Car Accidents Facts

Car Accidents

Every year, many Americans suffer or die from serious injuries in car crashes. Just last year, more than two million Americans were seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents.

Statistics show that over 90% of those accidents could have been easily avoided if safety rules were followed. Reckless driving is a huge cause of death and suffering and, as such, should not go unpunished.

Car accident victims often have to deal with a multitude of injuries, from neck and spine injuries to other physical trauma or even emotional distress and anxiety.

On top of that, the medical costs of these side effects can be overwhelming. Only with a fair trial can a victim be fully compensated for the damages they receive because of an accident.

Main Causes Of Car Accidents In Hallandale Florida

South Florida car accidents occur for various reasons.

The following are a few examples:

Driver Distractions

Driver distractions have overtaken speeding as the main cause of car accidents in the United States. Recent studies show that 80% of accidents and 65% of near-accidents are related to driver distraction.

The most common distractions are include the following:

  • Phone calls
  • Text messages
  • Applying makeup
  • Consuming food while driving
  • Reaching for an object inside the car (while losing sight of the road)

A result of clear negligence, the vast majority of these actions are rightfully punishable by law.

Driving under the influence

Drinking impairs the senses and renders drivers completely incapable of operating a vehicle. All driving accidents caused by alcohol are preventable. Thankfully, the law in these cases is as strict as it can be.

Driver fatigue is another car accident factor that should not be put aside.


Exceeding posted speed limits while driving, especially on poor roads, can lead to a very bad crash. Also, extreme weather conditions, such as torrential rain, can cause accidents.

Defective Vehicle Parts Or Poor Maintenance

Seatbelts, brakes, wires, wheels and car tires should all be regularly checked for wear and tear. Failure to maintain your vehicle properly can cause a crash, and the owner of the vehicle can and will be held accountable for their negligence.

Poor Road Conditions And Inadequate Signs

Potholes and unmaintained pavement can trigger fatal crashes and severe injuries, to both the driver and innocent victims. Foreign substances, such as large stones or sharp objects, can cause the drivers to swerve or overcorrect when trying to regain control of the vehicle.

Roads with sharp turns or inclines are prone to accidents and should have proper road signage that is clearly visible to the driver.

Most common Car Accident Injuries

Motor vehicle injuries can cause harm to practically any part of the body.

But statistics show that the most common physical side effects are:

  • Head injuries (which are often the most devastating, too)
  • Neck injuries
  • Back or spine problems

However, it is important to not overlook the psychological trauma that car accidents can cause. PTSD is extremely common and also thought to be underreported. Car crashes are extremely stressful situations and, because of that, are often the root of psychological problems and emotional distress. If you are the victim of a car crash, you have every right to request compensation for emotional damages.

Receiving Compensation for Injured Victims

The victim of a car accident is entitled to receive compensation from the responsible party. Insurance companies often pay larger settlements when a lawyer represents the injured party.

Winning a car accident lawsuit takes time, resources and legal experience. Our lawyers are equipped with the skills and expertise you need to obtain justice, for yourself and for your family. Get in touch with our lawyers today to protect yourself as well as your loved ones from the physical and emotional consequences of a car accident.

What To Do After A Car Accident

A Hallandale Lawyer’s Guide

Very often, emotions take over at the accident scene, which might end up costing you in court. That’s why it is very important to do exactly what’s recommended after an accident occurs.

Here are the steps you need to follow to get the best out of a bad situation:

  1. Get help immediately. First, call an ambulance if one is needed. Then, contact the police as soon as possible.
  2. Meanwhile, exchange information with all parties involved. Names, phone numbers, license plate numbers and basic insurance information are all important to your case. Try to get witness contacts, too.
  3. If possible, try to collect evidence. Police officers are not required to photograph the accident scene before the cars are moved. But you can. The points of impact on the vehicles, and their position on the road, are important to a case and can produce evidence regarding fault.
  4. Also, skid marks should not be left to fade. Always measure and photograph them, since they are a legitimate way to determine driver speed.
  5. Do not apologize and explain. By apologizing you are admitting legal liability. Instead, let the court determine who is at fault.
  6. Stick around. Never leave the scene before it is appropriate to do so. If you leave, you can face severe penalties, especially when injuries and death are involved.

Once you have left the scene, your job is still not over.

In order to get the most out of a car accident claim, immediately proceed with the following steps:

  1. Call your insurer. Inform them on what happened, and answer every single question they ask you.
  2. Get checked by a doctor. Even a few scratches can mean a lot in a claim.
  3. Don’t be afraid of a second opinion. It is completely possible that the first doctor you visit will misjudge your damages. If you believe the first opinion is unfair, visit another medical professional.
  4. Avoid early settlements. It is uncommon that those would represent the true amount of compensation you deserve.
  5. Contact an attorney. There are lawyers who specialize in car accidents, so be sure to trust one with a proven track record.

Car Accident Damages

It is extremely common that car accident victims are unaware of their rights and underestimate the amount of compensation they are eligible for.

Below is a list of the most frequently ignored damages:

  • The cost of medical treatment
  • Suffering cause by injury
  • Loss of income due to the inability to work
  • Loss of potential business
  • Cost of psychological counseling caused by stress
  • Cost of fixing the vehicle (or the cost of a rental car)
  • The cost of injury treatment and related expenses (transport, etc.)
  • There are even more to add to the list, so make sure you contact a competent attorney.

There might be even more to add to the list, so make sure you contact a competent attorney.

Auto Accident Attorneys

Without a skilled legal team on your side, you are left at the mercy of insurance companies that prioritize profits over victims. To receive the compensation you deserve, always seek legal protection.

Our firm offers personalized services for car accident victims. Our competent lawyers have effectively helped countless victims recover, 100 percent.

Call our attorneys for a free, no-obligation consultation. We have represented many clients in South Florida and have helped them achieve a favorable outcome. We can do the same for you!

More Information:

Fenstersheib Law Group, P.A. - Hollywood, FL


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