Naples Accident Attorneys: Should Car Be Allowed On Florida Beaches?

by Carmen Dellutri on May 3, 2012

Fort Myers accident lawyerA recent Florida beach accident in Fort Lauderdale has renewed the debate over whether any type of vehicle should be allowed on Florida’s beaches, even those operated by state and local authorities. In this case, a vehicle driven by a lifeguard struck an unsuspecting sunbather.

As detailed in a recent Orlando Sentinel article, critics say large lifeguard vehicles, such as pickups, make it difficult for drivers to see sunbathers lying on the sand in front of them. They favor the use of all-terrain vehicles, which are smaller and easier to maneuver. Meanwhile, proponents of these vehicles characterize them as them life-saving because they are used to transfer injured beachgoers, as well as carry medical equipment, such as backboards, defibrillators and first-aid kits.

The woman injured in the accident, Rinda Mizelle, 49, of Charlotte, N.C., is reportedly in the process of filing a Florida personal injury lawsuit. She contends that the driver of the vehicle was negligent and that Fort Lauderdale should prohibit the use of large trucks on the beach.

Unfortunately, Mizelle’s accident is not an isolated incident. Beachgoers have previously been injured Miami Beach and in Volusia County in recent years.

After a February 2003 beach accident that killed a French tourist, Miami Beach agreed to pay $1.5 million to the victim’s family. The city also prohibited city vehicles from being driven across certain parts of the beach.

Last year, two people were run over by a Miami Beach officer who was allegedly drunk while joyriding on a city-owned ATV. One of the victims suffered serious injuries. Lawsuits against the city are pending.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If your child or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Naples car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Naples injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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