According to NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), there are approximately 6,000,000 motor vehicle accidents each year in the U.S. According to the FARS (Fatality Analysis Reporting System), 40,000 of these involve fatalities. The most deadly highways in the U.S. are I-10 in California, I-15 in California, I-76 in New Jersey, I-10 in Louisiana, and I-95 in Florida.
Interstate 95 (I-95) in Florida is the main Interstate Highway in Florida’s Atlantic coast. Given the importance of the highway in Florida and its long stretch (382 miles), it is not surprising that it has very high traffic. This explains the many number of accidents on the highway. According to NHTSA, there were 662 fatal accidents on this section of I-95 between 2004 and 2008 (an average of 1.73 accidents per mile). Other than the number of vehicles on the highway, other leading causes of accidents here are improper signs, narrow lanes, and dangerous potholes.
If you have been involved in a car accident on I-95 through no fault of your own and the accident results in an injury, the law allows you to file a car accident lawsuit. You are also entitled to file a lawsuit if the accident results in the injury or death of a loved one. One reason why you should file a law suit is that you will get compensated. A personal injury lawyer will help you get compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and money for pain and suffering.There are several other reasons why you should file a traffic accident lawsuit.
According to Florida law, you are entitled to compensation to cover pain and suffering. A traffic accident can be very traumatizing and, as has always been the case, the money will help take some of the pain away.
When you are involved in a traffic accident, you will be dealing with the insurance company of the person responsible for the accident. Note that you need not file a lawsuit to get compensated by the insurance company. It is, however, important that you file a lawsuit because insurance companies try to give out as little as possible. A good traffic accident lawyer will know exactly what your case is worth and he/she will work towards getting this amount.
Many people fear filing traffic accident lawsuits for fear of being stuck in court for years and for lack of money that is not the case. If this is your fear, cases can resolve in out-of-court settlement. You could go for a lawyer who works on a contingency basis (no-win no-pay basis) if you do not have the money. If no recovery, no attorney fees.
Filing a traffic accident lawsuit will also give you peace of mind since you will know the person responsible for your injuries and pain and suffering is paying. Filing a lawsuit acts as a deterrent against reckless driving and the use of un-roadworthy vehicles and is indeed your civic duty.