Port Charlotte Accident Attorneys: Could the Recent I-75 Pile-Up Have Been Avoided?

by Carmen Dellutri on October 23, 2012

Florida car accident lawyerAs Port Charlotte accident attorneys, we are thankful that no one was killed in the massive 47-car pile-up that occurred earlier this month on Interstate 75 near Sarasota. However, it is likely that many of the accidents could have been avoided.

It was raining heavily at the time of the pile-up, with limited visibility. Many drivers reported that they simply could not stop in time, causing a chain reaction of accidents.

"If people had reduced their speed and kept a safe distance, we would not be having this conversation," said Lieutenant Chris Miller with the Florida Highway Patrol.

Unfortunately, these types of accidents are not uncommon. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 24% of car accidents each year are attributed to weather. In addition, they result in approximately 7100 deaths.

Although weather is partly to blame, human error also likely played a part. As highlighted by the FHP, drivers often fail to take driving conditions into account, driving the same speed in a torrential downpour as they would on a sunny day.

To make sure you and your family stay safe, below are a few tips for driving in bad weather:

Wait Out the Storm: If possible, avoid driving in heavy storms. If you are already on the roadway, pull over, put on your hazard lights, and wait for visibility to improve.

Reduce Your Speed: Slick roads mean it will take longer to slow down; they also increase the risk of hydroplaning. Therefore, it is important to slow down in bad weather. Also, keep in mind that roads remain slick after the storm passes.

Maintain Your Vehicle: Worn tires and faulty headlights can make it more dangerous to drive in bad weather. For instance, a vehicle with a bald tire is more likely to hydroplane on wet roads.

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

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

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