Our Lawyers Assist Persons Injured in Automobile Incidents
According to the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles, in 2010 there were over 285,000 car accidents in our state involving 338,000 drivers. The estimated average number of automobile crashes was 645 per day. Approximately 195,000 people were injured, and nearly 2,500 people unfortunately died due to motor vehicle wrecks in 2010 alone. Almost 500 pedestrians were killed and over 7,000 were injured due to traffic incidents. Alarmingly, of the 2,500 fatalities, over 750 were alcohol related and over 100 were drug related. In car crashes, more than 11,000 bicyclists and pedestrians were injured and greater than 18,000 teenagers were injured or killed in 2010.
Motor vehicle accidents seem to be increasing in number every year, and negligent drivers who fail to exercise reasonable care when driving their vehicles cause many of these incidents. If you are injured while driving or riding in a vehicle that is hit by a third party, a personal injury lawsuit may entitle you to receive compensation for your emotional suffering and medical bills. If a loved one is killed because of the negligence of another driver, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit and receive compensation for emotional suffering, lost wages, medical expenses, funeral costs, loss of companionship, and other damages.
We Understand the Technicalities of Car Accident Cases
According to the United States Department of Transportation, about three million Americans are injured in car accidents every year – roughly 133,000 of those injuries are in the North Central Florida region. Oftentimes, victims’ medical bills are promptly paid by the driver’s insurance policy and no legal action is required. However, some car accidents involve drivers with insufficient or nonexistent auto insurance. Situations like this may require legal involvement from attorneys who are familiar with the legal intricacies of car accidents. The Gainesville law firm of Massey & Duffy, PLLC is dedicated to helping victims of car accidents recover the compensation they deserve so that they can begin the healing process as quickly as possible.
Common Types of Acts of Negligence
The following types of acts of negligence are common in car accident cases:
- unlawfully and suddenly stopping, causing a collision to occur between one vehicle and the other vehicle;
- failing to exercise ordinary and reasonable care in the operation of his vehicle;
- failing to maintain full and complete control of a vehicle while traveling upon a public roadway;
- operating his motor vehicle at a speed too fast for conditions present at the time of the collision;
- failing to maintain a proper lookout; and
- failing to maintain minimum safe following distances.
Contact an Experienced Auto Accident Lawyer
Injuries sustained during car accidents can vary greatly, from readily visible injuries at the time of the crash to subtler but no less serious injuries, such as spine and neck damage. Even if you think your neck or back pain might fade with time, you can’t afford to take chances. Some types of whiplash might continue to cause serious discomfort for years after the accident. You need to protect your legal rights by contacting an auto accident lawyer immediately to determine if you have a case.
Unlike other personal injury attorneys, the lawyers of Massey & Duffy, PLLC will not blindly accept a settlement from the other party. We will research every possible means of recovery to get our clients the best compensation available. Our auto accident attorneys can assist you and your loved ones to receive financial compensation for, among other things:
- Property damage
- Lost wages
- Medical Expenses
- Physical Therapy
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
We have years of experience representing victims of car accidents in Gainesville and throughout Florida. Contact Massey & Duffy, PLLC today to schedule your free initial consultation with one of our knowledgeable attorneys.