A fire truck en route to an emergency call slammed into at least one other vehicle on Curry Ford during rush hour February 4th. Three people were sent to area hospitals with head and neck injuries as a result of the crash. None of the injuries were thought to be life threatening and none of the firefighters aboard the fire truck were injured.
Local residents are quick to point out that the intersection where the incident occurred – on Curry Ford Road and Bahia Avenue – is frequently a crash scene. The speed limit along Curry Ford Road is 40 miles per hour, and traffic is entering and exiting local business all along the route. Signs are posted that read ‘No Turn on Red’, but officials say motorists often disregard the signs. There is an elementary school nearby, and the foot traffic from local students is common. Crossing guards work daily near the intersection where Thursday collision occurred, for the safety of the students.
Area residents and business owners are critical of the road’s design, saying that it contributes to the congestion in the area. East and west bound traffic along Curry Ford are currently separated by an island. The island seems to complicate the flow of traffic for motorists, making it difficult to make left hand turns, and giving other motorists the impression that higher speeds are safer because they are separated from oncoming traffic. Some residents believe the island should be removed and a clearly marked turning lane should take its place.
The investigation into Thursday’s accident is ongoing, but clearly there were several factors at play. Officials point out that posted traffic laws are there for the safety of the public, and that they should be observed to keep motorists and pedestrians safe. Victims of Thursday’s crash feel that their safety has been treated as an afterthought, especially in light of the fact that they were hit by the fire truck, instead of the other way around. And area residents feel that the situation only highlights what they have been saying all along – that the city needs to make some changes along Curry Ford Road.
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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