Tampa Dangerous Road Condition Accident & Injury Lawyer
Car accidents caused by dangerous road conditions are extremely common in Florida. In 2017, Florida authorities reported a whopping 387,900 total car accidents. There were 161,218 injuries and 2,892 fatalities. Poor weather conditions are one of the top contributing factors for vehicle accidents in the state. Unfortunately, most Florida residents will be involved in a car accident at some point in their lives. If you or a loved one is injured in a car accident involving inclement weather or poor road conditions, call us for a free case evaluation. There is no obligation for commitment; we will simply help you to explore your legal options. As a Tampa dangerous road condition accident & injury lawyer, we are committed to getting you the compensation you deserve.
Top Five Mistakes Made by Drivers After an Accident
When a driver is in a car wreck, it is disorienting and sometimes difficult to determine the next steps. This causes many drivers to make mistakes in dealing with the accident that can hurt them down the road. Be sure to avoid these top five mistakes we have seen in our firm:
- Not calling the police
- Not taking pictures of the accident and road conditions
- Waiting to seek medical treatment
- Giving recorded statements to the other driver’s insurance
- Signing a release
If you are involved in a car accident, do not make one of these mistakes. Police reports, documentation, and statements of fault are the most important factors in a case. When you make one of these mistakes listed, we may have a more challenging time developing your case. Be sure to handle your situation correctly from the beginning for a better chance at a successful case.
What Are Common Road Conditions Causing Car Accidents in Tampa?
The highest number of vehicle accidents in Florida seem to happen in March and April, when inclement weather is at its worst. At other times, road conditions resulting from poor maintenance or design can be to blame.
Hazardous road surfaces are a common cause of accidents in Florida. Roadway designs without proper irrigation or skid resistance can cause hydroplaning. Dangerous intersections are another frequent site of traffic accidents. Obstructed views, malfunctioning traffic lights, and curves in the road can cause intersection accidents. Missing shoulders and poor shoulder designs have also been known to cause accidents.
There are thousands of ways in which road conditions can cause accidents. The Florida Department of Transportation works to build safe roadways and keep them well maintained. With thousands of miles of roadway in Florida, sometimes the upkeep and design are just not up to par.
What Should I Do if I Was Injured in a Car Accident With Dangerous Road Conditions?
If you or a loved one is involved in a car accident involving dangerous road conditions, first seek medical treatment. If injuries are minor and do not require immediate intervention, spend time at the scene of the accident collecting documentation.
Call the Police
If you feel that your accident is minor and does not need attention from the authorities, you should still call the police. The officer will come to the scene and write a report with his own assessments. This is an important document for a settlement or if the case goes to trial.
With your cell phone, take pictures of the accident scene. Photograph all cars and damages, including license plate numbers. It is extremely important to take pictures of inclement weather and surrounding road conditions. If there are potholes, missing guardrails, or any other dangerous conditions, be sure to photograph them.
Collect Names and Phone Numbers
Collect personal information from other drivers with involvement in the accident. Obtain personal information and phone numbers from witnesses. If you and the witnesses have time, have them write a short statement about the accident.
Seek Medical Attention
If you did not need to immediately seek medical attention, be sure you do so after proper accident documentation is complete. Visit your doctor for a complete physical evaluation to rule out any possible injuries. After your appointment, collect all related documentation from your visit to keep for your files.
Do Not Talk With Insurance Companies
As soon as your accident is reported to an insurance company, they will contact you for a formal statement. Do not give them one without first contacting us. Insurance companies are experts at manipulating accident victims. This doesn’t mean they’re bad, but they are profit-driven.
Who Is Responsible for Accidents Caused by Dangerous Road Conditions?
The government is ultimately responsible for building and maintaining safe roadways. Unfortunately, government entities often declare “government immunity” to avoid accepting responsibility for accidents. These organizations have strong legal teams and staff attorneys specifically to fight these cases.
Fortunately, Bulluck Law Group is a large, well-established personal injury firm with the power and resources to fight against the government’s attorneys. We will match the government’s tenacity in reaching settlements or going to trial for these complex cases.
What Compensation Can I Recover From a Dangerous Road Condition Accident?
Roadway condition accidents are personal injury cases and receive the same damages. Our firm has successfully recovered compensation for all the following:
- Current and future medical costs
- Lost wages
- Loss of income due to new disability
- Pain and suffering
- Property damages
Each case is different, but if the court determines another party is at fault, you can recover all damages incurred from the accident. We will take the time to evaluate your case and evidence, providing you with a plan for legal recourse.
What if I Was Partially at Fault?
Drivers are quick to fault themselves for accidents, which is why you should never discuss the case with other drivers or any insurance company. Most drivers are inexperienced in dealing with car accidents and the aftermath, so let our team evaluate your case. Our attorneys often find that those who placed the blame on themselves were not at fault.
If we review your case and find you to be partially at fault, Florida will still allow you to make a claim. The settlement will be reduced by the amount of blame placed on you. For example, if you are found to be 25% at fault for an accident, the damages you recover will be reduced by 25%. We always recommend calling us for a consultation before trying to determine fault yourself.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim for a Dangerous Road Condition Accident in Florida?
Florida state law dictates a four-year statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim. Within this period, you can bring a suit against another entity if you have serious injuries. Rarely, courts will waive this statute for injuries discovered after the four-year period. For the best chance at a successful case, call us today for a consultation.
Should I Hire a Lawyer?
Yes! Car accidents resulting from poor road conditions are complex and require a legal team on your side to stand up to the government. Insurance companies and government lawyers are unwavering in their legal battles and will steamroll you, if given the chance. Call the attorneys at the Bulluck Law Group today for a free, no-obligation case consultation. We will answer your questions and provide you with expert legal advice to get you on the road to recovery.