An early morning two car collision in the westbound lanes of I-595 has resulted in the death of one driver and injuries for the other. Florida Highway Patrol reports that the driver of a westbound white Cadillac sedan lost control of the vehicle, cutting across several lanes of traffic and striking a wall along the north side of the highway. The car bounced off the wall and back into traffic when it was stuck by a second vehicle. The driver of the Cadillac was pronounced dead at the scene while the other driver was transported to Broward Health Medical Center to be treated for minor injuries. The identities of neither driver have been released at this time and the cause of the accident remains under investigation.
The early morning hours are an especially dangerous time for many travelers on Florida’s highways. The combination of decreased visibility due to the rising sun and fatigued motorists who may be either waking up or tired from driving all night can create an environment ripe for an accident – even if you are a cautious driver. As the sun peeks over the horizon, the sky is illuminated brightly in contrast to the land which can remain in the shadows for up to 45 minutes after dawn. Human eyes, especially tired ones, may have a hard time identifying hazards across the landscape. Additionally, if a driver is already tired and then forced to squint, the tendency is to shut the eyes more frequently. This means less time to react to an unexpected situation that may arise.
The Florida Highway Patrol recommends that all drivers avoid getting behind the wheel if they feel fatigued. Also, if you have special health conditions that include light sensitivity or night blindness, you may want to avoid driving during the early commute hours if possible. If you have a job that requires you to report to work early, consider car pooling or utilizing public transportation.
For those that cannot avoid the morning commute, public health officials recommend staying alert to the surroundings and heeding all posted speed restrictions. Construction zones and detours are areas to be particularly cautious as you might be sharing the road with construction workers and other vehicles unfamiliar with the route. Although you cannot control the actions of other drivers, you can drive in a defensive manner, in order to protect yourself from the actions of other drivers.
Sometimes, a serious accident happens that cannot be avoided and often the victims are just in the wrong place at the wrong time. A vehicle malfunction, health condition, or sudden obstruction in the road can have serious and sometimes fatal consequences for the affected driver and the vehicles around them. Many of these accident victims may be left unable to work or support their families. At the law offices of James O. Cunningham, our team of legal professionals is experienced in dealing with personal injury ligation related to automobile accidents. We would be happy to hear your case and advise a course of action to put your life back on track.
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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