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Automobile Collisions: Recovering Compensation to Rebuild Your Life

Auto accident

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Introduction

Many auto collisions are caused by negligence, meaning someone failed to take proper care while driving. Liability in an auto collision typically falls on the negligent driver. However, other parties may be held accountable, such as the vehicle manufacturer if a defect contributed to the accident, an employer if the at-fault driver was on the job, or a government agency for poor road infrastructure and maintenance.

   Statistics from the Association for Safe International Road Travel report more than 38,000 fatalities in the United States roadways annually. More than 4.4 million persons sustain injuries and require medical care. Car accident victims suffer from traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, burns, fractures, internal injuries, disfigurement, whiplash, lacerations, amputations, post-traumatic stress disorder, and more.

  If you or a loved one are harmed in an auto collision, contact an experienced attorney to discuss your legal options. Orlando Accident Attorney is a widely respected and recognized complex litigation law firm. Our legal team has vast experience handling accident claims for those who have suffered harm due to negligent or malicious acts in Florida. Let us deal with the insurance carriers and adjusters evaluating your auto collision claim while you focus on recovery.

Types of Automobile Accidents

  Many automobile collisions occur, but some types occur more often than others. Rear-end collisions, for example, are one of the most common types of accidents on the road. Other types of collisions include side-swipe accidents, T-bone accidents, and head-on collisions. There are single-vehicle crashes and multi-car crashes. Each type of car wreck can result in serious injuries or death.

There are many causes of auto accidents, but some of the most common include:

  • Distracted driving, such as texting or using a cell phone
  • Intoxicated driving
  • Speeding and reckless driving
  • Poor road or weather conditions
  • Road rage
  • Inexperienced drivers
  • Driver error
  • Poor visibility at night
  • Vehicle defects
  • Poor vehicle maintenance

Florida is a Comparative Negligence State

   If one driver is at fault, then they may be held liable. However, if more than one driver or another party is at fault, liability may be split between them. Florida follows a comparative fault law, according to Florida Statute 768.81, whereas a claimant can recover financially even when partly responsible for an accident. In these cases, compensation awards are reduced by the percentage of fault assigned to a driver. The legal team at Orlando Accident Attorney can help determine who is at fault and the compensation you can expect.

  Auto accidents can result in severe injuries or death. Victims or their families may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitation, property damage, and pain and suffering. In wrongful death claims, the victim’s family may be entitled to additional compensation for funeral expenses, loss of consortium, and more.

Considerations When Filing a Claim for an Auto Collision:

  • The severity of the injuries
  • Property damages
  • Who was at fault in the accident
  • Whether there is insurance coverage for all parties
  • The value of damages being sought
  • Witnesses or video surveillance of the accident
  • Alcohol or drug usage by the parties involved
  • Pre-existing medical conditions of the drivers and car occupants

If Involved in an Auto Collision, Here Are a Few Things You Should Do:

1) Check that everyone is safe and call 911 if necessary.

2) Do not admit guilt or apologize.

3) Get the names and contact information of any witnesses.

4) Take photos of the accident scene, if possible.

5) Get medical attention, even if you do not think you are injured.

6) Contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your case.

Statute of Limitations

  According to Florida Statute Section 95.11, there is a four-year deadline for filing a lawsuit for any personal injury claim founded on negligence. It is essential to file a claim with insurance as soon as possible after an accident. If a fair settlement is not reached with an insurer within four years and a lawsuit has not been filed, the plaintiff loses their ability to file a lawsuit. Wrongful death plaintiffs must file a lawsuit within two years of a victim’s death.

You May Be Entitled to Compensation for Your Injuries

  If you have been involved in an auto collision, contact the experienced motor vehicle accident attorneys at Orlando Accident Attorney to discuss your legal options. We fight to settle our client’s cases at the total value to compensate them for their injuries and losses. With a reputation as dynamic and aggressive trial lawyers, we are always prepared to present the case in court.

  Orlando Accident Attorney is located in Winter Park, Florida, and we represent clients throughout Florida. With decades of success for our clients, we will fight for the justice you deserve. Contact us for a no-obligation consultation at (407) 706-3909.

Sources:

“Limitations of Actions; Adverse Possession,” The 2021 Florida Statutes, Chapter 95, accessed 3/14/2022 

“Road Safety Facts,” Association for Safe International Road Travel, accessed 3/15/2022

“Traffic Safety Facts” U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, February 2015, accessed 3/15/2022

“Comparative Fault,” The 2021 Florida Statutes, Chapter 768, accessed 3/14/2022