investigating.
Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Attorneys for the Injured, has spent four decades fighting for the rights of car accident victims throughout South Florida. If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, call for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. 1-800-283-2900.
More Blog Entries:
Cape Coral Drunk Driving Accident a Tragic Reminder of Risks, Florida Injury Lawyers Blog, November 3, 2011
FMPD Supports National Teen Driver Safety Week to Reduce Risks of Teen Car Accidents in Fort Myers, Florida Injury Lawyers Blog, October 22, 2011