For Florida drivers, if you’ve never been in a car accident before and suddenly one occurs, it may take you by surprise. As our area has increased in population, the main roads in the Sarasota/Manatee area have become busier and more dangerous. Roads like US 301, US 41, Tamiami Trail, University Parkway, and Manatee Avenue have all seen heavier traffic and, as a result, more accidents. First, the event itself is likely to be violent and chaotic. Sure, every now and then crashes are minor fender flares that don’t do much. All too often, however, that is not the case. So if you find yourself in a bad wreck, don’t be surprised if you’re exhausted.
Of course, being exhausted might be the least of your worries. Cars are also severely damaged in collisions. Not to mention that participants are often left with serious injuries. They vary from one incident to the next, but some of the most common auto accident-related injuries include:
- • Fractures and broken bones
- • Traumatic brain injuries
- • Burns, lacerations and bruises
- • Spinal, neck and back injuries
Unfortunately, people can also die in car accidents in Florida and elsewhere in the world. As for The Sunshine State, FLHSMV says Florida was responsible for 3,098 fatal accidents in 2020. In addition, the research shows that the events resulted in 3,332 deaths.
Expenditures that often lead to financial challenges after accidents
All of the above can get pretty expensive. For example, if a person’s car is totaled, they must replace it, and research shows that the median price for a new vehicle in August 2022 was $48,301. But what if your ride isn’t a total write-off and just needs repairs? That can take some of the strain off your wallet. However, depending on what’s wrong, the body shop bill might make you feel like you’re breaking the bank.
For example, bumper damage can result in an owner spending anywhere from $300 to $1,500. How about a windshield because there’s a very good chance yours will get smashed or cracked in a wreck? These repairs can cost anywhere from $250 to $1,000. This should be enough evidence to show you how a body bill can get out of hand in a hurry.
It’s always a good idea to get checked out by a doctor after a car accident. You may even need to go to a hospital. Either way, you’ll likely be paying for what feels like an arm and a leg, but even more so with the latter. For one, the average cost of an ambulance ride in the US is $1,200. So if you’re being transported this way, you’re already seeing a hefty chunk of change. Then there is the ER visit. It’s not uncommon for one of them to cost around $2,200.
Finally, what if someone dies in an accident? This can cost a family more than $7,000 on the spot. So that brings us to the final point, what can a lawyer do?
A few final words
If you are injured in a car accident in Florida, Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, or Pinellas County as a result of negligence, you may be entitled to reasonable compensation. Want to know if you qualify? If the answer is yes, look no further than Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, Murphy & Walsh. Contact the law firm today to arrange a free case evaluation.
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