Having handled car accident cases in Margate, Tamarac, Parkland, and every other city in Broward County, we do our best to give you top quality service and work hard to get you a quality result. Car accidents are the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. Rear end collisions are the most typical type of case that we see. Failing to yield the right of way, and turning in front of on-coming traffic are other accident cases that are commonly handled by our lawyers. Other car accident cases we handle are crashes involving drunk drivers, negligent drivers running a red light or stop signs, speeding, and cars entering intersections from private driveways. such as shopping centers, without looking before entering the street or highway.
Although there are countless reasons why motor vehicle accidents occur, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates the number one factor contributing to car accidents in the nation is distracted or inattentive driving, which accounts for approximately 80% of all motor vehicle accidents. Further, according to an article by ADS Logistics , the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute conducted a study to see the main type of distractions that cause car accidents. The top 10 findings are listed below:
Other factors that cause car accidents are driving under the influence of alcohol or drug related substances, violation of traffic laws such as speeding or not stopping at stop signs, fatigue or falling asleep at the wheel, and lack of maintenance to the vehicle. In other situations, car accidents result from external factors out of an individual’s control, such as poor weather conditions, improperly maintained roads and highways, or a defect on the vehicle from the manufacturer.
While there are many states throughout the United States where driving is not necessary, Florida is not one of them. In fact, driving a car is part of the Floridian lifestyle and many consider it a necessity rather than a luxury. In Florida, it is typical to see reckless and aggressive driving, especially in Miami-Dade County, where the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reported the highest rate of car accidents out of all the counties in Florida. In addition, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention indicates motor vehicle collisions are one the leading causes of fatalities in the United States.
Of course, any time a person enters a vehicle, he or she is at risk of being involved in a car accident. However, there are precautions to avoid serious injury or death. The most important safety measure is to wear your seatbelt. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, seat belts reduce injuries and death by around 50% . In Florida, wearing a seatbelt is required by law if you are sitting in the front seats of a vehicle or are under the age of 18.
In Florida, failure to wear your seat belt, especially in the front seat of a car, is evidence of comparative negligence. A jury can reduce or totally eliminate all damages you may be entitled to, even if you were not at fault in the accident, if you fail to wear an available seat belt.
In addition, to reduce the risk of being involved in a car accident, individuals should avoid using cell phones all together. Talking or texting takes the driver’s focus away from the road, especially if the person in arguing or discussing a serious matter. Individuals should avoid driving when they are tired or when they are on medications that induce drowsiness.
If you are involved in a car accident, the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles recommends stopping as soon as you can, alert your local police department, and move your vehicle out of the way of traffic if possible, to avoid other accidents. If you are injured, seek medical help immediately.
As a client of our firm, you will be assigned a case manager for your automobile accident case. This case manager will work closely with you and your attorney to handle the daily requirements of your case. In order to best assist us in handling your case, it is helpful that you have the following information at the first meeting in our office:
Our Fort Lauderdale / Coral Springs car accident lawyers assist victims of car accidents in attempting to obtain compensation for their injuries. In order to best protect your rights, it is important that you contact an experienced personal injury lawyer immediately after your accident. Call us now at 1-877-853-7466 to set up your free consultation.Related Articles