Volusia County On-Ramp Accident Leaves One Man Dead
One of the more dangerous parts of driving is trying to get on or off the highways. Accidents on the off-ramp or on-ramp can leave many motorists badly injured and sometimes even dead.
From the Orlando Sentinel comes a report that a man has died on an on-ramp on I-95. According to the report, the 47-year-old man died Saturday, May 18, 2019 after crashing onto a barrier in Volusia County. The man was driving a 2013 Ford Focus at the time of the accident, which occurred a little before noon.
Police believe the driver lost control of his vehicle. He had been travelling eastbound on Interstate 4 when he entered the on-ramp. He died at the scene of the accident after hitting a cement barrier.
How to Safely Drive on an On-Ramp or Exit-Ramp
Exiting or entering a highway is fraught with difficulties, and many accidents can occur if a driver is not careful. Remember the following tips:
- Get into the proper lane to exit a highway. Some exit ramps have two lanes, but many are only single lane. You need to be in the proper lane as you approach the ramp. If not, then you might shoot across several lanes of traffic to get to the ramp, usually at a high rate of speed. In addition to hitting vehicles you can easily lose control.
- Slow down. Ramps are often curved, like a spiral. If you are going too fast, then you can easily fly off the ramp or crash into a barrier. Do not exceed the posted speed limit for the ramp. You might need to apply the brakes for the entire length of the ramp, which is okay.
- Don’t follow too closely. The vehicle in front of you might not merge into traffic when you expect it to. Following too closely can lead to a collision.
- Merge smartly. We wish we could say that traffic will always move over and allow you to merge. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. Gauge the speed of traffic and only merge if there is sufficient room. You might need to stop before merging. This isn’t ideal but might be unavoidable to prevent a collision.
What to Do after a Collision
If you crash on a ramp, try to get your vehicle to the side of the road. It is hard for vehicles approaching an exit ramp to see that a car has broken down, so you are at risk of someone coming up behind you and hitting you as your car is at rest. Unfortunately, a single lane ramp doesn’t have a lot of space, so do the best you can.
Also remember to call the police. They can respond to your crash and route traffic so that it does not become bottled up.
If someone else struck you on the ramp, then treat it like any other accident. Get the names of the drivers involved along with their insurance information. Also identify any witnesses to the accident.
Speak with Bundza & Rodriguez Today
Accidents happen every day on I-95 and other highways. If you have been injured, you are not alone. Contact an experienced Daytona Beach car accident attorney for assistance. You can reach Bundza & Rodriguez by calling 386-252-5170.