Carrollwood consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in Florida. This Tampa suburb had a population of 35,846 as of 2022 and is filled with restaurants, parks, and many other attractions.
Unfortunately, Carrollwood isn’t immune to car wrecks. If you’ve suffered an injury in a vehicle accident caused by someone else, get in touch with Keller, Melchiorre & Walsh. We’ll investigate to determine who’s to blame and then pursue them for the fair compensation you deserve.
You can call (561) 295-5825 to schedule a free consultation or contact us online.
CARROLLWOOD CAR ACCIDENT STATISTICS
Hillsborough County is one of the most populous in Florida, of course. Accidents are inevitable with the incredible number of vehicles moving across the area every day. In 2022, more than 28,000 accidents resulted in more than 19,000 fatalities. Tragically, these accidents claimed 221 lives.
COMMON CAUSES OF CAR ACCIDENTS IN FLORIDA
Various factors, including driver error, road conditions, and mechanical failures, can cause car accidents. Distracted driving is the most common cause of car accidents, where something diverts a driver’s attention from the road, such as texting, eating, or talking on the phone. Speeding and reckless driving can also cause accidents, especially when drivers fail to follow traffic rules and signals. Another significant cause is impaired driving, such as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Poor road conditions, such as wet roads, can cause skids and slides leading to accidents. Additionally, mechanical failures like brake failure or tire blowouts can result in a wreck.
TYPES OF INJURIES ASSOCIATED WITH CAR ACCIDENTS
Car accidents can result in various injuries, ranging from minor to severe. Common injuries include the following:
Whiplash, which causes damage to the soft tissues of the neck due to jerking forward and backward during a collision
Head injuries, such as concussions or traumatic brain injuries, due to the impact of the collision
Broken bones, including fractures to the arms, legs, ribs, or other parts of the body
Cuts and bruises caused by contact with broken glass or other objects in the vehicle
Spinal cord injuries, which can cause permanent paralysis or disability
Emotional trauma, such as anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), resulting from the experience of a car accident.
TYPES OF CAR ACCIDENTS
There are various types of car accidents, each with unique characteristics and potential for injury. The following are some of the more common examples:
Rear-end collisions occur when one car strikes another from behind.
Head-on collisions involve two vehicles colliding front-to-front, often resulting in severe injuries.
T-bone or side-impact collisions occur when one car strikes another on its side, resulting in significant damage and injuries to passengers.
Single-vehicle accidents occur when a driver loses control of their vehicle or hits an object on the road, resulting in rollovers, crashes into stationary objects, or collisions with animals.
Multi-vehicle accidents are common as well. These often result in complex legal and insurance issues.
STEPS TO TAKE AFTER AN ACCIDENT
After a car accident, it’s essential to take these steps to protect your safety, gather information and document the incident to make your case as strong as possible.
Ensure everyone involved in the accident is safe and seek medical attention if necessary.
Call the police to report the accident and wait for them to arrive.
Exchange information with the other driver, including names, contact information, insurance details, and vehicle registration numbers.
Take pictures of the accident scene, including vehicle damage and any injuries sustained.
Contact your insurance company to report the accident as soon as possible.
Avoid admitting fault or discussing the details of the accident with anyone, including the other driver or witnesses.
Follow up with medical treatment and document all medical expenses and treatment received.
Keep track of all communication with insurance companies, including phone calls, emails, and letters.
Contact a lawyer ASAP to prevent early damage to your claim.
HOW MUCH COMPENSATION WILL I RECEIVE?
The compensation you receive after a car accident will depend on several factors, including the accident’s severity, the extent of your injuries, and the insurance policies involved. Compensation typically covers medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering.
Insurance adjusters will review the evidence, such as medical bills, police reports, and witness statements, to determine the value of your claim. Sometimes, a settlement may be reached outside of court, while a trial may be necessary for others.
A skilled personal injury attorney can ensure fair compensation for your injuries and losses. A lawyer can help you navigate the complex legal process and negotiate with insurance companies to reach a settlement that meets your needs.
SHOULD I SETTLE MY CAR ACCIDENT CLAIM?
Speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible would be best. A good lawyer will know the value of your case and demand equitable compensation.
However, it’s crucial to understand the full extent of your injuries and the potential long-term effects before accepting any settlement offer. If you accept an offer too soon, you’ll be responsible for all the remaining expenses once that money runs out.
WHY SHOULD YOU CHOOSE KELLER, MELCHIORRE & WALSH FOR YOUR CARROLLWOOD CAR ACCIDENT CASE?
The law firm of Keller, Melchiorre & Walsh is dedicated to helping clients receive fair compensation for their car accident injuries and losses. We have a team of experienced personal injury attorneys who are knowledgeable about the complex legal process and can help you navigate the challenges of your case. We understand that each client’s situation is unique, and we work closely with them to develop a personalized strategy that meets their needs.
Our attorneys have a proven track record of successfully representing clients in car accident cases and have the skills and resources necessary to negotiate with insurance companies or pursue legal action in court. We offer free consultations to potential clients and work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we only collect fees if we win your case.
CONTACT US ASAP AFTER YOUR ACCIDENT
Schedule a free case review with Keller, Melchiorre & Walsh by contacting us online or calling (561) 295-5825.