Fatal Wrong-Way Crash on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge
Tampa Wrong-Way Driving Accident Lawyers: Capaz Law Firm
A wrong-way driving accident caused the southbound lanes of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge to be closed early this morning. The Florida Highway Patrol reported that, at approximately 3:34 a.m., a 2005 Ford vehicle was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of the Skyway Bridge and collided nearly head-on with a 2000 pick-up truck near the area of milepost 8. The truck driver was transported to a local hospital and is listed as being in stable condition. The female wrong-way driver suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene of the two-vehicle crash. This is the second wrong-way accident to be reported in the Tampa Bay area within the past ten days.
Though the exact cause of these two wrong-way driving incidents remains unreported, data has shown that a majority of wrong-way driving car accidents are alcohol and/or drug related. Distracted driving is another factor which has contributed to the increasing number of wrong-way crashes in the Tampa area.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles previously promoted several safety suggestions for the avoidance of wrong-way driving accidents:
- Remember to Drive Right at Night.
- Stay Alert: Do not drive distracted.
- Never Drink and Drive.
- Obey all traffic signs. Red signs are warnings to: Stop; Do Not Enter; or Wrong Way.
- Watch for FDOT’s electronic message signs for wrong-way driver alerts. If you see an alert, slow down, move to the right, and drive with extra caution.
- If you observe a wrong-way driver, reduce your speed, pull off the road immediately, and call 911.
Injured by a Wrong-Way Driver? Contact Capaz Law Firm
Severe and permanent injuries often occur as a result of the amount of force involved in the impact of a wrong-way driving car crash. If you or your loved one has been injured due to the negligence of a wrong-way driver or a drunk driver, contact the Capaz Law Firm at 813-440-2700 to speak with an experienced Tampa personal injury car accident attorney.