Stuart & Treasure Coast Car Accident Lawyer
Driving is an important part of Americans’ lives. We use our vehicles to get to work, pick up groceries, and transport our kids to school and sports. Even if our vacation is a flight away, many of us chose to drive to the airport. According to I Drive Safely, Floridians drive an average of 11,836 miles per year, which is just shy of the American average of 13, 476 miles per year. While driving is convenient it is also dangerous. Florida residents may drive less but The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported the state’s fatal motor vehicle crash rate is 14.7 deaths per 100,000 people in 2018, which is higher than the nation’s average. Many of these crashes could have been avoided if drivers were being more responsible and following the rules of the road. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident and someone else was responsible for the crash, you need to seek out legal help. The Stuart & Treasure Coast car accident lawyers at Smith, Ball & Báez Injury Lawyers can guide you through how to file a personal injury claim.
Common Causes of Florida Car Collisions
- Distracted Driving – Distracted driving has increased drastically with the use of cell phones, but it goes beyond simply talking or texting while driving. Anything that causes a driver to take their hands off the wheel, their eyes off the road, or their mind off the task of driving is considered a distraction which can slow their reaction times and lead to a crash.
- Speeding – Florida is home to some of the deadliest stretches of highways in the country and speeding is partially to blame for this. When a person is speeding their reaction time is decreased and they are more likely to cause a collision.
- Drunk Driving – While the dangers of drunk driving are well documented, it continues to be an issue on the roads. Driving while intoxicated can reduce a person’s reaction times, alter their vision, negatively impact their decision making ability, and more.
- Reckless or Aggressive Driving – Some drivers change lanes without looking or using their turn signals and others intentionally tailgate out of road rage. Other behaviors that are likely to cause a collision include driving the wrong way down a one-way street, or failing to stop at stop signals and traffic signals.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a car crash, you need to seek compensation through a personal injury claim. Compensation will help cover the medical bills, therapy, lost wages, property damage, and more. Insurance companies will do everything they can to deny claims, which is why it is critical you seek legal representation. A skilled Stuart attorney at Smith, Ball & Báez Injury Lawyers can fight on your behalf to get the best compensation possible. Contact us to schedule a free consultation at 561-500-4357. If your injuries prevent you from being able to come to us, we can meet you in a convenient location.
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