Love it or hate it, many people in Florida have to drive the ill-reputed Interstate 95, sometimes every day. It's not just the inevitable traffic jams, making people irritated and late to their destinations. It is often other drivers recklessly weaving between lanes, tailgating and just plain driving aggressively.
Sometimes, it is good to know that there are decent people in the world, willing to help out a stranger in need. Unfortunately, these Good Samaritans can sometimes find themselves in dangerous situations, as one recent incident in Florida shows.
You may be heading down Interstate 95 or one of Florida's other streets or highways, minding your own business and concentrating on the task of driving when suddenly, "Bam!" -- you've been struck by another driver. Car accidents can be frightening and confusing, especially if you are injured. However, they do happen, so it is important to know what to do if you are involved in a car crash.
It is not unusual to see police officers in Florida on the side of the road, particularly on busy highways. The officers may be "clocking" for speeders or they may be on the lookout for drunk drivers or conducting a traffic stop. It is important to drive carefully when approaching officers in such situations. The failure to do so could cause a serious car accident.
No one in Florida likes a traffic jam. They're frustrating, make us late to our destinations and in general can be a real headache. However, slowed traffic is just a fact of life that must be dealt with. Whether traffic has slowed down due to road construction, whether a lane of traffic is closed due to an accident or whether it is simply the daily rush-hour, nothing absolves a driver of their duty to operate their motor vehicle in a safe and appropriate manner. As one recent accident on Interstate 95 shows, failing to pay attention to stopped traffic can have disastrous results.
When a motorist is driving down I-95, orange highway poles on the interstate's express lane are a common sight. Nevertheless, some drivers ignore these poles and illegally enter the express lanes, causing accidents. For this reason, the Florida Department of Transportation has taken action to try to reduce the number of accidents on I-95.
Summertime sees vacationers up and down Interstate 95 in Florida, and wintertime sees its fair share of snowbirds on the same stretch of interstate. In fact, according to one source, Interstate 95 sees some of the most traffic in the nation. Unfortunately, this also means that it is one of the most dangerous interstates in the United States.
There are times in our lives when we must rely on the kindness of others when things go wrong. This is especially true when it comes to driving, as many unexpected events can lead to a car accident. Some accidents are minor, resulting in property damage but no serious injuries. However, other accidents can be severe, resulting in serious injuries or even fatalities. In any case, when other drivers in Florida come to the aid of car accident victims, they should not be harmed themselves in the process. Unfortunately, this does not always happen.
St. Augustine drivers know that Interstate 95 is a busy place. Being a main federal highway that stretches from Miami up to Boston, it is used by hundreds of thousands of vehicles, of all shapes and sizes. In St. John's County, one can often find large trucks hauling their goods both North toward Jacksonville and south to Miami. Add in the high speeds cars usually travel on a major highway like I-95, and some wet roads, and the chances of a serious collision can increase significantly.
It may be difficult to comprehend how quickly 2017 is progressing, but Memorial Day weekend is upon us. Most expect the I-95 corridor to see a great deal of activity this weekend as people flock to holiday destinations. AAA expects nearly 40 million people to travel at least 50 miles for the holiday, with many people driving.