Although the term has become synonymous with aggressive drivers who take their frustrations out on other motorists, the term road rage is a recent addition to the American lexicon. The term was coined by a Los Angeles news station after a string of shootings occurred on freeways throughout the city. Road rage is now referenced… Read More
Car accidents are the most common reason for people to see a personal injury attorney. Most people will be in 3-4 accidents in their lifetime. Not all of these will result in an injury, of course, but getting hit is a matter of when, not if.
Accidents are often in the news and we’ve curated some of these stories from around Florida here on this section of our website. All stories link back to the original news source.
If you are in a car accident, the first thing to do is to seek medical attention. For insurance to pay you what you deserve for your injuries, you need to prove that you are injured. If the cost of your car repairs and medical bills is under $10,000, or $20,000 if the crash wasn’t your fault, insurance will likely cover the costs because this is the minimum coverage required by law in Florida.
However, injuries can cost far more than this. That’s when you need the help of a personal injury attorney to fight for your needs. We can negotiate with the insurance companies to get you what you deserve and protect you from sneaky tricks. And should they refuse to budge, we will fight on your behalf in the courtroom.
Thousands of people enter courtrooms every day to fight for their due compensation after an injury accident. The ones with the best chances come with a lawyer on their side like one from the team of Chalik Law. We represent the interests of the unjustly injured.
Head-on crashes make up roughly 2% of all motor vehicle crashes yet cause more than 10% of all crash fatalities. The very nature of head-on crashes is the leading cause of the catastrophic outcomes of head-on crashes. Head-on crashes tend to happen at high speeds, which increases the damage done to the vehicles and the… Read More
In 2017, Florida saw an alarming 402,385 auto accidents. This number averages out to be about 1,098 crashes per day. There was a total of 686,590 people injured in these accidents. Furthermore, 42.13% of these accidents resulted in an injury that needed medical attention and killed 3,116 people. Florida is one of the few states… Read More
Although there have been significant safety improvements to make tractor-trailers safer on American roadways, they still are involved in a rising number of accidents. Most of the time, drivers and passengers in passenger vehicles suffer serious injuries and death when involved in an accident with a tractor-trailer. However, it should be noted that a good… Read More
One of the most common causes of accidents at intersections is failure to yield. In general, each state has its own laws on who has the right of way in a situation. Failure to cede to the vehicle with the right of way can lead to a citation for failure to yield. In most cases,… Read More
Florida is one of the few states that still is a no-fault state. This means that drivers are required to carry a certain amount of personal injury protection insurance. This insurance is the first to begin to cover economic damages in the case of an accident. This includes property damage and medical bills. Before an… Read More
Wrong-way driving has been a major concern for approximately 6 decades. While wrong-way collisions account for only about 3% of all crashes on high-speed, divided highways, the nature of these crashes makes them more likely to have a fatal or catastrophic outcome. One study found that the fatality rate for wrong-way collisions was 27 times… Read More
Intersections are already a dangerous place for both cars, motorcyclists, and pedestrians. The crossing traffic as well as the turning traffic can make some intersections confusing. According to the NHTSA, turning left is one of the primary causes of motor vehicle accidents. 61% of accidents that occur at intersections involve left turns. Only 3.1% involve… Read More
While many accidents on the interstate are caused by drivers who fail to stop when traffic ahead of them slows, there are many more that are caused when drivers attempt to change lanes. Driver distraction, speed, and even intoxicated driving can cause a driver to make unsafe lane changes. These types of traffic accidents can… Read More
Florida statute allows for a driver to be charged with vehicular homicide if they were driving in a manner that was reckless and caused an accident that led to the death of another person. Depending on the circumstances of the crash, the penalties can differ. However, in most cases, vehicular homicide is a second-degree felony… Read More
Florida has strict laws and very serious penalties for people who choose not to stop for a law enforcement officer. The crime is broken down into several different circumstances, such as general fleeing and eluding, fleeing and eluding with lights and sirens activated, fleeing and eluding with reckless driving, and fleeing and eluding with high… Read More
In Florida, approximately 25% of all crashes involve a hit-and-run. Because of this, the state has an awareness campaign called “Stay at the Scene.” The campaign looks to educate drivers on their responsibilities if they are in a crash and the potentially serious consequences they face if they are convicted of leaving the scene of… Read More
Head-on collisions make up a small number of overall traffic collisions but account for a higher percentage of serious injuries and fatalities. Head-on collisions are more likely to occur in rural areas, accounting for 13% of crashes compared to less than 7% of deadly crashes in rural areas. The vast majority of car accidents involve… Read More
Off-road collisions are one of the primary causes of single-vehicle crashes in the United States. According to the NHTSA, in 95% of cases, off-road collisions can be attributed to the behavior of the driver in the moments before the crash. Only just over 1% of crashes can be attributed to environmental conditions. Driver performance errors… Read More
Due to their very nature and the typically high speeds at which they occur, head-on crashes are one of the most dangerous types of collisions. Head-on collisions represent a small number, just 2%, of overall crashes. However, these dangerous crashes cause 10% of all traffic accident fatalities nationwide. The injuries that a person suffers in… Read More
According to statistics, each year there are more than 5,000 accidents that involve alcohol in Florida. Over 350 of these accidents result in fatal injuries. When a person is killed, the intoxicated driver can be charged with DUI manslaughter. A driver can be charged with this whether they are intoxicated by alcohol or drugs or… Read More
Florida statute covers what a person must do when involved in an accident involving another person, vehicle, or property. Leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury is a third-degree felony charge that can be easily avoided. In the event of an accident, a driver must stop at the scene or as soon as… Read More
Because police chases can cause extensive property damage and frequently end with innocent victims being hurt, most police departments have strict policies in place regarding pursuits. These polices govern when a police officer may initiate a pursuit. For example, some departments will only initiate a pursuit in cases where law enforcement officers believe that a… Read More
Getting a driver’s license is a rite of passage that many teenagers look forward to in their lives. They often attend driver’s education courses or have a parent teach them how to drive. Then they take written, and sometimes driving, tests on the roadways before they are legal to drive alone. Despite all this preparation,… Read More
Florida has a very broad definition of what circumstances must exist for a driver to be charged with vehicular homicide. Most states will bring these charges against a driver if their manner of handling the vehicle led to the death of another person. However, Florida also makes provisions for vehicular homicide charges in the case… Read More