Safety Upgrades Planned for Dangerous Tampa Intersection
Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 27, 2012 – Tampa transportation officials announced plans for upgraded safety measures at an East Tampa intersection, the site of at least seven car crashes between 2008 and 2010, one of which claimed three lives.
The intersection is at 34th Street and Chelsea Avenue. A building set close to the northeast corner obstructs westbound motorists’ view of oncoming southbound traffic on 34th Street.
“Area residents rightfully expect safe conditions on our roads,” said Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce. “These safety upgrades are good news for local motorists.”
The fatal crash happened in September 2010, when Walter Givens, 67, was driving westbound on Chelsea Avenue. His wife, Dione Givens, 55, and friend, Helen Cummings, 58, were passengers in the car. After stopping at the stop sign, Givens drove his car into the path of a vehicle that was southbound on 34th Street.
In an interview with the Tampa Tribune, City Councilman Frank Reddick said that he would like to see a traffic light installed at the intersection. He said that the obstucted view forces drivers to enter the intersection in order to see oncoming traffic. City officials have said that traffic levels at the intersection do not support the installation of a traffic light.
However, certain upgrades have been approved. A warning sign with a flashing amber light will be installed. Also, two signs indicating a speed limit of 30 mph will be erected on 34th, though they are not legally required. According to local law, the speed limit on all roads without a posted limit is 30 mph. The upgrades will add to improvements completed in 2010, which included repainting road markings and clearing out plant growth.
Tampa transportation director, Jean Duncan, said that a state highway contractor will conduct a safety audit at the intersection and possibly make further recommendations.
Joyce and Reyes Law Firm, P.A.
307 S Hyde Park Ave,
Tampa, FL 33606
View Larger Map
- Settlement reached in Florida brain injury case
All parties have reached a settlement in a lawsuit filed by the families of two teenage girls who suffered brain injuries after a parasailing accident at a Florida beach resort. Alexis Fairchild and Sidney Good were both 17 and vacationing in Florida in 2013 when their parasail broke loose from a motorboat, causing them to […]
- Florida distracted driving law may be strengthened
If a series of bills passes in Florida state legislature, the state’s texting while driving laws may be strengthened. A state senator and two state representatives have filed bills that would make texting while driving a primary offense, add penalties when a fatal crash occurs because of a driver using a cell phone, and ban […]
- Florida woman files brain injury lawsuit after fall from theme park ride
According to a brain injury lawsuit filed by a Florida woman, inadequate safety measures caused her headfirst fall from a ride at Dollywood. Tedi Brown, a resident of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, suffered severe injuries and a permanent disability after she fell from the Waltzing Swinger ride at the theme park in December 2013, according […]
See other news sources publishing this article. BETA | Tags: auto accident, brain injury, medical malpractice, Nursing home abuse, Tampa personal injury attorney, Tampa personal injury lawyer, wrongful death