Our Tallahassee-based team of personal injury lawyers devote a significant proportion of their legal work to helping clients secure fair compensation for injuries and damage they’ve suffered due to motor vehicle accidents. We developed our expertise in this area of the law due to the significant number of automobile accidents that occur in the state and the challenges people face when they try to get compensated for injuries they suffer due to no fault of their own.
People are killed and injured every day in Florida traffic accidents (see Automobile Accidents by the Numbers below). According to the state’s latest traffic accident statistics, in Tallahassee’s Leon County alone, 35 people were killed, and more than 3,200 were injured in 2020.
Those injured in car crashes tend to face significant—if not financially devastating—expenses relating to the accident. Serious injuries often require hospitalization, diagnostic testing, surgeries, physical rehabilitation, prescription medications, and other costly medical services. Given the high cost of today’s medical care, even receiving care for relatively minor injuries can add up to overwhelming medical bills.
Along with medical costs, auto accident injuries can also take a toll on your earnings, as recovering from injuries might keep you from working for days, weeks, months, or even longer. Some injuries can cause disability that can prevent you from carrying out your employment responsibilities, perhaps putting a sudden end to your career or forcing you to seek other employment that may pay less.
If you have children, your injuries might prevent you from carrying out your everyday childcare responsibilities. This might necessitate paying for outside childcare assistance, adding further unexpected expenses to your total auto accident injury bill.
Along with taking a toll on your finances, getting injured in an automobile accident typically causes pain and suffering. The amount of physical pain you might have to endure depends primarily upon the extent of your injuries. In most cases, accident victims experience pain from the time of the accident through their recovery. Surgeries and physical rehabilitation tend to add to the pain, and some injuries result in painful conditions that may persist for the rest of the victim’s life. Some car accident victims also suffer long-term impacts from mental pain, characterized by post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, fear of being in an automobile, and other mental disorders.
On average, more than 1,000 motor vehicle accidents occur every day on our roads and highways, according to the latest data from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV). These traffic accidents kill more than 3,000 people annually and injure another 250,000 on average. Of the 250,000 or so injuries reported every year, between 15,000 and 19,000 are characterized as “incapacitating.”
While no one wants to become a statistic, the FLHSMV data also show us that negligent actions tend to be responsible for a large proportion of motor vehicle accident injuries, both incapacitating and less severe. In 2020, state crash reports indicated that negligence by at least one driver was responsible for more than 85% of the 15,614 incapacitating injuries reported that year. Roughly 5% of total incapacitating injuries also involved a driver impaired by alcohol and/or drugs.
So, what negligent actions were responsible for these traffic accident injuries? Operating a motor vehicle in a careless and negligent manner leads the list (4,837), followed by failing to yield right of way (2,800). “Other Contributing Action” (782) takes third place, followed by failing to keep in the proper lane (856), running a red light (782), running of roadway (496), running a stop sign (419), and driving too fast for conditions (328). Eleven other negligent actions, such as following too closely, driving on the wrong side of the road, and improper passing, accounted for the remaining incapacitating injuries were also cited in the report.
Our mission at Akbar Law Firm is to help our Florida Panhandle-area clients receive all the compensation they are legally entitled to for injuries suffered due to negligent driving by others. We diligently gather evidence and thoroughly investigate every detail of the accident to maximize fair and just compensation, whether through your PIP insurer, another driver’s insurer, or civil litigation.
We have extensive experience with auto accident personal injury claims and know most of our contemporaries who work on behalf of the insurance companies. Our familiarity with the tactics used by insurance companies to try to limit claims provides us with leverage in negotiating reasonable and fair settlements. Our ability to secure just compensation through negotiation is further boosted because our opposition knows we will not hesitate to fight it out in court.
Clients who partner with Akbar Law Firm for their automobile accident personal injury claims quickly learn that they are in good hands. We make a concerted effort to ensure that our clients are kept fully informed about every development in their case. Keeping our clients well-informed about the status of their claims helps reduce their stress so that they can focus on physical and emotional recovery.
If you have been injured in an automobile accident caused by another driver’s negligence, a potential vehicle defect, or an unexpected road hazard, contact Akbar Law Firm to assess your claim. In many cases, liability for an accident may not be clear-cut, but our lawyers are adept at determining whether negligence by others warrants a detailed investigation to secure compensation. In particular, if you know that another party to the accident was charged with a moving violation, you likely have a strong case. This holds especially true if the other driver was charged with distracted driving, impaired driving, aggressive driving, speeding, or other dangerous moving violations.