Typically, when police officers discuss the need to drive cautiously on Florida’s interstates it is due to increased traffic driving at high speeds. But when it comes to Sarasota’s law enforcement community, the need to proceed with caution begins before even entering the highway.
For the past few months there has been a large increase in the number of accidents on several major ramps to I-75 in Sarasota. While on-ramps are typically not considered an accident prone location, the mix of increased hazards have led to on-ramps now becoming an area of caution. The causes of these accidents range all the way from distracted driving, including the large increase due to the ever popular Pokemon Go game that has caused some strange injuries to those not paying attention, to aggressive driving with those drivers who are fueled by anger, frustration, and knowing their time is more valuable than anyone else on the road.
The increase in accidents have led local law enforcement agencies to encourage more defensive driving practices and increase awareness of the need to drive cautiously, even before you enter the interstate. While many see these crashes as simple fender benders that are doubtful to cause injuries, the National Center for Biotechnology Information’s study on responses to car-to-car low speed crash tests have shown there is no minimum threshold of speed for injuries to occur to those in the vehicle.
We will all benefit if we follow the directions of our local law enforcement agencies to drive defensively and with caution when driving on any road, especially the local interstates. If you or your loved ones have been involved in any type of motor vehicle collision, please contact our office today and speak to one of our attorneys about what benefits you may be entitled to. Please call our office at (941) 365-7575 or visit our Contact Us page.