What Compensation is Available in 2022 After a Vehicle Accident?March 8, 2022 | Category: Automobile Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Truck Accidents | Share
Florida has some of the worst car accident statistics in the nation. Approximately 2,400 traffic-related fatalities each year makes Florida the third-highest state for motor vehicle deaths. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) reports there are approximately 200,000 car crashes every year, equaling more than 500 accidents each day.
In 2019, the FLHSMV reported there were over 400,000 crashes in the Sunshine State. Most of these accidents occurred in the following counties:
- Miami-Dade at 65,143 crashes
- Broward at 41,114 crashes
- Orange at 31,595 crashes
- Hillsborough at 29,155 crashes
- Palm Beach at 26,817 crashes
- Duval with 23,473 crashes
Accidents happen when drivers are negligent. They are distracted by texting and passenger distractions. They are aggressive and reckless when driving and fail to follow traffic laws and signals.
Accidents also happen when drivers are on the roads in unsafe vehicles. For example, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced in 2021 that they were enacting new penalties against five registered importers for violating federal safety requirements for importing vehicles that do not comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. These five importers are Automotive Services Company in Spokane, Washington; Diversified Vehicle Services, Inc. in Indianapolis; Newport International, Inc. in Arlington, Texas; Northern Imports, LLC in Airway Heights, Washington, and VIP Traders, Inc. in Airway Heights, Washington.
“Registered importers are responsible for ensuring that the vehicles they bring into the United States are safe and meet all federal standards and requirements. These enforcement actions should make clear to all registered importers the responsibility they have to ensure these vehicles are safe and legal to drive,” said Dr. Steven Cliff, NHTSA’s Deputy Administrator.
Victims of vehicle accidents may tragically die or suffer injuries that include:
- Abrasions – Cuts, scrapes, and bruising
- Head Injuries – Concussions and other injuries caused by the head hitting the windshield, steering wheel, or window. Flying debris may also cause an accident victim to be injured.
- Soft Tissue Injuries – These injuries may not immediately be visible but can be dangerous.
- Chest Injuries – An airbag can cause broken ribs or bruising when they deploy.
- Back Injuries – When victims suffer back injuries, their lives may permanently change if they suffer full or partial paralysis.
- Broken Bones – Fingers, arms, legs, and toes may be broken in a crash. Experts say that side-impact accidents seem to cause the most broken bones.
Florida Accident Lawyer Randall Spivey recommends accident victims and/or their families contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. if they are in an accident because of another, ’s negligence. They are entitled to recover all losses. Our firm has the experience to handle Florida accident cases and to deal with insurance companies to recover financial and non-financial compensation that includes:
- Financial: Medical and non-medical expenses such as diagnoses, current, and future medical expenses, surgeries, testing, therapy, transportation to and from appointments, prescriptions, and household assistance if you are unable to perform these duties yourself can potentially be recovered. Loss of earnings, benefits, and earning capacity are also aggressively pursued.
- Non-Financial: Pain and suffering, mental anguish, the physical and emotional problems of disfigurement, and a loss of companionship are potential recoverable losses.