A recent Cape Coral accident marked the 6th traffic accident fatality of the year.
According to the Fort Myers Beach Observer, the accident happened just after 7:00 a.m. on Hancock Bridge. The woman was driving in a minivan when an SUV heading in the opposite direction jumped over the cemented median. The woman swerved to miss the oncoming SUV, but instead slammed right into a commercial truck.
The driver of the SUV was transported to Lee Memorial and was lastlisted in fair condition. The truck driver involved in the accident was not injured. The driver of that minivan was pronounced dead on scene.
Our Cape Coral accident lawyers understand that March is the most dangerous month of the year on the roads of Southwest Florida. Students are on spring break and residents are ready to take that much-needed spring vacation. In addition to the locals, we’re still dealing with the increase in traffic volume from out-of-towners. With all of these drivers on our roadways, we see an unfortunate increase in the number of accidents during this time of the year.
And it’s not just the vehicular traffic that we’re worried about. We’ve also got all of the travelers on their bikes and walking in the area. Florida is one of the most dangerous states in the country for these kinds of accidents — especially during this time of the year.
We wish that we could help reduce these risks by simply asking drivers to be more responsible out there, but we understand it’s an uphill battle. Unfortunately, drivers continue to engage in dangerous activities behind the wheel and their risks reflect the choices they make.
Drivers need to keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel. Lives depend on it. Some simple safety tips can help to keep you out of a potentially fatal car accident during this busy time of year.
Safe Driving Tips from the Florida DMV:
-Make sure you keep your distance from other vehicles. Following too closely reduces the time you have to react to dangers. You never know when the car in front of you is going to slam on the brakes for an animal crossing the road or some other reason. You can avoid accidents by driving a safe distance behind vehicles.
-Never drink and drive. Not only is it costly if you’re busted — you can serve jail time and have your license suspended — but doing so could turn out to be a fatal decision.
-Never drive aggressively. Stay one step ahead of the traffic around you and drive on the defense.
-Keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road. Avoid engaging in distractions, like phone calls, text messages, eating, smoking or drinking, while in operation of a motor vehicle.
Call Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Attorneys for the Injured, if you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident. Call today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. 1-800-283-2900.
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