Some days may be a breeze, with beautiful weather, light traffic—and absolutely no delays or issues; others, however, may seem like a death-defying adventure trying to get from point A to point B with fender benders at several different locations, serious accidents, ambulances, motorists stopped at various points for speeding, and more. Depending on how large the city you live in is, or how dangerous to drive in, it could be a real obstacle course (and a dangerous one) every day. And while fellow motorists are usually the issue, other peripheral issues can be extremely hazardous too.
Road construction is a real hazard for motorists if they are not following the slower speed limits and being careful about narrowed lanes and complicated detours, along with other possible issues like weather conditions that can make driving in more complex situations both scary and dangerous. In Florida, however, landscaping is an ongoing activity. Although you might prefer to mow your lawn and prune trees and bushes yourself, like so many others, you may have a service that comes to your home often to maintain the yard. If so, you are probably familiar with unusual parking habits these companies often have, from taking up the driveway and then some, to parking on the side of the street, and sometimes even blocking the way for your neighbors.
On busier roads and highways, there may be times when trucks or workers are parked or moving around erratically in places that they should not be. While you should have plenty of time to stop and the roadside work area should be carefully delineated with cones (and perhaps even someone stopping traffic before the work area), this is not always the case if mowing or trimming companies lack organization or foresight regarding safety. Most of us have had to slam on the brakes before or veer around landscaping activities, almost as if it should be expected—even though they may blatantly be breaking traffic rules!
Equipment, trucks, and workers may present hazards in the road (and of course, workers are vulnerable too), and long landscaping trailers are often the culprit of car accidents, but often bicycle or motorcycle accidents too. Serious injuries can occur, from broken bones and soft tissue damage, to concussions or traumatic brain injury, spinal injuries, whiplash, and more.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident due to the negligence of others, contact the attorneys at Heintz & Becker. We’ve helped victims from Bradenton, Sarasota, and all over Florida get compensation for their damages and medical expenses after accidents. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!
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