In 2005, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 43,443 people died and 2,699,000 people were injured in motor vehicle accidents. This is the highest level of people killed since 1990. Even minor traffic accidents can produce injuries that are disproportionate to the event and in some cases symptoms may not arise until well after the original accident.
If you have been involved in an automobile / car accident, you may be able to file a claim against the negligent driver to recover damages for lost wages, property damage, medical costs, future income losses, pain and suffering and punitive damages. If you have been injured in an accident involving a larger truck or tractor trailer, you may also be able to file a claim against the driver’s employer.
Medical bills such as doctor, hospital or physical therapy bills can be overwhelming. Victims of accidents involving licensed, motorized vehicles, including ATVs, cars, trucks, motorcycles, mopeds, snowmobiles, planes, boats, vans, etc., may be entitled to monetary compensation, or “damages”, for their injuries and the loss of income and pain and suffering endured as a result. “Damages” may be awarded to cover the following:
- Medical expenses
- Loss of income / earning capacity
- Property damage
- Other economic losses
- Pain, suffering and emotional distress
- Psychological injuries
- Loss of enjoyment of one’s normal activities
- Punitive damages (compensation in excess of actual damages, and awarded to deter the defendant from pursuing a similar course of action in the future)
Dangerous intersections, worn or damaged roadway signs and markings, poorly designed and maintained roads, impaired or unlicensed drivers, obscured vision due to weather conditions or improper highway design, faulty automobile equipment such as tires or airbags, or other unsafe driving conditions lead to and contribute to car and truck accidents and collisions.
If you have been injured in a automobile or tractor trailer accident in Florida (FL), or have lost a loved one due to the negligence of someone else, you should consult with a Florida accident lawyer to better understand your legal situation. Often, the initial attorney consultation is free, and your attorney will help advise you of your options, while ensuring your legal rights are protected.