Fort Myers Accident Lawyers: What To If You Encounter Smoke on the Roadway

by Carmen Dellutri on February 14, 2013

Fort Myers accident lawyerThe horrific chain reaction crash on I-75 that took the lives of 11 people has raised awareness about the dangers of smoke on Florida’s roadways. While state officials are reportedly taking steps to prevent another tragic smoke-related accident, there are also steps that drivers can take so they are prepared to handle these dangerous road conditions.

The first tip is to avoid smoky roadways when at all possible. Drivers should be on the look out for highway signs that a wildfire or prescribed burn is in the area. Motorists should also keep an eye out for smoke and/or fire management vehicles. In these cases, it is advisable to exit the highway and seek an alternative route, if at all possible.

Unfortunately, due to changing weather conditions and other factors, smoky roadways sometimes cannot be avoided. Therefore, as Fort Myers injury lawyers, we hope drivers keep the following tips in mind:

  • Slow down!
  • Use windshield wipers in heavy fog.
  • Turn on your low-beam headlights.
  • If the fog or smoke becomes so thick that you cannot see well enough to keep driving, pull all the way off the pavement and stop. Turn on your emergency flashers.
  • The space between your vehicle and the roadway should be sufficient so that you can safely exit the vehicle without obstructing traffic.
  • Report the hazard to the nearest Florida Highway Patrol office so that steps can be taken to warn other drivers about the hazard.


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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