This time of year, many people are thinking about and planning the time they’ll be spending with their families to celebrate the holidays. The roads are packed with last-minute shoppers. People are traveling near and far to see loved ones.

It’s all part of the fun and excitement of the holiday season.

But, not everyone will have a joyous holiday season. Unfortunately, accidents don’t take a vacation. This week, there will be many people dealing with tragedies.

Over the weekend, for example, a 21-year-old was critically injured in a fiery one-car crash on Corkscrew Road. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the woman, who was not wearing her seatbelt, drove onto the shoulder of the road, overcorrected and then lost control of her car about 5:30 a.m. Saturday near Burgundy Farms Road. Read more and watch a video.

In another accident later in the day on Saturday, a vehicle hit a pedestrian. The pedestrian was hit by a pickup while crossing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard near Cranford Avenue about 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The pedestrian was critically injured. Read more.

Accidents involving pedestrians have been a common theme of this blog over the last few months. Last week’s blog was about a 54-year-old woman who was seriously injured when she was struck by a pickup in a hit-and-run at Cypress Lake Drive and Winkler Road in south Fort Myers. She was crossing the street and didn’t see a vehicle turning her direction. The dark colored pickup hit her and then took off.

As Christmas approaches, let’s all try to be a little extra careful when behind the wheel or walking near traffic. Take your time and don’t get in a hurry. Pay attention to pedestrians and other drivers. Don’t text and drive. If we all take a little more care, maybe fewer people will have to deal with a tragedy this holiday season.

At Bernardo Injury Law, we hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday. Contact us at (239) 332-3000 or email us at