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Water is a dangerous factor in Florida auto accidents

Residents of the state of Florida enjoy miles of coastline along the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. Inland there are hundreds of lakes that freckle the landscape of the area and give visitors endless opportunities to enjoy water sports. Being on the water is just one of the major perks of living in the Sunshine State; unfortunately, the many bodies of water that are contained within and make up the state’s borders present hazards for motorists.

Between 2008 and 2012, 49 people died in Florida car accidents when their vehicles became submerged in bodies of water. This statistic puts Florida at the top of the list for auto accident deaths through drowning. After Florida, Texas was ranked second with 18 deaths during the same period of years and Indiana was third with 14 deaths.

Recently, legislation has been signed into law by Governor Rick Scott that will require the state to put up guardrails between state roads and bodies of water where individuals have perished through drowning in auto accidents. This legislation will not affect roads on private land where similar dangers may be present.

Drowning is not often thought of as a cause of death through a vehicle collision, but, in Florida, the threat of it occurring is very real. Fatalities from these horrific occurrences can leave survivors reeling and unsure of how to recover the damages that they suffered when their loved ones died in vehicle drowning situations. Accidents of this sort can give rise to wrongful death causes of actions that can be initiated by the loved ones of those who perished. Personal injury lawyers who provide guidance to car accident victims can offer their clients more information on how to approach car accident and wrongful death-based lawsuits.

Source:, “Florida leads nation in car accident drownings, movement underway to address problem,” Michelle de Leon, Nov. 27, 2016

The Law Office of William E. Raikes III is located in Fort Pierce, FL and serves clients in and around the communities of Fort Pierce, Port Saint Lucie and Vero Beach.

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