Barriers Crediting With Preventing Fatal Florida Canal Crashes

by Carmen Dellutri on May 13, 2013

California DUI accident nightAccidents involving submerged vehicles often lead to fatalities. However, cable barriers installed on the Florida Turnpike and stretches of Interstate 75’s “Alligator Alley” are saving lives, according to officials. The system includes strobe lights located every 1,500 to 2,000 feet that send an alert to a traffic management center in Fort Myers upon vehicle contact.

So far, the $100 million project is doing its job. As the Sun Sentinel reports, 56 canal crashes resulted in 14 fatalities on Alligator Alley from 1995 to 1999. However, there were only two accidents (with one death each) from 2007 to 2011. Similarly, after guardrails and barriers were installed on the Florida Turnpike, only four vehicles plunged into canals from 2008 to 2012.

Of course, the barriers will not prevent all crashes. "Engineering and designing for every driver behavior is not possible, just as accounting for the aerodynamics of every vehicle that leaves the roadway is not possible," said turnpike spokeswoman Christa Deason.

With this in mind, we urge drivers to exercise caution on these dangerous stretches of roadway. We also invite you to check out our prior posts on surviving a Florida canal crash, including tips for exiting a submerged vehicle.

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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