Orlando Car Accident Attorneys
A car accident can be a life-altering event for an injured victim. Along with physical injuries, car accident victims may suffer psychological trauma and financial hardship as a direct result of a collision. While some “accidents” truly cannot be prevented, most are the result of negligence on the part of one or more parties. If you or a family member were injured in an Orlando car accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries from the negligent party or parties.
The Orlando car accident attorneys at Bailey Fisher understand the devastating impact a crash can have on your life. We also know how difficult it is to attempt to navigate the legal system while simultaneously trying to focus on healing, which is why we are dedicated to helping injured victims. We have the experience and resources required to identify and pursue the responsible party or parties. We are committed to seeing that you are fully and fairly compensated for your physical and emotional injuries.
Orlando Car Accident Facts and Figures
With almost three million residents and over 50 million visitors each year, the Orlando roadways see more than their fair share of vehicles. It should come as no surprise that motor vehicle collisions are a common occurrence. Figures published by the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FHSMV) tell us that in 2022:
- There were 26,026 crashes.
- Almost half (12,580) of all collisions involved injuries.
- 20,573 people sustained injuries in a motor vehicle collision.
- There were 198 fatal crashes causing 203 deaths.
What Are Some Common Causes of Orlando Car Accidents?
For an injured victim to be entitled to compensation for injuries sustained in a car accident, another party’s negligence must have caused or contributed to the crash. Common examples of negligent conduct that may contribute to an Orlando car accident include:
- Impaired Driving. Despite a decades-long effort aimed at preventing impaired driving, data released by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that, on average, someone dies every hour in a drunk driving crash.
- Drowsy Driving. According to the Foundation for Traffic Safety (FTS), fatigued driving plays a role in 20 percent of all fatal crashes, making drowsy driving as dangerous as drunk driving.
- Distracted Driving. Every three hours, on average, someone is killed in a distracted driving collision, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- Speed. The (NHTSA) tells us that year-after-year speed is a factor in about one out of three motor vehicle accidents. In 2019, speeding killed 9,478 people nationwide.
What Is Florida’s No-Fault Insurance Law?
Florida is one of several “no-fault” insurance states. The no-fault insurance law requires vehicle owners to carry a minimum amount of Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance coverage. If the vehicle owner, his/her spouse, child, or other resident relative is injured in a Florida accident, PIP insurance covers 80% of the amount of medical bills up to $10,000 regardless of who was at fault in the collision. PIP also provides coverage for 60% of lost income related to a motor vehicle collision, up to the same $10,000 limit. However, there is a single $10,000 coverage limit for both medical expenses and lost income, and both types of benefits must come out of the same “pot” of coverage. Medical Payments coverage, a supplemental insurance coverage that is available from most auto insurers, covers the 20% of medical bills that is not covered by PIP.
If a car accident results in more serious injuries, an injured victim is entitled to pursue compensation from an at-fault party through a traditional personal injury lawsuit. To meet the Florida “serious injury” threshold, a victim must suffer:
- Significant and permanent loss of an important bodily function.
- Permanent injury within a reasonable degree of medical probability.
- Significant and permanent scarring or disfigurement.
Am I Entitled to Compensation for an Orlando Car Accident?
If you were injured in an Orlando car accident, you might be entitled to both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are intended to compensate a victim for the objective, easily quantifiable damages suffered because of the accident and may include things such as:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation and other care costs
- Lost income to date as well as future lost income or loss of earning capacity
Non-economic damages compensate a victim for the subjective, less easily quantifiable damages suffered in a collision, such as:
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering. Diminished quality of life
- Scarring and disfigurement
As the surviving parent or child of someone who was fatally injured in an Orlando car accident, you may also be entitled to compensation in a Florida wrongful death lawsuit for things such as lost earnings, the value of support and services, loss of companionship, guidance, and protection, and mental and emotional pain and suffering.
Get Help from Experienced Orlando Car Accident Attorneys
If you were injured in an Orlando car accident or lost a family member in one, the Orlando car accident attorneys at Bailey Fisher can help. We are committed to helping injured victims secure the compensation that they are entitled to for their physical injuries and emotional trauma by holding the negligent parties legally responsible.
Call us at 407-628-2929 or submit our online form today. One of our experienced Orlando car accident attorneys will evaluate your case for free. For viable personal injury cases, we will follow up with the necessary legal action to hold the responsible party accountable for their negligence and recover the financial compensation you deserve for your pain, suffering, and losses.