Near Fatal Turnpike Crash Highlights Several Factors that Commonly Put Drivers at Risk
Car accidents can happen in any situation, including in parking lots or on residential streets near and around your home. However, there are situations in which crashes and collisions are more likely to occur, as well as circumstances which can increase the odds of serious and potentially life threatening injuries. A recent fatal crash in Fort Pierce highlights three separate factors which can put you and your passengers at risk.
Three Factors that Increase Car Accident and Injury Risks
Local news affiliate CBS 12 recently reported on a near fatal crash that occurred May 26, 2018 between a driver in a minivan and a semi truck. It happened in the early morning hours of the previous Saturday on the Florida Turnpike, near mile marker 150 southbound, and left the driver of the minivan pinned in his vehicle. The St. Lucie County Fire Department eventually freed the man, who was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries. The accident highlights three separate factors, which increase car accident and injury risks:
- Truck Accidents
Crashes involving tractor trailers and semi-trucks are an unfortunately common occurrence throughout Florida. With the massive size and weight of most trucks, it is generally other drivers who suffer the most serious injuries in these collisions. Common causes of these accidents include road, traffic, and weather conditions, vehicle maintenance issues, along with reckless driving practices, such as speeding, tailgating, and other types of aggressive behaviors.
- Late Night Driving
According to crash reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), potentially fatal car accidents are more likely to occur on weekends and in the late night/early morning hours than at any other times of the day. In addition to decreased visibility, factors that make these accidents more likely include driving while distracted, overly fatigued, or falling asleep behind the wheel, and driving under the influence of alcohol or other substances.
- Interstate/Turnpike Collisions
Highways, interstate, and major arteries, such as the Florida Turnpike, are common areas in which car accidents are likely to occur. In addition to the number of cars and drivers generally occupying these roads, the higher speeds at which many are traveling increase the risk of serious and potentially fatal injuries.
How You Can Protect Yourself
While you cannot always avoid situations which increase your car accident risks, there are precautions you can take to protect yourself. These include:
- Play close attention. Keep both hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road at all times.
- Get plenty of sleep before driving, and pull over if you feel in danger of dozing off.
- Obey posted speed limits and avoid driving too fast for conditions.
- Give other drivers plenty of space and obey all traffic signals.
- Find an alternate means of travel if you have been drinking.
In the event a car accident does occur, the Law Firm of William E. Raikes III is here to help. Call or contact our Fort Pierce car accident attorney online today to discuss how we can help protect your rights to compensation for the injuries and other damages you suffer.