Could Flip Flops Cause a Tragic Florida Car Accident?

by Carmen Dellutri on September 2, 2011

naples car accident attorneyMany Florida drivers probably don’t consider their footwear before they get behind the wheel. As evidenced by a tragic car accident in New York this month, maybe we should. As reported by Consumer Reports, three elderly women were killed when a 55-year-old woman crashed into a church after her flip flop reportedly fell off while she was driving.

It's not yet clear if the flip flop was stuck under the gas pedal, or if she had been bending down to get it at the time of the crash.

According to reports, Luann Burgess had just dropped her foster child off at Voorheesville Elementary School when she lost control of her SUV and accelerated as she drove right into the group of women gathered in front of a local church.

This accident reminds us that wearing appropriate footwear while driving is critical. Driving barefoot, with flip-flops, or oversized boots can create unnecessary risks, ranging from changing the basic pedal feel to chancing entrapment or pedal misapplication. In particular, a flip flop can easily get caught in the brake or accelerator pedal.

Given the higher risk of a Florida car accident, when wearing sandals, flip-flops, and other slide-on footwear, it may be a good idea to keep a pair of sneakers in the car for driving.

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 Florida motor vehicle accident, you may be entitled to compensation.

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

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