South Florida Personal Injury Attorneys Lazarus and Lazarus
What is an accident?
accident: an undesirable or unfortunate happening that occurs unintentionally and usually results in harm, injury, damage, or loss; casualty; mishap.
In Law: such a happening resulting in injury that is in no way the fault of the injured person for which compensation or indemnity is legally sought.
Obviously no one expects to be in an accident, but the odds of being in a motor vehicle accident in Florida are higher than you might think.
According to the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle Department (FLHSMV) there were 401,179 crashes on our roads in 2021. Google says there are 21.22 million people living in Florida so if you do the math it works out to one crash for every 52.8 residents. That’s not one-in-a-million like we would like to think.
Your chances of being in a car crash can be reduced significantly if you observe traffic laws: Never text while you are driving, obey the posted speed limit, and never drive when you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Maintain your vehicle’s safety systems and make sure your brakes and other components are checked according to manufacturer’s recommendations.
When Florida drivers are involved in an accident there is often a lot of confusion and uncertainty about what to do. We recommend you read our blog “Ten Things to do After a Car Accident”
The FLHSMV maintains a “Crash Dashboard” where you can break down crash data by county, type of accident, etc and you may visit the site by clicking here.
Questions about any accident? We’re here to help. We’re available 7 days a week by calling 954-356-0006
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