Polk County Car Accident Lawyers
If you regularly drive within Polk County, you are aware of at least one deceptively dangerous areas to drive. For example, the intersection of U.S. 98 North and Griffin Road saw 79 collisions in 2015 alone. According to Lakeland’s police, crashes occur most commonly at intersections, because people run red lights or rear-end other vehicles during light changes. Both of these are avoidable circumstances. Not surprisingly, in most cases the people responsible for these types of accidents were on their cellphones, or even reading a newspaper!
Polk County, FL Auto Accident Statistics
Florida legally requires all drivers to carry coverage for property damage. In minor fender-benders without injury to any party, the state’s legally required cover will compensate for the full damage. Unfortunately, distracted or irresponsible driving isn’t always this harmless.
According to annual accident data collected by the Florida Highway Department of Safety and Motor Vehicles, injuries related to car accidents have increased every year since 2011. Since 2013, Polk County has seen very large spikes in car accident related injuries each year. The county now sees roughly 100 accident deaths per year. 20% of those fatal car accidents involve pedestrians or cyclists. Drunk driving is a particular issue in Polk County. Since 2013, Polk County is the only county other than Hillsborough to see an increase in deaths involving an intoxicated party causing a car accident.
Though Polk County is generally thought of as a rural and safe, these statistics indicate a very real possibility of a serious car accident due to another’s negligence. If you or a family member has been seriously harmed in a car accident believed to be the fault of another party, attorney David Shiner and the team of lawyers and professionals at the Shiner Law can put their experience to work in obtaining the fair and just compensation you deserve.
When Can Florida Residents Take Another Driver To Court?
Florida insurance law permits a direct claim against another driver’s insurance for permanent injury, including disfigurement and scarring, as well as cases of serious bodily damage. If the other party in the accident was driving illegally without insurance, it may also be possible to bring a claim against them if they can be identified.
When Is Another Driver At Fault For An Accident?
Other drivers may be at fault in an accident if any of the following have happened:
- They did not follow traffic laws or signals
- They were speeding or driving too slowly
- They were not paying adequate attention to the road
- They have a vehicle defect they should reasonably have been expected to take care of before driving, like a broken taillight
- They were driving while legally intoxicated
Car Accident In Polk County? Call Shiner Law Group
When you retain Shiner Law Group in your corner, you are enlisting the car accident heavyweight attorneys of Polk County. We have recovered millions for clients throughout Florida. Let the Shiner Law Group help you, too. Your initial consultation and case review is free.
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If you or someone you love has died because of the negligent, reckless or intentional conduct of another, we welcome you to contact our experienced legal team so that we can evaluate your claim and advise you of your rights and options. We are committed to helping victims recover the compensation they need to move past injuries or loss, so call us 24/7 at (855) 462-6878 or online for a free case review to see how we can help. The Shiner Law Group represents fatality victims in Polk County and throughout the surrounding counties.