Weather may have been a factor in the death of a 21-year-old Fort Lauderdale resident, according to the Sun Sentinel. The Florida woman reportedly lost control of her vehicle and crashed head-on into an oncoming delivery truck.
West Palm Beach personal injury lawyers urge you to be extra cautious while driving in the unpredictable Florida weather. Heavy rain, wind and even fog can greatly decrease your ability to control your car on our Florida roads.
The Fort Lauderdale car accident occurred as the young driver was returning home from work at approximately 7 p.m. Heavy thunderstorms rested over the east coast of Florida at that time. A section of Powerline road was closed shortly after the crash as authorities investigated.
SafeMotorist.com offers you these tips to help you drive safely in the unpredictable Florida weather:
-Avoid using your brakes when possible. It is recommended that you ease off the gas pedal, when possible, to slow down or stop.
-Don’t follow large trucks too closely. The spray from their tries can make it virtually impossible for you to see out of your windshield.
-Try to drive in the tracks of the car in front of you. This will help to avoid hydroplaning.
-Keep up on your equipment. Make sure your windshield wipers are in good condition.
-Drive slowly. It takes longer for vehicle to stop on wet, slippery roads.
-Stay towards the middle lanes. Water tends to gather on the outside portion of the road where the pavement dips.
-Most importantly, try your best to avoid driving all together if you know a thunderstorm is approaching.
If you or a loved one has been in a car accident in Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach or the surrounding areas, contact the personal injury lawyers at Freeman, Mallard, Sharp & Gonzalez. Call for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights at 1-800-529-2368.