In 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that more than 3,477 individuals lost their lives as a result of accidents that could be later attributed to distracted driving. Another 391,000 others were injured as a result of this type of driver negligence. Teens are among the population that has the highest rates of distracted driving of all demographic groups.
When you are involved in a car accident that isn't your fault, you might start to think about why you should be responsible to pay the costs associated with the crash. Sure, your insurance might pick up some of the expenses but that is likely the only insurance that will come into the picture since Florida is a no-fault state. But your expenses might be greater than what your insurance will pay.
Car accident cases can go to court or they can be resolved through a settlement. Some people opt to pursue a settlement because this can put them more in control over what they get. If you are considering a car accident settlement, think about each point that is contained in the agreement.
Hearing the news that your loved one was killed in a fatal car accident is a shock that most people hope they never have to experience. If you are one of the unfortunate ones who has to experience this horror, you will likely go through a range of emotions. Once you stop and think about what happened, you might decide that you don't want the person who struck your loved one to get away with it.
Staying safe on the roads is something that is very important. In our previous blog post, we discussed the safety of specific types of vehicles. While those are important concerns, they aren't the only thing that matters when you are on the road.
Driving safely is one of the best ways you can protect yourself on the road. You certainly can't control how other drivers operate, though. If you are in an accident caused by the actions of another driver, you can work with a lawyer to seek compensation for any damages.
When you are injured in a car accident, you might decide to seek compensation. The claim for compensation hinges on a few points but one of the most important is negligence. Your case will need to show that the negligence of the defendant caused the accident that led to the injuries for which you suffered damages.
A lot of aches and pains usually become evident in the days following a car accident. In some cases, the aches and pains that occur in the days after the accident might seem to settle in your neck. If that is the case, you might be suffering from whiplash, which is an accident commonly associated with car crashes.
Despite all of the known dangers and thousands of deaths each year, drunk driving remains an unfortunate reality in today's society. Federal laws against those over 21 driving with a blood-alcohol level of more than .08 and a recent increase in the seriousness of the penalties associated with drunk driving have helped, but these consequences often come too little too late for those killed or injured in these types of accidents.
Every automobile accident, even a fender bender, comes with challenges for the parties involved. Florida law requires every driver to be properly insured. Known as the Florida Financial Responsibility Law, it mandates that any person at fault in a crash causing injury and property damage must have full liability insurance coverage in effect when an accident happens. Minimum bodily injury and property damage limits are required, and personal injury limits for each person are established. On the surface, this would seem to make handling the aftermath of a collision fairly straightforward. Unfortunately, often that isn't the case.