Lee County Tops Charts for Fatal Traffic Accidents in January

In the month of January, a dozen people were killed in traffic accidents in Lee County. According to The News-Press, that’s about double the monthly average over the last 4 years.

Among these fatalities were 4 pedestrians, 1 bicyclist, 4 motorcyclists and 4 people in autos, reports the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV).

Our Fort Myers car accident lawyers understand that Lee County recorded the same number of traffic fatalities during the month of January as Hillsborough County. The population of Hillsborough County is about twice that of Lee. Collier County reported 4 traffic fatalities in January. Out of the entire state, Palm Beach County and Broward County reported the most — each with 14.

“That’s a bad sign,” said Jay Anderson, president of Stay Alive…Just Drive. “It’s not like we had a single crash that killed five people.”

Anderson adds that the causes are tricky and there is no common denominator in the fatal accidents. They’re not happening at the same locations either.

January’s totals is 8 more fatalities than the number reported during the same month in 2011.

In 2011, there were 75 reported traffic fatalities in Lee County.

Right now, with all of the snowbirds and the tourists in town, we’re facing some serious increases in the risks for accidents. Our roadways are busier and more congested. That’s a recipe for disaster if you’re not careful out there.

Dan Moser, of BikeWalkLee, says that drivers need to step up their safety game behind the wheel if we want to help to improve these numbers. He says that everyone is just driving how they want and not how they should to ensure safety.

Two of the easiest problems to fix is our aggressive driving habits and our speeding tendencies. Drivers are asked to keep their cool behind the wheel for safety. They’re also asked to abide by the speed limits.

In the 4 fatal pedestrian accidents, only one of the drivers who was involved in these accidents was cited by law enforcement officials. An 80-year-old driver from Indiana was cited for neglecting to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk. He hit and killed a 76-year-old pedestrians on Estero Boulevard.

Reports indicate that the 3 other fatalities happened when the pedestrians walked out in front of a vehicle.

Officials believe that alcohol was involved in at least half of the vehicle deaths and one of the fatal motorcycle accidents.

Debbie Tower, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) says that drivers need to learn how to better share our roadways.

It’s not too late. We can work to make the rest of the year a lot safer. Take this report as a message. Remember, you’re not the only one on the road.