Car Accidents

Average Spondylolisthesis Car Accident Settlement in Florida

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Sometimes referred to as spondylosis, spondylolisthesis is an injury that is quite common after car accidents. Spondylolisthesis is a type of spine injury wherein your vertebrae are forced out of alignment. This can happen when your vertebrae are subject to trauma that pushes your spine either forward or backward. It is not difficult to see how easily this injury can arise after a car accident. After all, our backs absorb a great deal of the kinetic energy that car crashes subject our bodies to. Untreated spondylosis caused by trauma can lead to a number of long-term health complications, not the least of which is excruciating back pain.  If you develop spondylolisthesis after a car accident, you should include it, and its effects, in your claim for damages against the responsible party. What Is the Average Spondylolisthesis Car Accident Settlement? A frequently asked question that our personal injury team at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk hears from our clients is, What is the average spondylosis car accident settlement? This is a very reasonable question for any injured party to ask. If you know what the average settlement is, you can get an idea as to what you can expect with your own spondylosis settlement. Unfortunately, there is no clear answer that we can give to this question. We are unable to provide an average spondylolisthesis settlement because there is no average settlement. Why? Because there is no average car accident, no average injury, and thus no average spondylosis case. Every injury that we help our clients recover from is unique. There are numerous factors that can affect your spondylosis settlement claim, or any other personal injury or car accident claim for that matter. The only way to get an idea of what your settlement will look like is to try to account for the various factors that affected your accident and injury. How Can I Maximize My Spondylolisthesis Settlement? To maximize your spondylosis settlement, there are quite a few different things you can do. With that said, however, there are two things you can do to really set your claim up for success: Carefully document all the damages you suffer related to your spondylosis; and Work closely with an attorney as soon as possible after your injury. If you take these two steps, and are consistent in doing so, you will go a long way toward maximizing your claim value and avoiding any unpleasant surprises in the claim’s settlement negotiation process. Documenting Your Damages To claim compensatory damages for your spondylolisthesis, you first need to prove that you have spondylolisthesis. Furthermore, you must prove that the injury stems from your car accident.  The only way to establish whether you have spondylosis and to what degree is with the help of diagnostic studies such as an x-ray or CT scans. There are five grades of vertebrae slips. On one end of the spectrum, grade I is the least severe and features a vertebral slip of less than 25%. On the opposite end of the spectrum is a grade V, which features a vertebra that slips entirely off the vertebrae below it. The more severe your slip is, the more treatment will cost and the more your settlement value will be. You should keep a record of any medical treatment or evaluation that you seek. In your record, you should include any bills, invoices, or insurance payments that arise from such treatment or evaluation. Furthermore, every time you seek any sort of treatment or evaluation, you should get a copy of your treatment provider’s notes for that specific visit. By documenting the existence of your injury and the costs of treatment, you can prove those damages exist. Without such a record, proving those damages is difficult. On top of maintaining your medical record and a record of related bills, you should maintain a journal of your symptoms. Keep a daily record of any physical, mental, or other harmful effects that arise out of your injury. If you have any sort of pain, be sure to assign a numerical value to that pain. With this record in hand, you can further prove the damages you suffer, including intangible, non economic damages. With effective documentation, you can really maximize the value of your claim. Hiring an Attorney Aside from documenting all your damages, hiring a personal injury attorney to represent you in your spondylolisthesis claim is the best thing you can do to maximize your claim.  By consulting with an attorney as soon as possible after your accident, your lawyer will have the time necessary to prepare the most effective legal strategy for your specific claim. If you wait to hire an attorney, your lawyer may not have the time and resources to prepare the most effective legal strategy. Furthermore, the longer you wait to hire an attorney, the closer you get to allowing the statute of limitations to expire. After that period expires, courts will reject any related legal claim.  Finally, your lawyer will help you document your damages and injuries and can help connect you with the right medical specialists for your specific injuries. The sooner this happens, the better your eventual settlement will be. What Is It Like Dealing with Insurance Companies? Trying to deal with insurance companies on your own is often quite difficult. Insurance companies make their money by paying out the smallest amount they possibly can for each given claim. Thus, they often prey upon individuals who try to negotiate settlements without the help of an attorney. One of the ways they do this is by repeatedly making settlement offers that don’t fully compensate you for your damages. They do this to drag out the negotiations process, wear you down, and hope that you will have to take their lowball offer when the statute of limitations is close to expiring. Conversely, if you have an attorney on your side from the outset of settlement negotiations, insurance companies know that their unfair negotiation tactics are less likely to work. As a result,...

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Car Accident Injuries – Ankle & Foot Injuries

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Are you experiencing an ankle or foot injury after a car accident? In this post you will learn about the most common causes of these and the next steps you can take. If you are in a car accident, there are many possible injuries that could happen as a result. However, ankle and foot injuries are extremely common because of the mechanics of the car accident itself. If you have been in a car accident and have experienced an injury such as this, it may be worth considering legal help. If the accident was not your fault, you should not have to pay for your injuries. How Common Are Car Accident Ankle and Foot Injuries? Although people tend to focus on head and neck injuries more, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), damages to the feet, knees, and ankles are the second most common class of injuries that happen in car accidents. It is very common for the ankle to be injured when the foot is pressured between the pedals. Fractures in this area will interfere with your mobility and are often accompanied by strains and sprains. These types of injuries occur in a whopping 76% of frontal car crashes, as well as 13% of side-impact car crashes and 8% of rollover car crashes. Don’t Ignore Ankle and Foot Pain After an Accident Your ankle is essentially the union of the tibia and fibula of your lower leg with the talus of your foot. All of these components of your anatomy are held together by ligaments, a type of tissue that helps keep the bones in place and anchor them when you are moving your ankle. Tendons serve to attach bones to muscles and also assist in movement of the foot and ankle. If you happen to experience any pain in this area after a car accident, make sure that you do not ignore it. If you ignore it, this could end up creating lasting negative consequences for your mobility. Car accidents tend to be very tough on the lower extremities, especially for the person who was driving the vehicle. How Injuries Can Occur If you are driving a vehicle, your knees are usually only a couple of inches away from the pedals, steering wheel, and dashboard. In the situation of a car accident, the legs of a driver or passenger could potentially buckle under the dashboard upon collision, which could lead to injuries of the lower leg. Even if the impact is relatively low in terms of speed, a huge amount of force could be exerted. Even a low impact is too much for most people’s ankles and feet. There are 60 different bones in the knees, feet, and ankles that could potentially be injured in a car accident. In the human ankle and foot alone, there are 26 separate bones. Also, it is not only the bones that you have to worry about. There are also all sorts of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissues that could potentially be injured. These tissues are there to provide support, hold the rest of the anatomy together, and give the person the ability to move around and flexibility. As such, if these tissues are injured, the person could be seriously impaired. When a car crash happens, the majority of people will bang their feet on the floor. This is a reflex because they are basically bracing themselves for the impact. However, this reflex ends up making a foot or ankle injury much more likely, to be able to tear or stretch the soft tissues or even fracture the bones. Most Common Ankle and Foot Injuries During an Accident There are certain injuries that are more common than others in the ankles and feet when it comes to car crashes. Perhaps the most common type of injury in the situation is a fracture, which is a broken bone. This typically happens in both head-on and rear-end collisions. Foot fractures are particularly common because of the reflex that most people have to extend their feet when they are bracing for the impending impact of a crash. Additionally, sprains and strains are very common. A sprain basically involves either tearing or stretching of ligaments, and a strain basically entails the tearing or stretching of tendons or muscles. Sprains are more likely to occur when ligaments have been flexed past their normal range, while strains tend to happen when muscles are suddenly stretched and then contracted suddenly. The components of soft tissue around the feet and ankles are vulnerable to these types of injuries in a car collision. Your Injury After an Accident Whether you end up breaking a bone or pulling a tendon in the foot or ankle, this will likely impair you in your day-to-day life for a while after the accident. The feet are an essential part of human anatomy because you need them to move around. If you are unable to move around the same way that you were before your accident, this could result in a variety of financial losses, most commonly having to take time off of work that does not always end up being paid. Because foot and ankle injuries are so common during car accidents, many people end up with a lower ability to function after a car accident. If you have found yourself in the situation, it is important that you make sure that you are not paying any more than you legally need to pay in the situation. If you have experienced any of these types of injuries as a result of a car accident, you will likely have medical bills. If you were not at fault in the accident, you should not have to pay these bills or have to suffer the other losses that will come with the injury. Foot and ankle injuries can significantly impair a person, including causing them to be less mobile for a long period of time and even causing them to lose money because...

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The Serious Injury Threshold in Florida

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What is the serious injury threshold in Florida? In this post you will learn how this threshold works and the next steps you you might be able to take. Florida is a no-fault state when it comes to car accidents. This means that if you are injured in a car accident, you can recover damages from your own auto insurance regardless of who is at fault for the accident. This system works well for minor fender benders because it saves time and resources that would be used in determining fault for an accident. However, when it comes to more serious injuries, you may be able to step outside the no-fault system and file a liability claim against the driver who was at fault for the accident. What Constitutes a Serious Injury? Under Florida law, an injured person can file a claim against an at-fault driver if they have sustained an injury that falls within the statute. The four categories of injuries that meet this threshold include an injury or disease that consists of: Significant and permanent loss of an important bodily function Permanent injury within a reasonable degree of medical probability, other than scarring or disfigurement Significant and permanent scarring or disfigurement Death Under the statute, if you have sustained such an injury, you can file a claim against the at-fault driver to recover for pain, suffering, mental anguish, and inconvenience. How is a Serious Injury Determined? Typically, if your injury has caused some kind of disability or disfigurement or requires extensive medical treatment, then it may fall under the category of serious injury. However, sometimes it’s not so easy to determine whether an injury meets the threshold, especially when it comes to determining whether an injury is permanent. This is why it is important to seek prompt medical care and to see your doctor regularly. Medical records and medical opinion are used to determine whether an injury is serious enough to meet the threshold. A doctor will testify as an expert about the permanence and seriousness of an injury. The defense may ask you to undergo an examination by one of their doctors to see whether there is agreement about the injuries. If in a trial, a treating doctor finds a permanent injury and a defense doctor does not, then it may be up to a jury to decide the issue. Contact a Trusted Attorney Determining whether an injury meets the serious injury threshold can be complicated, so if you’ve been injured in an accident, you should have an experienced personal injury attorney evaluate your case. Contact the trusted lawyers at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk online or call us at 1-855-293-5630 to schedule your free consultation.

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Car Accidents and Disputed Liability

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Being involved in a car accident is a stressful event. When you have to deal with a car accident liability dispute, it can be even more stressful. Some insurance companies dispute liability even in the face of eyewitnesses and police who believe their insured was at fault. If you’ve been involved in an accident involving disputed liability, the claims process can be complicated, and you may need an experienced car accident attorney on your side. The injury lawyers at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk are here to help. If you have been seriously injured in a car accident that was caused by another driver, you’re probably shocked when an insurance company disputes liability. Insurance companies are motivated to minimize the amount of money they pay out in a claim and one way they do that is by disputing the liability of their insured. Please don’t hesitate to call our firm at 1-855-293-5630 or submit the form below to schedule a free case evaluation. How is Fault Determined After a Car Accident? Insurance adjusters and attorneys analyze the facts of an accident to determine what happened immediately before impact. In some cases, there will be obvious signs that a driver was at fault. For instance, if a driver ran a red light or stop sign, it is very likely that they were liable for the accident. If a driver is impaired by drugs or alcohol that can also be a sign of liability. In other cases, the signs may not be so obvious. For example, if an accident was caused by a distracted driver, they may not necessarily have committed a traffic violation, but they still acted negligently. Putting a Case Together When you’ve been involved in a car accident with disputed liability, it is important to put together a strong case. Your injury attorney will gather as much evidence as possible. Information such as statements from eyewitnesses, damage to a vehicle, police reports, surveillance tapes, and photographs can all be used to help determine fault in an accident. Black box data from a vehicle can also be useful to show what happened just before the accident. In some instances, an expert such as an accident reconstructionist may be needed to put the facts together. Contact an Experienced Florida Car Accident Attorney When you are involved in an accident involving disputed liability, it becomes even more important to have your case evaluated by an attorney experienced in car accident cases. The attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have been helping the injured in car accident cases for over 30 years. Contact us online or call us at 1-855-293-5630 to set up your free consultation today.

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Airbag Injuries

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Airbags are meant to protect passengers and drivers in the case of a Florida accident. While many times they do offer life-saving protection, airbags can also be the source of serious injury. Airbags have the potential to cause life-altering injuries. These devices can also exacerbate injuries or cause accidents due to accidental deployment. If you were injured by a negligent driver, please don’t hesitate to contact our Tampa car accident lawyers to schedule a free consultation. Common Types of Airbag Injuries Airbag deployment can lead to a range of injuries. The rate of airbag deployment, chemicals in the device, the design of the device, and the use of a seatbelt can all impact the types of airbag injuries sustained. Here are the most common airbag injuries following an accident. Facial Injuries One purpose of the airbag is to prevent your face from colliding with the windshield. Your face is usually the first part of your body to make contact with the airbag, so it takes on much of the force. A collision with the airbag can cause fractures to some of the smaller bones in the face. Permanent scarring can result from airbag impact with the face. Airbag burns from the chemicals used in the airbag can also result. In addition, injuries to the eyes can be caused by the sudden impact. Chest Injuries An airbag deploys quickly to protect occupants from an impact and reduce the likelihood of serious injuries. As the airbag bursts from the steering wheel, it comes into contact with the chest with some force. Damage to soft tissue in the chest, bruising, and fractures to the collarbone and sternum can occur. Neck and Back Injuries The force of the airbag impacting the body can also cause neck injuries such as whiplash, along with back and spinal cord injuries like slipped or bulging discs, and even fractures. Burn Injuries The speed of the airbag leaving the steering wheel can result in abrasions and burns when it makes contact with the body. These burns can be caused by the airbag itself or the chemicals used inside the airbag. Burns to the face and arms are common. Internal Injuries Organ damage or lacerations may also result from the body’s impact with the airbag. Inhaling the chemicals inside the airbag can also lead to lung injuries. Fractures fractures to the face, collarbone, arms, and even legs can occur when the body is struck by the airbag. These injuries can have serious life-altering consequences and may require extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation.  Contact an Experienced Florida Personal Injury Lawyer If you’ve sustained an airbag injury, you should have an experienced and trusted attorney evaluate your case. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, our Tampa injury attorneys have been helping people injured in car accidents for over 30 years.  Contact us online or call us at 1-855-293-5630 today to schedule your free consultation.

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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 Causes Chest Pain After A Car Accident? 3 Common Reasons

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Chest pain after a car accident? This article will help you understand the most common causes of chest pain after an accident and the next steps to take. If you or a loved one experiences chest pain after a Tampa-area car accident, be sure to take it seriously. Chest pain can be a symptom of a serious injury or medical condition that may require prompt medical attention. Abrahamson & Uiterwyk is a Florida personal injury law firm with over 30 years experience and $800M recovered for our clients. We invite you to contact us anytime. Our knowledgable injury law team members will listen to the details of your car accident and tell you whether you may have a valid personal injury claim related to your chest pain. Common Causes of Chest Pain After a Car Accident Experiencing chest pain after a car accident can be a sign of a serious injury. Remember, not all serious injuries result in severe pain. If your chest hurts or you feel lingering discomfort in the chest after an accident, it’s important to seek medical care for a proper diagnosis. Some of the most common causes of chest pain after a car accident include fractured ribs, bruised ribs, muscle strain and injuries to internal organs. Fractured Ribs Broken ribs are another common cause of experiencing chest pain after a car accident, often in the form of sharp, shooting discomfort. These types of injuries are often caused by the chest being restricted by a seat belt or hitting the steering wheel in an accident. Bruised Ribs The trauma involved in a car accident can also be responsible for bruising the sternum or ribs. This type of injury is often associated with dull, aching pains that may come and go with movement. Muscle Strain Another common cause of dull, aching chest pain after a car accident is strain to the muscles of the chest. While this type of injury may not be life threatening, it may be important to seek medical attention after your accident to confirm that a more serious injury has not taken place. Injuries to Internal Organs Experiencing pain in the chest after an accident can also be a sign of a potentially life threatening injury to an internal organ, particularly the heart. Chest pain can also be a sign of a heart attack. Additional signs that a serious internal injury may have taken place include fatigue, shortness of breath, headache and dizziness. Symptoms Associated With Chest or Sternum Injuries Trauma to the chest and sternum can result in a variety of symptoms depending upon the location and severity of an injury. Some common symptoms of chest injuries include: Sharp, stabbing pain when moving or stretching Severe pain when coughing, sneezing or laughing Constant discomfort or pain, even while not moving Pain or discomfort when even a small amount of pressure is applied to the chest Remember, experiencing chest pain after a car accident may indicate that you have suffered a serious injury that requires the care of your healthcare provider. Take action and seek medical attention as soon as possible if suspect that you may have suffered a chest injury from a car accident. Discuss Your Car Accident Chest Injury with an Attorney. No Fee, No Obligation If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an accident due to someone else’s irresponsibility, call the Tampa car accident lawyers of Abrahamson & Uiterwyk today at 1-855-293-5630 or fill out our contact form.

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What Does Whiplash Feel Like?

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Understanding What Whiplash Feels Like What Does Whiplash Feel Like? Whiplash is a common injury associated with car accidents that many of our personal injury clients have suffered from. If you’ve recently been in a car accident in our area, you may be experiencing symptoms of strain or sprain to your neck that could involve whiplash. Below we examine some common whiplash symptoms and discuss what medical sources say whiplashes tend to feel like. What is whiplash? Whiplash is a generic term that can cover a wide range of neck injuries. Most cases of whiplash involve sprains or strains to the neck that can involve injury to neck muscles, tendons, ligaments, discs and/or vertebrae. What does whiplash typically feel like? Whiplash symptoms can vary considerably depending on the severity of an injury. However, the Mayo Clinic has found that most injury victims begin to experience symptoms within 24 hours of an accident that tend to involve stiffness or pain in the neck or shoulders that can be accompanied by headaches originating at the back of the skull. Some whiplash victims also involve feeling dizzy or fatigued, as well blurred vision. What are some other symptoms of whiplash? Other whiplash symptoms include: Trouble concentrating Memory lapses Tinnitus Trouble sleeping How is whiplash diagnosed? If you suspect that you have suffered a whiplash injury, an examination by a qualified medical professional should provide you with an accurate diagnosis. Depending on the extent and severity of an injury, a diagnosis may require a physical examination, x-rays, MRI scans or other diagnostic tools Contact our Tampa Car Accident Lawyers Today Have you suffered a spine, back or neck injury in an accident in our area? If you’ve been seriously hurt in an accident that was not your fault, you may need the help of an experienced Tampa car accident lawyer who can fight for your rights. Abrahamson & Uiterwyk has represented more than 20,000 personal injury victims throughout Florida over the past 30 years. Call our injury law team today at 1-855-293-5630 to get started.

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Pinellas County Averages 77 Car Crashes Per Day

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Late last year, a transportation advocacy group called Forward Pinellas crunched the numbers and found that over the last five years Pinellas County averaged 77 car crashes per day. In 2017 alone, Pinellas County averaged 83 crashes per day. This is a staggering number but not surprising. The report cited three main reasons for the statistic. Drivers and Pedestrians Disobeying Traffic Laws Whether it’s speeding, crossing against the light, or running red lights, many drivers and pedestrians in Pinellas County are simply not following the law. Traffic laws were put in place to keep everyone safe. However, if the laws aren’t followed, the situation becomes extremely dangerous. Pinellas County has a high percentage of high speed, high volume roadways, and not obeying traffic laws on these streets can lead to serious accidents. Distracted Driving Distracted driving is an epidemic across the country, and Pinellas County has not been spared. Drivers who are distracted by their phones or other technology in their cars are essentially driving blind. Taking your visual, cognitive, and manual attention off the road leads to a high probability of an accident occurring. With the implementation of Florida’s new texting and driving law, hopefully, the rate of distraction will decrease. However, phones are not the only things distracting drivers. Navigation systems, other passengers in the car, and other distractions are still present. Increase in Drivers/Cars on the Road According to U.S. Census Bureau data, 150 new people move to the Tampa Bay area every year. Add to this the high number of tourists and the car-focused culture in Pinellas County, and there are simply too many cars on the road. More cars mean more accidents. Solutions Pinellas County is working toward some much-needed solutions to this car accident epidemic. These solutions include: Building more overpasses, including the ones planned over US-19 Widening roads and working on major new corridors like the Gateway Express Project Adding more bike lanes and crosswalks Hopefully, these improvements will help lower the number of accidents. Contact a Pinellas County Accident Attorney If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you should contact a Pinellas County car accident attorney. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we have over 30 years of experience helping accident victims in Pinellas County and throughout the Tampa Bay area. Contact us onlineor call us at 855-293-5630 to set up your free, no-obligation consultation today.

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Can Technology Make Driving Safer?

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As cars become equipped with more technology, there can be mixed results. On the one hand, in-vehicle infotainment systems can be a distraction to drivers. GPS and navigation systems can also be a distraction if not used properly. However, there are a number of new innovations in technology that may make driving safer. Driver Assistance Technology While self-driving cars are not yet an everyday reality, driver assistance technology can help prevent crashes. If a driver isn’t going to prevent an accident from happening, then maybe the car itself can. Some safety features include: Forward Collision Warning—provides a visual, audible, or tactile alert to warn a driver of an impending collision. Auto Emergency Braking—this system engages the brakes to avoid a potential collision if a driver does not react in time. Lane Departure Warning—this system provides a tactile or visual warning when a vehicle crosses lane markers without the turn signal being engaged. Lane Keeping Assist—provides some steering or braking to correct a situation where a vehicle is drifting out of its lane. While studies have shown that these technologies can reduce the number of collisions, the reality is they shouldn’t be used as an excuse for bad driving. Cell Phone Blocking Technology Every year more than 3,000 people are killed by distracted driving.  Cell phone use is the most common factor in distracted driving accidents. While there are laws in place to prevent texting while driving, many drivers still engage in the practice. Cell phone blocking technology can help prevent phones from being used while driving.  This technology usually comes in the form of a smartphone app. The most basic apps prevent a phone from receiving calls or texts while the app is engaged. Other apps can disable the phone completely. The problem with cell phone blocking technology is that it is the responsibility of the driver to engage the app. Contact a Tampa Bay Car Accident Attorney If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you may want a Tampa Bay car accident attorney on your side. The attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have been helping Tampa Bay car accident victims for over 30 years. Contact us online or call us at 855-293-5630 to set up your free, no-obligation consultation today.

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