Catastrophic Accidents Can Cause Catastrophic Injuries – Or Worse
Motor vehicle accidents cause thousands of deaths and hundreds of thousands of injuries every year and carry the potential for both criminal and civil liability. They fall into several categories, including head-on collisions, side collisions, rear-end collisions, rollovers, single-car accidents, etc.
Automobile accident personal injury lawsuits are the most common type of tort. Most often, the court is limited to determining who was at fault and how much in compensation must be paid to the victim.
Our firm represents individuals who have suffered bodily injury or death of a loved due to an automobile or trucking accident. We utilize our extensive legal and medical knowledge and resources to represent clients who have been the victim of this type of personal injury.
Frequently, injuries are to the head, neck and/or back, and what is called “soft tissue” damage. Physician testimony is often critical in this type of claim, especially in those cases where the injury is degenerative and will cause as-yet-unseen future disabilities.
Auto Accident Rights in Florida
Every time you get behind the wheel, you are at risk of being involved in a Florida car accident. According to the latest statistics in Florida, there were 256,206 traffic crashes in 2007 alone. That means that on average, there were 702 crashes each day.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles presents an annual Florida Traffic Crash Statistics Report that contains information from the Department’s crash database, which is compiled from traffic crash reports from Florida and local law enforcement agencies. Law enforcement officers are required to submit a long-form crash report when investigating accidents where there was a death or personal injury, if someone left the accident scene when there was damage or if alcohol or other controlled substance was a factor.
Below is a summary of the traffic accident statistics in Florida:
Drivers involved in accidents – 366,917
Mileage Death Rate (per 100 million vehicle miles traveled) – 1.57
Traffic deaths – 3,221
Fatal traffic accidents – 2,947
Injuries from traffic crashes – 212,149
Accidents resulting in injuries – 135,601
Accidents resulting in property damage only – 117,658
Alcohol-related accidents – 22,823
Drug-related accidents – 1,252
Pedestrian accidents – 8,129
Bicycle accidents – 4,847
Motorcycle crashes – 9,205
According to the report, drivers ages 15 to 19, were involved in more traffic accidents than the other age groups and had more fatal crashes. Drivers, ages 20 to 24, had the highest rate of alcohol-related accidents and within that age group, 21-year-old drivers had the highest involvement rate in all crashes and in fatal crashes involving alcohol.
The report also examined the day and time of crashes in Florida. Based on the data, most traffic accidents occurred on Fridays during the 5:00 PM hour. The majority of fatal crashes happened on Saturdays during the 7:00 PM hour.