HIGHWAY CAR ACCIDENTS
THE CAR ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS OF MADALON LAW HELP THOSE INJURED IN BROWARD, MIAMI-DADE, PALM BEACH AND THE ENTIRE STATE OF FLORIDA
It goes without saying that driving on the highways of Florida can be quite the challenge and incredibly dangerous. Highway accidents are usually severe and often deadly and can happen on the highway, interchange, or the off-ramp and on-ramp of any of our Florida highways. From rear end accidents commonly found on I-95 during traffic hours to fatal accidents on I-75 and the Florida Turnpike where cars travel at faster speeds, it seems like you can’t drive on a Florida highway without running into traffic due to an accident.
Here are some of the most common challenges that cause highway accidents in Florida:
HIGHWAY CAR ACCIDENTS DUE TO CONGESTION
Some areas are busier than others, but there is no denying the population in Florida is growing and so are the cars on the road. We have teenagers who are in their first few years of driving. There are also people who have recently moved into the area and have not had time to adjust to the roads or the unique driving habits of others. Then there are the many that vacation in Florida. The unfamiliarity of driving on our highway roads will probably be more challenging for a tourist than anyone else. More cars mean more accidents.
CAR ACCIDENTS DUE TO POOR OR OUTDATED HIGHWAY DESIGN
With all of the beautiful attractions Florida has to offer, it is easy to forget that just 60 years ago this state was primarily thought of as swampland. Many of the older highways were opened in the 1950’s when there were less than 3 million people in the entire state. In 2012 the United States Census Bureau estimated over 2.5 million in Miami-Dade County alone.
CAR ACCIDENTS DUE TO HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION
This can be seen as a necessary evil because as much as it may create traffic and slowdowns, what they are doing is updating the roadways for us. Unfortunately, there are times when highway construction could cause or contribute to an accident. There could be excessive gravel or construction debris left on the road and can cause an accident. An improperly marked construction zone could also cause a highway collision.
CAR ACCIDENTS DUE TO HIGHWAY SPEEDS
Unless you are in traffic, it is probably safe to say you are driving faster than you would when you are not on the highway. The faster a car travels, the higher the risk of an accident if you find yourself trying to avoid one. For example, being cut off by another driver or making a quick move to avoid road debris can be startling on a regular road. Facing the same situations on the highway going over 60 mph can lead to a vehicle rollover and serious injury or even death.
HIGHWAY ACCIDENTS CAUSED BY DISTRACTED DRIVING
Unlike the young motorists’ and tourists that we mentioned before, there are also many veteran drivers who are incredibly familiar with Florida highways and their challenges. Unfortunately, this level of familiarity can lead to multitasking while behind the wheel – distracted driving. A person could be checking their emails, texting, putting on makeup, eating or anything else that gets their eyes off the road. A person may also go into a mental “autopilot” due to their comfort level of driving the same commute to and from work.
HIGHWAY ACCIDENTS DUE TO BAD DRIVING HABITS
Not using a turn signal. Swerving through traffic. Cutting through multiple lanes quickly in order to not miss the exit. You do not have to drive too far on the highway before you see one of these.
CONTACT A CAR ACCIDENT ATTORNEY
If you have been involved in a highway accident and are injured due to someone else’s negligence, then you need an attorney. Contact the Fort Lauderdale car accident attorneys at Madalon Law for a free consultation and get answers to your questions today. Our injury attorneys handle the entire State of Florida.