Oviedo, as well as the rest of Seminole County, is the location of a staggering number of car accidents each year. Unfortunately, a significant number of those result in injuries ranging from minor to life-changing.
Those injuries that are life-changing can result in both short- and long-term changes that can be difficult to accommodate and expensive. For example, a loss of income due to an inability to work or requiring assistive measures can reduce an individual’s quality of life.
At Florin|Roebig law firm, our legal team is both experienced and compassionate. We understand the hardships that those injured in a car accident can experience. In addition to the legal expertise the car accident attorneys at Florin|Roebig can provide, we also offer support, guidance, and clarity.
Common Causes Of Car Accidents In Oviedo
There are a number of causes of car accidents in Oviedo. Unfortunately, in spite of Florida law designed to reduce bad driving behavior, many of the common reasons remain the same.
These include the following:
With the number of vehicles, signs, stores, and more on the streets, it should not be surprising to learn that distractions are one of the most commonly stated reasons for car accidents. However, it is the responsibility of the driver to stay focused on the road while driving in a defensive and safe manner.
Distracted driving can also be caused by texting and driving. In spite of the enactment of stringent laws against texting and driving, far too many Florida drivers still practice this extremely dangerous activity.
It is no secret that many areas of Florida are prone to frequent afternoon rain showers. Perhaps it is because of their regularity that many people do not exercise the caution necessary to navigate roads safely during these storms.
In many cases, doing so simply means slowing down and leaving a wider space in between an individual’s vehicle and the one ahead of them. Some people on the roads, however, do not follow these guidelines.
The results can be an uptick in car accidents that occur during inclement weather. While no one can control the weather, it is the driver’s responsibility to adjust their driving habits to accommodate the changes.
Vehicle Maintenance Neglect
It is also the driver’s responsibility to properly maintain the vehicle they are driving. If, for example, the windshield wipers are ineffective at doing their job which results in the driver not seeing correctly, an accident can occur. It is possible that the driver would be negligent in this case.
Another common issue is brakes that are not properly maintained. An inability to stop in enough time to avoid an accident can often be traced back to shoddy brakes.
Factors That Affect Car Accident Claims
In Oviedo, as well as the rest of the state of Florida, comparative negligence is used as a determining factor for car accident claims. Typically expressed as a percentage, the numbers correlate to the degree that the judge or jury determines that each party is at fault in the accident.
Other factors that can also affect car accident claims include:
Statute Of Limitations
In Florida, the statute of limitations for filing a car accident claim in Oviedo is generally four years from the accident date. In some cases, however, state law does provide some exceptions.
Ideally, every person who is involved in a car accident should receive prompt medical care immediately afterward. This is true even for those people who do not appear to be injured. In many cases, injuries do not become obvious until after the initial shock of the accident has worn off.
Medical care can range from the services that are received immediately after an accident such as ambulance transport, emergency room services, and surgery. Individuals who have suffered from more serious injuries could require medical care that is extensive, lasting weeks, months, or even years.
In many cases, people who have been injured in a car accident are not cleared to go back to work by their medical professional. This delay could be just a few days or extend for much longer.
For some people, their injuries make it impossible for them to perform the same job they held prior to the accident. This can often result in a reduction in pay and a corresponding drop in their quality of life.
Types Of Damages Awarded In Car Accident Claims
In Florida, the types of damages that can be awarded depend on the car crash, if you sustained a serious injury, how the injury affected your life, if you are expected to make a full recovery, and what the injury is costing you both financially and personally.
Examples of some types of damages which may be awarded in a car accident case in Oviedo include:
- medical costs
- pain and suffering
- property damage
- lost wages
Car (Auto) Accident Rates In Oviedo
Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FHSMV) collects data regarding the car accidents in each of the state’s counties.
In 2018, the following car accident rates occurred in Seminole County, where Oviedo is located:
- total number of accidents: 7,236
- total number of injuries: 4,804
- total number of fatalities: 34
List Of Car Accident Lawyers Serving Oviedo
Florin|Roebig is an award-winning law firm that specializes in car accident claims throughout the United States, including those in Oviedo. Our car accident lawyers are known for being experienced, compassionate, and successful.
Finding legal expertise is as simple as contacting one of the Florin|Roebig car accident lawyers:
- Wil H. Florin, B.C.S.
- Tommy D. Roebig, B.C.S.
- Luca G Esposito
- Chad K. Florin, M.B.A., LL.M.
- Matthew L. McMullen (MN)
Find Help Filing A Car Accident Claim
Florin|Roebig understands that behind every car accident is a person who has potentially been injured. Providing the support, guidance, and expertise needed during this confusing time period can make a difference in their quality of life.
Contact Florin|Roebig today to schedule a free consultation and protect your legal rights.