Fort Myers Accident Reminds Drivers to Look Out For Emergency Vehicles

by Carmen Dellutri on January 24, 2013

Naples accident lawyerA recent Fort Myers accident highlights that failing to move over or yield to emergency vehicles places both other drivers and public safety professionals at risk.

According to News-Press.com, a recent accident involving a fire truck and several vehicles was likely attributable to driver error. A ladder truck was proceeding through a Fort Myers intersection with its emergency lights and sirens activated when another vehicle approaching the intersection failed to stop and collided with the fire truck. After the initial impact, the car then struck a second vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle and two firefighters on the ladder truck were transported to the hospital with minor injuries. Police cited the driver of the car for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle.

Unfortunately, this is not the only type of common crash associated with emergency vehicles. Accidents also tend to occur when emergency vehicles are stopped on the side of the road. As a reminder, under Florida’s “Move Over” law, drivers must move over when a patrol car, emergency vehicle and/or tow truck is stopped on the side of a road with lights flashing. If they cannot move over safely, drivers shall slow down to a speed of 20 mph below the posted speed limit.

In the wake of recent accidents, the Florida Highway Patrol announced a new enforcement campaign targeting drivers who fail to move over. Drivers are reminded that in addition to putting your safety at risk, failing to yield or move over can result in a fine and points on your driver license record.

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 Fort Myers accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

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

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