Soak Up the Sunshine Safely

Florida attracts thousands every year with its sugar-sand beaches, sparkling waters, and endless summer vibes. But with increased activity comes a potential rise in accidents. As personal injury attorneys, we at Barnes Cohen & Sullivan want you to have the best possible Florida summer – filled with fun, not frustration.

Here’s are some important tips to have a safe summer travel in Florida, packed with tips to minimize risks and maximize enjoyment.

Road Trip Ready:

  • Vehicle Maintenance Matters: Get your car serviced before your trip. Check tires, fluids, brakes, and ensure proper air conditioning for a smooth ride.
  • Buckle Up for Safety: Florida law requires seat belts for all passengers. Make sure everyone is buckled up before hitting the road.
  • Designated Driver: If enjoying summer cocktails, plan ahead and have a designated driver or utilize ride-sharing service

Sun Smarts:

  • Sunburn Savior: Florida sunshine is intense. Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher liberally and reapply every two hours, especially after swimming or sweating.
  • Hydration Hero: Florida’s heat can be dehydrating. Pack a refillable water bottle and sip frequently. Opt for shady spots during peak sun hours (10 am – 4 pm).
  • Dress for Success: Lightweight, breathable clothing protects you from the sun and keeps you cool. Pack a hat and sunglasses for extra protection.

Water Safety First:

  • Life Jacket Law: Florida law mandates life jackets for everyone on board vessels under 26 feet. Always wear a life jacket regardless, especially for children and non-swimmers.
  • Rip Current Caution: Be aware of rip currents, strong channeled flows that pull swimmers out to sea. Learn to identify rip currents and swim parallel to shore to escape them. If caught, stay calm, don’t fight the current, and signal for help.
  • Respect the Power of Nature: Obey all beach warnings and flags. Don’t swim alone in unfamiliar waters or during rough conditions. Be mindful of marine life and avoid touching unknown creatures.

Slow Down & Stay Cool

As a motorist, it is the driver’s responsibility to know and obey the speed limit on each road being traveled. These speed limits are in order to keep you and others around you, safe. According to the Florida Highway Safety Motor Vehicle Department (FLHSMV), the speed limit will never be higher than 70 mph in Florida.

Unexpected Bumps:

Despite your best efforts, accidents can happen. Here’s what to do:

  • Seek Medical Attention: Even minor injuries can worsen. Get prompt medical evaluation.
  • Document Everything: Take photos of the scene, including damage and injuries. Get witness contact information if possible.
  • Contact a Personal Injury Attorney: If your accident wasn’t your fault and resulted in injury or property damage, consult a personal injury attorney. They can help navigate the legal process and fight for the compensation you deserve.

Impaired Driving Prevention

  • According to the Florida Highway Safety Motor Vehicle Department (FLHSMV), under Florida law, DUI is one offense, proved by impairment of normal faculties by any substance or unlawful blood alcohol or breath alcohol level of 0.08 or above. If you see an impaired driving on the road, do not hesitate to contact law enforcement. This could save a life.
  • Plan ahead, designate a driver or call a ride service.
  • Driving impaired not only puts everyone on the road in danger, it can have serious legal and monetary consequences.

Driving in Inclement Weather

Hitting the road during a storm? It’s risky. Consider waiting it out if possible. If you must drive, here’s how to stay safe:

  • Light Up: Turn on your headlights and wipers. Florida law requires them together. Keep your headlights clean and wipers in good shape (replace yearly).
  • Slow Down & Stay Alert: Increase following distance and avoid unnecessary lane changes. Wet roads are slippery, so be patient and watch out for hydroplaning. Use lane markings as a guide if visibility is poor.
  • Turn Around, Don’t Drown: Never drive through flooded areas. The road could be washed out or hide dangerous debris.
  • Beware of Wind: Strong winds can affect any vehicle, especially high-profile ones like trucks and buses. Give these vehicles extra space and hold the wheel firmly. Windy conditions are more common on bridges and open areas.
  • Traffic Light Trouble: Non-working traffic lights can be confusing. If a police officer is directing traffic, follow their instructions. Otherwise, treat the intersection as a four-way stop. For flashing red lights: Stop completely. Flashing yellow: Proceed with caution and yield if needed.


At Barnes Cohen & Sullivan, we understand that accidents can disrupt your dream vacation. While we hope you have a safe and enjoyable summer in Florida, we’re here if the unexpected occurs. Our experienced personal injury attorneys will work tirelessly to protect your rights and ensure you receive fair compensation. Don’t let a preventable accident mar your Florida fun. By following these safety tips and being prepared, you can maximize your chances of a worry-free summer.

If you’ve been injured in Florida or Georgia, call the firm you can trust. Our dedicated team of attorneys work to fight for your compensation from insurance companies.