The statistics on motor vehicle accidents in Florida have been surprising over the past few years. For example, according to the Florida department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles the total number of crashes in the state went down from 2018 to 2019 (the most recent year with available numbers so far). However, the number of fatalities has gone up. This is an indication that the crashes are more serious than the year before.
Side-by-side comparison of crash statistics from 2018 to 2019
Looking at statistics from 2019 and 2018, the total number of crashes decreased in 2019. Those numbers include injuries, fatalities, and property damage. The increases and decreases fluctuated in the different scenarios for drug & alcohol impairment and, in many cases, the numbers were almost equal. In the category of “vulnerable road users,” which includes motorcycles, pedestrians, and bicycles, the statistics did not consistently increase or decrease. There were some of each.
Getting proper support after a motor vehicle accident
Sadly, motor vehicle accidents are too common and the consequences are often dangerous and prolonged. If you have been involved with a motor vehicle accident, an effective lawyer is essential to your receiving the compensation that you deserve. If you go after compensation on your own, it is possible that you will not receive a fair and just amount. That is where a knowledgeable lawyer with expertise in motor vehicle accidents can really turn the situation around in your favor.
Florida is one of 12 “no-fault” states, which means that if you suffer injuries in a motor vehicle accident, your insurance will compensate you. Conceptually, that seems like a good thing; however, your compensation may not be enough to cover what you need based on the medical treatment that you must receive for your injuries. It is sensible to proceed with caution and speak with a lawyer before you accept whatever your insurance company wishes to give you.
If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, it is essential that you protect your health, financial standing, and well-being over the long term. Serious injuries can affect your life for a long time and it is important that you have the proper support and protection going forward.