Car Accidents

Florida Drivers Still Among the Nation’s Worst

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If you’ve spent any time on Florida roadways, you know the state is filled with bad drivers. Florida has some of the worst drivers in the nation. A report by the consumer website Smart Asset found that Florida ranks in the top five states for the worst drivers in the country. The Report According to the report, Florida tied with Nevada and Texas for the fourth worst drivers in the country. Last year Florida came in at number eight, so things have gotten worse. In determining the rankings, Smart Asset looked at a number of different factors. This included the percentage of insured drivers, the number of DUI arrests per 1,000 drivers, the rate at which “traffic ticket” was Googled, and the number of fatalities. The report found that Florida has the lowest amount of insured drivers with only 73% of drivers carrying car insurance. Florida had the 11thhighest rate of “traffic ticket” searches and ranked high in fatalities with 1.47 per 100 million vehicle miles driven. It’s not all bad news, however. Florida had the eighth-lowest rate of DUI arrests in the country with a rate of 2.17 per 1,000 drivers. The report noted that southern states ranked the highest for worst drivers. Mississippi ranked number one on the list, followed by Alabama and California. Massachusetts was the state with the best drivers. It had an insured driver rate of 93.8%, only 1.76 DUI arrests per 1,000 drivers, and less than one fatality per 100 million vehicle miles driven. Reasons for Bad Drivers While the study didn’t indicate why the drivers in Florida are among the worst, there are a number of different factors that may contribute to the high rate of bad drivers. Florida is home to many retirees and, as we age, our ability to drive is negatively affected. More older drivers on the road may mean more accidents. The streets of Florida are also inundated with tourists who are risky drivers on unfamiliar roads. In addition, the high rate of uninsured drivers may be caused by the fact that insurance rates in Florida are very high. The cost of auto insurance in Florida is 52% higher than the national average. Contact a Florida Car Accident Attorney If you’ve been injured in an accident with a bad driver, you may want a trusted car accident attorney on your side. The attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have been representing Florida car accident victims for over 30 years. Contact us onlineor call us at 800-753-5203 to set up your free, no-obligation 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 800-753-5203 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 800-753-5203 to set up your free consultation today.

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Message Boards on Howard Frankland Bridge Warn of Wrong Way Drivers

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Wrong-way crashes are serious accidents that can cause severe injuries. No one wants to see headlights coming towards them, especially on the Howard Frankland Bridge where there’s nowhere to go to avoid the crash. Wrong-way crashes happen all too often in Tampa Bay, and now authorities are taking steps to make the roads safer. Howard Frankland Bridge After a spate of wrong-way crashes on the Howard Frankland Bridge, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is taking steps to curb accidents caused by wrong-way drivers. Six cameras have been installed along the bridge that can detect whether a driver is going the wrong way. If a driver is going the wrong way, an alarm activates at the FDOT dispatch center. FDOT can then notify the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) of the situation. FHP dispatch is in the same building as FDOT. Within seconds FDOT can also change message boards on the bridge to advise other drivers to be on the lookout for a wrong-way driver. The hope is that drivers can take evasive maneuvers if necessary and that FHP can quickly get to the scene before tragedy strikes. The system began testing this past spring. Curbing Wrong-Way Driving While signs on the bridge are a great first step in preventing wrong-way crashes, more needs to be done to end the problem. Most wrong-way drivers are driving while impaired by drugs and alcohol. Better enforcement of Florida’s drunk driving laws and educating the public on the dangers of driving while impaired may help lessen the problem. Wrong-way crashes should never happen as long as people follow the law. Dangers of Wrong-Way Crashes Some people discount the seriousness of wrong-way crashes because they don’t happen very frequently. However, wrong-way crashes are more likely to be fatal than other types of accidents. In some cases, multiple fatalities can occur. Two vehicles hitting head-on can collide with tremendous force as both objects are moving in opposite directions. In addition, you have far less time to respond to a wrong-way driver in your path, especially when both vehicles are traveling at high speeds. Contact an Experienced Tampa Bay Car Accident Attorney If you’ve been injured in a wrong-way accident, you may want to have an experienced car accident attorney evaluate your case. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we’ve been helping Tampa Bay car accident victims for over 30 years. Contact us online or call us at 800-753-5203 to set up your free consultation today.

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Who is Liable in a Multi-vehicle Accident?

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A multi-vehicle accident is one in which three or more cars are involved. Multi-vehicle, or chain reaction accidents can be scary situations. Your vehicle may be hit from different directions or pushed into other vehicles. The resulting injuries can be serious. When multiple vehicles are involved in an accident, who is liable for injury? Typical Multi-vehicle Accidents Most multi-vehicle accidents involve rear-end collisions. Driver A hits Driver B who then hits Driver C. Driver A may have been distracted and following too closely and hit Driver B. Driver B may have been traveling too closely to Driver C, or the force of the impact may have been enough to cause the second collision. Multi-vehicle accidents involve multiple drivers, so determining who was negligent and to what degree can be a complex matter. Determining Liability in a Multi-vehicle Accident It may appear that the driver who started the chain reaction would be fully responsible for any injuries that result from the accident. While this may be the case, it is important to look at the behavior of each involved driver to determine if other factors may have been involved. It comes down to determining which driver was careless or to what degree a driver may be responsible. An important rule that comes into play in most multi-vehicle accidents is the importance of keeping a safe following distance behind the car in front of you. Drivers need to be able to make a timely stop when they encounter hazards or unexpected situations on the road, such as the driver in front slamming on their brakes. A driver who fails to maintain a safe following distance is generally liable to at least some degree in the accident. This is often the driver that started the chain reaction. However, if a driver in the middle also failed to maintain a safe following distance, they may also be partially liable for the accident. In addition, if Driver A hit Driver B because Driver B braked suddenly and their brake lights were out, then Driver B may be liable for injuries sustained by Driver A and Driver C. When trying to determine liability in a multi-vehicle accident, it is crucial to gather all of the necessary evidence. Statements from witnesses, surveillance videos, police reports, and even the type and extent of damage to the vehicles can all be important in recreating the events of the accident and establishing liability. It’s important to consult with an attorney as soon as possible to ensure that a thorough investigation is conducted and that all necessary evidence is preserved. Contact a Florida Car Accident Attorney If you’ve been injured in a multi-vehicle accident, it’s important to act quickly and consult with an experienced car accident attorney. The attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk offer free consultations and have been helping car accident victims for over 30 years. Contact us online or call us at 800-753-5203 to set up your free consultation today.

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Tips to Avoid Distracted Driving

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There is a growing awareness of the dangers of distracted driving, but this has not prevented drivers from engaging in this unsafe behavior. It is estimated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that distracted driving is responsible for over 3,000 traffic deaths annually. You cannot drive safely unless you have your entire focus on the task of driving. While you cannot prevent other drivers from distracted driving, there are some steps you can take to avoid distracted driving. Put Your Phone Away The most important thing you can do to avoid distracted driving is to put your phone in your purse or glove compartment so that you are not tempted to use it while driving. Texting and driving is the most dangerous form of distracted driving because it takes your visual and cognitive attention off the road. Cell phones should only be used in cases of emergency, and when doing so, it is important to try and pull over to the side of the road. Finish Personal Grooming Before You Get on the Road  Make sure you fix your hair and makeup before getting behind the wheel. Applying makeup and performing other grooming tasks while driving can be very dangerous. Adjust Your Position Before Driving Before you start driving, make sure that your mirrors and seat have been comfortably adjusted. Making changes while driving can be distracting and take your attention off the road. Don’t Eat Behind the Wheel.  Take that meal home or pull over before you eat it. Balancing a burger and a drink can be very distracting and messy. Your hunger can wait. Minimize Distractions in the Car Try not to overload your car with passengers. Ask your passengers to keep the noise level down so that you can maintain your focus on the road. Explain to your children the importance of allowing the driver of a car to focus on their driving. If your baby or pet has become a distraction, pull over and take care of their needs before you drive any further. Pull Over to Program Your Navigation System One of the most important ways you can avoid distracted driving is to refrain from programming your navigation system while driving. Pull over or program the system before you get on the road. Taking your visual and cognitive attention off the road can be deadly. Call Out Distracted Driving If you are the passenger in a car and you notice that the driver is distracted, call them out on it. Tell the driver that you don’t feel safe when they are texting and driving and explain to them how dangerous it can be to drive distracted. Contact a Trusted Car Accident Attorney If you’ve been involved in an accident with a distracted driver, you should contact an experienced Tampa Bay car accident attorney. The attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have been trusted by over 20,000 clients to help them pursue compensation for their injuries. Contact us online or call us at 800-753-5203 to set up your free consultation today.

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Accidents on Wet Roadways

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While the weather is usually bright and sunny in Tampa Bay, it is not unusual, especially during hurricane season, for there to be periods of heavy rain. Rain can have a tremendous impact on the safety of roadways. Wet roadways account for approximately 15% of motor vehicle crashes. Wet roadways are especially dangerous in high traffic areas such as Tampa Bay. When an accident occurs on a wet roadway, determining who may be liable for the accident can be a complicated matter. Adjusting to Wet Roadways While weather conditions cannot be controlled, drivers are expected to adjust their conduct to meet the challenges of a wet roadway. Drivers should exercise due care. They should slow down, avoid large puddles if possible, and provide extra space between their vehicle and others on the road. Hydroplaning can occur on wet roadways, especially when there is oil on the road. Hydroplaning occurs when a layer of water leads to a car’s tires failing to effectively grip the road, resulting in difficulty steering and a loss of control of the vehicle. Increased vehicle speeds increase the likelihood of hydroplaning occurring. In addition, sudden braking can also lead a vehicle to hydroplane. Staying Safe While we can’t control the actions of other drivers, when you are driving on wet roadways, there are steps you can take to ensure your safety: Reduce Speed—decrease your risk of hydroplaning by reducing your speed to match the road conditions. Allow for More Distance Between You and the Car in Front of You—wet pavement can significantly increase a vehicle’s stopping distance, and if you allow more stopping distance, you can avoid the need to slam on the brakes which can lead to hydroplaning. Check Your Tires—poor tire tread and improper tire pressure can increase the likelihood that your vehicle will lose traction on a wet roadway. Maintain Your Brakes—worn brake pads can lead to hydroplaning. Call an Experienced Car Accident Attorney If you’ve been injured in an accident on a wet roadway, you may want an experienced Tampa Bay car accident attorney on your side. The attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have been helping car accident victims for over 30 years. Contact us online or call us at 800-753-5203 to set up your free consultation today.

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The Most Dangerous Intersections in Hillsborough County

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The activist group, “All for Transportation,” analyzed accident data from May 1, 2017, through August 31, 2018, and determined the ten most dangerous intersections in Hillsborough County. Top 10 Most Dangerous Intersections According to the study, the top 10 most dangerous intersections in Hillsborough County include: Sheldon Road/Waters Avenue: 107 accidents Anderson Road/Waters Avenue: 103 accidents Waters Avenue/Hanley Road: 98 accidents Hillsborough Avenue/Sheldon Road: 96 accidents 301/Gibsonton Drive: 95 accidents Waters Avenue/Himes Avenue: 89 accidents 301/Big Bend Road: 86 accidents Bruce B Downs/Fletcher Avenue: 84 accidents Bloomingdale Avenue/Bell Shoals Road: 82 accidents Bloomingdale Avenue/Providence Road: 81 accidents The three most dangerous intersections in the county are clustered in a three-mile radius. This area is known as the Hillsborough Triangle. Between these three intersections, there is almost one accident per day along a three-mile stretch of Waters Avenue. Contributing Factors and Solutions The explosive growth in population in the area, along with poor roadway conditions may be contributing factors to the dangerousness of these intersections. More cars on the road mean more accidents and more distracted drivers. In addition, poor lighting on these roadways has been a significant factor in many car accidents. Better designed roadways and intersections could help to reduce the number of accidents significantly. In addition, an improved public transit system could lead to fewer cars on the road and less congestion. “All for Transportation” believes that a 1% increase in the Hillsborough County sales tax could provide enough revenue to fund significant roadway improvements which would make these intersections safer. Voters last November agreed to this increase which would include allocations to fund road improvements and upgrade public transit. The particulars of how this money will be allocated are still undecided. Safer roads, expanded transit, and less congestion should be a priority. Contact a Hillsborough County Car Accident Attorney If you’ve been in an accident at one of the most dangerous intersections in Hillsborough County, you may want to have an experienced car accident attorney evaluate your case. The attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have been helping car accident victims in Hillsborough County for over 30 years. Contact us online or call us at 800-753-5203 to set up your free consultation today.

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Why You Shouldn’t Wait to Hire a Car Accident Attorney

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When you’ve been injured in a car accident, it’s important to seek medical treatment as soon as possible. It is also important that you consult with a car accident attorney as soon as you can in order to make sure you have the best chance at pursuing compensation. There are a number of important reasons why you shouldn’t wait to hire a car accident attorney. Preserving Evidence Evidence is critically important to the success of a car accident claim. The longer you wait to take action, the more likely it is that evidence will be lost or destroyed. Key evidence such as surveillance videos, witness statements, physical evidence at the scene, and proof of your injuries may be harder to come by as time goes on. An experienced car accident attorney will know what evidence is important and the best way to gather it. Memories May Fade Your memory of the accident, as well as the memories of any witnesses, may fade away the longer you wait to hire an attorney. An attorney can help document what happened in an accident and will know how to pick out the important details of a case. Without the help of your memory and the memories of witnesses, this can be difficult. Chances of a Quick Settlement The longer you wait to hire an attorney, the more likely it will be that you’re paying medical bills and other expenses out of your own pocket. The longer you wait to hire an attorney, the longer it can take to pursue that settlement. Peace of Mind Dealing with the aftermath of a car accident can be stressful. You’ve been injured, you’re missing work, and you have insurance companies to deal with. If you hire an experienced car accident attorney, you can focus on healing from your injuries and let the attorney handle the rest. Contact a Tampa Bay Car Accident Attorney If you’ve been injured in a Tampa Bay car accident, don’t wait to consult with an experienced attorney. The attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have over 30 years of experience handling car accident cases and can evaluate your case for free. Contact us online or call us at 800-753-5203 to set up your free consultation today.

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The “100 Deadliest Days” for Teen Drivers

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According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the “100 Deadliest Days” for teen drivers occurs between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Over the past five years, nearly 3,500 people have been killed in crashes involving teen drivers during these 100 days. Studies show that teen drivers are more likely to be involved in accidents, whether they are victims or negligent drivers. The AAA Foundation found that nearly two-thirds of people injured in accidents with teen drivers were people other than the teen behind the wheel. Analyzing crash data from 2013-2017, the AAA Foundation discovered the most common contributing factors to teen accidents. These factors involve reckless behavior that contributes to the alarming amount of teen-involved accidents. The most prevalent factors include: Speeding Teen drivers tend to take serious risks when they drive, often believing they are invincible. The most common cause of teen-involved accidents is speeding. Almost a third of teen-involved accidents had speeding as a contributing factor. Accidents at high speeds are extremely dangerous and can be deadly. Speeding is a growing problem among teen drivers. According to a AAA Traffic Safety Culture Index, almost half of teens surveyed reported speeding. Drinking and Driving Alcohol was involved in 17% of teen driver accidents. Despite the fact that it is illegal for teens to consume alcohol, many continue to do so. One in six teen drivers involved in fatal summer accidents tested positive for alcohol. Distracted Driving The AAA Foundation reports that 9% of teen driver accidents involved some type of distraction. It is believed that distraction is underreported and the percentage of accidents caused by distracted driving is much higher. Of the teens surveyed for the Traffic Safety Culture Index, more than half confessed to reading text messages while driving, and 40% reported sending a text or email. Teens are also easily distracted by the presence of other teens in the vehicle. Contact a Tampa Bay Car Accident Attorney If you were involved in an accident with a teen driver this summer, you might want to have an experienced car accident attorney evaluate your case. The attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have been helping the victims of car accidents in Tampa Bay for over 30 years. Contact us online or call us at 800-753-5203 to set up your free consultation today.

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