Jacksonville Car Accident Attorneys
For more than 40 years, the Jacksonville auto accident attorneys at The Law Firm of Pajcic & Pajcic have helped thousands of car crash victims obtain the compensation they deserved. Whether we can conclude your case through negotiations with insurance companies or by going to court, the end goal is to ensure your full and fair financial recovery.
A car accident often leads to a person’s first involvement with insurance companies and the legal system. When you have an attorney from The Law Firm of Pajcic & Pajcic on your side, you have an experienced and skilled legal advocate who will protect your rights and interests through each step of the process. The Law Firm of Pajcic & Pajcic can investigate your accident, determine who should be held responsible and then pursue a strong legal case against them. Over the course of nearly four decades, The Law Firm of Pajcic & Pajcic has obtained significant verdicts and settlements on behalf of thousands of injured clients.
We provide courteous, personalized service to car accident victims for Florida’s First Coast, Georgia’s Gold Coast and from Daytona, Gainesville, Savannah and surrounding communities. Contact The Law Firm of Pajcic & Pajcic today for a free review of your case and your legal options by calling us or using our online contact form.
If you have been injured in a car accident that was not your fault, there may be compensation available to help with the cost of your recovery from the negligent driver’s insurance company. Every accident victim harmed through the fault of another driver deserves experienced professional legal guidance. The car accident lawyers and staff of The Law Firm of Pajcic & Pajcic in Jacksonville may be able to help you obtain a full and fair recovery. For a free review of your claim with no strings attached, call us now or fill out our online contact form.
Holding Those at Fault in Car Accidents Accountable
Car accidents occur far too frequently on Florida’s busy interstates, highways, roads and streets. In a single recent year, there were 316,943 crashes in the state, or an average of over 900 accidents per day, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) Traffic Crash Facts Annual Report. A total of 2,402 people lost their lives in Florida car accidents that year, and another 210,887 suffered injuries. All of the deaths and injuries were likely avoidable.
Most types of car accidents are caused by some form of driver error, such as failing to slow down, an improper turn, drifting out of a lane, and so on. Many times there is an underlying cause of the error. Typically some sort of irresponsible behavior by a driver – known as negligence – is the real cause of a car accident. Common factors in car accidents include:
Breaking the speed limit or driving too fast for conditions has been the leading cause of car accidents in our country for several decades, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Speed was a factor in more than 4,000 fatal and injury crashes in Florida in a single year, according to the FLHSMV.
Alcohol-impaired driving fatalities accounted for 31 percent of the total traffic accident deaths in the United States, according to NHTSA. The FLHSMV reports more than 17,000 car crashes in the state in one recent year were alcohol-related or suspected to have been related to a driver’s alcohol consumption.
Not only is driving under the influence of illegal drugs dangerous, but many prescribed medications and over-the-counter drugs can also cause drowsiness or otherwise impair a driver’s ability to safely handle a vehicle. Drugs played a role in more than 4,400 accidents in Florida in a single year, according to the FLHSMV.
This form of negligence has increased dramatically in recent years due to texting while driving and other use of cell phones and other personal electronics behind the wheel.
Many states, including Florida, have adopted statutes to define aggressive driving as driving behavior that includes speeding, unsafe or improper lane changes, following too closely (tailgating), failure to yield the right-of-way, improper passing, and failure to obey traffic control devices (for example, running red lights, stop signs and railroad crossing gates). These behaviors were responsible for more than 42,000 injury and fatality crashes in Florida in a single year, the FLHSMV reports.
Fatigued or drowsy driving includes falling asleep behind the wheel as well as simply being too sleepy or tired to drive safely. Fatigue and drowsiness slow reflexes and impair decision-making skills, which can lead to accidents.
Each of the car accident causes above involves a negligent decision on the part of a driver. And when these dangerous decisions result in an accident that causes injury or death, the individual driver who has acted negligently may be held accountable for the losses suffered by others. Car accident factors not related to drivers include:
Faulty tires, brakes, steering systems, airbags that deploy improperly and/or vehicles that roll over too easily have caused thousands of injuries and deaths.
Sometimes the design of a roadway or an intersection, or the lack of maintenance, contributes to an accident. In other cases, a work zone that is set up for maintenance or construction does not adequately warn drivers to slow down or, through poor layout, leads to collisions.
In these cases, the organization – a car parts manufacturer or distributor, or a government agency or contractor responsible for a dangerous stretch of road or a work zone – may be held accountable after a car crash.
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