Our Fort Lauderdale Accident attorneys recently wrote about the dangers of driver fatigue and South Florida car accidents. Authorities continue to urge motorists to stop driving as soon as they feel tired. A tired driver can easily fall asleep at the wheel. Safety advocates believe more than 5,500 fatal accidents a year are caused by sleep drivers and that the true number may be much higher.
Christopher O’Farrill had been playing the trumpet since he was 5 and was a career middle school and high school music teacher. He died when his car left the road and crashed into a tree near his home on Southwest 148th Avenue north of Sheridan Street.
Since 2003, he has worked at Everglades Highs School.
As we head into the holiday season, it is important to remember that many of us are more tired, or more stressed, than at any other time of the year. Practicing safe driving habits, which includes avoiding tired or aggressive driving, can help ensure that a serious or fatal car accident does not mar your holiday season.
Tired driving Facts and Statistics for South Florida Drivers:
-Men are more likely than women to be in accidents caused by tired driving.
-Young drivers are at highest risk.
-More than half of such accidents involve a vehicle that leaves the road.
-Daytime driving offers no protection — one-fourth of such accidents occur in the afternoon.
Freeman & Mallard is a South Florida personal injury and wrongful death law firm dedicated to helping motorists who have been injured in Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and the Port St. Lucie/Fort Pierce areas. Call today for a free consultation. 1-800-529-2368.