Brandon Car Accient Lawyer
Some of the state’s—and, indeed, the nation’s—most dangerous roads run through or near Brandon. These preventable accidents leave too many blameless people with wrecked cars and bodies, hospital and mechanic’s bills, and immeasurable pain.
At Boohoff Law, we care about those who suffer severe injuries in car accidents in Brandon. Our Brandon car accident lawyers will work diligently to advocate your interests against those responsible for your injuries. We regularly obtain big results for our clients. Call us today to see if we can do the same for you.
Common Car Accidents
Hillsborough County in Florida, home to Brandon, is the most dangerous large county in the United States, with 9.2 fatalities per 100,000 commuters. I-75 is the most dangerous roadway in the area. Indeed, Florida had five of the top 15 most dangerous counties in the survey of recent accident data.
Boohoff Law has helped clients involving various types of car accidents.
Among those we have litigated or settled are:
- Rear-End Accidents – rear-end accidents often occur at intersections when the driver in front has stopped suddenly. They also figure prominently in chain reaction pile-up accidents on the highways. In either case, they are generally, but not always, at slow speeds and the fault of the rear driver. Sometimes, however, the forward driver stops suddenly, giving the behind driver no opportunity to avoid the collision. Often distracted driving and weather contribute to the occurrence of rear-end accidents.
- Head-On Accidents – since both vehicles are in motion, the impact and its consequences are severe. These accidents often result from distracted driving, DUI, driving recklessly, and driving while drowsy. These accidents frequently cause traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord and internal organ injuries, and broken bones.
- Rollovers – rollover accidents are most common among SUVs and trucks because these vehicles have a higher placed center of gravity than regular cars. When people improperly load an SUV or truck, they compound the problem. A rollover will occur when the vehicle skids or rides over something that upsets the vehicle’s balance. The force of the skid and the weight of its load then carry the vehicle into the rollover. This kind of accident is particularly frequent with tanker trucks where the sloshing road makes for a continually shifting center of gravity.
- DUI Accidents – Despite groups like MADD, drunk driving accidents continue to be all too common, with nearly 30 Americans dying in drunk-driving auto accidents every day, says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The good news is that in 2019 drunk driving deaths reached their lowest level since 1982. The bad news is that a growing number of accidents involve those driving while impaired by the use of legal or illegal drugs. Nearly half of the tested drivers killed in car accidents test positive for drugs. Statistics also show that drivers are beginning to use both alcohol and drugs before driving, greatly increasing their impairment. Finally, newly legalized marijuana is causing many car accidents, according to NHTSA.
- Distracted Driving Accidents – distracted driving is among the fastest-growing causes of traffic accidents. Between texting, applying makeup, eating, adjusting handheld devices and car components, and simple conversations with others in the car, drivers are frequently not paying attention to what they are doing with their 4,000-pound lethal weapon. Drivers believe that if all that stuff is on the dashboard, it must be safe to use. Cell phone use for conversations or texting often results in crashes from late braking and failing to see traffic signals. Drivers should never take their eyes off the road to read or send a text.
- Drowsy Driver Accidents – Drowsy driving combines sleepiness or exhaustion with driving and reaches a very bad result. The NHTSA says the average annual number of drowsy driver accidents is about 83,000. Meanwhile, research shows that driving while sleepy makes a driver less attentive, slows reaction times, and affects decision-making. Particularly common among commercial truck drivers with deadlines, drowsy driving can impact any driver who didn’t get enough sleep.
- Motorcycle Accidents – Florida has the highest number of motorcycle accident fatalities in the United States, losing more than 500 citizens a year to this kind of accident. Motorcycles are extremely popular in Florida, with more than half a million bikes registered here. The good weather means that drivers are on the road more often. On the other hand, weather extremes, along with construction and unfamiliar roads, as well as the high numbers of drunk drivers, all leave motorcyclists particularly vulnerable on Florida’s roads.
- Small Truck Accidents – Small truck accidents may resemble SUVs or car accidents.
- Semi or Commercial Truck Accidents – Poorly driven large commercial vehicles become large commercial weapons of mass destruction. Weighing in at tens of thousands of pounds and difficult to stop, commercial vehicles can cause devastating accidents. Drivers of 18-wheelers are often distracted or tired, and sometimes their vehicles are not well maintained. Occasionally, these drivers overindulge and overload or improperly load their vehicles.
- Hit and Run Accidents – Florida law generally states that anyone who leaves an accident without fulfilling the other requirements of Florida law commits a felony. A hit and run can subject an offender to fines, imprisonment, and loss of driving privileges. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a hit and run accident in Hillsborough County, let one of the skilled car accident attorneys at Boohoff Law’s Brandon Office work with you to recover your damages.
What We Can Recover for You?
The point of a civil lawsuit—or settlement negotiations with an insurance company—is to make you whole from the injuries you suffered in the car accident. The law cannot make your injuries disappear, but it can force those who caused your injuries to compensate you for the costs of those injuries. Courts can award three kinds of damages in Florida, which are:
Economic Damages – Compensatory damages to make the plaintiff whole.
Economic damages are objective and usually easily ascertainable through paid bills or pay stubs.
- Medical and Hospital Bills – includes all treatments and drugs, surgeries, anesthesia, room costs, etc. If you paid for it for your health, it’s covered here.
- Mental health treatment expenses – if your accident left you with a mood disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder, those are mental health costs.
- Lost wages – time off work resulting from your accident is considered economic damages; you can prove them by providing older pay stubs demonstrating what you would have made.
- Property Damage and Loss – it’s easy to forget among your pain and doctor bills, but your recoverable damages also include the damages to your vehicle.
- Rehabilitation Costs – short-term rehabilitation, focusing on the immediate treatment of your injuries and necessary to return you to functioning, is covered here, supported by the bills for your sessions
Non-Economic Damages (compensatory damages). Non-economic damages are somewhat more subjective than economic and require analysis to determine for the future.
They are not usually related to specific invoices or other documents.
- Pain and suffering – this term covers the full range of physical and emotional pain you experience after an accident. It can be short or long-term and can be life-altering.
- Emotional distress – emotional distress after an accident can even include things like post-traumatic stress disorder, leaving you unable to drive or ride in a car, or sometimes even willing to venture out of your home. Long-term therapy is generally necessary to treat PTSD.
- Loss of future earning capacity – the loss of motor or cognitive functions may have permanently affected your ability to earn a living in your prior work or profession, leaving you unable to make the income you previously made. If so, you are entitled to recover damages for that loss of earning capacity. Generally, expert testimony about your ability to work and the amount of the lost income will be necessary.
- Loss of consortium, including loss of sexual relationship and companionship – The court will assign value to the loss of the emotional and physical aspects of your marriage or domestic partnership. Florida does not have a set formula for calculating the worth of this, but courts will usually base these damages on the severity of the injury. Generally, you must show a valid marriage or partnership between the spouse and injured spouse, the negligent injury to the one spouse, and the loss of consortium suffered by the non-injured spouse.
- Loss of lifestyle – a loss of lifestyle claim essentially relates to your loss of the ability to do something that was once an enjoyable feature of your life. If, for example, you were an avid tennis player and can no longer play due to your injuries, that will be a compensable loss of lifestyle.
Punitive Damages – Not intended to compensate the victim (although they do), courts sometimes award punitive damages to punish the defendant and deter such conduct. Punitive damages require that a plaintiff prove the defendant’s conduct by clear and convincing evidence to consist of intentional misconduct or gross negligence. Florida law requires that you must recover compensatory damages to receive punitive damages.
Contact a Brandon Car Accident Attorney Today
If you or a loved one was the victim of a car accident in Tampa or Brandon, contact an experienced car accident attorney at Boohoff Law for a free initial consultation. You can reach us for your free claim evaluation at (813) 321-7878 or by contacting us online.
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