A Jacksonville father is mourning the loss of his wife and two children after they tragically died en route to a weekend getaway out of the state. An alligator was crossing I-95 when Amber Stanley's vehicle hit the nine-foot reptile, causing her to lose control of her car with her two young children inside. This heartbreaking misfortune brings to light two very important considerations when driving in Florida — the need for cautious driving and the understanding that Florida wildlife (or any wildlife for that matter) has the potential to cause great damage to persons and property if collided with on the road.
Practice Safe Driving Habits on the Highway
- Follow the posted speed limit and give yourself at least one car distance of space between you and the vehicle in front of you
- Turn on your headlights at dusk, during inclement weather and in times of low visibility
- Keep distractions to a minimum if you cannot completely avoid them
- Be aware of road signs indicating closures, construction or animal activity
- Allow yourself periods of rest during long drives
Review Your Insurance Policy Before You Start the Ignition
If you have purchased comprehensive insurance coverage on your auto insurance policy, any damages to your vehicle not caused by an accident, such as theft, vandalism, flood, fire, weather, or hitting/running over an animal, your insurance company will cover the costs of your vehicle damage up to the limits of your policy, minus your deductible.
Other optional Florida car insurance coverages, including collision, uninsured motorist (UM) and bodily injury liability (BI), are also beneficial to have and can save you time, money and frustration if an accident occurs.