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Airport Car Accident Causes Serious Delays for Travelers

A recent accident between a charter bus and a pickup truck at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport left one person injured. According to The Miami Herald, the accident caused a traffic headache for airport travelers.

Those who use economy parking were advised to leave nearly an hour earlier than normal. According to a spokesman with the airport, the buses that usually use that route are in charge of bringing people from economy parking to the terminals. Because of the accident, all of the buses were forced to use alternative (and longer) routes.

Our Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorneys understand that the accident happened about 3:00 p.m. The problem with areas like the airport is that drivers are much more interested in getting to where they have to go — and they forget about the traffic around them. In the recent crash, a charter bus heading north crashed with a pickup truck that was heading south on West Perimeter Road.

The bus driver was not injured in the accident, reports the Broward Sheriff’s Office. Luckily, there were no passengers on the bus at the time. These shuttle accidents are frequently quite serious because of unbelted passengers and the risk of injury from loose baggage. The truck driver involved in the accident was extricated from his vehicle. Thankfully he was alert and conscious. He was transported to Broward Health Medical Center.

When traveling to and from the airport, it’s important that you have a plan. That plan’s number one goal should be safety! These areas can be awfully confusing and hectic. We’re all trying to get in and out of there quickly. Unfortunately, that’s a lot easier said than done with all of the traffic as we enter high season. There are lane changes, speed reductions and pedestrians all over the place. You’ve got to be on the ball behind the wheel to ensure a safe trip. Put the cell phone down and drive.

When you approach the airport, it’s important that you keep your eyes on the lanes and on the signs — and also on the vehicles around you. You want to get your vehicle in the lane that it needs to be as soon as you can. Waiting until the last moment to change lanes is only going to increase your chances for an accident. Make sure that you’re always using your blinker. You want to be able to alert traffic around you of your intended maneuvers. This is a must in keeping safe.

When you’re pulling near arrival and departure areas, it’s important that you slow it down! There’s a lot of pedestrian traffic here. If you’re not ready to stop your car and pick up/drop off someone then you should remain in the lane farthest from the building.

Be sure to stop at all crosswalks!

Once you leave these areas, keep a lookout for increased speed limits and for lanes merging in. Always be one step ahead of the traffic around you!

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact Freeman, Mallard, Sharp & Gonzalez, LLC for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call 1-800-561-7777.

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