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4 Traffic Problems Floridians Should Watch Out For


Florida is one of the most densely populated states in America. It’s also one of the most visited states, with over 100 million tourists annually and new records being set almost every year. On top of that, the narrow shape of the state means there are only a few highways that travel down the peninsula. Add it all together and it’s no wonder that Florida has some of the most traffic accidents of any state in the union.

If you find yourself on Florida’s roads, you may encounter hazards and obstacles that slow you down or stop you in your tracks. If you know what could happen beforehand you’ll be more likely to know what to do, and so if you pay attention to the following advice you can at least prevent the worst from happening.

Vehicle Accidents

Car crashes are unfortunately common throughout the state, and they happen both on the highways and in the cities. If you get in an accident you should pull over as soon as you’re able, get everyone out of the vehicle if they can safely move, and contact the authorities immediately. You should also get the insurance information and driver’s license numbers from any other drivers involved in the accident and start taking pictures and capturing videos. This documentation will be invaluable later on when you need to file a claim with an insurance company.

Road And Bridge Closures

There aren’t many major roads in Florida considering its size, and so when one of them closes for a stretch it can slow down traffic significantly both on the road and on the nearby detour options. Not only does this slow you down, it’s also more dangerous thanks to the high traffic density and the stressed drivers. Fortunately, plenty of navigation systems on phones and cars now come with live traffic updates that can steer you around the gridlocked areas.

Flooding

Just about every part of Florida is close to the sea level, and between that fact, the many Florida wetlands, and the frequent tropical storms and hurricanes, it’s not that hard to find a flooded road in the state. If the road ahead of you is completely submerged in water, then you shouldn’t try to cross it. Water doesn’t have to be very deep to sweep away a vehicle, especially a sedan, and even most trucks can’t handle more than a foot of water. If you absolutely must cross a flooded road, get out and check the depth first.

Traffic Stops

Sometimes the Florida State Police or local city law enforcement will set up a road checkpoint to check for things like drunk drivers, drivers without licenses, drivers who aren’t wearing seat belts, and other violations. While it’s usually a good idea to cooperate with the authorities at these checkpoints, you should also remember your rights and remember that you don’t have to incriminate yourself. If you end up arrested at a traffic stop, you should also remember that you can stay silent and you should contact a lawyer as soon as you can.

Traffic can be a real problem in a state like Florida, but with the right mindset and good planning you shouldn’t face too many problems. However, if the worst does happen you should contact a personal injury lawyer like the ones who work at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, and Walsh. Our firm has offices throughout southwest Florida, and we help clients with all kinds of personal injuries and traffic accidents. Contact us today for a free initial case review.

Stephen M. Fernandez developed a strong belief in justice and fairness in public policy while earning his Political Science degree prior to attending law school. Since joining the Florida Bar Association in 2004, Stephen Fernandez has combined his background in public policy, business administration and civil law to serve as a highly effective trial lawyer fighting for Florida's injured, working hard every day to make sure his clients get what they are owed.

4 Traffic Problems Floridians Should Watch Out For

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