(updated 2/22 /2017)
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 2.24 million people were injured in motor vehicle accidents in the United States in 2010 alone. Accidents involving cars, trucks, and other vehicles have the potential to result in serious injuries to both drivers and occupants, some of which may leave victims with long-term medical complications and physical or cognitive disabilities. While freeways and interstates are generally safer than other roads, a significant number of motor vehicle accidents occur on them each year.
In addition, while there may be fewer total accidents on freeways, they are often more serious simply due to the speeds at which vehicles on the freeway travel. Fortunately, victims of freeway accidents may be able to recover compensation for their injuries under certain circumstances. Discussing your case with a Florida personal injury attorney is the first step in making sure that you get the compensation you deserve.
As is the case with other types of personal injury cases, a victim must be able to establish that his or her accident was the result of someone else’s negligence in order to successfully recover. There are many ways that negligence can cause a freeway accident. Some of the most common include the following:
This is not an exhaustive list, and there are many other potential causes of a freeway accident. After a freeway accident occurs, it is important for victims to determine the cause as it will inform you as to who may potentially be liable. For example, if an accident was caused by a driver’s excessive speed, it would likely be the speeding driver who would be deemed at fault for the accident. If, on the other hand, an accident was caused by equipment failure, a vehicle manufacturer or the manufacturer of the faulty part could potentially be held liable.
In accidents that are caused by defective freeway design or poor freeway maintenance, the state or local government responsible for the roadway may be responsible. Whenever you are bringing a legal claim against the government, special rules apply that limit the amount of time in which you may file a claim, and place caps on the amount of recovery you may receive. As a result, people who have been injured in an accident that they suspect was caused by poor road design or maintenance should be certain to discuss their case with an attorney as soon as possible.
Victims of freeway accidents may be eligible for compensation for the following types of losses:
An attorney will be able to help you get the maximum amount of compensation from any settlement or award that you receive. You can call us at (386) 777-7777 or fill out our online contact form below for a free case evaluation.