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car accident attorneys port st. lucieNearly 20 million motor vehicles are registered in Florida and that does not include thousands of vehicles driven by out-of-state visitors and truckers. With so many drivers on the state’s roads, car accidents are inevitable. A minor fender-bender is inconvenient, but a more serious accident can be life-changing.

If you’ve been injured in an accident, you may be struggling to decide what to do next. Insurance companies may be making it difficult for you to receive car accident compensation you need to pay your medical bills and other costs, or you may be baffled by mountains of paperwork – all made harder by your need to rest and recover from a serious injury. The car accident attorneys in West Palm Beach at Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Ryles are anxious to talk to you. Call our car accident lawyers now for a free consultation.

Top Causes of Florida Car Accident Injuries

According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), over 344,000 car accidents occurred in Florida in a single recent year. Nearly 150,000 of these were car accident injuries resulting from road crashes – many of them serious. A total of 2,495 accident victims lost their lives.

What causes Florida car crashes? The FLHSMV estimates that the top causes include:

  • Distracted and careless driving. Drivers fail to pay attention to the road in any number of ways: by texting, eating, listening to loud music, or simply failing to pay proper attention to their surroundings. The results can be deadly. The FLHSMV estimates that 58 percent of all deaths and injuries in crashes are caused by careless or distracted driving.
  • Drunk driving. Every Florida driver knows that drunk driving kills – but not everyone puts this information into practice. Drunk driving causes 15 percent of all car crash deaths and 18 percent of all car crash injuries.
  • Failing to yield the right of way. Whose turn is it at a traffic signal, a stop sign, a yield sign or a crosswalk? Drivers who got the answer wrong caused 11 percent of all crash deaths in Florida in one recent year, according to the FLHSMV.
  • Speeding. Speeding may involve going faster than the posted speed limit or driving too fast for conditions, like heavy rain or fog, even if the speed limit isn’t broken. Speeding causes 12 percent of all crash deaths in Florida, according to the FLHSMV.

Common Injuries Suffered in Car Accidents

Car accident injuries cost Florida families millions of dollars. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that Floridians lost $3.16 billion in one year to fatal car accidents – the third highest total of any state in the nation. This number includes $40 million in medical costs and $3.12 billion in lost work wages, benefits and the value of household labor.

Common injuries that can easily rack up medical bills for a Florida family include:
  • Head and brain injuries. If a driver’s or passenger’s head hits any part of the vehicle or is hit by an object during a crash, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can result. Severe TBIs are often fatal, but even a mild concussion can cause lingering and disabling problems with attention, memory, movement and mood.
  • Back and spinal injuries. The spinal cord transmits messages from the brain to every other part of the body. Any injury to the spinal cord can result in loss of motor function, organ impairment and other serious medical conditions. Damage to the muscles or nerves in the back can make moving, lifting items and other tasks impossible – seriously limiting the injured person’s quality of life and work or hobby opportunities.
  • Neck injuries. Whiplash’s consequences can be disabling. Damage to the muscles, nerves and soft tissues of the neck can cause lingering pain, loss of mobility and conditions such as severe headaches or spine problems.
  • Fractures. Broken bones are a common result of a forceful collision. Severe fractures or broken bones that don’t heal properly may cause a lifetime of disability and discomfort.
  • Mental and emotional injuries. Post-traumatic stress from a car accident, anxiety and depression are all common and natural responses to a major life-threatening event. These conditions are real, and they must be taken every bit as seriously as a physical injury. Your attorney can help you take steps to seek treatment and compensation for every injury, whether physical, mental or emotional.
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