Injury Cases Involving Traffic and Vehicle Accidents
If a driver does not use reasonable care in the operation of their vehicle and someone is hurt, then they are responsible for the damages that were caused. Traffic collisions remain one of the leading causes of injury and death in the country. In 2019, an estimated 38,800 people lost their lives to car crashes and about 4.4 million people were injured seriously enough to require medical attention in crashes last year. Every day, we get in our cars and forget how dangerous they can be, and how suddenly and violently our lives can change.
The attorneys of Cutler Rader, PL have been aggressively handling traffic collision cases for decades. Our expertise runs from understanding all types of injuries to figuring out how a collision occurred. When necessary, we engage engineers, collision reconstructions, and every necessary type of medical provider. The goal is simple: to obtain as much money for our clients as possible.
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Types of Accident Injury Cases
A driver has a responsibility to use reasonable care in the operation of his transportation vehicle. If he or she does not, and someone is hurt, the driver is responsible for the damages they caused.
The attorneys of Cutler Rader, PL have been aggressively handling traffic collision cases for decades. Our expertise runs from understanding all types of injuries to figuring out how a collision occurred. When necessary, we engage engineers, collision reconstructions, and every necessary type of medical provider.
The goal is simple: to obtain as much money for our clients as possible.
Watch How You Ride!! Bikes Are Dangerous!!
Have you or a loved one been injured while riding a bicycle? If so, you deserve fair compensation.
Can you believe that there has been a 7% increase in bicyclist fatalities from 2006 to 2017? According to the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center there were 783 bicyclist deaths in the USA during 2017. In Florida, there were 116 cyclist deaths in 2017.
South Florida is known for enjoying a recreational life on the water. Whether it’s diving, water skiing, jet skis or other recreational activities. However, accidents on the water happen frequently.
In 2018, the Coast Guard counted 4,145 accidents that involved 633 deaths, 2,511 injuries and approximately $46 million dollars of damage to property as a result of recreational boating accidents according to the US Coast Guard’s Boating Safety Division. Where the cause of death was known, 76% of the fatal boating accident victims drowned. Of those drowning victims with reported life jacket usage, 84.5% were not wearing a life jacket.
A fatal bus accident occurs every two and a half hours in this country according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Bus Accidents are as common as they are devastating. In 2017 there were 4,237 large trucks and buses involved in fatal crashes; with intercity buses accounted for 13 percent, and school buses and transit buses accounted for 40 percent and 35 percent, respectively, of all buses involved in fatal crashes*. Unlike other vehicle accidents, bus accidents carry a much great risk of injury due to the occupancy levels, the lack of seat belts availability or use, unsecured luggage and personal effect as well as other faulty and negligent issues from poor maintenance.
Drunk driving accidents have a devastating impact on the injured party and their families. Drunk drivers need to be accountable for endangering the lives of innocent people. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 10,874 people were killed in alcohol-impaired crashes in 2017. Alcohol-impaired crash fatalities accounted for 29% of all crash fatalities. The Federal Bureau of Investigation estimates 1,017,808 drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics in 2016. The arrest rate works out to one arrest for about every 215 licensed drivers in the United States.
In 2017, there were 4,990 motorcyclists killed on U.S. roadways. In 2016, motorcyclist fatalities occurred 28 times more frequently than passenger vehicle fatalities in motor vehicle crashes when accounting for vehicle miles traveled.
According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report, 89,000 people were injured in motorcycle crashes in 2017. 40% of motorcyclists killed in accidents were not wearing helmets. In 2014, motorcyclists were about 29 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash per vehicle mile traveled and five times more likely to be injured.
In 2018, there were 6,227 pedestrians killed in traffic accidents which is the highest in nearly three decades. That number makes up 17% of all traffic incident related fatalities. Despite numerous state and nationwide campaigns to curb this growing statistic, pedestrian fatalities and injuries due to traffic crashes continue increasing each year.
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents:
- Getting hit by a motor vehicle
- Tripping on an uneven/cracked sidewalk
- Wildlife or pet involvement
- Stepping in a hole
Ride Sharing Accidents- Who’s Responsible?
Ever wonder who’s going to pay your medical bills, lost wages or pain and suffering if you get into a collision in a rideshare? You should!
Ride sharing is an arrangement with a driver in a private vehicle driven by its owner in which a passenger travels for a fee, especially as arranged by means of a phone app or website.
Train accidents are more common than you may think. When we think of train accidents we often think of train on car collisions, train on train collisions or even derailments. However, train accidents come in a wide variety of situations from slip and fall injuries to fatal accidents involving pedestrians and or vehicles or both. People who have experienced train accidents have noted how abruptly it happens, how violent it feels and how utterly powerless they felt. Of those who do live to speak about it, the devastating and life-long injuries that one can suffer at the hands of a careless operator or other individuals are indescribable. When a train accident occurs, it can involve lots of different people and can be the responsibility of many different parties. Finding a good attorney to help review the case is critical. A claim can involve the manufacturer of the train, those that maintain the tracks, the people responsible for loading the train when it involves displacement of items. It can be against a municipality or government or private entities that were supposed to maintain the train tracks, signals and crossings or be simply against the operator of the train.
Commercial truck drivers face tougher laws than any other motorist because they are in control of large and very heavy vehicles weighing up to 100,000 lbs, that’s 50 tons! When commercial trucks are involved in an accident, the injuries sustained can be much more severe, and are often deadly.
A total of 4,102 people died in large truck crashes in 2017. 17% of these deaths were truck occupants, 68% were occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles, and 14% were pedestrians.