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The latest car accident statistics from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) show that there were 31,904 car accidents in the Orlando metropolitan and surrounding areas last year. Of those accidents, 14,604 resulted in injuries and 174 resulted in a fatality. With this information in mind, it is imperative that you have an understanding of what to do if you get into an accident and who to call. If you have recently been in an accident, connecting with a reputable Orlando car accident attorney is in your best interest, even if you believe that the accident is your fault. Below, you will learn more about car accidents statistics, why they are important, what to do if you get into a car accident, as well as how 1800-Injured can help you connect with an attorney if you have been involved in a crash.

Car Accident Facts

Car accident statistics may not help you much directly after an accident, but they are good to keep in mind while on the road. Car accidents can happen to anyone at any time. In fact, it is estimated that you will file a collision claim with your insurance company approximately once every 18 years. Listed below are some not so well known car accident facts.

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  • According to the Insurance Information Institute, accidents attributed to speeding cost the citizens of the United States more than 40 billion dollars a year.
  • Teens most often get into car accidents that involve them running off of the road, rear end crash, or making a left turn.
  • Per truckaccidents.org, there are more than 130,000 accidents each year that involve commercial trucks.
  • Drivers that do not secure themselves with a seatbelt are 30 times more likely to be ejected from the vehicle in the event of a crash.
  • Airbags reduce accident-related deaths by 14%.
  • Slightly over 90% of drivers regularly wear their seat belts.
  • Men are more than twice as likely as women to get behind and drive while drunk or be involved in a fatal car accident.
  • Driving a car with a manual transmission more than doubles your chances of getting into an accident due to consuming food while driving.

What causes car accidents in Orlando?

Car accidents can be caused by a number of factors. The most common of these factors are driver induced, though there are circumstances that can lead to an accident that are not due to human error at all. No matter your reason for getting into a car accident, ensure that you are working with a top-notch Orlando car accident lawyer to help navigate the sometimes intricate car accident laws and cutthroat insurance companies. Below, you will find the most common reasons for car accidents. This information should be used to help each driver to be more vigilant of what they can do to help prevent more accidents on the road.

  1. Speeding: According to the Bureau of Transportation, speeding is the number one factor in accident-related fatalities. In addition, one out of every three accidents involve either one or multiple parties speeding.
  2. Distracted Driving: It is no secret that texting while driving can cause an accident and in some instances even be fatal. In 2016, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute completed research and learned that you are 10 times more likely to get into a car accident while reading, writing, typing, or driving while angry.
  3. Inclimate weather: Not all accidents are preventable. In the case of extreme rain, snow, hail and/or winds, accidents can be very common.
  4. Impaired or Drunk Driving: Most people are familiar with the potentially deadly effect of driving while under the influence of alcohol, but there are other forms of impairment that can be just as dangerous such as driving while fatigued, driving under the influence of marijuana, etc. Almost 10% of accidents were due to drowsy drivers.
  5. Teen Drivers: Drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 are three times more likely to get into a fatal accident than a driver over the age of 20.

While there are countless other reasons for car accidents in Orlando, the list above references the five more common causes of crashes.

Best Thing To Do After Car Accident in Orlando?

Getting into an accident can be a confusing time for most all drivers. In the case that you are involved in a crash, you must ensure that you stay at the scene of the crime and report the accident (if you are able). Ensure that the accident area is safe, if it is not, turn on your flashers and get out of the way of traffic. Additionally, after you have checked on your own physical health, it is important that you check on the health of all other drivers involved in the accident and exchange information, including insurance. When you report the accident to the police, stick with the facts and do not admit fault under any circumstances. Also, take as many pictures as you can before the police arrive. Lastly, connect with a highly qualified Orlando car accident attorney.

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Common Injuries after Car Accident in Orlando

With almost half of all car accidents resulting in injury, it is important for you to be prepared for all types of scenarios in the case of a crash. One of the most common injuries to occur during a collision is whiplash. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Whiplash is a neck injury due to forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck, like the cracking of a whip.” This type of injury often comes from hard braking, immediate swerving, and collisions. In addition to whiplash, cuts and scrapes are to be expected when getting in an accident, even a minor one. Some other common injuries include head injuries, internal bleeding, broken bones, etc. Injuries do not always come in a physical form, it is possible to suffer psychologically as well. Many drivers that have been in an accident suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, which can affect many other areas of their lives.

If you have been in an accident, it is important that you document your injuries and seek medical attention. In the event that you do not feel hurt, you should still seek medical attention as some injuries are not immediately apparent and take time to surface.

Florida Car Accident Laws

Florida is well known for its “No-Fault” insurance laws. However, most do not know what that term actually means for them in the case that they are injured or injure someone else in a motor vehicle crash. “No fault” is a term that describes Florida’s “comparative negligence” laws. For example, if you get into an accident and your vehicle is damaged, the judge will determine what percentage of fault you own and what percentage the other drivers own. This determination will decide how much of the financial responsibility you bear. Since Florida has this unique law, all drivers are required to carry Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance, which we will discuss further in the next section.

Furthermore, Florida has very strict laws regarding the statute of limitations. If you get into an accident, you have no more than four years to file a lawsuit. It may be tempting to go this route alone, but if you want to increase your chances of getting compensated for your injuries or property damage, it is recommended that you connect with a highly qualified and experienced Orlando car accident attorney.

Car Insurance Requirements in Florida

According to Chapter 627 of the Florida Statutes, Florida requires all of its drivers to carry PIP insurance. This insurance immediately provides drivers with up to $10,000 of personal medical insurance in the case of an accident. This allows you to receive appropriate care without having to go to court and assign fault first. PIP insurance also provides a $5,000 death benefit in the case of a fatality. Florida has one of the highest rates of uninsured drivers, so it is imperative that you are covered.

Driving without car insurance in Florida can lead to license suspensions, fines and even jail time. In the event that you are in an accident without insurance, you may have to pay for your medical and property damages out of pocket as well as the damages of another driver if you are found to be at fault.

How 1800-INJURED can help you?

At 1800-Injured, we work with a highly qualified network of legal and medical professionals. The lawyers in this network only work on contingency, which means that they do not get paid unless you win your case. These attorneys have been proven effective in handling accident as well as personal injury cases successfully. Typically after your accident, insurance companies will seek to have you sign a “car accident settlement” as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, once you sign that, you will be unable to recoup additional damages. This can have major implications for both physical and mental injuries that appear over time due to the accident. Do not allow the insurance company to bully you because you are not well represented, call 1800-Injured for a referral to Orlando car accident lawyers and a free consultation.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if neither driver has insurance in an accident?

In the event that two or more motorist get into a car accident and neither of them has car insurance, each party will initially be responsible for their damages. The matter may still go to court and each driver will have to pay their respective percentage of their own and the other driver’s damages. Additionally, both drivers can expect to face stiff legal penalties for choosing to drive without insurance.

How long do settlements usually take?

A car accident settlement can take a couple of months or a little more than a year. The exact timeframe will depend on the severity of the accident, how many other people were involved as well as the insurance company. In order to ensure that you are doing everything on your behalf to keep the case moving along, it is recommended that you attend every medical visit and follow the advice of your attorney and medical professionals.

I really don’t pay anything if I lose the case?

That is correct, the attorneys that 1800-Injured works with do not get paid unless you get paid.

How long will it take to get a lawyer?

As soon as you give us a call, we will connect you with a personal injury lawyer in our network. They will send a paralegal out to the scene of the accident within the hour in many cases. You will typically have an attorney working on your case within hours.

What if I already signed a car accident settlement release?

While it may be tempting to sign a car accident release form the moment it is presented, it is recommended that you discuss it with a reputable Orlando car accident attorney first. Unfortunately, if you accept their settlement, you will not be able to recoup unforeseen and/or unnoticed damages in the future. This can have major implications on your ability to live the lifestyle that you want.

How can I go to the doctor if I don’t have medical insurance?

There are qualified and highly-trained medical professionals in the 1800-Injured network. We will refer you to these doctors free of charge. We just ask that you attend every appointment and follow your doctor’s instructions. It can be the difference between winning and losing a settlement.

What kind of pictures should I take at the accident scene?

Take as many pictures as possible. Take pictures of your car, any other vehicles involved, your injuries, the surrounding area, intersections, debris, etc. In order to build a strong case, it is recommended that you have strong evidence. When the paralegal reaches the scene, they will help you to collect evidence as well.

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