A recent car accident in Fort Lauderdale sent nine people to the hospital. Six of them were children.
According to the Sun Sentinel, the accident happened on Interstate 95 near Broward Boulevard just after 4:30 p.m. According to Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue, the accident happened when a 28-year-old driver sideswiped a Freightliner tractor-trailer driven by 63-year-old driver. Upon impact, the young driver lost control of his vehicle and slammed into the concrete barrier of the interstate. The SUV flipped and came to rest upright on its wheels.
Inside the vehicle were children between the ages of 4 months and 10-years-old. Both of the adult passengers were injured as well. Five of the children and one of the adults were reportedly trauma cases and one of the children and two of the adults were treated as basic life-support cases. All of the occupants were transported to Broward Health Medical Center. The license of the driver has been suspended as he faces violations regarding child restraint, careless driving and having faulty equipment in the vehicle.
Our Fort Lauderdale car accident attorneys understand that a number of studies illustrate that some of the most dangerous interstate areas lie in the state of Florida, with Interstate 95 being not only the most dangerous in the state but the most dangerous in the country. New Jersey and California also held spots in the top 5 list of most dangerous interstates in the nation. Officials have looked at crash information from the National Highway Safety Administration on nearly 250 stretches of interstate highways to figure out which roads are the most dangerous, and the deadliest, mile-for-mile.
Top 5 Most Dangerous Roadways in the Country:
-Interstate 95: Florida.
-Interstate 76L: New Jersey.
-Interstate 4: Florida.
-Interstate 15: California.
-Interstate 10: California.
To help you to navigate interstates in Florida, there are a few safety precautions that you can take. Being prepared and working to practice safe and alert driving habits can help to reduce your risks of an accident on these busy streets. Review the following safety tips and share them with your friends and family members.
Interstate Safe Driving Tips:
-Keep an eye on your mirrors. Know what’s going on around you at all times.
-Be sure to keep with the flow of traffic. Never travel too slow or too fast.
-Avoid traveling alongside another vehicle. If you’re passing, do so and allow room for others to make it through.
-Never drive in someone’s blind spot.
-Keep your headlights on to increase your visibility to other drivers.
-Always use a blinker when changing lanes.
-Know when your exit is coming up and get in the lane closest to it. Avoid switching lanes at the last minute.
-When entering an interstate, pick up speed gradually to match travelers already on the roadway.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a car accident in Fort Lauderdale, Coconut Creek, Port St. Lucie or in any of the surrounding areas, the Broward personal injury attorneys at Freeman & Mallard are here to help you to fight for the compensation that you deserve. Call us to schedule a free and confidential consultation to review your case. Call 1-800-561-7777.
Six children, three adults hurt in rollover on I-95, by Wayne K. Roustan, Sun Sentinel
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