Madeira Beach Car Accident Attorney
After a car accident occurs, victims often experience a significant change in their lives, including extensive medical bills resulting from severe injuries, lost wages, sometimes lost jobs, and more. Therefore, getting in a car accident can have a huge impact on one’s life, changing it completely.
For this reason, it’s important to hire a car accident attorney to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve for your damages. Insurance companies often try to lowball victims, taking advantage of their vulnerability, but an experienced attorney can help prevent this from happening.
How Common are Car Accidents in Madeira Beach, Florida?
In the United States, there are approximately six million car accidents that occur each year. Out of those six million accidents, three million people are injured (two million of which incur permanent injuries). When it comes to fatalities, there are around 36,000 to 37,000 each year, with 36,096 occurring in 2019.
In Florida in the same year, there were 3,183 fatalities because of car accidents, with a death rate of 14.8 per 100,000 people. Per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, there were 1.41 fatalities. When compared to the national averages, both of these numbers are pretty high. The United States as a whole averaged 11 deaths per 100,000 people and 1.11 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled.
Madeira Beach, Florida (with a population of fewer than 5,000 people) saw only one fatal car accident in 2017. With their low population, this is still above the national average.
What Are My Rights if I’ve Been Involved in a Car Accident?
After a car accident occurs, you have certain rights. Those rights include:
- The right to protect yourself against adverse legal consequences. You have no legal obligation to admit fault at the scene of the accident.
- The right to be treated for your injuries. Florida is a no-fault state, so your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance coverage will pay for any medical costs regardless of who’s at fault.
- You have the right to seek compensation from the at-fault party’s insurance company or file a lawsuit against the party if you believe your injuries were caused by negligence, recklessness, or carelessness on behalf of another party.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
There are many reasons why car accidents occur. For the most part, they occur at the fault of another driver. This means that another driver is negligent and therefore at fault for their actions leading up to the accident. That negligence often looks like:
- Distracted driving, such as texting, talking on the phone, eating, applying makeup, looking for directions, choosing a song from your phone, or talking to someone in the back seat.
- Reckless or aggressive driving, such as speeding, cutting people off, or running red lights or stop signs.
- Driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs.
- Drowsy or fatigued driving.
- Failing to adapt to changes in weather conditions.
- Failing to keep one’s vehicle properly maintained.
Common Injuries Associated with Car Accidents
Car accidents can result in injuries that range from minor to severe. The severity of one’s injuries is based on how fast the vehicle is traveling at the time of impact and where the impact occurs in relation to the driver. Common injuries that occur as a result of car accidents include:
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) occurs when the head is struck or penetrated with great force. These injuries tend to be expensive as patients often require surgery. TBI can also cause coma, vegetative state, and death in the most serious circumstances.
- Spinal Cord Injuries are also quite expensive and can require a lifetime of treatment depending on the severity of the injury. Spinal cord injuries may result in paralysis or death. Minor injuries may only require physical therapy and outpatient treatment.
- Broken Bones are very common in car accidents, and it’s not uncommon to experience breaks in multiple locations or multiple bones. Broken bones aren’t often serious, as they can be repaired with surgery (if necessary) and a cast.
- Burns can range from mild to severe depending on how close the victim was to the fire and for how long. More severe burns will require surgery and a skin graft, while other more minor burns may heal on their own.
- Soft Tissue Injuries include damage to the tendons, ligaments, and muscles. Sprains, strains, and tears aren’t as common as other types of injuries in car accidents, but they still occur. Most soft tissue injuries don’t require surgery.
- Amputations may occur at the scene of the accident due to the crushing of the vehicle or may be deemed medically necessary once the patient arrives at the hospital. Amputation, as a procedure, is very expensive.
- Internal Injuries, such as internal bleeding and organ damage are fairly common amongst car accident victims. These injuries are dangerous, as they may not present themselves right away. The longer they go without treatment, the more dangerous they are. This is why it’s so important to see a doctor even if you don’t believe that you’re injured.
How Much Compensation Can I Receive?
The amount of compensation that you can receive depends on the number of damages that you’ve incurred because of your accident. You can receive compensation for economic damages (damages that have a monetary value associated with them) and non-economic damages (damages that don’t have a monetary value associated with them). Economic damages include:
- Past and future medical bills
- Past and future lost wages
- Property damage
Non-economic damages include:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of earning capacity
- Loss of consortium (in a wrongful death case)
- Compensation for disability, disfigurement, or scarring
Should I Hire a Madeira Beach Car Accident Attorney?
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, you’re likely asking yourself whether not hiring an attorney is worth the cost. At Jones Law Group, we don’t take any money unless we win your case, and your case evaluation is free, so there’s no risk in speaking with an attorney.
If you’ve experienced severe injuries and high damages, hiring an attorney is your best bet, as they’ll be able to negotiate a high settlement on your behalf or bring your case to trial if needed. For more information, please contact us online or at 727-571-1333.