Car Accident Attorneys in Florida
If you were injured in a car accident in Florida, you may be questioning whether you can file a personal injury lawsuit. Parker Waichman LLP, a personal injury law firm with a strong presence in Florida, has decades of experience successfully representing clients in car accident lawsuits. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about filing a claim.
If you or someone you know was injured in a car accident in Florida, contact one of our personal injury attorneys today. Our firm offers free, no-obligation legal consultations. Our accident attorneys also work on a contingency fee, meaning you only pay lawyers’ fees if we win your case.
Florida Car Accidents and Injuries
Florida has numerous car accidents, leading to many serious injuries and deaths on the road. Among other things, the high rate of car crashes may be affected by heavy traffic and unsafe driving behaviors. Factors increasing the risk of a car crash include speeding, drunk driving, distracted driving, reckless driving, drowsy driving and aggressive driving.
Car accidents tend to occur more frequently in major cities such as Miami, especially during the fall and winter when many tourists arrive to avoid harsh winters.
Certain injuries tend to occur frequently in car accident victims. A traumatic brain injury (TBI), for instance, is a common car accident injury. A TBI can lead to a mild concussion, or it could cause lasting cognitive problems where the individual has trouble with thinking and memory. Back injuries, including injuries to the spinal cord, also frequently occur. A herniated disk is an example of a common car accident injury affecting the back. In serious cases, damage to the spinal cord can lead to paralysis.
Whiplash is another common car accident injury that tends to occur during rear-end collisions. Other injuries that frequently occur as a result of car accidents include blunt force trauma to the chest, broken bones, and internal injuries.
Fatal Car Accidents on the Rise in Florida
Recent data shows that traffic accidents are increasing both in Florida and in the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the number of traffic deaths increased 10 percent during the first half of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015.
In August 2016, the National Safety Council (NSC) released a report noting an “upward trend” of motor vehicle fatalities in the nation. The report showed that Florida was the state with greatest uptick in traffic deaths, with a 43 percent increase since 2014. NSC reports that, between January and June 2014, 1,114 people died in Florida traffic accidents. During the same period in 2015, this number increased to 1,441. In 2016, the figure rose even higher to 1,590 deaths. This is close to the 1,555 preliminary traffic deaths counted by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles for the first half of 2016.
In 2015, Florida saw a total of 374,443 car crashes, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Comparatively, there were only 344,469 car accidents in the state in 2014. Currently, data shows that 2016 had 273,363 car accidents in Florida.
Increased traffic has contributed to the rise in Florida car accidents, according to NSC. NSC statistics group manager Ken Kolosh says that the rise in traffic accident during an 18-month period coincides with a growth in Florida’s economy, a decrease in unemployment rates and low gas prices.
More than one in six auto accidents in Florida occur in the Miami region, according Miami-Dade County crash data over a six-year period. Roughly 4,000 car accidents a month, or 50,000 crashes a year, take place in Miami.
In Florida, deadly car accidents were most likely to occur in drivers between the ages of 20 and 24. Second were drivers between the ages of 25 to 29. Distracted driving, especially due to mobile devices, may increase the risk of a car accident.
What to Do If Injured in a Florida Car Accident
Being involved in a car accident can be stressful and nerve-wracking. If you were involved in a car accident in Florida, our personal injury attorneys have several recommendations. First, seek medical treatment for any injuries as seeing a doctor right away can help improve your recovery and ability to prove damages. Even if you do not feel like you sustained serious injuries, you should consider medical attention because not all injuries are immediately apparent. TBIs and soft tissue injuries, for example, may not manifest until a later time.
Additionally, medical records documenting your injury will help strengthen your claim. The insurance company seeks to find reasons to blame you for the accident so they will not have to compensate you for your overall damages. Medical records are a form of documentation that is vital to proving your case.
For any injury, it is best to document everything about the accident. This includes taking photos of your injury, as well as damage to the vehicles or property. Also take pictures of the scene to preserve what position the cars were in, along with other details that can be reviewed later. Make sure you get the other driver’s contact information, including their license plate number. If possible, obtain information from any eyewitnesses who can provide a firsthand account of the accident.
If the accident was minor and nobody was hurt, you may be wondering whether it is necessary to call the police. It is not always required, but we advise that you call the authorities if you are unsure. If anyone is injured or if there is significant damage to the vehicles or property, call the police. You can face legal consequences for failing to call the authorities when necessary.
It is important to remain calm and level-headed. You can check to make sure all occupants of the vehicles are not injured, but avoid saying “sorry”, as this can be used against you later in your case.
Contact an experienced personal injury attorney for more information about filing a Florida car accident lawsuit. You only have a limited amount of time to sue, so we encourage you to call us today.
Filing a Florida Car Accident
If you or someone you know is interested in filing a personal injury lawsuit involving a car accident that occurred in Florida, contact one of our Florida accident attorneys today. Parker Waichman offers free, no-obligation case evaluations. For more information, fill out our online form or call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).
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