Florida is a popular destination spot in Spring and Summer due to its beaches, theme parks, and year-round sunny weather. However, increased travel means increased danger on the roadways, with accidents resulting in significant injuries, property damage, and fatalities. Sadly, too many of these accidents end in tragedy. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Florida is one of the deadliest states for drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists.
How a Knowledgeable Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
If you have suffered catastrophic injuries or a loved one has died in a motor vehicle accident, The Law Offices of Allen & Abaray, P.A., can help you recover the compensation you need to move forward in your life. Compensation can include medical bills, lost and future wages, vehicle repairs or replacement, rehabilitation, pain and suffering, and wrongful death damages. We have a history of achieving favorable settlements and verdicts for our clients injured through the negligence or recklessness of others.
Causes of Vehicular Accidents
The main causes of auto collisions are distracted driving, failing to obey traffic laws, and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Drunk driving is especially common during holidays, as drivers drink during festivities and then get behind the wheel of a car. Even when below the legal blood alcohol level, it can still impair the ability to drive safely. Impaired driving effects may be a slowed reaction time, limited short-term memory functions, decreased coordination, and difficulty perceiving time and distance. Accidents in Florida are also more prevalent in the Spring season due to St. Patrick’s Day holiday and spring break.
Staying Safe While on the Road
Motor vehicle accidents with injuries and fatalities are preventable. To stay safe while driving in Florida, drivers should obey all traffic laws and drink responsibly. When enjoying festivities, plan to get home safely by assigning a designated driver or using a rideshare service like Uber or Lyft. Drivers must be mindful of their surroundings, drive defensively, and be extra vigilant, especially in congested areas. Remember that texting and driving are the most dangerous of all the activities associated with distracted driving.
Dangers on the Roadways for Pedestrians and Bicyclists
Pedestrians and bicyclists should also take precautions, such as using crosswalks and wearing brightly colored or reflective clothing. Avoid using headphones so that you can hear the traffic around you. Never enter the street between parked cars and obey all traffic laws. If a pedestrian or bicyclist has been drinking, they should have a non-drinking person accompany them home. Be aware that Florida law requires all bicycle riders and passengers under the age of 16 to wear a correctly fitted and secured helmet.
Contact an Experienced and Caring Florida Accident Attorney
If you find yourself in the unfortunate circumstance of having a motor vehicle accident, our personal injury attorneys can assist you through the process of financial recovery. Let us help you file a claim for injuries and damages from the at-fault party’s insurance company. Our skilled attorneys are always prepared to present your case to a judge and jury if a fair settlement is not reached.
We invite you to call The Law Offices of Allen & Abaray, P.A., at (877) 669-6899 or (863) 669-9999 to schedule an appointment in the Lakeland, Florida office. We represent clients from Polk, Hillsborough, Osceola, and Lake Counties, Florida. Our caring attorneys offer a free case evaluation, and we operate on a contingency fee basis. When you need a strong legal advocate in your corner, we will be there.