The first thing that many people think of when they hear the words personal watercraft (PWC) is fun on a lake or out in the ocean. Yet, according to the United States Coast Guard, PWCs have a higher rate of collision than any other type of watercraft. There are several reasons why. For instance, a… Read More
The most common reason to see a personal injury attorney is for a motor vehicle accident. Crashes are incredibly common. The average driver will have 3-4 in their lifetime. Not all of these will result in an injury, but the chances are high enough that you should know what to do after an accident.
On this page, we document some of the more interesting motor vehicle accidents in Florida news. All of our stories have citations back to the original source in the article. You can also check out our sub-pages for more specific kinds of accidents.
As part of driver’s education, you should have learned what to do in case you get in an accident. Here’s a brief review:
- Seek medical attention for anyone involved in the crash.
- Call the police to make a report about what happened.
- Exchange insurance information with the other drivers, if possible.
- Contact your insurance company to report a claim in accordance with your policy.
If you carry insurance and you believe that $10,000 will not be enough to cover your expenses, or your insurance will not pay out enough from your PIP to cover costs, that’s the time to call a personal injury lawyer to negotiate on your behalf. We know what to say to insurance companies to get them to pay up. And if they won’t pay up, we can take them to court and try to make it happen.
If you’ve been injured in an accident in the state of Florida and you believe you’re due compensation, don’t hesitate. Call Chalik Law and speak to one of our personal injury lawyers.
Since the yellow Brightline trains began test runs in South Florida in 2017, there have been more than a dozen pedestrians killed. Florida came in sixth in a ranking of states with the highest number of railway crossing accidents. Between 2014 and 2018 there were 462 reported railroad-related accidents. Nearly 16% of these accidents resulted… Read More
Some types of car accidents are more common than others. While head-on collisions cause the most fatalities, they make up a relatively small percentage of overall accidents. These can involve multiple vehicles, or it can involve a single vehicle hitting a stationary object. The most common type of accident nationwide is rear-end collisions. Another type… Read More
All-terrain vehicles, or ATVs, also known as four-wheelers, can be an exhilarating way to adventure outdoors. Despite their name, these vehicles are not truly meant for every type of terrain out there. Each year, many people drive or ride on one of these vehicles without being aware of the dangers they present. ATV accidents injure… Read More
While cars exploding after a crash are mostly in the realm of Hollywood special effects, car fires after a collision are not. There are many things that can contribute to a fire immediately following an accident. Most cars have crumple zones that are designed to absorb the impact of a crash, especially around areas such… Read More
While there is a wealth of informational statistics regarding on-duty fatalities for police officers, there is surprisingly little data for on-duty injuries. A study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in 2018 shed light on these statistics. The primary finding was that law enforcement… Read More
Tesla CEO Elon Musk may be providing a high-end vehicle for those that have the money. Some critics, however, say that the way the company advertises its autopilot function may be causing accidents. Drivers may think that the autopilot mode, available on some Tesla models, allows them to go hands-free and that the car will… Read More
A Florida woman charged with DUI manslaughter was found to have a long history of driving citations, according to records. Investigators say that Mariam Coulibaly was driving on a suspended license and has a history of 42 traffic infractions since 2008, a record which includes seven previous crashes. In 2015 alone, Coulibaly was involved in… Read More
When thinking of a DUI, most people conjure images of an intoxicated person driving a car or truck wildly through the streets. However, Florida’s laws do not specifically state that one must be driving a motor vehicle in order to get a DUI. In fact, if an intoxicated person is driving a golf cart, an… Read More
Nationally, Florida ranks first in bicycle accident fatalities at 5.7 per million while the national average per million is 2.3. Florida annually sees 110 cyclist deaths. Alcohol has been found to be a major contributing factor in many of these accidents, accounting for nearly 100 accidents between 2013 and 2016. 64% of these accidents occur… Read More
Most of the time, a motorcycle is a safe and fun mode of transportation, but they do carry an increased risk of accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that there were 5,172 motorcycle accidents in the United States during the year 2017. Additionally, the agency reported that fatalities occurred 28 times more frequently… Read More
Partial or complete ejection from a vehicle is a major risk in rollover crashes. Seatbelt use can nearly completely eliminate this risk. According to the IIHS, rollover crashes mostly occur when a driver loses control of a vehicle and it begins to slide sideways. Something then hits the vehicle and causes it to begin rolling…. Read More
While distracted driving has become a major cause of most accidents involving teenagers, there is another common factor to consider. In 2015, speeding was determined to be a cause in crashes killing 9,557 people. In 2011, speeding was a major factor in 52% of fatal crashes with a teen behind the wheel. Male teen drivers… Read More
Motorcycles are a popular mode of transportation, but they are inherently more dangerous than passenger vehicles. In 2017, nearly 5,000 people were killed on motorcycles, which has decreased from 2016. However, motorcycle fatalities occur 28 times more often than other passenger vehicles per mile traveled. They have the highest percentage of any other vehicle type… Read More
The St. Pete Patch reports on a taxi driver facing multiple charges over a fatal accident. 47-year-old David Yancy was driving an Express Taxi south on 49th Street North on January 27th. He had a passenger in his vehicle, 40-year-old Heather Scozzaro when he rear-ended a 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by 78-year-old John McVey. This… Read More
Autonomous vehicles are under development by a number of auto manufacturers and other companies, notably Google. The promise of self-driving cars is that they will not only be convenient for travelers, but will greatly reduce car accidents. Some reports indicate that wide adoption of driverless vehicles could reduce car accidents by 90 percent, saving 300,000… Read More
A Florida bill aimed at preventing drowning deaths in car accidents has passed its first House committee. The bill is named “Chloe’s law” after Chloe Arenas, a University of Central Florida student who died last year when her vehicle ran off the road and into a retention pond. The bill is aimed at installing guardrails… Read More
Drowsy driving causes car accidents, which can result in serious injuries and even death. Although everyone knows driving while fatigued is not a good idea, many people are not aware of just how great the risk can be. Drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as driving drunk. The legal limit for driving in the… Read More