Car and Auto Crashes

The Sunshine State saw approximately 360,000 automobile crashes during 2023. These crashes involved more than 3,000 fatalities, almost 230,000 injuries, and over 95,500 hit-and-runs. Clearly, traffic safety is an issue in Florida – something injured plaintiffs know all too well. Many traffic injuries are life-altering, and some are life-ending – often leading to medical expenses, missed wages, emotional distress, funeral costs, and many other damages. With help from a Florida personal injury attorney experienced in automobile crashes, injured plaintiffs and their loved ones can feel confident that their interests are being represented effectively as they pursue compensation for these damages. To learn more and seek assistance determining the most appropriate course of action for your particular case, consider scheduling a consultation with our team to discuss your case.

Auto Accidents

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In 2022, almost 3,700 people died due to motor vehicle crashes in the Sunshine State. While these statistics are indeed tragic, the combination of a no-fault insurance system with the doctrine of pure comparative negligence means that victims of motor vehicle accidents have multiple pathways toward receiving compensation for the damages they have suffered. There are also many different types of auto accidents that may lead to personal injury claims:

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Single-Vehicle Crashes

Single-vehicle crashes are relatively common in Florida. Automobile crashes involving a single vehicle may be caused by a wide range of factors. Sometimes drivers lose control of their vehicles due to poorly maintained roads or confusing signage. At others, negligent drivers may cause others to swerve off the road to avoid collisions. Animals may also dash into roads, leading to potentially serious single-vehicle crashes. Personal injury lawsuits may sometimes still be possible even if no other vehicles were involved. In addition, Florida’s no-fault car insurance system allows injured motorists to pursue compensation without establishing negligence under some circumstances.

Wrong-Way Crashes

Driving the wrong way down a road is a clear sign of negligence as well as a violation of traffic laws. Often, this hazardous behavior is associated with intoxication or distraction. However, drivers may also mistakenly approach oncoming traffic due to confusing signage, unclear construction zones, and other factors. Even if a driver is partially responsible for their own wrong-way crash, they may still be able to pursue partial compensation thanks to the “pure” comparative negligence system in Florida.

DUI Crashes

DUI stands for “Driving Under the Influence.” Sadly, many Floridians lose their lives each year due to intoxicated motorists. Driving while intoxicated is against state law, and drunk drivers who get behind the wheel may be liable for any injuries or deaths they cause. Thanks to Florida’s “dram shop” laws, bars and similar establishments may also shoulder liability for contributing to these preventable crashes.

Wrongful Death Crashes

Families in Florida may file wrongful death lawsuits on behalf of loved ones who have lost their lives due to another party’s wrongful actions, or negligent inaction. The families of individuals who have died in automobile crashes may sometimes file wrongful death claims to pursue compensation for funeral expenses, missed wages, emotional distress, and unpaid medical costs.

Motorcycle Accidents

While many view them as thrill seekers, most motorcyclists are responsible motorists who suffer serious injuries due to the negligence of other drivers. Drivers must share the road with motorcyclists safely, and they must avoid cutting them off when they are merging, making left-hand turns, or attempting to “split lanes.” Motorcyclists often suffer catastrophic injuries after being ejected from their vehicles.

Trucking Accidents

Semi-trucks, dump trucks, fuel trucks, and tractor-trailers pose serious threats to Florida motorists. Often, trucking companies prioritize speed and profit over public safety – and truckers may commit various acts of negligence to boost profit margins. Truckers may be especially at risk for distracted driving due to the monotonous nature of their work. The job may also sometimes be correlated with the use of psychoactive, potentially dangerous stimulants.

Pedestrian Accidents

Crossing the road can be extremely dangerous in Florida due to the prevalence of negligent drivers. Many of these pedestrian accidents are hit-and-runs, with drivers preferring to flee the consequences of their actions instead of helping pedestrians get medical attention. Pedestrians have a high risk of suffering catastrophic and fatal injuries.

Uber/Lyft Accidents

Companies like Uber and Lyft may contribute to rideshare accidents in various ways. Various critics have pointed out that rideshare companies distract their drivers with notifications and touch screens that require constant attention. Lyft and Uber are insured against personal injury, allowing plaintiffs to pursue compensation directly from these billion-dollar tech companies.

Bicyclist Accidents

Despite wearing helmets, using reflective lights, and making proper hand signals, cyclists still face serious hazards from negligent drivers in Florida. Drivers who fail to shoulder-check or scan their blind spots often collide with cyclists while making right or left-hand turns at intersections. Cyclists also face hazards from a range of other potentially negligent parties, including road maintenance organizations, bicycle manufacturers, and helmet manufacturers. 

Contact Your Florida Personal Injury Lawyer Today

Although there are many different types of automobile crashes in Florida, the most appropriate steps following these incidents are often identical. For many, navigating these steps can be challenging, and it may be beneficial to work with an experienced Florida automobile crash lawyer to pursue compensation. The most appropriate strategy in any given case will depend on the unique combination of factors involved in the situation at hand, and an online article cannot provide personalized legal assistance. To discuss the most appropriate path forward in more detail, call 888-305-BIKE to schedule a consultation with our team today.