RoadwayTypes of Roadway Accidents
Accidents on Florida roadways come in many forms. Passenger vehicle accidents are the most common type of accident but traffic accidents may also involve buses (including private tour buses and city buses), commercial trucks, and motorcycles.
Florida is second after California for the most number of registered motorcycles and accidents that involve motorcycles are more likely to involve catastrophic injury or fatality than accidents involving cars.
Traffic accidents may also fall under several categories:
- Rear-end collisions
- Head-on collisions
- Single car accidents
- Multiple vehicle accidents or pile-ups
- Sideswipe accidents
- Vehicle rollovers
- Side impact crashes
Depending on the type of accident, establishing liability or who was at fault may be easy or it may be very complicated. It’s not uncommon for more than one driver to share negligence for a crash but some accidents have clear-cut liability such as head-on collisions due to a wrong-way driver. While there is often a presumption that the rear driver is at fault in a rear-end collision, this isn’t always true. The driver who gets rear-ended may be negligent if they reversed suddenly, stopped suddenly to make a turn but didn’t execute the turn, or has non-functioning brake lights. It’s important to consult with an experienced attorney before taking the fault.
Common Injuries in Traffic Accidents in Florida
Traffic accidents of all types can lead to serious and life-changing injuries. The severity and type of injuries depends on whether the person was wearing a seat belt, how the collision happened, the speed, and safety features of the car. Some of the most common injuries sustained in a roadway accident include:
- Whiplash and soft tissue injuries
- Head injuries
- Chest injuries which are common for drivers who are thrown against the steering wheel
- Leg and arm injuries, especially in side impact collisions
Even low-speed collisions can cause serious injuries. The injuries you sustain in a car accident may not even be apparent for days after the accident, especially head injuries and soft tissue injuries. That’s why it’s important to always seek medical attention after an accident, even if you feel fine. If you don’t and later develop symptoms, your claim may be complicated when the insurance company argues that your injuries are not connected to your accident.
Liability in a Florida Traffic Accident
Florida is a no-fault state in terms of car accident liability. If the other driver was negligent and at fault for the accident, you may be entitled to additional compensation in a claim against the other driver in the case of serious injury.
Florida law requires drivers to maintain at least $10,000 in Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage but this only covers 80% of medical expenses and 60% of lost wages and it comes with a deductible. There are exceptions that allow you to make a claim against the at-fault driver:
- You suffered a permanent injury such as permanent, significant scarring or loss of bodily function
- Your medical expenses or lost wages total over $10,000 in which case you can pursue a claim to recover your damages that aren't covered by your PIP coverage
If you have been injured in a roadway accident, contact a Florida car accident attorney to explore your legal options and pursue the compensation you deserve as you recover from your injuries. Contact SteinLaw today to request your free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer in Florida.