In the State of Florida, approximately 240,000 car accidents were reported in 2009. In these automobile accidents, nearly 340,000 drivers were involved putting the daily average over 600 accidents a day. These accidents were responsible for a mind-boggling 197,000 injuries and 2,500 deaths. If these numbers provided by the Florida Department of Highway Safety are correct, then more Americans motorists died in one year on Florida roadways than U.S. soldiers were tragically lost in the first five years of the War in Iraq. You may have already thought that your daily commute to work was a battle with traffic, but these numbers give that a whole new meaning.
Driving is the most dangerous activity that we as residents of Fort Lauderdale take part in daily. Anything can happen when you’re traveling in a motor vehicle. It doesn’t matter whether you’re wearing your seatbelt, completely focused on the road, and driving the speed limit. A million other things can occur that may cause you serious personal injury. You have no control over other drivers on the road, who may be distracted, talking on the phone, or even intoxicated. Then there’s a handful of potential mechanical problems that can put you at risk: faulty brakes and blown tires routinely cause automobile accidents. Considering all of the potential hazards we face out on the road, it is not surprising that so many crashes occur right here in Fort Lauderdale.
The frightening thing about car accidents is that it doesn’t have to be a high-speed crash to inflict severe personal injuries on the individuals involved. The whiplash effect occurs even in what many would call a fender bender; and unfortunately, in some cases, this affliction can result in life-long neck and back pain. If you have been in an automobile accident and think you may be experiencing symptoms of whiplash, you should seek medical attention immediately.
If you have been injured in motor vehicle accident in the Fort Lauderdale area, the first thing to do is see doctor. Afterwards, you may want to consider speaking with a qualified personal injury lawyer. Even if you don’t immediately think your injuries are very serious, it is good to be prepared in the event that the pain and discomfort escalates. An attorney can help you evaluate your options and prepare in case you are unable to work or need assistance paying your medical expenses. For a free consultation, call our Ft. Lauderdale Office today.