While a car accident can happen anywhere and at any time, driving on a high-speed highway puts you at greater risk for serious injuries and fatalities should a crash occur. Vehicles on the highway generally travel at a much faster rate than vehicles on city streets and suburban roadways. Additionally, interstate highways typically experience heavier traffic volumes which can lead to catastrophic crashes and accidents often involving multiple vehicles.
If you have been involved in a crash on US Highway 1, I-95, I-75 or another highway in Fort Lauderdale or South Florida, you should speak with a Fort Lauderdale vehicle accident lawyer at Hollander Law Firm right away. The injuries from these types of accidents can be severe and long-lasting, affecting your life and the lives of your entire family. Hollander Law Firm is committed to helping people who have been injured in all types of serious car accidents. Our firm’s founder, Gregg Hollander, understands what you are going through and is here to help guide you through one of the most difficult times in your life. Attorney Hollander has more than 25 years of experience representing victims of highway car crashes and will handle your case efficiently and professionally working to maximize your compensation.What You Need to Know About Accidents Occurring on a Highway
Drivers and passengers who are involved in highway crashes often suffer some of the gravest injuries. When vehicles traveling at high rates of speed on busy interstates and highways collide the outcome can be deadly. Just like city roads, accidents that take place on Florida highways can be attributed to a wide variety of factors ranging from distracted driving, speeding, DUIs and road range to vehicle defects and poorly marked construction zones. Regardless of the cause, dealing with an insurance company after a highway collision has taken place can be a very difficult undertaking. An experienced highway vehicle accident attorney in our Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale or West Palm Beach locations can guide you through the process to make sure that you receive fair compensation for your injury or loss.
Tractor trailers and 18 wheelers are a constant presence on South Florida highways. These large and heavy vehicles create increased dangers should a collision occur. Because trucks are much heavier than traditional passenger cars, it will take a truck much longer to stop even if it brakes at the same time as a car.
Additionally, with so many trucks, cars, motorcycles and other vehicles traveling on our highways, multi-car pile-ups are a common occurrence. Getting hit by a single vehicle is bad enough, but when you are involved in a chain reaction accident with multiple vehicles the outcome can be devastating. Drivers and passengers hurt in these types of crashes tend to suffer very severe injuries, including spinal cord damage, broken bones and fractures, traumatic brain injuries, burns and other serious physical harms. In worst case scenarios, a multi-car pile-up can result in the loss of life.10 Reasons You May Be Entitled to Financial Compensation for a Highway Accident in Florida
In order to recover financial compensation outside of personal injury protection (PIP), you need to be able to prove that someone else was at fault in the accident. Here are 10 examples of claims you may be able to file with the help of an experienced Fort Lauderdale vehicle accident lawyer:
- Distracted Driving – Distracted driving is the leading cause of auto accidents, and on highways distractions can be deadly. If the driver who hit you was texting, emailing, navigating, talking on the phone or talking to passengers, you may be entitled to financial compensation.
- Impaired Driving – Consumption of alcohol, marijuana and other drugs can have a huge impact on drivers’ ability to operate their vehicles safely. If the driver who hit you or your loved one was impaired at the time of the crash, you deserve to be fully compensated.
- Fatigued Driving – Studies have shown that drivers who are fatigued can be just as dangerous as drivers who are drunk. Fatigued driving is a common factor in accidents at all times of day, but particularly in the very early morning and during the morning and evening commutes.
- Speeding (Above the Posted Speed Limit) – Speeding is illegal for a reason. It can be extremely dangerous, especially on the highway and in the vicinity of other vehicles that are traveling at the posted speed limit.
- Speeding (Too Fast for Weather or Traffic Conditions) – Driving at the posted speed limit is supposed to be generally safe assuming ideal weather and traffic conditions. When the conditions are not ideal, it can be unsafe to drive at normal highway speeds, and drivers who do not slow down will often be to blame for serious and fatal collisions.
- Aggressive Driving – While there is no excuse for aggressive driving, aggressive drivers continue to be a persistent threat to other motorists on South Florida’s highways. Tailgating, weaving through traffic, road rage and other dangerous behaviors are all factors in far too many accidents each year.
- Common Driving Mistakes – While intentional acts are to blame for many highway accidents in the Fort Lauderdale area, ordinary driving mistakes account for a significant number of accidents as well. This includes mistakes such as failing to yield, merging without looking and failing to brake in time to avoid a rear-end collision.
- Vehicle Defects of Maintenance Issues – In addition to driver-related factors, vehicle-related factors can also cause and contribute to highway accidents. This includes vehicle defects as well as issues caused by faulty maintenance and repair jobs.
- Road Defects or Maintenance Issues – Just as vehicle defects and maintenance issues can lead to accidents, so can issues with the road. Faulty road construction, inadequate road maintenance and dangerous road construction zones are just a few examples of common issues encountered on South Florida’s highways.
- Hiring an Unsafe Driver – Finally, in many cases employers can be held liable for hiring unsafe drivers. If you were injured by a truck driver or any other driver who was on the clock at the time of the collision, your attorney may be able to file a claim against the driver’s employer.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a crash on a South Florida highway or interstate, Hollander Law Firm can help. We understand the difficult challenges you are dealing with and will work to ensure that you receive the compensation you need to recover and get on with your life. Call us today to schedule a free, no obligation consultation with an experienced Fort Lauderdale vehicle accident lawyer.