Brevard County – Spokespersons for a road construction company denied that ongoing road construction was to blame for any of the six, separate motor vehicle accidents that occurred early Monday morning in or near a 10-mile stretch of Interstate 95 that is the subject of a major road widening construction project.
Six auto accidents, including one involving an overturned semi tractor-trailer truck, occurred Monday on I-95 in Brevard during rush hour. Several motorists were injured.
The first two accidents occurred just south of the construction zone – a stretch of I-95 spanning about 10 miles from Fiske Boulevard in Rockledge to State Road 528 in Cocoa which is being widened from four lanes to six.
The first crash was reported after 3 a.m. at mile marker 195, just south of Fiske. The right northbound lane still was blocked at 6:30 a.m. Bottle-necking and backup at that wreck may have contributed to cause a second crash, this one a head-on collision, occurring approximately 20 minutes later near the Viera Boulevard overpass. That crash resulted in injury to two people who were rushed to the hospital for emergency medical treatment.
Before Florida Highway Patrol troopers finished responding to that crash, another motor vehicle accident occurred in the southbound lanes near the Wickham Road exit, three miles south of Viera Boulevard.
Troopers also responded to a crash an hour later in the northbound lanes of I-95 at the entrance to State Road 520.
A short time later, a semi tractor-trailer rolled over on I-95 at Fiske Boulevard, causing a partial roadblock while crews righted the truck.
That accident was immediately followed by another crash in the southbound lane near mile marker 198, south of State Road 520 at about 9 am.
“Each time there’s an accident, we go out and visit the site and make sure traffic controls are in place and functioning properly,” said Tom White, a senior project engineer. “No changes will be made to any of the traffic controls.”
The speed limit for the construction zone is 65 mph. It drops to a 60-mph limit when motorists go over a bridge or an overpass. White said within a week that would also be raised to 65 mph for consistency and to reduce confusion in motorists.
Construction is regularly a contributing cause of automobile accidents on our road ways. Road construction can confuse and distract motorists if reasonable safety measures are not implemented by the contractor. Too often, irresponsible construction companies that care more about their own profits than the safety of the public, fail to ensure that all reasonable safety precautions (including adequate signage and temporary lanes) have been implemented in and around their construction projects.
In the many personal injury cases our Florida injury attorneys have handled across Florida, we have never read a statement where a construction company spokesperson admits that their safety protocols were inadequate and caused an accident.