With Memorial Day in the rearview mirror and Fourth of July a month away, there is every evidence that Southwest Floridians are hitting the roads in record numbers.
Despite high gas prices that are on average $1 gallon higher than a year ago, AAA is reporting travel is reaching pre-pandemic highs even as airlines are reporting a sharp rebound in travel bookings. Here in Southwest Florida, that means busy roads despite the departure of seasonal traffic, and greater risks as we head into the summer rainy season.
Our injury lawyers recently reported our streets have not become statistically safer during COVID, with more than 100 traffic deaths reported in Lee County in 2020. As the economy continues to improve and the world recovers from the coronavirus pandemic, there is every evidence that record summer tourists and guests will continue to visit, even as local residents hit the road for some much needed time away from home.
Summer Driving Safety Tips
Our car accident lawyers in Cape Coral and Fort Myers know there is much that is in your hands when it comes to traveling safely this summer. Mitigating the risks is the best thing you can do when it comes to keeping you and your family safe.
Distracted driving: From cell phones and on-board electronics, to kids, unruly passengers and pets, distraction has no place while driving. Resolve to respect the risks and resist temptation to take your eyes off the road, especially when traveling in an unfamiliar or high-traffic area.
Maintenance: Don’t forget your vehicle. Good tires and overall maintenance are essential when it comes to planning a safe summer road trip. The heat of Florida roads can be especially damaging to tires, which makes for a bad combination when combined with torrential summer rains.
Weather: Respect South Florida’s weather. Understand that torrential rains routinely and frequently lead to standing water, flooding, and other road hazards that outlast the blinding summer rain storms that make driving all but impossible. Pull over and wait out summer storms whenever possible. And never drive into standing water.
Dangerous driving: From speeding and other forms of aggressive driving, to drowsy driving and road rage, keeping safety at the forefront can help you eliminate the most common dangers that result in serious or fatal motor vehicle collisions.
Stay Smart – Stay Safe
As a motorist, you have a responsibility to operate your vehicle in a safe manner. When an accident results from negligent driving behavior, victims can and should be compensated for property losses and personal injury.
Talk to your teenagers. Help the older adults in your life. Statistically the youngest and oldest drivers are at highest risk. Beyond that, pay particular attention at intersections and in parking lots and always give the right of way to vulnerable road users – including walkers, cyclists and motorcycle riders.
Together we can reduce the risks for everyone sharing the road, and help ensure that Southwest Florida emerges from the pandemic, safer, stronger, and better than ever before.
If you or a loved one is injured, call Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Attorneys for the Injured, at 1-800-646-1210.