Baker County Auto Accident Lawyer
Victims of traffic collisions often have financial damages much larger than they may assume. Aside from the obvious—medical expenses and auto body bills—there are other types of damages that need to be accounted for, such as pain and suffering, lost wages, lost earning capacity, emotional distress, and more. If you decide to take an offer directly from the at-fault party’s insurance company, you are almost certainly going to end up with significantly less than what your case is actually worth. The Baker County auto accident lawyers at Douglas & Douglas can help you recover the full amount that you are owed by the negligent party who caused the crash. We handle all of the following types of auto collisions:
- Car Crashes
- Truck Collisions
- Delivery Truck/Van Collisions
- Uber and Lyft Collisions
- Bicycle Collisions
- Pedestrian Collisions
- Scooter Collisions
- Motorcycle Collisions
- Crashes Caused by Dilapidated Roads and Infrastructure
- Crashes Caused by Defective Auto Parts
How Most Crashes Happen
Research has revealed time and time again that the vast majority of traffic collisions are caused by negligent drivers. While inclement weather, bad road design, and defective car or truck parts sometimes do play a role in crashes, the truth is that nearly all collisions are the result of poor driving behavior. Distracted driving is the leading cause of collisions according to Business Insider. Aggressive driving, drunk driving, and drowsy driving are the next three leading types of negligent driving. Examples of the negligent driving are as follows:
- Distracted Driving—Texting, talking on the phone with or without a hands free device, talking to passengers, making eye contact with passengers, staring out the window, eating or drinking, adjusting the music, using GPS, daydreaming, and using a device or center console infotainment screen in any way.
- Aggressive Driving—Speeding, tailgating, swerving, quickly changing lanes, passing on the shoulder, passing over a double yellow line, excessive honking, “punishing” another driver by quickly slowing down in front of them or cutting them off, and buzzing cyclists or pedestrians.
- Drowsy Driving—The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration claims that drowsy driving kills around 800 people annually, though the true number is likely much higher, as the vast majority of drivers get less than seven hours of sleep each night, and are chronically fatigued. This can result in the slow reaction time of a drunk driver.
- Drunk or Buzzed Driving—The illegal threshold for blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08 in Florida. However, any level of alcohol present in a driver’s system increases their reaction time, increases risk taking behavior, and slows motor control.
Damages in a Baker County Traffic Crash
- Medical expenses;
- Pain and suffering;
- Lost joy of life;
- Emotional distress;
- Lost wages;
- Lost earning capacity;
- Property damage; and
Contact Our Baker County Auto Accident Attorneys Today
If you were hurt in any type of traffic collision, you deserve fair compensation. You also deserve to be treated fairly by the other party and their insurance company, which is only possible if you work with an attorney. To get started on your claim today, call Douglas & Douglas at 904-201-8226 to schedule a free consultation.