The effects of an auto accident can be lasting and life-altering. If you’ve been seriously injured, the physical pain and limitations, medical bills, and lost wages you experience are likely just a fragment of your overall damages.
At Busciglio, Sheridan & Schoeb, we have extensive experience and a proven track record of positive results for clients throughout the Tampa Bay area. If you or a loved one were involved in a car collision, our law firm can help you avoid costly mistakes and will fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.
Auto Accidents in Tampa Bay Are a Serious Issue
In 2021, 401,068 crashes took place on Florida’s roads, and 3,735 people died in these collisions. On top of that, 252,850 people were injured. But Tampa Bay is an inherently dangerous place to drive.
The latest statistics report that Tampa is the ninth fastest-growing metropolitan area in the country. It’s also the fourth worst place to drive in terms of accidents. While accidents are bound to happen, you deserve compensation if you were hurt through no fault of your own.
Common Causes of Auto Accidents in Florida
The common causes of auto accidents in Florida include the following:
The state of Florida has laws against texting and driving, but many people do this anyway. Motorists also have many other reasons that they take their eyes off of the road ahead of them. This leads to severe accidents and serious injuries.
The car collision may not necessarily be the fault of the driver. If a vehicle’s parts fail while the motorist is operating it, the part’s manufacturer can be held liable for the collision.
Even though driving under the influence is against the law in every state, police officers are stopping a large number of people who decide to do this. Being under the influence increases the chances of causing a collision, and the people involved are highly likely to be seriously injured.
When the state or the local government fails to fix large cracks or potholes in the roads, there is a chance a motorist can lose control of the vehicle and collide with another car. In this case, the government agency that was in charge of the upkeep of the road needs to be held accountable for your accident.
Can You Still Sue if Florida Is a No-Fault State?
Florida is a “no-fault” state, so you may believe that you cannot sue a negligent driver in the event that you are injured during a car collision. According to Florida law, you are required to purchase PIP insurance that will pay $10,000 for your injuries and all of your other expenses. Injuries that occur during car collisions can be catastrophic, and $10,000 may not be enough to cover all of your expenses. The good news is that you can sue the at-fault driver even though Florida is a no-fault state.
First, your auto accident attorney must demonstrate to the court that the other driver was negligent. Negligence means that the at-fault driver failed to exercise the amount of care that was required at the time of the collision. After this fact has been clearly demonstrated, your auto accident lawyer must show that you were injured because the negligent party failed to conform to a reasonable standard of care.