“April 20-24, 2020 is National Work Zone Awareness Week. We at Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. want to remind everyone to always drive safely, especially around Florida work zones,” said Fort Myers Car Accident Lawyer Randall Spivey.
In 2018 (latest available data) there were 66 fatal crashes leading to 80 fatalities in Florida, according to the American Road & Transportation Builders Association.
Some of the common potential hazards that can cause or contribute to work zone accidents include:
- Improperly marked lanes or uneven pavement
- Poor signage
- Inadequate lighting
- Sudden or unexpected detours
- Open manholes
- Roadway cluttered with equipment or debris
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Falls from heights or equipment
- Construction vehicle accidents
There are several work zone projects being done around Southwest Florida, including the Corkscrew Road Widening Project which began October 16, 2019. Lee County said on its website:
“The Florida Department of Transportation is developing plans for turn lane additions to the I-75/Corkscrew Interchange in 2019 and is conducting an I-75 corridor PD&E/EMO Study. In addition to the various planned transportation improvements in the area, there are also multiple private developments in various stages of planning and construction along the Corkscrew corridor. The Lee County School District and the Village of Estero currently have facilities located within the corridor, along with Pinewoods Elementary School and Estero Fire Station No. 44.”
According to Lee County, the goals of the project are:
- To construct a four-lane facility from Ben Hill Griffin Boulevard to Alico Road and to determine what intersection improvements are required for the existing and planned
- Construct the Phase 1 facility within the County’s existing right-of-way. Right-of-way acquisition will be required for Phase 2.
- To consider upcoming public transportation and utility improvements and private development in the corridor and fully integrate those with the project.
- Maximize opportunities to provide accommodation for pedestrian and bicycle users.
“Should you or a loved one be injured in a work zone accident, you may recover losses from your medical expenses; past, current and future lost wages or business income; pain and suffering; and certain other statutory or common law damages. In certain cases, you may also be able to recover punitive damages,” said Attorney Randall Spivey.
Fort Myers Car Accident Lawyer Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just one percent (1%) of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239.337.7483 or toll-free at 1.888.477.4839,or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com. Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County at 239.793.7748.