Drivers in Ormond Beach and Volusia County averaged nearly 28 car accidents a day in 2019 according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. On average in 2019, 18 people were injured each day in an auto accident in the county.
Car accidents can continue to affect your life long after the day of the incident. From medical bills to lost earnings and wages, you may need help to pay for ongoing expenses for you and your family. The law regarding car accidents and accident claims is complex. Florin|Roebig has experienced car accident lawyers serving Ormond Beach who can help you understand your rights and the car accident claims process.
Common Causes Of Car Accidents In Ormond Beach
Poor weather conditions and poor visibility can cause auto accidents. Mechanical failure can also lead to crashes. However, the majority of car crashes are preventable, including human error, distracted driving, and driver negligence. Driver negligence can include driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. It can also include distracted driving.
Driver inexperience can also lead to crashes. More than 460 drivers ages 15 to 17 were involved in auto accidents in 2018 in Volusia County, leading to 93 injuries and two deaths.
Other common causes of accidents in Ormond Beach include:
- speeding and reckless driving
- failure to heed traffic signals and signs
- damage to roads or debris on the road
- animals on the road, from gophers and tortoises to alligators
- failure to see pedestrians or bicyclists
Accidents can also be caused by a lack of sleep or driving while taking prescription medication.
Understanding Your Rights After A Car Accident In Ormond Beach
If you’ve been in an accident, your first steps should be to follow Florida law and use best practices. Pull off the road to a safe location. If there are any injuries or more than $500 in property damage, you must report the accident to law enforcement immediately. Get a medical checkup to ensure you haven’t sustained any injuries.
You may be contacted by insurance company representatives following an accident. You have rights in the car accident claim process. You are under no obligation to speak to any insurance company representative, especially those who represent other drivers.
Filing a car accident claim in Ormond Beach can help to protect your rights. You may also experience many needs following the accident, including money for medical care, prescriptions, repair of damage to your car, and lost earnings. You can get help with these needs by filing a car accident claim.
Factors That Affect Car Accident Claims
Following an auto accident, financial compensation is based on the damages that have occurred. The severity of the accident, property damage (including necessary repair or replacement of vehicles), and any injuries suffered will affect the amount of money payable through an accident claim.
A statute of limitations specifies how much time people have to file a personal injury/accident claim. In Florida, the statute of limitations is four years from the date of an accident or injury.
Florida also has a legal doctrine that influences car accident claims and awards called comparative negligence. The claims process determines how much responsibility (if any) drivers have in an accident and if they were negligent.
Car accident claim awards can be reduced if a driver is found to have some responsibility or negligence in a crash. For example, a driver who is found to be 20 percent negligent in an accident who receives a $25,000 claim award will have that amount reduced by 20 percent. The driver would receive $20,000 instead of $25,000 through the claim award process.
How Much Compensation Can You Win?
Car accident claim awards are determined based upon the severity of injuries and the amount of damage to vehicles or other property. The process can be complex, which is another reason to work with car accident attorneys who understand the factors that can influence the award amount.
The greater the amount of property damage and the greater the financial needs, including for medical treatment and care, the larger an auto accident claim can potentially be. The intent of the car accident claims process is to help you recover from the accident and help you and your family to begin the process of rebuilding your lives.
Types Of Damages Awarded In Car Accident Claims
Car accident lawyers have experience in helping determine which damages have been suffered in an auto accident. They use damage categories to find out how much the claim award can be.
Damage categories in Florida may include:
- replacing or repairing vehicles
- hospitalization, prescriptions, and medical bills
- rehabilitation or retraining costs
- psychiatric treatment and medication
- time off work or lost earnings for self-employed people and business owners
- pain and suffering
You may hear about punitive damages, which are awards that are intended to punish severe negligence. Punitive damages are uncommon. They are usually awarded to send a warning about serious negligence; for example, a commercial vehicle driver who was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, leading to a major accident.
Car Accident Rates In Ormond Beach
Volusia County drivers were in 10,114 car accidents in 2019, including 4,519 injury crashes.
Here are some statistics of car accidents in Ormond Beach, Florida:
- According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Volusia County had 111 fatal crashes in 2019 and 117 fatalities.
- In 2019, Volusia County experienced 216 accidents involving bicycles and cars, leading to four deaths among bicyclists.
- A total of 6,819 people were injured in car accidents in Volusia County in 2019.
- Pedestrian-involved accidents in Florida are on the rise, and the FLDHSMV reported 286 accidents involving pedestrians in 2019, including 23 pedestrian deaths.
- The majority of hit-and-run accidents aren’t serious, but out of the 2,721 hit-and-run accidents in Volusia County in 2019, 706 resulted in injuries, and 6 people lost their lives.
Car accident rates vary in Volusia County. During 2019, March, October, and December were the months with the highest number of crashes in the county.
List Of Car Accident Attorneys Serving Ormond Beach
Car accident claims can be overwhelming to file on your own, which is why it’s highly beneficial to work with a legal professional who understands this area of law and can help you every step of the way. Our lawyers have more than three decades of experience in filing personal injury claims for Florida residents and they are ready to put that experience to work for you.
Some of our car accident lawyers serving Ormond Beach and the surrounding areas include:
- Wil H. Florin, B.C.S.
- Tommy D. Roebig, B.C.S.
- Chad K. Florin, M.B.A., LL.M.
- Luca G. Esposito
- Michael A. Ossi, O.C.
Find Help Filing A Car Accident Claim
Beginning in 2010, Florin|Roebig has been awarded the distinction of being one of America’s best law firms by U.S. News & World Report each year. Our firm’s compassionate and capable attorneys have achieved some of Florida’s highest contested jury verdicts for personal injury cases. Florin|Roebig has obtained over $1 billion in case awards to date.
We are committed to helping our clients get compensation that will help them recover from accidents and injuries. Contact Florin|Roebig today for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation regarding your car accident claim in Ormond Beach.