Florida Red Light Car Accident Settlements
One of the most common types of car accidents a person can be involved in is a red-light car accident. Intersections are busy points on the road with people rushing to get to where they are going. Occasionally this means someone will run through a red light, make an illegal turn on the red, or not be paying attention to the stopped vehicles in front of them and run into the back of the stopped vehicles causing a rear-ended collision. Red light car accidents range from minor fender benders to severe collisions with serious injuries.
If you were injured in a red light car accident in Florida, you could be wondering how much money you can recover from a car accident settlement. You’re in the right place, not only can we help with your red light car accident claim, we can give you some Florida car accident settlement examples from our own case files – read on for more information.
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What is the Average Red Light Auto Accident Settlement Payout in Florida?
The value of any car accident claim can vary significantly depending on the specific details of the case. It is therefore it is very difficult to identify an average red-light accident settlement.
According to the red light car accident settlement examples listed on this page, the average Florida car accident settlement is anywhere from $110,000 to $1,000,000. Settlements depend greatly on the unique circumstances of each case. This is why it is always best to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer near you to discuss the specific details of your case to the potential settlement value of your case.
At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, our Florida red light accident lawyers will research the specifics of your case extensively and represent you during negotiations. Our goal is to help you get the very best compensation possible to assist with your recovery and the costs related to your accident.
If you’ve been injured in a Florida red light accident we invite you to contact us for a free case evaluation by phone at 866-934-3104 or online anytime to get answers from our experienced legal professionals.
Recent Red Light Car Accident Settlements From Our Florida Law Office
Our Florida car accident law firm has helped many clients who have been involved in red light accidents recover compensation for their accidents. Below are examples of our most recent cases.
$1,000,000 Head On Collision Red Light Car Accident Settlement – Rotator Cuff Injuries
On the way to work, our client, who was riding a motorcycle was approaching an intersection that was controlled by a traffic light. As our client was proceeding through the intersection on a green light, the defendant driver made an illegal left hand turn on a red light, resulting in a head on collision. Our client was ejected from the motorcycle and suffered multiple significant injuries. The defendant was cited for causing the accident.
Our client was transported via ambulance to the hospital and was initially treated for broken bones to the arms, wrist, and fingers and was placed in an arm sling and asked not to move the arms much until the fractures healed.
Shortly thereafter, the client began to treat with an orthopedic surgeon and was prescribed physical therapy. A few weeks after the accident the client noticed the development of significant pain to both shoulders. MRIs were taken which revealed rotator cuff injuries to both shoulders. The orthopedic surgeon believed the injuries to both shoulders were directly caused by the motor vehicle accident. The client had arthroscopic surgeries to both shoulders to alleviate the pain.
The defendant’s insurance company initial offer was only $115,000. That low-ball offer was rejected by our law firm. The insurance company took the position that the shoulder injuries were not caused by the accident because our client did not complain of shoulder pain until weeks after the accident and claimed that our client was at fault for causing the accident.
A suit was filed and at the same time our office represented our client in a traffic court case. The defendant hired an attorney to represent him in the traffic court case. The defendant’s attorney denied his client was at fault and initially denied his client was driving the truck involved in the accident. Our office was able to meet with an eyewitness who clearly identified the defendant driver and established the defendant driver was at fault for causing the accident. After numerous continuances, the judge eventually found the defendant driver guilty of violating our client’s right of way.
During the civil suit the defendant’s deposition was taken. He admitted he was at fault after a lengthy deposition. The deposition of the eyewitness was also taken to establish fault. A mediation was eventually set to resolve the case which then settled for $1,000,000.
$451,956.68 Right Turn Red Light Car Accident Settlement Amount – Neck & Herniated Disc Injuries
Our client was involved in an accident on the corner of Florida Avenue and Zach Street East in downtown Tampa, FL. She was traveling northbound on Florida Ave N in the middle lane. She had a green light, and was crossing the intersection of Zach St E. The defendant was traveling Westbound on Zach St E and was making a right turn on a red light onto Florida Ave N. The defendant’s vehicle suddenly, and unexpectedly pulled out in front of her. The defendant violated Plaintiff’s right of way and caused the accident.
State Farm insured the defendant. They denied liability and stated the plaintiff was at fault for running a red light. State Farm offered only $9,500.00 before the lawsuit was filed. The offer was immediately rejected by our office.
The case was referred to our Tampa office for litigation. They immediately filed suit and had our in-house private investigator take a recorded statement of a parking valet attendant that was listed on the accident report as an eyewitness. Our investigator determined that the parking attendant was standing on the corner of Florida Avenue North and Zach Street East at the time the accident happened and verified that the Eastbound light on Zach Street East was red at the time of the accident. The witness went on to explain that the other vehicles traveling next to plaintiff’s vehicle were proceeding through the intersection on a green light. Our Tampa office obtained the traffic sequence report for that intersection and verified that if the light for Eastbound Zach Street East was red at the time of the impact, the light in the opposite Westbound direction had turned red also. The combination of the eyewitness and the traffic light sequence report firmly established that the defendant was the sole cause of the accident.
A videotape deposition of the eyewitness, the defendant and the plaintiff were taken shortly after the suit was filed. At that time State Farm was given the opportunity to pay the nominal $50,000 bodily injury liability policy. State Farm did not accept the conditional time limited demand.
Our client sustained significant injuries to her neck as a result of the automobile accident. All conservative measures failed to alleviate her neck pain which was caused by a large herniated disc and several other small herniations at multiple levels. Her orthopedic spine surgeon recommended a multi-level neck surgery which our client agreed to. The surgery was a success.
The case eventually proceeded to a non-binding arbitration before trial. The arbitrator awarded $451,956.68. The case ultimately settled for that amount several weeks before trial. This is a case where State Farm was forced to pay $401,956.68 over its $50,000 bodily injury policy limits because State Farm did not fairly and accurately evaluate the nature and extent of our client’s injuries. Our office diligently pursued State Farm and it’s insured and created a substantial amount of coverage where the coverage limits were fairly nominal.
$110,000 Rear-Ended Red Light Car Accident Settlement – Cervical, Thoracic & Lumbar Back Injuries
Our client was stopped at a red light in Pinellas County when she was rear ended at a moderate rate of speed by the defendant. After the accident, our client had an evaluation with an orthopedic surgeon and was diagnosed with segmental and somatic dysfunction of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar region. She was referred to a chiropractor where she began a routine of physical therapy.
When the conservative care failed to resolve her pain complaints, the client underwent a thoracic and lumbar MRI. The MRI’s were reviewed by a neurosurgeon, who ultimately diagnosed our client with a thoracic herniation and lumbago-sciatica caused by disc displacement in the lumbar spine.
Due to the unresolved sciatica complaints, our client underwent medial branch block injections in her lower back. When these injections did not significantly reduce the sciatica pain, our client had a radiofrequency ablation performed in her lower back as well. After the ablation were concluded, a demand for the respective policy limits were sent to the defendant’s insurance company and to our client’s insurance company. Our attorneys convinced both insurance companies to pay their entire policy limits. Accordingly, we were pleased that our clients received the maximum insurance proceeds for their injuries.
$450,000 Rear-Ended Red Light Car Accident Settlement Amount – Herniated Disc Injuries
Our client was stopped at a red light when the client’s vehicle was rear-ended by the defendant. Our client sought medical attention and treatment with various doctors who prescribed a neck and lower back MRI which revealed multiple herniated discs. All conservative treatment failed.
During pre-suit a demand was made to the defendant’s insurance company. The defendant’s insurance company paid the limited $10,000 bodily injury limits. A demand was then made to our client’s underinsured motorist insurance company. The underinsured motorist insurance company responded with an offer of only $9,000.
A lawsuit was filed, and the case progressed through the litigation process. During litigation, our client’s orthopedic spine surgeon recommended neck surgery. Our client submitted to the surgery in hopes of alleviating the neck pain and radiating symptoms. The neck surgery was a success, but the client was left with permanent intermittent and occasional neck pain. Our client’s health care providers continued to treat the lower back pain but the client continued to suffer from ongoing intermittent lower back pain.
The underinsured motorist insurance company merely offered $17,000 at the mediation conference to settle the case, but that offer was rejected. The case settled several months after the mediation conference for $450,000.
What Factors Affect My Red Light Car Accident Settlement Amount?
Many factors may affect your red-light car accident settlement payout amount. Every case is unique, so your settlement amount entirely depends on the specifics of your case. Some of the details that will directly affect your red light car accident settlement include:
Injuries – The biggest factor affecting how much you can expect to get paid in compensation for your red light car accident is – what type of injuries did you sustain? Serious injuries can be quite costly requiring extensive medical treatment, rehabilitation, or even permanent alterations to your everyday life i.e. paralysis injuries that may require an individual to use a wheelchair. Not only do injuries directly affect an individual, but they can also indirectly cause financial hardship if that person is no longer able to work or care for their family. All of these factors will be taken into consideration when determining the amount of compensation a person may receive.
Damages – Another factor affecting the amount you can recover from your red light car accident is related to the damages that occur from the accident. Was the vehicle totaled? Were there items of value in the vehicle that were destroyed and now need to be replaced? Every accident case will have a different set of circumstances and damages that need to be factored.
Type of Accident – There is not just one type of red light car accident that can occur. A person could end up rear-ended by a distracted driver failing to stop, T-boned by an impatient driver rushing through the intersection on a red light, or a pedestrian could be struck by a car making an illegal turn at a red light. Whatever the circumstances of the accident they play an important role in determining the settlement amount to pursue for the accident as well as who is at fault in the accident.
Fault – Car accidents can be complicated when it comes to determining fault. Because Florida is a no-fault state, your insurance company is responsible to pay for the damages that occur when you are in a car accident. However, costs often exceed the amounts that policies cover. When this happens a person can hire a lawyer to help them secure additional compensation for their accident. The fault of the drivers will play an important part in figuring out what sort of settlement amount might be expected. If you are found to be 100% faultless you will be entitled to more than if you are found to be 25% at fault or 50% at fault. The details of the accident have to be carefully researched and looked over when it comes to determining fault.
Legal Representation – The law firm you hire to represent you in your red light car accident will also significantly impact the amount of compensation you may pursue your car accident settlement. You want to retain the services of an experienced law firm with a record that understands the ins and outs of red light car accidents. Abrahamson & Uiterwyk has over 30 years of experience and has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. We offer 24/7 free case consultations. Contact us today to speak with one of our professionals about your red-light car accident.
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At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we have over 30 years of experience representing injured clients. Through prompt and aggressive representation, our injury lawyers work to maximize our clients’ compensation. If you have been injured in a red-light car accident, don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our Florida law offices near you for a free case consultation.
We will calculate your red light car accident settlement together and fight to get you the amount you deserve.
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