Chad Horowitz, a top Florida automobile accident attorney, is committed to obtaining the best possible outcome for victims of car accidents throughout Florida. He has helped thousands of people get back on their feet after catastrophic accidents caused by another driver’s negligence. If you need a tough litigator who can provide you with top-notch legal representation, look no further. Mr. Horowitz is THE ONE YOU WANT!
Automobile accidents are the leading cause of death in Florida and the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, they are also the leading cause of traumatic brain and spinal cord injury. Unfortunately, Florida has one of the highest incidents of traffic fatalities per year in the country, recording 2,558 deaths in 2010 alone. In both single and multiple-car accidents, usually at least one driver is at fault.
Drivers have a duty to safely operate their motor vehicles. When drivers breach that duty, endangering other motorists, they are liable for any injuries that result. Driving while distracted or intoxicated are the leading causes of traffic fatalities. In either case, the motorist’s focus and motor skills are impaired, increasing the likelihood of an accident. While cell phones bear the brunt of the blame for driver distraction, other sources of negligent driving include:
- Eating and drinking
- Trying to retrieve fallen objects in the vehicle
- Reaching or searching for water or other belongings
- Adjusting mirrors, lights, seating, or safety belts in the car
- Making changes on radio dials, CD-players, iPods, and GPS devices
- Talking to or assisting other occupant(s) in the vehicle, including children and pets
- Other distractions, including medical issues, inattention, sleepiness, and fatigue
Florida laws protect motorists who are injured by another driver’s negligence. The 2011 Florida Statutes require drivers to carry an insurance policy providing personal injury protection to the named insured, relatives, passengers and other persons operating the motor vehicle. Section 627.736 provides a $10,000 limit for loss sustained by an insured person as a result of bodily injury or death arising out of a motor vehicle accident.
Under Florida law, driving under the influence is proved by impairment of normal faculties or unlawful blood alcohol levels of 0.08 or above. Pursuant to Section 316.193 of the Florida Statutes, any person who causes property damage or personal injury to another while driving under the influence is guilty of a first degree misdemeanor punishable by a $1,000 fine or 1-year imprisonment. Repeat offenders may face a $5,000 fine, 5 years imprisonment, or both.
Injured parties who can show their harm was caused by another driver’s negligence are entitled to several forms of damages. First, they can recover compensation for past and future medical expenses, from the cost of emergency care at the scene of the accident to bills for ongoing treatment as the injury requires. Second, injured victims can recover the lost income, future earnings, and disability benefits incurred from their inability to return to work. Finally, they may recover for the emotional harm and trauma brought about by the accident, including damages for pain and suffering. These are all costs borne by the at-fault party and his or her insurer.
If you were injured in an automobile accident, call an experienced Florida car accident lawyer immediately. Chad Horowitz has successfully handled thousands of car accident cases for clients in all areas of Florida. Because some statutes limit the amount of time injured parties have to file suit, Mr. Horowitz can help you prevent future legal issues that would diminish the value of your claim. As a former insurance defense litigator, Mr. Horowitz is adept at dealing with adjusters and finding solutions not immediately apparent to other lawyers. He can help you obtain the maximum recovery possible so all you have to do is recover. Stop searching for an aggressive advocate for your car accident claim because Mr. Horowitz is THE ONE YOU WANT! To schedule a free consultation, call (888) ONE-YOU-WANT (888-663-9689).