Florida Traffic Accident Statistics
Negligence among people has led to a large number of fatal car accidents, truck accidents, motorbike accidents and bicycle accidents in recent years in Florida. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an estimated 30,000 people die every year in car crashes. A report of Florida fatal accident statistics showed approximately 2,400 traffic-related deaths in each of the most recent years. Florida is the third highest state in the entire country for fatal motor vehicle accidents.
According to the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Department, an estimated 200,000 car accidents are recorded in Florida annually, with an average of 650 crashes per day. Every driver in Florida should be careful about obeying traffic regulations of the state to avoid accountability for accidents, personal injuries or damages caused due to driving negligence. On the other hand, if you are a victim of the accident you may have a claim compensation for property loss, medical bills, loss of wages and other rights.
If an accident results in the death of the victim and the person who caused the accident was negligent or reckless, it will be termed a wrongful death and the perpetrator could face a criminal charge. Not all traffic tickets result in criminal charges. In cases like driving without license, violating the license restrictions, drunk driving, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, careless driving, or racing on the streets, the at fault driver could face a maximum on the criminal traffic charges, and could be held liable for causing or contributing to a crash.
For cases where a driver was at fault in causing a traffic crash in Florida, our firm works on a contingency fee, so you can feel secured as you don’t need to pay the firm any money out of your pocket to proceed with such cases. Also in cases where there is no recovery, you don’t need to pay as all fees are waived by the firm.
Given the gravity of Florida traffic death statistics, it is unfortunately common place for accidents to occur. Insurance companies have adjusters who work on accident claims every day. It may be vital to find an attorney who will help you go through all the complexities of the court and fight for your rights.
If you are a victim of an automobile accident, the first thing you should do is call the police. We provided a car accident checklist to assist with several steps you should consider. The police may note the condition of the vehicle involved in the accidents, the condition of the driver (whether he was driving drunk or talking on phone etc.) and could determine whether the at-fault driver violated any traffic laws of Florida.
Pursue medical help if available. Your attorney will generally assist with collecting all of the important medical documents necessary to make an accident claim, including the medical bills and diagnostic films. If a car accident causes you any injury, you may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, loss of wages, and medical bills. In Florida, you may need to contact an attorney and file a suit within 4 years from the date of accident, or shorter periods if the accident involves a Federal agency or State agency. If you fail to do so, you could lose your case forever.