Shortly before 10 a.m. on Tuesday morning, two women traveling on I-95 were injured when their vehicle slammed into the back of a stopped Florida Highway Patrol cruiser. Trooper Ronald Roberts had just finished working a previous accident in the area and was almost ready to head back out onto the interstate at the time of the crash. All three were taken to area hospitals with serious injuries, however none of the injuries appears to be life-threatening.
In the past 12 months, there have been over 1700 accidents along I-95 from the Florida-Georgia line to the county line of Flagler and Volusia County. Of these 1700 accident, 25 have involved fatalities. The interstate is a densely traveled path, so why does it seem to be so dangerous?
The Florida Highway Patrol believes there are a number of contributing factors that make I-95 one of the most dangerous corridors in the country. Drivers that speed or engage in dangerous driving behaviors such as tailgating or changing lanes quickly in front of other drivers. Still other drivers are distracted when they are behind the wheel, texting or talking on phones, eating, fiddling with the radio or trying to deal with children or other vehicle occupants.
There is no better way to protect yourself on the road that to practice safe driving behaviors and to pay attention to the other vehicles around you. Stay alert for traffic signs and possible construction areas. Always wear your seat belts, and make sure your passengers are buckled up, too. Though you may not be able to always prevent an accident, proper safety equipment can be the different between an accident with minor injuries and a trip to the hospital.
Sometimes, even after all possible prevention, serious accidents do occur to victims who are not at fault. For those that have been injured in a car accident, getting their lives back on track is often the number one priority. After the physical healing is done, there is always emotional and financial healing that needs to take place.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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