How are Car Accidents Commonly Caused in Florida? | What to Know

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People are far too often wrongfully injured in car accidents that could have been easily preventable. Find out what the most frequent causes of car accidents are, how to avoid them, and how a seasoned Tampa car accident lawyer at Merricks Law Group, P.A. can set you up for a successful personal injury case.

What are the most common causes of car accidents?

An accident can be caused by conditions outside of either party’s control, such as dangerous road conditions, faulty car parts, and inclement weather. However, more often they are due to driver negligence. Some of the most common types of driver negligence are as follows:

  • Distracted driving: texting while driving or otherwise using electronic devices without hands-free technology.
  • Reckless driving: speeding, failure to yield, or otherwise disregarding road signs.
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Driving while fatigued.
  • Driving with no headlights at night or in the rain.

How do I prove that I was injured in a car accident?

Some of the damages you may be able to recover with a successful personal injury claim, with the help of a Tampa auto accident lawyer, include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.

To fulfill the burden of proof, you must collect as much evidence of the driver’s negligence as possible. To do so, follow the below steps:

  1. Call the police. They will conduct a police report, which you must ensure to collect afterward.
  2. Collect the personal information and insurance information of the person driving the vehicle, which includes their name, contact information, driver’s license number, and insurance company name and policy number. If there are witnesses present, collect their contact information as well.
  3. Take photos and videos of the scene of the accident, including your injuries and other damages.
  4. Seek medical attention. At the hospital, be to collect all medical documents and bills you incurred as a result of your injuries.
  5. Hire a Tampa auto accident lawyer to kickstart your case.

What is the statute of limitations in Florida?

The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Florida is generally four years from the date of your car accident.

Contact Our Experienced Florida Firm

If you have been injured in an accident due to no fault of your own, you need an attorney who truly cares about your right to heal. Merricks Law Group handles a wide array of injury claims, including injuries sustained in auto accidents, slip and falls, and more. Contact Merricks Law Group today.

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