Driving is probably one of the most normal things you do every day, but unfortunately it can also involve enormous peril. Defensive driving is a requirement for staying safe, and if you live in a city, there may be some days where you feel as if you are dodging an obstacle course on the road, while so many other motorists seem to be focused on doing everything but driving.
A decade ago most of us were concerned about too many drunk drivers on the road or those talking on cell phones, but that has been eclipsed by a world of communication and access offered by the smartphone. And that is not always a good thing, evidenced by disturbing statistics on accidents and fatalities caused by distracted drivers. We must also worry about motorists who are reckless, drive at excessive speeds, refuse to follow traffic rules, and are a hazard on the roads otherwise. Road conditions and weather must be considered too.
While getting from one place to another should be easy enough, that is often not the case—and changes in infrastructure can play a part too; in fact, there may be times when you feel like your entire path of travel is a construction zone, depending on what projects are happening city and statewide. The slowdowns may seem like a hassle, but often the repairs are necessary to help with traffic congestion and other issues. No matter the reason for the construction, it is imperative to practice extreme caution in these areas as roads are narrowed and there may be unexpected curves. Those warning signs, orange cones, barrels, and other devices are laid out very carefully to prevent accidents from happening to motorists and those working on the roads too.
Even if you drove through such an area the day before, the route may have changed, and reduced speed limits should still be followed. Watch for road workers slowing down traffic and gesturing for one lane to stop or start moving. Such activity may be a hindrance in your day, but their safety is the priority for all involved. These areas are responsible for hundreds of motorists’ deaths every year, according to the CDC, along with those of workers.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car or motorcycle accident due to the negligence of others, please call Heintz & Becker for a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys. We handle all types of Florida personal injury cases, and our law firm has established an impressive record of verdicts and settlements. If you have been seriously injured, call us now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!
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