Why Visitors May Need a Florida Personal Injury AttorneyApril 18, 2018 | Category: Personal Injury | Share
Millions of visitors come to the Sunshine State each year to enjoy the gulf, ocean, and pristine beaches making tourism one of Florida’s largest industries. The visitors partake in activities such as fishing, charter boating, walking and biking in our many outdoor parks, visiting our theme parks and just having fun. However, when tourists suffer serious injuries due to traffic accidents, slips and falls and other accidents, the fun may turn to tragedy.
VisitFlorida.org reports that during 2017, Florida welcomed an estimated 115 million visitors, 12-15 percent of whom came from outside of the United States.
Some disturbing accident statistics
According to news sources and PedBikeInfo.org:
- Some of the country's longest (and busiest) roadways are typically its most dangerous with the most deadly crashes occurring on these 5 highways: I-10, I-95, I-40, I-75 and US-1. 4 of these 5 roadways run through Florida, making Florida a high-risk area for traffic accidents.
- Florida has consistently ranked as one of the most lethal states for bicyclists in the nation as many of its roads are three-lane roads with posted speed limits in excess of 50 mph, and there are many traffic lights.
- In a decade-long study of pedestrian fatalities in the U.S., Transportation for American named four Florida metro areas as the most dangerous in the country for pedestrians.
- There are numerous public places, hotels, theaters, restaurants and theme parks that draw tourists to Florida. The number one reason for accidents at these types of facilities is slips and falls.
Reasons to work with a Florida personal injury attorney
Visitors may be confused as to where to seek assistance when they are hurt in an accident while on vacation. They need to seek medical treatment and legal advice and may be unfamiliar with the area and local laws.
Even though visitors reside out of state, they should consult a Florida personal injury attorney to represent them in order to be assured of the best assistance with their cases because:
- Only a lawyer licensed in the state of Florida is allowed to practice law in Florida.
- As with any case, there are many laws that come into play. Injured visitors should seek an experienced personal injury attorney before speaking with an insurance adjuster about the facts surrounding the accident and the injuries sustained. Florida laws may not be the same as those in your home state, so you should have an attorney well versed in Florida’s laws and known to the local courts.
- It is to the injured visitor’s advantage to work with a lawyer who is familiar with the area and able to properly investigate the case in Florida.
Randall Spivey of Spivey Law Firm Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. says, “As an out-of-state visitor, you deserve the best representation. We have the experience to assist you 24/7, and there are no costs or attorney fees unless we make a monetary recovery for you.”
Fort Myers Personal Injury Lawyer, Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just one (1%) percent of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239.337.7483 or toll free at 1.888.477.4839, or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com. Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A.in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County 239.793.7748.