According to the Herald Tribune, North Port’s DUI death rate was 1.74 out of every 100,000 people from in three recent years. That doesn’t include other types of car accidents. The article also cites a study that showed that Sarasota County had the most residents who admitted to binge drinking.
Injuries from car accidents can cause you to lose time at work and may also cause secondary issues such as depression or post traumatic stress disorder. If you settle with your insurance company without the advice of a North Port personal injury lawyer, you might not recover enough compensation to cover long-term injuries or secondary injuries that might require cognitive, physical, or psychological therapy. If you were injured in a car accident, contact Boohoff Law’s North Port personal injury today.
Why You Should Retain Our North Port Car Accident Attorneys
Even if you think your accident was minor, you should still retain Boohoff Law’s North Port car accident attorneys. We have recovered millions of dollars in damages for our clients, and would love to talk to you about your case.
Never wait, because some insurance companies require you to file a claim within 30 days. Insurance companies are in business to make money, and giving you money for car repairs and even minor medical expenses puts a dent in their profit margins. Thus, even your own insurance company will provide you with the least amount possible to compensate you for your expenses.
When you work with an attorney, the insurance company knows that it has a higher chance of going to trial if it doesn’t offer a reasonable settlement, which encourages the insurance company to offer a better settlement in the first place. But even their best offer is sometimes not enough—you then have the option of going to trial.
Additionally, depending on the type of defendant, car accident settlements and lawsuits may be complicated. If a commercial vehicle hit you, you may choose to seek compensation from several defendants, including the driver, the vehicle owner, the trucking company, the vehicle manufacturer, and even dispatch.
If the vehicle accident involved more than you and another driver, you may need to seek compensation from two or more defendants. Each defendant probably has their own attorney, and those defendants’ insurance companies also each have an attorney. You might try to collect from those other drivers or you and another driver might negotiate with or sue a third driver’s insurance company.
Car Accident Injuries
The injuries you might suffer in a vehicle accident vary depending on many factors, including the size and type of your vehicle, the size and type of the vehicle that hit you, the speed you were both traveling, and many other factors.
Car accidents may happen for several reasons, including:
- Medical emergencies, such as a stroke, heart attack, or seizure while the person is driving;
- Grossly negligent behavior, such as driving under the influence or driving distracted;
- Ignoring traffic signals;
- Losing control of a vehicle because of sand, snow, ice, or rain on the road; or
- Leaving a crime scene and/or running from the police.
Regardless of the reason, accident victims might suffer severe injuries, including long-term or permanent injuries, or even death.
When you suffer injuries in a car accident, the person who caused the accident might have to pay damages. You may be able to collect three types of damages, depending on the circumstances. Economic or “special” damages are for those items with a set price attached. Special damages include past and future medical expenses, replacement or repair of your vehicle or other personal property that suffered damage in the accident, and past and future lost wages for the time you missed and time you will miss from work.
If you have long-term or permanent injuries, such as back, spinal cord and neck injuries, or traumatic brain injuries, the defendant may also have to pay you non-economic, “general” damages. General damages include pain and suffering, loss of companionship if you can no longer enjoy activities with your family, loss of consortium if you can no longer have a physical relationship with your spouse, loss of use if you can no longer use an arm or leg or another part of your body, and inconvenience if you have to hire someone to do the chores you would normally do for yourself.
A defendant whose actions were grossly negligent or intentional may have to pay punitive damages as a punishment. The court orders punitive damages in the hopes that it will deter the defendant from engaging in the negligent behavior that caused your injuries again in the future. Examples of grossly negligent behavior might include driving under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or other chemical substances, speeding to get away from the police, or driving while distracted.
Florida Accident Statistics
In one recent year, Florida saw 402,385 wrecks, up 1.67 percent from 395,785 wrecks in the year beforehand. Of those, 3,116 were fatal accidents, 166,612 were crashes that resulted in injuries, and 16,574 were crashes resulting in incapacitating injuries. This translates into 1.42 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, according to Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FHSMV).
FHSMV also states that 66,378 wrecks involved drivers who were 21 to 24 years old, 46,851 crashes involved drivers who were 18 to 20 years old, and 17,065 accidents involved drivers who were 15 to 17 years old. Of those wrecks, there were 188, 125 and 21 fatalities, respectively.
Retain Boohoff Law’s Experienced Car Accident Attorneys
Some attorneys are better at negotiating while others are better at litigating. Because you do not know how your case will go, you should retain an attorney who is experienced with negotiation and litigation—like those at Boohoff Law. If your insurance company refuses to give you a fair settlement, your PIP policy is not large enough to cover all of your past and future expenses, or you feel you are entitled to punitive damages, you need an attorney who can get through the negotiation stage and then seamlessly prepare your case to go to court.
While litigation preparation is probably the most important aspect of going to trial, your attorney’s ability to present a convincing argument to the jury is also essential. No amount of preparation will help an inexperienced car accident attorney present a case for non-economic and punitive damages in such a manner that you get everything that you are entitled to.
So contact the experienced car accident lawyers at Boohoff Law at (877) 999-9999 for a free consultation today. We look forward to helping you!
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