Motor Vehicle Accidents
Orlando, Ocala, Kissimmee, Brandon, Winter Haven, Florida
Accidents involving motor vehicles are a leading cause of personal injury and death in the United States. The last decade has seen an average of 55,000 to 60,000 fatal auto accidents per year nationwide, with Florida accounting for 3,200 to 3,600 of these.
Even the most careful, law-abiding drivers get into accidents. Recent studies have shown that the average motorist is involved in 1 to 3 near-accidents every month, and can expect to be involved in some type of motor vehicle accident every 6 years.
If you have been injured in an auto accident caused by the negligence of another driver, it is important to contact an experienced Orlando auto accident attorney at once to make sure you receive fair compensation for your damages.
Causes of Auto Accidents
The majority of accidents result from driver error. The most common causes – in order from highest to lowest – are as follows:
- Talking and texting on cell phones while driving
- Aggressive lane changing
- Failure to use turn signals
- Failure to yield the right-of-way
- Ignoring traffic signals and signs
- Driving while intoxicated or impaired
While these factors may cause most accidents, other factors such as poor road design, mechanical problems, and adverse road conditions often play a part as well. The vast majority of accidents involve some degree of driver error in conjunction with one of these other factors.
Many accidents are caused by manufacturing defects, faulty civil engineering and road maintenance, and other negligence. When a large corporation or government entity is at fault, fighting them in court can be a challenge. You will want to hire an attorney experienced in motor vehicle accident law to fight against the well-funded legal teams of these companies and agencies.
A Specialized Area of Law
Different types of motor vehicles are subject to vehicle-specific laws and regulations. Accidents involving commercial vehicles, for example, often involve more complex insurance issues than non-commercial vehicles. It takes an experienced Florida auto accident attorney to know which laws apply, and most importantly, to know the tricks and loopholes that insurance adjusters use to try to deny or reduce your claim.
Orlando personal injury lawyer Steve Knox has over 23 years of experience fighting for victims of motor vehicle accidents. He handles claims involving: