Whether it’s a pesky fender bender in your neighborhood or a pile-up on I-75, chances are there will be a car wreck not too far from you at some point in the day; and when that happens, you’ll want an Orlando car accident attorney that can help you file your car accident claim.
According to the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHSTA), we can expect about 18,000 car wrecks to occur today in the US, about 650 just in the state of Florida. While most of these accidents will be minor, some will unfortunately be serious, even fatal.
In Florida there were nearly 228,000 crashes in 2011, resulting in 2,398 deaths and 181,654 injuries; there were over 19,000 crashes in Orange County alone.
Car crashes are caused by a variety of variables, including driver behavior, vehicle design, road conditions and environmental-related factors. Faulty or defective car parts, such as worn tires, broken lights and bad brakes are also a contributor. When driver behavior is a contributing cause to a car accident, it usually means that impaired driving, speeding or distracted driving was involved.
Drunk Driving. Alcohol continues to be a leading contributor to accidents and fatalities. Despite concerted efforts by government, law enforcement and social programs to raise awareness of the dangers of drunk driving and to keep intoxicated individuals off the road, too many impaired drivers still get behind the wheel and drive, putting themselves and everyone else on the road in harm’s way.
There are about 10,000 alcohol-related traffic fatalities per year in the US, according to the National Transportation Safety Board, an average of one alcohol-impaired-driving fatality every 53 minutes. Almost one-third of all motor vehicle traffic deaths in the US are alcohol-related. In Florida, there were 716 alcohol-related fatalities in 2011.
The threat of steep fines, incarceration, community service and the stigma of a criminal record is apparently not enough to keep some drivers from drinking and driving. According to DMV records, there were 33,625 DUI convictions in Florida in 2011. The state currently has nearly 109,000 individuals with three or more DUI convictions on their record.
The legal blood-alcohol concentration limit is .08 in Florida as it is in all 50 states and DC. For most, it only takes a few drinks to reach the legal threshold. Even small amounts of alcohol in the bloodstream can impair one’s ability to drive safely.
Speeding. Speed kills. According to NHSTA, about one-third of all traffic fatalities can be attributed to speeding or driving too fast for conditions. Speeding more than triples the likelihood of being in a wreck.
Not only does speeding increase the likelihood of having a crash, but various studies also suggest that the severity of a traffic accident depends largely on a vehicle’s speed at impact. While even a seemingly minor, low-speed collision can result in serious injuries, the risk for catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries increases with higher rates of speed.
While other contributing car accident injury and fatality factors such as drunk driving and lack of seatbelt use have declined, speeding-related traffic accidents have actually increased seven percent since 2000.
The annual economic costs imposed on all of us by speeding-related accidents are estimated to be $40.4 billion. According to NHTSA, alcohol impairment and speeding are often co-contributors to car crashes.
Distracted Driving. Although texting while driving has received a lot of attention in the media lately, anything which takes the drivers eyes off the road and mind off the primary task at hand – safely getting to their destination- is dangerous. Distracted driving includes everything from applying makeup to reaching on the floorboard for a lost item to tending to the children in the back seat.
Authorities claim texting while driving is by far the most alarming distraction because it requires visual, manual and cognitive attention from the driver. At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devises while driving. Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent-at 55 mph-of driving the length of an entire football field, blind, according to a report by the Virginia Tech Traffic Institute.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2011 there were 3,331 people killed and an additional 387,000 injured in the US in crashes involving a distracted driver, up slightly from the 3,267 deaths attributed to distracted driving the previous year. Fatigue plays a significant role in distractibility, as well. A 2012 study conducted by researchers at Virginia Tech found that 20 percent of all accidents have sleepiness as a contributing factor.
Whether it’s the result of driving while impaired, speeding, inattentive driving, dozing off behind the wheel, or faulty equipment, if you have or a loved one has suffered due to a negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Drivers who engage in negligent and reckless driving can and should be held accountable when they cause personal injury or death, and property damage. Accident victims deserve compensation to assist them with medical bills, property damage, and other losses, including lost income, and pain and suffering.
Car accident victims are often shocked at how difficult dealing with the insurance company can be after a crash. Insurers, including the victim’s carrier, regularly delay claims and offer low settlements to try to minimize the amount they have to pay out.
For an evaluation of your potential claim, contact Orlando car accident attorney Frank Eidson, P.A., today. A car accident lawyer in Orlando, convenient to Kissimmee, Melbourne, and all Central Florida will evaluate your case and explain your legal options.
Fault is one of the biggest, if not the most critical element, in any car accident lawsuit. The at-fault party is the driver whose negligence caused the accident. That person can be held financially liable for the damage caused by his or her negligence. Determining car accident liability is not always easy and often requires the assistance of an experienced lawyer.
If you have been involved in a car, truck, or motorcycle accident, you will inevitably have to deal with your insurance company, as well as the insurance adjustors of others involved in the collision. Filing an insurance claim and handling insurance agents can be a difficult task. Orlando car accident attorney Frank Eidson has compiled the following insurance claims dos and don’ts.
We know that auto accidents can be scary and overwhelming; however, knowing your legal rights are protected can help you concentrate on your or our loved one’s recovery from injuries instead of legal and financial concerns. Orlando car accident attorney and personal injury lawyer Frank Eidson can protect your rights and help you obtain fair compensation after a car, truck or motorcycle accident.
We know how to deal with insurance companies and have recovered million-dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of past clients from Central Florida communities like Daytona Beach, Kissimmee, Melbourne, Winter Park and others.
We can help you too. Frank Eidson is the sole attorney in his law practice, so our clients get to know and trust their personal injury attorney. If you’ve been injured in an car accident, don’t hesitate to contact our car accident lawyer in Orlando, Frank M. Eidson, P.A.