Practice Safe Driving In Good Or Bad Weather To Avoid Accidents
There is a reason that drivers are told to stay off of the roads after a hurricane or another emergency. These acts prevent motorists from becoming stranded and allow emergency personnel to get around freely. However, we get it, people are curious and like to see what is going on around them. Avoid becoming just another injury statistic of the storm by practicing safe driving techniques or avoiding being on the road altogether.
Don't Drive Through High Water
If flood waters are covering a street, underpass, or another area, then the ground beneath may be compromised. Sinkholes, washouts, and collapses are all possibilities that might be lurking in the shadows. Unfortunately, drivers are not able to see these occurrences, until after they begin creeping into the area. Passengers and drivers can become trapped inside the vehicle resulting in severe injuries or loss of life. Stop, think the situation through, and avoid needing medical attention or new carpets and an engine.
There Is No Need To Drive Fast As The Sights Are Not Going Anywhere Soon
With little traffic on the highways after a hurricane, it is tempting to throw your foot down on the accelerator and take off. However, dangers are lurking around every corner and slowing down can prove to be beneficial to your health. Downed trees, power lines, and scattered debris are almost everywhere. Concrete and other surfaces may still be slick from the rain, and operating your car at too high of a rate of speed can result in an automotive crash. This action could take place with another vehicle or a stationary object, and injuries can occur. With all areas being so inaccessible during emergency situations, responders may have difficulty reaching you, and injuries may go untreated for quite some time. Be cautious out on our Florida roads in good or inclement weather, and with any luck, avoid ever needing to employ our services.
Always Remain Aware Of Your Surroundings
During times of crisis, pedestrians are anywhere and everywhere. People can be seen wading through flood waters, standing on bridges or overpasses, and drivers must be on the constant lookout for them. Striking a living being is unacceptable regardless of the conditions, but with poor emergency response times during emergencies, the victim's overall way of life can become drastically changed forever. Avoid using smartphones or other devices while driving and keep your head on a swivel to prevent such instances from happening.
Don't Hesitate To Contact Our Office For Legal Counsel
People must be held accountable for their actions, even if they take place after a hurricane or another emergency. A car crash can occur anytime or anywhere. Reckless and distracted driving, as well as speeding, contribute to wrecks daily, and they are equally responsible for accidents after disasters. A judge may award drivers and passengers compensation for injuries to cover medical expenses, time off work, and future costs to reach a full recovery. Have you sustained an injury from the acts of a negligent driver? Are you considering legal options to help offset rehabilitation costs? If you answered yes to these questions, contact our attorneys for a free case review.
We are prepared, willing, and able to take your case to trial if need be, but many insurance companies would rather settle for a fair amount, outside of court, than to let us get in front of a jury with our client. Allow us to show you why so many residents of southwest Florida have given us the opportunity to represent them over the years. Our firm recovers millions of dollars worth of compensation each year, and we will be more than happy to assist you through your time of need.