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Average Farmers Insurance Settlement Amount in Florida

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If you have a car insurance claim involving Farmers Insurance, you are naturally curious about how their process works and how they are to deal with. You might also be curious about the average Farmers Insurance payouts for a car accident or another type of personal injury claim. Whether you or the other driver had Farmers Insurance coverage, the claims process is essentially the same. The value of your claim will depend on the specific economic and non-economic damages you suffered. However, you could be entitled to pursue compensation for your medical treatment, lost income, personal property damage, and some types of pain and suffering. In Florida, the car accident attorneys of Abrahamson & Uiterwyk provide compassionate and aggressive legal representation to injury accident victims. We have a long history of negotiating settlements with Farmers, and we understand how to get the maximum compensation for your damages. What Is the Average Farmers Insurance Claim Settlement Amount? Every injury accident victim’s experience is unique, as are the damages they suffer. This makes it virtually impossible to estimate any type of average Farmers Insurance settlement amount in Florida. Your claim’s value will be based on your actual damages. This could include your medical care and treatment, lost income, car repair or replacement cost, etc. In Florida, you might not be able to recover compensation for some types of emotional distress. Florida law limits mental suffering and emotional trauma damages to only those that cause the victim to have some kind of resulting physical manifestation. To determine what the potential value of your claim might be, schedule a consultation with a knowledgeable Florida injury accident attorney. After reviewing the details of your case, an attorney can provide you with an estimate of your claim’s value and how long it might take to negotiate a settlement with Farmers. Farmers Insurance Company Information Farmers was founded in 1928 for the purpose of providing coverage for the vehicles of rural American farmers. Today, the company offers a wide range of products, including property and casualty insurance, life insurance, and business insurance. The company also owns several smaller insurance companies, including Foremost Insurance, Bristol West Insurance, and The 21st Century Insurance Group. The company is currently in the process of acquiring other entities, including MetLife. Over the years, Farmers has had its share of consumer complaints and legal problems. In fact, the company was previously named as one of the poorest performers for paying auto accident claims. How Long Will My Farmers Insurance Claim Settlement Take? If you read through some of the Better Business Bureau consumer complaints against the company, it seems as though Farmers Insurance settlement checks don’t always show up when claimants believe they should. Although it’s difficult to determine what the real story is behind any online consumer complaint, this could indicate a pattern. Because so many factors are involved in the personal injury claims and settlement process, it isn’t possible to determine any average time necessary to settle a car accident claim with Farmers. In some cases, if the claim is fairly simple and straightforward, you could get a settlement within a few weeks. However, for any case that involves serious injuries and extensive damages, you can safely assume that the process could take months. If the company will not negotiate a settlement in good faith—or if Farmers won’t offer a reasonable settlement value—you may need to file a lawsuit. However, in most cases, lawyers can successfully negotiate car accident claims with Farmers. This gets a check into your hand as soon as possible and saves you the time and cost of going to court. How to Contact Farmers Insurance in Florida To file a car accident claim with Farmers, you can call the company’s toll free number, 800-435-7764. You can also file a Farmers Insurance claim online or using the Farmers mobile app. You can use the online interface to file a claim whether you are the insured party or the other driver has Farmers. Once your claim has been set up, you will be able to login to check the status of your claim any time. The site also has additional informational resources, including a helpful car accident checklist. The other option for reporting a claim with Farmers Insurance is to let an experienced personal injury lawyer handle it on your behalf. Your attorney will handle everything, including communicating and negotiating with Farmers. This leaves you free to focus on recovering from your injuries and getting back on your feet. Tips For Dealing with Farmers Insurance Claims Getting a Farmers Insurance settlement shouldn’t be overly difficult or time-consuming. Unfortunately, the process often gets delayed through no fault of the claimant. Like any insurer, you can expect Farmers to at least try to deny your claim or to reduce its value as much as possible. Getting the settlement you deserve requires negotiation. Unfortunately, you might not have the industry-specific knowledge or experience to get the compensation you deserve. Consider having an attorney handle Farmers on your behalf. Experienced personal injury attorneys know exactly how Farmers and other insurance companies work. Your lawyer can document your claim and build the most persuasive case possible. They can also press Farmers to engage in the negotiations process to expedite the resolution of your claim. Should I Get a Lawyer to Handle My Farmers Claim? Nothing in Florida’s laws requires that you hire an attorney to handle a personal injury claim. If your case is simple and straightforward, and if the insurance company is responsive to your claim, you should be able to get the settlement you need. However, if your claim is more complex, or if it involves a significant injury, having a lawyer can make a big difference in the outcome of your case. Your lawyer can also help ensure that you comply with all the applicable laws and ensure you don’t miss any time limits. Before you provide a recorded statement or discuss any potential settlement offers with Farmers, talk to a...

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Average UPS Accident Settlement in Florida

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The United Parcel Service’s (UPS) brown vans are one of the most recognizable brand symbols in the world. Aside from the United States Postal Service (USPS), UPS is the largest parcel carrier operating in the US today. While Amazon’s trucks are popping up more and more often, their reach is not yet that of UPS. In 2020, UPS had more than 125,000 parcel delivery vehicles in operation bringing a total revenue of over $80 billion for the company. At the global level, UPS drivers delivered nearly 20 million packages per day in that same year. With all these vehicles on the road, accidents happen; there is no way around it. Like all drivers on the road, UPS drivers sometimes make mistakes, which leads to accidents. Because of the relative size of UPS vehicles compared to most of the other cars on the road, accidents with UPS trucks are often more severe than typical car accidents. Not only are UPS vehicles bigger than most other cars, they are often loaded with weight, which further increases the amount of force (and damage) in UPS accidents. One of the main questions about UPS lawsuit settlements that we get at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk is: What is the average UPS accident settlement in Florida? The answer to this question depends on your individual circumstances. What Is the Average UPS Lawsuit Settlement? The truth is, there is no average UPS lawsuit settlement. Every car accident is different, as is every car accident with a UPS vehicle. The amount of damages, the type and scope of insurance policies involved, and even the lawyers involved with a given UPS lawsuit can all affect the size of a UPS lawsuit settlement. In sum, the size of your UPS lawsuit settlement depends entirely on the circumstances of your case.  What Factors Affect the Size of a UPS Lawsuit Settlement? There are many factors that impact the size of any potential UPS lawsuit settlement. Some of the factors will increase your settlement amount, while others will decrease it. Conversely, some factors can go both ways. If some of the following factors apply to your case, your settlement amount will go up, relatively speaking: Hospitalization, Emergency medical transport, Surgery, Physical rehabilitation, In-home help or in-home caregiving, A death, The loss of a limb or other bodily function, “Totalling” your vehicle, Malicious intent on the part of the driver, Mental health or other psychological issues arising out of the accident, and Permanent or temporary disability. How Can I Maximize My UPS Lawsuit Settlement? There are a few things you can do that will help you maximize your UPS lawsuit settlement. Perhaps chief among these is to retain the services of an experienced car accident attorney. Even better is to retain the services of a car accident attorney with specific experience in litigating against UPS or other parcel delivery services. If you hire an attorney to represent you, UPS is more likely to take your claim seriously. Without an attorney on your side, UPS is much more likely to try to get you to accept a settlement that does not fully cover your damages. Furthermore, car accident attorneys are adept negotiators, and there is no substitute for their prior experience. Aside from hiring an attorney, there are other ways to maximize your settlement. One of the best ways of maximizing your settlement is carefully documenting all the damages you suffered. Take pictures of your car after the accident to illustrate damages. Then take your vehicle to a few different repair shops to have the damages appraised. The more appraisals you get, the better. You should also document your injuries. Maintain a record of any medical procedures or evaluations you have done, and consider asking your doctor to provide as much detail as possible. When you receive medical treatment, always document any invoices or other bills you receive. Maintaining a journal of any physical or emotional distress you have will also help you prove the damages you suffered. Such a journal will also help you get the medical treatment you need. At the end of the day, without documenting the damages you suffer, you will face an uphill battle recovering them. What Is It Like to Deal with UPS and Their Insurers? Fortunately, dealing with UPS and their insurers is a bit more straightforward than working with other parties. The main reason for this is that UPS is self-insured. Most companies that operate commercial vehicles contract with a third-party liability insurer. That means that most of the time, instead of working with an insurance adjuster that works for the company directly, you are dealing with an entirely separate entity. That entity then needs to get approval from the liable party before you can agree to any settlement. Not so with UPS. Since UPS is self-insured, you are dealing with a direct representative of the company. That means fewer parties are involved, which translates to less red tape. As a result, settlement negotiations with UPS are often quicker and more efficient than those with a commercial party who uses a third-party liability insurer. If You Need to File a UPS Lawsuit If you need to file a UPS lawsuit in Florida, Abrahamson & Uiterwyk can help you get the settlement you deserve. For more than 30 years, our team of dedicated personal injury attorneys has helped more than 20,000 clients recover damages in all forms of personal injury cases. We have successfully litigated against private parties, but also against large commercial parties including UPS. To date, we have helped our clients recover hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. With our experience on your side, you can rest easy and focus on your recovery. Check out our client testimonials page to hear what our other clients have to say, then call us today for your free consultation!

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Average USAA Car Accident Settlement Amount in Florida

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If you need to file a car accident claim with USAA in Florida, you are understandably anxious to get the process moving. The sooner you can get your claim submitted, the sooner you can get a resolution—and a settlement check. If you suffered injuries in an accident caused by a USAA customer, you might be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost income, and emotional trauma. If you are a USAA policyholder yourself, you might also find yourself pursuing a claim under your personal injury protection (PIP), uninsured, or underinsured motorist coverage. It can be especially helpful to understand more about USAA’s claims process. Some common questions that injury accident victims have include how long it takes to get a USAA car accident settlement and whether the company will be fair in its dealings with your claim. In settling an injury claim with USAA, it can be helpful to have some background on the company. However, it’s more important to get a basic idea about how to submit a claim, how their process works, and how to keep the process moving along. If you have questions about the process, or if you feel that you might need some help getting a fair settlement for your injuries and other damages, consider talking to an experienced Florida car accident lawyer. The attorneys of Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have more than three decades of experience. We have helped multiple clients get a USAA personal injury settlement, and we can help you get the justice you deserve. What Is the Average USAA Car Accident Settlement Check Amount? The value of any car accident claim can vary significantly depending on the details of the case. It’s not possible to identify any average USAA car accident settlement amount in Florida or any other state. Typically, accident victims are entitled to pursue compensation for their physical, emotional, and economic damages. Clients often ask whether they can include compensation for emotional distress in their USAA settlement amount. Due to Florida’s “Impact Rule,” it can be challenging to recover these damages—but not impossible. Many victims recover compensation for mental and emotional trauma. However, they must prove that the trauma resulted in physical symptoms. An experienced Florida car accident attorney can review the details of your case and give you a better idea of what your claim might be worth. How Long Will My USAA Car Accident Claim Take to Settle? One of the most common questions we hear is: How long does it take USAA to pay an insurance claim? The time required to settle a USAA personal injury claim varies based on the details of the case. The more complex the claim, the longer it might take to get a resolution. For example, negotiating USAA whiplash settlements shouldn’t typically take as long as negotiating settlements for more severe or permanent injuries. The process of getting a USAA insurance claim payout is similar to that of any other insurer. Once you report your claim to the company, a representative of the company—usually an insurance adjuster—will contact you. The adjuster will go over the details of the accident with you and ask you for a recorded statement. They will also ask you to provide copies of your medical bills and any other relevant documentation you may have. The adjuster will then conduct their own investigation and, eventually, come back to you with a decision. The decision could be that they reject your claim outright. More likely, they might make a small settlement offer that won’t even cover your out-of-pocket costs. Insurance companies often make significantly undervalued settlement offers because injury accident victims will frequently accept the lowball offers. Accident victims might believe they won’t be able to get USAA to make a better offer or, as is often the case, their dire situation has them desperate for any economic relief. Whatever the circumstances of your case, never provide any statement or discuss any potential settlement with USAA before you talk to an attorney to explore your options. What Is USAA? Formed in 1922 as the United States Army Automobile Association, USAA (now the United Services Automobile Association) was established for the sole purpose of insuring a group of U.S. Army officers. At the time, the officers set out to self-insure, as other insurers refused to provide coverage, citing their position as “high risk.” Today, USAA provides property and casualty insurance for current and former U.S. service members, their spouses, and their children. With more than 13 million members today, the company reports a net worth of $40 billion and $200 billion in total assets. USAA also reports paying out $16 billion in claims in 2020. USAA is member-owned. In other words, the company does not have investors and shareholders. Instead, its duty is to those who hold policies and use the company’s affiliated financial services, such as banking and investment advisement. The company disburses profits in the form of dividends to policyholders—$1.1 billion in auto policyholder dividends were paid in 2020—and through the support of military-related causes. According to the Better Business Bureau, USAA has 1,494 recorded BBB complaints, all of which the company resolved. Almost 600 of those complaints were filed in the past 12 months. USAA’s BBB customer review average is 1.25 stars out of 5. Because the insurer is not a BBB accredited company, however, it does not have a Better Business Bureau rating.  USAA does have some negative history with Florida customers. In 2017, USAA settled a class action lawsuit filed in 2013 by Florida policyholders. The settlement amount was reported as $39 million. The suit challenged the insurer for how it compensated auto policyholders for sales tax when they replaced a total loss vehicle. How to Contact USAA in Florida USAA encourages its policyholders to initiate their claim through the USAA online claims center. When you scroll down, you will see the option to file an auto claim. The option for filing a non-policyholder claim with USAA is offered as well. You can also check...

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Pain After The Car Accident: 3 Chronic Conditions Associated with Automobile Accidents

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Are you experiencing pain after a car accident? In this post you will learn about the most common causes of this and the next steps you can take. Unfortunately, this is not always what happens. The extreme forces involved in auto accidents can cause severe traumatic injuries, and for some people these injuries can have permanent consequences. In fact, recent medical evidence shows that auto accidents can lead to a number of chronic and debilitating conditions. Three Chronic Conditions Linked to Traumatic Collisions 1. Chronic Brain Injuries As doctors continue to gain a better understanding of the effects of traumatic brain injuries, there is a growing body of evidence to support a link between brain injuries and various chronic impairments. From concussions to severe penetrating brain injuries, virtually all types of traumatic brain injuries have the potential to lead to long-term effects. In many cases, the link between an accident and a driver’s or passenger’s condition will not immediately be clear. The effects of traumatic brain injuries can manifest gradually, and forgetfulness, impulsive behavior, and other symptoms may not necessarily trigger concerns about an accident-related injury. This is one reason why all auto accident victims should seek prompt medical attention. In certain circumstances, a delay in seeking treatment can exacerbate the chronic effects of a traumatic brain injury, which may include: Anxiety, depression, and mood swings Cognitive impairments Difficulty concentrating Forgetfulness Memory loss Headaches and migraines Impaired judgment Impulsive behavior These and other effects of traumatic brain injuries can impact every aspect of an accident victim’s life. Once again, prompt treatment is critical, and individuals diagnosed with chronic conditions resulting from accident-related brain injuries must carefully follow the treatment plans their doctors prescribe. 2. Chronic Back Pain Chronic back pain is among the most common long-term injuries resulting from vehicle collisions. Like the symptoms of certain types of traumatic brain injuries, back pain can come on slowly over time, masking the accident as its root cause. Individuals who experience back pain in the days, weeks, or months following a collision should seek medical attention, and should carefully describe their symptoms so that their treating physicians can provide an accurate diagnosis. Due to its chronic nature, treatment for trauma-induced back pain generally focuses on symptom management. Along with pain medications (such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS)), other treatment options can include acupuncture, physical therapy, steroid injections, and self-management. If you are experiencing back pain following a car accident, you will need to have your doctor prescribe a treatment regimen that is tailored to your own unique injury and personal circumstances. 3. Chronic Thyroid Disorders In addition to chronic brain injuries and back pain, there is now strong medical support for chronic thyroid disorders resulting from traumatic car accidents. The thyroid is a gland at the base of the neck that secretes hormones your body uses for metabolism, temperature regulation, and general growth and development. When a traumatic accident impacts the neck, the physical effects can cause damage to the thyroid, which can in turn lead to a number of chronic symptoms. For example, thyroid conditions resulting from musculoskeletal trauma during car accidents can cause: Compromised brain function Compromised immune system Exacerbation of pain from other trauma-induced injuries Mood swings Reduced energy levels Reduced metabolic rate Since thyroid disorders are both a result and a cause of pain in the muscular and skeletal systems, individuals who suffer neck injuries in auto accidents can find themselves in a vicious cycle of chronic symptoms. Fortunately, in many cases patients will have a number of treatment options available. Potential treatment options for chronic thyroid disorders include: Dietary supplements Hormone replacement therapy Physical therapy Radioactive iodide treatment Surgery Thyroid medications While anyone injured in an auto accident should be aware of the risk of a chronic thyroid condition, drivers and passengers injured in rear-end accidents are among those who are most likely to face thyroid problems. Whiplash injuries are closely associated with trauma-induced thyroid disorders, and these injuries most frequently occur in rear-end collisions. Seeking Financial Compensation for Chronic Conditions Resulting from Auto Accidents Seeking financial compensation for chronic conditions can present additional challenges as compared to seeking compensation for acute physical injuries. This is due in large part to the difficulty in diagnosing chronic conditions as the effects of physical trauma. Individuals who experience symptoms of a chronic injury or disorder following a car accident should take appropriate steps to preserve their legal rights, including: Help Your Doctor Provide an Accurate Diagnosis. If your doctor is unaware of your symptoms, he or she will not be able to provide an accurate diagnosis. If your doctor is unaware that you were injured in an accident, he or she will not be able to link your condition to the collision. When seeking medical attention after an accident, it is critical to make sure your doctor has all of the relevant information. It can be helpful to write down notes and bring them to your appointment. Follow Your Doctor’s Treatment Plan. Treatment for chronic conditions often involves a multi-faceted approach – surgery, rest, physical therapy, lifestyle modifications, and a variety of medications could all be essential to minimizing the long-term effects. If you have been diagnosed with a chronic condition, you need to be prepared to make some changes in your life, and sticking to your doctor’s treatment plan should be among your top priorities. Schedule a Free Consultation at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk If you would like more information about pursuing financial compensation for experiencing pain after a car accident, the injury lawyers at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk can help. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation, call our office at (855) 293-5630, text us, or request an appointment online today.

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What to do if You’re Injured While Visiting Tampa Bay

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With its beautiful weather, beaches, museums, and amusement parks, Tampa Bay is a great place for tourists. Tourism is on the rise in Tampa Bay. However, sometimes your vacation doesn’t go as planned. Maybe you were involved in a car accident or had a serious fall. You may have had an accident in your rental car or a slip and fall accident at your hotel. Just because you’re not from Tampa Bay doesn’t mean you don’t have the right to seek compensation for your injuries. Seek Medical Attention If you’ve been injured in an accident, the most important thing you can do is seek medical attention, even if you’re not sure of the extent of your injuries. Your injuries should be promptly diagnosed and documented. You shouldn’t take chances and wait until your vacation is over. See a doctor in Tampa Bay as soon as possible. There are urgent care clinics and emergency rooms throughout the area that are available to give you the attention you need. You can then follow up later with a physician at home. Find a Local Attorney Any lawsuit you file to seek compensation will likely have to be filed in Florida and proceed under Florida law. This is why it is important to find a local attorney as soon as you can. Look for an attorney with extensive experience handling accident cases. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we have over 30 years of experience representing accident victims, and we have helped more than 20,000 clients get the compensation they deserve. Just because you file a claim in Tampa Bay doesn’t mean you have to remain here while your claim is pending or that you’re going to have to frequently return to Florida. Most things in your case can be handled remotely via email or phone calls with your attorney’s office. You can focus on healing from your injuries at home and let the attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk handle the rest. Contact us online or call us at 855-293-5630 to set up your free consultation today.

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7 Documents Your Attorney Will Need After Your Car Accident

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If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you may have decided that hiring a personal injury attorney can help you through the process. In order for your attorney to effectively represent you, it is important that you provide them with all necessary information. Your attorney will need some documentation from you in order to put together the best case for pursuing compensation. Some documents your attorney may require, include: Police Report In a car accident case, the police will file an official accident report. This report will contain some valuable information about who was involved in the accident and what happened. Auto Insurance Policy An attorney will want to see a copy of your auto insurance policy, specifically the declarations page so that the amount and type of coverage you have available can be determined. Photographs Taking photos of an accident scene can be important to show the extent of any injuries or property damage and may help in establishing who was at fault for the accident. Make sure you submit any photographs that were taken by you or other people, to your attorney. Contact Information If you have obtained the contact information of any witnesses or other individuals involved in the accident, you should provide that information to your attorney as soon as possible. Medical Records Your attorney will want to see copies of your medical records to see the extent of your injuries and what type of treatment you have received. Detailed medical records are crucial to establishing an effective case for compensation. Medical Bills Copies of medical bills are also very important when pursuing compensation for your injuries. These bills itemize the losses you’ve sustained as a result of the accident. Keep all prescription receipts, hospital bills, and bills from other medical providers so that you can provide these to your attorney. Wage Records If you’ve missed time from work as a result of the injuries you sustained in a car accident, then you may be entitled to compensation for any lost wages. Pay stubs and other wage records will be needed to establish the amount you have lost. Contact an Experienced Car Accident Attorney If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you should consider scheduling a consultation with an experienced Tampa Bay car accident attorney. The attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have helped over 20,000 accidents victims pursue compensation for their injuries. Contact us online or call us at 855-293-5630 to set up your free consultation today.

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Florida’s Move Over Law

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Roadside traffic stops by emergency personnel can be highly dangerous, especially on busy highways. Law enforcement officers and workers can be seriously injured or even killed by passing motorists who are not driving carefully in their presence. To combat these tragedies, Florida is one of forty-three states with a “Move Over” law. Move Over Law Floridalawprotects law enforcement officers, emergency personnel, sanitation workers, and public utility workers from being struck by passing vehicles. The first section of the law requires drivers to move over to the side of the road and clear any intersection when they hear sirens or exhaust whistles or see blue and red lights. The second section of the law requires drivers to change lanes when they approach an emergency or work vehicles parked on the shoulder of the road. If the driver is not on a multi-lane road or is unable to change lanes safely, then they should slow their vehicle down to 20 miles below the speed limit. This Move Over Law provides emergency personnel and workers with some amount of safety when they are working on the side of the road. Breaking the law is a moving violation, and you can face $120 in fines and three points on your license. Keeping Everyone Safe Following the Move Over Law is not only important for the safety of emergency personnel and workers, but also for your own safety and that of other drivers on the road. There are steps you can take to make sure everyone is safe around work and emergency vehicles: Stay aware of your surroundings and avoid driving distracted Watch for flashing lights Use your turn signal to indicate your intent to pull over or change lanes Move over as soon as you are aware that there is an emergency vehicle in the area. Don’t wait until you’re close to the vehicle. Contact a Tampa Bay Accident Attorney If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you may want to consult with a Tampa Bay accident attorney. The attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have 30 years of experience helping car accident victims. Contact us online or call us at 855-293-5630 to set up your free consultation today.

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Tampa Bay Ranks in Top 20 for Most Aggressive Drivers

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Florida drivers have been consistently ranked as some of the worst in the nation. Now, according to a report by Gas Buddy, Florida cities also rank among those with aggressive drivers. Tampa-St. Petersburg came in at number 19 out of major metro areas. According to the report, Tampa Bay drivers are 2% more aggressive than the average U.S. driver. There were a number of different aggressive driving indicators where Tampa Bay ranked higher than average. Speeding Aggressive drivers frequently drive at high rates of speed. This can be extremely dangerous to other drivers as speeders can easily lose control of their vehicle. In addition, collisions at higher rates of speed can cause more serious injuries. Tampa Bay drivers have 12.6 percent more speeding incidents than the average U.S. driver. The area ranked 11th for most speeding incidents. Hard Braking Aggressive drivers also drive close to other cars, tailgate, and press hard on their brakes. This is very dangerous to other drivers. It can lead to rear-end collisions and other serious accidents. Tampa Bay has had fewer hard-braking incidents than the average U.S. driver. Rapid Acceleration Rapid acceleration is another common and dangerous behavior displayed by aggressive drivers. Rapid acceleration can lead to collisions with bicyclists, pedestrians, and other vehicles who are unable to predict the driver’s behavior. Tampa Bay drivers were 1.2% more likely to engage in rapid acceleration, and the area ranked 15th for most rapid acceleration instances. Aggressive Driving Dangers Aggressive drivers let their emotions get in the way of their reason and make dangerous decisions on the road. In addition to speeding, hard braking, and rapid acceleration,  drivers often take their attention off the road in efforts to intimidate other drivers with words and gestures. In some cases, aggressive driving can turn into road rage, which can lead to violent behavior. Contact an Experienced Tampa Bay Attorney If you’ve been injured in an accident with an aggressive driver, you may want an experienced Tampa Bay accident attorney on your side. The attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have been helping accident victims for over 30 years. Contact us online or call us at 855-293-5630 to set up your free consultation today.

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Summer Road Trip Tips

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Summer has just begun, and for some of us, this means it’s time to brave the traffic and embark on a summer road trip. Summer road trips are a great way to see the country and spend time with family. However, without proper planning, these road trips can also be dangerous. Here are some important tips to keep in mind when you go on your summer road trip: Before the Road Trip Before you head out on your summer road trip, it’s important to make sure your vehicle is up for the task. Stop by your mechanic and ask them to check your filter and oil levels, top off all fluids, check your tires for proper inflation, inspect belts and hoses, and test the battery and brakes. Once your vehicle is checked out, it will give you peace of mind before you set out on your trip. Plan the Route for Your Road Trip Many people rely on navigation systems and Google maps to help them get where they need to go. However, it can be helpful to have a look at your route ahead of time and plan the best way to travel. Let someone who’s not going on the trip know the route you are taking. You can also check for weather conditions and road construction to better plan for your trip. Pack an Emergency Kit An emergency kit is essential if you are going on a road trip. Be sure to stock your emergency kit with: Jumper cables First aid kit Properly inflated spare tire, lug wrench, and jack Tool kit Flashlight with batteries Flares Car cellphone charger Duct tape Bottled water and energy bars Wait to pack your emergency kit in the car until all of the bags have been placed in the car. You want to make sure that it is easily accessible. Handling Emergencies Even with the best planning, there’s always a chance you’ll end up broken down on the side of the road. If this is the case, pull your car over safely and turn on your hazard lights. Put your car in park, set the emergency brake, and point your wheels away from the road. Be sure to keep emergency contact numbers, such as roadside assistance, in your phone,so you easily access them when needed. If you can, place flares 50 feet behind your car to warn other drivers. Don’t exit your car by the road while you’re waiting for help. It is generally safer to be in your car. Stay Safe on the Road Remember that all occupants of the car should be buckled in at all times. Avoid distracted driving by putting your phone down. Finally, if you feel drowsy pull over or switch drivers so you can rest. Contact an Experienced Florida Attorney If you’ve been injured in a car accident on your summer road trip, you should consult with an experienced car accident attorney. The attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have over 30 years of experience helping injured Floridians. Contact us online or call us at 855-293-5630 to set up your no-obligation free consultation today.

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Bone Fracture Injuries

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When you experience a serious fall or are involved in a car accident, the amount of force put on your body can be enough to cause bone fracture injuries. Serious bone fractures can affect a person’s day to day life and lead to long term consequences. Common Causes of Bone Fracture Injuries Broken bones can result from a number of different causes, but they are frequently the result of: Slip and fall accidents Car accidents Motorcycle accidents Bicycle accidents Pedestrian accidents Nursing home falls If your bone fracture was the result of someone else’s negligence, then you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost time from work, and pain and suffering. Types of Bone Fracture Injuries  Large and small bones in your body can be fractured if a significant amount of stress is applied. Disease and age can sometimes make bones more prone to fractures. Bone fracture injuries come in a number of different forms, and your doctor may use some different terminology to describe your fracture. Types of fractures include: Complete Fracture—occurs when a bone is cleanly broken into two pieces. These fractures are typically the result of car accidents. Greenstick Fracture—occurs when a bone bends and cracks. Children are more likely to experience greenstick fractures because their bones are softer and more flexible than an adult’s Open Fracture—occurs when a fractured bone pierces the skin Closed Fracture—occurs when the broken bone does not pierce the skin Comminuted Fracture—occurs when the bone fractures into three pieces or more or is crushed Displaced Fracture—occurs when a fracture not only breaks the bone but forces the pieces out of alignment. Stress Fracture—are hairline cracks in the bone that may be hard to see but still cause significant pain. Most Commonly Broken Bones The clavicle is the bone that is most commonly broken in a car accident or a fall. Some other areas where bones are frequently broken include: Arms Legs Wrists Ankles Toes Feet Bone fracture injuries to these areas are not only common but can also be devastating and life-altering. These bones are essential to daily functioning, and when they become injured, it becomes difficult for a person to complete day to day tasks. Contact an Experienced Accident Attorney If you’ve sustained a bone fracture injury due to someone else’s negligence, you should consider consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your options. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we’ve been helping injured Floridians for over 30 years and would like to help you. Contact us online or call us at 855-293-5630 to set up your free consultation today.

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