A responsible driver is entrusted to obey traffic laws and act with reasonable care in order to avoid an accident as best as possible, and most drivers uphold their obligation. We drive by countless strangers every day we operate a vehicle, and nearly every time we pass these strangers we continue on without incident; however, there is always the risk of an accident, no matter how cautious and defensive we may be. The 341,299 car accidents and 3,344 crash fatalities in 2020 in Florida and the 2,106 crashes in Santa Rosa County alone show how significant a risk we face each day.
While a car accident is never good news, there is good news for victims of other people’s reckless or negligent driving: if you’ve been involved in a crash that someone else caused, you are likely entitled to compensation for a range of impacts, known as damages, typically through an insurance claim.
What many people either fail to realize, or simply do not have the capacity to push back on, is that the insurance company is not looking out for a claimant’s best interest when they make a settlement offer. Personal injury attorneys offer victims legal support through the claims process so they can focus on recovery without the added stress of fighting for a fair settlement. Personal injury law is complicated, and insurance companies leverage this complexity to their advantage as they overwhelm claimants with legalese and suggestions that the low initial offer is the best they will ever get. When you are partnered with the team at Fasig | Brooks, this is never the case.
Contact Fasig | Brooks After a Car Accident in Navarre
Our law firm offers a free consultation to those who have been involved in car accidents in Navarre that other people caused — or the surviving family members of someone killed in a crash — to discuss their legal options for a tort claim. Taking on the insurance company or a defense attorney alone can be intimidating, especially as you try to focus on healing after such a traumatic event. Insurance companies know this, and use it to their advantage to settle a claim as quickly and inexpensively as possible. With a lawyer from our firm representing your case, you can stay focused on your health while we work on getting you the money you are entitled to.
Read more about car accident claims in Navarre below, and contact our law firm to connect with us as soon as possible.
Common Types of Car Accidents
The following are a few of the most common types of car accidents but is not a comprehensive list. Whether or not you see your situation listed below, the most important factor of your crash is not the specific type, but whether or not we are able to prove that the other driver is liable for your damages. The first step in any personal injury claim is establishing fault, which your personal injury attorney will set out to do as soon as you begin working together.
A rear-end collision happens when the rear driver runs into the back of the front driver. In some cases, the lead driver may be at fault due to a type of aggressive driving known as “brake checking,” but these accidents are usually a result of a rear driver failing to stop in time. Regardless of whether you were the front or rear driver, the important thing is that if you are the victim, you are fairly compensated for your damages.
When a driver takes a left turn at an intersection, it is their responsibility to ensure that there are no cars traveling from the opposite direction that have the right of way. In the majority of cases of a collision between a left-turning vehicle and one traveling straight through, the left-turning driver is at fault. This is not always the case, but if you were not at fault, then you deserve to work with a competent and experienced attorney who is willing to fight for a comprehensive settlement on your behalf.
Head-on collisions can be devastating to all involved, regardless of the safety technology in the vehicle. When two vehicles moving in opposite directions make direct contact, the force of the impact can lead to serious and sometimes fatal injuries. In these collisions, it is typical that one driver leaves their lane of travel and swerves into oncoming traffic to collide with another vehicle.
Lane Change Crashes
When a driver plans to change lanes, they must first turn on their indicators and check that there is adequate space in the other lane. Before committing to the change, they should also make sure that there are no vehicles in their blind spot, including motorcycles, cyclists, and scooter riders. Contact with another vehicle can cause the other driver to spin out of control or make a defensive maneuver that causes them to collide with a third vehicle, among a variety of other possible outcomes.
A T-bone accident is most common at intersections where a driver fails to stop or yield and instead passes through the intersection and crashes into another vehicle. The name “T-bone” comes from the fact that when the two vehicles collide, they make a “T” shape because of their perpendicular travel directions. The vehicle struck on the side typically absorbs the brunt of the impact. Unfortunately, the contact takes place on the area of the vehicle where there is the least amount of crash protection available. Although modern collision technology has made side-impact airbags and highly effective seatbelts prevalent, these do not guarantee that a victim will avoid serious or fatal injuries from the crash.